Covers’ Zoe to cover 50K for charity

Zoe Elms from builders merchant Covers OTBS is planning to walk 50 kilometres for charity in memory of her partner.

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The sales representative at the Bexleyheath depot, will be tackling the Thames Path Challenge on Saturday 11th September to help raise funds for Heart of Kent Hospice, which cared for her partner, Craig Petchy, in his final days before he sadly lost his battle with cancer.

Starting out at Bishops Park in Fulham, the picturesque route will head upstream along the famous Thames towpath, finishing at Runnymede in Windsor. Elms, who will be walking with her mother Liz, is aiming to complete the course in approximately 13-14 hours and raise £500 for the hospice.

She said: “In late 2018, my partner, Craig (Petchy), aged 33, was diagnosed with cancer. After an eight-month fight, he sadly passed away in May 2019. From the day of his diagnosis, and throughout, Heart of Kent Hospice was our rock, and still continues to support all the family almost two years on. The hospice works side by side with their patients and families, supporting them every step of the way. Most importantly to us, they cared for Petchy in his last days and made him comfortable. The help and support they provide for patients and their families is exceptional. We are taking on this immense challenge to raise funds for them, so they can continue to help other families who are going through difficult times and are in need of their kindness and support.”

As part of the company’s match funding scheme launched in 2019, Covers has pledged to match Elms’s final fundraising amount up to £1,000.

Henry Green, managing director of Covers, added: “We wish Zoe and her mother the very best of luck with the challenge. We are delighted to be supporting them with our match funding scheme and donating to Heart of Kent Hospice, which carries out such vital work for families in the community.”

 Zoe Elms is fundraising for Heart Of Kent Hospice (

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