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Spencer Smith

Smudge's Marathon and a half Challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In May/June 2017 I ran 2 half marathons in 2 weeks for 2 charities, both in my fire kit. Thanks to people’s generosity I raised over [b]£800[/b]! To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Not long after completing the first half marathon, I was looking ahead to the next challenge I could do to again raise money for charity. I knew that I wanted to raise money in my Grandad’s memory, given I’d honoured my Nan’s memory last year. I also knew that I would have to try and up the challenge, so I’ve chosen to run my first ever [b]full[/b] marathon and as if that isn’t tough enough, I will again be running in fire kit…[b]BUT[/b] that’s not all! I’m also going to be wearing a breathing apparatus set on my back! This means an additional weight of approximately 25 kg (4 stone) combined. This will be an epic challenge, but it doesn’t compare to the challenges other people have to deal with in life. The charities I’m running for make an incredible difference to people in times of need and I’m hopeful that a good amount of money can be raised for these chosen charities, which are: [/p][p][b]Cancer Research[/b][/p][p]I sadly lost my Grandad when I was 8 years old, to cancer. I have fond memories of holidays with him and my Nan and I was very lucky to have this true gentleman as my grandad. He was a joker and full of fun. He loved his football (although he did support Port Vale!) and won many a trophy playing skittles. In his memory I am raising money for cancer research. They receive no government funding and it’s been thanks to people’s generosity that they’ve helped to double survival rates in just 40 years. [/p][p][b][b]Cardiac Risk in the Young (C-R-Y)[/b][/b][/p][p]I am raising money for the Cardiac Risk in the Young to help fund raise in memory of Mark Hancock, who sadly passed away on 24th February 2015, aged just 47. Mark was a fellow firefighter within Staffordshire Fire and Rescue; he was also a keen cyclist. Unfortunately I’m not a cyclist so I have not been able to take part in the memorial fund raising rides that have taken place in Mark’s memory. These rides have raised enough money to provide four local cardiac screening sessions. There have also been other fundraising events held that have helped raise much needed funds for this great cause.[/p][p][b]Peter Pan Centre[/b][/p][p]The Peter Pan Centre provides specialist care to children with special needs and support to their families. The original playgroup was founded in 1969 and has been based at the newly built premises in May Bank since 2011. There is no statutory provision for children with special needs under the age of 5, which is why their service is vital. Their aim is to maximise the potential of children with special needs. They rely completely on the local community and companies for funds, as they receive no government funding. I have had the privilege of being shown around the centre and seeing first-hand the amazing work the staff does and just how happy the children who attend are. [/p][p][b]The Donna Louise Starlight Fund[/b][/p][p]Sadly last year two of my friends lost their son to sepsis; he was only 2 years old. He had been suffering from chicken pox, but seemed to be on the road to recovery. He tragically passed away 2 hours after arriving at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. As a father what happened truly made me sad, and as their friend equally so. I spoke to Rob and Lynette about raising money in Oscar’s memory and they told me about the Starlight fund that has been set up in his memory. This will help to support the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in his honour. [/p][p]Here’s the deal, the marathon will take place in [b]Liverpool on Sunday 20th May 2018[/b] and in addition I will also be running the [b]Potters ‘Arf[/b] [b]on Sunday 10th June 2018[/b] both races will be ran in fire kit and with the breathing apparatus set! [/p][p][b][u]IMPORTANT UPDATE[/u][/b]: As I have no reached over £200 I will now also be running the [b]Newcastle 10k on Sunday 15th April 2018[/b] in fire kit and with the breathing apparatus set.[/p][p]As ever any donations, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated.[/p][p]Thanks for your support in advance [/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

11 Jun 2018

Charities

Peter Pan Centre

Peter Pan Centre

The Donna Louise

The Donna Louise

Cardiac Risk In The Young

Cardiac Risk In The Young

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Supporters

20-Feb-2018

Joe

Well done, Spencer, this is a great contribution to the community!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

12-Feb-2018

Mike

Good luck mate

£15.00

01-Feb-2018

Em and The Joneses

Good luck Spence! Four incredible charities to raise money for. You can do it! X

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

15-Jan-2018

Ruth

What a truly inspiring thing you are doing Spence x

£50.00

13-Dec-2017

Fullagar’s

All I can say is.. WOW! This is impressive and we both wish you all the luck in the world!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

13-Dec-2017

Jake humphreys

Good luck mate it’s going be tough with a set on

£10.00

10-Dec-2017

Anonymous

Stay well-hydrated innit x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

03-Dec-2017

C Bradbury

All the best mate

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

03-Dec-2017

Tracey Statham

Wow what an inspiration you are, all of the charities you have picked mean a lot to me. I am also friends of Angela and Mark Hancock and have recently taken advantage of CRY by having two of my children checked. Thank you for doing this, and good luck.

£10.00

02-Dec-2017

The Wilson's, friends of Angela and Mark. X

A wonderful thing to do. Thank you.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid