Marathon challenge for children’s hospice

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Kind-hearted colleagues took part in a gruelling 158-mile expedition to raise charity cash for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The team from Pagets Builders Merchants included Alan Cassim, Paul Wainwright, Callum Price and Tom Straw.

The dedicated group took part in the epic seven-day walk from London to Sheffield, to raise cash for the hospice, which supports Derbyshire youngsters and their families.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions. The hospice, based in North Anston, supports around 250 families, both in the community and at the hospice.

Support is wide-ranging and includes end-of-life care, music therapy, counselling, sibling support, short breaks and more.

Team member Alan Cassim said: “It meant so much to us to be able to fundraise for Bluebell Wood.

“The walk was extremely hard – with many sores and pains – but we were spurred on by the thought of all the families that Bluebell Wood help during the toughest of times. Thank you so much to all our family, friends and customers for their support; we can’t wait to raise even more money for the hospice.”

Julie Hampson, corporate fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Pagets team for completing their gruelling 158-mile walk for a second time to raise money for Bluebell Wood.

“Our hospice is filled with lots of love and laughter, and their support means we can continue to create special memories for our children and families, whether they have days, weeks, months or years together.”

Now for the second year in a row, the team from Pagets, which has been established for 60 years, hoped to smash last year’s fundraising target. By working with their customers, suppliers and supporters, the team had already raised a whopping £3,500 before the walk even began. The current total stands at £3,854, of the £6,000 target.

The fundraising walk is just one of the ways the team at Pagets hope to support Bluebell Wood. You can still donate for this event, by visiting the Pagets, donation page: www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/pagets-walk.