Pareto’s Tom Gillespie gets Fundraising Quest for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust off to a Flying Start

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The young Marketing Development Executive launches his year-long bid to raise £5000 for the children’s hospice with the first of 4 Spiderman-themed challenges

Spiderman runs the Alsager

Pareto's Tom Gillespie coins the Spiderman look at the Alsager 5 to launch his fundraising quest for 2013

I want to put myself to the test as well as raising money for the hospice in Ben's memory, by going all out in my fundraising efforts this year.

Sunday, 3rd February, saw 21 year-old Tom Gillespie, Marketing Development Executive at sales training and sales recruitment organisation Pareto, speed into his fundraising quest with a fantastic 41minute finish time at the Alsager 5 mile running race in Cheshire.

The race marked the first of 4 challenges Tom is proposing to undertake over the course of 2013, in a bid to raise £5,000 for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust in Stoke-on-Trent. Tom is raising funds in loving memory of his younger brother Ben, who sadly passed away on 20th December 2012 at the age of 17. Ben benefitted extensively from the fantastic care and support provided by The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, a charity that dedicates itself to the provision of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy, or to provide respite care for families who have children with severe physical disabilities. With no public funding, the charity is run entirely on donations and welcomes public support.

“I can’t even begin to describe the amazing support the Donna Louise Trust has provided for my family, not just in the weeks following Ben’s death, but also over the course of the last 5 years, when they helped provide respite care - usually several occasions a year,” Tom explains.

“Ben was not just a brother and friend, but a real inspiration to me as well. Knowing the amount that he went through, I want to put myself to the test as well raising money for the hospice in Ben’s memory, by going all out in my fundraising attempts this year. And to top it all off, I will be running each race in a full body lycra/spandex Spiderman suit (Ben’s favourite superhero)- making it even harder for myself still!”

From the age of 20 months, Ben was diagnosed with a rare metabolic condition, leaving him severely physically disabled, and unable to walk and talk. Despite his complex physical needs, Ben was fluent in an adapted version of sign language and enjoyed a fantastic school and home life, loved and adored by all who met him. Ben regarded his brothers as his heroes, and despite being somewhat of a ‘home bird’ relished the opportunity to spend respite weekends at the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, who not only provided for Ben’s medical needs, but also catered to his love of gameshows and board games, keeping Ben entertained and safe during each and every visit. Following Ben’s passing in December, the hospice also offered the family residential support, caring for the family during the most difficult time of their lives.

Tom’s next challenge will be a 10K race, organised by The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, followed by a further step up the racing ladder to the Potter’s ‘Arf Marathon later in the year. With ambitious goals to set solid PBs in each, Tom has his work cut out for him over the coming months. Fundraising efforts will conclude with a grand finale in autumn 2013: an event still being debated, but with suggestions including a skydive or similar.

Tom’s current total exceeds £2,000, with over £400 of proceedings coming from staff and company contributions at sales training organisation Pareto. With several months of fundraising ahead, Tom hopes to smash his £5,000 target and continue the incredible work undertaken by The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice for future families in similar situations.

About The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families. The Trust provides this care and support from a purpose-built house in Stoke on Trent.

About Pareto Law

Pareto Law is the UK’s biggest and most successful sales enhancement company: the authority on sales, no less, since 1995. Pareto brings companies the 20% of the sales team that makes 80% of the difference.

The Pareto Effect can be experienced in many ways and it can have a remarkable, measurable effect on your business. Pareto delivers this effect through four key elements – Sales Recruitment, Sales Training, Executive Recruitment and Accolade Sales Transformation, the assessment and accreditation service that delivers sales excellence.

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