Roy Butcher is taking on three challenges this year: a marathon, a half-mile swim, and a skydive from 10,000 feet. He shares his story and explains how he got involved in fundraising at work.
"I’ve always been in awe of people who are selfless and commit a large part of their time and energy to helping others in greater need than themselves. Last year I decided I was going to put myself out there and finally commit to do something to help others in need. But like most people I didn't have a clue what I could do to make any sort of difference.
I'm an associate partner at Raffingers (a chartered accountants in Essex) and became a member of the Raffingers Foundation Committee in 2016. It was primarily set up to raise funds to support two cancer research charities; Ovarian Cancer Action and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Colleagues of mine have been affected by both these dreadful diseases.
I decided that in 2017 I would create a Tri-Event challenge for myself. This would see me run the London Marathon, swim a half mile in the Albert Dock, and jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet. To be clear, not on the same day!
Having now already completed The London Marathon, which was an incredible experience, and my skydive, I’ve just got one final challenge to go. I’ve raised almost £1,300 so far from my Just Giving page alone.
It appears I’m becoming the Peter Duncan (of Blue Peter if you’re below 35!) of the Foundation – I’m already thinking of events to do in 2018.
I sadly lost my father to cancer in 2012 and this is my motivation to take on challenges. Raffingers Foundation has given me a vehicle to raise funds to fight a disease that took him away from me far too soon. Supporting research is vital to hopefully one day eradicating this disease.
The Raffingers Foundation is also holding a Charity Ball on the 16th September 2017. We are currently calling out for gift donations for a raffle and an auction that are being held on that night.
If anyone would like to enquire about tickets, or donate a gift (or even know another business that can!), I would love to hear from them. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Together we can fight a dreadful disease that affects so many of us in different ways."
Roy Butcher, firstname.lastname@example.org