Intrepid Year-Long Fundraiser from British Isles to Far East
Paul Hartles, Southern Regional Manager with Driver Require is about to embark on a year-long fund-raising mission to support the British Heart Foundation. The challenge will include several key events throughout the year.
With over 17.5 million people each year dying from cardiovascular disease each year and expectations that by 2030 this will to rise to 23 million, Paul has decided to launch his charity challenge to coincide with World Heart Day.
Paul lost his brother-in-law to a heart attack last month, the third member of his family after his mother and brother in the last few years, so heart disease has had an enormous impact on Paul and his family.
“Fund raising is always difficult, however being able to make a difference, no matter how small, is very important to me. I am at the right time in my life (both personally and professionally) to take on a challenge like this, which will be completely out of my comfort zone” says Paul. “I’ve decided to take action to raise awareness of how important it is to keep our hearts charged and make small changes which will make a lasting difference to our health.”
Supported by close friend and co-worker from Driver Require, Alex Raven, the pair will embark on a gruelling physical challenge to cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia.
“For a bit of fun, I sent out a list of charity events that I would consider doing to all of my colleagues. Suggestions included jumping out of a plane, but we decided to take on (an equally daunting) cycle-ride, from Vietnam to Cambodia”, said Paul.
As part of the year-long campaign of fundraising events, Driver Require is fully supporting Paul and his planned efforts. Ten members of the team, including CEO Kieran Smith, will be completing the gruelling 3 Peaks Challenge. The challenge is to trek the highest mountain in Scotland, England and Wales in one continuous attempt, just 24 hours, and is one of the ultimate tests of physical endurance, mental stamina and effective teamwork.
Paul‘s charity aim is to raise £3200 over the course of the next year for the BHF. He will be providing an “up close and personal” blog of his training sessions, including a team bike riding day round Rutland Waters in October.
Paul and Alex will also be blogging on their epic journey around the Far East, highlighting the challenges and adventures of the trip.
Paul has set up a Just Giving page for donations and Driver Require have pledged to support the various event over the next year.
“This is such a personal and meaningful cause and I appreciate all the support I’ve been given so far, as well as the sponsorship that people have so kindly pledged for this worthy cause,” said Paul.