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Johnnie, Tiggy and Heléna scale Gold Hill

23 June 2015

Our Patrons Johnnie and Tiggy Walker join our Chief Executive Heléna Herklots to scale the steep Gold Hill in Shaftesbury – hill 14 of Heléna's 50 hill challenge.

Hill 14 - Gold Hill

To mark Carers UK's 50th Anniversary year, Heléna is aiming to raise £25,000 by climbing 50 hills, raising awareness of the challenges that many people face when caring for a loved one.

Gold Hill was Heléna 's 14th hill climb of the year, and one of the most picturesque to date. Johnnie, Tiggy and Heléna were joined by local residents and well-wishers to scale the cobbled street. Once they reached the top, they relaxed with a cup of tea and slice of cake, whilst looking over the rolling Dorset countryside.

Heléna Herklots is using her 50 Hill Challenge as an opportunity to walk side-by-side with carers across the UK to find out about their personal experiences and what matters most to them. Find out how you can join Heléna on one of her walks »

Johnnie and Tiggy Walker became Patrons of Carers UK following their experiences of caring for one another at different stages of their lives. Twelve years ago, just three months into their marriage, Tiggy began caring for Johnnie when he was diagnosed with cancer. Their roles were reversed last year when Tiggy was diagnosed with breast cancer and Johnnie became her carer. Watch Johnnie and Tiggy open up about their caring roles »

Johnnie Walker said:

“I was delighted to join Heléna on her latest hill climb and to walk alongside carers. The work Carers UK does is so very important and Tiggy and I are proud to be Patrons for their important 50th Anniversary year. Our experience of caring for each other has taught us how isolating caring can be so we’re doing all we can to spread the word that no one should have to care alone and to raise awareness and funds for Carers UK.”

Heléna Herklots said:

“Without the right support caring for a loved one can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. In setting myself the challenge of climbing 50 hills this year I wanted to reflect this, and also capture the spirit and determination of the committed individuals who started the carers movement 50 years ago.  

I was heartened to have such fantastic support today from our wonderful Patrons Johnnie and Tiggy Walker, from carers and their family and friends, who came from all over Dorset to walk up Gold Hill with me. I hope it has helped to raise awareness about the realities of caring and also raise much-needed funds to enable Carers UK to continue to provide vital support, advice and information to help improve the lives of carers.”

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