Exciting Donation Campaigns

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Our supporter´s fundraising activities are diverse. Some sweat for Wings for Life, others organise an event or hold talks. Here are some recent activities. 

The Austrian air transport company Heli Austria opened their new helicopter-staging post. The new heliport called Knaus is in Salzburg, Austria and has an area of 15,000 sqm. Opening day was bright and sunny which meant guests could take a sightseeing flight in one of five helicopters, with donations to Wings for Life for taking a trip. Heli Austria raised 7,000 Euro and handed the cheque in person to the CEO of Wings for Life, Anita Gerhardter.


Lucy Tarrant won a ballot place and decided to run the London Marathon for Wings for Life after hearing about us through the Wings for Life World Run. She raised over 340 Euro in sponsorship and wore her top proudly with her medal.

Dom Tranquille has friends who have been spinal cord injured through traffic and sports accidents and so decided to race for 24 hours in the British Universities Karting Championship, to raise 330 Euro for us.

At the beginning of October the annual charity event for Wings for Life was held from the Austrian college of higher education ‘FH Joanneum’. The students raised 5,800 Euro with different fundraising-activities including charity football matches and drinks stalls. 


Greg Shone and Tom Drewett organised a charity Brum Varsity rugby match between the University of Birmingham Men’s 1st Team and the University of Birmingham Medic’s XV. The game was supported by over a thousand spectators and there was music and a BBQ to celebrate the event and the win by the University Men’s XV team. The game raised over 410 Euro in donations.


Sarah Thake had an accident abroad and broke her back, damaging her spinal cord and was unable to move her feet. Following operations, Sarah takes 4th August 2014 as the day of the real start of her recovery as she learnt to roll on her side, sit up and slowly walk again. She decided that, “… there seemed no better way to mark the anniversary on 4th August 2015, than with walking 10 miles for charity.” Her family and friends supported her and Sarah has raised over 2,700 Euro in donations.


John Lidster’s Atelier Gallery in Leigh-on-sea got people dancing during the summer with a Martini and Music afternoon. The afternoon raised 245 Euro for Wings for Life with gallery owner John, continuing to fundraise.

Matt Clifford introduced Wings for Life into the student world this Summer at the University of Surrey campus fayre. Local sellers organised games and activities for students to get involved with and subsequently donated a percentage of their sales to help find a cure for spinal cord injury. A grand total of 750 Euro was raised.

James Sanna and Thomas Adams took on the Swansea Half Marathon as part of Team Henry. Henry is a close friend who suffered a spinal cord injury at the beginning of this year which has left him paralysed from the waist down. The boys collected donations of more than 9,550 Euro for Wings for Life.

This year’s Ealing Half Marathon saw our supporter Danielle Aspital finishing it in a personal best of 1:47:39.  Danielle has raised 613 Euro and is still collecting.

Having learnt about Wings for Life, students at Waidhofen/Ybbs in Austria wanted to include raising awareness amongst teenagers of spinal cord injury in their school leavers activities. They organised a ‘kick-up’ game which local companies sponsored and raised 650 Euro


Robert Carrigill completed the Rat Race Coast to Coast in 22 hours and 44 minutes; a lot faster than he thought he would. The challenge was worth it as he raised 885 Euro and is keeping one of our collection boxes in his shop to keep raising awareness and funds.


The AMS Group 40th Birthday was located in London’s prestigious Bloomsbury Ballroom and AMS Group kindly chose Wings for Life to be the charity partner of their 40th birthday celebrations. Bidding generously on the silent auction items and entering the raffle the evening raised 11,400 Euro and a great deal of awareness for the charity.

Ed Bartlett was one of 100 riders competing in the 2015 Trans Savoie mountain bike enduro race, starting from Val D'Isere at an altitude of 2,800m, and ending six days later in Chamonix Mont Blanc. The route included some of the highest, steepest, most technical and exposed natural trails the alps has to offer and required 50km of cycling a day with altitudes of up to 3,000m. Ed pushed through the challenge and raised 1,715 Euro.


Julie Daly fell from her horse in 2008 and broke her back in three places. She was on bed rest for two years and learnt to walk again during a 12 month period. Julie took part in the first UK Para Triathlon at Eton Dorney, doing the Full Para Tri Amateur race completing a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run. Not only did she smash the challenge, she also raised over 14,975 Euro for Wings for Life. 


Thank you for all of your imaginative events – every euro counts and 100% goes towards to spinal cord research. Are you interested in getting involved and fundraising? Find out more here.