Booths staff complete Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge: raised £5,000 for local children’s charities

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Thirteen Store Managers from Booths have completed the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for two local charities, The Magic of Matilda and Donna’s Dream House.

The Magic of Matilda raises funds for a young local girl Matilda Moffatt, who suffers with Battens disease, a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood and has drastic and painful effects on quality of life, leading to loss of sight, speech and mobility.

Donna’s Dream House in Blackpool is a locally based trust providing free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families.

After completing the walk, the Booths managers met Matilda and Matilda’s mum Melanie to present them with their cheque for £2,796.16.

Megan Helly, store manager at Chorley, said “Meeting Matilda made trudging over the peaks for twelve hours entirely worth it. The hardest part of the trek was definitely the last six miles – I had abandoned my water proofs in a pub, only for it to tip it down constantly for the final stretch. Although we managed to complete the walk in around the average length of time, had we skipped our quick pint in the pub we could have been even quicker!”

Matilda’s mum, Melanie, said: “The donation from Booths came completely out of the blue and could not have come at a better time. I nearly fell through the floor when they rang me. It means we have been able to go ahead with a development downstairs in our home and extend the back of the bedroom so that Matilda can live downstairs, making caring for her a lot simpler and more comfortable. Her illness has progressed now so that she cannot walk or talk, and we have been trying to get this all sorted for 18 months; I’ve done the majority of the fundraising by myself so to have the help and support of Booths has been wonderful.”