A tour of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice gave ten year old Katie Ware and eight year olds Chloe Ware and Charlie Heenan all the inspiration they needed to persuade their families to tackle Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to fundraise for the North Anston charity.
The seven-strong team planning to bag the 1,085 metre peak on 27 August will include Katie and Chloe, their parents Phil and Joanne and brother James (12) and Charlie and her dad Graeme. Waiting to cheer them on at the finish line will be Thomas Ware (5), Sophie Heenan (5) and mum Emma Heenan.
Laughton Junior and Infant School pupils Katie, Chloe and Charlie first started fundraising for the charity that cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions last Christmas when they raised £135 at a school cake and craft sale.
Katie and Chloe’s mum Joanne Ware said: “Anna, a community fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, arranged for the girls to have a tour when they brought in the money. They were completely inspired and came away wanting to raise more to help children who aren’t as lucky as them. We thought this was so lovely and backed them 150% on their idea to climb Mount Snowdon. They’re so determined and we’re very proud of them.
“Our training involves lots of walks both locally and out in Derbyshire. We’re trying to build up our leg muscles so that we’re as prepared as possible for the big day, when we’ll have a whole day of walking ahead of us. We’re all very much looking forward to the challenge. The girls are definitely quite excited and working hard to get lots of sponsors. They just want to raise as much as they possibly can.”
Anna Gott, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood said: “We’re in awe of Katie, Chloe and Charlie’s spirit of adventure and their dedication to doing something so awesome for Bluebell Wood. We wish them every bit of luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes. Every pound they raise will make a real difference to our families.”
Katie, Chloe and Charlie have also signed up for Bluebell Wood’s new Fun-draising Club for under-16s. This gives children lots of tips on turning ideas into fundraisers and motivates them with badges when they reach new fundraising targets. From bake sales and sponsored silences to talent shows and sponsored swims, the Fun-club gives children inspiration and support to help them all the way.
Joanne and Philip, who own the Blue Lizard Reptiles pet shop in Dinnington, have set up an online fundraising page for the Mount Snowdon climb. To sponsor the team visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bluebellwoodsnowdon
Parents with children interested in getting involved in Bluebell Wood Fun-draising should email Sally Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or visit www.bluebellwood.org/fun-draisingclub
Once Fun-draising Club members have made their first donation, Bluebell Wood sends each person a special fundraising pack with their own Fun-draising Club t-shirt.