Posts Tagged ‘Fundraisers’

Featured Fundraisers: Alistair Houghton And Rich Knight


Ali and Rich

This week we’re featuring the fundraising efforts of Alistair Houghton and Rich Knight. Ali and Rich will cycle nearly 600 miles from Southampton to Edinburgh in aid of the CFS Research Foundation. Their journey will take them through the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park.

Ali and Rich have received 92 donations from colleagues, friends and family and have raised an astonishing £4,406 in the last week through Everyclick.

At that pace, they should hit their target of £10,000 in no time!


Fundraisers update


Runners in the London Marathon have just one more week to make sure they are fully prepared for the big race. Fundraisers also have another task to complete before the day – to try and reach their fundraising goal for their favourite charity!

Lauren Cooney is raising much needed money for a small charity, the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre. Every penny counts to a charity of their size. Mark Welford is running to raise money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and has over £600 so far. David Jamieson is running for the same charity.

Oliver Karger is also running for a small charity, Freightliners Farm, which is an urban farm run for the benefit of the community in Islington and Camden. Elis Matthews is running for Hounslow Toy Library, so that they can continue providing support to children with disabilities.

Mia Woodford has already helped raise over £1800 for her husband Stephen’s run in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, three quarters of their target which will make a big difference.

Chris Walker has exceeded his fundraising target of £2000 for Oxfam GB. There’s still another week to raise more, Chris!

The next few days would be a good time to send out a reminder email to all your friends, family and collegues asking them to support you in fundraising for your charity, for all 26 miles!

Away from the imminent London Marathon, Jules Hurst is trying to raise the “£40,000 it costs for the lifetime of just one guide dog to help at least one person lead an independant life by having a dog of their own”. Please go to Jules’ page to support her and her very worthy cause.

Michael Creed is going to take part in a tandem sky dive in aid of FAITH (For Animals In Trouble There’s Hope) even though he says he can’t stand on a balcony without feeling dizzy! Very brave, Michael.

Everyclick top fundraisers this week have been the Parker family who were joined by Grandma and Grandpa Waugh for an Easter Monday sponsored walk in the Dewent Valley for The Child Care Action Trust. They easily exceeded their £850 target by over £300.

Well done, and good luck to all Everyclick fundraisers!

Fundraising case study – Licking Lassa Fever


As I write, one brave fundraiser is walking her way to the Everest Base camp, suffering an injured knee and trying to deal with 1000ft ascents and reduction in oxygen.

Cherry Wright, President Elect of Soroptimists International Cardiff, is walking to Everest base camp to raise money for Licking Lassa Fever. Licking Lassa Fever is a regional project of Soroptimist International (SI), a worldwide organisation for women in management and professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.

The aim of the Licking Lassa Fever project is to establish community education and environmental programmes in rural villages in Sierra Leone by means of:

  • Providing clean water and effective sanitation through new wells and latrines,
  • Providing rat-resistant food storage containers and water bottles,
  • Providing tools and seeds for villagers to grow their own food, and
  • Providing outreach workers to teach villagers how to combat this disease and help themselves.

Cherry flew to Kathmandu on the 28th March. She then had to take another flight to Lukla to begin the ascent on foot to the Everest Base Camp. Her first day’s walking led to unexpected consequences: “Scenically it was all looking pretty good – in fact too good because I kept looking at it as I went along, with the inevitable result that an hour into the first day’s trek, I tripped over a stone and fell flat on my face, my knees and elbows hitting the stone path with a resounding smack.”

Cherry recovered quickly enough to resume her walk: “Going up became an interesting exercise in itself as the altitude started to take hold. All that training in the gym and the Malvern hills doesn’t prepare you for the reduction in oxygen and consequent breathlessness.”

You can follow her trek via her blog on the Licking Lassa Fever website.

Sponsor Cherry now through the Everyclick appeal Walk to Everest Base Camp, run by Kay Richmond.

Fundraisers update


This has been an excellent week for raising sponsorship for some of our fundraisers. One has even managed to raise well over her original target!

Stephen Higgins has added an appeal to his fundraising page this week. He’s running the 8.5 mile Great Midlands Fun Run for Worcestershire Association for the Blind. He’s showing his commitment to his favourite charity as he says he is not fond of running unless it’s for a kebab!

Chania Frost is doing exceptionally well in fundraising for her Reading Half Marathon – 1hr 50min Challenge! for Assist A Child To School. So far she has raise 50% more than her target amount.

Many people are taking part in the London Marathon. Chris Walker has raised nearly 90% of his £2000 target and Steve Korris has achieved over 75% so far. Betrand Olivier has raised 64% of his whopping £5000 total! He wants to support the building of a new church in Doha, Qatar.

Simon Goddard is running the London Marathon to help improve the facilities at Spurgeons College, where he trained as a Baptist minister. James Peters has nearly reached half his target in his very first marathon to raise money for Links International Trust. It has taken David Jamieson four tries to get into the London Marathon and he has managed it in year number four. He’s raising money for the Childrens Heart Unit Fund based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, which he says is an unbelievably good cause.

We wish these and all the other fundraisers training for the London Marathon at the moment the best of luck (4 weeks to go!). Hopefully we will feature more in next week’s fundraiser update.

Although standard entries for many of the UK’s marathons and other runs have now closed this year, you may still be able to find a place through a charity. For example, Marie Curie Cancer Care still have places available for the Great North, South and Edinburgh runs if you would like to take part. Marie Curie are also going to the New York marathon for the more adventurous!

Save the Children have places available for fundraisers in the British 10k, Great North Run and the Royal Parks Marathon, just get in touch with them at for more information.