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Simon McDowell is raising money for The Boom Foundation (Northern Ireland) and Care For Cambodia

Run the Date Challenge

Event dates: 1st July 2020 – 31st July 2020

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Total raised so far

£600 by 20 supporters

+£125 Gift Aid

+£0 Offline donations

My story

Recently things have been pretty tough for a lot of people - none more so than for those who have lost loved ones during lock down. Quite often we have felt helpless in our ability to support those around us during this time due to restrictions.

My friend Jonny Hamill lost his uncle suddenly to Covid-19 and closer to home after heroic fight with cancer my father-in-law recently passed away. There are plenty of others who have suffered during this time.

Jonny decided to take on the run the date challenge to honour his Uncle (Edwin Cotter), with any money raised being put towards building a classroom in Cambodia as part of the work of Care for Cambodia. In an effort to support Jonny I will now take on the challenge also.

As well as raising money for the Care for Cambodia project, I will be supporting the Boom Foundation in N Ireland. The Boom Foundation was a great support to Des (father-in-law) and he was very thankful for the services they offered. This will allow me to give a little back in his memory. If I face this challenge with half the courage and determination that Des showed to his battle with cancer then I'll be in a strong position.

The idea of the run-the-date challenge is that you run the equivalent numbers of km's as the days date i.e. on the 1st you run 1km, 2nd you run 2km and so on. Due to work commitments I will not be able to do this challenge in it's truest form but instead will do my own variation action of it. If you total up all the KM in July days it would come to 496KM (308 miles) - so in July I'm going to attempt to run 496KM which averages out at 70 miles per week. To put this into perspective a little during any marathons I have trained for I typically only do about 40 miles per week and recently as there have been no races to train for I've only been doing 20-30 miles a week at most.

Any support that can be provided either via encouragement or financially will be greatly appreciated. Any donations received will be split 50/50 between Boom foundation & Care for Cambodia.

I know a lot of fun raising events have been taken place so please feel under not pressure to support financially.

Many Thanks


Thank you for checking out my page. Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They'll take your donation and pass it onto The Boom Foundation (Northern Ireland) and Care For Cambodia.

This page is in memory of

Des McClure

Simon McDowell is fundraising for 2 charities

The Boom Foundation (Northern Ireland)

Charity number: 100551

Care For Cambodia

Charity number: 1162217

Recent donations

8 hours ago


Go ya boy ye!!!

£80.00 + £20.00 Gift Aid

6 days ago


£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

6 days ago

Ruth Morrison

Great causes Simon - just keep running

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

1 week ago


Well done Simon, you're smashing through those miles! Hope to join you for a few of them soon


1 week ago

Andrew McManus

Good luck!

£30.00 + £7.50 Gift Aid

1 week ago

Colin and Katy

All the best, remember to give me a shout for company anytime ??

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

2 weeks ago


Good luck

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

2 weeks ago

Tom and Margaret

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

2 weeks ago

Cathy lorimer

Great cause good luck Simon ??

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

2 weeks ago

Jordan & Lucy

Good luck Simon!


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