Fundraiser Charlotte pushed herself to the limit for a cause close to her heart

The Tamworth Herald has handed our their latest Herald Hero award to determined fundraiser Charlotte Bull.

Charlotte has been involved with Tamworth charity Simon’s Heroes for the past four years, taking on the role of trustee for the past two.

Simon’s Heroes was founded in 2013 after old friends reunited to honour the memory of their friend by holding a charity football tournament.  After the event was over, they decided to continue their form of extreme outdoor training and event participation to help raise money for local children with life-limiting illnesses.

And it is Charlotte’s dedication to the cause that earned her their latest award.

“I am just really honoured to find out I had been chosen as a Herald Hero,” she said. “A lot of us give our time to fundraise and we all work incredibly hard for such a worth-while charity. I joined four years ago to expand my social life and help make a difference, and I have enjoyed every bit of it.

Charlotte’s most recent challenge has been the London Marathon, which left her with a small leg injury, but she says the charity kept her going until the finish line.

“The charity is close to my heart so I really wanted to push myself to do it,” she said. “I had struggled with a couple of 18 and 20 mile training runs but kept at it. During the marathon, I hurt my leg at about 18 miles and I had a little wobble, but the thought of all the people who had sponsored me and the charity kept me going to the end.

“I had hoped to raise £2,500 from the marathon, but I am well over the £3,000 mark now. A couple of charity comedy nights at Hopwas Social Club boosted the funds by £1,200 and I have some very supportive family, friends and colleagues.”

Simon’s Heroes chairman, Justin Haywood, nominated Charlotte for her award.

“Charlotte has just completed the London Marathon,” he told us. “I have been blown away by her enthusiasm and dedication in taking on the task. She finished in a remarkable 4 hours and 38 minutes and, on top of her run, she continues to promote the charity and for her London efforts, managed to raise more than £3,000 and counting.”

Charlotte scooped a certificate and medal, plus a month’s free parking at Ankerside, a bottle of bubbly and a beautiful bouquet of flowers, courtesy of Mrs Brown’s Flowers in the Ankerside.

The Tamworth Herald has teamed up with Ankerside Shopping Centre to thank people in Tamworth and beyond for their kindness and dedication. There’s no age limits and there’s no categories.

Each month they’ll pick someone who is deserving of praise. There’s no closing date – just send in your nominations to the Herald and they’ll select a winner every month.

Mark Burbridge, centre manager at Ankerside, said: “Congratulations to Charlotte on becoming our latest Herald Hero. We are very impressed with her wonderful efforts in raising this fantastic amount of money for Simon’s Heroes.”

Charlotte Hart, Tamworth Herald editor, said: “Charlotte is a deserving winner. We’ve covered Simon’s Heroes in the paper so we know what excellent work they do in the town. Charlotte’s determination to push herself for the good of the charity and the children it helps is truly commendable.”

To nominate someone for a Herald Hero award, email Tamworth or call 01827 848600 to request a nomination form.

Author: Charlotte Hart, Editor, Tamworth Herald.



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