Heroic young people inspire an extraordinary challenge for charity
The incredible stories of Stephen Sutton and Harry Moseley inspired one fundraiser to take on his own extraordinarily steep challenge for charity. Paul will be cycling L’Etape Du Tour – a mountain stage of this year’s Tour De France. Added to the challenge will be his goal to raise £5,000 for not one, but two charities.
Paul Stokes, Managing Director of Oxford-based Gener8 Finance Limited, will be taking on the L’Etape Du Tour challenge on 19th July 2015, after months of training and preparations. The challenge is certainly no easy feat – with 142km of cycling and over 4,000 metres of brutal vertical climbing in the French Alps. The difficulty is reflected in the fact that the same route will be ridden by the Tour De France cyclists just 5 days later!
Luckily he has a fantastic bike to ride, supplied by Roux Bikes, a British bicycle designer and distributor – Paul will certainly be flying the flag for Britain in France. Since it was the incredible stories of Stephen Sutton and Harry Moseley that inspired Paul’s challenge, he decided to raise money for both their respective charities – Teenage Cancer Trust and Help Harry Help Others. Both charities provide amazing support and care for young people and children with cancer, a cause close to Paul’s heart.
As well as the big ride, Paul has the challenge of fundraising too. With his sights set on raising £5,000, he has had to be a little inventive when it comes to sponsorship, and recently raised over £2,000 towards his fundraising target by holding a quiz night. Instead of following the usual JustGiving route, Paul decided to fundraise through Make a Donation.
CEO of Make a Donation, David Finch, comments ‘It’s brilliant that we are able to support not only Paul, but both of his chosen charities. Our mission is to change the way giving is paid for: no more fees, commissions and deductions from the money raised. Instead our business partners are helping us by covering these costs, whilst offering fantastic rewards to those who fundraise and give through our site.’
Paul adds, ‘Using Make a Donation makes complete sense – not only do my chosen charities bank every penny donated, but the people who donate also receive rewards as a thank you for their generosity. It’s a complete win-win.’
And even better – Gener8 Finance are proud sponsors of Make a Donation, supporting fee-free giving for charities and starting their own company fundraising for their favourite causes. Gener8 Finance are also keen supporters of our vision to change the way giving is paid for in the UK and their backing brings us one step closer to that goal.
With the help of pioneering fundraisers like Paul and fantastic sponsors like Gener8 Finance, soon the days of percentages being taken from donations will be long gone.
Visit Paul’s fundraising page
Written on July 16th, 2015