DOZENS of kindhearted townsfolk are gearing up for superhuman feats of endurance this week as the Advertiser has learnt of a staggering number of fundraising events.
Residents are strapping on their walking boots and climbing into the saddle for a range of good causes.
One remarkable youngster, leukaemia sufferer George Caroll-Elks, 13, walked 22 miles through Derbyshire with his family as part of the Over The Wall fundraising walk between Scotland and Dorset.
George’s family walked alongside him, pushing him in his wheelchair for some of the 46 miles they walked in total – his brother Henry even helped out by lifting the chair over stiles in the Peak District.
He was joined by ex-Eastender Larry Lamb for some of the route.
Mum Ita Carroll said: “I cried so much when I went to collect George from his first Over The Wall camp. George and all the other kids were laughing and having such a great time.
“It had been so long since George had just been a child not a child with cancer, so I’m incredibly proud that despite what he’s going through, he has motivated us all to get walking and raise £1,500.”
They have raised the cash for Over The Wall, which arranges camps for children who, like George, have serious illnesses. To add your contribution to George’s total go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ourgeorge
n A group of ten cyclists of mixed abilities have raised a massive £4,250 for terminal illness respite charity Calum’s Cabin after completing a 190-mile coast-to-coast ride in just two days.
Rider Nigel Hubbard said: “The weather wasn’t very good to start with but it picked up and everyone did really well.”
Nigel and his team raised the cash in memory of tragic Ilkeston toddler Isabel Bojko who died aged three in 2009 from a brain tumour and whose story was featured in the Advertiser in June.
Isabel’s mum Jo said: “We were shocked about the amount that they raised – we were thinking hundreds, not thousands.
“We would like to thank everybody that donated, every single person, it means a great deal for us and a for Calum’s Cabin.
“We are so grateful that the riders took time out of their lives to do this and for picking our charity.”
To add to the team’s total, text calu18 followed by a space, followed by the amount, to 70070.
n Family, friends and former team mates of Ilkeston Rugby Club player Gareth Lewis, who died last year aged 20, are gearing up for a huge challenge in his memory.
The team of 23 will be climbing the three highest peaks in Britain – Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in Wales – in 24 hours to raise cash for charities, including the RFU Injured Players’ Foundation, which supports rugby players with life-threatening injuries.
Gareth’s sister 26-year-old Sian Lewis, of Shipley View, who is taking part in the gruelling feat on Friday said: “We wanted to do something for Gareth and challenge ourselves, It’s the only charity of its kind and it helped Gareth out a lot when he injured his back.”
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/garethlewis3peaks.
n Eight members of staff from Ilkeston firm Amcor Flexibles were due to set off on their own coast-to-coast ride yesterday (Wednesday), hoping to raise at least £1,000 for Help For Heroes.
Gary Collins said that another member of staff Rob Green is giving up his holiday to follow the team along their 174-mile route from Morecambe Bay to Bridlington.
Call Amcor on 0115 932 1443 to add your donation.
To read about more athletic fundraising efforts by Ilkeston folk see next week’s Advertiser.
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