Patient Norma’s powwow walk raises funds for Prospect Hospice

A patient from Prospect Hospice who has been adopted into the Blackfoot tribe has drawn on her involvement in this country’s native American movement to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity that supports her.

Norma Miller, whose is also known as North Bear, arrived for her weekly visit to our day service facility in her full tribal dress and regalia, bearing a cheque for £300 that she had raised at a recent powwow – a gathering of people from across the United Kingdom and beyond with an involvement in the native American traditions and activities. Norma, who has multiple physical limitations, raised the £300 in sponsorship by leading the women in the powwow’s grand entry which, given her restrictions, was a very considerable achievement. Many of Norma’s friends, including her fellow day patients, staff and volunteers at the hospice, sponsored her, as did many of the people who attended the powwow earlier in the summer.

“It was a great honour for me to be asked to lead the women into the powwow,” Norma says. “In more recent times I would not have been able to achieve it, but when I was asked I was determined to be well enough to do it. I think I surprised people, and I feel very proud that I was able to raise £300 for Prospect Hospice too.”

In the photo are Prospect Hospice community fundraiser Amy Francombe (left) with our day care lead Jaqui Maggs (right), either side of Norma.

Our thanks to Norma for raising £300 for Prospect Hospice, and congratulations on successfully achieving her challenge.