Best foot forward

Update: The team have been successful in their challenge and have so far raised over £2,000 towards their target.

Part of the Team Millbrook Walking Party: From left to right Karen Wiles, Wendy Mackellow, Daniel Hume, Tracey Bowler, Tam Woodhouse, Ben Woodhouse, Liz Dowling.

Part of the Team Millbrook Walking Party: From left to right Karen Wiles, Wendy Mackellow, Daniel Hume, Tracey Bowler, Tam Woodhouse, Ben Woodhouse, Liz Dowling.

A team of staff members from Millbrook are all set to walk from Crowborough to one of their other Garden Centres in Gravesend this September, to raise money for chYps Children’s Hospice at Home.

The team consists of 10 members of staff who will undertake the 46 mile walk over 2 days – Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September.

The aim of the challenge is to raise money for the company’s chosen charity ChYps Children and Young Peoples Service, which is part of EllenorLions Hospice Care.  ChYps looks after babies and children with life-limiting illnesses in their own home.

The staff have set themselves a fundraising target of £4,000, which equates to the cost of running the hospice at home service for just one day.

Millbrook at Crowborough was the original Garden Centre in the Millbrook stable, Millbrook owners, Dick and Sue Allen bought the Gravesend site in 1994 and realised that it would be possible to walk between the sites using part of the Weald Way but nobody has taken up the challenge until now.

Liz Dowling, the Millbrook team member who has come up with the idea said:

Although it will be a tough couple of days, we are all up for the challenge. When we heard how much it costs to offer the hospice at home service for just one day, it made us determined to raise more money.

chYps Children’s Hospice at HomeChYps is part of EllenorLions Hospices offering 24 hour palliative and end of life care to children and young adults in their families’ place of choice, which is overwhelmingly their home.  This means that the young patient can stay with their parents and siblings enabling families to be together through incredibly difficult times.

The Millbrook team are busy training (and buying blister plasters!) to make sure that they can complete the challenge.  If you feel that you would like to help them raise money for this worthy cause, please make your donation on their Just Giving page.

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