Burton Mail

£100s raised by couple to thank hospice

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A COUPLE raised more than £1,000 for a Derbyshire hospice after completing a gruelling 50-mile trek in the Lake District.

Paul and Liz Stewart tackled the Lakeland 50 as a way to thank Risley-based Treetops Hospice for the care it provided to Paul’s mother, Beverley, before her death in April 2019.

The couple spent lockdown training for the trek, which started at Ullswater and ended in Coniston. Liz said: “Beverley was an amazing woman and Treetops Hospice at Home nurses helped us to make her final couple of months manageable; they helped us to take care of Beverley at home, so that she could sleep in her own bed. The Lakeland 50 was our chance to do something for Treetops, to give something back.”

Liz and Paul, from Risley, are regular runners – Liz has run a marathon before - but this was the first time they have done the Lakeland 50. According to event organisers, around 40-50 per cent of competitor­s fail to finish.

Liz said: “It took us around 21 hours to complete the course but smashing our fundraisin­g target makes it all worth it. Our initial target was £350 but we have more than tripled that.”

Cheryl Morris, Treetops community relationsh­ips manager, said: “We’re very grateful to Paul and Liz for completing such a gruelling challenge for the hospice and raising such a large amount of money.”

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