Day 3: FCG My Epic Week Team

Resolution IT

We are really grateful to ResolutionIT for putting a team together for the FCC EPIC Challenges Week, with the impressive goal of completing at least 10 Olympic Triathlons. Thank you and congratulations on your 10th anniversary!

Completing 10 Olympic Triathlons is no mean feat, especially when you have to fit it in around the day job. Shaun Lane from ResolutionIT tells us more about the team’s fantastic effort.

How did Resolution IT’s employees react to the suggestion that you get involved with My EPIC Week?

They were apprehensive initially, but also excited. There was an air of confidence about fitness levels but when we wrote down what we’d have to do we realised it wasn’t going to be easy and we’d better get out and do some training!

What is your challenge and why have you chosen it? 

Ten of us are taking part, all doing different distances due to different fitness levels and other commitments. The target is a minimum of 10 Olympic Triathlons. Ideally we’d like to achieve nearer to 20 but we’ll be content with 10. People are doing different activities each day and then recording the distances.

We have to schedule it around work: going out for early runs and cycle rides, swimming at lunchtime and going out late in the evening. I’m not a morning person myself but some of them are getting up at stupid o’clock to do a run – it’s really quite impressive!

What inspired ResolutionIT to take part in the FCG My EPIC Week?

It’s our company’s 10th anniversary so we’re doing 10 challenges throughout the year to raise money. This Is EPIC was one of the charities we had chosen, as we’re big supporters of This Is EPIC and of Warren and Phil themselves, having worked with them over the years. This week coinciding with our anniversary has made it a company challenge as well as helping the charities.

How is it going so far?

After Day One it’s looking like we’ll go way above our original target of 10 Olympic Triathlons so it’s going really well. As a team we achieved about double what we’d aimed to do in a day so we’re hoping we can continue like this. There’s a buzz around the office and everyone is excited to get out and do their bit.

Day one of our FCG My EPIC Week. Meet our EPIC Challengers!

 

It’s Day One and we have already heard from some of the fantastic people taking part in the FCG My EPIC Week. We’ll be hoping to keep you inspired in your own challenges by sharing their stories.

Our first post comes from Dawn Sealey. Thanks for your support, Dawn, and best of luck with your challenge!

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m a working mum with a three-year-old boy, Jack. I started running after he was born. I’ll never be the fastest runner (in fact I’m frequently at the back of the pack) but I appreciate the good health and good friends running affords me. After a traumatic start to my son’s life, running also helps keep me sane and my husband has been known to gently suggest I go for a run when I’ve got a case of the mean reds! As an extra challenge, and so that I might participate in triathlons, I decided to learn to swim properly earlier this year and just over a month ago swam my first ever full length of front crawl (well a type of front crawl anyway!!). I’m doing a couple of swimming lessons a week now and it’s slow progress but a great feeling of accomplishment to be learning a new skill at this old age.

I’m also inspired by my son – there is nothing more heart-melting than when he puts on his trainers and announces to me he’s off out for a run (don’t worry I never let him get too far).

What is your challenge and why have you chosen it?

My challenge is to complete a half Ironman distance across the week. I wanted a tough challenge to push myself but also one where I could involve and inspire as many people as possible to join me on either a run, swim or cycle and fit it around work and family. I have colleagues, friends and family joining me throughout the week on various sessions and I’m hoping Jack will do a few with me too. The organisation alone of fitting in all these sessions is one of the biggest challenges.

What training have you been doing?

I’m still running a couple of times a week and in addition to the swimming lessons I’ve been trying to fit in some cycling, mostly commuting.

What inspired you to take part in the FCG My EPIC Week?

I’ve followed Phil and Warren’s challenges over the least few years and they did a talk at my offices (GFSC) which inspired many of us to push ourselves but also explained how the charity was benefitting communities in a real way. This is EPIC and Guernsey Mind are both amazing charities and myself and my colleagues are always happy to support them in any way we can.

Have you taken part in any previous EPIC Challenges?

I took part in the Kings Mills run and the Y-Front Run and my husband and I did the family run with the buggy before EPIC 12. It is starting to sound like I’m stalking them!

