In our first year we have had some amazing support...
Francyne so bravely challenged herself to spend three days dog sledding across Sweden (around 5-7 hours a day). Francyne spent her time in the wilderness, where she learnt how to live like the Sami people at the base camps. Francyne raised over £3000 in support of Ned's Fund and here's the reason why...
“When I came across the Artic Challenge, I knew this was the one for me. I was ready for a physical and mental challenge and this definitely gave me that! I wanted to try and relate to Ned and all those dealing with similar challenges in life, and I wanted to prove that you can get through it.
I’ve done a few challenges over the years but this was by far the hardest. Every day in -40 degrees felt like years and it really made me think how hard it must be for those that struggle every day.
I’m glad I could help raise money for Ned’s Fund so that they can give support to other young people facing their own challenges but most of all I’m glad I could do it for my brother Jono (Ned’s childhood friend), Ned’s family & most of all Ned.”
Callum bravely decided to shave his head to raise money for Ned's Fund! He raised an incredible amount of £1260. Please check the gallery below for before and after photos and here's the reason why...
"I didn’t know Ned personally, but I’ve experienced losing a close family member to suicide so I understand that pain. Seeing that same impact on Ned’s family and once again seeing the risk that young people are under, I wanted to do something. In the middle of a rugby season in France, there wasn’t loads of fundraising options but I knew everyone would want to see me bald, so I decided to shave my hair off. The fundraising surpassed my expectations as people got behind the great work that Ned’s fund is doing. Thank you for all the contributions. I am grateful I was able to help support a great cause."
Lucy and Emily Harris
Emily and Lucy Harris (Ned's first cousins) took part in the Glasgow Half Marathon on the 29th September.
Just a huge thank you to Sam Luxton for organising the Tough Mudder fundraiser back in May. We raised over £6,000 and it was great to see everyone come together and get stuck in.
"Ascot continues to support the great work that Ned's Fund is doing to deal with the problems young people face growing up. Suicide is something whose tragedy is often not discussed, and only by raising awareness and tackling the difficult root cause, can we lessen the frequency. To do this, it is important that companies and individuals give generously to charities who work helps young people and their families."
Andrew Brookes, Chief Executive Officer at Ascot Insurance Group .