Surprise cash boost for trio

PUBLISHED: 14:20 26 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:43 29 July 2011

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A FATHER from Weston and his two sons took to the Scottish Highlands for charity and raised nearly £5,000.

A FATHER from Weston and his two sons took to the Scottish Highlands for charity and raised nearly £5,000.

After a family friend’s child was born with cancer, and faced the possibility of having to use the Children’s Hospice South West, in Wraxall, Steve Gambling and his sons decided to raise money for the charity, based at Charlton Farm.

The 69-year-old, of Notgrove Close, together with his son Kevin, aged 44, and Simon, aged 41, embarked on a 98-mile trek of West Highland Way.

Former carpet fitter Steve said: “The whole experience was absolutely incredible, the walk was superb and we all really enjoyed the challenge.

“Over eight days we stayed overnight in bunk houses and hostels.

“We hiked along tracks and military roads while crossing over mountains and moors to complete the walk – the scenery was amazing.”

The trio raised £4,650 after writing 75 letters to businesses, clubs and societies in Weston and Burnham requesting sponsorship.

They included return gift aid envelopes and had an astounding 69 responses.

Many donations also came in from friends, family and neighbours.

Steve said they were thrilled to be given a £400 anonymous donation, a £200 pledge from Weston Lions Club and many other generous cash gifts from businesses.

But what shocked him even more was when a member of the lions upped the club’s donation to £2,000.

Steve said: “I was so shocked when he said the lions were giving us more money – I couldn’t quite believe it.

“So many people have helped this great charity and we are very thankful to everyone.

“We had such a great time and it was good to spend some quality time together.

“After the trek we wrote to everyone who donated and thanked them.”

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