BAY –WATCH- Residents and housing professionals“walk for Ryan” in aid of CLIC Sargant
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Dozens of local residents watched as a group of housing professionals and residents from Poole in Dorset held a scenic sponsored walk between Sandbanks and Hengistbury Head to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargant.
The team which was made up of housing staff from Raglan Housing ,Hanover Housing Association, family & friends raised over an impressive £5,700 as they walked in memory of a brave little boy, Ryan who at the tender age of 5 months was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
CLIC Sargent are the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. Last year they supported 82 families in Dorset
Nikki White House and Emma Cook from Raglan Housing Association explained why they wanted to hold the event: "As soon as we heard Ryan was poorly we were shocked and staff knew they wanted to help in some way, we have been amazed at the response we have had from the staff across the housing association. Ryan was such a fighter and this has inspired us to raise money to help other families who find themselves in a similar situation’
Farah Batchelor, CLIC Sargent’s Fundraising Manager in Dorset said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Walk for Ryan team for choosing to support us whilst honouring Ryan.
At the moment we can only help two out of three children and young people diagnosed with cancer. We want to reach as many as possible and with your support we can do this.”
The team completed the 10 mile hike with a balloon release at Hengistbury Head in Ryan’s memory.
Paul Whitehouse regional manager for Hanover Housing Association said:
“It’s been great that we have been able to involve so many people for such a great cause that has touched everyone. Staff from Hanover & Raglan housing Associations and their families and friends plus members of Ryan’s family completed the walk; they were joined by some retirement housing residents from Hanover who after hearing Ryan’s story wanted to walk as part of Hanover’s 50th anniversary celebrations.