We are thrilled to announce that the recent Norfolk Superhero Challenge has set a record by becoming the largest fundraising event to date in support of our charity, raising a huge £100,000 to support the our work with young carers in Norfolk.
This year’s Norfolk Superhero quadrathlon event took place on Saturday 22nd June in Burnham Overy Staithe in North Norfolk with fundraising smashing the previous years’ totals by reaching £100,000.
This money is already enabling us to help local young carers supported by our charity. These are children and young people who may have limited opportunities in life due to helping to care for a family member. This funding is providing positive activities, including trips and residential activities. It will also fund groups in four locations in Norfolk to give young carers a chance to escape their day to day pressures and to be a child again.
Norfolk Superhero supports a different charity every year, with the 200 plus competitors taking on the challenge in teams of 2 over a course that includes a 1 mile swim, a 4 mile kayak through the creeks, a 45 mile circular cycle route and an 8 mile run across the beach finishing with the last mile over the marsh.
Jess Lapping and Sophie Ellis, organisers of Norfolk Superhero, bring the event to life each year alongside their fellow organisers, are delighted with this year’s total:
Jess says: “We are so happy to support The Benjamin Foundation in 2019. The charity does wonderful work in Norfolk communities and we’re pleased that money raised will support local young carers, giving them a chance to socialise and build self-esteem when otherwise those opportunities may be limited due to the role they play within their family.”
Sophie adds: “We’re especially grateful to everybody who supports Norfolk Superhero; from our amazing Pink Ladies, competitors, sponsors and supporters. Thank you for bringing your ‘Superhero Spirit’ to this recording breaking fundraising event!”
Chris Elliott, Marketing and Fundraising Manager for The Benjamin Foundation says: “We thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Norfolk Superhero Challenge in 2019 – a record breaking fundraising event for our charity during our very special 25th year.
The difference this funding will make to the lives of local young carers is immense – we can’t thank everyone involved with Norfolk Superhero enough for their support.”
For more information about Norfolk Superhero, visit: http://www.norfolksuperhero.co.uk/
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