This is an update on my fundraising.
Since the 21st of August 2020 I have cycled on the bike in the garage and counted my daily steps to complete a total of 667 miles for The British Heart Foundation and The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund based in Leeds.
The 667 miles is a number which you get when you add up the distance from Bradford to Newcastle, Newcastle Liverpool, Liverpool to Bristol and finally Bristol to Lands End.
The reason I chose these locations is that all of them, except the final location have Heart Units dedicated to looking after children with heart problems. When I first started this and I was planning out my route I made sure to include Leeds.
Leeds is where the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund are based. They were set up in 1988 and have been caring for babies and young people with heart conditions and their families ever since.
Read about them and their amazing work here.
During this pandemic the charity sector has been hit hard. I wanted to do something to try and help raise money for two charities I care about very much. In August I turn 30 and also wanted to mark the occasion. What better way to do that than to try and raise £3000?
Why am I doing this? I was born with Congenital Heart Disease. Read my story here.
Now I need to decide what is next.
My brother has been drawing me maps as I’ve gone along this virtual trip, like the one in the banner at the top. He also drew me a picture of me carrying Yoda!
So far I have raised £1182 of my £3000 target. I am very grateful for all the donations so far. If you could help me share my story and help me tell more people about these two amazing charities that would really mean a lot to me.
I would also love to thank Ellie at the BHF for her support and regular catch ups to see how I am doing. Lee for his fabulous article in the T&A! Sue who was the first person I spoke to from the BHF all those years ago and who gave me an insight into how charities are run. Every person I have ever spoken to at the BHF have been incredible.
Also Lisa from the CHSF, she always has a smile on her face and is always positive. Its great having a connection to a charity during its early years and being able to hear how they are doing now is marvellous.
I’ll be back shortly after I have planned out the next stage of my fundraising efforts.
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