We receive some amazing support each year from all kinds of individuals, groups and clubs. Here are just a few of their inspiring stories.
Ben and Ewan Laws
Ben Laws was inspired to fundraise for us after we custom-made supportive seating for his three year-old son Ewan, who has Cerebral Palsy. The seat fit into a special buggy they already had, allowing Ewan to get involved with the family’s cycling activities.
Together, Ben and Ewan set out to complete a whole host of events for MERU, including the Nokia Windsor Triathlon and the Cowman Triathlon. Ben pushes the trailer when running, and tows it when cycling. Ewan loves going fast and gets very excited when asked if he wants to do another race.
Ben says: “Thank you MERU – Ewan is a happier little boy because of you!”
To date, Team Laws has raised over £5,000 for MERU – go team!
Local radio station, Radio Jackie, has been actively supporting our work for some time. Their support has helped us make a real difference to the lives of many disabled children and young people in the area.
The Radio Jackie team held an exciting fundraising event at Claygate’s Greek Vine restaurant. The evening included an auction, a raffle and a Golden Envelope draw – not to mention Radio Jackie’s presenters serving delicious Greek food, entertaining over 100 exuberant guests and clearing up piles of smashed crockery!
An incredible £6,500 was raised and a fantastic time was had by all!
The Tandem Virgins
The self-styled ‘Tandem Virgins’ – so called because they were all new to riding tandem bicycles – have raised over £3,700 to date with the aim to raise £5,000 to pay for a Bugzi – read about the Bugzi Appeal to see how you can get involved.
The convoy cycled from Bushy Park, Hampton to Marble Hill Park, Twickenham wearing fancy dress in the theme of famous couples or duos, including the royal William and Kate, as well as the formidable Batman and Robin!
If you would like to raise money for MERU, please download a Fundraising Pack or contact us for more information.
Kingswood House School
Kingswood House School chose MERU one of their charities for the year and raised a fantastic £547.65 by running a tuck shop, organising a mini-fair and having a games day for students.
Kingswood House Headmaster, Peter Brooks, said: “This is the first time we have supported MERU in our fundraising efforts and we are delighted that we can link up with a local charity that is doing so much to help improve children’s lives.”
London Ambulance Service
We were thrilled to be chosen as the London Ambulance Service’s charity for a two year partnership comprising of employee fundraising and several fantastic events.
During the partnership London Ambulance Service employees raised over £13,000 from the London Marathon and over £10,000 from organising an overseas rally – delivering decommissioned ambulances to Mongolia who required much needed medical equipment.
LAS also held an ‘April Fools’ dress-down day and an indulgent golf day at the Mentmore Golf & Country Club. At the end of the partnership, the London Ambulance Service raised over £58,000 for MERU – over double their original target.