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Students take on after school walking challenge for CHSW

16 May 2024 CHSW

A group of students from a Bristol school went walking each week after class to raise money for a children’s charity.

Ashton Park School student Lilly and fellow students Ada and Ella did a sponsored walk to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW)

The trio set out to walk for an hour after school each Monday around Ashton Court and Bristol Harbourside over 3 months  - clocking up an amazing £831 for the charity.

The students took on the challenge as part of the volunteering section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Year 9 student Lilly said: “For the volunteering section of our Bronze DofE award we decided we would like to volunteer our time to do a sponsored walk for charity.

“We chose Children’s Hospice South West as we wanted to help raise funds to help a local charity. 

When we read about all the amazing work Children’s Hospice South West does and read some stories about how amazing Charlton Farm is, helping so many children and their families, we all agreed that this was the charity we wanted to walk for.

“Due to the time of year the weather was often against us and we did a lot of our walking soaking wet and in the dark but we only had to re-schedule once.

“In total we walked 83km and raised £831. We’re really pleased we managed to raise money for such a deserving charity.”

Ashton Park School Headteacher Richard Uffendell said: “I am immensely proud of our students who have accomplished so much for Children's Hospice South West. 

“They are truly inspirational and have clearly demonstrated our school values of Respect, Determination and Community.”

CHSW area fundraiser Amanda Leonard said: “On behalf of the 550 families that are supported by the Children's Hospice South West each year we are truly grateful.

“The students have demonstrated a strong commitment to their challenge and have raised an incredible amount of money

“We rely heavily on the support of our local community and it is wonderful to see that CHSW was chosen to be supported.

This money will go a long way to helping local children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families at such a challenging time.

Children’s Hospice South West has been providing care and support to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families in the South West for over 30 years.

The charity offers specialist palliative care and hospice care for the whole family, a sibling support for brothers and sisters, emergency support, end of life care and a bereavement service.