2017: A new year for amazing Fundraisers!

Anyone who followed us last year will know that it was an incredible year for fundraising. From Tom Clancy’s three month cross-country walk to Chase and Kate’s epic cycle around Iceland to JP Morris’s year-round fundraising efforts, last year was full of people doing amazing things to help raise money to help people living with OCD.

And from the looks of things 2017 is going to be just as huge!

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up in the next few months:

18th February: Kicking off our year in fundraising, Lois Callacher and her brother Liam are organising a fundraising gig at the heart of Manchester. Dubbed Artists Taking Action, this fundraising concert is taking place at the buzzing Retro Bar and will be featuring some of the biggest up-and-coming artists in the Manchester scene, all of whom are performing to raise awareness of OCD. If you’re a local, check out the event page!

24th February: For our Week of Action, the new Youth Action Panel are going to be holding a series of fundraising events across the country to raise money to carry out OCD Youth’s great work. Led by Events Advisor Becca Chalmers, various members of the YAP are going to be putting on coffee mornings and bake sales in their local areas. Exciting!

19th March: Speaking of the YAP, former Youth Secretary India George is busy with her own fundraising! This March India is going to be running the Hampton Court Half Marathon, for which she’s already raised £61.25 (including Gift Aid). Best of luck to India in her training, and don’t forget to donate to her JustGiving page!

April: 15 year old Abbi Willetts and her sister Saskia are going to be demonstrating the difficulties Abbi has faced due to her OCD by doing a staggering 48 mile walk… phew! They’ve already raised an incredible £586.25, so congratulations! Visit their JustGiving page and help them raise even more.

Not only this, but Abbi’s father Rob Willetts is also doing his bit to fundraise and raise awareness of his daughter’s condition. Rob is giving up alcohol for an entire year, which is no mean feat! He’s managed to raise £132.50 so far, and you can help him through the year by going to his JustGiving page.

28th May: The incredible JP Morris, who was one of our most committed fundraisers last year, isn’t done yet! This year JP is running the Manchester Half Marathon. As before, JP is fundraising in memory of his late friend Dan Hulme, who himself lived with OCD. Last year JP raised a whopping £714.16, and this year he’s determined that he’ll bring the total up to £1000! Make sure to visit his JustGiving page, and thanks as always to JP for his tireless work.

1st July: OCD Action trustee David Veale is not only organising a fundraising gig, but he will also be performing in it with his band Bedlam. The sales from tickets with go towards both OCD Action and the BDD Foundation. It promises to be an exciting evening, and we can't wait to see how it goes!

On the same day, David Vaughan will be embarking on the Lake District Ultimate Trails Challenge, an epic 55km Ultra Marathon through the picturesque sights of the Lake District. David is an experienced runner, and often runs to help deal with his OCD, but even so this is quite the challenge! Help spur David on at his JustGiving page.

 

Also don’t forget about Laura Moloney’s mission to lose weight to raise money for OCD Action! Laura is well into her journey and has raised an impressive £285 so far. Check out her JustGiving page.

 

So 2017 already looks like an amazing year, and it’s only just started!

Could you join this list of incredible fundraisers? Whether you’d like to do a thrilling challenge, put on an event or do a smaller activity like a bake sale or coffee morning, all fundraisers are hugely valued and go a long way towards helping people living with OCD and related conditions.

If you want to get involved, get in touch with our Lead Fundraiser at charlie@ocdaction.org.uk or call the London office on 020 7253 5272 and we’ll do everything we can to support you!

But for now, best of luck to everyone involved in fundraising this year, and thank you all so much!