Today is a momentous day. Our #FundraiserFriday record for youngest star has been broken by William de Croos. William is fundraising by undertaking a mini-triathlon, and he is four years old.
William’s triathlon consists of swimming 40 metres at the Park Club Milton, cycling 1 mile at Blenheim Palace and running 800 metres at the Roger Bannister Athletics Track, Oxford – the track where Sir Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile. William’s mother Rebecca points out that all the venues are letting William and family use their facilities for free for this event. William is training hard for his event, which is apparent from his incredible training video – see the bottom of the blog.
William was born with Hypoglycemia and was helped by the Special Care Baby Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxfordshire so has decided to fundraise for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Fund. Rebecca says “by doing such an active and challenging event, we are celebrating the great work they did at getting him well – he’s living his little life and loving it.” Penny, a Children’s Development Officer from the John Radcliffe Hospital tells us “Any money raised for the Newborn Care Unit goes to help us provide medical equipment and facilities above and beyond what the NHS alone can fund.”
The money raised by William’s triathlon will be split 50/50 between the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Fund and Combat Stress. Combat Stress was founded after the First World War and it helps veterans deal with the psychological impact of their experiences. Today, Combat Stress have have a caseload of over 5,400 Veterans. William’s auntie is an army reservist who is currently deployed as a trauma nurse at Camp Bastion. Not only is William our youngest #FundraiserFriday star, but Combat Stress believe he may be the youngest fundraiser that they have ever had too!
William may be a fundraising superstar, but he isn’t a diva. When asked what inspires him and keeps him going when he gets tired, William said “Bananas and a drink of water – that’s what all the sports people have. I will need three bananas, one for after each of my sports”, although he is also hoping to get a Blue Peter badge!
William’s mum and dad are understandably extremely proud of their son, saying “We are hugely proud of William for just taking on this challenge. If he completes all the distances of course we will be delighted, but to be honest, the fact that he is trying is enough for us. He’s a determined young man, we have every confidence that he will give it his best shot – and we’ll be right alongside cheering him on every kick, push and step of the way.”