Stoke on Trent Live, 20th April 2020
Lockdown measures have not stopped Sue and David from tirelessly fundraising for good causes. Despite having to stay indoors, the couple has found innovative ways to support charity. Over five years ago, they tragically lost their son Daniel to an undiagnosed heart condition and since then have be staunch supporters of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) raising more than £250,000 for the charity in his memory in that time and, just last month, raising the funds to purchase ‘Dan’s Van’, a mobile heart screening unit.
Now, in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic, the couple turned their attention to supporting the NHS in this time of crisis. Their original goal was to raise £500 but thus far have raised £750, with Gift Aid bringing it to £910. Despite lockdown measures limiting their usual fundraising methods, the couple created a 12 hour ‘Dan-a-Thon’ with an indoor 3 Peaks challenge – walking up and down the stairs 77 times – and a social distancing Potter’s ‘Arf Marathon which had them walking 13.1 miles around their garden.
“We wanted to raise some money for the NHS to thank them for the work they’re doing,” said Sue. “And it was nice to have something to do in the house and still be able to raise some money. We did it alongside our grandchildren at their house. They were trampolining and playing netball. We could still connect with everyone, even when we can’t physically be together.”