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Meet our Customer Heroes from Round 6!

Posted 1 June 2014 12:00 AM by Healthspan Heroes
Healthspan Heroes

Round 6 of our customer heroes closed at the end of March and we’re proud to finally announce our latest winners of the Healthspan Customer Heroes funding! With a combined target of at least £71,000 being raised for charity through their efforts this round; our customers are taking part in a number of impressive challenges, supporting a vast range of charities. They've 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. 

Carla is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands in February next year. Carla’s partner Kim sadly passed away earlier this year to metastatic lung cancer and Carla Is aiming to raise £4,250 for Marie Curie hospice in Solihull.

Andrew is cycling 170 miles alongside 43 other riders for Myton Hospice, Leamington Spa in June. A friend of Andrew’s died of cancer in January this year and leaves behind a husband and 3 young daughters. Andrew is personally aiming to raise £2,000 with the group combined aiming to raise at least £10,000.

Norman and his son James are cycling 1350 miles for a whopping 4 charities in total including – cancer research at the University of Birmingham; Tear fund; Links International and the Snowdrop Project. They are aiming to raise £2,000 for each charity.

Joanne is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September for Cornwall Hospice Care. Joanne’s Mum sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer and Joanne read about the challenge whilst visiting her in the hospice. She is aiming to raise £4,000. 

Desna is trekking the Great Wall of China for ‘dogs for the disabled’ in October. Having been through illness herself and knowing what a difference the companionship of a dog can make to the ill and disabled, Desna wants to support and raise awareness of the charity. She is aiming to raise £3,000. 

Judith completed her main challenge at the beginning of May; cycling 400km across for women against cancer. But she didn’t stop there! She also cycled 100miles in this years ‘ride the night’ at the end of May, and has already signed up and starting fundraising for ‘cycle Africa’ 2015 - all for women against cancer. So far she has raised almost £8,000 and is pledging to raise a further £3,000 for her Africa cycle in 2015. 

Ruth is a bit of a celebrity in our office! At the age of 78 she is embarking on the 3 peaks challenge in July, raising money for the Red Cross.

Jake took part in his challenge in April, running the ‘toughest footrace on earth’, Marathon Des Sables. Jake is aiming to raise £10,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action in honour of his Auntie Soozie who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the disease. 

Simon ran in the Great Wall of China marathon in May, raising money for Breast Cancer Campaign and Talking2Minds. He’s aiming to raise £5,000 for this event, and has a few more things planned for the rest of the year including the Marlow Xtreme Triathlon, the Great South run and going wing walking with The Brietling Team. 

Mark is taking part in the ‘Tour de Type 1 Diabetes’ for the Junior Diabetes Research Trust in June. His son was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and Mark is hoping to raise as much awareness of the condition as possible whilst aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity. 

Jenny O is walking the Great Wall of China in October for Cornwall Hospice Care. Jenny sadly lost both her Mum and mother-in-law in recent years, both of whom spent time in hospices, and has fundraised tirelessly for the hospices since. As chairperson of St Agnes Cornwall Hospice Care Support group, she is raising both awareness and a target of £3,000 for the Hospices in Cornwall. 

Jenny L is trekking Kilimanjaro for Cornwall Hospice Care in September. The hospice has cared for a number of 
Jenny’s friends and she is aiming to raise £2,000. 

James and his crew of 12 are cycling the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End (‘JOGLE’) route in June for Multiple Sclerosis. Together they are aiming to raise over £10,000 towards to aid the Bath and Bristol MS Branches, supporting members’ events and home modification projects. 

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