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Hobbycraft’s Magnificent Seven go the extra mile for seriously ill children

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Seven men in purple t-shirts are cheering with a hand in the air at the camera. They are holding a large purple banner with the Together for Short Lives butterfly logo on it.

A team of seven trekkers, made up of Hobbycraft’s leadership team and our very own Chief Executive Andy Fletcher, have completed an epic 100-mile trek along the Angles Way in Norfolk and Suffolk, raising vital funds to support the UK’s 54 children’s hospices.

Known as the Magnificent Seven, the group started their trek in Thetford on Friday 22 September, and finished in Great Yarmouth on Monday 25 September. This is their eighth trek, which has seen the team walk a huge 800 miles.

While the trek really put us to the test, it is nothing compared to the hardship these families face every day, and we are so proud to play our part in supporting them.

Dominic Jordan, CEO of Hobbycraft

Going the distance for families like Libby’s

At the forefront of the trekkers’ minds were families like Libby’s, who are supported by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), who cover the vast area the team walked across.

Libby was diagnosed with Bohring-Opitz syndrome when she was just three months old: a rare genetic condition that means she is unable to sit, crawl or walk.

“EACH is a massive part of our lives”, says mum Kirsty. “We’ve been supported in so many ways by the incredible team there. From symptom management and hydrotherapy sessions for Libby, to sibling days for Libby’s brother Jake and respite stays for the whole family, I’m really not sure where we’d be without them.”

A young girl in a yellow jumper is pictured on a sofa with her brother, a young boy in a blue shirt.
Libby and her brother Jake are both supported by EACH

Support from Hobbycraft colleagues across the UK

Hobbycraft store colleagues across the country also joined in with their own fundraising challenges across the weekend, helping the team with their £50,000 fundraising target.

Since 2013, our partnership has been helping families caring for a seriously ill child to get the help and support they need. Each of the 116 Hobbycraft stores is twinned with a local children’s hospice and the partnership has raised over £2.5 million so far. We couldn’t be prouder to work alongside Hobbycraft and to have their incredible support. They always, quite literally, go the extra mile for children and families in their local communities across the country.

If you’d like to support their challenge, there’s still time! Head to their JustGiving page, where your donation will play a huge role in supporting children like Libby in your local community.

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