Break it down

This post could easily be titled ‘common sense’ but one thing that Warren and I have learnt about setting goals and targets since 2014 is the absolute necessity to break them down.
At our recent talk at the IoD Shadow Management Awards we had the pleasure of listening to a number of students present on their experiences of shadowing managers and leaders in local businesses. Many of the presentations included some great definitions of leadership, the different approaches to leadership and how leadership and management are two different things. There was also talk of vision, strategy and goals across the presentations, from team goals to setting a 20 year vision for an island (yes Guernsey).
In 2014 Warren and I took on 7 Marathons in 7, which was our first lesson in how to breakdown big goals. I specifically remember in the evening following marathon no. 1 thinking to myself “wow, we have 6 more of these xxxxxxxx to go”. This then transferred into multiple messages to Warren about how big this challenge was and looking at the end point at the end of day 1. We discovered that this is categorically the wrong way to look at any big goal, target or challenge. In the midst of the challenge you cannot focus on the finish, as this will inevitabley create a the feeling of being overawed by the challenge or goal.
We soon realised that focusing on what is immediately in front of you, rather than the finish line, would enable us to focus on progress, to achieve smaller goals and for confidence to remain high during the challenge.
On day 2 we broke the marathon down into smaller goals and milestones. We had water stops set out at mile 5, 10, 15, 19 and 23, these became our new goals, not the 7 marathons.

 

How did this help? 

 

It helped by taking our focus off the enormity of the challenge, which harvest negativity, in the dark moments when you need to dig deep it is much more effective to focus on the progress made than the miles left! Shifting focus onto smaller goals enabled us to tick off progress on a regular basis. Rather than waiting 4+ hours to celebrate progress we were ticking off the targets every 50 mins or so.
By marathon no. 7 on day 7 our targets had reduced down from the water stops to lamp posts. As we made our way through the final few miles of our 184.3 mile week-long challenge, our eyes were fixed on the next lamp post which was 100 yards away. This made the last few miles fly by in terms of progress.
This lesson learnt has become a constant part of our training and challenges since 2014. But it is also relevant in so many other areas outside of crazy challenges. Whether you have a personal goal, a goal for your team or a 20 year vision for an island there is huge benefit in breaking them down into smaller goals.
The impact will be to see and experience progress, which all of us need to ensure we don’t give up easily or give up at all. 
With our third EPIC Moonlight Marathon coming up this may be a helpful lesson for any participants who are either getting their trainers on for the first time in ages, running at night for the first time or have pushed themselves to take on a few extra miles than you normally would. Here are three tips:

 

  1. Don’t over think it 
  2. Break it down into smaller milestones / targets 
  3. Remember to enjoy it, as you’ll be with people who are in the same position as you. 
#NeverGiveUp 

EPIC12 – Guernsey’s First 12-Hour Endurance Race

It has been 3 weeks since EPIC12, which was not only Guernsey’s but the Channel Islands first ever 12-hour endurance race. As always, it started as an idea over a coffee with Warren early in 2016. As many people know, since 2014 Warren and I have an affinity with endurance running and putting on events in this space is something we enjoy.

So what is a 12 hour endurance race?

EPIC12 is a race against the clock over a 10km loop, runners were able to enter as teams, pairs or take on the challenge as a solo runner. Basecamp was the iconic Vale Castle, and the 10km loop took runners into St Peter Port and back, with the last 300mtrs of the route being a steep uphill back into the Castle.

Runners had to complete as many laps as possible in the 12 -hours, there was an added challenge, the run took place from Sunset to Sunrise, that’s right, when people should be sleeping they would be running.

At EPIC Challenges we love creating events that provide the atmosphere and opportunity for people to push themselves further than they have gone before. Vale Castle was turned into Race HQ, including having participants camp onsite.

As we look back on the event we are amazed at the effort and commitment people put into the event. When we launched the event we thought that the Teams and Pairs would generate the most interest but we were staggered to have so many solo runners take on the challenge.

It was a great weekend and hopefully we hit our objective of creating an energising atmosphere where people can take on a new challenge and aim to be the best they can be. Our runners, of which there were just under 80 in total, ran over 2200 kilometres over the 12 hours.

For Warren and I the highlights were chatting to the runners about their goals, their journey and experience through the event. We had runners that had never run more than 10km take complete over 30km at the event and runners who had not run over 30km in a week ended up completing over 60km in the 12 hours.

A few participants took to social media after the event to share their thoughts and experiences, you can read them here:

http://epiphanyjenny.weebly.com/sport/from-sunset-to-sunrise

https://life348.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/trying-to-be-epic/ 

What’s next for EPIC Challenges? 

