01 May 2015

Siblings take on Stroud Trail Half Marathon for The Willow Trust - giving disabled people freedom on the water

Megan and Jake Archer

Siblings Megan and Jake Archer are competing in the Stroud Trail Half Marathon on May 10th to raise money for The Willow Trust – a Cotswold charity that provides days on the water for disabled and seriously ill children and adults.

Funds raised by the determined duo will help the charity provide days of freedom aboard the Leonard Matchan and Spirit of Freedom II - two purpose-built, fully accessible broad beam canal boats for disabled people.

Keeping the boats in tip-top condition

Funds are particularly needed to fund the ongoing maintenance of the boats, ensuring they remain in tip-top condition for each season.

Linda Diggory, spokeswoman for the charity, explains how funds are used: “We sustain a lot of costs to keep the boats in peak condition for the season as they get very heavy use with 30 people on board each boat, every weekday. In addition to the usual boat maintenance, all of the equipment is maintained to the very highest of standards including hydraulic lifts to the wheelhouses, chairs, hoists and changing facilities.”

She adds: “Megan and Jake have been putting a lot of work into fundraising as well as training for the big day. Their fundraising target (£300) will pay for an entire day for a group of 20 guests. It will be a real achievement.”

25 years of wonderful days on the water

Founded in 1989 this is the charity’s 25th year on the water. Every single penny raised through MyDonate goes towards supporting their vision of giving therapeutic days on the water to seriously disabled people.

Linda explains their decision to use MyDonate for the charity’s fundraising: “We chose to use BT MyDonate because it is so user-friendly for us and our fundraisers and because we don’t incur monthly charges which is wonderful.”

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