Hawkinsport Challenge for 2017

Last year Hawkinsport celebrated 50 years of business and we wanted to make a difference by helping others. We invited our customers to help a charity by taking part in a physical challenge for 2017.  This challenge should have been energetic and preferably something people hadn't done before.


For each challenge Hawkinsport will donated £100 on successful completion to their chosen charity. 

What they did  …

  • Complete the application 
  • Promote to your friends and colleagues to donate to your selected charity either through the relevant charity donation page or through your own giving page
  • Promote through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram so that we can help promote your challenge
  • Keep us updated on your training progress
  • Collect your goodies
  • Take finish photo for sharing and celebrating

What we did…

  • Check and confirm all details with you
  • Promote through Facebook, Twitter and local press to increase awareness and raise funds
  • Offer you goodies
  • When we receive a photo of you completing your challenge, then we will make £100 donation to your chosen charity.

Wishing everyone good luck and to all help to raise as much money as possible for the following charities.

Uveal Melanoma Fund 


Completed challenges

Well done to everyone who has completed their challenge, raised money for charity and been part of #Challenge50. We are proud to have been part of your journey and to help support you! 


Are you ready to challenge yourself for a good cause? It’s great to donate to a charity but we want you to get involved and push yourself at something new too! Months fly by and people miss out on being part of the bigger picture – take a step back from the day to day (or in this case lots of steps forward) – and think how you can help someone else. A lot of people’s lives are affected by illness or you may personally know someone who has been through a hard time. There are so many great causes out there to get involved in and we want to get the word out about what you are doing for them! 

Marcus Hall - running 12 half marathons over the course of 2017 (one a month) for Bloodwise, a national charity that conducts important research into Leukaemia and other forms of blood cancer - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marcus-Hall4

I have chosen this charity for personal reasons. My mother is currently receiving treatment (chemotherapy) for her Leukaemia. Happily she is responding well but not everyone is so fortunate. By the end of the year I hope to have raised a minimum of £1,000. More if I possibly can.

While I have done a little bit of running in the past I’ve never attempted anything on this scale. And I should point out that I will be 56 by the time I have completed my challenge, hardly the first flushes of youth!

Mike Irving will be running a minimum of 2.9 miles every day this year for his charity CALM - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CALM29?utm_id=26 

"I have never suffered from depression but have people very close to me who have and I can only imagine this struggle and never ending battle is what they go through on a daily basis. Throughout the year I was also take part in additional challenges which will include a variety of different activities. Thank you for your support and I hope to run with many of you over the coming year."

Simon and Emma Hall will be running the Beachy Head marathon for his charity 4Louis - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Runnin-for-Jacob 

"I have decided to tackle a marathon this year in memory. It became very quickly apparent that this is no ordinary marathon, it is infact very hilly and all offroad, known in the running circle as technical...please bare in mind I am not a marathon runner, but felt challenging myself felt like the only appropriate restbite. Emma is running the 10k of this event despite what she has been through, mentally and physically- this further more highlights her strength against adversity."

Sophie Tarttelin will be running 5k every day and completing a Half marathon every month for her charity Mind

Harrison O’Brien will be taking on 7 marathons in 7 days on behalf of his brother Tom who has a very rare form of eye cancer, uveal melanoma. https://www.gofundme.com/7marathons7days

Harrison has raised lots of support for his brother’s costly treatment which won’t be available on the NHS with the estimated cost being £100,000. He will be putting his body under serious pressure to complete the epic task of starting from his home town of High Wycombe and finishing in his University City of Leeds where he will be joined by a number of runners along the way who will be helping him to the finish line. Over the years Harrison has taken on other sporting events but none to the level this!

Jacqueline Brown will be taking part in the Le Tour LSCR  which is a 600km bike ride through France for her charity Team Will LXX in conjuncture with Children with Cancer -  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/teamwilllxxx 

Jacqui and her friend Nina will be upscaling their annual bike ride to raise money for a stem cell research programme for Children with cancer. Her nephew Willem was unfortuantely diagnosed with leukaemia when he was four. "If kids and their families can go through three gruelling years of treatment in the hope of a full recovery, we can cycle to raise much needed money. What are 600km in six days from 2 to 8 April (with a day to recover half way) from the foothills of the Pyrenees to Saumur via Bordeaux and Cognac?" 

Matt Sell - London Marathon   Our own Matt Sell won a place in the ballot and is running for Save the Children - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattsell

As one of our own we are excited to follow Matt as he gets ready for his first ever marathon. This has been a long-time dream of his since he was young – “I've decided to run for Save the Children because they help those who need it most. They aim to save children’s lives and aid their development, by responding to disasters, by tackling poverty and global hunger, by improving access to education and healthcare and by ensuring children are protected from any sort of danger or harm.” 

