Great Baddow man completes his ‘May Miles’ at home for children’s hospice charity

An 84 year old man from Great Baddow has walked a mile a day in May in his garden, raising £2,000 for his local children’s hospice.

Peter Egleton, from Great Baddow and a member of Writtle Bowls club, walked 12 laps of his garden every day last month for the charity after the club’s bowls tournament had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Writtle Bowls Club has a long history of raising money for the children’s hospice which looks after babies and children with complex or incurable conditions across Essex. Over the last decade the club has raised over an incredible £35,000 for the charity.

Peter has raised over £2,000 through sponsorship for his walking challenge. He said, “We have been raising money for this incredible charity for a very long time and when my wife died two years ago, we also had a collection for Little Havens at her funeral. After having to cancel our usual bowls tournament at the club I wanted to do something to help and continue the club’s fundraising efforts. My grass is now very worn from where I have been walking so much! Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me.”

Rachel Hawksworth, Voluntary Income Area Team Leader said, “When I heard that Peter had walked a mile a day in his garden to raise money for Little Havens, my heart warmed – what a wonderful thing to do after their fundraising activities had been cancelled. Our charity’s income has taken a big hit since the Coronavirus pandemic with all our major fundraising events cancelled or postponed, so we really appreciate our supporters’ kind donations during these difficult times.

“Peter, along with the rest of members at Writtle Bowls Club, are such fantastic supporters of our charity and if it wasn’t for their generosity – and that of our thousands of other supporters – our hospice care would not exist. They are true Havens Heroes.”

Little Havens Hospice remains open to care for patients at the end of their life and has suspended all face to face respite, treatments and social activities as it’s safer for these vulnerable patients to stay at home. However Little Havens is still offering telephone and video call support where they can, along with online music therapy, even if they can’t be there in person.

The charity’s hospice care doesn’t stop so neither can its fundraising. For those inspired by Peter’s fundraising efforts, join the charity’s virtual fundraisers taking on the ’30 in 30’ challenge till end of August. Visit to find out more.

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Peter Egleton in his Garden