AN epic fundraiser will be no walk in the park for Warwick man Lee Moore who joins colleagues on the 100km Thames Path Challenge on Saturday. (September 7th)
Lee, 22, has spent the last few weeks in training for the London trek, which he’ll be joined on by seven colleagues from consultancy and technology group REPL, based in Henley-in-Arden.
They will be among 3,000 people taking on the 24-hour route from Putney Bridge to Henley-on-Thames, from 7am.
Also part of his team of fundraisers from the Warwick office are Antony Kaplan and Diana Washington.
They are all raising money for Warwick’s Molly Olly’s Wishes and CALM, a charity which works to reduce suicide rates which are the leading cause of death in men under 45 in the UK.
REPL, which has sites throughout the world, has been supporting Molly Olly’s for several years.
The charity was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.
It works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.
Mascot of the charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.
Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk
Lee, an environment manager at REPL, said: “I’m very excited and slightly nervous as the challenge approaches around the corner. As a team we have put in a lot of training hours through all sorts of conditions from 30-degree heat over the bank holiday weekend to a wet Sunday afternoon in Milton Keynes.
“At the end of the day our main goal here was to raise money and awareness of two charities which make everyday differences to people’s lives and of course it will be a bonus if we all make it to the finish line! Which of course we will!
“I am now focusing on my food intake and getting a good night’s sleep for the big day!”
The team are £2,000 towards their fundraising target of £5,000. Sponsor them at: https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/REPLTPC