Gwyneth backs new hospice appeal
Gwyneth Paltrow has visited a hospice to give her backing to a fundraising walk to help improve the lives of terminally ill patients.
The Oscar-winning star was given a tour of the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, north London, by a friend whose husband received care from the home.
Mother of two Sarah Wyn-Jones is now organising the Hampstead Hug family walk to raise money for the hospice, which costs £5.3 million a year to run.
She lost her business director husband Gareth - who was helped by the hospice when diagnosed with cancer - last year.
Gwyneth, who has a home in north London with musician husband Chris Martin, said: "The staff at the Marie Curie Hospice are amazing and their free care and support to terminally ill people and their families at the worst possible time is truly remarkable.
"I hope that as many people as possible sign up to the Hampstead Hug walk so that the hospice can keep helping more families like my friend Sarah's."
Sarah said: "All of the hospice staff offered such gentle, caring support and I don't know how we would have coped without them."
The walk takes place on Sunday July 3 on either three- or six-mile routes around Hampstead Heath.