In July, a 20-strong team, from Red Mist Leisure and 3 companies we regularly work with, Mozzo Coffee, 1st Call tree Surgeons and Turvey Construction, walked the entirety of Hadrian’s Wall as our main fundraising challenge for 2018. The challenge saw the team tackle 86 miles of walking (yes, that’s over 3 marathons!) in only 3 days. Walking Hadrian’s Wall coast to coast, starting from Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria and trekking all the way to Wallsend near Newcastle; the blistering heat and humidity weren’t helpful as the team fought blisters (like nothing you’ve seen before), dehydration and sickness. Yet, with an incredible support team who met them along the way with much-needed refreshments, first aid and motivating words, the team made it to the finish line (in time for the semi-finals World Cup game).
Through incredibly kind donations, Red Mist ale and burger sales, we didn’t just meet our target goal of £15,000 we smashed it! With your help, we have raised an additional £7,000 making it to an overwhelming total of over £22,000.
Despite the painful muscle cramps, dehydration, sickness and blisters, we are proud to have achieved such a touch challenge knowing that we are helping 3 incredibly worthy causes…
The money raised has been 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 wanted to push even further and raise £15,000 (or more!). You can’t imagine our delight as we saw the donations coming in excess of £22,000 for these amazing causes. Every penny really counts, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our annual challenges such a huge success and making a difference to the local charities who benefit from these funds.