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Howard Mayson taking part in the London Marathon

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Howard Mayson is one of our most treasured supporters! Howard has been supporting CARE for over a decade now since he saw our work first-hand in Africa. Howard has completed over 50 marathons and ultra-marathons, raising almost £100,000 for CARE International.

Dan Tastic Glastonbury is an incredible individual who, along with some dedicated volunteers, has been supporting us for the last few years by painting bins at Glastonbury. He decided to start taking donations for CARE in return for bespoke hand-painted bins and has so far had requests for subjects from fire-breathing badgers to tap-dancing foxes. Since beginning the bin painting, Dan has raised nearly £4,000 for CARE.

Tony Riddle ran 900 miles barefoot from Land’s End to John O’Groats for CARE and raised over £1,000! During the challenge, he arranged interviews with sustainability and environmental experts to raise awareness of the issues we’re facing today. What an incredible challenge, raising both money and awareness along the way.

Luci Barnes raised £1,846 for CARE’s Yemen appeal by making and selling preserves. Luci says: “Over the year I make jam, gin and other preserves from fruit that is either foraged or homegrown. I then have a Gin and Jam Sale in December to raise money for people displaced by conflict – especially women and children.”

South Hampstead High School students completed a 10km walk along the River Thames, raising over £16,000 through sponsorship from friends and family members – amazing! They finished their walk at the Houses of Parliament and wrote letters to their MPs raising issues they were concerned about – climate change being one of them.

Five teams from Heathrow took on CARE’s Race to Respond challenge – giving them an experience of what it’s like to be a first responder in a humanitarian disaster. They raised over £3,000 by doing this in addition to the incredible support Heathrow give to Lendwithcare.

Participants in the Vietnam-Cambodia challenge event
Participants on the Vietnam to Cambodia cycle challenge

Gary and Michelle Nicol have braved crashes, collisions, potholes and dusty roads – all to raise money for CARE International. Gary and Michelle began supporting CARE through Lendwithcare and decided they wanted to see CARE’s work in action and so they took on the Vietnam to Cambodia cycle challenge, raising over £6,000 for CARE. Gary told us:

It was a real privilege to visit a CARE project in Vietnam and Lendwithcare entrepreneurs in Cambodia, and see and hear first-hand the positive impact the loans and other support provided by CARE make to the lives of people living there.

Crowd of marchers at #March4Women 2020
Marchers at CARE’s #March4Women event on International Women’s Day in 2020

Our wonderful supporters also play a crucial role by helping out at our events – especially at our annual #March4Women celebration of Intenational Women’s Day. In 2020, Charlotte Hegley was one of the many volunteers who helped make the day possible. She wrote:

For me personally, taking part in this march was so important. Inequality still pervades all corners of society. Whether this manifests itself in female representation in government, domestic abuse cases or unequal pay, the fight for women’s rights is ongoing.

“I contacted CARE a month prior to the event and received quick responses and lots of instructions about my role as a steward. My initial nerves of volunteering alone soon disappeared when I was warmly welcomed by the other stewards. The day began with a briefing from our team leaders; describing our role for the day and how to deal with any problems that may arise.

“The street filled with signs, singing and cheering as the crowds marched down Whitehall, towards Parliament Square. Our job was to make sure everyone stayed on the road and kept at the same pace, whilst being on hand to answer any questions or worries the marchers may have.”

I was honoured to be a part of this monumental day, which inspired such hope and brought so many people together; a march that I hope to be a part of for many years to come.