The impact of the past year has been felt by us all, especially the younger generation with disruption to their school and social life. However, this hasn’t stopped our super young supporters channelling their inner fundraiser and coming up with wonderful and imaginative ways to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
Here are just a few inspirational fundraisers who have taken on their own challenges to raise money for us over the past few months.
At the end of May, 13 year old Will took on his Dad in an hour record which saw them riding as far as they could in an hour, on a track bike on a velodrome. Will achieved a fantastic 36.73 km in total, beat his Dad in distance and raised a brilliant £342.50.
Six-year-old Leo rode an amazing 100km on his bike for us, raising £1,275. He even got a special mention from the headteacher in their end of term assembly for his fantastic fundraising.
With walking being the one constant for us all, Margo and Harriet stepped it up on their challenge taking on a walking marathon and raising £1,441.
Harrison raised over £300 by walking, running and cycling 96 miles, in memory of his cousin Matthew. He chose 96 miles as his target for because it’s the distance between his home and our hospice, where Matthew was cared for.
Not content with just one form of exercise, nine-year-old Amelie completed a walk, bike and running challenge and raised £680 – watch the video of her challenge below!
Rory, also not content with a straightforward run, took on a 4 x 4 x 48 hour running challenge and raised £3,815!
When his 12th birthday was during lockdown, marvellous Maurice decided to combine his love of games whilst celebrating his special day – so held a gameathon and raised £1,115.
Mia and Ellie otherwise known as Team Rocketship are two of our amazing astronauts who took on our Shooting Star Space Race in March. They covered almost 100 miles, as well as organising an out of this world quiz and raising £670.
Destined to be a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee in years to come, 11-year-old Emma set up a sewing business, selling lots of lovely crafts including headbands, scrunchies, bags and aprons – donating some of her profits to us. So far, since 2019 she’s raised £130.
Inspired by Captain Tom to help others, Hugh raised £120 by walking and cycling 200 miles between the start of February half term and the end of the Easter holidays.
Amy took on the ultimate sponsored challenge throughout 2020 – to go for 365 days with no chocolate! Quite the challenge given the year – but Amy was successful and raised £485.
Seven-year-old Jaya decided to put her creative talents to use and create some very special drawings of friends and family, raising over £1,000.
Knowing no one can resist a treat, Lexy and her brother Rory had a bake sale on their street and sold some lovely homemade biscuits, raising £50.
Siblings Jared and Isla also set up a bake sale to hold on their street, they offered a wealth of homemade goodies for their neighbours to enjoy and raised £48.
11-year-old Sebi wanted a ‘slice’ of the action, coming up with the delicious idea of making, selling and delivering home-made pizzas to friends and family in return for donations, raising over £1,500.
With less of us using our cars during lockdown, that meant there were lots more just sitting on the street getting grubby! So, Noah decided to grab a bucket and sponge and take on a sponsored car wash for grateful family, friends and neighbours in lockdown, raising a gleaming £215.
Ellie Constable, Community Fundraiser at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “It’s so inspirational to see our young supporters take on all sorts of challenges like these and a huge congratulations to them all for their efforts! Our young fundraisers really do set such an amazing example – particularly given the year we’ve all had, they are still thinking of how they can help others and the money they’ve raised will go on to make such a difference to the children, and their families that we support.”
As these super young fundraisers have shown – there are many wonderful ways you can support us as your local children’s hospice charity. Visit our Fundraising pages for more inspiring ideas!