Hospice Chief Executive and Corporate Fundraiser take on 35 challenges and raise almost £10,000

31st January 2018

To honour St Barnabas’ 35th birthday year in 2017, the St Barnabas Chief Executive and Corporate Fundraiser have taken on 35 challenges and raised £9,727 for the Hospice

Chris Wheway (Chief Executive) and Caroline Swindin (Corporate Fundraiser) have spent 2017 undertaking some amazing challenges in order to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice. Their efforts raised a total of £9,727.

Both Chris and Caroline took on a different set of challenges in 2017 – some fun, some daring and some a bit crazy!

Chris said:

“When we cycled into Paris after four days of hard work, the sense of achievement was life changing!

“Over the year I have met some amazing people who give so much to St Barnabas and work so hard, often without being given any recognition.

“As an organisation, we would not be able to support the people of Lincolnshire who are facing the end of their life, without our hugely generous supporters. I know that every pound raised will make a difference, and that will live with me forever.”

Caroline undertook her set of challenges alongside her friend, Becca Hooton. Becca wanted to fundraise for St Barnabas because she has seen first-hand the amazing care and support St Barnabas provides in the local community.

Becca said:

“This was such a wonderful opportunity to give something back to such a good cause. I’ve had so much fun doing these challenges alongside Caroline and can’t believe how generous our supporters were.”

Caroline added:

“I would like to thank every single person who sponsored us all during 2017. From friends and family to local businesses and even complete strangers, your support throughout the year really kept us going and inspired us to reach the 35 challenge target.

“Although I work for St Barnabas, it is a particularly special charity to me because my mum was cared for there before she sadly passed away.”

To find out more about the ways you can raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call the Fundraising team on 01522 540 300.

Here are the full lists of challenges:


  1. London to Paris (300 mile bike ride in four days)
  2. Cycle/walk/swim 2017 miles
  3. Collections/deliveries with our shop drivers
  4. Charity bag pack
  5. Taking part in a cycling sportive (45 miles)
  6. Rilmac Golf Day
  7. Running the Colour Dash (5km)
  8. Starting a swear box (£40 deposited)
  9. Giving up sweets for 35 days
  10. Full leg wax
  11. Spending a day as a warehouse sorter
  12. Judging a cake making competition
  13. Walking from Lincoln to Boston
  14. Working in Spalding cafe as a Barista
  15. Working with the Lottery team on the raffle
  16. Decluttering the house and donate to St Barnabas
  17. Odd clothes day – clash for cash
  18. Taking part in It’s A Knockout
  19. Going on a zip wire/high wires
  20. Taking photo outside 35 Lincolnshire pubs
  21. Washing staff/volunteer cars for donations
  22. Getting a tattoo
  23. Cycling on a spin bike for eight hours
  24. Wearing wellies to work
  25. Castle to Coast (104 mile bike ride in a day)
  26. Serving teas at Firsby Manor Open Gardens
  27. Making a Will
  28. Serving lunches at Lincolnshire Police HQ
  29. Working in a St Barnabas shop for half a day
  30. Carol singing
  31. Helping with the staff Christmas lunches
  32. Driving with Lincolnshire Police
  33. Presenting a 35 minute slot on the radio
  34. Taking a silly hat photo
  35. Wearing yellow to work for the day

Caroline & Becca

  1. Lincoln 10k
  2. Castle to Coast (104 mile bike ride in a day)
  3. London to Paris (300 mile bike ride in four days)
  4. Learning to ride a bike wearing cleats
  5. Hitting the fundraising target of £3,500
  6. Taking part in a cycling sportive (45 miles)
  7. Making and wrapping 35 shoeboxes for appeal
  8. Wearing 35 charity wristbands at once
  9. Wearing 35 different items of clothing at once
  10. Gathering 35 different cakes at a coffee morning
  11. Trying 35 different cocktails
  12. Going gluten free for 35 days
  13. Charity bag pack in Market Rasen Tesco
  14. Charity car wash
  15. Presenting a 35 minute slot on the radio
  16. Wrapping 35 presents in the Waterside Centre
  17. Taking part in It’s A Knockout
  18. Walking 35 miles in a week
  19. Doing 35 random acts of kindness
  20. Taking 35 photos in new places
  21. Doing 35 consecutive sit-ups
  22. Doing 35 minutes exercise for 35 days straight
  23. Trying 35 different ice cream flavours in a day
  24. Cycling on a spin bike for eight hours
  25. Learning 35 Thai words whilst on holiday
  26. Trekking through a forest in Thailand
  27. Watching no television for 35 days
  28. Donating 35 non-clothing items to St Barnabas
  29. Reading 35 different books
  30. Spending 35 nights away from home
  31. Trying 35 different nail colours
  32. Singing in the 12 Days of Christmas campaign
  33. Doing a photoshoot for Light up a Life
  34. Using 35 different gym stations in a week
  35. Meeting 35 potential corporate partners

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Support your local Hospice by taking part in one of our pre-organised challenges, or take on your own! You will receive support along every step of the way!

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