Sheffield to London hike helps Bluebell Wood

Curly fries and a building products delivery may not have much in common, but both led colleagues at Pagets builders’ merchants in Sheffield to walk an epic 193 miles to raise over £4000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Risking pain and blisters by going on foot from Sheffield to London, Dean Griffin, Alan Cassim and Callum Price walked an average 38 miles each day to reach London five days after leaving the steel city.

Dean (31) is the dad of Chloe Griffin (4) who has been a day care child at Bluebell Wood for the last two years. Dean said: “Chloe has made so many friends at Bluebell Wood. It’s an amazing place and the people are wonderful. When Chloe found out I was doing the walk, she wasn’t keen on me being away, but I persuaded her by saying we’d raise money for more of the curly fries that she enjoys there.”

Dean’s colleague Alan (56), was keen to support the children’s hospice after delivering building products there several years ago.

Alan said: “Bluebell Wood has always struck me as a really special place and I’ve wanted to do something ever since I first visited. We kept ourselves fit and well on the walk by wearing decent trainers and drinking plenty of water on the way. We were alright for the first few days, but the last day definitely got to us and we were happy to reach London by the end. It was an amazing feeling realising what we’d done.

Carrying a small rucksack each, the team stayed at B&Bs in Lowdham, Corby, Bedford and St Albans, paid for out of their own pockets, before finally reaching London St Pancras train station where they boarded the next train back to Sheffield.

Bluebell Wood corporate fundraiser Julie Hampson: “To walk all that way for Bluebell Wood is impressive. £4000 could pay for eight days of 24 hour nursing care. We help families through the toughest of times, with every penny raised helping to deliver a wide range of services, including end of life care and treatment, music therapy, counselling, sibling support groups and home visits.”

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