Long time readers may know that Dave has a something of a cycling habit and each summer completes a bit of a marathon 75 mile charity bike ride from Wetherby to Filey with my Dad and little sister. For one reason or another they didn’t do the ride last summer but are each determined to get back on it this year and up some of those killer hills. Being a busy Dad of three, Dave can often find it quite hard to fit training sessions into his week – especially as he gets closer to the big ride and needs to be out for several hours at a time working on his strength and stamina. This New Year, to keep him focused on training for the ride in June, Dave’s also going to complete a “short” 49 mile bike ride in North York and raise funds for DEBRA using BT MyDonate.
As Colette said above I am raising money for the charity DEBRA. I wouldn’t be surprised if you had never heard of DEBRA before. They aren’t the biggest charity and I wouldn’t know about them without my personal experience. The ‘EB’ within DEBRA stands for Epidermolysis Bullosa. This is a disease which affects the way in which your skin works. In the most basic description possible, (the only one I understand really) your skin has layers which are held together by a glue. People who are born with EB do not have this glue, or their glue does not work correctly, meaning that the slightest graze can remove their skin. My step father had this condition and it caused him pain and discomfort his whole life. Constant open wounds that require dressings and bandages along with the need for plastic surgery to stop fingers and toes from fusing together. Despite all that he was an amazing man and the people at DEBRA helped him throughout his life. So I would like to help them.
BT MyDonate is a not-for-profit online giving platform. It may come as a surprise to know that other fundraising sites (eg Just Giving or Virgin) often charge charities commission or subscription fees – I was really shocked when I first found out that some of these sites were making money off the back of your charity fundraising. I can’t be the only one who thinks that’s really not ok? Using BT MyDonate ensures that, aside from any credit card or debit card fees, every penny donated goes straight to your chosen cause – as you’d expect!
As if this weren’t reason enough to use BT MyDonate, every new registrant to the site who raises £100 in donations (including gift aid) before February 20th 2017 will automatically be entered into the “Donation Doubler” prize draw with five people randomly selected to have the money they have raised matched up to a value of £1,000!
In a recent survey commissioned by BT MyDonate, 28% of Brits agreed that they would be more likely to stick to their New Year’s resolutions if they involved a charitable cause – which makes perfect sense doesn’t it? Raising money publicly makes you accountable. So, I’m relying on you guys to help keep Dave out on his bike this miserable, grey January!
Suzy Christopher, Charity and Community Director, BT, said: “With nearly three quarters of us having donated to charity over the past year, it’s clear that we’re a generous nation. As 54 per cent of us will make exercising more our priority in 2017, tying this into a charitable New Year challenge could be the perfect way to combine fitness and fundraising – from embarking on a sponsored bike ride to scaling a mountain summit. I’m running the London Marathon in April and fundraising for charity has certainly motivated me to keep training!”
If you need a bit of help sticking to your own New Year’s Resolutions – why not make it about charity fundraising this year? You never know what you could achieve or how much your chosen charity might benefit and sharing your challenges with your friends on social media will mean you really do have to crack on with them!
If you’d like to help Dave on his way, you can find our BT MyDonate page here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/goingonanadventureblog