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Modern ‘chariot’ helps fundraising for local hospice

Modern ‘chariot’ helps fundraising for local hospice

St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon received a boost to its funding this month, when a group of trekkers were sponsored to walk the length of Hadrian’s wall, the defensive fortification in Roman Britain. To set the walkers on their way, Simon Holder, owner of the Wickford-based company Simon’s Bus, provided transport to and from London’s Euston Station, free of charge. The trek raised £9,000 for the hospice.

The group followed the 84-mile-long wall as closely as possible, only having to go off course for a small part of the walk because of flooding. Event co-ordinator Ed Pearce said “It was so nice being picked up by Simon’s party bus, as travelling home on the tube would have seemed like an anti climax”.

The Simon’s Bus company and St Luke’s Hospice are corporate partners. The company often puts on free transport, and sometimes directly funds events. “The reason this is my chosen charity is because my Dad was looked after so well at the hospice before he passed away,” said Simon, adding, “I am keen to give something back”.

The trekkers certainly seemed happy with their expedition, as they were singing for the entire journey back from London!

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