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Monday May 24, 2021

Time for an update......

Posted in Our Fundraising Journey by Peter Hall

Its been a while since we last posted.

COVID-19's most recent lockdown has crippled our group activities and major walks, but rest assured we have been plodding on in the background.

So What have you been doing.... I hear you all say

Well:

5 of us (Mike, Ben, Jaz, Jake and I) are taking part in the country walking 1000 mile challenge and progressing nicely. As a collective 5000 miles we have a total of 2210 completed already, we should be at the 50% mark soon!

Back in March I completed the 24 hour gaming challenge that was setup: What a great success this was, over £800 raised from people sponsoring me from as far as the USA and Australia! It was a tiring event, much harder than I thought it would be, Take it from me sitting down for 24 hours is hard, gaming for 24 hours is really hard, especially in the small hours (2am-8am) when no one else is around to speak to. I'll use this as a opportunity to thank the Clan I play with (Exiles of Cayde) for allowing me to set this up and supporting me through it all. Good news is they enjoyed it so much that they are on board to help us do it again!

In April, Jaz ran a raffle for a lovely hamper provided by O'Neills beauty, this raffle managed to raise over £400. The hamper was won by someone who has never won a competition before so they were thrilled.

Fundraising update:

We have reached a total of £5257.68 (£6249.60 including gift aid) so far out of our £10,000 target.
We hope to start accelerating the amount of donations now the walking challenges can get off the ground again!

What's next then?

We have been planning and plotting our future endevours, whilst travelling down the road with grief.

We have set up a new section on the website that will be aimed at the mental challenges that we have experienced whilst dealing with grief and with the situation we have all been thrown in due to the pandemic, We are working alongside the Mental Health SeeSaw (a site developed by one of my oldest friends Ian) to help understand the best ways to get our thoughts down on to paper. This part of the site is a work in progress and will be coming soon.

We are in the early stages of redesigning the website to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate. We are working with Matt Hammond on this who has helped us get to where we are now, his help and skills are priceless, and we really do appreciate this!

We are working on some more marketing materials so we can be prepared while we are out on our travels, and also in 2022 we will be hosting on a stand at the Haverhill Show, trying to put the message out about the charities in the local area.

Of course there will be a return to the Lake District now that restrictions are easing, we are all eager to get back into the hills and hide our stones on the cairns for people to find and scan! Spreading the word one fell at a time!

That's all from me at the moment.

Keep an eye out for the new section on the website (I'll do an announcement when it goes live),

Keep on moving, keep safe, and you never know we might meet you in the hills!

All the best


Pete

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