Up next will be the EPIC Moonlight Marathon, a beautiful Marathon around Guernsey under moonlight. This year’s run will again include the shorter distances of a half-marathon, 10km and 5km options.

Alongside the Moonlight Marathon we are providing talks to Aztec Group and the IOD Management Awards, where we share about our experiences and lessons learnt from taking on challenges.

2017 will see Warren and I take on our toughest challenge yet. Details to be revealed soon!

 

 

 

The 2015 Jersey Marathon

Philip here, the day after running the Standard Chartered 2015 Jersey Marathon. My wife, Louise, and I signed up for the Jersey Marathon about 6 months ago. I ran it last year with my challenge and running buddy Warren Mauger, about 6 weeks after taking on our 7 Marathons in 7 Days. Warren and I really enjoyed the run in 2014 and it was a no brainer to enter into the 2015 marathon.

Just over 4 weeks ago I completed the challenge of running (moving forward) on a treadmill for 48 hours. In the 48 hours I covered 131 miles, research indicates that the recovery period from this type of run is in the region of 4 to 6 months until your legs are back to being “fresh”.

This was always a concern, would the legs have enough in them to complete the Jersey Marathon and complete it well?

For anyone that thinks running a marathon is “easy” because of all the miles run in the past 18-24 months you are wrong. Irrelevant of how many miles you have run in training or how many crazy challenges you have taken on, 26.2 miles is still a long long way and it takes it toll on both the body and the mind.

Louise was taking on her 1st ever marathon after taking on a strict 12 week training programme (after 6 months out injured with no running). We were both a little nervous on the Sunday morning, but we had planned our pace and had a target time in mind. This is a good bit of advice for anyone running a marathon, think about your pace and have a plan. Yet again the atmosphere at Marathon Village prior to the start was great, and it was helped by an army of Guernsey runners involved in both the full marathon and the relay event. There was a great buzz about the place.

We set-off at 9am, the start line busy with supporters and this carried on as we headed out of St Helier on the marathon course. The support from the side of the road was brilliant, from cow bells being rung to children handing out jelly babies, the encouragement received on-route really helped us focus on achieving the goal we had set, a 3 hour 3o minute marathon. With events like these it is often the detail that counts, and something that the Jersey Marathon did was to print your first name on your race number. As Louise and I ran round the beautiful course supporters, marshals and water-stop volunteers would cheer you on with your first name, a really nice touch. I should also mention the marshals and volunteers, they were clapping every running and cheering people on, which all helped with the atmosphere around the course.

It was my first run in a long while where real pacing came into it. We were checking our watches, making sure we hit a nice rhythm and hit our min/mile targets. We’d also set mini targets, something Warren and I did in our 7 Marathons in 7 Days, we had water stops at 5, 10, 15, 19 and 23 miles. The Jersey Marathon had water stops pretty much every mile or two, but for me, I stuck to the targets that worked well during our 2014 challenge.

We chatted briefly to a very nice American guy who enquired about the 48 hour treadmill World Record Challenge (I was wearing a t-shirt from the event). He asked if I had the record, and when I said “no, I didn’t manage to break” his response was great, “it doesn’t matter the fact you went for it is what is important.” He then went on to tell me to take on the Badwater Ultra Marathon, the world’s toughest foot race. I don’t think Louise was too impressed with that suggestion .

Louise and I both felt comfortable until the last few miles, surprise surprise! Louise started digging in deep around mile 18 and was pulling out min/mile pace of 7:45 (not bad at that stage!) and from mile 22/23 my legs started to feel heavy and clearly had the 48 hour challenge in them! As we turned onto the home straight – the last 3 miles or so along the seafront into St Helier, we were greeted by a force 5/6 headwind, just what you wanted for the final 20 minutes of a marathon.

As we came round the back of the Radisson Blu Hotel we knew there was only 750 metres or so left of the marathon, the noise and support at the finish line was really special, and it was brilliant to cross the line in 3 hours 30 minutes (and about 5 secs). This was Louise’s first ever marathon and we think she finished as the 4th woman, and 2nd Channel Island female runner overall, not bad for your first attempt! For me, it was 23 mins off a PB, the legs survived and I know have a new target of a 3hr 20min marathon.

