#Team 35

In January, Kirsten - a young parishioner from Most Holy Redeemer, Billericay decided to undertake a nail-painting challenge and has pledged to raise funds for us by painting 35 sets of nails throughout 2019. She has already made a start among her friends at Youth Club and we would like to thank her for doing this for us.

In February, Jon Robinson – Year 7 Head and teacher at St Bonaventure’s High School School, Forest Gate climbed to heights of 5894m to the summit of Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for us.

This is an amazing feat of endurance and we would like to say a heartfelt 'thank you' to Jon from all of the team.

In April - Mark Butcher, Darelle Russell, Fr.Marek Pabis, Jacqui Phillips and Joe Dear undertook the Virgin London Marathon in order to raise vital funds for us. All of them completed the race and were pleased with their times and so far have reached their fundraising targets for us - thank you all!

In May - we had 7 members of our London Vitality #Team35 running in the Bank Holiday Monday 10K race for us - they all finished the race and were pleased with their times.

We would like to thank them all for supporting our work by running for us this year.

On the 19th of June, our 'Super-Supporter' Hans De Vrind, a parishioner of Christ the Eternal High Priest in Gidea Park, will be participating in the London to Amsterdam 400 mile bike ride which takes place over 4 days. He is doing this challenge for us, for Little Haven's and St. Francis Hospices and we are very lucky that he has chosen us as one of his chosen charities.

Hans is also undertaking the 100-mile Prudential Ride London challenge in July, the London to Brighton in September and trekking the Sahara Desert in November – amazing!

Hans has done many amazing challenges for us in previous years and we are delighted to welcome him again to #Team 35.

In July - 35 intrepid thrill seekers will be doing a free-fall Abseil from the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park in Stratford.

We are looking for volunteers so if you would like to join them, read more on our page Abseil the Orbit and email Julie more information.

Good luck to all of our challengers - we look forward to hearing all about your adventures!

If you would like to talk about undertaking something for us - big or small - we would love to hear from you.

Simply email us using the subject #Team 35.