Katherine Findley will be taking on her first big physical challenge ever by taking on the London marathon for the National Autistic Society - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katherine-Findlay

Katherine has never attempted a challenge as big as this before and with only 14 weeks to prepare she is well on her way and meeting her training targets. This charity is close to her heart as she mentions that “Until 2010, I didn't know much about autism.  My daughter Isobel is so many things: beautiful, clever, cheeky, creative, brave, kind... She is also on the autism spectrum.  I'm running the London Marathon to say thank you to the NAS.“

Tom Butterfield will also be completing the London Marathon for his chosen charity Whizz-Kidz. https://whizz-kidz-london-marathon17.everydayhero.com/uk/tom-7

Inspired by his Dad who he sadly lost at the end of last year Tom will be completing the marathon for his personal everyday hero. “Training has started and this is an opportunity for me to help others and raise some money while my feet are pounding the cold, dark streets of London in preparation for the big day. The money you give will – quite literally – open up a world of opportunity for these young people.”

Louise Ferriman will be completing four back to back marathons as well as the London marathon for her personal charity – FightForGeorge https://www.fightforgeorge.org/the-5-marathons-challenge/

We have been following this cause for a little while now as the local towns have rallied to support her son George. George is now in remission but now Louise wants to give back and keep raising awareness. “We are still acutely aware that any point George could relapse, but while we are still able to its important that we don’t just go back to normal. Normal means nothing, I need to do what I do best, be mummy, but that means showing my children that there is a big wide world of kindness out there, that there is more to life than our immediate family. That little things, and little ideas, and small events and acts of kindness and altruism can make a huge huge difference to someone out there who needs it.“ 

Bruce Jacob is running the London marathon for Children with cancer UK - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brucejacob

People who may know Bruce will tell you this is not his first endeavour in raising money for a worthy cause. This charity is close to his heart as a close friend was diagnosed with cancer but is now still in recovery. “For me my challenge has to be a real challenge as the children I raise money for have their own challenges everyday, whether its cycling up the alps or running a marathon.” 

Alexa Broude will be running the London marathon from couch to winner for the British Heart Foundation - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alexabroude

 Alex is running in memory of her mother who passed away while waiting for a heart transplant. Her son George who also has a heart condition and will need support later in his life. “I’m going to keep her memory alive by making sure that the £2,000 I raise will be used to support future generations and those currently suffering with heart disease." 

Ian Styles will be completing the Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100 for his charity Beating Bowel Cancer - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IanStyles 

Ian will be taking on this hard challenge as is it one close to his heart and tries to support his charity whenever possible! 

Hannah Young will be taking part in the London marathon for her charity Sense - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/hannahlucyyoung93 

Hannah is one of the lucky to people to receive a place for the London marathon in April. Described as someone who "would often 'go for a run' only to find myself sitting in the park for half an hour watching hot air balloons take off" she says this will be quite a challenge! 

Andy Hearne is going to be running the London marathon in memory of his Dad for Childrens Arthritus Trust - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andyhearne 

"Just over four weeks to go. Getting pretty excited but still really apprehensive, 26.2 mikes is literally miles! I keep measuring the distance whilst driving... that's not helping really!!" 

Ben Moloney is also running the London marathon for The National Autistic Society - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BenMoloney 

"My reason for running for this charity is due to a close family connection to autism. By raising money for the NAS you can provide funds to an organisation that can supply support to people such as my boy Max in making their everyday lives a bit easier to deal with." 

Tom Hollyer is running the London marathon for his charity Parkinson's UK -  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thparkinsons2017 

"Parkinson's is a condition that is particularly close to my heart, and if you are visiting this page, I would love you to donate as much as you can or feel able to." 

Charlotte Hemmings will be running the London marathon for her charity Leung Dharma Trust - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Charlotte-Hemmings12 

Francesa Elliott will be running the London Marathon for the National Autistic Society -  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FrancescaElliott 

"I have decided to run for the National Autistic Society which I thought was quite fitting with my current special educational needs role in school. The more money we raise the more money can be invested into providing support and care for all these people."

John Pawson will be running the London Marathon for Macmillan Cancer - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Pawson5 

"I have a place at the London Marathon this April through Tag Heuer as an ambassador. I am running for Macmillan Cancer for Susie, and in memory of Joe and many others affected by this illness who receive lots of support and help from Macmillan. Any donations will be greatly appreciated for all those affected by cancer. "

Cassie Summers will be running the Royal Windsor Half for Rennie Grove Hospice 

Marissa Holden and Sarah Walker will be cycling London to Paris for her charity Myeloma UK - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marissa-Holden2

"It would be great to help the charity find new and more effective treatments in the short term - and in the long term a cure for this cruel disease. We'd be really grateful for any funds you can donate to help Myeloma UK continue its work."

Peter Moralee will be taking part in the #OpStretcher challenge for his charity Help for Heroes - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Peter-James-Moralee21

"In May/June I will be undertaking a mammoth challenge with the Hockey For Heroes squad. With the aim of raising our biggest sum yet, we will be walking from Cardiff to the Olympic Park at Lea Valley in just 10 days playing 30 games of hockey along the way. With us on the journey will be Dom Lovett, an injured marine. Dom is the son of one of our players, and after sustaining life threatening injuries, has been receiving crucial support from Help For Heroes." 

