Stunning Herefordshire scenery provided the backdrop for two NRS Healthcare service managers undertaking a charity hike for a local hospice.

Dodjie Link and Mike Cutler walked the 26-mile Wye Valley Trek on Sunday 24th September to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford.

The charity opened in 1984 and provides quality palliative care for those with life limiting illnesses and their families.

Dodjie, who joined NRS Healthcare as Herefordshire Service Manager of the Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES) in 2022, said:

“I wanted to support the work that St Michael’s does in the community. Both Mike and I chose this particular challenge because it wasn’t a normal marathon and we felt it was something we’d never forget. It was difficult to keep going over the hilly terrain and keep motivated, but the views of the countryside, especially from the top, which was the best part of the challenge, kept us motivated to keep going.”

The pair began their journey just outside Hay-on-Wye and followed the route through Bredwardine, Byford and Beinton, all the way to Hereford Rowing Club.

Mike, Service Manager of Southampton and Portsmouth Joint Equipment Services, is no stranger to charity events, already completing his first London marathon earlier this year, as well as other group fundraisers.

He said:

“I felt proud that Dodjie asked me to undertake this with him to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice. The whole trek was extremely challenging - up and down hills, through forests, boggy fields and roads. 26.2 miles is not easy, but it was brilliant to be involved. There were times we were both really struggling, but Dodjie and I kept each other going.”

The pair are delighted to have raised £350 so far. If you would like to donate, visit