We celebrate Jamie and Amanda's Charity Challengers and look back on their fundraising for Global's Make Some Noise

19 June 2020, 14:57 | Updated: 19 June 2020, 15:18

From June 12 until Global's Make Some Noise Day on June 19, Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden introduced some very special people undertaking some exciting challenges...

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It's been estimated that one in ten charities will go bust due to the coronavirus.

Smaller charities are most at risk, so Heart's charity Global's Make Some Noise has launched a special appeal to fundraise to help initiatives who make a big impact despite their small size.

As part of Jamie and Amanda's Charity Challengers, some of the people who have been helped by, or are involved in these life changing charities took on special challenges to help raise money for Global's Make Some Noise so we can help them to keep helping others.

Meet Jamie and Amanda's very special charity challengers
Meet Jamie and Amanda's very special charity challengers. Picture: Heart

Find out about our charity challengers and their incredible fundraising endeavours below, and remember, it is still possible to donate to our appeal even though their challenges are now complete!

Matthew - Representing If U Care Share

Charity founder, Matthew, ran a marathon by circling around his estate. The path around his estate is 0.6 miles, which meant he did 46 loops!

Matthew set up the suicide prevention and mental health awareness charity, If U Care Share, after losing his older brother Daniel to suicide.

At 10-years-old, Matthew, joined by his cousin and younger brother, started fundraising through awareness bracelets.

If U Care Share now reaches some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including those at risk of suicide and those who have lost loved ones. Since the start of the lockdown If U Care Share have seen the demand for their service increase by 275%.

Charity Challenger Matthew completed his marathon on Friday 19th June. But to add to the challenge, he will be doing it around his estate.

Lexi and Oliver - Supported by Cerebral Palsy Cymru

Meet our youngest Charity Challengers, 4-year-old Lexi and 8-year-old Oliver.

Oliver and Lexi are both living with Cerebral Palsy and are supported by Cerebral Palsy Cymru in Wales.

Charity Challengers: 4-year-old Lexi completes her challenge!

4-year-old Lexi is an inspirational young girl who lives with Cerebral Palsy. This morning she walked 3km in the pouring rain to raise money for Global's Make Some Noise and awareness for Cerebral Palsy Cymru Please keep donating and supporting this little hero here: https://thisisheart.co/jacc

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The charity has continued to support families in need during the lockdown through virtual therapy sessions and assessment calls, so they are able to continue with mobility and communication development in the comfort of their own homes.

With this support, families are able to receive much needed practical advice and emotional support while caring for severely disabled children at home.

Oliver, joined by his dad Ryan and family friend Adrian, walked 6 miles in total to the top of a mountain near his home and back again. And Lexi, with mum Natasha, walked 3km from her home in Swansea on her walker.

What incredible little kids - check out the emotional videos of them in action above.

Emma and Vicky - Supported by Once Upon a Smile

Meet our Charity Challengers, Emma and Vicky. They put their fear of water to one side to do a charity kayak in memory of their children.

Emma and Vicky both lost their children suddenly. Emma lost her daughter Lucy aged 17, and Vicky lost her 10-year-old son Isaac.

Once Upon a Smile, provides emotional and practical support to bereaved families. Since the lockdown began, Once Upon a Smile has continued to support over 140 families, providing emergency food packages, emotional support and despatching Snuggles & Smiles bears to children who have been recently bereaved.

Through the charity, Vicky and Emma have become friends are now ambassadors of Once Upon a Smile.

Every year, Once Upon a Smile, hold its annual Memorial Day at the Anderton Centre in Chorley. The event won’t be happening this year because of Covid-19, so, Emma and Vicky are going to kayak around the lake instead.

They set themselves the challenge to keep going for 140 minutes - that’s 1 minute to represent each family supported by the charity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lauren - Supported by Carers Link East Dunbartonshire

18-year-old Lauren cares for her mum and has done so since her early teens. Lockdown has increased the pressure on carers like Lauren who are often looking after those categorised as most vulnerable.

During lockdown, Carers Link East Dunbartonshire have given Lauren practical and emotional support, including helping to deliver food for her mum and siblings. The charity's telephone support services have expanded due to Covid-19 and the demand for their services has increased by 26% since the outbreak began.

Charity Challenger Lauren led a group of young carers and charity workers from Carers Link East Dunbartonshire. Together they will be walking 96 miles between them - the same length as the West Highland Way!

Kai - Supported by Southside Family Project

Kai retraced and re-enacted a moment that changed his life for the better - when he walked 4 miles to ask for support from the Southside Family Project.

He grew up in a household troubled by alcohol and domestic violence. Kai became involved with the project as a teenager when he found himself homeless and needed to access their support.

Now, aged 20, Kai has set up the Young Advocates project at Southside and volunteers for the charity.

For his challenge, he walked the 8-mile route every day for a week, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging other young people to do what he did, and ask for help.

Leon - Supported by Martin House

Leon's brother Jordan has Huntingdon's Disease and has been supported by Martin House Hospice for many years. He is currently being supported by the charity for end of life care.

Martin House exists to help children and young people with a life-limiting condition, along with their families. Throughout the lockdown, the hospice has remained open to families in need of urgent support, for emergency symptom control, end of life care and to use its cooled bedrooms after a child has died.

They’ve also continued with a 24/7 advice line and remote bereavement counselling. Sadly, the respite breaks have stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, as families have had to self-isolate to shield their vulnerable children.

Leon put on some high heels and danced on his doorstep for 3 hours straight. Leon wanted to entertain his family and brother while taking on the challenge, as well as helping raise vital funds for Global's Make Some Noise.

Elliot - Supported by the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice

Meet 10-year-old Elliot who cycled 1km for every child that the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice supports - a huge 132km!

Over the last few months, the hospice has adapted to provide remote emotional support, as well as delivering vital resources and equipment to doorsteps. They continue to provide bereavement support and counselling for those families in need.

The hospice is currently supporting 132 children and their families and has continued to do so throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

To reach his goal, Elliot cycled approximately 26km every day for a week - 132km in total!