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Everest trek raises over £4,600 for pre-school charity

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OVER £4,600 has been raised by a member of staff at a Melksham-based care company, who trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp. 

Autonomy Care Group’s marketing coordinator, Jen Latham, jetted off to Everest in Nepal back in April to help raise essential funds for Stepping Stones District Specialist Centre in Trowbridge, a charity that supports pre-school children aged 0 to 5 years who have special needs.  

The money will go towards the purchase of ‘Get Set Go Blocks,’ which have been customised by a company for the charity’s garden space, for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy. The blocks are safe but versatile for climbing and adventures, but also have balancing blocks for added safe fun. 

“We are thrilled to have raised £4,606 to contribute towards this feature in their new garden!” said Jen. “A huge thank you to everyone who attended our fundraising events throughout 2021 and early 2022 and donated online to the cause. We are all so blown away with the support from the community and we look forward to a new challenge in the near future to raise further funds for charity! Where to next?!” 

Debbie Wickham, the manager at Stepping Stones said, “Stepping Stones really appreciates the enthusiasm and commitment of Jen in seeking to raise funds for the children of West Wiltshire. Her adventurous spirit has resulted in helping us to achieve a fabulous new outdoor play space for our children.  

“Jen not only completed the challenge of the trek to Everest Base Camp but was also instrumental in helping us promote our project, by creating the video which was used extensively in our fundraising campaign. Many thanks Jen from all the staff and children of Stepping Stones.”

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