13 Jan 2016

Thirty for thirty

 Thirty for thirty

When Becca Horner turned thirty in 2015 she also set herself the target of completing a challenge for each year of her life. And so the 30 in 2015 challenge was born. Becca decided on the year long challenge as a way to recover her health and fitness following a hip operation and raising money along the way.

Life doesn’t always go to plan

Becca thought carefully about the challenges she wanted to do:

“One big goal,” she explains, “was to complete a marathon. With this in mind, I set up challenges that would help me work towards that goal (2km, 5km and 10km runs). However, life doesn't always go to plan. The ability to think flexibly about my challenges enabled me to explore new challenge options when my hip did not recover from surgery as expected.”

She adds: “I chose new challenges that still supported my cause, Cancer Research, but in other ways, for example I collected 190 bras to donate and raise money for Breast Cancer and raised money through hosting a charity poker night.” Becca also completed physical challenges, walking non stop around the Isle of Wight (67 miles) and completing a tough mudder. Each of the thirty challenges were important to Becca and a way to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK.

A very personal cause

She says: “My dad died suddenly of cancer in 2007, completely out of the blue. One day he wasn't feeling well and nine days later he had died. My nan on my mother's side also died, after suffering from cancer. A close friend has also experienced cancer, which is currently in remission.”

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.

Becca has raised more than £2,200 through her challenge and is determined to do her best to support Cancer Research UK so that families and friends do not go through the pain of loss from cancer.

MyDonate has been easy to use

Becca is full of praise for the MyDonate online fundraising service, saying: “It has been easy to navigate and use, and I have been able to share the link successfully on social media and on my blog site. My conscience feels happy that I have chosen a site that does not charge the charities what feels like a disproportionate amount to use their online tools meaning more money where it matters.”

“Planning my thirty challenges was the best thing I could have done at the beginning of 2015. It has given me something to strive for and to work hard for. I have met new people, had lots of new experiences and it has given me such a great sense of achievement.”

She adds: “I am incredibly proud of what I have accomplished this year, and would recommend a multi-challenge year to anyone! I have been slowed down by health issues and have still got some challenges that are partially complete. It's really important to me to complete my thirty challenges and support my charity, so I have decided to carry on until my 31st birthday in June 2016.”

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