Being members of Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Galtres Committee, Keren and Joanne know a thing or two about fundraising.
So it shouldn’t really be a big surprise that their latest effort managed to raise a whopping £3282.91!
Keren and Joanne, along with their friends Christina and Sue, decided to take on an epic challenge this summer and spent a day trekking 50K up the Brecon Beacons. Given the great success of their fundraising, we wanted to know a little bit more about the day and how others can take inspiration from their fantastic achievements. We talked to Keren and Joanne to find out all about the highs and lows of the day:
Tell us what the hardest part of the day was?
"The hardest part of the day was once we had reached the summit and descended it there was a further 10 miles still to go – very hard work to keep going – we ended up singing any song we could think of including some Guides songs that we could remember!”
And what was the best part of the day?
"It was definitely reaching the top of Pen Y Fan, but almost the same feeling as crossing the finish line!”
You raised an impressive total. Was it difficult to fundraise such a large amount?
“No it wasn’t too difficult as we have a very supportive group of friends and family.”
Joanne and Keren reveal the real secret to reaching your fundraising target is to utilise the people around you. You don’t need to ‘go viral’ to smash your goal.
What would you say to someone thinking of taking on a similar challenge?
“Definitely sign up to do such a challenge but make sure you do plenty of training – it really paid off.”
The ladies give a word of caution – be prepared for whatever challenge you’ve decided to go for. Not only will it give you extra confidence, it will make your supporters that much more inclined to donate to your cause as they can see just how hard you’re working.
Keren, Joanne, Sue and Christina made the decision to take on their challenge because they wanted to make a difference. Like many people in Yorkshire, the ladies were motivated by the fact that “everyone one of us is in some way affected by cancer.” If you feel inspired by their story why not pick your own fundraising challenge and help us raise more vital funds for cancer research in Yorkshire?