Kind-hearted care home workers braved the cold and took to the streets of Hyndburn to raise money for children currently living in extreme poverty in Africa.
The 10-strong team, which was led by Springhill Care Home’s Gemma Creech, went out raising money ahead of her trip to Rwanda in February next year.
Staff took part in the 10-mile sponsored walk, which started in Baxenden, on to Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Knuzden, Blackburn, then back through Oswaldtwistle. To complete the walk, the team headed back to the Brick Works in Accrington.
Gemma, who will be going out to visit Compassion Rwanda projects, as part of a 12-man team said: “Harsh winds and the cold, greeted us for the start of the event in Baxenden and after reaching Oswaldtwistle, the heavens opened. It was time for the emergency plastic ponchos to come out for the triumphant 10, who refused to let the rain dampen our spirits.
“Generous members of the public donated money on the day and as well as raising a lot of smiles and sharing a lot of laughter along the way, the team are sure they will have raised over £600, by the time sponsorship is fully collected.”
Springhill Care Home’s Karen Singleton even walked with a broken foot and Claire Allen who has knee tendon damage but the staff put their pain to one side.
Springhill’s recent fireworks event raised a further £200 for the Compassion Rwanda projects.
Rwanda is a country which is still recovering from the horrendous genocide which took place there in 1994. Over 800,000 children were left orphaned, after the systematic slaughter of nearly 1,000,000, of the minority Tutsi population.
Children can be sponsored for as little as 83p per day and further information can be found at www.compassionuk.org.
To sponsor Gemma or support the home’s fundraising activities please get in touch with Springhill Care Home on 01254 381719.