Emily Harris will be taking part in the Wargrave Sprint Triathalon to raise money for Robert Piggott CE School - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emily-harris-robertpiggott 

"Charity starts at home and that is our brilliant village school in Wargrave - Robert Piggott Infant and Junior School so I am doing my first triathlon to raise money for this fantastic cause - at the Wargrave Sprint Triathlon on 18th June."

Chris Roddick will be taking part in the DIY Ironman challenge for Walser's Tanzania Charity -  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisRoddick

" I don't need a medal, this is a personal challenge, I'll know and that's enough.I do however desperately need support both in sponsorship for the Charity and to do little bits of the event with me! As most of you know Susie's family run Walser's Tanzania Charity, we will be out there later this year meeting the children that are being helped and schooled and supported by the Charity, the trip is completely self funded every penny raised goes to helping the children. "

Sue Charles will be taking part in the 26 miles FBC Women Thames Walk for her charity Bloodwise - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fortycubedforbloodwise 

"I am embarking on a 26.2mile walk with a group of women later this month.  Three of these women have chosen to fundraise under the fortycubed banner for one of the charities I am supporting that means something special to them. "

Molly Finn will be taking part in the Cotswold Way 25k Challenge for her charity Breast Cancer Now - https://inmemory.breastcancernow.org/funds/laura-painter/events/ladies-f...

Molly is a student at a local school who is taking on this massive challenge with a number of family members and friends in memory of her godmother.

Hannah Collier and Nathan Andrews will be cycling from London to Paris for their charity Breast Cancer Now - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hannah-Collier2  

"Despite a severe lack of experience; a fence that shouldn't be too hard to hurdle, this will be a fantastic opportunity for all of us taking part. Your support will be a massive motivation to continue our training - and by that I mean actually moving the bike out of it's long term shed residence!" 

Rob Hawkins will be taking part in the coast to coast race 

Ian Styles will be completing the Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100 for his charity Beating Bowel Cancer - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IanStyles

Ian will be taking on this hard challenge as is it one close to his heart and tries to support his charity whenever possible! 

Tim Maunder will be taking part in Ride London for his charity Epilepsy Society - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tim-Maunder

"When I decided to embark on this challenge, the Epilepsy Society seemed a great cause to support, contributing in a small way towards their important work researching into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy." 

Kate Vaughan has unfortuntately had to stop training for this event but her friends Marianne and Deborah will be taking part in the Thames Path Mighty Hike for Macmillan Cancer Support - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kate-vaughan2 

"Running a marathon is a bit beyond me but we are walking a marathon instead...26.2 miles from Windsor to Henley. I would be really grateful if you could sponsor me a few pounds to help me reach my target and to help Macmillan to keep doing what they do so well."

Andrew Butler will be taking part in PeddlePaddlePeak2017 for Muscular Dystrophy  - www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Butler14

"Well the team was short by one person and they turned to me to help out. I said yes before I knew what was involved.  HOWEVER IT IS FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE."

Fiona Challis will be cycling 100 miles and completing a half marathon with her children for their charity Cure Parkinson's Trust - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FionaChallis1 She will also be rasining money for her friend Helen Daniels who is completing 10 half marathons in 10 months for her charity Starlight 

"Over the years they have raised loads of money for their chosen charity Starlight.  This year they will be too busy with their blister packs (!) so we would like to raise money on their behalf. We want to support our good friends, Helen and Richard, who had a great loss 10 years ago when their beloved son Jacob died unexpectedly.  The second charity Cure Parkinson's trust is personal to Fiona as " My husband Simon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Diease 10 years ago. harities like Cure Parkinson’s are vital for the continued groundbreaking research needed, to quite simply cure Parkinson’s. " 

Charlotte Newhouse will be taking part in the Trailwalker 2017 for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlotte-newhouse

"A team of 4 friends trekking 100km (62 miles) non stop across the South Downs in under 30 hours Event"

Kay Hudson will be swimming the Thames marathon for her charity Friends of St Michael's Uganda - www.virginmoneygiving.com/kayhudson 

" I fell in love with the AMAZING girls and staff at the school, and learned so much from their constant joy and positivity throughout challenging circumstances.Since realising how hilariously/horrendously hard this is going to be, I have been training three to four times per week under a fairly scary coach (who will yell things at me like ‘THIS IS NOT A BOOZE CRUISE – I WANT TO SEE WHITE WATER!’) " 

Mark Lowden will be taking on the Fourtitude Challenge for his charity Mental Health UK - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Lowden

"A 4 day mental and physical challenge for Mental Health UK because it helps those with this often hidden problem"

Stephen Brindle will also be completing the Fourtitude Challenge for Mental Health UK


Dan Haldane is running the Richmond marathon for Children with Cancer UK - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanHaldane 

I will be running the full Richmond marathon (26.2 miles) dressed as a SCIENCE GUY

Simon Pitney-Baxter will be running the Royal Parks 1/2 marathon for Chiltern MS - https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/my-royal-park-challenge50 

"Anyone who knows me knows that I am no runner which is where Hawkinsport's #Challenge50 came in. Chilterns MS Centre is a cause close to my heart supporting my father in law to be and many others with this crippling, awful disease."

Martin Sell will be cycling from Flackwell Heath to Lands End