Bill’s efforts pay off for Leeds hospice

Bill tackles one of the Tough Mudder obstacles
Bill tackles one of the Tough Mudder obstacles
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An action man who tackled a gruelling series of challenges to help raise £21,000 has seen his efforts rewarded with an extra £2,500 boost for the charity.

Bill Parker, chief quantity surveyor for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), in Wakefield, set himself a punishing schedule which included the Tough Mudder 12-mile obstacle race, a Dragon Boat race, Le Petit Depart 33-mile cycle ride and the Yorkshire Big Bike Ride – a three-day, 260-mile adventure.

Throughout last year, he and his colleagues raised almost £21,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa.

But unbeknown to the Harrogate dad, workmate Laura Sykes had also nominated him for a special award from parent company Redrow plc – which meant that the extra £2,500 was then added to the pot.

Marketing co-ordinator Laura said: “Bill was amazing throughout the whole challenge.

“He personally raised hundreds of pounds through sponsorship but, more than this, really helped me with organising and planning the events and willingly participated in everything.

“And all of this while supporting his partner Clare, who was expecting their first child, becoming a dad to little Emily in June and working full time in a demanding job.”

However Bill, who’s worked for Redrow for more than 15 years, remains modest about his achievements.

He said: “I like a challenge and enjoy physical activities and being part of a team, but really it was the great cause that inspired me.”

Martin House cares for children and young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support to their families.

After proceeds of another event were added, the final total raised for Martin House by Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) was an impressive £23,767 – putting the firm in the top 1 per cent of fundraisers on the justgiving website last year.

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