Another Milestone for Bluebell Wood

Six regulars from the Milestone Pub at Crystal Peaks are planning to walk the Pennine Journey, one of Wainwright’s Walks, in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The 247 mile journey from Settle follows the route through Middleton-in-Teesdale to Housesteads following Hadrian’s Wall for 21 miles before returning to Settle via Appleby and Ingleton.  This will take 18 days to complete and is scheduled to start next June.

John Tunstall, Karl Seery, Alan Johnson, Andy Wragg, Kay Lavin and Ellis Kennedy came up with the idea after the pub which was recently one of Bluebell Wood’s Purple Pubs had been fundraising for the hospice. They decided to name the event Another Milestone for Bluebell Wood as this event follows on a long tradition of fundraising for Bluebell Wood at the pub.

John Tunstall said “Once we decided to do the walk we then wanted to do it for a charity so we chose Bluebell Wood. It made us all the more determined once we had been to the hospice. It’s our way of helping Bluebell Wood and I hope that the local community will really get behind the event.

Bluebell Wood, based in North Anston, has a highly specialised care team, offering care and support to children with complex medical needs and a shortened life expectancy.  

Gail Parkin, community fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “It’s wonderful that this group of friends have come forward to do this for the hospice. They certainly have the determination to complete the walk and we want to thank them for all their time and effort.

“It costs £4m a year to keep our doors open and we receive less than 10%
government funding. Every penny raised makes a huge positive difference.”

Fellow walker Andy Wragg said “If anyone out there would like to join us on the walk or even just for a section of it they would be very welcome to join us.  He added: “If anyone out there feels they can support us by sponsoring us, we would be delighted to hear from you”

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