29 Nov 2017

Victoria Reilly takes many steps to raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice, West Yorkshire

Victoria Reilly fundraising

In memory of her mother, Dee, Victoria Reilly has chosen to trek over 120km in the Himalayas for Kirkwood Hospice – a local charity that provided outstanding, around the clock personal care.

“It’s been four years since my mum sadly lost her short battle against cancer,” said Victoria. “Mum had such a big personality so in honour of her I wanted to take on an equally big fundraising challenge. Twelve days climbing through the Himalayan mountain range to Everest Base Camp will be a huge undertaking but one that my partner, Paul Farrell, and I feel compelled to do. And besides, the staff at the hospice manage to deal with huge challenges every day for families like ours, so we have an added incentive to achieve what we have set out to do.”

Victoria and Paul have set a target of £7,500, but hope to raise over £10,000 for the charity. Kirkwood Hospice said: ‘‘The cost of running the hospice continues to rise year on year, so it needs people to fundraise and donate in order for us to care for people in need. Only a third of our revenue comes from local Clinical Commissioning Groups, which means the hospice relies on the generosity of the local community to raise the majority its funding. The money Victoria and Paul raise will have a huge impact on us and ensure that we can continue to provide support when and where it is needed. So far, the money Paul and Victoria have raised could fund 350 hours of patient care on our In-Patient Unit or 50 home visits by one of our Specialists Community Palliative Care Nurses.”

Kirkwood Hospice was founded by people living in West Yorkshire, who wanted to help others in the community. Having fundraised for charity before, Victoria understands the positive difference fundraising can make. She was also familiar with online fundraising platforms.

“I used MyDonate for my previous fundraising challenge for the sole reason that no commission is taken by BT. We want to raise as much money as possible and both Paul and I feel it’s really important that online giving platforms don’t charge commission so more money will go to our chosen charity.

“Friends and family are amazed that we are attempting something like this but all agree it’s for an incredible cause. I promised my mum that one day I would go to Everest and take her with me, so I need to train hard to be ready for the physical challenges ahead.”

Victoria and Paul have spent most of their weekends training and trekking around the Pennines and the highlands and lowlands of Great Britain, including the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Old Man of Coniston. Victoria has said that regular walks with their dog, Koko, has helped them keep physically active but admits she is more concerned with the temperature and altitude than the distance.

“I hate the cold and I’ve heard temperatures can drop significantly, but we will be keeping a photo diary and personal blog, which we will share throughout the trip, so people can join us on our fundraising journey.”

To support Paul and Victoria, please visit their fundraising page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/everest4kirkwood.




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