Richard Hill, CEO of Mind Doodle is climbing the 3 Peaks this weekend to raise money for an incredibly important Bristol-based charity, Gympanzees, which aims to deliver multiple fully inclusive leisure facilities that are easily accessible for disabled children, young people and their families.
There are 1 million disabled children and young people in the UK. 84% of families with a disabled child can’t access regular leisure and their health and well-being are suffering as a result. 72% of parents suffer from mental health difficulties as a result of isolation. The team at Gympanzees are determined to do something about this.
Their vision is that every disabled child and young person in the UK has access to play, friendship and exercise.
Rich first met the team from Gympanzees when he contributed to creating their new website during Europe’s first do_action day, a community-run event where volunteers shared their skills to develop new WordPress sites for local non-profits during a one-day hackathon.
Following the do_action day, Rich wanted to continue to support Gympanzees’ fundraising efforts by joining them for a sponsored 3 Peaks challenge!
The 3 Peaks involves walking the 3 highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales, all in 24 hours. This is a total of 23 miles with a total ascent of 3064m, which needs to be covered in just 13 hours to be able to make the 24-hour timeline.
Daniel Reading, Mind Doodle’s Project Manager will be volunteering to drive the walkers 450 miles between mountains during the night of the walk, and has also volunteered to drive during a second 3 Peaks challenge for other walkers fundraising for Gympanzees later this June.
All money raised will help fund the Gympanzees Pop Up, which will provide play, friendship and exercise for up to 3,500 children with disabilities over 4 weeks this summer.
The pop up is also an opportunity to prove the concept so the team can go on to build a custom-made, fully inclusive activity centre which will cater for the play, exercise and friendship needs of the 58,000 disabled children, and their families, in the wider Bristol area.
“I’m lucky to be able to play football a couple of times each week, over 50,000 disabled children in Bristol area don’t have that opportunity. Help us support disabled children and their families fulfil their play, exercise and friendship needs by sponsoring my 3 Peaks challenge with Gympanzees,” asks Richard Hill, CEO, Mind Doodle.
Please sponsor Rich to take on the 3 Peaks challenge, even if it’s only £5, every penny will contribute towards helping an important charity do amazing work.
Visit Rich’s JustGiving page to donate.