Fundraiser's spotlight

Shining a light on our fundraising superstars. Whether it’s weird or wonderful, or both, they deserve a shout-out for their awesomeness. We couldn’t do what we do without them. They are the wind beneath our wing. 

If you’re feeling inspired to take action/get active, we’d love to hear from you…

Stripey's latest shining star is...

Natalia: superstar Virtual 10k Challenge!

Great news and huge thanks to fundraiser Natalia, age 6, who completed a Virtual Challenge 10k run this month. A big distance for such little legs, but she was a determined young lady and hardly stopped/walked over the distance. She absolutely smashed her fundraising target raising over £900 to be divided between Stripey Stork & Loveworks. Awesome work Natalia - your efforts will help many local families in need.

Sebastian: going for gold!

Well done and thank you to Sebastian for including us in his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award this month. For his voluntary service, he dog walked to raise money for charity and we are so pleased that he chose us to be the beneficiary, raising an impressive £250 in total. That’s a lot of dogs and a lot of walking. What an achievement – a big congratulations from all at Team Stork!

Reigate Heath Golf Club: giving 100%

An amazing team effort from Dom, Baz, Matt, Laurie, Will and George (and their entourage) from Reigate Heath Golf Club who challenged themselves to play 100 holes of golf in a single day in June 2021. They were up at the crack of dawn and finished at sunset. This really was no mean feat – per person they covered on average 25 miles and 500 golf swings. All for Stripey Stork and St Catherine’s Hospice Crawley. The last time we checked their fundraising page had very nearly reached an incredible £7,000 (+gift aid)! Well done lads, you certainly deserved that well-earned pint at the end.

Russell: regular running for our cause

Russell from Matthew Douglas Ltd. has been busy pounding the local streets and parks after committing to donate £50 every week (over the next year) to Stripey Stork for every park run, or park run he would have completed if restrictions allowed. The first of the projects he wanted to support was our Easter activity bags. He wants to help vulnerable families who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, so this was a good choice. He even volunteered for the bag packing, all part of the training! Welcome to Team Stork Russell.

Caitlyn: sharing the Birthday love

Caitlyn is one of the most kindhearted souls we are lucky enough to know. Her Birthday is in March, with 2021 being the year she turned 11! As like in 2019, she didn’t want anything for herself, but instead asked for £ donations to help Stripey Stork. She wanted to source and buy new art stationery for the Easter bags being given to disadvantaged local children, to keep them entertained over the holidays. Her efforts raised an amazing £320 which she used to lovingly prepare 40 Easter bags herself. Thank you Caitlyn for making a big difference once again.

Andrea: absolutely fabulous

Andrea is fabulous in every way. So it really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to us (but it did) that when her husband asked what she wanted for her Birthday in early March 2021, she replied: “A donation to Stripey Stork please”. Queue a £100 donation to Stripey Stork. Andrea is one of our regular and longstanding volunteers who’s been a great help keeping our service going through the COVID-19 crisis, as well as being one of our Santa Stork shining stars. We feel lucky every day to have Andrea on Team Stork.

Lois: an awful lot of pants

Long time volunteer Lois had a lockdown Birthday back in January 2020 and knowing there was nothing she genuinely needed for herself, she knew Stripey Stork needed pants! So she selflessly asked friends and family for new children’s underwear donations instead of gifts. It was their way of still wishing her a happy Birthday and her way of giving back. These donations of socks, pants and vests were much-needed, which of course Lois knew, and we were able to use them in our clothing packs straight away. Lois – always thinking of others!

Scarlett: virtually riding with her cycling crew

Scarlett and her virtual cycling buddies definitely earned their stripes in December 2020, smashing their 250km target by collectively cycling 283km over 4 days. They raised a jaw-dropping £660 for Stripey Stork plus match funding (and the equivalent amount for Renewed Hope). We are so proud of them wanting to make a difference in this way, whilst keeping active at the same time, especially when restrictions wouldn’t allow them to be together like they usually would. A positive experience to come out of lockdown and hopefully one they’ll remember forever.

Kelly: banging out tunes for 24 hours

Kelly from Boogie Monsters – the local rock band for children – took on the challenge of her life in December 2020. She pledged to go live on Facebook for 24 hours, singing and playing requested songs non-stop. It was amazing! She was never alone, even in the middle of the night she had friends and supporters join her, from as far as Australia. Her talents raised an amazing £1,670 which was split between two local charities close to her ever so big heart: Stripey Stork and George and the Giant Pledge. Boogying the night away – she is one special rock chic.