Being stuck in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t stopped tireless fundraisers Sue and David Hughes from supporting charities.
The couple, from Bignall End, have been finding new ways to raise money despite having to stay at home.
Over five years ago Sue and David sadly lost their 28-year-old son Daniel when he died in his sleep. A postman, Dan had been fit, healthy and sporty – but he had an undiagnosed heart condition.
Since his death, the couple have been raised more than £250,000 for heart charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) along with their daughter Kim.
CRY provides free heart screenings for young people under 35 who could potentially be at risk of having an undiagnosed heart condition.
Last month the couple and Kim raised £25,000 to fund ‘Dan’s Van’ – a state-of-the-art mobile screening unit that has joined CRY’s fleet of vans.
But whilst being stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the couple decided to raise money for NHS Charities Together.
The couple’s original goal was to raise £500 but so far they have raised £750 – and with gift aid the total is £910.
The UK lockdown has put a halt on their usual fundraising, but the duo wanted to give back to our hardworking key workers.
The 12-hour ‘Dan-a-thon’ included a three peaks challenge – walking up and down the stairs 77 times – and an isolation version of the Potters ‘Arf Marathon – walking 13.1 miles around their garden.
Sue explained: “We wanted to raise some money for the NHS to thank them for the work they’re doing.
“And it was nice to have something to do in the house and still be able to raise some money. We did it alongside our grandchildren at their house. They were trampolining and playing netball.
“We could still connect with everyone, even when we can’t physically be together.”
Sue also completed a personal challenge of walking five miles a day for a year between the fourth and fifth anniversaries of her son’s death.
The original plan was to walk 1,830 miles over the course of the 366 days due to the leap year. However, she surpassed this and ended up walking 2,806 miles, equalling 7.6 miles a day.
Sue, who officially finished her walk on March 19, said: “We had the idea of doing the walk and I just thought, ‘I want to do that’.
“It was something that was personal to me and I wanted to do it for myself.
“Dan walked the same amount each day as a postman and was very active. It was something I could do for him away from all of the other fundraising that we do.”
Sue wore her Fitbit which tracked every step of her journey – during which she walked for more than 700 hours and took more than six million steps.
She added: “I would take the grandchildren to school, as well as taking the dogs which was the biggest walk of the day.
“Then I’d be walking around the house and the garden and everything added up.
“Some days it was tough and I didn’t want to do it but I just went for it.”
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Sue and David will be back at it with their usual fundraising once the current pandemic is over.
If you would like to support their Dan-a-thon and donate money towards the NHS, you can do so here.
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