Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

Jim and George walking for Hospice Africa

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[p]Saturday 22nd May. The last day of the walk.[/p][p]An early start. At my instigation I picked George up at 7.30 am for the drive to Les Stroud’s house for our lift to last nights finish place, Betton. Les was in his bathroom as I had not told him of our earlier start. George and I rehearsed Godot as Les finished his ablutions and made us coffee.[/p][p]The drive started well but 10 minutes from Betton the road was totally blocked by an accident so we had to do a U turn and find another route through Rennes suburbs. We arrived just after 9 and were relieved to see a group of yellow t-shirts waiting for us.[/p][p]Didier Jamet who had been our link with St Malo was there with his wife and another bénévole from the palliative acre service. Marie Noelle and Christine, our companions on day one joined us gain for the last morning.[/p][p]The tow path was active with joggers, cyclists and walkers. Also, at the first lock we chatted to the crew of a yacht who were doing the length of the canal on there voyage from Granville in Normandy to Brest. Although they motored faster than we walked with the time it took them to get through a lock they kept us company the whole walk. As we got closer to Rennes the noise of traffic from the adjacent roads got noisier but the canal is protected by a cordon of fields and woods so if you blocked out that sound you could have still been in the countryside. I heard a cuckoo and learnt a French round about a cuckoo and owl competing in the forest with their calls. There was much chat on the walk as the we formed and reformed pairs. Some caught up with old friends and others made new ones. Our rendezvous was for 11 am at the Rennes palliative care unit. I had misjudged the distance. At about 11h30, Marie Noelle rang Laetitia Tizon, administer of the USP Rennes to say where we were. A little later we met her, her two children, her mother and another elder man who joined us on our walk from the tow path to La Tauvrais palliative care unit.[/p][p]At La Tauvrais we were met by Louise and Les and our friend Chantal. Also, there were Prof Morel the head of palliative care for Rennes University Hospital and members of his team. We had the usual group photos and then went into reception. There we saw the display Louise had set up. Prof Morel greeted us formally and thanked us for our African initiative and offered his support. I answered briefly and then Louise outlined our 6 days of walking and presented us with two very nice tokens of our walk.[/p][p]On behalf of George and I, I would like to thank Louise for the organisation of the walk and all those who manned the stand and dropped us off at the various starting places and collected us at the end of a day. On behalf of Hospice Africa France I would like to thank all who donated so generously to the cause. We pledge to use the money wisely. [/p][p]Hospice Africa France is the French arm of the Hospice Africa family, a small charity that promotes palliative care in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.[/p][p]Jim Bennett, President of the charity, and his friend, George Daly, have decided to undertake a walk from the St Malo palliative care unit to the one in Rennes to raise awareness and funds. The walk, which they will complete in the week 17-22 May, is 120km and their combined age is 146 years. And just for fun they will be walking as the two main characters in 'Waiting for Godot'. You can't keep a couple of old thespians down. Why? It seemed like a good idea.[/p][p]For more information about the charity, you can visit their website [url=http://www.hospice-africa.org/]www.hospice-africa.org[/url].[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]
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17 May 2021

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Jun 23, 2021

Jayne and Monty

Well done boys, love from Jayne and Monty

£50.00


Jun 20, 2021

Anonymous

Well done Jim & George. Love the MacCreadys. Fx

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


May 30, 2021

Ben & Sophie Bennett

Well done Jim and George

£100.00

plus £25.00 Gift Aid


May 30, 2021

Francis and Imogen

£50.00

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May 30, 2021

Lynda and Mick Hennell

Well done guys, glad you made it.A ll the best from Lynda and Mick at Timeoutradio.

£30.00

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May 24, 2021

Sue and Julian Beatty

Well done, chaps! Be interested to know if Godot ever turned up - or are you still waiting? All the best. Beattys

£25.00


May 22, 2021

Angela

Well done on staying the course

£500.00

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May 20, 2021

Jim Mackenzie

Good work Uncle Jim (and George too!) Hope that it is all going well.

£50.00


May 20, 2021

Anonymous

From Fiona Gray

£100.00

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May 20, 2021

Tash Jones

Great commitment to your cause, well done!

£30.00

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