We are delighted to support the great fundraising efforts of service users, Dean, Lewis and their friends at Millhouse, who raised £350 to support the Australian Bushfire emergency fund by completing a sponsored bike ride that covered over 5000km between them.
Lewis shared his thoughts on their motivation for such a gruelling challenge and what it means for the Foundation to support their fundraising efforts.
How did you get involved in this fundraising activity?
The tree fires in Australia were putting lots of animals, like Koalas and Kangaroos in danger, so we wanted to raise money to help. We used an exercise bike to do a sponsored cycle.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding about this event?
It was really hard to keep up with my housemates because we are all really strong and good at cycling. Dean kept getting ahead on the chart so I had to get lots of turns in. We all managed to win a stage. The best thing was winning a stage by filling in my chart and raising lots of money.
Why did you pick this charity to raise funds for?
The staff helped us find a charity to help with the fires and then we had to pick a challenge that featured Australia. I lost pounds and pounds and pounds [of weight] and we went the distance from Perth to Sydney.
How did your support workers help you in completing the challenge?
The staff played good music to pedal along to, I was a bit sneaky at times and pedalled backwards rather than forwards because the pedals spin easier. When I won a stage I was so happy I was nearly crying and everyone cheered me on, I won a certificate and some chocolates.
How do you feel knowing that the CareTech Foundation supports you?
All the extra money will help the firemen and maybe even buy water buckets for the helicopters. Thank you to the Foundation, we can save some koalas.