St Luke’s Men’s Day Out 2016: A Resounding Success

Walk, Pint, Pasty and Rugby for charity
Men’s Day Out 2016

A record-breaking 749 men across the city turned out in force to ensure more people in Devon receive valuable end-of-life care at home.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth hosted the male-only fundraising event, ‘Mens Day Out’, in late March raising an estimated £60,000 – enough to provide care for 60 people at home.

men's day out 2016 st luke's hospice plymouthTHE EVENT

Starting at Plymouth Albion, the men proudly trekked 12km through Plymouth city centre, the Barbican and the Hoe, finishing back at Plymouth Albion RFC for a match against Blackheath – which Plymouth Albion triumphantly won!

The event is in it’s third consecutive year, each time being sponsored by IU Energy, who have been proud, avid sponsors for all three years.

Duncan Banks, CEO at IU Energy, said: “Congratulations to the St Luke’s Hospice team who ensured a record number of men had a great day out.  It was a truly memorable day for everyone involved and our thanks should also go to Plymouth Albion for playing their part!” 

   st luke's hospice Plymouth men's day out 2016THE FUNDRAISERS

It’s the second year for Damien and Ryan Huxtable, who explained the core reason why it is so important to show their support:

“We are walking in memory of both our Dad Roger and Grandad William who were both looked after by St Luke’s. We can’t praise them enough for the care and support they gave our family. You can’t help but notice the messages on the t-shirts, they really bring the reality of the work they do and the people they have helped home. Today brings back good memories and is a great way to reflect.”

Men’s Day Out veterans, Barrington Soden from Milehouse and David Griffiths from Elburton are now on their third year taking part:

“It’s a great cause and I believe in the work they do. You never know I may need to use them one day and I like to put something back.”

nurse cutSenior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Emma Winter said:

“Another fantastic day, everybody was in such good spirit. Men you have done our charity proud, your money will make a difference and we can’t thank you enough. I must also say a massive thank you to the army of volunteers who without them we could not put on an event like this; the support of local businesses IU Energy and Pilgrim Pasties and also Plymouth Albion for being the perfect hosts.”

Photos: Dom Moore