Each year a handful of All We Can supporters undertake some inspiring challenges to make a difference to some of the world’s poorest communities. We have captured a snapshot of stories from supporters who have done all they can to raise funds to support our work.
The only way is up
The Snowdonia Half Marathon is known to be one of the toughest running challenges in the UK and on Sunday 31st May 2015 Keith Tewkesbury, Methodist Superintendant Minister and runner from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, completed this challenge for All We Can in just over two hours and two minutes.Keith was inspired by the work of All We Can’s partners in Uganda after a visit there with Rydal Penrhos School a few years ago and has remained a keen All We Can supporter and fundraiser:
“Having visited some great work in Uganda, and meeting such inspiring people, I have seen that a little can make such a big difference!”
Keith raised over £2000 for All We Can and the hilly run has not put him off future challenges.
Jumping for Joy
Back in July last year, Erica Taylor of Bailgate Methodist Church in Lincoln celebrated her 80th Birthday and instead of presents, asked her friends and family to donate to All We Can’s EbolaAppeal, raising £140.
However, with the news of the Ebola crisis in West Africa worsening, Erica felt strongly that there was more she could do to help. “At the back of my mind the idea of a tandem jump for sponsorship kept coming back,” she remarks.
On 31 October, Erica bravely embarked on a sponsored skydive, raising a further £510. Reflecting on the skydive, Erica said she felt “Total exhilaration, thankfulness and gratitude to God for his upholding and taking away all fear.”
Hannah goes the extra mile
Last autumn, supporter Hannah Baker (right) strapped on her running shoes for the Windsor Half Marathon to raise money for All We Can . She says “My sister, Natalie, is a bit of a runner and challenged me to run with her, so I thought ‘No time like the present’ and took up the challenge!”
“As the race was around the same time as Harvest, we decided to make our fundraising a part of a larger programme of activities alongside two services, a Harvest lunch, and a further house group session. In total, we were able to raise just over £1,000 for All We Can and we are so grateful for everyone who gave their time and money!”
The Roebuck’s Tandem Tour
Paul Roebuck and his wife Annie from Dane and Trent Methodist Circuit in Cheshire planned a challenge to remember last year, by taking on the famous Lands End to John O’Groats bike ride. “A few years ago I read a humorous account of a bike trip from Lands End to John O’Groats, and got a bit caught up in the fun side of it and suggested to Paul that we attempted it!” said Annie. “Then last year my nephew and his wife laid down the gauntlet by doing it first.”
The Roebuck’s set off from Lands End on their Tandem Tour on 15 May, covering 960 miles in just under three weeks. The pair stopped off en-route to stay with friends, family, and anyone who will give them a bed for the night.
Reflecting on the trip Paul said ‘The people we stayed with were truly amazing. The ups and downs of Cornwall were probably the most challenging part of the tour. The best part of the trip was travelling through Scotland, in particular the Cairngorms. It felt amazing to cross the finish line. It took several days for us to realise we had completed the tour and even a week later we kept saying to each other ‘We did it!’”
The Roebucks exceeded their £1000 target and raised over £2000 for All We Can.
Susan’s Double Marathon Challenge
In April 2014, fitness enthusiast, Susan Hales took on the gruelling challenge of running the London and Brighton Marathon a week apart to raise sponsorship for All We Can.
Despite regularly participating in marathons and triathlons Susan rarely takes on the challenges as a fundraising activity. However, she thought two marathons within a week of each other was, “an effort worthy of some fundraising.”
Susan said “My uncle is a Methodist minister down in Deal, Kent; he introduced me to All We Can, explaining how funds are put into small achievable sustainable projects – something I felt I’d like to support.”
The two marathons fell on the weekends either side of the launch of All We Can so Susan began her double marathon challenge in an MRDF t-shirt and was proud to complete the London Marathon course wearing a new All We Can one. In between recovering from Brighton and preparing for London, Susan attended the London launch at Methodist Central Hall and heard how her support is making a difference in some of the world’s poorest communities, inspiration that carried her through her second 26 mile challenge.
“I absolutely love the new name All We Can and the logo, it’s punchy and bright. I feel quite privileged to bridge the gap between the old and the new with these two events. It’s been brilliant”.
Susan’s double marathon challenge raised over £1300 for the work of All We Can.
Brighton Half Marathon 2014
On 16 February 2014, siblings Ben and Jenny took part in the Brighton Half marathon in memory of their father and former Chaplaincy Development Officer for the Connexional team, Kevin Duffy.
“Our dad, Kevin Duffy, died in a tragic walking accident in October last year; the half marathon fell on what would have been his 55th birthday. In unbelievably treasured memory of his life, we decided to run to raise some money for All We Can – a charity that he had long supported in a variety of ways.”
Together Ben and Jenny have raised over £2000 towards the work of All We Can.
If you’ve been inspired by these All We Can challenge event heroes why not consider taking on a sponsored challenge to raise funds for us in 2017.