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Karens solstice walk in memory of mother

Karens solstice walk in memory of mother
A woman who embarked on a Solstice Walk in memory of her mother has presented more than 200 to a Lichfield charity.
Karen Poultney completed a 4.5mile Midsummer Nights Dream-themed walk in aid of St Giles Hospice, joining thousands of women dressed in various fairy outfits.
Karen wore angel wings and a halo, in memory of mum Sheila Poultney, during the event which involved walking around the grounds of Lichfield Cathedral. She raised a total of 237 including a donation from her employers Pertemps People Development Group.
The employment coach, from Tamworth, said: I decided to raise some money for St Giles Hospice after I unfortunately found myself having to look for somewhere to take my Mom. We wanted somewhere she could be given the 24-hour care she needed in the most relaxed and caring place I could find after finding out she had a rare form of CJD and had a week or two left to live.
September 2009 turned out to be the worst time of my life and the hardest I have ever known. The only thing that made the days any easier to get through was the nurses and staff at St Giles who made sure that nothing was ever too much trouble and I could always go home knowing that she was not alone and that she was being cared for all the time.
St Giles has no visiting hours, you are welcome any time, day or night, and it even has family rooms so you can stay over if you need. I lost my Mom on September 26, 2009, and even to this day St Giles are offering not only myself and immediate family counseling support but they also offer it to the wider family too.
St Giles Hospice community fundraiser Sarah Shelton said: I would just like to say how grateful we are for the support of all our ladies at the event which is the biggest fundraiser in our calendar of events. All the effort made by Karen, and Pertemps People Development Groups support, is really appreciated. 
The fundraising by Karen, who works in Nuneaton, was match-funded by employment experts Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), which has offices throughout the West Midlands.
PPDG operates a Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme as part of its active community support programme. PPDG workers contribute each month to a payroll giving scheme and have donated more than 120,000 to good causes and charities, many supporting the disabled and disadvantaged. PPDG has been recognised by the Institute of Fundraising as operating one of the best payroll giving schemes in the UK.
PPDG delivers the Governments Welfare to Work strategy across the Midlands through Flexible New Deal, Work Focused Training and other employment initiatives. PPDG is using its vast experience of helping long-term unemployed people get back into work to help local jobseekers secure employment opportunities.


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