27 April 2017
SweetTree’s Facilities Manager is walking for a good cause
SweetTree is proud to be sponsoring its IT and Facilities Manager Phil Bones, who is taking on a mammoth 162-mile charity walk to raise vital funds for Tiger Ward, a Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit in Woolwich, South London. This unit offers the same treatment as Primary Treatment Centres like The Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Street Hospital, including chemotherapy and outpatient care for children with cancer and leukaemia, as well as an inpatient ward.
Phil is taking part in the London to Paris walk, which starts at the Globe Theatre in London on 8th July. It sees Phil and 12 of his friends and volunteers join him in a trek to the Eiffel Tower in just six days, finishing on 13th July. Phil, aged 48 from Kent, is no stranger to fundraising, having previously walked from London to Scotland (over 400 miles) in 15 days two years ago, covering 28 miles a day. He has previously raised funds for Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK but this time wanted to raise money for a charity that will make a difference to children living with cancer and leukaemia. ‘Tiger Ward is a small charity, with six rooms in Queen Elizabeth Hospital which supports around 80 children at any one time,’ says Phil. ‘The children are primarily diagnosed at Great Ormond Street Hospital or the Royal Marsden, and are having blood transfusions. I went to visit the ward a couple of times and they are scarce on equipment they desperately need, like monitoring equipment.
It’s a massive undertaking and not without risk. After his mammoth trek from London to Scotland in 2015, Phil cycled back from Scotland to London and was hospitalised only days later for exhaustion. Despite this, Phil is optimistic about the trek to Paris and says he has learned from his previously experience. He insists that once he reaches Paris, he will allow himself to have a proper rest. ‘I’m not cycling back this time,’ he laughs. ‘My advice for anyone doing this sort of a challenge would be to look after your feet. When you go out and walk for four or five hours solid, you realise you should have stopped after three hours and cooled your feet and taken your trainers off for a bit. It’s silly things like that you don’t learn until you do something crazy like this.’
As well as sponsoring Phil in his continued efforts to raise funds for a worthwhile cause, SweetTree has regularly donated to other charities. Over the past decade, it has donated an estimated £125,000 to small charities, campaigns and organisations working in the care sector catering for the elderly, those living with dementia, palliative care and those affected by learning disabilities and brain injuries.
SweetTree’s Founder, Barry Sweetbaum, says: ‘We are delighted to be supporting Phil in his London to Paris trek. We wish him all the very best with this incredible feat and we have every faith in his ability to complete the challenge. We’re proud to have someone so committed to raising funds for such worthwhile causes as part of our team.’
To date, Phil and his team have raised over £3200. To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoney.com/team/TIGER-WARD
For more information on the work of Tiger Ward, visit http://chartwellcancertrust.co.uk