The Promise Dreams team were literally walking on sunshine this weekend as an amazing 1,000 sponsored walkers of all ages enjoyed the glorious weather during the ‘Walk for Dreams 2014’ challenge to raise funds for the charity that supports sick and terminally ill children.
An absolutely fantastic effort from sponsors, walkers and friends of Promise Dreams has been rewarded by news exclusively released live on air by top radio presenter Dicky Dodd on Signal 107 that Walk for Dreams has so far raised the staggering sum of £34,142.00!
Suresh Bawa, founder of Promise Dreams, joined Dicky on radio with the news and said, ‘This has been the most logistically difficult task Promise Dreams have ever undertaken – and with the largest amount of people we have ever gathered together in one place. The amount raised will ensure at least 3 months of additional dreams that we can now promise children who need them – every penny will go towards helping children who are sick and need our support.’
The emotions were understandably flowing in the Signal 107 studio as Dicky Dodd admitted even he shed a few tears at the wonderful effort from everyone involved with Walk for Dreams 2014. ‘That has been truly amazing and everyone who has been a part of Promise Dreams should be congratulated. You have really put smiles back on the faces of children everywhere!’ said Dicky.
The annual Himley Hall to Wolverhampton Racecourse was an amazing success as a team of super heroes, the Pink Ladies, Snow White, the ‘would be’ Jamaican Bobsleigh team, along with just about every Disney character you could ever imagine, joined the hundreds of other fabulous people to make this year the best ever.
We even had the Singing Nuns and a king-sized bright green Ninja Turtle!
They all joined forces with our own superstars – Wolves legends Steve Bull, Don Goodman and Jody Craddock and our great friends from Signal 107 Radio, Dicky Dodd and Niel Jackson who provided the very best music and entertainment throughout the whole day.
Bev Bird, event organiser said, ‘This is the best day ever – by far. People are having so much fun, walking with friends and finding funds for this very worthy cause. It isn’t a race and yet everyone is a winner. Every penny that they can raise makes a dream come true for some family somewhere.’
Wolves legend Don Goodman was on hand for photographs, fitness advice and good fun. He said, ‘Promise Dreams is the best charity in the world and ‘Walk for Dreams’ is really special. And it isn’t about ‘crossing the finish line first.’ It’s about having a lot of fun with friends and raising awareness of kids that need help. It’s about doing something for other people. I just love everything about this day!’
The walk went like clockwork. The weather was wonderful and the goodwill of walkers, corporate sponsors and supporters meant everyone had a good time. Bouncy castles, barbeques, face painting and plenty of well-earned refreshments in the glorious summer sunshine meant everyone had a great day out with the fantastic funds raised from the event helping sick and terminally ill children – and their families, when times become difficult.
Staging a major event which is fast becoming well known both regionally and nationally is no mean feat and the Promise Dreams team are quick to point out that it couldn’t be done without the valuable contribution made by so many.
Bev Bird said, ‘A massive thank you to all the walkers, volunteers and close friends at Altodigital, Direct2U, Oi Media, Coinadrink, Moto in the Community Trust, Leekes of Bilston, the Mander Centre in Wolverhampton,World Duty Free at Birmingham Airport, Wolverhampton University, Wenlock Spring, Secal Laser, the marketing team from Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. And that’s not forgetting our very own Bully, Don Goodman and Jody Craddock. TV and MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry was commentating on the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore but I know she would have loved to have been here. In fact her Mom was – Charley Day was handing out medals at the finish line!’
Tim Hubbard, Regional Director of Altodigital said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Promise Dreams. This is an annual challenge for both my terrific workforce and my own family. We are regulars at ‘Walk for Dreams’ and even my daughter and her friends have found their own sponsors to raise money for children who are not as healthy or as fortunate as others.’
Former Wolverhampton Wanderers FC legend and professional artist Jody Craddock said, ‘It’s really great to be involved with Promise Dreams. I am a dad myself and my son is everything to me. We’ve done the walk together in just over two hours. It has been an absolutely brilliant day. It is such an important event to raise awareness and raise vital funds. Listening to why people are taking part has been a very emotional experience. ‘
The ‘Walk for Dreams’ is just one of many special events that complements the super support and fundraising events that take place throughout the year for the Wolverhampton-based charity Promise Dreams.
We caught up with founder Suresh Bawa who completed the walk with his son Arran as they walked through the picturesque village of Wombourne enroute to Wolverhampon. Suresh works tirelessly for the cause he cares so much about. ‘Promise Dreams is my passion and we are all so very grateful to the people who help us and dig dip in their pockets for our precious cause. I am constantly in awe of what people will do to raise money for us – they make all the effort so worthwhile and after this astounding success I guarantee the walk will take place yet again next year.’
As the sun set at Wolverhampton Racecourse, the Promise Dreams team were taking away hospitality tents, signs, barriers and a mountain of goodwill. They were tired and very, very happy – just like the 1,000 walkers who slept well with a smile on their face wondering just how much could be raised. Well, the news is out. £34,142 and still counting.
You made a promise. You kept it. You are the best. Thank you!
More images of ‘Walk for Dreams 2014’ will appear over the next few days so please visit the site again soon and re-live the fantastic day and the joy you have brought to so many others!
It is not too late to sponsor a walker you know or make a donation to help sick and terminally ill children.
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