The Jason Willis Foundation

Sophies 44 x Forty Four Challenge in memory of her Daddy

Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research
raised of £3,500 target
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In memory of Jason Willis
Brain Tumour Research

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We fund long-term, sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours


Sophies 44 / Forty Four challenge for Brain tumour research 

Sophie is taking on a challenge in memory of her Daddy to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.   Sophies Daddy was only 44 when he passed away from an aggressive brain cancer (GBM) late last year when Sophie was 8 and her little sister was 2. 

Throughout the month of June, Sophie will be completing 44 physical, mental, creative and wellbeing challenges each one either 44 repetitions, 44 seconds, 44 minutes and so on, to help raise money to find a cure for Brain Cancer.  

They will include challenges that reflect some of the things Daddy liked: Physics, Maths, Music, Pool, Beatboxing ( as a kid), Richard Feynman, Brian Cox, Laughing and Kindness. 

Sophies challenges include:

  1. 44 jumps 
  2. 44 star jumps 
  3. 44 climbing wall climbs 
  4. 44 laps of the garden 
  5. 44 mini press ups 
  6. 44 tricep dips 
  7. 44 minutes of silence 
  8. 44 minutes of physics 
  9. 44 maths questions 
  10. 44 laps of an assault course 
  11. 44 bulbs planted 
  12. 44 wildflower seeds scattered at Adlington
  13. 44 minutes of pool played 
  14. 44 arm and waist hula hoops
  15. 44 cupcakes made
  16. 44 seconds recited of a hip hop track (age appropriate lyrics)
  17. 44 stories read to Harriet and mummy 
  18. 44 silly faces pulled
  19. 44 cartwheels 
  20. 44 hugs shared with mummy and Harriet 
  21. 44 dances to Artful dodger Rewind, Loose Ends Make you mine and Koffee Brown Weekend Thing
  22. 44 shoulder rolls 
  23. 44 minutes of Brian Cox. Physicist.  
  24. 44 flowers drawn by hand 
  25. 44 seconds singing baby shark with actions 
  26. 44 static ladder climbs 
  27. 4 Times table recited up to the number 44
  28. 44 bicep curls with tinned peaches 
  29. 44 back lunges 
  30. 44 minutes of stargazing 
  31. 44 kind words said 
  32. 44 french words learned 
  33. 44 tickles given to Harriet 
  34. 44 seconds of beatboxing 
  35. 44 jokes shared
  36. 44 seconds of bathroom cleaning blitz 
  37. 44 words read from Richard Feynman, Physicist. 
  38. 44 garden weeds pulled out
  39. 44 new words learned
  40. 44 seconds singing a Loose Ends track 
  41. 44 flowers for daddy 
  42. 44  knee slaps 
  43. 44 random kind messages sent to mummy and daddy’s friends 
  44. 44 memories of Sophie and Daddy

Sophie wanted to explain why she is undertaking this challenge. She has written the following beautiful heartfelt message: 

“I am doing this because my dad was important and I really miss him.  

He wasn’t just any dad he was a super dad. And I was proud to have him a dad. My dad was cool. He would teach me loads of things and I would always listen.

I remember when we were at Tenerife and we stayed up late and saw amazing singers.We were so happy. 

When we were in the garden he would try and chase me but I was always too fast for him. He will always be in my heart forever.

I can just remember staring at the stars with him.He would swing me in the air and always smile at me. 

My dads spirit will always be close to me even if we go on holiday he will come with us.I love my super dad all the way to the moon and back.”

Please could you donate whatever you can to Brain Tumour Research.  Brain Tumours are the largest killer of children and adults under 40.  Only 1% of the overall cancer budget is assigned to Brain cancer.   

We will post regular updates on the challenges being completed.  

If you would like to join Sophie remotely during her challenges feel free to send us your photos or videos of you undertaking any of these challenges too.  

We particularly look forward to seeing Daddy’s friends do 44 cartwheels 🤸‍♀️ 

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Brain Tumour Research

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Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease. We are a leading voice calling for support and action for research into what is called the last battleground against cancer.

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