Trailblazer is about more than just fitness. It’s about community. It’s why people bring their kids along free to classes. And it’s why we put on community events, like our annual Halloween Trick or Treat Trail. We’ve also raised over £20,000 over the last 2 years to raise money to buy some amazing disabled children brand new wheelchairs.
The 1,000,000 stair run for charity.
We don’t stop thinking and one of Antony’s crazy ideas was to try and run 1,000,000 stair run one day and that’s what we did.
‘As the Sunday stair running group grew I met a group of parents who all had disabled children and they had created their own group called ‘the little hiccups’. They did regular fund raisers to buy their children equipment and they were wanting to do a fund raiser to buy some all terrain wheel chair buggies so they could take their children to places you could not normally access in a normal wheelchair like the beach or through woodland so I came up with the idea of trying to run 1 million stairs in one day to raise money for them. So I got onto it and I designed posters, banners and Facebook pages and promoted the event. Lots of people laughed at the idea and said it could not be done but we had 250 people turn up throughout the day and between us we ran 1.2 million stairs and raised enough money to buy them 2 of the all terrain wheelchair buggies. The Sunday session then went nationwide on the TV and in the newspapers.
Stair run to buy Dylan a brand new customised wheel chair.
Then the next year we did it again to raise money for a disable boy called Dylan to buy him a new wheelchair that he had outgrown his old one. I met Dylan at bootcamp with his parents. Dylan has Spina bifida and is paralysed from the waist down. The family were trying to raise money to buy him a new customised wheelchair as he had outgrown his old one. The target was £3500 and we raised £10000 for the family. We had over 300 people turn up on the day, we had BBC news turn up too to film it and we ran 1.3 million stairs on the day! Smashed all targets.
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