2nd Dec, 2020

Bromsgrove man's 31 challenges in 31 days for Birmingham bereavement charity Edward's Trust

Tristan Harris 30th Oct, 2020 Updated: 30th Oct, 2020

A BROMSGROVE man has been taking part in 31 fund-raising activities in 31 days throughout October to raise funds for the Edward’s Trust.

Among the activities undertaken by Darren Shipman have been a Zumba class, swing dancing, litter-picking and others.

Yesterday Darren carved a pumpkin and today he will be trying out karate.

During his challenges, he has been joined by some people from Bromsgrove, including Coun Jo Till and Natasha Tandy from Tandy Fitness, and some from Worcester.

Darren’s challenge will conclude tomorrow when he runs 10k and his friend Gary Jones of Physio 206 and his wife Sara – also as part of their 31 things in 31 days challenge – will run 31 miles between them around Bromsgrove.

Darren has also enlisted the help of the Avoncroft Hurriers so he can be accompanied – either in person and socially distanced or virtually – by another 31 people who will also be running 10k (6.2 miles) of one of the 15.5mile circuits.

Darren will start at the Cross in Finstall at 8am tomorrow and will eventually arrive at the Ewe and Lamb on the Hanbury Road around 9.20am where the Hurriers will join him.

He will make his way around Bromsgrove back to the Cross, to meet Sara and she will then do the same.

It is expected his challenge (and the month of challenges) will conclude between 1pm and 1.30pm.

The Edwards Trust, a charity close to Darren’s heart, is a bereavement charity which supports families who lose a child or children who lose a parent.

It launched the 31 things in 31 days after initially organising a 30 in 30 days fund-raiser last year to celebrate the charity’s 30th birthday.

They have 20 individual ‘31 in 31’ supporters and a number of people from the Binding Site, the ‘Business over Breakfast’ Club and Business Networking International (BNI) undertaking a whole variety of challenges.

Because of its success last year – raising enough to fund 106 hours of support and because like other charities its revenue has been hit hard by the pandemic – it was decided to run the similar event this year.

Readers can boost Darren’s coffers further by pledging cash on his fund-raising page here.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/edwardstrust for more on the charity.

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