Redwood Events: Fund-Raisers Extraordinaire
By Amanda | 12-04-2018
These guys deserve a medal
For the past three years Arrow Self Drive has been supporting a two man fund-raising team, helping them generate over £180,000 for local and national causes. Redwood Events, comprising of Mike Wilson and Steve Wood, have organised and run events including sports walks and cycle rides to help raise money for a number of charities and individuals since 2007. In that time they have raised a staggering £415,000. Charities who have benefited include The Stroke Association, Forget me Not Children’s Hospice, BBC Children in Need, Candlelighters,the Alzheimer's Society, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Hillsborough Justice Campaign, the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Save the Children, the Overgate Hospice in Halifax, The Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chesterand Mental Health UK
Mike and Woody (Steve) have full time jobs and do all this work voluntarily in their spare time with very little reward or recognition. They have worked with companies including Lloyds Banking Group, NBS Wakefield and HBOS to arrange and run various events.
The duo have set up a website to showcase their events and acts as a guide to participants. They organise all the routes, timings, logistics, fund raising pages, registration forms, walking shirts and they even drive the minibus support vehicle, sometimes for 48 hours straight. They are an inspirational pair, with great enthusiasm and skill, managing small and large teams with ease and encouraging donations from across the country. Mike comments on why they continue to offer this service for free where others profit from the same skills, “It doesn’t feel right accepting payment for what we do; if we take any cash we are only too aware that we are taking money away from our chosen charities, and to be honest, that goes against the grain. We are just happy to get a hoody out of each event, you should see my wardrobe and the collection I have built up over the years!”
Their most recent event was a 48 hour non-stop coast to coast walk from The Deep in Hull to the Pier Head and took place on April 6th, 7thand 8th2018. The Lois Lanes fund raiser aimed to raise £7000, enough money to buy a wheelchair transporter bike for Lois Huntingdon, with any spare cash going to the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, where Lois has spent valuable time and her family have received fantastic support from their amazing staff. The money is still coming in and to date the event has raised over £20,000. That means Lois gets her bike andThe Forget me Not Hospice is currently on track to get £12800 plus, with £15000 not an impossible prediction.
As we have done for the last few events, Arrow Self Drive provided a much needed minibus for the event and other generous event sponsorship came from the Cinnamon Lounge,BPC Fixingsand Ossett Brewery. We are very proud of our partnership with Redwood Events. We think they deserve a medal for the work they do and want to take this opportunity to congratulate them on their most recent success with Lois Lanes as well as all their previous fund raising efforts.
Photo: Steve Wood, ex footballer and Redwood supporter Jamie Hoyland and Mike Wilson
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