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2018-08-01 12:21:49

Two sisters from Hampshire will be putting their best feet forward to raise money for Hft.


Emily Chandler, 21, and Lucy Chandler, 18, are hard at work training for the Wye Valley Challenge, a scenic 45km walk stretching all the way from Ross-on-Wye to Hereford taking place this August.

Emily and Lucy plan to donate all funds raised to Hft in memory of their great uncle, John Watkins. John was one of the first people to be supported by Hft at the charity’s first service. He spent most of his life at Frocester Manor in Gloucestershire which was established in 1962 by a group of families seeking better opportunities for people with learning disabilities once they reach adulthood.

Lucy said: “For the duration of John’s time at Frocester Manor, Hft helped and supported him and his family and enabled him to live a rich, happy and fulfilling life, so we would like to raise money to help offer the same opportunities to other people.”

“John loved the fetes, steam rallies, and working in the craft shop and the kitchens. He liked helping with the Christmas productions that they used to put on for the parents and enjoyed going on the holidays. He also had fun helping with riding for the disabled.”

Emily added: “Our great uncle would have loved following our progress on the walk and would definitely have been at the starting line to see us off.”

Emily has just graduated from the University of Southampton and Lucy is currently studying at Imperial College London. To prepare for the Wye Valley Challenge, they have been horse riding and running to increase their fitness levels, as well as taking part in longer training walks. Emily, Lucy and John

Already close to their target of £550, Emily and Lucy have also been busy fundraising. They’ve promoted their trek on social media and have even held a Lent Lunch at John’s family parish.

All the money raised from the walk will be donated to Hft which offers person-centred learning disability services ranging from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

Katie Tennyson, Hft’s Senior Individual Giving and Legacy Manager, said: “We are delighted that Emily and Lucy have chosen to take part in the Wye Valley Challenge for Hft. It’s a lovely tribute to their uncle and all the money raised will help Hft to continue to support people with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.”

To donate, please visit Emily and Lucy’s fundraising page.

Notes to editors

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About Hft

Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk