4 March 2016
Trevor is planning various 64-themed fundraising events to reach his target
Trevor Stokes, 63, has set himself a huge challenge of raising £64,000 for charities by the time he reaches the age of 64 on 16th October.
Trevor received a diagnosis for inoperable stomach cancer in 2015 and was given a prognosis of 6 to 12 months to live. After hearing the news, he decided to set himself the challenge to reach his 64th birthday and raise the fantastic amount for charities through a series of fun activities.
Despite currently receiving chemotherapy treatment at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, Trevor has been working hard to organise a series of 64-themed events to raise the cash. He began his challenges on New Year's Day when he and friends did 64 press ups on the beach followed by an early morning swim in the sea, and a 64 mile bike ride has already taken place raising over £1000. Trevor also had his head, beard, moustache and eyebrows shaved off for charity before commencing his chemotherapy treatment.
More challenges are set for the coming months, including a golfing challenge, an Easter Sunday 64 lap go kart race and a huge fundraising masquerade ball set to happen on July 9th at the St John’s Hotel in Solihull.
The money raised is being split between four charities that are very dear to Trevor; Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Christie Charity and Liam’s Smiles.
Support has started to come in from across the world for Trevor's £64K challenge, with people offering to sponsor events, take part in challenges and donate money to his great cause.
Trevor said: 'I may fail hopelessly in raising the target of £64,000 but there can be no losers here, as whatever is raised goes to good causes and it gives me a purpose to push onwards and upwards. My motto is 'Deeds4Dough' so I hope people join me in having some fun and raising money for these brilliant charities.'
Liz Sheils, Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Solihull, said: 'We can’t thank Trevor and his family and friends enough for their amazing hard work and dedication to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Trevor is a truly inspirational man and thanks to his support we can be there for more people affected by cancer when they need us most.'
Trevor is also in the midst of writing his autobiography by way of a 64 verse ode, which you can find out more about by visiting Trevor’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/64kchallenge
To donate to Trevor’s 64K Challenge, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/64kchallenge
If you would like to more about fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support in South Birmingham and Solihull, please contact Liz Sheils on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07713 392643.