This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the coming few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.
Our next donation in the series has come from the Delamere Spartans. These guys are the friendly faces you find waiting for you at the Mardale checkpoint. They are the guys and girls who have that quiet word with you when you are convinced you can’t go any further and then promptly kick you back out and send you on towards Kentmere. The Spartans have chosen The Joshua Tree to receive his £500 donation.
The charity was founded 10 years ago by David & Lynda Hill, parents who experienced childhood cancer when their son Josh was just 4 months old. They found that the most beneficial support resource for them was meeting other families in similar situations who could empathise and offer peer to peer support. Most member of The Joshua Tree team have experienced childhood cancer either as parents, siblings or friends and have an insight into the impact it can have on every day life.
The Joshua Tree supports families across the North West living with the life-changing experience of childhood cancer. Facing childhood cancer can be a devastating experience and its impact may last for may years after treatment ends. They work with families and schools to provide support tailored to each individual families needs. They offer 1-2-1 support, practical and therapeutic help and aim to ensure that life remains as normal as possible during an incredibly traumatic time. They currently support around 70 families across the North West from their small interim support centre in Northwich.
From 2006 The Joshua Tree started in earnest to begin the major fundraising task of building a dedicated centre to include short breaks and a support service where families could go to receive care. The £500 donation from Epic Kidz on behalf of the Lakeland 100 and the Delamere Spartans will go towards this and they plan to open the new support centre in 2017.