Russ currently works as an IT systems developer at AAK and has been actively fundraising for a number of children's charities over the last few years
Russ currently works as an IT systems developer at AAK and has been actively fundraising for a number of children's charities over the last few years.
Russ originally got into fundraising as motivation to get into shape. It started with the Great North Run and then another one the next year. Having completed a number of half marathons Russ wanted to push himself further and see how much more he could raise for charity. On Sunday 25 April 2010 he ran his first marathon, the 30th London Marathon. Russ then decided he needed a challenge that would be bigger than the Marathon and worthy of more sponsorship. So Russ decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and set a date of 12 October 2011. Russ has set himself the challenge of raising £1 per metre of height the mountain has, so a total of £5895 (or more) for Cash for Kids. The added challenge for Russ is that he is petrified of heights!
Cash for Kids is the official charity of 96.9 Viking FM and Magic 1161 supporting thousands of children across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, that have special needs or life limiting illnesses, are suffering abuse or neglect. Every single penny raised stays right here in our region and provides a helping hand when and where it is needed the most; so you can be sure that your money is changing the lives of children on your doorstep.
Why Cash for Kids? It is a local charity and seeing the work they do, such as the Christmas appeal, provide grants for children across the region, raising money to fund the new teenage cancer ward at castle hill and their big drive last year for St Andrews hospice. Since being introduced to the charity Russ and his wife have been actively involved with the charity volunteering in all sorts of activities to get projects done. What's also been great is their daughter, 14, is loving coming along and helping out too.
If you would like to sponsor Russ, or would like any more information on Cash for Kids, please follow the links below.
Russ own website, tracking his progress can be found at www.challengeruss.co.uk
More information can be found at www.vikingfm.co.uk/charity
Cash for kids for registered charity number 1122062