Two college pals who organised a charity walk along Preston’s Guild Wheel after hearing their lecturer’s son had been diagnosed with leukaemia have been overwhelmed by the support received.
Chloe Collins and Holly Rhodes had aimed to raise £500 through the Guild Wheel Night Time Walk, but the amount has already passed the £1,500 mark and is expected to reach £1,800.
Everyone has said they are really proud of us and we are really are proud of ourselves.
The pair decided to raise funds for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where three-year-old Reuben Whittle, the son of Jayne Whittle, their tourism and leisure lecturer at Cardinal Newman College,
Holly, 17, said: “ The walk went really well and took us about four and a half hours.
“Everyone has said they are really proud of us and we are really are proud of ourselves.”
Chloe, 16, who lives in Goosnargh, and Holly, from Ashton roped in support from their own families and friends for the walk and 19 people of all ages took part, the youngest of whom was 11. They walked from Wolseley Road near The River Ribble – where they were all given a musical send off by DJ Jake Wilkinson – finishing at Merry Trees Lane, near Miller Lane.
Funds were further boosted by the girls being able to collect at the egg rolling event on Preston’s Avenham Park on Easter Monday.
Reuben’s parents have been really touched by the girls’ efforts and his mum Jayne, 41, said: “I am just amazed at what the girls have done and the amount of money they have raised. It hasn’t all come in yet. I am really, really pleased. It is a credit to them and their parents and the college that they have all pulled together to get this event sorted out and raised the money they have.”
Of Reuben she said: “He is doing okay. Progress is as good as expected so far, but we are going to be in hospital for five months of treatment.”
If anyone would still like to sponsor the girls then you can go to www.justgiving.com/GuildWheelWalk.