New charity challenge set to benefit four local causes


An all new charity challenge has been launched which aims to raise £100,000 for four worthy causes over a 365-day period.

The Impact Charity Challenge is looking to draw together 100 volunteers to take part in various fundraising initiatives throughout the year to raise funds for children’s charity Jessie May, Children’s Hospice South West, Great Western Air Ambulance and The Darren Wright Foundation. 

As well as taking part in key fundraising events including a quiz, a sponsored walk and Grand Ball, participants will raise additional money through hobbies, events and contacting local businesses.

The initiative is the brainchild of local friends Bob Barnes and Olly Slym who began fundraising for local causes four years ago. Having set up the Impact Charity Rugby team and organised fundraisers resulting in over £50,000 for local causes, the friends decided to start a new challenge.

One of the charities which will benefit from the Challenge is Jessie May, which cares for terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Helen Mackie, community fundraiser for Jessie May, said: “It is absolutely wonderful that Bob and Olly have launched the Impact Charity Challenge and that they have chosen Jessie May as one of the nominated charities.

“The boys put so much passion, dedication and hard work into all of their charity work and it really shows with the well organised and successful schemes. I have no doubt that they will achieve their target of £100,000, and the money Jessie May receives will be hugely appreciated by the families we care for. “

Organiser Olly Slym said: “We are so thrilled to be fundraising for these four charities, this is our fifth year now and we want to make Impact even bigger. This is a challenge for everyone but as a team the 100k target will be smashed out of the park. We just need to pull the team together – so if you are interested please do get in touch.”

Jessie May provides a hospice at home service for terminally ill children, offering care to families in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. It costs around £1,000,000 for the charity to provide this care yearly and Jessie May is almost entirely dependent on public support.

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