Both Gillian and Jane have fundraised for many years for causes inspired by their children. They have six children between them, three of whom are disabled. Both realised that whilst they could not make their children better they could give them, and people like them, a better life.
Gillian spearheaded an appeal named after her son, 'The Thomas Playground Appeal' which raised £100,000 and built 3 playgrounds in Derbyshire for disabled children. She went on to be an Ambassador for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice for many years where her son Thomas still receives love, care and support. In 2008 Gillian created a charity walk through 20 Peak District villages which has raised thousands for the hospice and in 2011 published a book 'The Golden Miles- Walking, Talking, Wining and Dining' which highlighted the good work of Bluebell Wood and all children's hospices throughout the UK. The Peak District National Park officially waymarked the route in 2012 making it a route for all to enjoy forever more.
Gillian hopes all charities will use The Golden Miles route as a 'Tool' for fundraising, as their own personal challenge or purely for pleasure.(www.goldenmiles.co.uk).
Jane launched the 'Pool For Megan And Her Friends' appeal, named after her daughter, which raised £1 million and built a fantastic, sensory pool for children with special needs at Ashgate Croft School. For the past 10 years Jane has worked tirelessly to promote 'Changing Places' toilet facilities throughout Derbyshire and to date we have 16 plus a Mobile Changing Places Unit.
Both women are driven with a passion, inspired by their very special children, and thought that one day they might combine their efforts to achieve something special - that something special is Accessible Derbyshire......