3 Peaks raises £39,000 for hospice
HUNDREDS of foot-sore fundraisers contributed £39,000 to Rennie Grove Hospice Care by taking part in its annual Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge in September.
Nearly 700 people from Herts, Bucks and beyond were faced with scaling Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon to walk their choice of the five, nine or 18-mile routes across rolling Chiltern countryside under sunny autumn skies.
The turnout was one of the highest in the event’s eight-year history.
Their efforts have raised enough to fund a hospice at home nurse for more than a year, caring for patients in their own homes at any time of the day or night.
Over the years, this special sponsored walk has raised more than £350,000 for Rennie Grove’s unique services for patients and families affected by cancer and other life-limiting illness.
Gillian Barnett, director of fundraising and marketing for Rennie Grove, praised this year’s walkers and the volunteers who helped the day go without a hitch.
She said: “A heartfelt thank you to all on behalf of the thousands of families we are able to support each year because of your contribution.
“We couldn’t achieve this without three very special sets of people: our corporate sponsors like Buckinghamshire Building Society and Arriva, whose support with sponsorship and donating buses is invaluable; our volunteer marshals who give up their time to line the route and help walkers find their way, not to mention the Arriva bus drivers who volunteer their time to ferry walkers back to their cars; and the walkers themselves, who put in so much effort raising funds and hiking up those hills!”
There was also thanks to Greenfleets for sponsoring the medals, Dayla for providing water, JN Fox & Son for donating bananas, Tesco Tring for providing chocolate treats for walkers and Pets at Home for providing doggie treats.
Rennie Grove’s next mass participation sponsored event is the Reindeer Run in Chesham on Sunday November 26.
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