St Luke’s Men’s Day Out 2016

A pint of lager and a chance to change people’s lives

The St Luke’s annual Men’s Day Out charity event this month is the perfect opportunity for guys to step up to the plate, have a great day and make a real difference in their community explains one particularly well-informed supporter.

Powered by IU Energy, the charity walk last year left a special imprint on the heart of St Luke’s Specialist Nurse Paul Horne who also took part.

Paul works as part of the hospice’s community team – visiting people in their homes to help them effectively manage their symptoms and get access to the best help available for them and their families.

“As I walked round it struck me, as a specialist nurse, quite the impact of our work. I saw so many family members of people I had cared for and they remembered both my face and my name. We often get lovely thank you cards – but a person remembering you for so long after you supported them really underlines the impact you make on the rest of their lives.”

One gentleman in particular sticks in Paul’s mind. “The moment it really, really hit me was when I saw the husband of a lady I had cared for walking with my name on the back of his shirt,” he explains. “When I have little problems in my own life I think about that.”

mdo walkingThe Men’s Day Out raises funds so that nurses like Paul can continue to work with the over 3,200 people that St Luke’s welcomes into its services each year. The day kicks off with a 12km walk along the South West Coastal Path then onto Plymouth Albion for a pint, a pasty and as much rugby as you can manage.

“The atmosphere going around the course was great as the public clapped and cheered and walking around the Hoe was gorgeous. And then once we got to Albion the announcements were brilliant and we were made to feel very welcome and special.”

This year’s event starts and finishes at Plymouth Albion RFC on Saturday 19 March. Registration is £25 and includes a t-shirt, a pint, a pasty and a ticket for a Plymouth Albion rugby match on the day and viewing of the Six Nations fixture afterwards.