A big well done to the organisers of the Jersey Marathon, the course is a good one, with a challenging start of a gradual incline, but the support all along the route was fantastic. Post marathon the atmosphere around St Helier was another success factor for the marathon, so many people staying around the marathon village or the Royal Yacht Hotel and enjoying a drink or two.

Really well done Jersey and thanks to all the supporters and volunteers.

 

 

 

Introducing Abi Schofield

Exciting News!

European sprint triathlon qualifier Abi Schofield will be taking on the EPIC48 challenge alongside Philip Smith and Warren Mauger in September this year in Market Square.

Along with Robert Young, Marathon Man UK and Adam Holland, Abi is the third athlete from the UK joining the EPIC48 team. In addition to Philip and Warren, Abi will also be attempting to break the female equivalent individual world record of running more than 200.65 miles in 48 hours.

Twenty four year old Abi qualified for the Great Britain Triathlon team after competing in her first ever triathlon last year.

Together with her intense training routine this summer, Abi is preparing to represent Great Britain in the age-group sprint triathlon, take part in her first half-ironman triathlon and the EPIC48 challenge.

Miss Schofield said: “I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this challenge; it is an amazing opportunity to push my limits and see how the human body and mind reacts in extreme circumstances.

“As a teacher I am passionate about inspiring others to work hard to achieve their dreams. I am eager to help with the overall aim of this challenge, changing lives through raising money and creating awareness.”

Over the years, Abi has competed in swimming at county and national level and she was a cross-country runner at district level.

“My attitude is anything is possible and I dedicate myself every time. I never say no to a challenge,” said Miss Schofield.

Abi Schofield photo credit – David Glover

EPIC48 team challenge spawns battle of the Colleges

The Ladies’ College and Elizabeth College are among the first to sign up for the EPIC48 team challenge.

They will run on treadmills in Market Square for four hours in September alongside Philip Smith and Warren Mauger.

Each team to sign up has to raise a minimum of £1,000 and fundraising athletes Philip Smith and Warren Mauger, who are themselves attempting to run further than the current world record of 251.79 miles on treadmills, are certain that this will help dramatically with getting to their target of £100,000.

The team challenge is open to all companies and organisations, with a maximum of five people per team.

Further fundraising opportunities linked to the EPIC48 event will be announced over the next few months.

The Ladies’ College team was the first to sign up for the team challenge, within 24 hours of information being released and their friendly rivals Elizabeth College were soon to follow suit.

Principal of The Ladies’ College Ashley Clancy said: “We often ask our students to put themselves outside of their comfort zone; we felt this was the perfect opportunity for us to do the same.

“We are excited about supporting EPIC48 and The HUB especially, giving us the opportunity to give back to an organisation that provides great support to The Ladies’ College and young people on the island.”

George Hartley, Principal at Elizabeth College said: “We are delighted to be entering a mixed team for the event in September which is going to benefit highly deserving causes, but it’s also an incentive for staff to keep fit over the summer.

“Once we heard The Ladies’ College were signed up it was a no-brainer. Bring on the challenge!”

For two local charities, This Is EPIC and The HUB, the money raised during the 7 in 7 Challenge last year was beneficial and greatly appreciated.

Last year the HUB put the money towards two specialist projects. This year, team manager of The HUB, Charlie Cox has chosen one specialist area – The Sunflower Project. This aims to support children and families who have experienced bereavement or are living with someone who has a serious illness.

This Is EPIC will be putting the money raised towards implementing new village savings and loans groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aim is to impact over 7,000 people this year and into next by helping them overcome extreme poverty in a sustainable way.

Anyone who would like to participate in the team challenge can sign up at http://www.epicchallenges.gg/#section-epicfortyeight-team-challenge

 

Running the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk

38.56 Miles

4,870 Calories

3,572 ft Elevation Gain

9:58 min/mi Average Pace 

They are the statistics from our training run two days ago, which was to run the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk. As the title of the event indicates, this is a walk, a beautiful 38(ish) mile walk around the cliffs and coastal paths of Guernsey. Warren and I saw it as a perfect training run for our EPIC48 World Record Attempt, and thank-fully the organisers kindly let us use it as a training run. Why was it ideal? For a few reasons, it meant a lack of sleep (4:30am start), it was our longest run ever, it had mixed terrain, we’d have to manage our nutrition on the run and it would push us, really push us physically and mentally.

