The pandemic has fallen short of determined activists this year as millions have been raised for various causes.
From avid campers to 24-hour drumathons, here’s a selection of some of the biggest fundraising efforts of 2021.
– Charity camper says he “isn’t coming soon”
Max Woosey, 12, has been camping every night since March 2020 to raise money for a local hospice that looked after neighbor Rick Abbott.
Max has since raised over Â£ 570,000 for North Devon Hospice – and on August 10 of this year marked his 500th night of wild camping.
âI’m not coming anytime soon. I love the outdoors, it’s so much fun, âsaid Max.
Her mother Rachael Woosey told the PA News Agency, âWe are incredibly proud of what Max has done.
“The hospice is one of the few that hasn’t had to make bed cuts or layoffs and that’s because of its fundraising.”
– Viral Gif “Flashing Guy” Face Raises Thousands of Dollars for MS Charity
Drew Scanlon, known as the “Blinking Guy” or “Blinking White Guy,” has reportedly been used over 1.7 billion times on the internet to express disbelief or confusion – the Gif even has its own Twitter page.
Mr Scanlon used the Internet’s fame for good in September – by soliciting donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the United States to help research and advocate for the disease.
He appealed to his Twitter followers and many participated, helping Mr Scanlon raise over $ 75,000 (Â£ 54,000) and break his record of almost $ 34,000 (Â£ 24,000) in 2019 – the first time he used the meme to fundraise.
– A former rugby player completes 48 marathons in 30 days in memory of his mother
William Goodge, who took part in 48 marathons over 30 days in September and October in memory of his mother, said she was with him “every step of the way.”
There were tears as Mr. Goodge crossed the finish line in London after a whirlwind of a few weeks that saw him cover over 1,200 miles.
The Bedfordshire model has taken part in marathons in all 48 English counties and raised more than Â£ 37,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, which supported her mother Amanda in the Macmillan Primrose unit at Bedford Hospital.
âThis has been a lifetime experience and I have memories and feelings that you cannot buy or plan forâ¦ I am grateful that I was able to do it. My mom was with me every step of the way, âMr. Goodge said.
– BBC Weatherman Owain Wyn Evans raises Â£ 2million for children in need with 24-hour drumathon
The Welsh broadcaster began his grueling challenge on the BBC Breakfast show on the morning of 12 November, drumming day and night until the fundraiser ended early on Saturday.
He wrapped up his marathon drumming session on Britney Spears’ hit hit Baby One More Time, chosen as the pop star celebrated the official end of his tutelage on Friday after 13 years.
After taking on the challenge, Evans said, âI feel overwhelmed, people have been so generous.
“I can’t believe it’s over, surprisingly my hands held up well but we had some issues with my arms because they’ve been moving for 24 hours.”
– Kevin Sinfield runs 101 miles in 24 hours on behalf of his former teammate
Former Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield has made a triumphant, albeit painful, return to Headingley after taking on the fundraising challenge in November.
Around 1,000 supporters were on his former ground to witness the completion of his 101 mile race from Leicester to Leeds in 24 hours.
Sinfield raised over Â£ 500,000 for the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity to build a new care home on behalf of his former Leeds teammate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in December 2019.
âThe support along the way has been incredible from the start. It was definitely a battle – we wanted a battle and we certainly had one. I’m broken – I don’t know when I’ll be able to run again, âSinfield told BBC Breakfast.
“Rob knows how much we love and care for him.”
– Speedo Mick raises nearly Â£ 180,000 after covering 2,500 miles in swimsuits alone
Everton fan Michael Cullen, now more commonly known as Speedo Mick, celebrated his 57th birthday in December by crossing the finish line at Liverpool’s Pier Head at the end of his Giving Back tour, which took him seen crossing the UK and Ireland in snow, wind and rain, wearing only his swimsuit.
The five-month hike raised almost Â£ 180,000 for charities that support homeless, mental health and disadvantaged young people.
Mr Cullen said the support he received along the way had been “phenomenal”.
He added: “I was amazed that many people, even in the Outer Hebrides, heard of my exploits in my pants.”