“I have seen what a positive effect the Arts & Crafts Centre has on the lives of the service users which made me want to support this cause”
My name is Nick Brown and I am a window cleaner working in Knaresborough and the surrounding areas.
About four years ago, I began cleaning the windows at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre and I have since met some amazing and inspiring people – both staff and service users.
I have seen what a positive effect the Arts & Crafts Centre has on the lives of the service users, I see first hand how much the Art Makers enjoy the workshops and activities and I want to support this cause which is close to my heart as I want to make a difference too.
In 2011, I took part in the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride and decided to raise money for Henshaws and collected £200 in sponsorship.
My second bit of fundraising for Henshaws was a bit wackier. When the Tour de France passed through Harrogate, I put on a yeti mascot costume to promote Skoda. The children who were watching the race thought my costume was great but it did get rather hot inside it!
In July 2013, my friend Patrick Linnane told me he had planned a three-week trip to Nepal and, though I could never organise something like that, I was up for taking part. I’ve never been shy of a challenge and as soon as I was asked to do this I knew I wanted to do it for Henshaws!
We set out on 7th November and two weeks of the trip was climbing to Mount Everest Base Camp, which was seven days going up and seven going down, with heights of over 5500 metres. I didn’t do any preparation for the trek but my job keeps me fit.
It was a bit daunting when one of the trekkers had to turn back due to altitude sickness, and I suffered from food poisoning as well. It was hard but I just had to go on. There was no way you could just stop because you felt sick. I just tried to put it out my mind.
The trip was something I will always remember. One of the highlights was meeting Nepalese people and learning about their culture. They were so hospitable and benevolent.
The scenery is mind blowing and photographs and documentaries simply cannot do it justice. I am delighted to have done it in aid of such a great cause.
I have so far raised about £3,000 for Henshaws from this trip and I am so grateful to those who have supported me with fundraising. The Halifax branch in Knaresborough are supporting me by match-funding all the monies raised in the bank itself, they have activities and information in the branch to show how my fundraising is getting on.
To reach the magic £5,000 mark would be a dream come true!
If you’re interested in taking part in a fundraising challenge for Henshaws, have a look at our Get Involved pages or call our fundraising team on 0300 222 5555.
To sponsor Nick and help him reach his target of £5000 please visit his justgiving page – or pop into Halifax in Knaresborough and make your donation there.Log in or register to download
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