Local teacher takes on triathlon for charity
A teacher at Pocklington Infant School has raised more than £2,000 for a charity that is helping his sister stay close to her ill children.
Andy Mills decided to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Camberwell - the free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children being treated at King’s College Hospital in London – by completing the Brownlee Tri North on Sunday 21 September.
Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is one of 14 Houses in the UK run by the independent charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities and has been home to Andy’s sister since her premature triplets were taken to hospital in August.
Andy completed the triathlon at Harewood House with the beautiful surroundings of the stately home providing a place for him and hundreds of other competitors to swim, cycle and run their way to victory. Andy has so far raised £2,075 which will go towards the running costs at Ronald McDonald House Camberwell.
Andy says: “I went to visit the House and was overwhelmed with how grateful and humble the staff were when I told them I was planning this fundraiser. I have done charity runs in the past but have never received this much support and despite the aches and pains the next day, I know how much it will mean to a family to be able to stay close to their children when they are ill”.
For more information about Ronald McDonald House Camberwell visit: http://www.rmhc.org.uk/camberwell
To make a donation to Andy, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyMills3
For more pictures or further information please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, T. 020 7250 8287 M. 07944 190 674
Notes to editors
1. To speak to someone or for more pictures please contact Francesca Seabourne.
2. Picture caption: Andy Mills is all smiles during the Brownlee Tri North at Harewood House on Sunday 21 September.
3. Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is one of 14 Houses in the UK run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
4. Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in 1989 and last year helped support over 7,000 families with children in hospital. The Charity, which this year celebrates 25 years of keeping families together, relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.