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The Kolter’s 262 challenge

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Annabel, Giles, Lucy (aged 13) and Grace (aged 10) decided to take on a challenge together as a family. As part of the family challenge Annabel decided to run the Brighton marathon, whilst Giles, Lucy and Grace took on a 262 length swimathon.

Why did you decide to support Kidscape?

I found out more about Kidscape when I ran with Ben during 401. I had heard of the charity due to my teaching experience. I also feel that there are so many people affected by bullying.

What event did you organise and why did you pick this event to support Kidscape?

We wanted to support Ben’s 401 challenge and decided to create a family event of our own. This became the The Kolter 262 Challenge.

What was your highlight of the event?

The highlight for me was the marathon day itself but also the big swim as we had so many friends and family who came along to support. I felt so proud of my daughters.

Were you confident about fundraising, how did you do it and what did you raise?

We held a cake sale outside the girl's dance school and also one in the village. We also managed to secure donations of prizes from local companies for our 262 sweepstake. We asked people to guess the combined time it would take for my marathon and the swim! However, as I would be asking the same people in the future for money it’s not something we could do every year.

What did you gain from taking on this challenge?

Fitness! A family goal to work towards that brought us together and I think this reached out to more people, than if it had been an individual fundraiser.

What would be your key advice for other fundraisers?

Go for it! Start fundraising early with a donation page. I contacted friends and family at Christmas last year when I sent messages and told them all about the events. It’s always surprising who donates, often the people you don’t expect to hear from are the first to give you money. It’s also a great idea to gain support from local business, it’s amazing how generous some can be.

Is there anything you would like to share about your experience?

It was amazing to think that we as a family we could make a difference to others.

Do you think your family could take on a challenge like the Kolter family challenge? Get in touch with fundraising@kidscape.org.uk if you would like to take on a challenge of your own.

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