On Thursday July 19th at 6:30pm Simon Coller with his son and daughter, Jonny and Hannah, started their marathon bed pull as part of the Park Furnishers 45 Appeal in aid of St Peters Hospice.
Back in May, Simon’s father Len Coller, the founder of Park Furnishers sadly died. Simon wanted to do something to commemorate his father’s life and at the same time raise money for the appeal. Jonny came up with the idea of pulling a bed (The first item sold by Park Furnishers) 45 miles around the Bristol Area calling at various locations around the city that meant something to his grandfather. To make it more of a challenge they set out to do it in less than 24 hours.
The trek started at the Hawthorns in Clevedon where Len spent many happy years.
Around 100 people turned up to give the trio a tremendous send off including Radio Bristol’s breakfast presenter, Steve Le Fevre, who then followed the progress of the trio during his show the following morning.
The Hawthorns excelled themselves. Not only did they supply copious amounts of bubbly and canapes to the crowd of well-wishers, but they also presented the Collers with a cheque for £1000!
The route took in Sandy Park Road, Brislington which was the site of the very first Park Furnishers before; High Street, Easton which was Len Coller’s birthplace and The Old Hospital in Hortham where Len spent many years working as a hospital administrator.
At St Peter’s Hospice in Brentry the team took a well earned break before heading on to John Wills House, St Monicas where Len spent his last few day days. Then it was hard walk across the Downs before they finally arrived at Park Furnishers, Willway Street, Bedminster with just 15 minutes to spare.
This was an incredible achievement if you consider that in less than one day they almost covered the distance of two marathons!
A film crew followed their adventures and hopefully at some point in the not to distant future we will be able to show you the documentary of the event.
On the return to Park Furnishers the team celebrated in style with plenty of champagne. The best bit of all is that they smashed their target of raising £4,500.
If you would like to add to this total for a very worthwhile cause, you still can. Just follow this link.