Prior Pursglove College Counsellor goes that extra mile to support inspiring hospice

Julie Woodier victorious after completing her Machu Picchu trek.

Julie Woodier, victorious after completing her Machu Picchu trek.

Julie Woodier has proven she is an everyday hero by raising over £5,000 for Teesside Hospice.

Julie, who works as both a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist here at Prior Pursglove College, understands the importance of care and support. For this reason Teesside Hospice holds such a special place in her heart.

Inspired by the work the Hospice does, Julie wanted to support them by raising £5,200 – the same amount it costs to run the hospice for a day.

Since September last year Julie, has hosted a wide range of events from a Zumbathon, to a charity night to a parent and child sponsored walk all in hopes of raising such vital funds for the Hospice.

This October Julie faced her biggest challenge yet, she took on the Inca Trail in Machu Picchu.

Each day she walked between 5 – 8 hours on mostly uphill terrain. She experienced temperatures between 30 degrees and -15 degrees and slept in a tent each night along the route.

She has just returned victorious from her latest adventure and is excited to tell everyone about all she has achieved.

She said “The hospice has an amazing Bereavement Counselling Service and working as a Counsellor myself I know how heart-breaking and difficult it can be for somebody who has lost a loved one. For that reason I want to push myself way beyond my comfort zone and go that extra mile to help raise funds for this amazing charity and the vital services it offers”.

The annual running costs of Teesside Hospice are in excess of £2.5 million. The charity receives one third of these costs from the local NHS, but still needs to raise approximately £5,200 each and every day of the year in order to continue caring for local people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

Julie said: “Teesside Hospice provides outstanding specialist palliative care, treating all patients with compassion and respect. The staff are like angels sent from heaven, supporting local people during what can be the most difficult time in their lives. If you can help me support them by giving a donation to my fundraising page, I will be hugely grateful!”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family and friends for their continuous support – without them it would not have been possible!”

To send in a donation for Teesside Hospice visit Julie’s fundraising page here: