Boys’ seven mile walk makes thousands for Pilgrims Hospices
They braved high winds, low temperatures and threatening clouds to walk seven miles around their local area to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices – and on Thursday 18 April students of Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, presented the charity with a cheque for more than £3,300.
The 200 or so boys of Resolution House chose Pilgrims to benefit from their sponsored walk in January – amid bad weather – to enable it to buy a range of new furniture including a sofa bed for the relatives’ room at its hospice in Ashford.
Seventeen year old Shane Smith was chosen to present the cheque – he raised £220, the highest individual amount collected – to Jon Sillett, manager of Pilgrims Hospice Ashford, and Joanne Spiteri, Pilgrims youth fundraising coordinator, during Resolution House’s assembly.
Congratulating the boys on their success, Joanne told them: “I’m so impressed with what you have achieved and delighted that so many of you became involved to be sponsored by your friends and families.”
Jon added: “The money will make a real difference to the relatives of our patients as they rely on the room to become a home from home. We’re very grateful to the students of Resolution for choosing to support us for their charity walk.”
It costs more than £10 million a year to provide all of the charity’s services across east Kent and much of that money is generously donated by the communities it serves. Only 25 per cent of its funding comes from the Government – and that figure is reviewed each year.