Claire Bayliss, a driver for First Bristol in Weston-super-Mare is part of a team helping raise money and awareness for the work done by Children’s Hospice South West in supporting children and their families. She has been raising funds in memory of her neighbour’s son, Harry, who sadly lost his battle with childhood cancer in July 2011.
Earlier this year Claire successfully applied for funding from the FirstGroup Charity and Sponsorship committee to help the cause.
“In March we held an auction to raise money for the ‘Raise a Smile for Harry’ appeal – which raised nearly £6,000,” said Claire. “In addition, we’ve accessed, through FirstGroup, some seed money. All money made will be donated to the hospice with the initial funds reinvested to replace stock and so while First has very generously given us £750 towards materials, we hope to turn it into much more.”
The latest appeal saw Harry’s father and eight community members including Claire and fellow driver Paul Jolly doing a 48- hour walk in Weston-super-Mare.