Events & Fundraising
Fundraising in the Memory of Jack Leaning
Tragically in March 2017 Andrew & Liz lost their beautiful son Jack due to a short period of mental illness at the age of 23. In order to turn their darkest days into brighter ones for others in similar situations, Jack’s family & friends have been raising money for the mental health charity Mind & the local charity Restore who helped Jack when he was struggling.
We have completed many events & have raised an amazing amount of money for both charities, we are grateful to all our amazing friends and customers who have supported us so far and for future events - your kindness means so much to us, please help in any way you can.
The Cycle-athon has been completed 2018!
We made it to the North Pole in time for Father Christmas to deliver his presents. This challenge of cycling 2800 miles was completed Christmas Eve with a massive push from the morning spin class, friends and one very dedicated customer Amelia. Thank to all of those that hopped on a bike during December to help us reach our target.
Your support for this event raised an outstanding £2346 for Mind and Restore so we would like to say a big thank you to all of those who donated. Both these charities do amazing work raising awareness of mental health.
We tragically lost our son Jack in 2017 and Christmas is very difficult not just for us but also his good friends. By taking on this task we hope not only to raise funds for some incredible charities but also raise awareness of mental illness and suicide in young men. If you would still like to donate you can via this link CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO MIND THROUGH JACK'S MEMORY SPACE
We did it !
On Saturday the 8th September 2018 our incredible team "Make a Smile" completed the Thames Path Challenge, our team members took on either the 28 km or 50 km challenge, which was equated to an amazing 390 km in memory of our Jack and to raise awareness and funds for mental health.
Simon and Carly did it in the record time of just over 7.5 hours, Liz was next in and hit the 8 hour mark. Andrew's time was a modest 10 hours allowing for extra cups of tea, chats and half a cider! Jane wilkinson (a long -standing customer and friend ) joined in for the final 22 k to keep him company which was an added boost - thank you .
Other intrepid walkers who were also truly amazing and took on the 28km challenge included Angela, Mark, Louise, Sally, Jan and Bev, Thank you so much for taking on the challenge and helping us fundraise for Mind..
All of your generous sponsors meant that the total exceeded the £4000 raised last year, this year you helped us raise an incredible:
Thank you to everyone for your love and support, if you want to walk with us next year the you are very welcome
Our team name was inspired by a little known song by Bill Withers - "Make a smile for me". If you have time listen to the melody and words which deal with loneliness and how something as simple as a smile can help someone who is feeling blue. We all seem to be so short of time these days but a smile and a kind word cost nothing and might just make a difference.
Kindest regards Andrew, Liz Simon and the Team
James Bailey's 300km Walk from Porto to Finisterre
Jacks childhood friend James took on the incredible challenge of walking part of the Camino de Santiago from Porto, Portugal to Finisterre in Spain- covering an incredible 300km in total. James took part in this walk in memory of Jack - he mentioned 'This is the sort of adventure that I would have done with Jack. Even though I'm doing this solo I'm sure Jack will be next to me every step of the way. Mental health is a severely underfunded and misunderstood. Mind offered incredible support for Jack in his darkest times and does the same for thousands of others.'
James thank you for taking on such a spectacular challenge and raising:
£743.00 for Mind
Father Christmas Cycle-athon 2017
WE DID IT!
Thank you to all who helped us get Father Christmas back to the North Pole!
In December 2017 we held our very first Cycle-athon. With your help we manged to cycle an incredible 2,800 miles on exercise bikes - the distance from Bunkers Hill to Father Christmas' home in the North Pole! Thank you to all our family, friends and customers who supported our Christmas cycle-athon!
The final total came in at an incredible:
These funds were raised for Mind and Restore who will both put the money to excellent use in many ways so those that need their help can get the care they deserve .
Our hearts are warmed by the kindness and love that was shared this Christmas with whole families- young and old, work mates and colleagues joining us to take part in the challenge.
We will be bringing this event back for Christmas 2018 so watch this space for more details.
Oxford Half Marathon
On 8th October 2017 a group of Jack's friends - Ryan, Max, Amber, Thomas, Rob, Sophia, Marcella and Lucy - ran the Oxford Half Marathon, raising an incredible:
£2,094.50 for Mind!
Above: Some of the heroes of the day!
Thames Path Challenge 2017
In September 2017, Liz and Simon took on the daunting challenge of walking 50Km along the Thames Path in aid of Mind. They achieved this in a lightning speed of 8hours 15mins and raised an amazing:
£3,977.29 for Mind
This was the first of many 'Channy Challenges' in memory of Jack and the start of many great events to come
Memories of Jack