5 May 2015

A gritter driver is taking on a charity run from Wales to Sheffield, all in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is the Streets Ahead’s chosen charity for 2015.

Stephen Crownshaw and his dad, Les Crownshaw, are set to tackle the 160 mile run from Snowden, Wales, to Wales in South Yorkshire in June.

The men, who are both keen runners, will be raising funds for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield and are hoping to raise in excess of £1000.

Stephen said: “We are both regular runners and wanted to set ourselves a challenge. It will take us eight days to run from Wales to Sheffield, running up to 26 miles a day sometimes, but we enjoy running and a challenge.

“We’ve run to raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on a number of occasions in the past, as well as other charities, but when it was announced that Streets Ahead’s charity for this year would be the hospice, we decided our planned run was a great opportunity to help raise more money.”

The Streets Ahead team voted for the hospice as their charity for 2015 and will support it in a number of ways throughout the year.

Steve Robinson, Head of Highway Maintenance for Sheffield City Council, said: “Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is a great charity to be supporting. I wish Stephen luck in completing the gruelling but exciting challenge.”

Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s Business Director, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice this year and we are looking forward to supporting the hospice in as many ways as we can.

“Our employees were keen to support a charity that provides a valuable service to our local community and so they were given the opportunity to vote. I’m pleased to see some of Streets Ahead’s staff taking part in activities to help the hospice and raise awareness.

“We are proud of the commitment that staff showed our 2014 charity, Cathedral Archer Project, and I’ve no doubt that they will be just as supportive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.”

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “This is an amazing challenge to be taking on and we are proud that Streets Ahead and Stephen have chosen to support Bluebell Wood. Every penny raised for us goes towards the £3m a year we need to provide specialist care for children with life shortening conditions and complex medical needs – both at our North Anston hospice and in family homes.

“We wish Stephen and Les lots of luck for the challenge ahead.”

Last year’s charity, Cathedral Archer Project, who offer support to homeless people in Sheffield, benefited from staff helping out at the annual Christmas carol concert, serving soup to the homeless, donating clothes and bedding and a food collection for the harvest festival, amongst other things.

Stephen and Les have set up a Just Giving page – www.justgiving.com/stephen-crownshaw – to help reach their target.