A team of colleagues from Chalmers HB Accountants in Wells have chosen to take part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s Walk of Life to say thank you to the Children’s Department at Bath’s Royal United Hospital (RUH). In 2016, a member of the Chalmers team lost both her grandchildren to SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Sonny passed away in April 2016 age 7 months, and his sister Sienna two weeks later, age 22 months. The team chose to take part in the event to raise funds for the Children’s Ward that played an important part in the care of both children.
The team of 27 colleagues from Chalmers HB have entered the Walk of Life Corporate Challenge taking place on Saturday 13th May, and participants will be walking either the full 26.2 mile marathon challenge along the Kennet and Avon canal from Bishops Cannings to Bath, or joining the event for 10 miles in the afternoon from Bradford On Avon to Bath.
Company Director for Chalmers HB, Caroline Bannell, comments: “The events of last year touched all our hearts and when the opportunity came up to support the hospital and improve our fitness at the same time, the whole team were keen to sign up. This is quite a challenge for a bunch of accountants who spend 5 days a week sitting behind a desk! ”
The walk is organised by The Forever Friends Appeal – the primary charity for the RUH who raise vital funds for all wards and departments at the hospital. Every year the Walk of Life sees hundreds of people across Bath, Somerset and Wiltshire walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal from Bishops Cannings to Bath, raising funds to help transform patient care at the RUH. 500 participants have signed up to join the Walk of Life, with everyone choosing to fundraise towards a ward, department or Campaign of their choice.
Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common comments: “Everyone who takes part in the Walk of Life has a different reason for wanting to support the charity. It is lovely to see the team at Chalmers all come together to take on this challenge to show their support for their colleague and their family, after what must have been such a difficult year. We are really grateful to have their support in raising money towards state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities for the Children’s department.”
Legendary Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis CBE has become an Ambassador for the Walk and will therefore be attending the start of the route in Bishops Cannings to greet walkers before heading on their way.
Once again the Appeal are thrilled to be working with Kier Construction on the event, who have sponsored the Walk of Life for the past 3 years and who are also working in partnership with the RUH Bath NHS Trust on the redevelopment of the hospital site.
To support the Chalmers HB team and their fundraising challenge for the RUH Children’s Department, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ChalmersHB or visit their office and pop some change in the collection tin on their reception desk.