At Simon On The Streets, we’re all about making fundraising fun and accessible for all. It’s what allows us to provide our vital outreach work to support people facing homelessness.
When we heard about Andrew’s ‘Bradley runs the buses’ challenge, we were amazed by his dedication and determination. He got into running just a couple of years ago, and decided to run the route of every local bus service where he lives in aid of Team Simon.
But what made him decide to support our charity? We decided to ask Andrew himself.
Read on to learn about the motivation behind his challenge and how he persevered through such a physically demanding fundraiser.
What made you decide to fundraise for Simon On The Streets?
I’d heard about the great work you do through my employer and was increasingly aware of the impact that the cost of living crisis is having on people. I was especially aware of the impact that the hike in home fuel bills is having, resulting in people ending up on the streets in desperate need of support.
How did you come up with the idea of running York’s bus routes?
I was changing jobs and had worked in planning and supporting bus operations for the past 20 years, mainly in York but also in West Yorkshire. At 3am one night I was thinking about what I could do to mark my professional change of direction and decided I’d run all 25 York bus routes!
What’s been the most rewarding part of your fundraising experience?
I’ve been humbled by how many people have sponsored me - I guess the combination of a great cause and a ‘novel’ way of fundraising has got people on board with it!
Generally I run because I want to keep fit and meet my own goals, but this felt like something different I could ask for sponsorship for. Knowing the money is going to make a real difference to people’s lives is certainly inspiring.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
Time - finding the time to do all the runs - and frustration at having to delay the challenge when I caught Covid. Fortunately I was able to bounce back!
How much money have you raised?
Last time I looked it was over £2100, which I was really pleased with given my target was £500.
Have you got any more fundraising ideas planned for the future?
Not at the moment… but a friend has told me about an event called ‘beat the train’, so never say never!!!
Interested in fundraising for Simon On The Streets? No matter how big or small your fundraiser may be, your support could make all the difference to the lives of people facing homelessness. Take a look at our website for more inspiration.
If you’d like to discuss your ideas with us, we’d love to hear from you! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to chat with our community fundraiser.