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Kingdom supports fundraising in memory of former colleague

Kingdom is pleased to be supporting Paul Walsh, who is taking part in the The National Three Peaks Challenge along with two friends and his brother-in-law in order to raise money for The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Paul is the son of Patrick Walsh (pictured right), who was a manager at Kingdom from 2004 and played a crucial role within the business. Patrick was an incredibly popular colleague at Kingdom who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 and sadly passed away in 2014 aged 62 after a short battle with the illness.

Paul briefly represented Kingdom and has attended many social gatherings with colleagues. As well as losing his beloved father, who was his best friend and who died holding his hand, Paul also lost his mother and his sister to cancer all within the relatively short time period of 15 years.

His mum, Sandra, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma 19 years ago and passed away 19 months afterwards, and in 2005 his younger sister, Nicola, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 26. Although she had a mastectomy, another form of cancer subsequently spread to her brain and she passed away in 2007. Before she passed away she lived life to the full, completing an incredible “bucket list” which included marrying her boyfriend in South Africa and cage diving with great white sharks.

All three of them were looked after at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. The Christie funds life-changing and life-saving work to support cancer patients. The Christie Charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds for more than 40,000 cancer patients treated at The Christie every year, and fundraising like this helps them to fund life-changing and potentially life-saving projects that will benefit cancer patients both now and in the future.

Paul’s aunt, Sheila, was also treated for cancer at The Christie, but thankfully she recently beat the disease. As a result of all of these experiences, Paul feels indebted to the hospital and to its staff. Speaking about his experience, Paul said: “My parents and baby sister were taken at a very early age by cancer and The Christie gave us a place to be. The communal garden used to be somewhere I could go and sit with my mum, sitting and taking the time there gives people comfort in what is the most horrific of times. The staff there at The Christie understand what people need.”

Speaking about the Three Peaks Challenge and his reasons for taking part, Paul (pictured second from the left in the photo) said: “When my dad went most recently, at his funeral we asked for donations to The Christie, but I still felt I wanted to give them more.”

Like Paul, all four members of the team - Paul, David Heaney, Dave Booth and John Airey - have sadly experienced the devastation caused by the loss of a close relative or friend due to cancer. That is why they have decided to take on The National Three Peaks Challenge, which involves climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Snowdon in Wales (1085m) in 24 hours. They will be undertaking the challenge from the 16th to the 17th September 2017, and will be known as the Alpha Team.

Commenting further, Paul said: “We are training three times a week, going up and down Holcombe Hill, mountain biking and going to the gym. We really don’t want to fail. I’m frightened to death to be honest but we couldn’t raise money by sitting in and knitting. My sons, Sam (aged 11) and Finlay (aged 8), keep telling me how proud they are and my youngest wants to come along. My wife Keely thinks we are doing it at the wrong time of year and worries I’m going to get hurt. She’s worried about everything but she understands why I’m doing it, I couldn’t have gone through what I have without her and my children.”

The group of four are aiming to raise £1,000 for the hospital, but Paul is hoping they can “blow it out of the water”, especially following the recent fire there. At the time of writing, they have already raised an incredible £870 – 87% of their target with four months still to go - and Kingdom is proud to be adding to this total. If you would like to sponsor Paul and his team then you can do so by visiting their Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alpha3peaks

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Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

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