School presents Daisy's Dream with £1,100

On 30th January, representatives from local charity, Daisy’s Dream received £1,100, raised through mud, sweat and toil last May.The cheque was for funds at the school’s annual Charity Run and Fun Day, was handed to the charity by representatives at Park House School.

Daisy's Dream Cheque

Each year Park House School welcome the wider community to their generous sports fields to take part in fun runs of varying distances, a raffle, dog show, tractor rides, BBQ and fete - all to raise money for a worthy local cause.

Businesses set up stalls on the field to promote and sell to the fun runners and visitors, also contributing to the funds raised.

The event attracted more than 200 more runners that the previous year, with over 540 runners taking part in 2K, 5K and 10K runs and toddler and junior events.

Funds raised at the growing event are split between Park House School Association and a local charity, which this year was Daisy’s Dream.

Daisy’s Dream provides invaluable support to children and families living with a life-threatening illness or dealing with the bereavement of someone close.

Gemma Gittins from Daisy’s Dream said “We are so grateful to Park House School Association for choosing to support Daisy’s Dream”. She explained the “donation of £1,100 is enough for our Family Workers to provide an outreach 1:1 support session to 18 children or young people in West Berkshire.  This 1:1 work is provided completely free of charge and is a vital part of the service we provide. Your donation means that we are able to visit those facing, or following, the death of someone they love, in an environment that they feel comfortable in and provide them with an opportunity to express their emotions and explore their feelings.”

Last year Daisy’s Dreams helped 700 children across Berkshire. They carry out a large part of support work in schools without receiving any government funding. The charity relies heavily on voluntary contributions and donations for the £400,000 needed each year to deliver the support to help individuals and families rebuild in the wake of a bereavement.

This year, Ben Smith, known for running 401 marathons in 401 days and raising £330,000 in the process for anti-bullying charities, will be inspiring runners at the start line. Ben will start the event as Newbury runners take on the challenge to touch more lives next year as they raise even more money for another local cause.

For more information visit www.parkhouseschool.org/Our-Community/charity-run

Or sign up to run and help change lives this year visit charityrun2018.eventbrite.co.uk

Or book a stall at charityrunandfetestalls.eventbrite.co.uk