Thank you so much for coming on Saturday everyone it was an amazing day! We raised £470 in total - the same as last year smile emoticon this is very exciting as it means we can donate £160 among THREE charities this year!!
Each charity means something special to myself and everyone at Flight, and here's a few more details about them:
In memory of Mark Smith, who was tragically and suddenly taken from us a few weeks ago in a car accident. Mark always loved the outdoors and would regularly go camping with his best friend Alex, who was also taken from us in the same accident. Mark's family intend to buy a small coppice with the funds raised to honour Mark's memory. Our thoughts and love go to Mark's family during this incredibly difficult time.
In memory of Alex Green, who attended every single event we had at the studio and was tragically taken from us a few weeks ago in the same accident. His sense of adventure, love of the outdoors and passion for making a difference in people's lives will live on in the Adventure Playground project being set up in his name. Alex and his wife Jess volunteered in Uganda to help refurbish a school last year with Mission Rwentobo. The children in Uganda have nothing to play with and the facilities are minimal. Alex was going to return in February 2016 alongside his wife to help continue the project started by the Baptist Church. The funds raised by this project will go towards building an adventure playground for the children in Uganda - it is the best possible tribute to Alex and his love for life. He will be sorely missed by all of us here at Flight Fitness and our thoughts and love go to his family and his wife Jess during this catastrophic time.
Legs4Africa is a Leicester based charity that picks up redundant prosthetic limbs and components from the UK, autoclaves them and sends them to trusted centres in Africa where people’s lives will be turned around! It's estimated that over 5000 prosthetic limbs are destroyed every year within the UK alone. Under EU law, if a prosthetic limb is in any way used – even if it has only been ‘tried on’ and didn’t fit correctly – it is classified as medical waste and cannot be redistributed within the EU. All of the limbs that Legs4Africa sends out to Africa will be fully disinfected, tagged, tracked and distributed freely through a waiting list. Like their facebook page for more info about their valuable work: https://www.facebook.com/legs4africa
Thank you to everyone who came to the fundraising day, who donated and made it so special. I am happy in the knowledge that both Mark and Alex would have loved the day and I feel proud that we can contribute so much to these special charities. Thank you for being so generous everyone, it is very much appreciated.