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Star Fundraisers

Written on August 24th, 2015 by and filed in Latest Fundraising News & Events

Star Fundraisers in August

We’re taking the time to congratulate our star fundraisers this month! These are people who have taken on incredible challenges for charity or who have raised amazing amounts through their fundraising.

Every month we’ll award the superstar fundraiser title to one team and they’ll be on the shortlist for an extra £1,000 donation to their charity at our MaD Awards in December. Get ready to be inspired…


Charlotte Johnson

image112-year-old Charlie took on an epic challenge this summer – cycling from Stratford-upon-Avon to Paris, in aid of Cyclists Fighting Cancer. Riding with her Dad, her aim was to arrive in Paris in time to watch the end of the Tour de France. Carrying all the kit themselves, they cycled around 50 miles per day for 7 days, giving a grand total of 340 miles! Although the cycling was hard work, Charlie claimed to enjoy it all the way through and was determined to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause. Her innovative fundraising included various cake sales, giving presentations and selling wristbands and balloons in her school. All her hard work certainly paid off as she managed to raise £2,348 – congratulations Charlie!

Support Charlie on her fundraising page


Kim’s Krusaders

thumbnailOne group of ladies decided to take on a fundraising challenge for a very special reason. They did the Gemstone Midnight Walk in memory of their much-missed friend, Kim Hayers. They wanted to raise money for the wonderful Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, which in turn had supported Kim throughout her battle. Their boots were clearly made for walking as they managed to raise a massive £2,968 – well done Kim’s Krusaders!

Support Kim’s Krusaders on their fundraising page



Paula Walker

thumbnail-1Despite turning 60 this year, Paula decided to put her fitness to the test by running the British 10k London run this summer. She wanted to raise money for her local MS Centre in Wendover, after seeing the amazing care they provided to friends. As she works in a school, Paula’s fundraising was much helped by the generosity of parents and colleagues through school plays and cake sales. She even received a kind donation from her local furniture market! Paula claimed the run went well in beautiful weather, with the London streets packed with runners. She managed to complete the run in just over an hour and even better – raised £1,485 for the Chilterns MS Centre!

Support Paula on her fundraising page


Paul Stokes

p1Inspired by two local fundraisers, Harry Moseley and Stephen Sutton, Paul wanted to take on a fundraising challenge of his own. He set his sights high with the aim of completing a mountainous stage of the Tour de France – which involved 142km of riding and 4,000 metres of vertical climbing in the French Alps. It was certainly a tough challenge, with the pro riders cycling the same stage just 5 days later. Not wanting to do anything by halves, he was fundraising for two charities – Help Harry Help Others and Teenage Cancer Trust, the respective charities of his two inspirations. With the total being split equally, Paul managed to raise a brilliant £3,625 – fantastic work!

Support Paul on his fundraising page


David Finch

Cycle-Challenge-Lake-VyrnwyFollowing a bet, David took on the challenge of cycling 240 miles within 24 hours – with a promise of a £1,000 charitable donation from his friend if completed! After years of training, David finally accomplished the big ride this summer – cycling through pouring rain around a lake in Wales. Although the length of time pedalling was tough, David managed to cycle the 240 miles in just over 20 hours and at the same time raised money for Dreamflight. This fantastic charity sends children with a serious illness or disability on a holiday of a lifetime in Florida. David especially wanted to send kids swimming with dolphins whilst there – and that he did, raising an amazing £5,741 in total!

Support David on his fundraising page


Stephen Smirthwaite

CMwtf2YWwAAYKnFHaving spent over 18,000 hours piloting planes and being determined not to jump out of the aircraft, now Captain Smirthwaite is going to do just that. As his contribution to the The Oxfordshire Captain’s Charity, Stephen will be taking on a tandem skydive to raise money. And the chosen charity this year is Dreamflight! Luckily the skydive was a success and Stephen also managed to raise £2,370 for Dreamflight – congratulations!

Support Stephen on his fundraising page




This month our superstar fundraiser is Charlotte Johnson – congratulations! That means she is in with the chance of winning an extra £1,000 for her charity at our MaD Awards in December. Why not check out our shortlist so far?

We know hundreds of you are taking part in challenges every month and we’re seriously impressed with your efforts. So a big well done to all of you from Make a Donation and keep up the great work! Maybe you’ll be one of the next star fundraisers?


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