Our fabulous fundraisers never cease to amaze us with the inspirational challenges they take on or the fantastic fundraising ideas they come up with to raise both much needed funds and awareness for us and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank them.
Hannah and Philip completed the 25k Jurassic Coast Challenge raising £991.32 in memory of their son, Rory. Hannah shared, “The Jurassic challenge is particularly poignant for us as Rory completed much of it with us; whether it was pushing or carrying his wheelchair through the fields and mud, we were determined we would get him there! This will be a lovely (albeit challenging!) opportunity for Phil and me to remember our wonderful Rory.”
Katie took on her own half marathon challenge in memory of her Auntie Linda who passed away in May 2020 raising £961.25.
Simon and Sue took on a VERY warm Summer Walk completing 42km for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The duo were due to take part in the Winter Walk earlier in the year but the event as postponed so instead of beanies and woolly jumpers they rocked their Summer Walk caps and Shooting Star T-shirts raising a brilliant £1,656.25!
Almost six months later than planned, Naima finally completed her 10,000ft skydive for us having originally been booked to jump back in December. It was well worth the wait as the sun shone and the skies were clear. Naima told us, “Omg Saturday was absolutely incredible! There are no words to describe how amazing and exhilarating that was. I’m really glad a I did it!” Naima has raised an amazing £2,291.25 for us.
Slightly later than planned thanks to a poorly appendix, Karen and Amanda took on their super sprint triathlon raising well over £5,000! The dynamic duo cycled 17.7km from Clapham to Hampton Pool, swam 400m at the pool and then ran 2.5km in Bushy Park. Karen’s son Raphy is supported by our Guildford Hospice, Christopher’s.
“When there Raphy is given loving care and attention by the wonderful staff and is able to enjoy all the activities provided, including trampolining and, his favourite, swimming! The staff are experts at looking after children with special and complex needs and so when Raphy stays there everyone in the family knows he’s in the best of hands and can relax.”
Colin signed up to his first 100km ultramarathon, Race to the Castle this June. The event took place over 2 days along the rugged Northumberland coast. Colin told us on completion of the event “Conditions and the terrain were pretty horrific on Saturday which made it tough at times but Sunday was nice & sunny so it was almost like 2 completely different races! Overall I was really happy with my efforts over the 2 days and I finished 65th out of 600+ people who did the 100km Weekender event so I’m chuffed with that considering it was my first 100km Ultramarathon.” Huge congratulations to Colin and the team and a massive thank you for raising £2,343 so far!
Twelve months later than planned, the VERY Long Walk team took on the 100km Cotswold Challenge over two days raising over £900. The team chose to support us as “Shooting Star Children’s Hospices has over 13 years (and counting!) helped our great friends, and their amazing daughter Zoe, live lives that would otherwise not have been possible.” Huge thanks to Nicole, Richard, Jonathan and Jenny for taking on such an amazing challenge for us.