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12 July 2023

Day One supporters raise more than £20,000 by finding unusual ways to travel 100 kilometres

by Callum Campbell

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Day One supporters ran, walked, cycled, swam and rode their way to 100 kilometres in June to raise £20,000.

More than 200 people from across the UK signed up for our annual 100k in June challenge and found unusual and innovative ways to travel the distance as part of this year’s event.

Day One Peer Support Volunteer and founding patient Gary Brennan took to his Segway to complete the distance, while supporter Laura Harris from Mole Valley Farmers skated along on rollerblades, rode her horse, walked, swam, and cycled her way over the 100km target.

This year more people than ever signed up to complete the challenge on horseback, while using the opportunity to raise awareness of the support Day One gives to the equestrian community due to catastrophic injuries suffered from falls.

Among those were Grace Addyman who only recently returned to her horse after years of recovery from a farming accident in 2020, and Vicky Rothwell who almost lost her leg after suffering catastrophic injuries. Vicky took on the challenge with her daughter Molly - raising a phenomenal £735.

Many others ran and walked, either on their own, or as part of a team with family, friends and colleagues, while many cyclists exceeded the 100k distance through pedal power. Whatever the distance travelled and money raised, everyone helped raise a combined £20,000 to support people who have suffered catastrophic injuries across the UK.

Day One fundraising manager Kirsty Christmas said “It’s been great to welcome back so many return supporters to the 100k in June challenge, and it’s wonderful to have had so many new participants sign up too. We’re absolutely delighted with everyone’s amazing fundraising efforts, which will help us to rebuild more lives in 2023. Thank you and well done to everyone who took part.”

A special thanks to Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds team, including Partner Sion Kingston, who topped the fundraising team leaderboard, and to Sintons and Kings Chambers, who took second and third place.

Topping the distance leaderboard on Enthuse was the Liverpool Trauma team, made up of health professionals from Merseyside where Day One provides bed-side support at Aintree Major Trauma Centre. The team of seven completed 5,724km, with Bethan Evans and Simon Scott topping the individual leaderboard with 3,597km and 1,351km respectively. Teams from Parklane Plowden, Sintons and Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds and Newcastle offices made up the other top five places on the leaderboard.

The 100k in June challenge is just one of the activities included in our appeal to raise £100,000 in 100 Days.

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