A 52 year old mum of five who has lost eight stone in weight is embarking on a year of ultra-challenge events to raise money for a children's charity. Heidi Sedgeman of Chessington is embarking on 12 extreme endurance events to raise funds for Surrey-based charity Harrison’s Fund.
The charity is was founded by Alex Smith who named it after his seven-year-old son Harrison who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness.The charity’s goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. Heidi, a housekeeper and nanny, decided to undertake the challenges after a rocky start to the year.
She said: “At the beginning of the year I decided to sort my life out as it was in a bit of a mess. I was facing changes in my personal life. I lost my house, my health was suffering and my children didn't seem to be getting the mum they had grown up with. My GP prescribed endless medication and all in all I was wallowing in self pity.
“I then read about Harrison’s Fund and something about Alex’s cause struck a chord with me and I am originally from Surrey it seemed like the perfect choice. That was the push I needed to refocus.
“All my problems seemed ridiculous compared to the struggles of this family – as a mum of five I could not imagine the pain and suffering they go through on a daily basis. So I came up with the idea of a different fundraising challenge each month to keep me focused and do what I do best – help children.”
Having lost more than eight stone Heidi got going. She has already undertaken her first event on June 21, Britain’s hardest half marathon up and down the Surrey Hills, starting and ending at Box Hill. Other events she will tackle include the 100 mile PrudentialRideLondon, Isle of Man Mountain Ultra, Tough Mudder, The Mighty Deer Stalker and finally a ride from ‘Rome to Home’ from April-May in 2015.
She continued: “The first challenge was tough as it was quite a warm day but I am glad that it is over and I have finally started the year long efforts. It might sound crazy but I am quite excited. One down, eleven to go!”
Alex Smith, Founder of Harrison’s Fund and dad of Harrison added: “After everything that Heidi has been through, it is amazing that she can so selfless and want to spend her time fundraising for Harrison’s Fund – I am truly in awe of her efforts.
“This is such a special thing she is doing for our charity and I hope everyone will get behind her and support her fundraising goal so we can continue our fight against the awful diseases that is Duchenne.”
To support Heidi’s year of challenges please visit www.justgiving.com/heidi-sedgeman