Birthday mum Lisa just keeps on giving to charity
A Fenland woman has taken charity fundraising to a whole new level – by undertaking a year’s worth of volunteering and event organising.
Lisa Lowe, who works for Parkinson’s UK, turns 50 later this year and decided on her birthday last year that she wanted to make her 50th count.
As a result she has set out to do something for her charity every month, culminating in joining in Parkinson’s UK’s annual Moveable Feast as a chaperone for the evening, helping diners move restaurants between courses of a three-course meal.
The mum of one, who is married to Nidge, started her year with a Spooky Sprint in October at the Hudson Centre in Wisbech.
In November she helped with an issue facing Parkinson’s patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where a public toilet was closed.
In December she helped at the Peterborough branch’s Christmas fayre, and in January and February Lisa, from Wisbech, volunteered her time to do “number crunching”, inputting data.
In March she took part in the charity’s national 50-miles-in-50-days challenge. She said: “I had hoped to get 50 runners but, in the end, had 44 and we raised £1,760 altogether, so I was really pleased with that.”
In April it was a national charity event – this time the flagship Kelpies Walk in Scotland, where she spent the day working as a volunteer – similar to her May effort, which was helping at the Norfolk walk.
This month is one of Lisa’s ‘biggies’. She is organising a spinathon at the Hudson Centre on Saturday, June 15, with all money going to Parkinson’s UK.
“It is a fun day. There will be fitness classes as well as a four-hour spinathon. It is for all abilities and it is £5 to take part, or £10 with a T-shirt.
“I have eight fitness instructors who have volunteered to take the classes, which include body combat, body attack, zumba and legs, bums and tums and a bit of boot camp.
“Freedom Leisure have been great and allowed me use of the Hudson free of charge, so I’m calling them a sponsor as a thank you for that.
“It runs from 1pm to 5pm and anyone who wants to take part can pick up a ticket at the Hudson or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org”
For Lisa, July’s challenge is the most nerve-wracking. She has signed up to abseil down the side of the Northampton Lift Tower – a staggering 127m high.
“I signed up for it before finding out exactly what I’m getting into! I’m not scared of heights, but it is really high and I’m a bit worried about it.
“My son, Ciaron, and Nidge have said they will come with me, but are not keen on watching as they don’t like heights,” said Lisa.
In August Lisa is hosting a family garden party, which again will be a fundraiser.
She said: “I’m more than half-way through now and it has been fantastic.
“Even helping with the data inputting was fun and it has been great to meet other teams within the charity.
“I have only been with Parkinson’s UK for 18 months, so I have learnt a lot and met a lot of different people already. And, best of all, I’ve already raised £2,500 with my own events.”