13th July 2015

A Streets Ahead gritter driver tackled a 160 mile run from Wales to Sheffield recently to raise over £1500 for charity.

Stephen Crownshaw and his father Les took on the challenge for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Streets Ahead’s charity of the year, running from the highest point in Wales to Wales in South Yorkshire.

Stephen managed to raise around £1500 through his online sponsorship efforts, as well as through sponsorship from his fellow Streets Ahead staff and members of running club Killamarsh Kestrels, with money still coming in.

The run took place over a one-week period, with Stephen and his dad running up to 26 miles on a single day through places such as Snowden, Llangollen, Whitchurch, Leek and Bakewell. The sun mostly shone throughout the week and Stephen and Les even found time to stop off at the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice charity shop in Bakewell.

Stephen said: “I am so pleased at how much money we have managed to raise for such a good cause and we’re grateful for all the support we’ve had from my colleagues and the public. We really enjoyed the run through some lovely places off the beaten track and the nice weather helped enormously. Every day was pleasant and we didn’t seem to struggle at all.”

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: “I would like to congratulate Stephen and his dad for completing this huge challenge for such a worthwhile charity. The Streets Ahead team work hard to upgrade the city’s roads and pavements and it’s great to see that in their spare time they continue to support the city in raising money for charity.”

Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s Business Director said: “It’s fantastic that Stephen and Les have raised so much money for our chosen charity – Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice – and I was so pleased to see so many of the Streets Ahead team supporting him through sponsorship and messages of good luck.

“We’re encouraging more of our employees on the Streets Ahead project to get involved in raising money for the hospice or using their community day to help out.”

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We are very grateful for the support of both Stephen and Streets Ahead. This was an incredible challenge, well done and thanks Stephen – what a great achievement!

“Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice needs to raise more than £3m a year to continue providing specialist support to children with complex medical needs and life shortening conditions. Every penny raised for us makes a huge positive difference to our 200 children and families across South Yorkshire and beyond; it’s thanks to the tremendous corporate and community fundraising support that this possible.”

Streets Ahead employees will be taking part in a number of activities throughout the year to help Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, including a ‘bag it up’ week where staff will be encouraged to donate unwanted clothing to the charity’s shops.