challengers’ £i60,000 fundraising efforts

21 December 2016

Daredevil fundraisers have raised more than £160,000 in just 12 months for Havens Hospices.

Throughout 2016 people who have taken on a challenge event organised by Havens Hospices such as wing walks, skydives, cycling from London to Paris and long distance walks including the Thames Pathway Challenge have collectively raised £168,289 for Havens Hospices which cares for seriously ill children and adults.

Havens Hospices, which incorporates Little Havens Hospice for children and Fair Havens Hospice for adults, released the figure as they launch their challenge events brochure for 2017 which includes treks along the Great Wall of China, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ben Nevis, Hadrians Wall; cycles from London to Paris and Paris to Geneva as well as skydives and a wing walk.

One of those who rose to the challenge this year was Dee Anderson from Brentwood who took to the skies for a wing walk in memory of her daughter Katie. Katie was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous growths to grow along the nerves. Aged nine a growth was found at the top of Katie’s spinal cord. Katie had several rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy but on 20th August 2015 she died at Little Havens Hospice, aged 13.

On the day Dee said,

“On the morning I woke up feeling quite emotional. I had shed numerous tears by 10am over the chance of spending a few minutes nearer to Katie than I had been for the last 14 months. Although my heart is breaking every day since Katie left this earth, I embarked on a journey that has raised over £2,000 for Little Havens. I have been blessed with the help from so many charities over the last five years but Little Havens has been my life line from the first day of Katie’s treatment right through to her final breath. I will forever feel passionate to raise money, awareness and support this very special place, Katie’s second home, for as long as I am able.”

Havens Hospices Events Fundraiser Emma Hamilton says,

“Every year I am amazed at the things people do to raise money for Havens Hospices. Taking part in a challenge event is often a real test of endurance and is mentally and physically exhausting, especially if you want to take on one of the treks like Kilimanjaro or Ben Nevis. But everyone I speak to finds it a once in a lifetime experience, an opportunity to tick something off your bucket list while raising money for a local charity, which is often so close to their hearts.

“If there is a challenge you’ve long wished to complete why not make 2017 the year and support your local hospices at the same time? Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’ for those we care for.”

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