Somerset County cricketer James Hildreth has donated £11,000 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).
The Somerset batsman pledged his support to the hospice in 2017 for his testimonial year with the club.
Money raised from a series of events, including a T20 match between Bideford and Somerset and the epic Hildy’s Hospice Hike, went to CHSW and the Professional Cricketers Association.
The hike saw James and friends Adam Dibble, Ross Ward and Mark Turner trek 130 miles from Little Bridge House in Fremington to CHSW’s Little Harbour hospice in Cornwall.
James came back to Little Bridge House on Thursday to present his donation, and stayed to play some cricket with Fynn Murphy, a cricket fan who visits the hospice with his brother Stanley.
James said: “I am so pleased to have been able to support Children’s Hospice South West throughout my testimonial year and will continue to do so as and when I can.
“Its hospices do the most incredible work with children with life-limiting conditions, as well as invaluable support to their siblings and parents.
“I am completely bowled over whenever I visit CHSW and see what a fantastic job they do in caring for those children who have short, but indeed, really precious lives.”
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CHSW chief executive and co-founder Eddie Farwell said he ‘couldn’t thank James enough’ for his support through 2017.
He said: “It was a real privilege to witness James playing at the charity matches in our region and the heroic efforts of Hildy’s Hike will not go unforgotten.
“The support of James and his colleagues has been tremendous, and we really do appreciate all the long hours and dedication that James has given into supporting Little Bridge House and Children’s Hospice South West as a whole.”
The charity currently offers medical care and respite support for over 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the region, and each year the charity needs to raise over £9.8 million from voluntary donations to maintain its services.