This was never meant to be a charity challenge, it still isn’t. This is a personal challenge, something that I want to achieve to prove to myself what extremes of endurance the mind and body are capable of.
However, it quickly occurred to me that the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of others was huge. Therefore, as well as the #7days7irons event itself I have set myself another massive challenge…to raise £50,000 for charity by the end of 2015.
Now I hope most of that will come from promoting my main challenge. However, in the run up to Summer 2015 I will be taking part in several other events in order to help me raise the funds. Keep a watch out for these on Facebook and Twitter and also on my Events page.
I have chosen the following 2 charities as the recipients of all monies raised
I chose Children North East as my primary beneficiary mainly because they seemed to be one of the least represented but hardest working children’s charities in the region. As the longest established independent children’s charity in the North East they attracted me because of the great work they do with underprivileged children and their families. When I read a statistic on their website that 24% of children in the NE live under the poverty line I was ‘sold’.
Click play to watch the Children North East promotional video and find out more about how we make a difference the lives of children, young people and families in the North East.
To donate directly to Children North East please Text SEVN70 followed by your amount in £’s up to £10 to 70070
CHUF – CHILDREN’S HEART UNIT FUND
I also chose to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF). Based at the wonderful Freeman hospital, each year this ward is responsible for treating over 300 children with a wide variety of complicated heart conditions. Money raised goes to buy medical and surgical equipment for the theatres and the wards. Play equipment, toys and apparatus are also provided by CHUF. Uniquely, the heart unit treats children from all over the country due to its specialist team of surgeons and facilities.
Ant & Dec present this great film showing why the Children’s Heart Unit is so important not just in the North East but as a national Centre for Excellence. ANT & DEC Home from Home Fundraiser from CHUF
To donate to CHUF please click this logo to go to my Virgin Money Giving webpage where donating is easy.