Meet Bingham. He is 11-years-old and loves to read – but his collection is getting out of hand.
When he ran out of space to store all of his favourite books, Bingham decided to create a blog called ‘Bingbong Books’. Bingham reviews his books and sells them on to other bookworms – and all the proceeds go to ShelterBox!
‘We’re not too late to save our world. If we all do our part, we can do it – even I am doing something green! I have sold more than 7 books, that is around 1 to 1.5 thousand A4 sheets of recycled paper.’
Thank you Bingham, you’re an inspiration to us all!
Emily's amazing journey
From Land’s End to Lowestoft, 10-year-old Emily completed an epic cycling challenge, raising over £6,500 for ShelterBox.
Exhausted, however proud and strong, 10-year-old Emily Read finally arrived at misty Ness Point in Lowestoft. She had undertaken an impressive fortnight-long journey with her bicycle along Britain’s widest point.
Emily decided to take on this fundraising challenge after seeing our stand at the Devon County Show. Through wind and rain, along muddy towpaths, and up steep gradients, Emily kept on cycling. What’s even more remarkable is that she is probably the youngest person ever to undertake a 488-mile challenge!
Her determination and strength resulted in raising a whopping amount of over £6,500 for ShelterBox. Thanks to Emily, we were able to use this money to help more families around the world who are in need of shelter.
Flying for ShelterBox
At the impressive age of 87 and only shortly after surgery, Alison Midwood successfully flew on the country’s longest and fastest zip wire.
Also known as ‘Granny Bin’ after her Great Aunt Albinia, Alison took on the challenge above Cornwall’s Eden Project, as a fundraiser for ShelterBox.
Alison is not new to our work. Introduced to ShelterBox by her granddaughter Alice Jefferson, a member of our Operations team, she helped us promote our ‘old pound coin’ campaign in 2017.
Her inspiring 60 mph zip wire flight left many in awe and wondering what’s next for unstoppable Granny Bin. Despite having had a cancer operation shortly before the challenge, Alison managed to successfully complete the stunt in the name of ShelterBox.
Thank you, Granny Bin!
Writing to the world
How far can a penpal project go? In the case of 5-year-old Toby Little, there are no limits.
Toby Little, a primary school pupil from Sheffield, undertook a global penpal project, aiming to write hand-written letters to every single country in the world.
What followed was truly unexpected. He received replies from refugees, schoolchildren, aid workers, ambassadors – even the President of Kiribati wrote him back.
Soon after, Toby’s ‘Writing to the World’ idea took off worldwide. Three years later, his letters became a book published by Penguin and titled ‘Dear World, How Are You?’.
Toby has done it all in support of ShelterBox, and he got to tell us all about it during his first visit to our headquarters in summer 2017.
Rally 4 ShelterBox
The rally, run by the Falmouth and Exeter University Students Union, originally began back in 2010.
The event is a non-stop, human-powered 280-mile relay circuit, split in to 38 gruelling legs.
Participants complete the endurance circuit by running, jogging, walking, rowing, kayaking, cycling or swimming the Cornish Coastline.
Over the years Rally4ShelterBox has been run by hundreds of amazing people and has raised over £15,000 for families caught up in disaster or conflict, everywhere in the world.
Flowers for charity
In loving memory of her daughter, who lost her life in the tragic 2004 tsunami, Wendy has been selling her flowers for charity.
Wendy is opening her doors every year to sell beautiful primrose-like flowers that she has grown herself. Hellebore Day occurs every February and draws horticulturalists from all over the country.
It’s the ultimate Cornish event – beautiful flowers that love the county’s gentle climate, and scrumptious cream teas and Cornish pasties. And, of course, it’s not a proper fundraising event unless there is ShelterBox tent on the front lawn!
Wendy says, ‘Hellebore Day has taken on a life of its own. […] I know my daughter would have wholeheartedly supported it as I do…I look forward with great pride to welcoming all our loyal supporters again this year.’
Thanks to her unique fundraising event, Wendy has raised over £20,000 for ShelterBox.
Scouts scavenger hunt
The first ShelterBox Scavenger Hunt took place in London in 2009 with 25 teams.
Since then the event has taken place in a number of locations, most notably Liverpool, and seen thousands of teams and young people take part.
The objectives of the Scavenger Hunt are to challenge young people to learn more about disasters and disaster relief work, explore their local cities famous landmarks, and increase awareness about the work of ShelterBox.
With support from their local council, emergency services, Scout Association and many volunteers the event has raised over £18,000 and hopes to raise much more over the coming years.
A transcontinental bike ride
Tim Bridgman and his wife Sharon always had a shared dream: to cycle the world crossing four great land masses.
They even gave their dream a name – the North2North epic. The North2North epic was a 37,000-mile cycle through 32 countries, with each mile cycled in support of ShelterBox.
A sad and sudden surprise, however, changed their plans. In 2014, Sharon was killed in a car accident. Despite everything, two years later Tim bravely completed the remaining 15,000 miles and crossed the finishing line in Alaska.
Tim says, ‘What compelled us around ShelterBox was that it didn’t matter who you were, where you came from, the organisation helps people who have lost everything in an instant.
With ShelterBox, you see so many people around the world who have lost everything in a crisis, benefitting from the work of the organisation.’
From Devon to Africa
Would you spend £300 buying an old banger and then driving it all the way to Africa? Two ShelterBox supporters did exactly that.
‘Desperate measures’ fundraisers Kevin Furnish and Mike Parry drove 6,794 miles from Plymouth to Benin in an epic overland African trek.
It’s been a bumpy ride for the sturdy green ShelterBox strapped to the roof of a 1992 Mitsubishi Shogun – especially when it crunched into a garage roof in Morocco!
But it was, admittedly, the journey of a lifetime for Kevin and Mike. During their near 7,000 mile trek, the duo were detained by police, had their passports confiscated, and had to deal with two serious car breakdowns. In addition, Kevin and Mike slept in the open under a tarpaulin for six weeks.
When asked about the source of their determination and motivation, they summed it up as ‘Wishing to do something different whilst helping where we could. And simply, adventure and charity.’
A story of perseverance
Colin Bell is an ultramarathon runner, Rotary member and volunteer for ShelterBox.
He’s been fundraising for ShelterBox since 2014, when he first ran a marathon carrying a ShelterBox to fund desperately needed shelter around the world.
In 2015 he took on the challenge of running 2015 km – the equivalent of an amazing 48 marathons. In 2018 he completed JOGLE, the challenge of walking from John O’ Groats all the way to Land’s End – all with a ShelterBox strapped to his back.
Colin’s energy, dedication and determination are an example to us all, especially dealing with the setback of an injury.
Thanks to Colin’s incredible efforts he has raised over £25,000 for ShelterBox, helping us reach families all around the world.
Thank you, Colin!