Buses are ready to help walk the chalk
Support for hospice’s annual Chiltern challenge
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
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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.”