Who are we and what are we doing?

Sophie

After struggling for a few years now to stay fit and healthy I thought “right that’s it I am getting seriously back into running”. I was then inspired by a good friend Ben Adams, who completed 13 Challenges for 2013, and thought “why not make a challenge out of it”? So here I am, undertaking 14 challenges for 2014 along with my sister, Gemma Wheeler. Each of the challenges we have lined up are going to require a lot of training and motivation.

Scotty’s little soldiers is a charity close to mine and my sister’s heart, especially after having a Father, Grandfather, uncles and friends all serving in the military. Watching the Poppy Girls sing The Call on the Royal Albert Hall Remembrance Service 2013 definitely touched a nerve, especially when one of the young girls was reunited with her Father after months of being away. It was clear to me and Gem that Scotty’s Little Soldiers was definitely close to both our hearts, and we both feel passionately and motivated to support them, as it could so easily have been us that lost a parent.

The next 12 months is going to be very challenging, but also very enjoyable and rewarding, especially if we can money to help improve the life quality of children who have lost a parent in the military. Please if we could just have a £1 donation for each challenge we complete that would be instrumental in our money raising campaign.

Look out for updates from me and Gem on how we are getting on, and thank you in advance for all your support

Gemma

Hi, I’m Gemma and I am 22 years old. I am currently taking an interruption to studies; having completed 4 years at Cardiff University Dental School, I am now working full time at Cardiff University Students’ Union as Vice President, Heath Park Campus. Our family is relatively active, we all enjoy a bit of running, and enjoy our team sports, but when Sophie suggested this I thought “why not join in?!”. This charity first caught my attention last year when a couple of people I knew completed a 24 hour rugby match, and when Sophie and I were first thinking about the challenge and about nominating a charity it came into my head instantly. In my mind, I chose not to support one of the bigger charities, but to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers because it could have been us who needed them. My Dad was in the Army, serving for 24 years and completing 2 tours as well as endless months and years away from the family whilst training. When my Dad retired from the Army, as all soldiers do, he had a dine out, and there he thank my Mum, sister and I for being there – family’s mean a lot to soldiers and whilst Scotty’s Little Soldiers did not exist when I was young, I have no doubt that knowing that there is a charity to look after their children if the worst were to happen means a lot to the men and women currently serving.

Credit where credit is due though, this idea isn’t completely ours. There was definitely some plagiarism. I was inspired by Ben Adams when I first met him completing the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge with my parents running club (hi Run4All Neath http://jettauk.wix.com/run4all), as he was completing 13 Challenges for 2013 in aid of the John Hartson Foundation. His challenges were varied, and I am pleased to say he surpassed his target. So Sophie and I thought “why not”? And, that we better get on it sooner rather than later before we end up having to do 20 challenges in a year!

Please dig deep – donate for each challenge, or just once, or even come and join us! Here’s to a fantastic 2014.

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