Buster and Nico Run Hedsor

17 April 2018

 

At Christmas, we decided to do a project for charity and also have fun.  We researched local charities that help children and found the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Maidenhead - helping children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions that might not have the longest future.

We then came up with the idea of Run Hedsor – a 5km run around the woods near our home that we could also get our friends, family and our local community involved.

We took part in all aspects of the event, from coming up with the name, distance, route, the organisation, communication, selection of charity and raising the sponsorship. We also spent an afternoon at the Hospice in February half-term and are planning to remain involved with the cause going forward.

The hospice care for six families at a time with more children coming in for day visits.  We were amazed at the many interactive activities for children to do such as a pool, games room, crafts room and a relaxation room.  The hospice cost £6.8 million to build and to keep it running each year they will need at least £2 million from fundraising.  It made us aware of how lucky we are to be healthy and do all the things we love and helped us understand that some children are very poorly and will not get better so need the support of the hospice.

On the day we had 80 people joining in. We needed to organise signs and marshals so the race was safe and people knew where they were going.  People were enjoying it, laughing their way through the mud and it brought the community together.  After the run, we organised a big picnic of macaroni cheese and chilli con carne for everyone.  We also held a raffle and gave out prizes for the best fancy dress and youngest participants to finish the race.

It was a fantastic day with many Caldicott friends involved and supporting us, helping raise over £7,700 for the Hospice so far.

Fundraising never ends, so if you would like to donate you can do on our Just Giving Page.

Buster and Nico R

 

 

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