Local charities from around Lancashire are joining the fun in the Preston’s first No Ego Urban Challenge on 14th September at Brockholes, to raise money for good causes around the county.
Organisers from the 10K adventure race are encouraging teams to join forces, dress up and get ready to take on a 10K course full of gruelling obstacles, mud, water, sweat and (hopefully not too many) tears. The race is not for the feint hearted and is a test of strength and stamina; however a great opportunity for people to raise cash for local good causes and charities that matter to them.
No Ego Challenge has teamed up with several charities in and around Preston who are enlisting teams to run the challenge to raise greatly needed funds.
• Katy Homes Trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of paediatric brain tumours in memory of 10 year old Katy Holmes. The charity is currently funding a 3 year project into paediatric brain tumours at the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, looking at relatively new medicines and how they switch on and off DNA in the brain stem. Research is VERY expensive and very much in need so they intend to keep fundraising because the more they raise the more they can fund the research.
• Derian House who provide children’s palliative and respite care, and currently support more than 300 families who have a child with a life shortening illness, and a further 200 who are receiving bereavement support. The cost of providing this high level of care and support will be in excess of £2.9 million this year. In the absence of any significant statutory funding, most of that money will come from the generosity of our friends and supporters in the community and through our own fundraising efforts, such as running the No Ego Challenge.
• Reuben’s Retreat, a charity in memory of a little boy who sadly passed away in August 2012 after a short battle with a rare and aggressive cancerous brain tumour. The support the family encountered, the families they met and the staff that cared for him along the way inspired them to launch a charity in Reuben’s memory. The primary goal of the charity is to open a countryside retreat in the North West of England, where families who have a child suffering with a life limiting or life threatening illness can take respite breaks. The retreat will also serve as a bereavement, counselling and support centre for parents and siblings that have lost a child. The charity is aiming to raise £1 million by July 2014 and is currently well on the way; hopefully by running the No Ego Challenge they can raise even more to go towards this good cause.
• St Catherine’s Hospice, a charity which exists to help patients and their families in Central Lancashire enjoy the best possible quality of life in the face of a life-limiting illness. Community and fundraising events like the No Ego Challenge help them raise more than 70 per cent of the £5m it costs to run the hospice for a year.
• The multi-sensory room at Preston’s SPACE Centre; which offers a flexible environment for families, carers, therapists and teachers. SPACE caters for people with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Profound Multiple Disabilities, Autism and brain injuries. Unfortunately the future of SPACE hangs in the balance after it thought it had secured £800,000 in grants, only to find out they never existed.
Brian Lee, organiser of the No Ego Challenge comments,
“I worked with a lot of charities on soccer events in the USA and found that it was so much more rewarding helping good causes that were close to home. With the No Ego Challenge we really wanted to support local charities who we could build up good relationships with, rather than large UK wide charities. By working with local charities we can actually see where all the money raised by competitors is going and know that it is helping our local community.”
Fundraising for events like this can have a significant impact on individual charities whose operating costs run into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. The No Ego Challenge team not only want to help their partner charities, but encourage other charities, organisations, businesses and clubs to join in and get teams together to help raise lots of money. By entering a team the entry fees are reduced by up to 28% depending on the number of people per team and entry date.
Competitors can find out more and enter online through the No Ego Challenge website www.noegochallenge.com