3 Peaks raises £39,000 for hospice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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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