It was a truly incredible event, that without a doubt was life changing for me, and Brathay is an organisation that will now always be close to my heart. As a group, the 15 of us who took part in the 10in10, raised the staggering amount of nearly £85,000 and I know that Brathay will do wonderful things with that money and really change other people's lives too. All of the donations we received from our supporters went directly to Brathay - we all paid the £800 that it cost per person to stage the event.
So you can understand a bit more about what Brathay Trust do, this is their mission statement:
"Our aim is to become a leading charity that inspires children and young people to engage positively in their communities. We recognise that children and young people face many challenges in their day-to-day lives, and we work with some of the most vulnerable, disengaged and ‘hard-to-reach’, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation, and skills they need to unlock their potential and make positive changes in their lives. We deliver integrated community and residential programmes that help young people to re-engage with education, have a voice in their community, become peer mentors and young leaders, and avoid or move away from criminal activity."
It gets more awkward asking for money for running marathons the more often you do them, so I didn't push this too much and relied on a few family & friends who I knew particularly wanted to sponsor me, and a few very generous corporate sponsors who I managed to convince that sponsoring me was a good idea!
I was very pleased that I managed to raise £1,000 for the charity, who work to save the Asian Elephant from extinction in the wild - I went on holiday to India and fell in love with the elephants, but it's likely that they will be no longer be found in the wild in just 30 years!
Since Elephant Family's launch in 2002 they've invested £3 million in securing and restoring vital corridors of land, supported local communities to reduce incidents of human-elephant conflict and improved the welfare of captive elephants.
The RNLI are very well known in the
are considered the "fourth emergency service" by many, providing
lifeboat rescue services for those who get into trouble in the sea around the
coast and also on rivers, flood assistance and they also provide beach
lifeguards. What people don't always realise is that they receive no funding
from the government, are made up of ranks of many volunteers, and rely entirely
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CRY work to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to Sudden Death Syndrome and also promote screening programmes and research into cardiac issues, particularly for young people and those involved in sport, for whom problems can often go undetected, which could been treated.