Colin’s amazing 80-80 challenge
Having been raising funds for Little Hearts Matter more or less since the birth of our grandson in 2004 in recognition of the enormous help the staff have given to our family, I approached my 78th birthday in December 2021 in the knowledge that it would be unlikely that I would be able to continue for very many years in the future.
I’d been part of two teams who had completed two half marathons in the previous five years, in total bringing in more than £20,000 for LHM, so I wanted to do a two year project to mark my 80th birthday in 2023. Fortunately for me, the inspiration came in the form of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the hero who raised over £33,000,000 for the NHS by doing 100 laps of the grounds of the garden where he lived running up to his 100th birthday.
I decided that, starting on the 1st December 2023, I would walk an average of around 4.25 kilometres per day for 19 days (80 kilometres in total) leading up to my 80th birthday, naming it Colin’s 80/80 Walk for Little Hearts Matter. Setting an initial modest target of £5,000 to be achieved principally by bucket collections at superstores and garden centres we found we quickly had to double the target to £10,000.
However, with less than 12 months to go, we are already past 85% of the amended target, with the vast majority coming from those bucket collections and a team of 40 who help raise funds at no cost to themselves through their online shopping.
Clearly, consideration has to be given whether to once again double the target. Regardless of how much is eventually raised the overwhelming motivation is to help raise funds to enable the board and staff to continue to provide magnificent support to all LHM families.
If you’d like to make a donation to my JustGiving page, please visit: Colin Barrett is fundraising for Little Hearts Matter (justgiving.com)