Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 5°C

Five-day forecast

Volunteer’s 22-hour muddy challenge for Beckton hospice

Trisha swapped the reception at Richard House Children's Hospice for muddy roads to raise funds for the charity Trisha swapped the reception at Richard House Children's Hospice for muddy roads to raise funds for the charity

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
9:43 AM

A volunteer at a children’s hospice swapped her seat in reception for walking boots as she spent 22 muddy hours during the London2Brighton Challenge at the weekend.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Trisha McInerney Simmons, works as a volunteer at Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton every Wednesday. She took part in the challenge over the weekend of May 24 and 25 with her son Joseph Simmons and a family friend from America.

Trisha said: “We called ourselves Team Atlantic Bridge because of where we were born. My son loves walking and wanted to do something outside of his comfort zone, I said I would do it too – as long as we all raised money for Richard House!”

“We have been very lucky – we have a son and we have always been a part of his life. We always get great pleasure from working with children. It is about giving back.”

The muddy conditions meant Trisha and Joseph were unable to make it to the end of the 100km challenge, with Trisha having to pull out after 67.5km (22 hours) of walking and Joseph stopping after 80km. Lauren finally completed the event in 32 hours.

“It was a real experience. I was disappointed I could not finish it, but we have learnt a lot and we met a lot of great people. Everyone was really supportive. The mud was indescribable, especially in the wooded areas. We were walking in the pitch black, with just a little light from our torches.”

The trio were among more than 3,000 people who attempted the challenge.

Manjeet Boparai, events manager at Richard House Children’s Hospice, said: “Trisha (AKA her Royal Pinkness – because of her pink Doc Martins) is a wonderful volunteer at Richard House, and her enthusiasm is so positive. Walking 22 hours non-stop in those conditions was amazing. Supporters like Trisha make all the difference to children and families at Richard House.”

To sponsor Trisha go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Trish-Mc-Inerney-Simmons

Share this article

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Newham Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Newham businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Newham Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all