A CHARITY fundraiser is delighted after hitting his target after completing just a third of his challenges.
Mike Shattock set a target of £10,000 when he started the Yellow Beetle Challenge at the start of the year, which included cycling from London to Paris, the New York Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
He completed the cycle challenge in April and has already hit the £10,000 target. The company he works for, Bakkavor based in Spalding, has matched it, meaning Mike, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, has banked £20,000.
The money raised will go towards the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, London, which is caring for his wife Sam, who suffered a cardiac arrest in January last year.
Mike, an IT manager at Bakkavor, said: “I have just been so overwhelmed by the support I’ve received. It is not just me that has raised the £10,000, it is down to the efforts of hundreds of people.
“I can’t thank Bakkavor enough, not just for this amazing donation but I personally couldn’t wish for a better employer. They have supported me 100 per cent through the nightmare we are going through.”
Bakkavor’s staff shop manager Pat Baxter said: “Bakkavor Spalding’s Staff Shop puts all its profits back into local community and employee initiatives.
“We particularly like to support our employees at the site when they and their families are personally affected by a situation. Mike’s efforts to raise money through the Yellow Beetle Challenge have been fantastic and we are more than happy to match the £10,000 he has now raised.”
As well as the three main challenges, Mike and his friends and colleagues have also completed a series of mini challenges, including a 12-hour village cycle ride, climbing Mount Snowdon twice in a day, Dunwich Dynamo cycle ride through the night and the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
On Tuesday night, his friend Dr Jonathan Foyle, who has appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team, gave a talk about his most recent programme Climbing Great Buildings to raise funds. It was attended by 110 people.
And on Sunday, Mike ran the 13.1- mile half-marathon at the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough with five of his friends in preparation for next month’s New York Marathon.