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Amazing, crazy or just mind-blowingly brilliant? 34-year-old Jamie Alderton from Felpham is no stranger to endurance challenges having run backwards for 24 hours in 2017 to raise money for Chestnut Tree House. But on 29 November 2019, Jamie is taking on his toughest challenge to date – Box Jump Everest – when he will attempt to Box Jump the height of Mount Everest in 24 hours. That’s 10 jumps every minute, on the minute, for 24 hours straight, with a fundraising target of £20,000.
Transformation Coach, Jamie first visited Chestnut Tree House in 2017. He was planning to take on an unusual challenge later that year and wanted to find a local children’s charity to support at the same time. Blown away by what he saw, Jamie was inspired to take on his first challenge for Chestnut Tree House – running backwards for 24 hours.
Jamie completed his 24-hour backwards run in November 2017, and with the help of his large social media following, smashed his original fundraising target of £15,000, raising £18,000 (before Gift Aid). In recognition of this, he received the ‘Outstanding Individual Fundraiser’ award at the Chestnut Tree House Business Awards earlier this year (pictured, in centre, with Awards hosts, Allison Ferns and Ambrose Harcourt).
Fast forward to 2019, and Jamie is currently in training for his next challenge – to Box Jump the height of Mount Everest in 24 hours. The challenge will kick off at 6pm on Friday 29 November at Arun Leisure Centre, and Jamie has set himself a target to raise £20,000 for Chestnut Tree House. He is also attempting to break a Guinness World Record.
Speaking about his upcoming challenge, Jamie Alderton said, “Lots of people have asked me how I’m going to do this and whether it will hurt. Of course it will, but it’s only 24 hours and then it’s over, and I’m doing it in the knowledge that the money raised will be making a real difference to local children and families who don’t know how long they will have together. Box jumping for 24 hours is no easy feat and the training has been tough, but I’m doing it for an important cause.
“Every time I visit Chestnut Tree House, I’m blown away by the place. My wife and I have two children of our own, and I know how important it is to make the most of every moment. But for families of children with life-shortening conditions, this is even more important. By supporting Chestnut Tree House, I know that I’m doing something to help these children and families, and that makes all the training and the challenge itself worthwhile.”
If you’d like to support Jamie with his 24-hour Box Jump Everest challenge, you can find out more here, and he will be giving regular updates on his social media channels.