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.

Taran & Hrithik: charity auction

Brothers Taran and Hrithik were due a sort out of their unwanted clothes and toys, but it was the motivation of doing this to raise funds for Stripey Stork which was what they needed. At the time Stripey Stork had put a pause on accepting donations due to COVID-19, so they did the next best thing. They organised a charity auction amongst friends and family via Zoom and raised an impressive £64, whilst also giving their good condition possessions a second life. Sound familiar? We love how they used our ethos to benefit Stripey Stork. Well done boys!

Richard: our feisty marathon runner

The cancellation of the London Marathon 2020 didn’t stop our marathon runner Richard Feist from going the full distance. He ran the many, many laps around Merstham Cricket Club ground in the virtual London Marathon’s #The40thRace instead. Team Stork turned up to show our support, as well as his local entourage of followers, to keep this local legend going throughout the day. He persevered through the non-stop rain and we are so proud that he finished. What an achievement and what a guy for raising £5,846 for Stripey Stork.

Sophie & Imogen: a no sweat money-maker

The summer of 2020 was a hot one and with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, opportunities for the kids to entertain themselves were limited. We loved hearing how young supporters Sophie and Imogen turned their crafting skills into a money-spinner for Stripey Stork. After making some highly effective fans for themselves, they decided to create a variety of different designs and sell them, contact-free, to their neighbours for £1 each. They made £28 in total and managed to keeping their neighbourhood cool. Everyone was a winner!

Paul: walking the Stork’s wing

We’ve had some weird and wonderful fundraising activities done in the name of Stripey Stork, but Paul’s wing walk has to be top of the list. In July 2020 he challenged himself to a formation wing walk; two aircrafts in a mini airshow with him strapped to the wing. He only went and did it, raising over £1,000 in the process! This wasn’t the first time he’d taken to the skies for us, in 2019 he also strapped himself to a plane’s wing whilst it looped the loop. Crazy but he’s our kind of crazy!

Oscar: he’s our winner!

One of our young supporters with a heart of gold. He saved his pocket money during lockdown (twice) to donate to Stripey Stork. He’d heard about us as his Mum Laura was a volunteer (and is now one of our Volunteer Coordinators) and wanted to be in on the action. So he took action and raised £73 and £77 on two separate occasions. We love Oscar, a star who’s going to grow to be a fine young man.

Ava-May: fundraising extravaganza

Ava-May age 8 had been asking to raise money for charity for quite some time. Instead of picking one fundraiser and one charity, she went the full monty. From a cake sale and bike ride, to a Tik Tok dance challenge and quiz. We are so thankful that she chose us, as well as NHS Charities Together, to support, raising an amazing £2,000 in total. This was at a time when the first wave of COVID-19 crisis was at it’s worst, so by supporting two frontline charities she was able to make a big impact.

Emilia: for she’s a jolly good gal

Emilia chose to selflessly help 50 families for her 7th Birthday, over herself. Realising that there was nothing she particularly needed, but hearing that there were children living locally who were in desperate need, she asked for monetary donations to Stripey Stork in lieu of gifts. £95 was donated back in April 2020 from her fundraiser and we used it to buy a bulk order of pencil cases, colouring pencil sets and pens. This was really useful for the homeschooled children we were supporting through COVID-19.

Charlie: her kindness bake sale

At age 7, Charlie took action! She’d been planning a Stripey Stork fundraiser cake sale at her school for a while, even asking Santa in 2019 for a cupcake tablecloth to get the job done. It was planned for just before the schools shut due to COVID-19, but that didn’t deter Charlie. She setup stall at home and went virtual before it became a thing. Those who had already promised to help bake, contributed the cost of the ingredients to our COVID-19 fund. We are so proud of Charlie for not letting a global crisis get in her way.