South Ockendon girl to take part in hospice ‘30 in 30’ challenge

A LOCAL hospice charity is calling on families in the community to set themselves a ’30 in 30′ challenge this summer to raise money for essential hospice care.

Over 500 people have already donated towards the virtual fundraising campaign, which aims to replace the charity’s public fundraising events which have had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic including the Southend Half Marathon, Southend Triathlon, Pedal for The J’s and the Havens to Havens Walk. 

The ’30 in 30′ virtual campaign runs until 31st August and challenges people to walk, run or cycle 30 miles across 30 days. The charity has chosen 30 miles because that’s the average distance one of its Hospice at Home nurses will travel in a day to care for patients and families in the community.

Lily Trott, 9, from South Ockendon completed the challenge by cycling a total distance of 31.8 miles, kindly raising over £1,000 – smashing her original target of £50.

She said, “I chose to take on the challenge for charity as I felt bad for the people that are poorly and I wanted to help them. I really enjoyed it a lot and It felt amazing when I completed it – I felt like I was going to be able to help so many people.” 

Joining the virtual campaign is free, but the charity is asking participants to fundraise as much as possible so Havens Hospices can continue ‘Making every day count’ for everyone they care for.

If challengers raise £30 they will receive a medal, plus a t-shirt if they raise £150 or more. This is a challenge for everyone to take part in and doesn’t have to be physical – it can be any challenge based around the number 30.

Set a target today and join the charity’s virtual fundraisers taking on the challenge till end of August. To sign up visit www.havenshospices.org.uk/30in30

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