Tough Mudder for Big Hearts Group

Published: 26-07-2017
Tough Mudder for Big Hearts Group

A contractor at LOR has completed a gruelling ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge and raised £140 for the Big Hearts Group, supporting children aged 7-15 with a parent, sibling or relative with a palliative or life limiting illness.

Daniel Elsmore works for contractors APPLUS on the LOR site, who have supported the Big Hearts Group with regular donations over the past 3 years.

He completed the 12 mile Tough Mudder contest in the grounds of Nottingham Castle over 5 hours completing challenges such as landing in a skip full of ice and the final challenge of running under dangling electric wires.

Daniel said:
“It’s something that’s close to my heart, I think what the Big Hearts Group does is fantastic. It was a challenge but good fun and very muddy and everyone supported me with sponsorship.”

Kerry Eddington, St. Andrews hospice Family support volunteer said:
“We’re really grateful for the donation as without donations such as this we wouldn’t be able to take the children to do things like going to the cinema, playing crazy golf or on trips.”

Dawn Trigg, Palliative Care Social Worker said:
“We are extremely grateful for the support from Daniel and the APPLUS team over the years. We get our funding from a variety of sources but are always looking for new funding to enable us to sustain and develop the work of the group.”  

“‘Big Hearts’ was set up in 2010 as a partnership between CTP/Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service and NELC Young Carers project. The aim of the group is to enable members to have free time, make new friends and take part in a variety of activities and projects including: film nights, art, craft, drama, games and cookery. Members are supported by trained staff and their peers to cope with and come to terms with their loss.  The original group members chose the name BIG Hearts as one member stated ‘BIG Hearts Help Little Feelings’.”

“We work with children for as long as they need our support.  Over the last 7 years we have supported 28 children and with continued donations like Daniel’s we hope to be able to support many more in the future.”

Referrals to the group can be made through Dawn Trigg, Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Social Worker on 01472 250623.

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