24 Jan 2014

The big 4-0 for charity

Stewart Bethell dressed as SupermanStewart Bethell is a seasoned fundraiser but 2014 will bring him his biggest charity challenge yet.

In August 2014 he will turn 40. And instead of feeling worried about entering this next decade of life, he has used the number to inspire his next fundraiser – and this one will be big.

He has set himself 40 activities, some of which are life changing, to complete ahead of his birthday with the aim of raising £1000 for Camille’s Appeal – the children’s brain tumour charity.

Items on Stewart’s list include:

  • Getting an animal from a rescue centre
  • Learning to play chess and competing in a competition
  • Doing a parachute jump
  • Creating a short film and showing it on YouTube 

Helping others

Stewart has been fundraising since he was 12 years old but he admits; “this is the most active and challenging challenge I have undertaken. But in life we face challenges with illness and health battles, and I’ve been blessed with reasonable health so I help others as much as I can”.

Stewart’s doing the challenges to raise money for Camille’s Appeal. The charity helps children under the age of five with brain tumours. It particularly focuses on reducing the long term effects of treatment for the disease so that the children can lead a normal life. The charity was formed in August 2009 after a little girl, Camille, aged just 26 months, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and faced treatment that would be tough for even the strongest adult.

Stewart worked with Camille’s mum and met Camille four years ago. He now considers them to be friends and one of the reasons he gets up in the mornings to do charity work. He believes the work the charity is doing with the NHS is making a real difference to children suffering with brain tumours.

Say yes

There are a few challenges which Stewart is not looking forward to. Item 35 is saying ‘no’ at least five times, and this is not something that comes easily to him. However, there are also items which he would really like to tick off the list. He explains: “Item 15 would make my day. I’ve been with Karen, my girlfriend, since we were at school. Approximately 27 years. I’ve asked her to marry me several times, bent on one knee, meal and flowers. But yet, she still won’t marry me. I’d blubb like a baby if she said yes. It would make me the proudest man in the world”.

Martin Shave co-founder of Camille’s Appeal said: "Stewart has dedicated so much time to Camille's Appeal taking on various events and challenges. It's great that he is able to carry on fundraising whilst achieving some of his lifelong ambitions."

He adds: “Using My Donate is important for Camille’s Appeal as it gives us the opportunity to increase the charity’s profile whilst also maximising the funds we can raise.”

Stewart aims to raise £1000 for Camille’s Appeal and will raise a chunk of this by receiving donations instead of birthday presents in August. Not only that but his list has inspired others to get involved and sign up to fundraising activities too.

Take a look at Stewart’s 40 challenges and make a donation on his MyDonate page.

Find out more about Camille’s Appeal

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