INTREPID adventurers are preparing to canoe 100 miles across Wales to raise much-needed funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Sarah and Richard Cook, from Solihull, are preparing to take to the River Wye with over 30 friends in a bid to raise £5,000 as a way of saying thank you the charity that supported them through the death of their daughter.
Amy Cook died when she was just three years old in 2008 after being born with an undiagnosed neurological condition.
Sarah, 44, a business manager with the Environment Agency, said: “From the moment our beautiful girl Amy was born we realised something wasn’t right. By the time she was four months old, we were told she wouldn’t live beyond the age of eight.
“She was 3 when she left us and her condition remained undiagnosed until the day she died.
“The most positive thing from our experience was getting the chance to love her as long as we could and meet the most amazing people who helped us when we thought we couldn’t go on.”
The challenge – titled Canoe for Boo, a nickname given to Amy – will begin in Glasbury on August 1 and will then see the family canoe the 100 miles to Chepstow, staying overnight at farms and campsites.
Sarah and husband Richard, who owns Shirley Aquatics, have raised money for the charity before, but said the time was right to do ‘something significant’.
Sarah said: “They were there when we needed them most and to be honest we can probably never thank them enough, but this will allow us to give a little back and enable them to help other families who find themselves where we found ourselves 10 years ago.
“The support and care Acorns provided to us when we felt like our hearts were breaking and we couldn’t go on was priceless.”
Acorns offers care and support for children with life threatening conditions and their families across the West Midlands in its three hospices in Selly Oak, Walsall and Worcester.
For more or to donate visit www.acorns.org.uk