After a 3am alarm call I was in town and ready to set-off on the run at 4:30am. One thing I learnt from the 7 Marathons in 7 Days last year was to break down the distances, by Marathon no.7 we were doing it down to 100 yard finish lines. I wasn’t sure how best to break down the SCR Walk, in my mind I wanted to break it down into small chunks, but for some reason my gut feel was to approach it as a cliff run and then a long distance run. These are two things that both Warren and I have done a few times before, but never as a combined run. Breaking it down into two sections helped me mentally approach the run.

A few people have said that the run must have been easy for us with all of our training. I can assure you, there was nothing easy about running the SCR Walk. The cliffs are brutal, they are brutal for a couple of reasons, the main one being the inability to get any sort of rhythm to your running. You constantly face steps up or down, twists and turns and inclines and declines.

I came off the cliffs right on 3 hours, and I was feeling ok in terms of nutrition and hydration. My approach was quite mechanical and one that I had learnt from a previous run. Don’t want until your hungry to eat. I made sure I ate a banana, a bit of flapjack or a shot block gel every hour of running. The little and often seemed to work 3 hours into the run.

From a mental perspective I was feeling ok, I had completed the first part of the run and was now focussed on the ‘long training run’. The west coast stretch to Portinfer was beautiful. There was a gentle tail wind, the ice was going out and the sun was shining. For 10 miles or so it was easy to forget and ignore the body starting to complain about what I was putting it through.

The route takes you as close to the edge of the island as possible, which around Grand Havre and L’Ancresse area, plays tricks on the mind. You look into the distance and see a milestone and think “yes, I’m making progress”. Before you know it you are weaving around the coastal paths and it feels like you are running away from the finish line rather than to it.

At about 31-32 miles I had to adopt a run-walk strategy, again, this wasn’t planned, I’d never tried this before as I’d never run this far in one hit. My approach was to run for 1 mile and then walk for 1 minute, just to give the body an element of rest and recovery. It really helped and from just past The Bridge I was able to run at a steady pace to the finish line. A big thank you to Toby Birch who drove past me, stopped and offered me a water that I threw over my head as it was starting to become very hot during the last couple of miles into town.

At the finish line I was greeted by the amazing SCR Walk volunteers that handed over medal, a much needed apple juice and dose of encouragement which immediately took my mind off the enormity of the 48 hour world record challenge.

Running the SCR Walk felt as tough as running our 7 Marathons in 7 Days last year, but it was a great learning experience in terms of how our bodies react to being pushed further than before, how we approach nutrition and developing our mental strength to break through situations when our bodies are telling us to stop, to give and to not take one more step.

It was also a good opportunity to be reminded about the purpose behind our challenge, as this is the fuel that drives us on. Knowing that each training run, each battle of the mind and body that we win and every step we will take during the 48 hours will help change the lives of people that are in desperate need of help and support.

The money raised from our EPIC 48 World Record Challenge will support the following charities and projects:

  1. The Hub, through the Sunflower Project support children and families who have experienced bereavement or are living with someone they love having a serious illness.  The project has supported over 100 families since launching last year and the support has been invaluable.
  2. This Is EPIC, Help people living in extreme poverty in Africa through Village Savings and loans projects. The aim is to impact over 7,000 people through implementing new Village Savings and Loans groups as a result of the fundraising in 2015.
  3. NSPPC, Fund many projects which aim to either prevent child abuse happening or to help those who have already been abused.
  4. Dreams Come True, Help children with serious and life-limiting illnesses to have a special wish realised for them.

Thank you for your support.

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Seize the day. Make an impact

This is an honest and open account of my thoughts, we don’t often do this as we keep our innermost thoughts guarded for fear of exposing our vulnerability and weaknesses.

Today as I write is 20 years since my dad died; he was 50 and I was 22. His death had a big impact on me (surprisingly today more than most) and when I analyse what I do in life I can generally trace it back to this event. There have been plenty of times over the years when I could have done with his input but that was taken from me. But what I’ve come to realise is that I learnt enough from our time together and his influence. When I face tough decisions I can picture the conversation we would have in my head and it will get me to the same conclusion as if we were together.

