Sport Relief 2020 takes place on Friday 13th March, but it’s never too early to start fundraising for the cause or dreaming up fundraising ideas, because the last thing you want is a stroke of genius but not enough time to execute it. If you visit the Sport Relief website (opens in new tab) you can order a free fundraising kit (opens in new tab) and create a JustGiving fundraising page (opens in new tab) in a jiffy, but what most people really need is some inspiration as to what they can do in order to draw donations from friends, colleagues and family.
Below we have three brilliant examples of what people have done in the past to raise money. Two of them are individuals and one is a team from a company, with the latter being a great way to share the fundraising load, as well as making the challenge you take on even more fun.
A team from Cornwall-based gift wholesale company Puckator took on the test of cycling 38 miles along the Camel Trail from Bodmin to Padstow and back. The firm’s team split the challenge between more experienced cyclists and those not as confident on two wheels to complete the full route, despite snowy weather.
In a mammoth team effort, everyone made it across the finish line where ice cream and cream teas were consumed – jam first – around a roaring fire. The team raised an amazing combined sponsorship of £585, which was matched by the company to bring their fundraising total to £1,170.
Think this is a bit much for you? You might be surprised how accessible big bike rides are. We spoke to people who have completed some of Sustran’s Challenge Rides to find out more.
Gwyn Dafydd Hughes
Left paralysed after brain surgery, Gwyn Dafydd Hughes from Cwmbran showed the world his strength of will by walking a hundred metres for Sport Relief. Cheered on by friends and family, the then 26-year-old took 302 steps to complete the distance at Newport Velodrome.
Gwyn’s father was by his side every step of the way. As he pointed out, “this is the equivalent of a marathon for an able-bodied person. The amount of effort required to walk, both mentally and physically, is immense for him.” Gwyn’s heroic resilience raised over £1,236 for Sport Relief.
Jason Fox, then 29, from the Channel Islands set himself the task of high jumping over 1,000m in just 12 hours. The venue was the Les Ormes Sports Centre in Jersey. He smashed his target, jumping a combined 1,037m in 739 jumps.
Even for an experienced athlete like Jason, who has represented Jersey at high jump internationally, this was a formidable achievement. Even more impressively, he raised £1,045 for Sport Relief in the process. And never one to make life easy for himself, he wore a fox-themed onesie to do it!
Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.
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