Welcome to Tom's Golden Miles
Tom's golden mile challenge first took place in 2008, in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. It was such a huge success and so enjoyable we have decided to make it an annual event.
Thomas is my 17 year old son and he is one of the first children to use the newly built children's hospice. Thomas was born with a serious heart defect and is severely brain damaged and requires 24-hour care.
In his short life he has had 3 respiratory arrests serious choking episodes and has regular epileptic fits. Our other son Sam had a stroke and has cerebral palsy and also requires constant care. For our family and the many families throughout Derbyshire and South Yorkshire who care for a sick child the support from a children’s hospice is so important.
Throughout the country there are 20,000 children who require the services of a children’s hospice, but only enough hospices to care for 5,000. This means that three out of every four children have to manage the unimaginable.
I hope that in doing Tom’s Golden Mile Challenge, it will help in a small way in raising awareness and hopefully funds towards the 2.5 million annual running costs.
The walk is 35 miles and passes through 20 Derbyshire villages, in what is some of the countries most picturesque countryside.