Wilson Partners smash 3 Peak Challenge

Over the weekend of 25th and 26th June, a team of 16 from Wilson Partners, a financial firm based in Maidenhead, took on the tough challenge of climbing the national 3 Peaks in just 24 hours. They were absolutely phenomenal and smashed their fundraising target.

Here’s how they got on…

“With a range of differing fitness levels, we knew it was not going to be an easy task but we were all determined to see it through and help raise vital funds for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service as part of the charity’s #RockTheBlue campaign for Children’s Hospice Week.

There was 1250 miles of driving, 20 miles of hiking, 40 hours with minimal sleep and thankfully 0 injuries (except from some dodgy knees!)…and we are so proud to say we smashed our fundraising target and raised a phenomenal £5,807!

Due to circumstances out of our control, we very sadly did not make it within the planned 24 hours and just missed the top of Snowdon by 500 feet. This was in part due to a slower than planned Ben Nevis climb, driving delays and biblical weather on Snowdon.”

Here’s what some of the team said….

Paul Hyde shared his highlight of the challenge:

Racing up Scafell Pike in the dead of night was a highlight, it had a bit of everything – tricky terrain, rain, hail, thunder and, most importantly, a bit of a sing along led by our designated morale officer James Feast.”

Dan James remembered his most special parts of the weekend:

“Climbing Ben Nevis felt really special for me. It was the start of our challenge so spirits were high and the sun was shining so we got some amazing views as we made the first part of the ascent. The rain came and went providing stunning rainbows over the lakes below and as we got higher and higher the terrain became more difficult, the temperature dropped and so did visibility. Reaching the snow caps was pretty cool and then arriving at the very top of the UK was an incredible feeling! At that point I had forgotten it was another few hours to get back down again!”

Allan Wilson praised the teamwork and determination of everyone involved:

“Whilst the aches and pains will hopefully fade quickly, the memories of a fantastic weekend will live long! Resilience, determination, great team work and a lot of laughs contributed to a challenge I’ll never forget. I feel very lucky to have shared it with a great team and all the better for having exceeded our fund raising target for Alexander Devine”

Inspired to take on a physical and tough challenge like Wilson Partners? Here’s their top 3 tips…

“Firstly – you do need all the gear. Effective waterproofs are your best friend. Secondly – snacks, snacks and more snacks! And thirdly – it’s going to be tough by singing Sweet Caroline will definitely get you through!”

 

 

 

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Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Christine Bateson, to our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

It was a wonderful opportunity to show her our amazing state-of-the-art facilities and talk about the vital support we give to local children and their families, all made possible by donations and fundraising.

There are many misconceptions about what children’s hospice care is all about. Not many people understand the all-encompassing care that children’s hospice services like ours provide to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families. As well as the specialist clinical care, our holistic and bespoke approach aims to provide the best possible support for each child and family. This includes support such as much-needed respite, specialist play for children and their siblings, symptom management, family support services, end of life care and bereavement support. As well as at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead, Alexander’s Care Team provides support in the family home and the community, including hospitals and schools.

With facilities at our hospice such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and accessible playground, we offer opportunities for children and their siblings to experience fun, joy and adventures, and help families make precious memories for as long as they have. For some of these children and their families, we will support them for many years, for others it may be a shorter period of time.

During the visit, our CEO Fiona introduced the mayor to our some of our wonderful volunteers and members of Alexander’s Care Team. However, we think it was Thomas and Keanu’s big smiles that definitely proved to be the highlight of the visit!

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We were very grateful to receive a donation of amazing mental health awareness self-care packages from Charlotte, founder of a lovely local small business called MindFill. They work with a range of clients to curate beautiful and bespoke branded care packages to help with employee wellness.

Thank you for thinking of us, what a lovely treat!
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