Buses are ready to help walk the chalk

Sup­port for hos­pice’s an­nual Chiltern chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUS com­pany is on board once again for a char­ity’s an­nual fundrais­ing chal­lenge.

Ar­riva Buses is sup­port­ing Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s sev­enth an­nual Chilterns 3 Peaks Chal­lenge on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13.

Ev­ery year the bus com­pany do­nates the use of 10 buses, along with driv­ers who of­fer their time free of charge, to help the spon­sored walk run smoothly.

The pop­u­lar event sees hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants take to the hills, tack­ling ei­ther the two peaks of White­leaf Cross and Coombe Hill on the five mile route – or all three peaks to fin­ish at the top of Iv­inghoe Bea­con for the nine or 18 mile op­tions. Di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing at Ren­nie Grove Gil­lian Bar­nett said: “Ar­riva Buses wait in Wen­dover to trans­port walk­ers do­ing the five mile route back to their cars in Princes Ris­bor­ough, and nine-mile walk­ers on to the last leg in Tring. More buses await par­tic­i­pants at the bot­tom of the steep de­scent from Iv­inghoe Bea­con to take them back to their cars.”

Ar­riva bus driver Andy Gil­bert plans to vol­un­teer again this year.

She said: “This will be the fourth year that I’ve vol­un­teered and I ab­so­lutely love it. Ev­ery­one’s so friendly and so happy – even if they’re ex­hausted. I love that we as driv­ers can help keep that at­mos­phere go­ing by be­ing wel­com­ing and up­beat as pas­sen­gers board the bus. It’s not like

VOL­UN­TEERS: Ar­riva bus driver Andy Gil­bert with one of the ve­hi­cles be­ing used for the Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care’s sev­enth an­nual Chilterns 3 Peaks Chal­lenge go­ing to work – it’s box of Bo­nios for his com­pletely dif­fer­ent and four-legged pas­sen­gers. it’s great giv­ing some­thing En­try fees are £20 for back to the com­mu­nity. adults and £10 for chil­dren It’s such a good cause, aged five to 16. Un­der en­abling pa­tients to be fives go free. cared for at home. None Register now at www. of us knows when we ren­niegrove.org/ might need that ser­vice.” chiltern­s3­peaks or call

Mr Gil­bert even buys a 01442 820 740. A BUCKS-based chil­dren’s sports char­ity has passed its £250,000 mile­stone.

This is the to­tal sum awarded by the Saun­der­ton-based char­ity Kids in Sport since it was founded in 2008 to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young­sters to take part in sport. Some 30 grants to­talling £97,261.95 have been awarded to phys­i­cally dis­abled chil­dren, 11 grants to­talling £29,308.73 have been awards to young­sters with spe­cial needs and 38 grants of £124,078.63 have been awarded to able-bod­ied chil­dren.

The most re­cent award was £4,000 to Hugh­en­den Pri­mary School to fund a lunchtime sports club.

Hugh­en­den­head­teacher Sarah Leighton said: “It’s lovely to see the chil­dren de­velop their sport­ing skills with­out the pres­sure that comes from com­pet­i­tive sports. All the chil­dren have thrived and gained vast knowl­edge on their sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and there is a gen­uine ex­cite­ment lead­ing up to the start of the ses­sions.”

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