The team at Wigan based Focus Insolvency Group have smashed expectations for their latest charity event aiding local four year old Jack Johnson, by reaching their target with time to spare!
The 16 strong fundraising squad – from managing director to receptionist and from keen athlete to leisurely dog walker – teamed up with recent acquisition, Phil Stone Consultancy to raise much needed funds for research into terminal condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) from which Jack suffers.
The team planned to complete 252 miles (406km), the equivalent distance between their two headquarters over 28 days in what they have dubbed the Focus 400 Charity Challenge. They began on March 1st planning to average 9 miles a day collectively, but have managed to cover the impressive distance in just 18 days.
The enthusiastic staff have now pledged to attempt a return journey in the remaining days of the challenge in an effort to add to their fundraising total for Jack’s charity, ‘Joining Jack’!
Anthony Fisher, managing director of Focus Insolvency Group, commented on his team’s efforts, “Everyone has shown tremendous team spirit in covering this distance in just over half of the allocated time and to come back will require even more commitment over these next few weeks to get back in time. I am confident that we can all do it and I shall even start to run further and faster myself. We need people to dig deep to make our efforts worth it and help this worthy cause.’
Jack is a normal schoolboy but his health will deteriorate as he gets older, he will likely need leg braces to walk by the age of 10, be confined to a wheelchair by 12 and is unlikely to live beyond the age of 30.
Jack’s dad, Wigan Rugby legend Andy Johnson set up the charity ‘Joining Jack’ along with his wife Alex to raise much needed awareness of DMD, a little know yet common fatal genetic disorder affecting around 1 in every 3,500 boys worldwide
The fundraising group have been collecting sponsorship on their Just Giving donation page and posting regular updates about their progress on the ‘road’ from Wigan to Newhaven on their Twitter and Facebook pages during the challenge.
If you would like to support the team in their bid to help Jack you can donate by visiting www.justgiving .co.uk/Focus400CharityChallenge or you can get in touch direct on 01257 251319 for other ways to donate.