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Hike 4 Houses braves the British weather!

Hike 4 Houses braves the British weather!

| by Tooting Daily PRSS | Posted in News
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In the first of her regular blogs for us, Steph Freeborough, House Assistant at Ronald McDonald House in Tooting tells us about their huge fundraising walk around South London (via Tooting)!  

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free accommodation for families with children in hospital. There are 14 Houses based in the UK, located moments away from specialist hospitals. It costs £25 per night to support a family and the charity relies upon the generosity of supporters and fundraisers to continue its amazing services.

I work in the Tooting House, based at St George’s Hospital and I get to see firsthand the very real need for the services our charity provides.   

To help support this work, I fundraised in the wind and rain, taking part in the Hike 4 Houses 14 mile walk between the London Houses on 23 September with a team of nine friends. 

We arrived soaking wet at Evelina London House (on Lambeth Road, just by the River Thames), but keen to get started. Over 100 people had signed up for the full 14 mile walk, with over 30 children joining for the final three miles. It was really inspiring to speak to the walkers, sharing their reasons for walking in aid of the Ronald McDonald House families.

My friends, Catherine and Tara, stayed or had a family member stay at a Ronald McDonald House – so I was even more inspired to walk for them.

After a very wet start, the rain slowly became sunshine as we arrived at the Tooting House having already walked six miles. Our hikers enjoyed a delicious spread kindly provided by Brakes Brothers, Mitie and Peabody’s, based in St George’s Hospital.

To the sound of cheering volunteers, we started our five mile walk to Camberwell House and when we arrived – starting to feel the aches – another enthusiastic cheer team riled us up for our last three miles to Evelina London House.

The last mile was the hardest, but the thought of my frustrations compared to the stresses of the families we were raising money in aid of put it into perspective and we all marched on in high spirits! 

It was an amazing feeling when we all crossed the finish line together. Not only did it mean that I could finally put my feet up, but we were greeted by the smiling faces of family members – arms full of flowers and champagne. The best bit though was seeing Catherine’s daughter Elsie who had been treated at Evelina London – now a healthy and happy two-year old! It really brought home the importance of your family being close and the work that Ronald McDonald House Charities does to support that.

You can find out more about Ronald McDonald House Tooting on their website and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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