Trek the home of the Dalai Lama whilst raising vital funds for Southern Area Hospice Services


Southern Area Hospice Services are inviting adventurous souls to join them on their next overseas trekking challenge, which will take place in Dharamsala, India, home of the Dalai Lama from 5th – 15th October 2017.

The challenge which will raise vital funds for Southern Area Hospice Services begins in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama and the centre of the Tibetan Community are situated – at the heart of the world’s highest mountain range, the Himalaya’s.

The 5 day trek will see participants passing through the Kingdom of Gaddi – a semi nomadic race who spend months wandering the high passes with their cattle. With spectacular views of the Daula Dhar Mountain Range, the trek will take the group through rhododendron forests, passing through Hindu settlements and Buddhist Monasteries. At the end of the amazing challenge participants will have some free time to explore the incomparable Taj Mahal - one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!

A trek information night will take place at Southern Area Hospice, Courtenay Hill, Newry on Monday 9th May 2016 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more information or to sign up for the trek.

All the money raised through the trek will help Southern Area Hospice Services to continue their work providing care and support to local people who are living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease. Care is provided through a number of services including an 12 bed in-patient unit in Newry, Day Hospice units in Newry and South Tyrone Hospital, Outpatient clinics in Craigavon, Daisy Hill and South Tyrone Hospitals, a community nurse in the Armagh and Dungannon District as well as Bereavement and carer support in the Donaldson Centre and the Resource Centre in Irish Street, Dungannon.

With a fundraising target of £2.42 million in 2016, Southern Area Hospice rely heavily on the local community to help them reach their target so they can continue to provide care and support to people at a time when they need it most.

Anne Mac Oscar, Regional Marketing Officer encouraged people to sign up to take part saying, “I would highly recommend anyone to take part in this overseas trek.  It is a brilliant way to raise funds for our local hospice as well as meeting new people and having an experience of a lifetime.  We will give you every assistance with your fundraising and also organise regular trekker meetings to help you get ready for the big adventure.”

For further information or to request an information pack please contact Anne or James in the Hospice fundraising department by ringing 028 30251333 or email

Photo caption: Helping to launch the next Southern Area Hospice Services India Dalai Lama trekking challenge are previous trekkers and Hospice staff Neil Brogan, Siobhan Downey and Danielle Doherty, along with Southern Area Hospice Nurse, Lisa Somerville and Regional Marketing Officer, James McCaffrey.