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Trio to walk 900 miles to raise money for Haven House Children’s Hospice

Mike Palfreman with Paul Turrell and Simon Fanning (credit: Haven House) 

The boss of Haven House Children’s Hospice will walk the length of Great Britain to raise money for the charity.

CEO Mike Palfreman and his friends Paul Turrell and Simon Fanning are going to walk 900 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End. 

They will be following in the footsteps of former cricketer Sir Ian Botham and traveling roughly 30 miles a day. 

The trio are aiming to raise £100,000 to support the hospice which has struggled to raise money during the coronavirus crisis. 

Haven House, based in Woodford Green, relies on fundraising to provide 80 per cent of the funds they need to carry on.

This year they have been unable to hold some of their big annual events, such as their Summer Fair in July and August.  

However, that has not stopped them from supporting vulnerable children and families. 

“We have gone out of our way to work with hospitals to take sick children, without Covid-19, out of hospital to free up those hospital beds for emergency cases,” said Mike.

“We’ve got a whole load of families and children who’ve gone into lockdown over the period because of their concerns about the impact of the virus on their children.

“We’ve been working very hard to support them by offering music therapy or play therapy remotely by Zoom.”

Haven House has also helped deliver medicine to families who can’t leave their house and recently allowed people to visit the hospice to use their open space. 

Mike has already walked a collective total of 40,000km, equal to the circumference of the world, during various walking challenges for the hospice. 

“This is my 60th birthday year and my 10th year at Haven House Children’s Hospice, so we wanted to undertake something particularly challenging and memorable,” added Mike. 

The trio will start their challenge on Saturday, 29 August. 

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