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Woking funeral director raises £1000 for local hospice

The director, Louise Jarrett, who did a sponsored wing walk, was required to lose weight to meet the physical requirements for the charity event which was held at RFC Rendcomb Airfield, Gloucestershire

A funeral director from Woking Funeral Service has raised over £1000 for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice by walking on the wings of a plane at 500ft, which required her to lose five stone across two years. 

The director, Louise Jarrett was required to lose weight to meet the physical requirements for the charity event which was held at RFC Rendcomb Airfield, Gloucestershire

Jarret said due to Covid-19 restrictions she had to “think creatively”  to continue losing weight throughout 2020 and did so by walking 4km every day and sticking to a “strict diet”. 

Local businesses also showed their support, with The Wellington Arms pub raffling two hampers on behalf of Jarret, contributing £110. 

Jarret said: “I had friends who were looked after extremely well by Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, so I wanted to give something back for their amazing end-of-life care.I started putting on the weight I lost when lockdown restrictions came into effect, so I began a virtual Land’s End to John o’ Groats walking challenge, which is 874 miles in total. 

“I focused on the people in the hospice that could really use my help and was able to make progress again, as I don’t like letting anyone down.I was so overjoyed at how much I raised. It gave me an enormous amount of motivation to lose the last stone by June.” 

Fiona Chapman, events fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, added: “Louise has done amazingly to not only lose weight, but then to complete the wing walk as well. 

“The money that Louise raised could pay for a week’s care from one of our Care at Home nurses, who will provide patients with relief from pain and difficult symptoms, where patients wish to be in their own home.” 

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