A young Brighton and Hove Albion supporter from Crowborough is encouraging others to take part in a disabled charity’s online challenge.
Chailey Heritage Foundation, which supports young people with complex difficulties, launched its 10 Stay at the start of the month.
Its Focus 10K running event, scheduled for May, was postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
10K became 10 Stay – a challenge to do 10 of something, film it and share on social media, tagging Chailey Heritage Foundation and using the hashtag #stayconnected.
Dozens of supporters seized the opportunity to keep active and help the charity.
They include Albion nut Noah Everest, aged six, from Crowborough, who has run ten laps of his garden and also completed ten trampoline bounces.
The challenge was originally going to last for 10 days but so many people have taken part it has been extended.
And now the charity is asking supporters if they would like to make a £5 donation.
Head of Fundraising Nina Gopal said:
We are thrilled with the way our fantastic supporters are embracing the Focus 10 Stay challenge and if they turn it into a fundraiser, we would be delighted.
We know that times are difficult for everyone right now but if they’ve enjoyed taking part, challenging someone else, or just watching the 10Stay films, and would like to make a donation however small, we would appreciate it now more than ever.
Every penny will be used to support the children and young people at Chailey Heritage Foundation.
Simon Yates, Headteacher of Chailey Heritage School said:
This is a very challenging time for all our colleagues, both in school and our residences, and I am so impressed by their professionalism and continuing dedication.
Many of the young people who use the services at Chailey Heritage are extremely vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis, but those that remain on site are still being cared for by our dedicated specialist teams and their fantastic work is continuing.
The ‘Focus 10 Stay’ has been a wonderful way to raise awareness of the work that Chailey Heritage Foundation continues to do for so many young people with complex disabilities.
Thank you to all who have taken part so far – it’s been great to stay connected with everyone!
For 10 Stay fundraising ideas and how you can make a donation, please see Chailey Heritage’s website: www.chf.org.uk.