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Bingbong Books

Bingbong Books

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 Reed, 10 with her bike after completing a 500 mile bike ride

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.


Alison Midwood, AKA ‘Granny Bin’ zipwires over the Eden Project

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!


Toby Little, a young boy holding a book with his published letters, standing in front of a red postbox

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.


Tim Bridgman celebrating after completing a 37,000 mile cycle across four continents

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.’


Wendy Perry, a horticulturalist in her garden

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.


Wal and Mike's £300 old banger car in the African deset

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.’


Rally for ShelterBox event participants meeting Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall

The rally, run by the Falmouth and Exeter University Students Union, originally began back in 2010. The initial aim was to support ShelterBox’s work after the earthquake in Haiti.

In 2017 the rally was brought back to life attracting a large number of participants. The non-stop, man-powered 230-mile relay circuit around Cornwall was split in to 23 gruelling legs.

Participants were either running, rowing, sailing, kayaking, cycling or swimming.

The course was completed in 39 hours, and managed to raise £3,800 for ShelterBox.

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