What a year 2021 turned out to be !
As a charity we had to cancel most pre planned fundraising events due to the ongoing restrictions and this has had a huge impact on our income – as a small charity with little income we simply cannot operate and meet our charitable objectives but we have continued the best we can in a very difficult year.
Ben showed the highest level of commitment and dedication to Rhodes training and preparing week by week not knowing if Covid would allow him to go – it wasnt until 6 weeks before he was given the green light . Ben went onto complete his 150 mile nonstop extreme challenge walk in just 42 hours with Gaynor and Jason as support team. A big thank you to Jason as it was a challenge for him driving for the full duration with no proper sleep. Also without the support of AB Sundecks the event would not have happened so a huge thank you to Derek and AB Sundecks for your amazing support.
For the years commitment and for what Ben had to go through to achieve not to reach his target was devastating for Ben.
Ben did speak about calling it a day with his extreme challenges through his disappointment of not reaching his target but Ben is not someone who will simply quit. On December 18th he announced that on July 16th 2022 he will walk the 180 miles from the London Tommy’s research centre to the Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic and research Centre in Manchester with no sleep in 60 hours or less . Previous people to do this route has taken them a week and more but Ben is determined to do this in one go and hopes to smash his target of £10,000 while sharing much needed awareness through the months . Yes Ben completed Rhodes – but this is a huge distance to do in one go and will be a colossal Extreme Challenge. Lets all get behind Ben ! You can donate at http://www.justgiving.com/manchester2022
In 2021 we continued to support parents online due to restrictions and we supported over 120 dads nationally who needed someome to talk to. Watch out in 2022 as Ben will be announcing some great opportunities for Dads to meet up and talk.
Our main beneficiary Professor Alexander Heazell and his team at the Tommy’s rainbow clinic and research centre in Manchester have already benefited from funding from us to support research and we will soon be announcing our next funding that will be presented to Alex .
In October we joined the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance and helped promote baby loss awareness week and support parents during this emotional week . The Halifax Minster once again supported us all week and on the final day we held our Wave of light service . This service has been welcomed by all and this is a service we will make sure continues along with the amazing support of the minster. With the help of Calderdale Council we lit up Wainhouse Tower all week in Pink and Blue . Ben raised a further £900 and was featured on local BBC TV and Radio for his 50 laps of Trooper Lane .
We were awarded The Kate Granger Award for outstanding contribution at the rescheduled Yorkshire Choice Awards! We will be collecting the award next year.
In 2021 we had some great support from people such as Ash who continued with his eating challenges which included eating a full tin of the worlds smelliest fish !
10 year old Poppy-Tia had her head shaved on Kallipateira’s birthday which was inspirational and Martin Moorhouse also shaved off his beard and hair raising much needed funds.
Gaynor held raffles which included the very popular Eurovision Sweepstake which will continue again in 2022.
Together Housing awarded us as their Charity of the year supporting us through the months with awareness and helping to raise funds for Professor Heazell.
For Kallipateira’s 3rd birthday we had the honour of Killer Queen performing a special medley. A huge thank you to Patrick !
This year brought us great sadness as our good friend John Challis ( Boycie ) sadly passed away. John helped us in recent years and was a true gentleman. He would have certainly helped Ben with his 2022 London to Manchester Extreme Challenge Walk. We will always carry Johns good character and support in all we do.
In 2022 we need more people to do their own fundraisers for us. If even you can do something once a year it will make a huge difference. This could be something as simple as a birthday fundraiser or a coffee morning .
We need our families , friends and supporters to please do something no matter how big or small.
This month we finished the year by sponsoring a Christmas Tree at the Halifax Minster Christmas Tree Festival which was a beautiful tribute for Kallipateira. We will continue to sponsor a Christmas Tree every year.
Thank you to everyone for your support this year. Below you can view some of the years videos.
Ben Moorhouse and Gaynor Thompson