Ben’s younger brother, Sam took his life age 15. Ever since, Ben’s dedicated his life to campaigning for better diagnosis, treatment and support for depression, suicide and mental health to help more of us cope with loss as great and painful as his. After setting up a charity in Sam’s name, he’s also enlisted in his ‘Pink Army’ of mental health campaigners, got 200,000 signatures on his #SaveOurStudents petition for mental health first aiders in schools and organised a 200km charity walk – raising thousands in Sam’s memory.
Her 7-year old’s simple but stunning fundraising idea took the world by storm – and thanks to Katherine’s devotion, #IslaStones is thriving a year since her daughter Isla died from cancer. There are more brightly decorated stones hidden outside and around the world than ever, from the North Pole and New Zealand to Mexico and Middlesbrough. And over 65,000 of you have admired them on their Facebook group and donated to Abbie’s Army Charity, raising over £17,000 to pay for a researcher to find new medicines for rare and currently incurable tumours like DIPG.
With her picture in front of him for 5 hours 47 minutes, Paul - a paralysed Royal Navy veteran rowed the English Channel and got Marjorie over £10,000 closer to her fundraising target for Breast Cancer Haven – on the anniversary of her loss. Paul’s own total is now £2.3 million for 14 years of charity fundraising. Yet more remarkably, he overcame 12 years of locked-in syndrome to do his extreme physical challenges. From being unable to talk or move a muscle except his eyes, Paul’s pushed himself up the Rock of Gibraltar, wheeled from Plymouth to London, abseiled, skydived and more with brain, spinal and many other serious injuries.