In July 2018 a group of eighteen friends took on their most extreme fundraising challenge to raise funds for Wolverhampton charity Compton Care and honour the memory of Wolverhampton MP Lord Bilston, Dennis. Turner
The Lord Bilston Big Challenge team ‘Carried the Load’ as they transported 2 members of staff from charity a total of 140 miles.
The group carried Compton Care Nurse Specialist Debbie Smith and Marketing Manager Grace Lee from Swansea to Wolverhampton on the back of a tandem bike, in a stretcher and in a canoe in a gruelling challenge that lasted 25.5 hours.
Group leader Brendon Turner was inspired to take on the challenge in honour of his late father, Lord Bilston Dennis Turner, who received support from Compton Care following his cancer diagnosis in 2014.
Mr Turner commented: “We know the staff at Compton do fantastic work caring for people who have been diagnosed with an incurable illness. They carry a load for so many people at their most stressful and sad times, which can be really difficult, so on this occasion, we wanted ‘Carry the Load’ for them.
He added: “I am just keeping my Dad’s memory alive in a positive way, whilst at the same time helping out a really caring and important charity.”
In a special celebration event held on Saturday 29th September at Wolverhampton Lawn and Tennis Club, Mr Turner announced the total raised from the Carry the Load challenge to be over £13,500.
Compton Care Marketing Manager Grace Lee was one of the staff members who took part in the challenge. She commented: “This is a truly incredible amount which will change the lives of so many local people. This amount will fund the equivalent of 119 patients receiving personal care and support in their own homes. Since starting their fundraising journey in 2014 the dedicated group have raised over £77,000 for Compton.
Ms Lee added: “We cannot thank the challenge team enough for what they have done for our Compton. We simply would not exist were it not for groups of people like this who choose to give up their time and their money to ensure that local people who are living with incurable conditions are able to access the care and support they need and deserve.”
For more pictures and a video round up of the Carry the Load challenge please visit twitter.com/lordbilston