Introducing 2015's Healthspan Heroes
Posted 20 January 2015 9:47 AM by Healthspan Heroes
After receiving numerous applications from our inspiring and adventurous Healthspan customers, we’re very proud to now introduce our latest 10 Healthspan Heroes. This year’s Healthspan Heroes have a combined target of raising £31,500 for various charities close to their hearts. Throughout 2015 our Heroes will truly give it their all; from running the gruelling London Marathon and cycling the plains of Tanzania, to attaching themselves to the side of an aeroplane (whilst being flipped upside down) and climbing the dizzying heights of Mount Everest. This year’s Healthspan Heroes are a pretty impressive bunch and we are very proud to be supporting them.
Each Healthspan Hero has been kind enough to share their stories with us and below is a quick snapshot of what is going on. Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon.
Angela is running the 2015 London Marathon to help raise money for the NSPCC. Whilst Angela worked as a teacher she was exposed to instances of child abuse and is now raising money to help support affected children and raise awareness. Angela regards the London Marathon as the best amateur sporting event in the world and is now training hard to complete the gruelling 26 mile run. See Angela’s just giving page here.
Susan is taking on a physically demanding double ironman triathlon (4.8 mile swim, 232 mile bike ride, 52 mile run) for the Cure Rett charity. Susan’s niece Emily, aged 7, has Rett Syndrome -, a currently incurable condition. Susan is hoping to raise £1000 to help aid research into a cure. Later this year Susan is also embarking on the Aviemore run, which will see her run for 24 hours making up as many miles as she possibly can.
Mary is flying stateside to participate in a Grand Canyon trek to raise £2000 for the Medical Detection Dog charity. Mary has been involved with this charity for 5 years and has seen first-hand the positive difference it has already made on people’s lives. So far Mary has embarked on a country assault challenge and is currently taking lengthy walks to build up her endurance.
Sarah is taking part in Cycle Africa 2015 to help raise £3000 for Women V Cancer, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. Sarah has seen the effects of cancer after her friend was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer and also experienced her Mother-in-law’s battle to overcome breast cancer. Sarah said she is already smiling about crossing the finish line, “the feeling once you cross that finish line is amazing”. See Sarah’s JustGiving page here
Laura is trekking Mount Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie Hospice and aims to raise £8,500. According to Laura, she has barely climbed a hill let alone Africa’s biggest mountain and says it will push her to maximum limits. Laura sadly lost her Mum to cancer last year and hopes the money she raises for Marie Cure Hospice will be used to help other families.
Jane is jumping on her bike in Tanzania and riding 350km across three national parks and past Mount Kilimanjaro until she reaches the impressive Ngorongoro Crater. Jane is raising £3,000 to help fund and raise awareness for Women V Cancer.
Ann, 81, has decided to strap herself to the wing of a plane and go ‘wind walking’ to help raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Ann told us this challenge doesn’t faze her and can’t wait for the plane to take off.
Jill has decided to pull on her walking boots and trek the plains of Tanzania later this year. She is motivated to complete this difficult challenge after being diagnosed with cancer last year and plans to raise money for Jersey Hospice Care. Jill has made a point to complete this challenge on the day of her 49th Birthday.
Steve is climbing the famous Mount Everest for the British Heart Foundation. Steve will be the first person ever to climb the world’s biggest mountain with a pacemaker. Currently Steve is training hard for his record breaking climb in the mountains of Spain.
Sharon is also taking part in the Cycle Africa 2015 challenge and is hoping to raise £3000 for Women V Cancer. Sharon is extremely motivated to complete this challenge in memory of her Nan, who died when she was just 36 from breast cancer.
We wish all of our Healthspan Heroes good luck with their training and we will keep you updated with each and every one of their challenges throughout the year.