Gruelling MyDonate Nine Hour Challenge raises £77k
On Saturday 23 April, the quiet roads of the beautiful Langdale Pikes in the Lake District were filled with dozens of people hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.
The MyDonate Nine Hour Challenge, involved a combination of biking and hiking though the stunning trails and peaks of the Lake District. The endurance challenge was extremely physical: some of the participants biked 24 miles, followed by a 7.5-mile hike.
The brave fundraisers were joined by former England rugby international Ugo Monye, who also took on the intense nine-hour mountain biking and hiking challenge, raising money for The Supporters Club, one of four charities supported by the annual event.
Endurance test for a good cause
The route took in the breath-taking scenery of the lakes and Ugo said “It was a great experience and what better way to fundraise for charity than doing something that also keeps you fit and healthy. There were tough moments but we were all so motivated to raise money for The Supporters Club that we didn’t look back. I did my fundraising on MyDonate because it’s commission free and it’s important to me that The Supporters Club got as much money as possible from my efforts.”
A number of the MyDonate team joined Ugo – including Sam Calvert, Director of Go-To-Market and Channels and Caitlin Arbuthnott, PR Manager.
Making an even bigger difference
“It was a fantastic experience to take part in this year’s event and it was great talking to everyone and hearing about their fundraising and the charities they were supporting. So far over £77k has been raised for the four charities and because MyDonate takes no commission on the donations more money gets where it matters.” Sam Calvert said.
Other charities that took part in the challenge included Action Medical Research, BBC Children in Need and Missing People. You can watch Ugo’s challenge on BT Sport’s weekly rugby show, Rugby Tonight later in the spring.