What do a 75-mile bike ride, a bath of baked beans and a quiz have in common?
They all took place on Orange Wednesday to help St Giles Hospice raise awareness of its vital work in the community.
Families, friends and businesses from across the region joined forces to help turn Wednesday, 3rd April a bright orange in aid of St Giles, which supports people living with terminal illnesses.
Everything from orange bake-offs and quizzes to sitting in a bath of beans was on the menu to help fundraise throughout the day – however the annual event isn’t just about raising money.
Ian Leech, Community Engagement Manager at St Giles, cycled 75 miles between the charity’s four sites from Whittington to Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and Uttoxeter to help spread the word.
He said: “The work we do in our community is so important and so fantastic that I want to do everything I can to raise awareness of it. People don’t realise that St Giles is so much more than just a building.
“Our services also give people dealing with bereavement and loss the support that they need, at home, in the community and at work. We provide a ‘safety net’ for people through our 24/7 Advice and Referral Support line and Bereavement Help Points and our work with schools, organisations and communities to encourage open conversations about death and dying.”
St Giles offers a whole range of physical, practical and emotional support free of charge for people living with potentially-terminal illnesses or people who are grieving across South Staffordshire, North Birmingham, Walsall and surrounding areas.
Emma Hodges, Chief Executive Officer at St Giles, said she was delighted with the support Orange Wednesday had received in the community.
“The aim of having a flagship day like this is to help people understand that hospices are about life,” said Emma. “We’re not just places where people go to die, we’re about embracing life to the full. Eighty per cent of our work is out in communities and we couldn’t do what we do without the community’s support.”
St Giles supports over 7,000 people each year facing the challenge of a potentially-terminal illness. But hundreds more people in the community could benefit from its services if funds were available.
Emma added: “It’s been great to see all the weird and wonderful ways people have found to go orange for us and we’d like to thank everyone who joined in and made the day such a huge success.
“We already looking forward to seeing what the next Orange Wednesday will bring!”