A PUB manager, along with another staff member, will be taking part in a 30-mile walk to support families facing the challenges of caring for seriously-ill children.

Giuseppe Bergamasco, 42, who has been the manager at The Holly Blue, in Bradley Way, Basingstoke for two years will take part in the challenge with shift manager Katy Gallagher and regular pub customer Tara Powell. 

The trio will walk 30 miles from Whitchurch to Reading to raise money for Sebastian's Action Trust on Sunday, April 28.

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Basingstoke Gazette:  Giuseppe Bergamasco, Katy Gallagher and Tara Powell Giuseppe Bergamasco, Katy Gallagher and Tara Powell (Image: Contributed)

The charity was founded in 2004 and was the final wish of nine-year-old-boy Sebastian who died of cancer in 2003. 

It now provides emotional, social and practical care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families, including at The Bluebells in North Waltham, the UK's only purpose-built facility offering accessible breaks exclusively to families of seriously ill children and those who are recently bereaved. 

The team hopes to raise at least £2,000 for the charity.

Giuseppe said: "Hall & Woodhouse, we are part of their group and the pub has to have a charity and our charity is Sebastian's Action Trust and everything we do during the year for charity all goes to them."

He added: "We thought about doing this walk, we will be joining two people who are doing a walk form Lyme Regis and they are going through all our pubs. They are doing 150 miles and we are joining them on the last day to raise money for our charity."

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He continued: "It is absolutely a nice thing to do and we are trying to support families who have terminal ill kids and the charity helps them out through the process.

"We always try and help and support them to make their lives a bit better."

Giuseppe said at Christmas they offered a free table to one family to help them out.

An online fundraising has been set up for the challenge to help the team raise money.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/page/hollyblue.