At the end of May, we launched a competition which would send one inspirational fundraiser to New York City. We asked fundraisers up and down the country to send us a 90 a second video showing us their fundraising, telling us why their charity was important to them and what motivated them to undertake the challenge.
We received a huge number of incredible entries, each one an inspirational story, whether it be overcoming hardship, supporting a loved one or fundraising in memory of someone special. After managing to create a shortlist of ten, it was an extremely difficult job to pick a winner. One story, however, stood out: an incredible story, an arduous challenge and a truly inspirational fundraiser.
We are delighted to introduce the winner of the Fundraiser Video competition, Iain Fryatt.
At the age of 9, Iain was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia; a disease which causes progressive damage to the nervous system and can often result in heart muscle disease and diabetes. 18 years later, the disease means that Iain has problems with his balance, speech, swallowing and spine and is in a wheelchair. Despite the issues with his health, in October of last year – accompanied by his dad Graham, dad’s partner Karen, brothers Callum and Craig, cousin Billy and Nick the mountain medic – Iain took on one of the world’s toughest challenges, he ascended Mount Kilimanjaro and became the first person to ever complete the challenge on a Mountain Trike.
Iain and his companions raised over £11,100 for Ataxia UK – the leading national charity for people with ataxia, their families and carers, providing support and aiming to find treatments and cures. We believe that Iain is an extremely deserving winner of this competition, a sentiment mirrored by Disabled Motoring UK who have shortlisted Iain for their O A Denly award. This award will recognise a disabled person who has taken on a truly inspiring challenge.
You can still donate to Iain’s Virgin Money Giving page. A huge congratulations to him and those who ascended the mountain with him, we hope he has a fantastic trip to New York.