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Thank you from Ted - and more please!

Already famous young fundraiser 15 year old local Ted is now fundraising for Julia's House the New Forest's local children's hospice charity

Ted Ward's family keep him company cycling during his 19 hour sports lockdownLocal young fundraiser Ted Ward thanks everybody who has so generously donated to Julia’s House children’s hospice over the weekend. And now, is asking whether more local people would like to increase the total he's raised to date via his JustGiving page

Julia's House helps families facing unimaginable heartbreak - the knowledge that their child may not live into adulthood - by providing frequent, flexible care for children with life-limited or life-threatening conditions to give their parents a much-needed break.  All this is ever more poignant during the coronavirus crisis which preys upon the already weak, and, it's all the more vital because along with other wonderful charities so little of their funding comes from the government, meanwhile with fundraising events all cancelled other income is vastly depleted.  

Ted's 19-hour Sports Lockdown 

So Ted was inspired to embark on 19 hours of continuous exercise: it seemed an appropriate way to mark both the 19 of Covid and Lockdown, and help make up the shortfall of missing fundraising income.

Under normal circumstances, Priestlands’ student Ted would be gearing up to take his GCSE’s next month, but like many others, he’s stuck at home trying to work out what comes next for him.  Keen to have a focus and an avid sports-lover, Ted decided he needed an exercise challenge to raise funds for a charity close to home.

Listening to his Aunt and incoming Director of Care at Julia’s House, Claire Hudson-Cooper talk of the challenges and uncertainty her charity were facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on a Zoom call one night, he decided to do something to help.

Ted Ward cycling for Julia's HouseNo newcomer to fundraising, at age 13 Ted and a group of like-minded swimming enthusiasts took on the “Solent Swim”, swimming from Yarmouth to Sowley shore, to raise a fabulous £15,000 for the Piam Brown Children’s Ward at Southampton Hospital in memory of their friend Lizzie Murt, who died of cancer in 2015, at just 13, Read about that previous fundraising effort here.

Ted explained “it was great to raise so much money, so I thought if I could do something for 19 hours - because of COVID-19 - then perhaps I could help someone else.” 

“My Auntie Claire helped to launch Julia’s House in Wiltshire, offering respite care and support to families caring for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. With major events cancelled or postponed and their shops closed, their fundraising has been severely affected by COVID-19, but they’re still out caring for children and families during the crisis, supporting the NHS, so they were the obvious choice.”

With hospices in Dorset and Wiltshire, Julia’s House provides respite and support to families either in their own homes, in the community or at one of their hospices.  Under normal circumstances, they are 95% funded by the general public, with fundraising events and activities vital. But, just like many charities, they are suffering due to the lockdown and social distancing restrictions. Julia’s House recently welcomed government support for hospices but without knowing how long this support will continue nor how long the lockdown will last, the situation continues to be challenging.

Kicking off his 19-hour marathon last Saturday at 5am, Ted started with a Zwift indoor cycling session, followed by Yoga, Ted Ward running for Julia's HousePilates and Chi sessions with family via Zoom, home-made circuits around the garden and house, dance-fit, garden tennis, a 10km run for his 1 hour allocated exercise, Joe Wick’s PE, a much-needed stretch class via Zoom with his Uncle Will and then back on the bike at 1015pm until midnight.

Ted confided, “I hit a real low point 10 hours in, but then we did a Joe Wicks PE class and it gave me the energy boost I needed to keep going.  Thanks to Christchurch based www.precisionhydration.com too, who generously supplied electrolyte supplements to help through the day. My family have been amazing, Dad cycling and running alongside me all day and my mum and sister joining in throughout the 19-hour ordeal too. I even ate my meals while cycling!”

“The support has already been phenomenal, with donations reaching over £5,000, which is amazing but if we could get it to £5,000, I would be so, so proud! 

Claire commented “£3,000 pays for 30 hours of care during the Coronavirus crisis, so obviously the more we raise, the more help and support we can provide to local children and families – we’re often a lifeline of care.  We’re incredibly proud and grateful to Ted and his family for choosing to do this for Julia’s House, we still can’t believe how much they’ve raised.”

When asked how Ted felt the next day, in typical teen style he shrugged “Yeah I’m fine … my calves are a bit tight!”

Help Ted - like Captain Tom - exceed his target!

If you can and would like to donate, however large or small, here’s the link to Ted's JustGiving page.

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Meanwhile you can below watch a video which demonstrates some of what's so special about Julia's House.

 

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