Mother of Dragons on TV, mother of fundraising for SameYou – Emilia’s bravery's helped put more than £150,000 in the pot for the brain injury charity she launched this year. She herself had a life-threatening stroke and double surgeries which left her determined to get neuro-nurses advanced training and more young adults into recovery centres sooner, for better emotional and practical support. The actress’ call for fans to become Emilia’s Game Changers inspired thousands to challenge yourself for SameYou. A cycling team geared up for two trips (210 miles, total) and a stroke-survivor pledged to trek 100 miles.
She’s the Bowel Babe with some of the rarest and most aggressive stage 4 cancer. And when she’s not getting treatment, writing bestsellers like F*** You Cancer, co-hosting her You, Me and The Big C podcast on the BBC, warning us all online of the symptoms she ignored, Deborah’s also inspiring people to fundraise for Bowel Cancer UK. Naturally, she’s done more challenges in two years than any of them. And personally raised £19,771 of her team’s £59,147 total. From running 10k at Vitality London 10,000 to exercising for 30 minutes, 30 days straight in June 2018 to honour the life bowel cancer takes every half hour. Resilient doesn’t adequately describe Deborah.
2018’s Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year is at it again! Not only is Josh the first able-bodied person in a wheelchair to go from Land’s End to John O’Groats, he’s also a World Record holder for finishing all 900 miles in 19 days. With four friends along for the ride, the former Made In Chelsea star set out to prove you can achieve anything with self-belief – whether you suffer with mental health problems like he has or have a physical disability like his best friend, Ben. That’s why he chose to support The Royal Marine Charity, Spinal Injuries Association, and Heads Together, who’ll all share the £17,000 he raised.