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Saturday, 31 October 2020

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Huntingdon boy pays for three days of EACH care in memory of beloved brother

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HUNTINGDON boy Stuie Delf, 13, a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School, who raised £17,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) will tomorrow pay for the first of three days of care at EACH’s hospice in Milton.

Stuie managed to raise the five-figure sum by running 5k every day in May in memory of his brother Fraser Delf, who sadly died at the age of nine on 17th January 2020 from Coats plus syndrome.

Devasted by the loss of his brother and best friend, Stuie greatly appreciated the support EACH offered him and his family both during their visits to the hospice and after Fraser’s death. He decided to give something back to help other families in a similar position to his own.

Since Stuie’s month-long fundraiser, he has been congratulated virtually by his inspiration for the fundraiser, Sir Captain Tom Moore, as well as EACH Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge alongside HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who both expressed his fundraising efforts were an amazing achievement.

Communities from not just the region, but all over the nation and beyond have been touched by Stuie’s fundraising story, with donations flooding in from as far afield as the United States.

Fraser

EACH needs to raise £5,600 a day to provide its vital service from one hospice and the Delf family have picked to fund three days they treasure very dearly at the hospice in Milton. Their first day of funding is tomorrow, 3rd October 2020, for Stuie’s birthday. The second will be on the anniversary of Fraser’s death, 17th January 2021, with the third and final day being 19th July 2021, Fraser’s birthday.

Family at home after Stuie’s final run

Phillipa Graham, EACH Cambridgeshire Community Fundraising Assistant, said:

“Firstly, happy birthday to Stuie! What Stuie achieved was very inspiring and really a fantastic tribute to Fraser. We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and need support now more than ever after such a considerable financial hit during the lockdown. We’re always delighted whenever anyone chooses to fundraise for us, but it’s particularly touching when a family who have used our care service get involved. We’re so grateful to Stuie, Carla and Stuart and it’s very poignant they’re able to ensure vital support is available for other families on days that mean so much to them.”

To help EACH continue to provide care and support for families like Stuie’s donate here.

Alternatively, EACH is on the hunt for volunteers to help out tending to the hospice gardens, at its shops or eBay warehouse. For more information visit www.each.org.uk, call 01223 205183 or email volunteerservices@each.org.uk.

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