Show your support for our current fundraisers
Introducing our current fundraising stars, who are working hard to raise essential funds for us. Remember, get in touch if you’re planning an event or fundraising challenge.
Kayleigh Drew – Bideford Half Marathon
Show your support for one of our fundraisers Kayleigh, who is running the Bideford Half Marathon on Sunday 8 March 2020!
Kayleigh only started running a year ago, so this is a fantastic achievement. She has chosen to run for our charity in recognition of the support we gave to her brother and sister-in-law, when their daughter Rosie was born. Rosie was very poorly and the doctors discovered that her kidneys weren’t functioning properly. Rosie is now two and she has to have dialysis every day until she finds a kidney donor. Rosie is just one of the many children who spend lots of time at Caroline Thorpe ward. This is why our projects to improve rooms and provide toys and pain-distractions on the ward are so important.
We are very lucky to have Kayleigh running for us and wish her lots of luck with her training and on the big day. If you spot Kayleigh at the race, give her a cheer for us! If you’d like to support Kayleigh, you can donate on her Virgin-Giving page.
Andrew Butler – English Channel charity swim
Introducing another of our incredible fundraisers Andrew, who is taking on a solo channel swim for us! Andrew is fundraising for Care for Kids North Devon, Ronald McDonalds Bristol, Kidney Research UK and The North Devon Wave Project. Here’s Andrew’s story:
“During 2017, my son and daughter-in-law gave birth to a beautiful girl Rosie; within a week their world was turned upside down! In brief Rosie was born with a life threatening condition needing specialist treatment at Bristol hospital. In order to keep her alive, Rosie had both kidneys removed within a week. Since then she has endured numerous operations and treatments, in and out of intensive care. Rosie’s initial seven months were spent at Bristol children’s hospital.
Witnessing their journey became a catalyst to support organisations and charities that contributed towards enabling glimpses of stability at this traumatic time.
During 2017, I met an open water swimmer called Neil Brinkworth (who since has become a good friend!) he was training for the Channel swim. I read his moving story of losing a friend, which inspired him towards taking on the challenge of swimming the Channel, raising funds for charities that had supported his friend. This inspired me to raise my fundraising game! I have booked and self-funded a Channel Solo swim in June 2020. During my swim journey, as well as raising funds for charity, I hope to increase awareness of the many psychological and physical benefits of open water swimming.”
Great North Run 2020 team
Later this year, we have a team of five runners taking on the Great North Run for our charity. This is the 40th anniversary of the event, which is the biggest half marathon in the World!
Good luck to fundraisers Jodie Wilson, Becky Brennan, Marie Dunphy, Kim Kendall and Sarah Pile. We’ll be with you every step of the way from now until the big day in September!
You can find out what has inspired our team mates to run and how to sponsor them here:
Fundraise for us
If you’ve been inspired by what you’ve read, perhaps you’d like to take on a fundraising challenge of your own? There are lots of ideas on our website – physical or mental challenges, they are all fun when you’re fundraising for us!