60 minute mini challenger Father and son become 60 minute challenge heroes

Jamie and Jacob standing

Meet Jamie and his 3-year-old son Jacob. They tell us why they're taking on the 60 Minute Challenge for the second time.

"Ever since I was a child, the NSPCC adverts on TV have always stuck with me. Even though they were actors the sadness in their eyes made me want to act.

"I used to donate the £2 a month and did so for years until I thought, "I can do much better than that".

"We've done the Gherkin Challenge 3 times, and this'll be our second time taking on the 60 Minute Challenge. I have to go a bit easy this time around as I am recovering from shin splints, but Jacob's a lot more active now and I hope we can reach 5.5 or 6km in our 60 Minute Challenge."


"I take my son to a gymnastics centre and in the free time I join in with him. Sometimes when we go to the park I incorporate running as part of his playtime. Jacob likes me to set distances for him and tell him if he was quicker than the last time.

Jacob training

"What always sticks in my mind is knowing that for every hour I train, a child will be contacting Childline every 20 seconds.

"My son is like my own personal trainer - he doesn't let me take a rest! And on days where I can't get out of the house because of childcare or bad weather, I put on a workout DVD and train at home.

"We eat bananas, Greek yoghurt and honey during training. It's my favourite breakfast. One or two bananas after training usually help too."

"Friends and family usually see picture of the events I have taken part in and ask if they can join me next time, people are often more inspired to take part when I mention that my son (who is 3 years old) already has a medal"
Jamie

Time to get fundraising

Collection box

"I work with a great bunch of people, usually all I have to do is ask them and they hand over the money.

"To help with our fundraising for the 60 Minute Challenge, I've held bucket collections at my train stations, usually in costume - last year I was dressed as a Minion in the middle of August on one of the hottest days of the year. 

"Friends and family usually see picture of the events I have taken part in and ask if they can join me next time. People are often more inspired to take part when I mention that my son (who is 3 years old) already has a medal and has raised more than £500 (including gift aid).

"One day there was a knock at my door and it was someone going door to door delivering unwanted clothing bags I was asked "would you be interested in supporting the NSP..... Oh I see you already do" I answered the door in my NSPCC vest and they stood there awkwardly for a second, of course I took the bag filled it with old clothes and left it ready for collection."

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