Housebuilder director treks up £5k for children’s hospice

A Leeds sales director has raised more than £5,000 for a children’s hospice after trekking 75 kilometres in three days.

Simon Whalley, from Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, completed the challenge across the Cairngorms National Park, raising valuable funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

The novice trekker braved the elements and found the experience tough but fulfilling.

Simon said:

“This is the first time I have undertaken such a challenge. I must admit I’m more of a hotel man than happy camper but the whole experience was gratifying and fun.

“We walked for 10 hours each day and met very few other trekkers but the beautiful landscapes and wildlife was more than enough to keep my friend, Paul D’Ambrogio, and I entertained – it took my breath away.

“As a company we have supported Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for a number of years and I wanted to make a further contribution, but felt it had to be something out of my comfort zone.

“We had rain, sun and snowy peaks, got our drinking water from the stream and now have feet covered in blisters, but it was definitely worth it.”

Simon has currently raised £5,602 for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which supports almost 200 children with life-shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire through its hospice at home service and at its state of the art hospice, Russell House, located in Huddersfield.

The charity has to raise £3.8 million each year to maintain its services, receiving just six per cent funding from the Government.

Emma Kovaleski, Corporate Fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice congratulated Simon on his efforts. She said:

“Many fundraising challenges are about achieving something that you think you can’t do and Simon is a perfect example of this. We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to Simon from everyone at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice on completing his challenge.”