A Lancashire couple whose sons are cared for by Derian House has raised more than £2,000 for the hospice by walking from Bolton to Blackpool.
Daniella Wroth and her partner Julian Crossman completed the 30-mile trek in just over 11 hours.
The children’s hospice is an especially important place to Daniella and Julian as it is where their twin boys, Arthur and Tommy, receive care.
The 18-month-old twins were both diagnosed with a severe form of cerebral palsy amongst other life-threatening conditions and visit Derian House for respite.
Daniella explains just how tough the challenge was although they got off to a great start:
“The walk was both mentally and physically challenging. The first 10 miles were great, we were full of adrenaline and the sun was shining.
“But then things started to get tougher, our legs began to seize and we started to suffer from blisters. But aside from the occasional rest stop, we just powered through. The best part of the walk was when we hit Blackpool and could see the Tower getting closer.”
The couple was spurred on by the thought of the good they were doing for the children’s hospice:
“What kept us going was thinking about Arthur and Tommy and the next level care they receive at Derian House. The hospice has changed our lives in such a massive way and our goal was to raise as much money as possible to help more families to receive the same care and support that we couldn’t be without.”
The hospice is very important to the couple and their children which is why they wanted to take on this challenge:
“When you become a parent to a child with disabilities, your whole life is turned upside down. Because of Derian House, we aren’t suffering in silence anymore. The boys absolutely love going there and they are treated with such care and love.”
Sarah Proctor, Community Fundraiser at Derian House said:
“We couldn’t be more proud of Daniella and Julian for completing their 30-mile walk from Bolton to Blackpool. To receive support like this is vitally important to us now more than ever to ensure we can continue to care for the children and young people who need us most.”
You can still donate here to help Daniella and Julian raise as much as possible for Derian House