Marathon effort helps Fiona give back to hospice
An employee from Taylor Made Computer Solutions in Fareham has raised more than £2,000 for charity
A determined employee from Taylor Made Computer Solutions in Fareham has raised more than £2,000 for charity after walking a gruelling 26.2 miles from Winchester to Salisbury.
Fiona Woodham, who works as a PA at the IT firm, took part in the Clarendon Way Walk at the weekend to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace, the hospice charity that cared for her family when her granddaughter passed away last year.
The 50-year-old, from Denmead clocked an impressive 58,484 steps along the way, completing the challenge alongside her husband Paul in 8 hours and 14 minutes.
Fiona said, “I cannot even begin to explain how grateful myself and Paul are for all the support and love we have had from everyone. The generosity from our friends and family with donations have been amazing and we are so thrilled to have accomplished this challenge.”
Fiona’s granddaughter, Lylah-Rose, was stillborn in August 2017. Thanks to the quick actions of staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital she was revived after 20 minutes but the vital minutes lost before then meant she was faced with an unpredictable future.
Despite doctors initially not expecting her to survive more than a few days, Lylah-Rose fought for weeks and Naomi House & Jacksplace near Winchester was a huge support to the family during that time. She was able to go home with her mother, Laura, and have a normal family life alongside her two older brothers for several weeks.
When Lylah-Rose passed away at two months old, the hospice helped to create a peaceful environment for the entire family and its staff were a huge support.
Reflecting on the fundraising challenge and what the money raised might do for other families Fiona said: “It was such an emotional day for both of us, full of lots of highs and the occasional low but we are so glad we have completed it. We hope that the money we raised goes towards helping other families in a similar situation to us.”
There were over 800 participants at the Clarendon Way Walk, and the event is hoping to raise a whopping £134,000 for Naomi House. This money will go towards the running costs of Naomi House & Jacksplace for a full 17 days and helping other families and children in need.
Nigel Taylor, Managing Director said: “We are all so proud of Fiona and her husband Paul, this was such a big challenge for them and an incredible achievement. Fiona and her family have had a tough year and to do something so amazing in memory of Lylah-Rose is such a strong and remarkable thing. We will continue to support Fiona and raise more money for Naomi House & Jacksplace throughout the year.”
Fiona’s fundraising page is still open for donations. To sponsor, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiona-woodham-clarendon-way-walk
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Taylor Made Computer Solutions is a specialist IT service provider based in Fareham, Hampshire.