Meet some fundraising heroes

We’re lucky to have some incredible people fundraise for us. From a very dedicated dentist to a young swimming sensation, meet some of our inspiring fundraisers.

A young boy (Bertie) swims in the sea wearing blue goggles.

Bertie Reynolds (age 6)

At the start of August 2020, Bertie wanted to raise money for charity, and at just six years old, followed in his mum’s footsteps in fundraising for Sightsavers. Bertie challenged himself to swim in the sea at home in Scotland – without a wetsuit – every single day for the whole month. He said:

“I managed to swim on all 31 days and had LOTS of very cold and rainy ones. I still managed to get my head under water and do proper strokes every time. On my last swim lots of my friends from school came to swim with me and cheer me on. I have raised £462 for Sightsavers and am going to have a rest from swimming now!”

Lily Spry

After seeing a Sightsavers advert, Lily challenged herself to walk from Lands End to Plymouth in just 10 days to fundraise for Sightsavers. She was joined by her sister Frances and springer spaniel Billie, camping along the 154 mile route. She said:

A young woman, Lily, stares up at a sign saying 'Welcome to PLymouth' while wearing a cap and large rucksack.

Turns out the coast path is incredibly hilly! In a way I’m glad it was really tough as the feeling after the 10 days was so much better – I was really proud. We saw some really nice places though and the campsite side of it I enjoyed! People we met along the way were really supportive and we got some cash donations just through talking to people.

A man wearing a Sightsavers T-shirt rows outside on a rowing machine in a sunny garden.

Ben Molyneux

Initially registered to take part in the London Marathon in 2020, dentist Ben was among the thousands that were unable to run the streets of London when the race was postponed until 2021. Instead of enjoying not running the 26.2 miles, Ben decided to take on a ‘rowathon’. He said:

“I completed the distance on a rowing machine in my garage and had an open Zoom meeting stream for people to pop in and give encouragement. It was a tough session but had some amazing support, completing the rowathon in two hours and 49 minutes.”

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