Mum’s walking guide is a real page-turner

On the move: Gillian Scotford, centre, pushes son Thomas on one of her popular fundraising walks.
On the move: Gillian Scotford, centre, pushes son Thomas on one of her popular fundraising walks.
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A MOTHER of two disabled sons has put pen to paper to create a guide for a 35-mile charity walk which winds its way through 20 Derbyshire villages.

Gillian Scotford, whose son Thomas, aged 15, needs round-the-clock care and whose younger son Sam has cerebral palsy, created the Peak District walk three years ago to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice where Tom is looked after.

The walk – which has raised £36,000 for the North Anston hospice – is called ‘Tom’s Golden Miles’ and takes place on June 5.

Thomas has a serious heart defect and brain damage and needs 24-hour care.

His brother Sam, 12, has cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and has suffered a stroke.

Gillian, 45, and husband Russell, of Dronfield, also have an able-bodied son Max, 17.

Gillian said: “For our family and the many families throughout Derbyshire and South Yorkshire who care for a sick child, the support from a children’s hospice is so important.

“Bluebell Wood provides light at the end of the tunnel – that feeling that they will catch me when I fall, the feeling that when everything goes wrong they will help us make it better.”

The guide for walkers taking part in the annual event includes accommodation, places to eat and drink and attractions along the way.

The book’s foreword was written by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire while Giovanna Burgess created the hand painted maps.

n For more details visit goldenmiles.co.uk or call Bluebell Wood on 01909 507360.