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walkthewightlaunchhovertravelThe Earl Mountbatten Hospice has announced a £250,000 fundraising target for this year’s Walk the Wight – with every penny raised going towards its community nursing team.

The quarter of a million pound target was announced at a special launch event yesterday (Monday) at Hovertravel’s Ryde terminal. The company, who operate 3 hours earlier on the event day to transport mainland participants, took VIPs out on the Solent for an impressive demonstration of the Hovercraft’s capabilities.

walkthewightlaunchhovertravel2Guests at yesterday’s event, including some of those involved in the original event back in the early 1990s, heard how Walk the Wight has gone from strength to strength and is believed to be the biggest walking event in Europe.

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Jill George, Nurse Manager for the Community and Hospital Palliative Care Team, said:

“It’s remarkable to think that in the first year of Walk the Wight, the target was to help raise enough funds for a s canner at the hospital. Some 25 years later, the event has helped raised more than £3million for Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s work.

“Through the Hospital, our community team are able to reach out to people and support them to be in the place of their choice at the end of life”.

As well as 25 years of Walk the Wight, the launch event also marked Hovertravel’s 50th Anniversary.

You can register or this year’s anniversary Walk the Wight at

Photographed: Hospice staff, supporters of Walk the Wight and original founders at yesterday’s VIP launch

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