For a reason
831. Carl Thomas (Stockport)
Carl Thomas, aged 33, from Stockport, is aiming to raise one million pounds for a variety of charitable causes before his 40th birthday by doing a new extreme sporting challenge each year.
Inspired to raise money for charity after the loss of close friends and family to cancer, Carl’s challenges not only push himself but reach out to thousands of other people to get involved. In 2016, the first year of his challenges, he ran 10 marathons in 10 days for ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’, and earlier this year cycled 1,500 miles in 10 days for ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’. Carl has so far raised £27,000, and through his website and social media, he has shared his efforts with over 225,000 viewers online, encouraging people to take part in his challenges with him.
In a personal letter to Carl, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“By cycling 1,500 miles in 10 days earlier this year, and running 10 marathons in 10 days in 2016, your incredible work is giving vital support to people living with cancer. I wish you the best of luck in reaching your ambitious fundraising target of raising one million pounds in the years leading up to your 40th birthday. Doing a new extreme sporting challenge each year is a testament to your remarkable efforts to inspire thousands of people to get involved in reaching your goal.”
Sabina Ruta, ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ Regional Fundraiser said:
“It was fantastic to have Carl’s support for his epic cycling challenge. The challenge was extremely difficult, covering 1500 miles over 10 days, with no previous cycling experience. As a charity we rely on voluntary donations and the support of the local community through events like these to ensure young people with cancer and their families have access to the best possible care and support. A huge thank to Carl and his team for their support and helping raise awareness and funds for ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’.”
“I’m thrilled and honoured to be awarded with the Points of Light award. It’s been a gruelling few years to complete the first two challenges but with many years still to go I’m as determined as ever to raise the full £1M by pushing my body to the absolute limit and do what I can for charity and those who need it most.”
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