Dedicated staff at a housing development company are hoping to travel around the world and raise money for a Warrington charity.

Energetic employees at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West have embarked on a virtual challenge to walk, run, cycle, swim or row 24,900 miles – the circumference of the earth – before the end of the year.

The north west team is raising funds for St Rocco’s Hospice having so far raised £831 by reaching Riga in Latvia, which is 4,342 miles away from Warrington.

Top performers include Tony Sutton, who has cycled 565 miles, Dominic Wynn, who has run 217 miles and Vickie Daniels, who has walked 166 miles.

Andrew Taylor, planning director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North West, said: “We are delighted to have created the around the world challenge to raise money for St Rocco’s Hospice and the team are all really enjoying taking part in activities that we might not have done before and all for a fantastic cause.

“It’s great to be raising funds for St Rocco’s Hospice as they do such a remarkable job with a limited budget of providing crucial care to the local community.

“We’re delighted to help fund even just a small amount of this and take some of the pressure off of the charity.”

Since it was founded in 1985 by Dr Michael Thomas, St Rocco’s has provided specialist care to people with life-threatening illnesses as well as supporting their families and loved ones.

With only one fifth of the hospice’s running costs currently covered by the NHS and the government, the charity is dependent on external donations from the local community.

To make a donation to the challenge visit