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Fundraisers rise to the challenge

Virtual quizzes, birthday celebrations and walking challenges - with many hospice events being cancelled or postponed and charity shops closed, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw faced a huge challenge with fundraising. However, throughout lockdown local people challenged themselves in lots of new and exciting ways to raise vital income for the hospice.

Here are just some of the wonderful fundraisers who have made a difference in recent months:

In May, the Gillford Gillies Under 8’s football team challenged themselves to walk virtually from Brunton Park, Carlisle, to Wembley Stadium, a totally of 311 miles.

Gillford Gillies Coach, Darren Scaife explains, “Now that our challenge is complete, I feel extremely proud. Proud of a group of 7 and 8 year olds going out daily and contributing towards two charities. I would never have thought that we’d do as many miles as we eventually did, 917 miles in total.

“To walk, run or cycle to Wembley from Brunton Park in 11 days was a tremendous effort but it forced me to come up with another stadium to reach. I chose the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam and we also reached there and nearly made it back to Wembley again too!

“For a group of 7 and 8 year olds to complete 917 miles is an amazing feat and I’m so very proud of them all and honoured to be their football coach.”

One fundraiser’s lockdown challenge has now seen him run every day for over 120 days. Shaun Jones’s challenge has seen him run at least 6 miles every day as he raises money for Jigsaw, in memory of his daughter Katie who received care at the hospice.

Speaking half way through the challenge Shaun explained, “I thought that I was going to have to flog myself for a 50 mile event, because whatever I do, I can’t just do the same again and expect people to sponsor me. I have to keep building on it and I thought that I would have to do something big. But this lockdown came about and because the government said you could exercise once a day I called them my running tokens, use them or you lose them.

“I haven’t had a day off and I am on day 51 now and that’s a minimum of 6 miles a day. At weekends I will probably take the kids, Jack and Abbie, out on their bikes and will be running for 12 miles. I call them my pace-makers, but I end up waiting for them.”

But the fundraising challenge is not over for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. With events continuing be cancelled or postponed, the hospice needs the support of the local community more than ever.

At a time when the hospice is still in great need of funding to secure its future, every penny and pound you raise will help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s vital care today, tomorrow and for many years to come.

To read more about the Gillford Gillies click here

To read more about Shaun Jones' fundraising click here