A big-hearted fundraiser from Telford has set himself a £20,000 challenge to support two hospices.

Raj Mehta, father of two and Deputy Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, has pledged to raise £10,000 each for our hospice and John Taylor Hospice based in Birmingham.

He says he has been inspired to help by the work at both hospices – and by his children.

“I can see how lucky and blessed I am to have had the life I have enjoyed and I want to give something back, it’s as simple as that,” said Raj, who lives in Telford and is a practice manager at a surgery in Birmingham.

“I’ve got lots of ideas for how I can raise the money – it’s a big ask – but if anyone wants to sponsor me to do something no matter how crazy let me know!”

Raj has already signed up to take part in our Severn Stride event on 9th September, a 17-mile walk from our Shrewsbury site to our hospice in Telford. His wife, Poonam, a GP in Ironbridge, is also walking.

And he’s promised to not cut his hair or trim his beard between now and December as he builds up to a super-shave in support of his pledge.

“I like a challenge and I want to support two really fantastic causes,” he said.

Severn Hospice Fundraising Manager Lucy Ruff said: “This is an incredible effort from Raj, we’re so grateful. He’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious and I’m sure he’ll be inspiring people all over the region to support us!”

Donations to support Raj’s pledge can be made online.


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