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Two Men, Two events, Two charities

This Sunday, S2F is getting involved in not one but two charity events!

In what is predicted to be the hottest London Marathon on record, our own director Steve Jolliffe will be doing his second run to raise funds for Freddie’s Wish. At the same time here in Birmingham, our brand developer Shawn Kearney will be participating in Ride The Reservoir for St. Mary’s Hospice!

On top of getting a heck of a workout, our two intrepid fundraisers are getting involved in causes that matter and doing their part to make Birmingham a better place for everyone.

Marathon for Freddie

Last year, Steve Jolliffe ran his first ever marathon a week before his 55th birthday. He made it the full 26.2 miles and managed raised approximately £4,500 for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. and for his run this year his charity of choice is particularly close to his heart.

Steve is running to raise money directly for Freddie’s Wish, which was set up after the tragic passing of his grandson Freddie three years ago. Since its establishment, Freddie’s Wish has raised £80,000 to support free paediatric first aid courses in Warwickshire, as well as funding bereavement training for education and healthcare professionals.

“The loss of Freddie has left an enormous void in all of our lives”, says Steve, “but we are determined to keep his memory alive and to continue to raise funds in his name.”

You can support Steve’s run by donating here.

Bike for the elderly

Shawn is participating in his first ever cycling charity event, and he’s picked quite a challenging one to start. Ride the Reservoir is a hilly cycle the goes for 75km, starting in Bartley Green and extending into the Worcestershire countryside.

All the funds Shawn raises will go to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, a charity that provides end of life care and support to people across Birmingham and Sandwell. Based in Selly Oak, the hospice also sends nurses to provide care in people’s own homes and in community locations. Their vision is to ensure the best hospice care is available for all individuals, families and carers across Birmingham, wherever and whenever they need it.

“It’s a great cause, and the fact that it’s a Birmingham-based charity means that I can support my local community. I wanted to take on a new challenge for a good cause, and I wasn’t going to manage that by just sitting on my arse. I gave myself a good kick and decided to get a bike, look up biking runs and local charities, and get out there!”

Although Shawn doesn’t have an online way to support him directly, you can make a general donation for Ride the Reservoir here.


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