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Below are some case studies of recent challenge events. For further information please call:
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A Team Effort
Four rounds of golf, in four countries, in 24 hours was no handicap to a team from Maidenhead GC.
The speedy team of six – plus captain/chauffeur Peter O’Hara and driver Bob Duncan – played 18 holes in Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland to raise £2,275 to help build Berkshire’s children’s hospice.
They had to score at least 30 Stableford points in each round and were allowed to play through by other golfers at every course to allow them to complete the challenge – including a three-hour ferry trip – on time.
They raised money through sponsorship and collections during their matches.
The challenge began at 2.30am on Monday, June 16, 2014, on the first tee at Lockerbie Golf Course in South West Scotland. 18 holes and a 121 mile drive later they teed off at Leyland GC, near Preston at 6.30am. By 10.15am the team were driving off at Holywell GC in North Wales. They finished with just 90 minutes until their ferry from Holyhead sailed and facing a 90-minute dash in the car to get there.
Peter, then captain of Maidenhead GC, said: Peter added: “Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is a great charity to raise money for.
“As soon as we explained what we were doing and why we were given the courtesy of every course with no issues. Other players made way for us on every hole because we needed two-hour rounds for the first three games, and we did it every time.
“The first six holes at Lockerbie were played in the dark – we practised them the afternoon before when we arrived to get an idea of the layout, although we picked Lockerbie as it is quite far north, a date as close to the longest day [June 21] as possible and when there was a full moon, we couldn’t do anything about the cloud cover and it was darker than we had hoped.
“The drive from Holywell to Holyhead was a bit frantic but we made it with 10 minutes to spare.”
The ferry docked in Dublin and the golfers were on the first tee at Royal Dublin Golf Club at 6.30pm and sank the final putt of the challenge at 9.45pm.
Peter added: “It was a good challenge and good fun but the players were absolutely exhausted and so was I!”
Fiona Devine, co-founder and CEO of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, said: “What an amazing challenge, and a first for Alexander Devine, four rounds of golf, in 24 hours, in four countries! I am full of admiration for the wonderful golfers and not only have they raised vital monies for our charity but have also introduced us around the British Isles and in the Republic of Ireland! It is always amazing to have the support of your local community, but these guys have really gone the extra mile – all 974 of them - and we are so grateful.”
The playing team: James Watson (age 39 – h/c 11), Owen Jesseman (age 46 – h/c 14), Andy Hing (age 34 – h/c 5), Sam Jamieson (age 25 – h/c 11), Oliver Rolls (age 24 – h/c 6), James Anderson (age 34 – h/c 10), Drivers Peter O’Hara (non-playing captain) and Bob Duncan.
72 holes played starting at 2.30am and finishing at 21.45pm; round trip mileage from Maidenhead Golf Club, Berkshire, 974 miles
Lockerbie GC (Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) – tee off 02:30, parkland, 5,463 yard course, par
121 miles, 1hr 51 mins journey to:
Leyland GC (Lancashire, England) – tee off 06:30, parkland, 6,298 yards course, par 70.
65 miles, 1hr 7mins journey to:
Holywell GC (Flintshire, Wales) – tee off 10:15, links type, 6,091 yards course, par 72.
136 miles, 4hr 32mins journey including 3hr ferry trip, to:
Royal Dublin GC (Ireland) – tee off 18:30, links, 6,907 yards course, par 72.
Total Stableford points 699
The Henley Highwayman
A currency analyst turned into a Highwayman for a weekend to raise money for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
Peter Stoneham, from Emmer Green, took part in the Henley Highwayman in June – a triathlon over three days. He swam 1K in the Thames on day one; rode 62K through the Chiltern Hills on day two and on the final day he completed the challenge with a 9K run starting and finishing at Henley Town Hall.
He raised sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues totalling a terrific £607.94 which was then doubled to £1,215.88 by his company, which has a policy of match-funding.
Peter, 52, who works for Thomson Reuters in London, said: “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes at a charity like Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. You all made me feel a valued part of the fundraising process.”
He admitted before the triathlon: “The bike ride is the one I am dreading. I’ve done a lot of swimming training, and I run religiously but as a dad I don’t often get the time to do long bike rides.”
His children – James aged 3 and Laura, five – and wife Karen cheered him when he triumphantly crossed the finish line.
Peter said: “I wanted to do something for a children’s charity. With kids of our own there’s not a day goes by that we don’t consider ourselves lucky they are both healthy. I found out Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service is in the process of raising money to build a local children’s hospice and I thought ‘That’s the charity for me’.”
Peter’s fundraising for us was featured in the coverage of the event by the Henley Standard, helping to spread the word about our charity.
Training for a physical endeavour such as the Henley Highwayman can be just as much as a challenge as the event itself so we are incredibly grateful to Peter – and his supportive family – for taking it on, and for doubling his sponsorship through match-funding. Well done Highwayman!
Made In China
TWO nurses swopped their hospital ward for the Great Wall of China to help build a local children’s hospice – and raised a fantastic £4,216.38
Chrissy and Dominique set off on the challenge of a lifetime in May. They held a quiz at Windsor’s Princess Margaret Hospital where they both work, and a disco with a live band and raffle, to help them achieve their fundraising target. The nurses funded the trip themselves via a specialist company - all the sponsorship money they raised came directly to Alexander Devine.
Publicity in the local newspapers raised awareness of their adventure and Dominique even did a live interview on BBC Radio Berkshire!
They would both recommend taking on a fundraising challenge like the Great Wall Of China, saying: “It is something that will stay with us forever.”
Dominique adds: “We felt we really connected with Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. It became personal because we met the team, it felt like we were doing the challenge for friends.”
Chrissy took on the challenge in memory of her Mum who died last year. She says: “Mum lost two children – Sarah died when she was four and Lucy died shortly after she was born so I am raising money for Alexander Devine in memory of her and what she went through. I wanted to do something inspirational.”
Before setting off she talked about the most difficult aspects of the challenge ahead, saying: “The trek is going to be amazing but it will test us. For a nurse the thought of a week of no hot water, no proper toilets, and no proper meals is going to be a challenge in itself – in a way the trek is the easy bit!”
Dominique relished the prospect of the challenge. She said: “This is my mid-life crisis! I want to challenge myself, have an adventure, and at the same time do something for others. I chose Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service because it’s local, a small charity and helps children and their families which is important to me.”
For five days they walked for 4-8 hours, covering 9-12k of rough, steep pathways and uneven steps. At night they camped in thin sleeping bags in rustic shelters along the way. Chrissy found it tough having no contact at all with her children and Dominique was hit by a tummy bug. But they supported each other to reach the end.
Chrissy says: “The first three nights were absolutely freezing! We wore every item of clothing we had to get to sleep. On the last day the sun was shining for our final climb, it was very emotional.”
Dominique adds: “You knew that as soon as you had finished going down a section, you had to start going up again. The whole experience was incredible – I kissed the wall to say goodbye at the end!”
There were 17 in their group and strong bonds formed. Dominique says: “We met some really lovely people, we all helped each other; we will definitely stay in touch with them, we had a great time.”
Chrissy’s advice to anyone taking on the Great Wall Of China would be to do more training up and down steps – and to pack Deep Heat!
Thank you so much to Chrissy and Dominque, their fundraising has made a real difference to the lives of local children with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and their families.