Caring Leicester climber takes on charity challenge

By Bethany Smith

A student from Leicester managed to raise over £600 for charity after climbing the highest mountain in the UK on Saturday.

Robyn Redmond, 21, along with two friends took to Ben Nevis to raise money for Kidney Research UK after becoming inspired by her mother’s six year battle with kidney disease.

She said: “To participate I needed to aim to raise £500 and as of now I have raised £676.39 and people are still donating even after I’ve done it which is really awesome.

“It’s the best feeling ever to do something amazing like that and to raise money for such a good cause at the same time, there’s no feeling like it. My mum was very proud.”

Twelve climbers, including fellow fundraisers, made their way up the 4,409ft mountain and back in an impressive eight hours.

Miss Redmond, who had no previous training, said: “It wasn’t easy, but to be fair I thought it would be so much harder. It’s just a long walk up a steep hill, but it does get so tiring because you’re walking for so long.

“We had an hour at the top and about 30 minutes worth of stops on the way up and down, the guide said that it was pretty good timing.”

Despite having never carried out anything like this before, Miss Redmond is hoping to continue fundraising in the future.

She said: “Now I’ve done it I want to do so much more, I’d love to do something crazy like Kilimanjaro, but that’s a really big step.”

To donate to her cause, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Robyn-Redmond or to get involved in a fundraising event for Kidney Research yourself, go to http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/get-involved

Over three million people in the UK are suffering from kidney disease, Kidney Research UK is the leading charity that is dedicated to finding a cure and treatment.

The charity aims to provide 50 new research projects each year with 77 pence out of every pound being invested into research, and 23 pence going towards helping raise more money for the organisation.

They also aim to provide vital health information and advice to those at high risk of kidney failure, kidney patients, their families, carers, as well as medical professionals and researchers. 

For more information go to https://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/about-us

Caring Leicester climber takes on charity challenge

By Bethany Smith

A student from Leicester managed to raise over £600 for charity after climbing the highest mountain in the UK on Saturday.

Robyn Redmond, 21, along with two friends took to Ben Nevis to raise money for Kidney Research UK after becoming inspired by her mother’s six year battle with kidney disease.

She said: “To participate I needed to aim to raise £500 and as of now I have raised £676.39 and people are still donating even after I’ve done it which is really awesome.

“It’s the best feeling ever to do something amazing like that and to raise money for such a good cause at the same time, there’s no feeling like it. My mum was very proud.”

Twelve climbers, including fellow fundraisers, made their way up the 4,409ft mountain and back in an impressive eight hours.

Miss Redmond, who had no previous training, said: “It wasn’t easy, but to be fair I thought it would be so much harder. It’s just a long walk up a steep hill, but it does get so tiring because you’re walking for so long.

“We had an hour at the top and about 30 minutes worth of stops on the way up and down, the guide said that it was pretty good timing.”

Despite having never carried out anything like this before, Miss Redmond is hoping to continue fundraising in the future.

She said: “Now I’ve done it I want to do so much more, I’d love to do something crazy like Kilimanjaro, but that’s a really big step.”

To donate to her cause, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Robyn-Redmond or to get involved in a fundraising event for Kidney Research yourself, go to http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/get-involved

Over 3 million people in the UK are suffering from kidney disease, Kidney Research UK is the leading charity that is dedicated to finding a cure and treatment.

The charity aims to provide 50 new research projects each year with 77 pence out of every pound being invested into research, and 23 pence going towards helping raise more money for the organisation.

They also aim to provide vital health information and advice to those at high risk of kidney failure, kidney patients, their families, carers, as well as medical professionals and researchers.

For more information go to https://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/about-us

Coach wins award for commitment to county cricket club

By Bethany Smith

The England and Wales Cricket Association will recognise a young man from Leicester at the end of the month after taking on a major role at his local club.

Ethan Hawkins, 22, of Leicester Road, pitched nominees to the post when he was named Leicestershire and Rutland’s young volunteer of the year for his commitments to Cropston Cricket Club.

He said: “I still can’t get my head around it, it hasn’t sunk in yet. When I received the letter saying I’d won it I was literally so surprised.”

After taking on a new role as Junior Co-ordinator which involves coaching three junior teams, finding club sponsors, promoting participation and managing the website, Mr Hawkins was put forward by his colleagues to receive recognition.

He said: “The club treasurer put me forward for it, I had no clue that they’d done it, things like that do make you feel appreciated. I’ve been at the club for six years now both playing and coaching over 60 juniors from six to 17 years old and have loved every second of it.”

An awards ceremony will be held on the 30th October at the Athena theatre, Leicester where he will be presented with an official framed certificate.

Mr Hawkins, along with other regional winners, were also invited to the Natwest Outstanding Service to Cricket awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground for a guided tour and three course meal in celebration of the sport.

He said: “As soon as we got there we were greeted with champagne and made to feel special. We heard numerous influential guest speakers and were personally shown round the grounds, the whole thing was just surreal, definitely an experience that I won’t forget.”

As a coaching graduate from Sheffield Hallam and now a teaching assistant he says the skills he picked up in doing his degree has helped him to win him the award.

The England and Wales cricket board awards players each year both regionally and nationally in 12 different categories including Coach of the Year, which was also won by a Leicestershire man, Club of the Year, Heartbeat of the Club and Outstanding Contribution to Coaching.

To learn more about the ECB awards, visit http://www.ecb.co.uk/