In January of this year, we featured a fundraiser on #FundraiserFriday whose challenges were truly mind-boggling; a 14,000 mile cycle from Bangkok to Gloucester, a record breaking 268 hours on an exercise bike and most recently, a 5,000 mile run across the entire country of Canada. Jamie’s challenges have not gone unnoticed, and we’re delighted that he has been shortlisted for Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards.
Jamie took on his challenges to thank charities which help sick children, after spending a great deal of his childhood in hospital with a number of conditions including epilepsy and syringomyelia. The Pied Piper Appeal was founded in 1992 to improve the lives of sick children in Gloucestershire while Great Ormond Street Hospital provides the best available care to ill children, as well as pioneering treatments and cures for childhood illnesses and sees 220,000 patients a year.
Jamie’s challenges weren’t just physically exhausting; he also encountered numerous terrifying ordeals on his quest to raise funds for the two charities. Jamie was shot at and arrested, he slept rough, battled -40C degrees temperatures and frostbite as well as enduring permanent damage to his right foot. All of this was made worthwhile, however, when his Virgin Money Giving page reached a whopping £64,000 including gift-aid.
We would like to wish Jamie the best of luck at the Pride of Britain Awards on Monday 6 October, we will be watching when they are shown on ITV the day after, Tuesday 7 October at 8pm.