West Niagara students put their best foot forward for McNally House Hospice

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Students in Smithville and Stoney Creek braved a chilly spring day to hike in support of McNally House Hospice.

Every student from all grades at John Calvin School in Smithville and Cairn Christian School in Stoney Creek set off on a hike to raise funds for the hospice on Friday, May 6.

In Smithville, the 325 students from John Calvin left the school from 12:30 p.m. and walked roughly five kilometres through the town, with students from older grades walking part of the loop twice. They were met with honks of support from passing trucks and buses.

The school has been fundraising for McNally House for 13 years and has raised roughly $100,000 in that time.

McNally House is a six-bed residential hospice in Grimsby providing specialized palliative care, free of charge, to those with a life-limiting illness. It requires $800,000 in donations every year to continue operating.

"(We're) very privileged to work in such a great community that supports us,” said Amanda Black, community engagement co-ordinator at McNally House.

In-person hikes were suspended for two years during the pandemic and were instead held virtually. But Black is happy that the in-person walks have resumed, especially because McNally House likes to use the fundraisers to “build community.”

Hike for Hospice is a national fundraising initiative usually held in the first week in May to coincide with Palliative Care Week.

Along with the school hikes in May, McNally House runs a community hike in October to raise funds and “walk in the memory” of lost loved ones, said Black.

Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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