Stuart Heslington - Sheffield Major Events Committee Chair
I want to take a
minute to tell you about my involvement with the British Heart
Grab a cuppa and have a read of my blog.
I hope you enjoy it!
some small scale fundraising in the past I decided I wanted to make
a bigger contribution than before, so I approached the local area
BHF office and went from there. With an idea for a new event I
joined the Sheffield Major Events Committee; I
must have shown some serious enthusiasm because in no time at all I
was accepted into the role of branch Chairperson!
The reason behind all this is that when I was 15 my dad died of
heart failure and
although that was a long time ago, as I’ve got older I’ve realised
that I can do something really positive. I know it’s too late for
my dad, but it will help another family avoid the pain of losing
So with the incentive of helping future heart
patients and a cracking idea for an unusual event I
formulated a plan to stage the Take The Stairs Challenge
2012. On the 25 of February on a bright and breezy
Saturday morning around 80 people stepped up to the challenge of
running the 20 floors, 40 flights, 390 steps of the University of
Sheffield’s iconic Arts Tower.
Now I’m no events organiser but working as a team with the
Sheffield Major Events Committee meant we could all play to our
strengths and get the job done. All the prep paid off and we raised
£5000 from entry fees and sponsorship! It was amazing.
Some of the highlights were meeting long time BHF supporter
and ex Premier League referee Uriah Rennie, organising and taking
part in a photo shoot and actually doing a couple of radio
interviews to promote the event. I had great fun throughout but
what really struck me was the excitement from the runners on the
day, not just excitement from doing this crazy event but for how
money they had raised.
People were approaching me saying “I have £250 in sponsorship
and my friend has £300”. Some BHF funded researchers were there
doing the event too and it was nice to think that ‘that guy over
there’ will help ‘that girl over there’ tackle heart disease and I made it
happen. It was incredible.
this was one event and we’re planning to have several more
throughout the year. The committee is small and made up of
all have their reasons to help the BHF, from being heart patients
themselves to just wanting to support such a good cause. Whatever
we do we have the full support and guidance of the BHF and know
full well that the time we give is highly valued.
I must say I did plunge in at the deep end and organising a new
event from scratch isn’t easy, but the tremendous support I got
from the other volunteers made it possible. If you’re a volunteer
or would like to volunteer and want to see an event from the
‘inside’ come and join us. I’ve found it to be the most rewarding
thing I’ve done and I would recommend it to anyone.