Birmingham Children’s Hospital has thousands of supporters and fundraisers who repeatedly go out of their way to make a real difference to the children and young people in Birmingham and beyond. Each week we will be telling the story of one of the hospital’s dedicated Charity Champions to highlight the difference that they are making.
Charity Champion Profile
Name: Leonard Coppage, Daniel Joseph, Jimmy Fixter, Carlos Campbell, Jonathan Green, Albert Foresythe and Dougie Reid.
Occupations: Personal security/fitness enthusiasts
Brief Description: The group of seven athletes curated ‘The Superhero Challenge’, which had the support of Amir Khan, to raise £46,836 so far for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
A group of seven Birmingham athletes have achieved this week’s weighty Charity Champion title after spending 26 hours in the gym to raise a phenomenal £46,836 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Curators of ‘The Superhero Challenge’, Leonard, Daniel, Jimmy, Carlos, Jonathan, Albert and Dougie, tasked themselves with breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive workout (26 hours) in a bid to raise funds for the charity’s £3.65 million Star Appeal – which aims to build the UK’s first Rare Diseases Centre for children.
In the lead up to their World Record attempt, the fitness fundraisers also created a ‘30 Second Superhero Press Up Challenge’, which saw hundreds of people, including boxing hero Amir Khan and Harry Potter star James Phelps, perform as many press ups as possible in 30 seconds and donate their total in pounds to boost the Superheroes’ charity coffers.
Not only that, Birmingham’s legendary reggae band UB40 pledged their support too, performing an intimate concert at the Park Regis Hotel as part of The Superhero Challenge, which raised £16,000 through ticket sales and an auction.
Leonard Coppage, whose planning to break the Guinness World Record all over again in the hope of reaching his £100,000 target, said: “We’ve had such an unbelievable amount of support and are so pleased to be raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity’s Star Appeal. Most of us have children ourselves and my own son has had leukaemia, so we couldn’t think of a more incredible cause.
“The World Record attempt was extremely tough but we were all motivated to give something back to the hospital. We’d now love to tackle a different task every year to make The Superhero Challenge a well-known fundraising campaign!”
Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Leonard and his fellow fundraisers for completing such an enormous task in aid of our Star Appeal – they’re definitely true superheroes in our eyes!
“Their creativity, enthusiasm and sheer determination has blown us away! The money they have donated – and the funds they plan to continue to raise – will make a huge difference to the lives of our brave children and their families living with a rare or undiagnosed condition, taking us one step closer to making our new Rare Diseases Centre a reality.”