BPC Steps Up To Raise Money for Lois
BPC Building Products, a leading manufacturer of constructional fixing components and builders' metalwork, based in Wakefield, has announced its support for ‘The Lois Lanes’, a sponsored walk which aims to raise £15,000 for 18-year-old Lois Huntingdon and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Taking place from 6th – 8th April, the event will see participants travel 160 miles on foot from the East Coast, starting at The Deep in Hull and finishing along the West Coast in Liverpool.
BPC Building Products, will help by donating money towards the cost of organising the event. In addition, Managing Director of BPC, Gareth Simister, who is also Lois’ Uncle, will take part in the second day, walking for 24 hours from Wakefield to the finishing line at Liverpool’s Pier Head.
Lois has been battling an undiagnosed neuromuscular condition and severe learning disabilities since birth. This has resulted in her having no mobility, the inability to communicate verbally and a host of other conditions, including epilepsy, osteoporosis and hyperacusis, all of which means Lois requires 24-hour care and a gastrostomy feeding tube.
Having grown out of her current wheelchair transporter bike, which makes it able for Lois to enjoy her love of the great outdoors, she is in desperate need of a new one. As a result, with the support of Redwood Events, her family has organised ‘The Lois Lanes’, a 48-hour sponsored walk, in a bid to raise £7,000 required to make the purchase.
In addition, the family also aims to collect a further £8,000 on behalf of Forget-Me-Not, a pioneering children's hospice serving families across West Yorkshire & East Lancashire, which has provided support to Lois and her family for many years.
Gareth Simister comments: “This event is obviously close to my heart, so it made sense that we should do all we can as a business to offer our support. Lois has overcome many serious illnesses to the amazement of everyone, including many medical professionals and done so with incredible bravery. I am looking forward to taking part in the event, and working with the rest of the participants to do all we can to raise the vital funds Lois needs to continue to enjoy the outdoors with her family.”
Members of the public are invited to participate in the walk at any of the 41 stages that are planned, with organisers looking to recruit as many ‘open walkers’ as possible for two parts of the route in particular. These are Horbury to Forget Me Not on the Saturday evening and the final stage from Anfield to the Pier Head.
Open walker registration is £6, which will go towards covering costs of a branded T-Shirt. Participants are also able to make a donation and are invited to gather sponsors on behalf of the cause, should they wish to do so. For more information, visit http://www.redwoodevents.co.uk/home-page.
Alternatively, anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting BPC’s Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bpc-products.