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Taking on Mont Blanc for Phyllis’s 40th


Barry and Dave love a good walk, but from 4th to 8th September they’ll be taking on a hike with a difference, as they trek the Mont Blanc massif region to raise money for local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

Barry Young, Retail Operations Manager at the charity, and Dave Coombes, a delivery driver who collects and delivers items donated to and bought from the charity’s shops, are taking on the challenge to raise money to help fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

The Mont Blanc Massif region is an area of beautiful pine forests, lush meadows and clear blue lakes, which will offer Barry and Dave a challenging and varied terrain. They will trek for six to eight hours a day as they cover part of the circular route around Mont Blanc, crossing the border from Switzerland into Italy and then France, and staying in mountain chalets.

“We’ve been training hard over the last few months and are really looking forward to the challenge,” says Barry. “Phyllis Tuckwell is such an important charity,” adds Dave. “They cared for my wife Sandra when she was ill, and the support they gave us was amazing. It’s really important to me to give something back, to say thank you to them.”

All of the money they raise will go directly towards funding the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. If you would like to sponsor them, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/the-tuckwell-trekkers.

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