Hoburne's chairman is reaching new heights for charity

Hoburne’s chairman is reaching new heights to raise funds for local charity
Hoburne’s chairman is reaching new heights to raise funds for local charity

Rosie Kennar, the chairman of the Hoburne Group, will be taking to the sky on Sunday 6th September to take part in a wing walk to raise money for Diverse Abilities.

Joining Rosie will be colleague Jimmy Everingham as the thrill-seeking pair take on the extremely popular wing walk challenge as part of Hoburne’s fundraising efforts for the Dorset-based disability charity.

Hoburne’s Group Support, based in Christchurch, has been supporting Diverse Abilities as its nominated charity for two years and during that time, Hoburne has raised more than £8,000.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the team at Hoburne has been unable to take part in its normal fundraising activities, so Rosie and Jimmy were determined to find an exciting challenge that pushed them out of their comfort zone but still met the government guidelines for social distancing.

They initially set themselves a target of £3,000, which they have already hit and are now aiming to raise £5,000.

Commenting on the wing walk, Rosie said: “My friends and family think I have lost my mind – I am feeling slightly apprehensive, but it’s for a worthwhile cause.

“This has been such a difficult year and the charity sector has suffered as a result. We had organised a busy schedule of fundraising events and activities, from dress-down Fridays to quiz nights and even a boat trip, however sadly, our fundraising efforts ground to a halt when the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, and now most of these activities cannot be run due to current social distancing guidelines.

“We must now make up for this lost time and hope to raise as much as possible. We appreciate that these are difficult times in which to ask for financial support, but the wonderful team at Diverse Abilities is battling on as ever to provide a much-needed service. We are so grateful for every single donation and know that it will really make a huge difference.”

Emma Bovey, fundraising manager for Diverse Abilities, added: “Throughout lockdown, Diverse Abilities has stayed connected with families and provided a range of remote support for children and adults with disabilities who are isolating at home for their own safety.

“Meanwhile our children’s respite home and school remained open to support families in desperate need of assistance, as well as providing 24/7 care for the adults we support at home.

“Whilst we are not able to return to normal yet, we need to evolve our services to best meet people’s growing needs. The fundraising from the team at Hoburne will enable us to continue delivering the best care and support for people with profound disabilities throughout Dorset.”

To donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hoburne-group-wingwalk.


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