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Julie risks her glamorous shoe collection for a good cause

Julie Bailue is risking the chance of never wearing her best shoes again by walking over fire and glass. But it’s all for a good cause.

Julie, who works in the Supporter Care Team at St Joseph’s Hospice knows only too well how people feel when their loved ones are nearing the end of their lives. Her job is to keep the Supporter database up to date and she receives often heart breaking letters from people who have sent in donations to the hospice in thanks for the care of one of their relatives or friends.
 
Julie said, “While it’s devastating to watch someone you love die, the family and friends of St Joseph's patients always tell me how they are left with such positive memories of their loved one's stay at the hospice. That makes me feel very humble and that’s why I’ve decided to walk across fire and glass to raise money for the hospice. I have been reassured that it doesn't hurt and I'll be given full training beforehand.”

St Joseph’s Hospice opened in Hackney in 1905, and since then has been caring for and supporting people affected by serious illness in eight London boroughs. It works to improve the quality of life of more than 2,100 patients with life-limiting conditions each year, helping to ensure they have the best quality of life possible.

St Joseph’s is a charity and while all of its services are free, it costs £16.7 million each year, that’s over £45,000 each day to keep the vital services running and available to the 2.2 million people in the local boroughs who may one day need our support
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Only half of that money comes from NHS funding so we rely on the support of our local community for the rest – without them we wouldn’t be here - that’s why every penny raised for our hospice is vital and very much appreciated.

If you would like to take part in the Firewalk or Glasswalk in April (date tbc) at St Joseph’s Hospice in Mare Street contact fundraising@sthj.org.uk or call Owen on 020 8525 6033.

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