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Rob Rowland and Tash Baker, carers at The Mellowes Bupa Care Home in Gillingham.

Staff at The Mellowes Bupa Care Home in Gillingham completed a 12-hour sponsored walk around the home this month to raise awareness and money for Torri Stranger, aged ten, who is battling leukaemia.

Rob Rowland and Tash Baker, carers at The Mellowes Bupa Care Home, walked non-stop through the day, starting at 7am and taking their last step at 7pm to complete the ambitious challenge.

The pair decided to take on the walk after Tash cared for both Torri and her sister, Alexi when she was a nursery practitioner at Leaping Frogs Nursery in Gillingham, before joining the team at The Mellowes.

Residents and staff displayed decorations and banners with thoughtful and encouraging messages, to inspire the duo to keep going. Residents also kindly lined certain points of the route to offer refreshments, snacks and cheers of praise as they went past – spurring them on, step by step.

The pair walked a tremendous 54 miles in the allotted 12-hour timeframe and raised a fantastic total of £554.95 – and the Virgin Money giving page is still live.

The money raised will go directly to support Torri’s ongoing treatment in her battle against leukaemia and has been raised as one of many fundraising efforts taking place across Gillingham to help her and her family through this difficult time.

Rob Rowland underwent surgery on his leg not long before the walk but was determined to do his bit for the incredibly worthy cause. He said: ‘At The Mellowes Bupa Care Home, we’re heavily involved in our local community and are so proud to be able to do our bit and support people in this way. It’s fantastic to see how everyone comes together at a difficult time like this, whether that’s donating what they can or standing out in the cold to offer kind words of encouragement.’

Tash Baker, added: ‘Torri’s story is one that’s so close to my heart. Having met her as a toddler, I’ve stayed close to her progress and seen what her and her family are having to go through, so wanted to do something to help.

‘We’re so grateful to everyone who has encouraged us along our walk and donated to such a worthwhile cause – it really means the world and we’re so grateful.’

The Mellowes Bupa Care Home welcomes anyone in need of nursing or residential care, including those looking for respite, day and palliative care. For further information, please visit www.bupa.co.uk.

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