With just a day to go before embarking on a 34-mile fundraising walk for Stick ‘n’ Step, staff from Russell WBHO have visited the charity to see for themselves the important work it does helping children with cerebral palsy across the North West.
Jake Ogden and Joe McHugh are part of the project team which is delivering the new £30m Hartree Super Computing Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury. The team nominated Stick ‘n’ Step as the local charity they wanted to support for the duration of the 18-month build programme.
Jake and Joe visited the charity’s Tudor Hall base in Runcorn this week to meet some of the children who their fundraising efforts will help. The pair observed the children during their sessions and got involved with sensory play in the sandpit.
Jake said: “We had a great time at Stick ‘n’ Step, everyone was really welcoming and the children we met were lovely, we all had a lot of fun.
“It’s really incredible what the charity does to support children with cerebral palsy. It provides free weekly conductive education sessions to children and young people up to the age of 25, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live more independent lives. The staff are amazing and the facilities are fantastic, but there’s always more they could do with additional funding and greater awareness, and hopefully that’s something we can help them with.”
Joe added: “We really appreciated the charity inviting us in and came away really impressed with everything we saw and even more determined to raise as much money as possible.”
The team will set out this Saturday July 8th on the Sandstone Trail with the aim of covering the 34-miles from Frodsham in Cheshire to Whitchurch in Shropshire in under 12 hours. They have already met their fundraising target of £3,000 and are hoping to now hit £4,000 by the weekend.
The money will go towards covering the £7,000 cost per child per year. The Russell WBHO team is also planning to provide some practical maintenance support for the centre during the summer holidays.
Stick ‘n’ Step Corporate Fundraiser Jo Fowler said: “Thank you to Jake and Joe for coming in to meet the children and our dedicated team, the boys enjoyed playtime and trying on the hard hats and builder’s jackets. We’re incredibly grateful to the company for choosing to support Stick ‘n’ Step and wish the team the very best of luck for the walk on Saturday.”
The Russell WBHO Team undertaking the trek comprises Lee Mottram, Matt Wilson, Jake Ogden, Joe McHugh, Marcus Crawford, Colin Hindley, Gary Gardner, Jonathan Rhodes and James Brown.
To support the team and donate to the charity please donate via Just Giving here.