From Staffordshire to Mallorca to Victoria, Canada..

So it’s been 306 days since I took part in IronMan 70.3 Staffordshire for the GR100 Team and suffice to say that the bug has not left me yet.  In the last 43 weeks, I have recruited a top triathlon coach (Will Usher), who has been helping me improve and evolve as a triathlete.  Since Christmas alone, I have burned more calories than I can think of, to the point that I cannot stop eating! All good though as it gave me a good excuse to eat Easter Eggs.

So this year, I am planning to do a few triathlons, starting with IronMan 70.3 Mallorca, closely followed by IronMan 70.3 Victoria, Canada.  Mallorca will be along side a few of the guys from last years GR100, One Triathlon RDS Tri-club and also Will Usher and Kat Berry of Precision Coaching.  This will be a good test to see where I am at from last year and a great opener for the season.  Its also an excuse for a cheeky bit of sunshine.ScreenShot20131001at110933AM

After successfully raising money for the GR100 last year, I have decided that this year I am going to concentrate my efforts on raising money for a charity called ‘Dreamflight’.

Dreamflight is a registered UK charity that changes young lives through taking children with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.

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Once a year, 192 deserving children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a British Airways chartered Boeing 747 and head to Florida to spend 10 magical days visiting the many attractions that Orlando, Florida has to offer. Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day.

Dreamflight children are between the ages of 8 and 14 and are currently, or have been, seriously ill. The charity and medical professionals select deserving children who will gain a real and lasting benefit from Dreamflight. Children whose problems have made their lives so difficult, so unpleasant, that they simply deserve a special treat like this.

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The total cost of the Dreamflight trip each year is in the region of £750,000 which breaks down at approximately £3,500 per child. Dreamflight is funded solely by voluntary contributions meaning fundraising is the only way to make these trips possible.

My fundraising efforts for Dreamflight will not just  be in the form of sponsorship for the various races.  I am also planning a Quiz Night and Charity auction for later on in the year.  I currently have some excellent items to auction (including a signed Manchester United shirt from David Beckham), but I am always on the lookout for more.  If you have anything that you think I could auction, please do get in touch via email.  I have a target in mind that I would like to raise, but like training for a triathlon, targets are there to be broken!

If you wish to donate, then please visit my Just Giving page on the link below….

James McKeown’s Dreamflight Page

Thanks for stopping by!!!





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