John Middleton, the MD of JTM Service, has just completed a 146 mile sponsored walk to build an uplifting outdoor walkway for residents at a specialist care centre in Knaresborough.
The fundraising venture, called Charlotte’s Way is named after John’s stepdaughter Charlotte who suffered a brainstem injury last year and is restricted to seeing the world from her bed at Thistle Hill Care Home.
The project is aiming to raise £10k to rebuild and reopen a woodland footpath at the back of the care home which was closed four years ago due to disrepair and requires extensive renovation. When complete, the trail will be wheelchair accessible – providing a tranquil haven for residents to feel close to nature when taken out by their loved ones.
As well as an ongoing collection at the care home and a Go Fund Me page, John, Charlotte’s mum Linda, and two friends completed the sponsored walking fundraiser on the famous Camino Inglés, known as the English Way to Santiago. Charlotte’s brother James, who runs The Merry Monk bar in Los Cristianos in Tenerife has raised 900 euros to date for the campaign and JTM Service sales employee, Wendy McLorg, has undertaken a sponsored diet.
John said: “An enormous ‘thank you’ to all our supporters for their generous donations which have helped us to raise over £3,500 to date. We’ve received many encouraging messages from former carers at Thistle Hill who remember the walk and recognize its huge benefit for residents and we urge even more local people to get involved to enhance the quality of life for Charlotte and her fellow residents.”
Thistle Hill Care Centre provides 24-hour nursing care for residents who include those with dementia and younger people with physical disabilities or acquired brain injuries. All residents have their own tailored care plan, and the organisation has close links with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
To donate online, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/charlottes-way