A team from James du Pavey Independent Estate Agents Eccleshall office completed a 26 mile walk, from their office in Eccleshall to their office in Nantwich, to raise £2000 for The Donna Louise.
James du Pavey explained, “Our champions rallied in Eccleshall High Street at a bleary eyed 04:45am, ready for the 26 mile marathon walk to Nantwich that awaited them.
The walk really was a huge challenge for the team with blood, sweat and tears shed. But The Donna Louise really is a lifeline to so many and we feel humbled to raise money for this amazing place.
“The aim of the walk was to raise £1000, I was amazed by the generosity of our friends and family when we hit that before we even set off. The total currently stands at nearly £2000 including gift aid.”
And, despite the scorching hot conditions, and sacrificing the greatest sporting day of the summer, with the World Cup Final and the Wimbledon Men’s Final, the team pushed on to complete the walk.
James added, “Although raising money was the main aim, it's not just about that. Getting up so early and putting ourselves through a literal marathon is a small reminder of what so many families go through on a daily basis, just to care for their loved ones. I was totally shattered but I knew I would have a good night's sleep and a rest the next day, but that's just not the case for these families and that's why The Donna Louise is so important, it can step in and let them have that space to rest and recuperate, amongst all the other fabulous services it offers. I just hope people see what we did and feel inspired to give what they can, or fundraise themselves.”
Last year the Estate Agents pledged to make The Donna Louise Children's Hospice their chosen charity. The partnership started with the striking 'rainbow charity boards'. The initiative gives homeowners selling their houses with James Du Pavey the opportunity to choose an exclusive Donna Louise sale board featuring a design created by one of the children who use the Trentham-based Hospice.
For each house that sells with one of the “rainbow boards”, a total of £100 goes to The Donna Louise.
James du Pavey have also used the technology they use to create an online tour of a house to create a virtual reality tour of The Donna Louise Hospice in Trentham. This has been shared with supporters to show exactly what The Donna Louise is like.
Katie Tams, Regional Fundraiser at The Donna Louise, said “Taking on this marathon walk was a ONE IN A MILLION thing to do. The money the team has raised will pay for play activities for a whole month at the hospice, which means that there will be plenty to keep the children, and their brothers and sisters, entertained when they come to stay.
“The support of the James du Pavey team has been brilliant, they’ve not only raised lots of money, but they’ve created the amazing virtual reality tour, which has been fantastic to show supporters exactly what the hospice is like inside and help dispel some of the myths associated with the word ‘hospice’. A huge thank you to the whole team for their ongoing support!”