In July, a team of 20 of us from Red Mist Leisure and 3 companies we regularly work with, Mozzo Coffee, 1st Call tree Surgeons and Turveys Construction, will be walking the entirety of Hadrian’s Wall as our main fundraising challenge for 2018. The challenge will see us tackling 86 miles of walking (yes, that’s over 3 marathons!) in only 3 days, from coast to coast, starting from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria and trekking all the way to Wallsend near Newcastle.
Despite the guaranteed muscle cramps and blisters, we will be doing this challenge knowing we are helping 3 incredibly worthy causes…
The money we raise will be distributed between 3 fantastic local charities that we support at our pubs:
Piggles Trust is a Hampshire based charity that aims to provide pre-school education to poorly children in hospitals across the country, in order to try and create a ‘normal’ environment within the most ‘abnormal’ of situations for unwell children. Previously there has been no provisions to fund young children with vital education in hospitals, but thanks to Piggles Trust and the money we raise through this challenge, this is going to change so that no child gets left behind.
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is a leading welfare charity with a proud tradition of looking after serving and former members of the RAF, as well as their partners and dependent children. RAF Odiham is just down the road from our pub The Red Lion, so many of our customers are part of the RAF or have been previously. We want to show our ongoing support to the RAF families, both locally and further afield.
Cherry Trees is a charity located a few minutes away from our pub in East Clandon, The Queen’s Head. The charity provides home from home respite care for children and young people with severe learning and physical disabilities. They recognise that these children are best looked after at home but, because of their very special needs, they require special care, often 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the money donated to Cherry Trees, we’re helping to support the continued care for these children in their most familiar comforting environment.
Last year’s challenge saw us raise beyond our target of £10,000 and so this year we want to push even further and raise £15,000 (or more!) for these amazing causes. Every penny counts, so please help us in any way you can, whether that be donating to our Fundraising Page or by purchasing one of our special ales or dishes that we’ll be offering in the pub, to raise money.