Outstanding commitment to fundraising
Gordon is dying — and fast. That — in short — was what he was told when at 29 he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease: a rare neurological condition. There is no cure. Half die within 14 months. Despite battling increasing illness Gordon has fought back: raising awareness, successfully doubling specialist nurses and raising over £310,000 to find a cure.
When Megan’s dad, Thomas Clancy, died of pancreatic cancer, she decided to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Scotland. Her dad was a regional manager at B&Q, so after initially fundraising with her friends and family, she managed to get almost every B&Q in Scotland to start raising money for her cause. So far she’s raised over £108,000.
Many people don’t finish the 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run that make up an Ironman triathlon. Alex completed his while carrying his son, Harrison, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He raised £48,000 for Harrison’s Fund, a charity he set up himself to help find a cure.
Endurance fundraiser of the year
After finishing the London marathon, James ran all the way home to Cardiff, raising over £76,000 for LATCH. After running 32 miles a day, James arrived home on May 1st, exactly one year after his son Oscar was diagnosed with cancer.
Emily has cystic fibrosis. In 2012, after an 18-month stay in hospital, she had a life-saving double lung transplant. This June, in honor of her donor, she climbed the highest live volcano in the world, raising £23,000 for To Transplant and Beyond.
Former soldier Chris is 39 and has early-onset Alzheimer's. His dad, aunt, cousin and grandfather all died from the disease, and his 43-year-old brother is in a care home. In April, he set off on a 16,000 mile cycle around Canada and the US for Alzheimer's Research UK and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Creative fundraiser of the year
Sam and Chris’ grandfather escaped Yugoslavia under Nazi siege. Starting at the family home in Nottinghamshire, the boys retraced his five-year journey through Europe with absolutely no money – a journey of 1,500 miles - to raise money for Alzheimer's Society in his memory.
After losing her mum to cancer last year, Caroline decided to use their shared love of fashion to raise money in her memory. Every day for the whole of 2015, Caroline is wearing an outfit from the Cancer Research UK shop where her mum volunteered. So far she’s raised over £13,000, while showing the world how to wear and enjoy pre-loved clothing.
Jill wrote an incredibly personal and moving open letter about being a parent of a child with autism. Using the hashtag #istandquietly, she shared it on social media and raised over £14,000 for the National Autistic Society for World Autism Awareness Week.
Young fundraiser of the year
Nine-year-old Haris wanted to raise money to help children in Gaza. He decided to use his summer holidays to swim the equivalent length of the English Channel in his local pool. Haris raised over £21,000 for the Ummah Welfare Trust.
At the age of 11, Patrick cycled from Lands End to John ‘O’ Groats in 11 days just one year after recovering from a ruptured appendix. He has raised over £5000 for the children’s hospital in York Hill that saved his life.
Madison was nine years old when she started fundraising for Little Harbour Children's hospice. She uses her musical talent by busking with her violin in local towns and runs charity auctions. She's raised over £40,000.
Kindness crowdfunder of the year
Cathy photographs and interviews people she meets for her Humans of Greater London project. She started crowdfunding to help 23-year-old Naomi – who became homeless and ended up in hospital for a month - get off the streets and have a healthier, happier future.
After his comrade, Mohit Whig, was killed by a roadside bomb in India, Bill decided to start raising money for his son, Fateh, who was born with severe Spina Bifida. The £22,000 he’s raised will provide a period of residential rehabilitation, giving Fateh greater independence and a better quality of life.
Wayne raised over £8,000 towards the purchase of a new wheelchair for Leisha, a 12-year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. She had grown out of her junior chair, and the new one will allow her to interact with other people at their level as the chair can be used in a standing position.
Community crowdfunder of the year
Tracey raised almost £600 to buy bouquets of flowers for bereaved mothers on Mother’s Day. Having lost her own son to youth violence, she formed JAGS Foundation to provide opportunities for young people and support bereaved families.
Sarah raised money to buy mosquito nets for all of the children living at the Wells of Hope Academy in Uganda. The school was set up for children whose parents are in prison, and subsequently, they were left out of the national mosquito net distribution.
The play area at Droitwich’s Lido Park was destroyed in a fire. Knowing how much the children in the area would miss it, Matt brought the community together to Crowdfund for new equipment. He raised £16,000, enough for a whole new play area.
Celebrity fundraiser of the year
Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund Ambassador and British actor Henry Cavill took part in the Gibraltar Rock Run, alongside his brother Lt Col Nik Cavill, in 2014. With the exposure Henry’s support gave to the charity the event raised a fantastic £140,000 for Royal Marines and their families.
Francis Benali ran to all twenty Premier League grounds - a distance of over 1,000 miles in total - finishing up at his home club, Southampton FC. He ran over 50 miles a day on average, raising more than £185,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Better known as Syndicate, Tom's a gamer with almost nine million subscribers to his YouTube channel. He wanted to make a difference when his grandmother was diagnosed with MND. His 24-hour livestream raised over £163,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The JustGiving Awards 2015
The JustGiving Awards are our way of saying congratulations to the outstanding people, charities and teams who’ve lit up the world around them with their incredible commitment to fundraising.