Kilimanjaro trek raised thousands for children’s hospice

Doncaster duo Hayley Mayes and Claire Southern have raised over a whopping £15,000 for children and young adults at Bluebell Wood by scaling the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The duo took on the challenge in September to support the charity as a thank you for the care staff provided to a child of a friend who died at the Sheffield based hospice in 2009.

In August, Hayley and Claire, workmates at the Doncaster and Armthorpe branches of Halifax, smashed their £10,000 target with high hopes of reaching £15,000 for the charity.

Rachael Dawes, corporate fundraising manager at Bluebell Wood said; “Hayley and Claire are a huge inspiration and have raised an incredible amount to ensure we can continue to provide around the clock palliative, respite and end-of-life care for our children; creating special memories for children and young adults.”

Claire Southern, branch manager at Armthorpe Halifax bank said; “Knowing how much of a difference the money we raised can make to the children and families at Bluebell Wood was our biggest motivator – we are both over the moon to be able to have achieve our target.

Halifax have shown fantastic support with our fundraising and have really got behind us and Bluebell Wood, we’re so grateful.”

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice provides care to children with a shortened life expectancy. To provide the care and support services the charity needs to raise more £3 million a year, but receives less than 10% government funding.

The pair are now taking up training to prepare for their upcoming challenges for Bluebell Wood, which include the London to Paris bike ride and Wing walk in 2016.

The charity has launched its calendar of events for the next year and is recruiting people to take part in the Adventure Challenge, Three Peaks, Tandem skydives, Great Wall of China Trek and London to Paris cycle.

If you would like to follow in Hayley and Claire’s footsteps by taking on a mammoth challenge yourself, please contact Events Fundraiser, Jo Berry on 01909 517 365 or email

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