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Why have I decided to fundraise?

You may or may not know that I was born with a condition known as Fibular Hemimelia (same condition as Oscar Pistorius) and so couldn’t help being totally inspired by the achievements of our paralympians at the recent Paralympic Games. Their sheer guts, drive and determination to succeed despite their disabilities really inspired and encouraged me (despite all my fears) to take part in this challenging cycle ride to raise money to give all disabled children the opportunity to participate in sport for just enjoyment or to fulfil their dreams of maybe representing Team GB at the next Paralympic Games.

What am I doing to raise money?

I’m cycling 200 gruelling miles starting in Kent and finishing in Amsterdam. This involves cycling through 4 countries in 3 days, England, France, Belgium and Holland. For those of you that know me well you will understand that this is an enormous challenge for me and I will need to sweat blood and tears for the next 3 months to prepare myself both physically and mentally for the ride. Yes I’m extremely nervous about this challenge, but I know these children need our support, so the pain and suffering I go through over the 3 days will all be worth it.  Please dig deep and give every pound you can.

Why am I supporting this charity?

Get Kids Going! is a National charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. With your help many can become world record holders and Paralympics champions!

How will the money raised help?

Your money will help to provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, basketball, hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, power-lifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by giving them 'sports grants' to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' wheelchairs etc.

Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters of up to £50m, from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.

There were over 200 disabled talented youngsters who had the potential to compete at London 2012 but received either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long dream. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

 

Thanks to all of you who are able to donate and provide your support, it means a lot to me!!!

 

Updates 1

All, I've been overwhelmed by the support from my EE colleagues and suppliers in the first 2 days of creating the account. I'd really like to raise as much money as I can for this great cause and so have increased the target a little.

27/02/13 19:16

Raising money for

Get Kids Going

Get Kids Going

Charity Registration No. 1063471

Get Kids Going! helps disabled children take part in sport by providing specialist sports wheelchairs, sports grants and year round support. They can then compete in marathons, triathlons, tennis, athletics, skiing, rugby, basketball etc. With your help, many could become Paralympic champions and world record holders.

Donations 345

A great guy, who remains very much in our thoughts.

Donation by Martin, Clare, Alex and Emily T on 06/03/14

SEAN ONE YEAR TOMORROW. We grieve for you in silence and try not to let it show. But what it meant to loose you no one will ever know. We will love and miss you forever. Your heartbroken Mum & Dad xxx

Donation by Mum and Dad on 05/03/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Naoimh McElroy on 30/09/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Would be nice to see you raise a lot more money in Sean's memory!

Donation by Glen & Zara Blackmore on 23/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Tom, fantastic effort

Donation by steve cuddeford on 13/06/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done bro

Donation by Nev Bettney on 28/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Love and well done from Hazel and Ella xx

Donation by Hazel and Ella on 24/05/13

£10.00

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Well done Tom on all you have acheived. You are setting a high standard for the Oak Grove boys.

Donation by Linda Powell and family on 22/05/13

£30.00

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A fine effort Tom. Well done to you and all the guys who did it with you. From all the team at StepChange

Donation by Declan Shilton on 20/05/13

£200.00

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Donation by Adam Sharp on 14/05/13

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Sean was in our thoughts during the ride to Amsterdam and a few drinks were had in his memory at the finish line. A truely top bloke dearly missed.

Donation by Wayne Tyler on 14/05/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

All the best of luck for your challenge! Iain & team

Donation by Iain Brotherston on 14/05/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

I will never forget reading your words of your challenge. Inspirational. Callum and Toby will always be so proud of you.

Donation by Maxine, Robert, Ricki and Liam on 13/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Rob Brewer on 12/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Just heard about what you are doing, Tom. Hope it is going well. Liz and Richard

Donation by Elizabeth Herbert on 12/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck with your challenge for this superb cause. We hope the saddles don't do to much damage!

Donation by Andy & Sara on 11/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In memory of an inspirational person

Donation by Caroline Baker on 10/05/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck

Donation by Joe Stuchbery on 10/05/13

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Tom - So proud of you taking this on in Sean's memory. xxxxxxxx

Donation by Dawn on 10/05/13

£20.00

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Thank you for writing in the Bristol Evening Post

Donation by Polly Landers on 10/05/13

Tom & Wayne- Good Luck and I'm sure you'll do Sean proud.

Donation by Tania Doe on 09/05/13

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 09/05/13

£20.00

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Donation by Joe Fragoso on 08/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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From a fellow GL:C member. All the best with the ride.

Donation by Dan Ofosu on 08/05/13

£15.00

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Good luck Tom from everyone here at VOICE - we're sorry to hear about Sean and our thoughts our with his family.

Donation by VOICE Group on 08/05/13

£200.00

+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£9,354.53
  • Offline donations£50.00
  • Text donations£5.00
  • Total raised£9,409.53
  • Gift Aid£2,030.25

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