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Amazon challenge for hospice fundraiser

Jack Tinkler taking part in the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw skydive in 2013
Jack Tinkler taking part in the Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw skydive in 2013

[I]n a year’s time a local man will be travelling more than 5,560 miles to the Amazon Rainforest to embark on the fundraising challenge of a lifetime in aid of Eden Valley Hospice.

In September 2017 Jack Tinkler will be trekking through the middle of the Amazon Rainforest to help the care, support and activities provided by the local charity. The overseas fundraising challenge will be special for Jack as he raises money in memory of his dad, David ‘Tink’ Tinkler, who was cared for at Eden Valley Hospice.

Jack explained, “Eden Valley Hospice holds a special place in my family’s heart. In 2010 my dad was diagnosed with cancer. At school I found it quite difficult to come to terms with it, knowing that time wasn’t on our side and that I would eventually lose my dad, the hospice supported me with fully trained councillors who were of huge benefit to my young self.

“However, it did not stop there. My dad was admitted to the hospice on several occasions for respite care. He would often describe it as ‘a 5 star hotel’, beautiful home cooked food, exactly what he wanted. The staff were brilliant and got to know us personally. No task was ever too big or too small. It was evident that the staff were carers, real carers, and by that I mean that they are dedicated to provide beyond expected. In my dad’s final days the hospice provided us with accommodation so we could spend that special quality time with him.

“On 20 September 2011 he lost his fight. Even after his death the hospice provided ongoing support. They invited my mam to the Sunflower Group for carers which provided counselling, arts and crafts and other hobbies and interests. It was the fact of knowing she wasn’t alone that allowed her to carry on with her head high, being the proud mother she is.”

The once in a life time fundraising challenge will see Jack go back to basics as he, and the other fundraisers taking part in the challenge, sleep in Hammocks in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, fish for their own dinner and use basic facilities for 6 days.

Jack continued, “I wanted to do something different and challenging, something I would never have dreamed to do. Although walking in 30 plus degree heat for miles and miles will be testing, this is nothing in comparison to those faced with their battles when in need of palliative care.

“I’m looking forward to it all. I know that I’ll gain massive life skills and experiences from it. I hope that I will come to realise that although things we are faced with may appear difficult they are easily achievable. I’m most looking forward to raising funds to help the hospice continue providing superior care. I hope to raise over £10,000 which would be the difference between life and death.

“I am not looking forward to the basics. No shower, toilets or beds but then again I’d rather give my bed to someone who needs it most.”

The money raised by Jack as he takes on the amazing Amazon challenge will help Eden Valley Hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all of the patients’ families, friends and carers.

Year on year it costs the local charity over £3.7 million to provide the care, support and activities to local people. Approximately 28% of the funding is received from the NHS with the remaining £2million raised by the kindness, support and generosity of the local community.

If you would like to sponsor Jack as he treks through the Amazon Rainforest in aid of Eden Valley Hospice please visit Jack will also be hosting a black tie event at the Shepherds Inn on Saturday 22 April 2017 in aid of the hospice. Tickets for the event are £40 and will include a drinks reception, three course meal, an auction and live entertainment. For tickets and further details please search for ‘Shine and Dine Charity Ball’ on Facebook.

Jack concluded, “The hospice supported us in ways we could never repay, that was being a friend. People often associate the hospice with death and cancer, but it’s more than that. It’s a home from home for those that need it most. If you’re ever in that position to experience the passion, drive and care that all staff have embrace it, they are gold.”

Overseas challenges provide fundraisers with a fantastic opportunity to see the world and complete a memorable challenge whilst raising money in aid of your local hospice. For more information about fundraising in aid of Eden Valley Hospice please visit or call the fundraising team on 01228 817613.

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