In January 2014 I will be taking on a huge physical challenge, even by my standards! In the 7 days from Sunday 26th January to Saturday 1st February 2014, I will be running a total of 250 miles and visiting 40 football clubs across England to help raise funds for Women's Aid and encourage football clubs, players and fans to unite in the fight against domestic violence. 

It has been quite funny watching the reaction on people's faces when I explain what it is that I am setting out to do. Mainly because it makes me think "oh my gosh I am actually doing this...ahhh what am I doing?!"

I have been warned by various experts how much it is going to hurt, the amount of training I am going to have to put in, and the toll it will take on me both mentally and physically. I know that it is 100% worth it though. I don't want any woman or child to live in fear, worthlessness projected on them through another person's cowardly actions. Knowing how that feels is motivation enough.

I came up with the idea of this Challenge last year whilst trying to think of a way to engage both sexes in standing up against domestic abuse and educate on what is so commonly referred to as a 'women's issue'. Women and men need to speak out together to end domestic violence and set an example for the next generation that will make up our society. 

So I'm using the power of two sports that I love - running and football - on a mission to inspire both men and women to be the best they can be through their own self-worth, and to respect their relationship with themselves, their partner and their children. I'm hoping that my Challenge will be the start of something bigger to kick abuse out of the home, and out of society.

Please do donate as much as you can to help me achieve my goal. Knowing that I have your support behind me will help me push through the pain and will carry me through to the finish line!

Charlie’s Big Challenge is sponsored by Alpari FX Trading, global foreign exchange broker and principal sponsor of West Ham United FC. By covering the costs of organising my Challenge, Alpari's support means that all of the money I raise will go directing supporting survivors of domestic abuse. 

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Thank you,

Charlie x

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We've made some route alterations due to last-minute changes to match fixtures. Details are below, and further info on meeting times etc can be found on the Women's Aid website here:

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Day 1: Sunday 26th January - Burton Albion FC (Pirelli Stadium), Derby County FC (Pride Park Stadium), Notts County FC (Meadow Lane), Nottingham Forest FC (City Ground)

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Day 2: Monday 27th January - Manchester United FC (Old Trafford), Manchester City FC (Etihad Stadium), Oldham Athletic FC (Boundary Park), Rochdale FC (Spotland), Leeds United FC (Elland Road)

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Day 3: Tuesday 28th January - Bury FC (Gigg Lane), Bolton Wanderers FC (Reebok Stadium), Wigan Athletic FC (DW Stadium), Oyster Martyrs FC, Canada FC, Everton FC (Goodison Park), Liverpool FC (Anfield).

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Day 4: Wednesday 29th January - Barnsley FC (Oakwell Stadium), Doncaster Rovers FC (Keepmoat Stadium), Rotherham United FC (New York Stadium), Sheffield Wednesday FC (Hillsborough), Sheffield United FC (Bramall Lane).

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Raising money for

Women's Aid Federation Of England

Women's Aid Federation Of England

Charity Registration No. 1054154

Women's Aid is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Women's Aid provides a package of 24 hour lifeline services for women experiencing domestic violence including the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge and the Women's Aid website

Raising money for

Run by Women's Aid Federation Of England

Charity Registration No. 1054154

Donations 809

Well done. I watched your films, you had some inspirational things to say.

Donation by M S Foster on 01/10/14


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Donation by Wendy Clements on 13/04/14

Charlie, very best wishes from all of the team to reach your £100K target for a truly worthwhile cause.

Donation by Frontline Solutions UK Ltd on 17/03/14


Well done Charlie!!! You are an inspiration to everyone! I hope you can inspire more people to get out and do stuff like this, to get fit and to help other people. Top effort! Get some rest :)

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Great day at Bramall Lane today. Well done to you and the Blades!

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Crazy woman bids for Tennis Racquet :) YOU DID GOOD STEEL CITY LASS! xx

Donation by Ruth H on 09/03/14

UTB - proper proud of you x

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Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/14

Well done Charlie. What you have done is truly amazing! Shelley xx

Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/14


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It's been a privilege to be a part of your challenge. Your selfless determination at times of difficulty was amazing! On behalf of all those peoples lives you've changed for the better, thank you! X

Donation by Nick Bolton on 28/02/14


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Amazing, well done!

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What a Dame! Amazing effort.

Donation by Mcveagh family. on 15/02/14


Well done Charlie, feel ill just thinking about what you did in 7 days!!! Congrats

Donation by Robin Brooks on 13/02/14


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Congrats Charlie, it was a pleasure running with you, can't wait to hear what your next challenge will be!! Tim

Donation by Tim Williams on 12/02/14

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Donation by HELLO Events on 11/02/14

An amazing achievement Charlie ! Well done

Donation by Gail on 11/02/14


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Donation by Laura Hawes on 10/02/14


Well done Charlie. My sister is no longer with us, no thanks to her husband, and I am so glad you've done this to help others in peril today, tomorrow and the next day. Brilliant cause.

Donation by Andy on 10/02/14


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Donation by Judith Joy on 10/02/14


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amazing effort!! good luck

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Donation by Catharine on 09/02/14


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Donation by Rob price on 09/02/14


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Donation by Anonymous on 09/02/14


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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£30,656.84
  • Offline donations£27,611.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£58,267.84
  • Gift Aid£5,638.17

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