Fundraiser takes on physical challenges to celebrate 20 years of Grace House, Sunderland

Written by on 10th March 2023

An Apprentice Fundraiser at Grace House will be taking on physical challenges to raise vital funds for young people with disabilities.

This year Harry Forster, 19, will be taking part in the Sunderland 10k in May to raise funds. As well as the National Three Peaks challenge at the end of May and the Virtual Inca trail in March, to raise funds to continue the work being done at Grace House a charity organisation located in Sunderland, that supports disabled people, their siblings and their parents/carers in the North East.

Harry said: “I’m feeling excited but a little bit nervous. I just hope I can actually do them.”

He has been in the process of preparing himself for the challenges. He said: “I’ve just been trying to get myself physically fit in quite a number of ways, like going out for runs and long walks and going to the gym.”

Harry started as a community fundraiser in the summer of 2021. He helps raise awareness about Grace House in the local community and takes charge of arranging fundraising events such as the annual Summer Fayre and monthly car boot sales. He also allocates collection tins to local businesses and organisations, and even engages with SARA (Southwick Altogether Raising Aspirations) as a volunteer to help with planting to improve the look of the local area. 

Anjana Tivegna, Communications Officer at the charity, said: “I think it’s amazing that Harry is prepared to undertake these physical challenges. He is passionate about Grace House and the disabled children it supports, and this comes through everything he does.”

Grace House offers services including: preschool groups, youth groups, counselling services, family-inclusive events, therapeutic activities, work experience and independent life skills for young people.

Credit: Grace House North East on Facebook. Harry Forster to the right.

Harry wishes to complete the challenges. He said: “Just if I can do them all and finish.”

He is hoping to raise £2,000 with these challenges. To follow his fundraising updates and support his fundraising challenges, please click here.

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