The Mill site manager’s marathon challenges nets £1,600 for hospice
The site manager of an exciting building project currently taking shape in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice went the extra mile when he completed the London Marathon and raised £1,600 to support the charity’s work.
Graham Croft from Eric Wright Special Projects – who is the site manager for The Mill café development – pounded the pavements of the capital for 26 miles, crossing the finish line in an amazing three hours and 35 minutes.
In total he raised £1,600 in sponsorship for the hospice which he handed over to Lorraine Charlesworth, Director of Income Generation, and Nicola Hanmer, Commercial Catering Manager, in a presentation on The Mill site.
The Mill is an exciting new development which will be home to a welcoming café open to all. It will also provide information and light-touch therapies to help people affected by life-shortening illnesses to help themselves and each other.
Along with this, The Mill is set to become a community hub in the area as rooms are hired out to local groups and organisations to host everything from business meetings to yoga classes.
Graham, who also raised £800 for The Christie cancer charity in Manchester, said he was delighted to have raised the money for St Catherine’s.
The 30-year-old said: “The marathon was extremely tough but I’m very proud I have done it. The first 15 to 16 miles were okay, but after that it was very hard to keep going.
“There’s a great sense of achievement to have completed it which is made even better by the fact I’ve managed to raise this money for two great charities. I’m very grateful to everyone who generously sponsored me and showed their support.
“Working on The Mill is a very satisfying role and being involved in such a pioneering project is very rewarding. It’s certainly going to benefit a lot of people in the community.”
Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Graham for what he has done in aid of the hospice.
“It’s marvellous that he is not simply here doing his job, he has got an association with us and a commitment to helping us meet the needs of local people – both in the main hospice, and, in time, at The Mill.”
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