The thing that has stuck with me is that our lives are short and we don’t know when they will end so it’s important, for me at least, to seize the day and make an impact that will be long lasting. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day noise of work but if we are honest our workplaces will carry on just fine when we are no longer there. So we need to look at how we can truly do something positive if we want to leave a footprint in the sand when we leave.  For most of us people won’t remember the filing system we introduced at work, the money we made or whether the house was clean or not, it’s about how we touched those around us and how we impacted on them.

So this is why I am doing such a big challenge, one that has a high chance of failure but equally, if it succeeds, will change the lives of so many people. Most of these people I will never know or meet. They in turn I hope will pass on this positive impact and help others and so we set on its way a wave of positivity that will hopefully span generations.

In September I along with four others are taking on a challenge beyond anything I have done before. To run (and no doubt walk) for 48 hours on a treadmill, to go as far as possible in that time at an event we are setting up in Guernsey. The aim is for one of us to break the current world record of just over 251 miles (almost 10 marathons).

It’s ultimately to raise funds and awareness to help young people here in Guernsey, the UK and Africa, all in different way. In Guernsey it’s focusing on children who have been bereaved by losing someone close, like I did. Elsewhere it’s helping those who are victims of abuse, to get them through and turn their life into a positive and realise they are not to blame. For people who through no fault of their own were born in a country and place of the most desperate poverty where just £2 – the price of a coffee – will take them out of extreme poverty for the rest of their life.

This challenge may well break me mentally and physically but I will come through it. Hopefully in doing so it will help others (particularly young people) also come through their own challenges in life.

Not everyone can donate; I get that and understand we all have different things we support. Please, if you can, help this challenge meet its goals and help these people whom you may never know either. A little goes a long way and it could be organising a coffee morning, cake sale or a whip round at work that could help.

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Why the hell am I running for 48 hours?

Good question, after running seven marathons in seven days last year I hadn’t really planned for there to be something else. Something that week moved me though (more than my feet).

The simplest answer to the question is to raise money and awareness for our chosen charities. Something clicked with me a year or so ago, I feel driven to do something positive and this is my small way of doing that. I want to leave some sort of positive footprint by helping others who may then go on to help people themselves, creating some sort of momentum. I don’t want to wait till I have a terminal illness or some tragedy before I start doing something to help others. At the moment I have my health and my brain so I plan to make the most of them with my limited resources.

Through the process of training and leading up to the 7 in 7 it became clearer than ever that this wasn’t at all about running, in fact running was secondary to the fact that every step is helping someone, changing a life. That can be difficult to understand but it’s true. Last year the money and awareness raised meant we changed the lives of thousands of people in Guernsey and Africa; that’s a humbling thought, but it also shows the power of taking on a hard challenge with a clear purpose.

So when the dust settled Philip and I asked ourselves what we could do that felt impossible. We considered running for 24 hours, but we felt that we knew we could achieve this with a decent level of training, hard as it would be! Then we both came to the same conclusion: 48 hours!! This made us feel a bit sick (and still does). It’s a challenge neither of us felt we could do! It’s a challenge with a high chance of failure!

We really are scared by this challenge (well I am), but we also want to show that the human spirit is so much stronger than we think. Having set the challenge we committed to the training months ago (we never really stopped after last year) and in the months to come this is going to become considerably harder with many hours dedicated to it each day, along with running our businesses and being loving, hands-on (and not tired or grumpy) parents and husbands.

So the reason I am doing something so stupid, that scares me to my core, is to raise money – a lot of money – that will achieve the following:

  1. Through the Sunflower Project support children and families who have experienced bereavement or are living with someone they love having a serious illness.  The project has supported over 100 families since launching last year and the support has been invaluable.

  2. Help people who are some of the poorest in the world in Africa through Village Savings and loans projects run by This is EPIC. The aim is to impact over 7,000 people through implementing new Village Savings and Loans groups.

  3. Fund many projects (run by the NSPCC), which aim to either prevent abuses happening or to help those who have already been abused.

  4. Help children with serious and life-limiting illnesses to have a special wish realised for them. It may be to go to their favourite football club to meet the players, or to fly off to Disneyland to meet Mickey Mouse and swim with dolphins. Whatever, it is a special treat that lights up one young person’s difficult life, at least for one day.

If you would like to support us here are a couple of really simple ways of doing it.

1.Donate. 

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4. Cheer, Toot, Wave (when you see us training in our orange tops)

We’ll be sharing more about our training and the event in coming days, weeks and months. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our challenge.

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