Three local lads undertook a mammoth hike around the Isle of Wight to raise an amazing amount for the Crohn’s and Colitis UK charity…
A trio of local guys completed a hike around the Isle of Wight to raise money for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Andy Hillman, who suffers from Crohn’s Disease, was joined by friends George Randall and Ryan O’Grady to complete the five-day exertion.
“It was harder than we thought it was going to be,” George explained. “It sounded like it was going to be a bit of a doddle. But with the bags, weighing about 12 or 13 kilos each… it does kill you.”
“A lot of it wasn’t flat,” Ryan weighed in, “Particularly around the north and east sides, there was a lot of up and down.
“We definitely underestimated it. All three of us are relatively in shape, but we were struggling. Some of those days we wanted to give up, but of course, when it’s for charity, you can’t.
“Exhaustion hit by about Wednesday, and we didn’t finish until Friday afternoon. One of the worst things was the lack of sleep. Plus a storm hit on the Thursday. Waking up that following morning with wet clothes and so on, that was pretty demoralising.”
WHAT IS CROHN’S DISEASE?
Crohn’s Disease is a digestive condition, which causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The condition prevents proper digestion of certain foods, and flare-ups can result in hospitalisation. It affects around one in 650 people in the UK alone. Andy Hillman is one of them, and it was he that sparked this fundraiser.
“There’s no cure for Crohn’s,” Ryan explained, “So Andy wanted to give something back to the charity. To help with research and so on.”
RESPONSE TO THE FUNDRAISER
A hike around the Isle of Wight is no mean feat. Some may have called it an insane idea. However, George insists that he had a lot of positive feedback.
“Everyone was really encouraging. And we had a target of £500, which we ended up hitting in the first ten days. Lots of small donations from loads of people.”
“We had a Just Giving page…” Ryan elaborated, “And every time I logged on, every day, there’d be another two or three donations of £5 or £10. We ended up smashing that target with £1,222 (at last count).
“It feels good — I have never felt such a sense of achievement with anything. It felt better than actually giving £1,200-odd to charity.”
So, the question remains… after the success of this fundraiser, will the guys do another one?
“We discussed it…” said George, “…And we decided we don’t want to be asking for money on Facebook all the time. ‘Can you donate? Can you donate?’ Next time, we’ll try to do something where we give up our time, rather than ask for money. So we’ll go volunteer somewhere or something.”
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