21 May 2015

Kilimanjaro challenge makes 2015 a year to remember for fundraising pair

 fundraising pair

Fundraisers Claire Southern and Hayley Mayes have designated 2015 as the year to do something memorable. After much deliberation, the duo settled on climbing 6,000 metres up Kilimanjaro on September 17th.

Claire and Hayley both wanted to make a difference to a charity local to where they live. After spending a day volunteering at Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, their decision was made.

‘A place filled with laughter and love’

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is a charity that offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at their hospice in North Anston, Sheffield.

Set in six-and-a-half acres, the home-from-home hospice provides eight bedrooms for children and young adults as well as accommodation for families.

Bluebell Wood offers music therapy, bereavement counselling, sibling support, befriending and a range of therapies for patients and their families.

The relaxed setting also offers children and young people a music room, messy playroom, sensory room, cinema room, soft play area, teenage room and Jacuzzi – and more importantly, the chance to unwind, take a break and have fun with their families.

‘Bluebell Wood recommended MyDonate to us’

The charity relies on the generosity of the public and fundraisers like Claire and Hayley to continue providing this vital lifeline for families.

For Claire the choice of fundraising website was an easy one: “MyDonate is free to use. It’s user friendly and really easy for me to use as an administrator and for people donating.”

Helen Mower, head of fundraising for the charity, adds: “As a charity, every penny counts and we chose MyDonate because there are no fees associated with our fundraisers using the site. They know we get all of the money they raise. In addition, the site is easy to navigate. Our supporters are able to use and share their pages in the way they want.”

Claire’s top fundraising tips

Claire and Hayley have raised an impressive £8,000 already. Claire shares her top tips for drumming up donations and support: “The main thing is to enjoy whatever you’re doing to fundraise, as you’re then more willing to put in that extra bit of effort.”

She also recommends getting everyone you know on board: “We have found the local community and businesses have really supported us as we got them involved as well. It does take a lot of planning and organising when fundraising but everyone involved enjoys helping out.”

Helen says: “We wish Claire and Hayley all the very best with their epic challenge and hope that they enjoy every minute. We are so very grateful for their tremendous fundraising support and cannot wait to hear all about their adventure.”

You can sponsor Claire and Hayley’s challenge

Learn more about Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice





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