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A beautiful guided walk
Start: Sunday, September 25, 2022
End: Sunday, September 25, 2022
Lovers of walking, and the beauty and wildlife of Exmoor
£5 booking fee (£1 for under 16s) + raising sponsorship to help our nurses care for those who need hospice care right now
Renowned local Exmoor enthusiast and wildlife walker Ivan Huxtable organised charity walks for over 30 years. This year his family are organising another of his beautiful and scenic circular sponsored walks in aid of North Devon Hospice.
Taking on your choice of a 6 mile or 14 mile route, this beautiful ramble will provide opportunities to see wildlife such as Red Deer and the stunning autumnal landscape. If you're a lover of walking and of beautiful Exmoor scenery, or simply fancy a new walking challenge, come and join us for this popular Exmoor Ramble, it will be a truly memorable event.
There is just a £5 booking fee to secure your place (£1 for under 16's). We then hope you will be able to raise sponsorship from your family friends for your walk, which will help the hospice care for local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
For further details about the event please contact the fundraising team at North Devon Hospice on 01271 347232.
We ask that each participant would kindly raise funds either by making a donation or by raising sponsorship. You can get started straight away:
This year's Exmoor Ramble will be especially poignant as it is being held in memory of Ivan, after he was cared for by the hospice in his final months.
Read Ivan's full story below, and see why we hope to make this year's Exmoor Ramble the biggest yet in his honour.....
Ivan Huxtable's Fundraising Legacy
Ivan Huxtable held the Exmoor Ramble charity walks for 30 years, initially for CLIC Sargent after losing his sister to leukaemia aged just nine. The event has since raised money for more than 20 charities, including more than £50,000 for North Devon Hospice. This year’s event will be incredibly poignant as his family hold it in loving memory of Ivan, after he spent his final days on the Bedded Unit at North Devon Hospice.
Ivan’s fundraising mission was inspired by the loss of his sister, which came just six months after losing their father in a tragic farming accident in 1947. More than £100,000 has been raised for CLIC Sargent in that time, a cause which remained close to Ivan’s heart after his own diagnosis with leukaemia 15 years ago. The number of charities to have benefitted has grown over the years, significantly North Devon Hospice. It was a sad irony that Ivan himself was cared for by the hospice after his diagnosis of terminal cancer, after his efforts would have helped countless others receive that same expert care in the past.
Ivan Huxtable was North Devon through and through. He was one of the area’s best-known characters, which is why his Exmoor Ramble charity walks have been so popular down the years. His fundraising helped countless people who have needed the care provided by North Devon Hospice.
Ivan’s sons, Brian and Paul Huxtable, are making sure this year’s Exmoor Ramble goes ahead this year in Ivan's memory; “The Exmoor Ramble will cover some of Ivan's favourite places. It will be a fitting tribute to his long and distinguished charity campaign."
Brian went on to add: "My last visit on Exmoor with Ivan was on this route so it is something I really want to do. Despite his illness, he never stopped planning this event and thinking of ways to support the hospice. He is an inspiration to us all."
Ali Hunt, from North Devon Hospice, said that Ivan is one of the area’s true legends. “I'd known Ivan as long as I’d been involved with North Devon Hospice, which is more than 20 years. You could not wish to meet a nicer man, who has such a sharp wit and the most generous spirit.” She said. “What he has done for charity over the years, most notably the hospice, is simply incredible. It was such sad news when I spoke to Ivan and learned of his diagnosis, but he approached everything with the most admirably positivity. He will be deeply missed and the Ramble will be an incredible day.”
Last year Ivan said that the Exmoor Ramble is something that will continue for a long time; “The support I’ve had from people to make it happen every year is amazing, so I know that they will carry this on for me. My sons Brian and Paul will make sure of that, along with my grandchildren William, Danny, Charlie and Maddie. I’d especially like to thank my wife Edna for all her support down the years.”
Sign up to the Exmoor Ramble now, to support those being cared for by North Devon Hospice.