Adam’s team effort for two great causes
Stopping at no less than seven different locations along the way, father-of one, Adam Kerry, 46, of Bodiam Road in Sandhurst, with the support of friends and family is set to push a 3.5 tonne lorry for 21 miles in aid of The Stroke Association and Chestnut House Children’s Hospice.
On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August, Adam and his incredible team of 40 volunteers will be pushing the lorry from its starting point at the Cramp Club in Cranbrook all the way to The Swan in Sandhurst, via Sissinghurst, Biddenden, Tenterden and Rolvenden.
Now on his fourth fundraising mission for the Stroke Association and various other charities, Adam has already raised more than £67,000. His determination to raise much needed funds for charity began when his father Tony had an initial stroke in 2001 with devastating consequences. When Tony died in 2011, Adam decided to honour his father’s memory and his long-standing fundraising tradition of pushing and pulling heavy items for charity, by starting this extraordinary and increasingly ambitious push of different forms of transport.
Adam said ‘My dad will always by my hero. I admired him hugely and have such fond memories. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about him. The impact that a stroke has on a person can be devastating often fatal. In the case of my father it did both, it stole his mobility and life’.
‘Dad was a kind-hearted and generous man. He was sociable and loved his community. It was him that taught me the importance of giving back and supporting those who were less fortunate’.
‘He was full of quirky and fun ideas for raising money, but was mostly known for pushing and pulling heavy items. As the years went by his ideas became increasingly adventurous and challenging. He and a friend, Tony Relf, who is still part of the team to this day started by pushing a piano from the White Hart in Newenden to the Swan in Sandhurst. Then with the help of the local football team they pushed a bed from the Houses of Parliament to Sandhurst and on the next occasion a bed from Brighton back to the village. All of us that are now involved have and remain determined to continue his legacy’.
In 2012 the team were brave and pushed a boat to raise £11,000 for the Stroke Association. Two years later they took on a tractor and raised an impressive £23,000 which was equally divided between the Stroke Association and Cancer Research. Then in 2016 a whopping £33,000 was received in donations when they hauled a helicopter, with proceeds being split between the Stroke Association and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance.
‘This year I am again supported by the most incredibly dedicated group of friends and family, who help me in remembering dad while raising essential funds for charity’.
‘It’s going to be quite an event and all the proceeds are going to two very good causes, so we hope people will join us along the way to give us some encouragement and donate generously so that we can again beat our record’.
To sponsor Adam and his team please go to – http://www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LorryPush
To find out the details and location maps about their start, stop and finishing points along the route please check the links below (times are approximate)
Start – Saturday 25th August – Cramp Club, Cranbrook – 9.00 a.m.
Stop 1 – Saturday 25th August – Milk House, Sissinghurst – 10.00 a.m.
Stop 2 – Saturday 25th August – Three Chimneys, Biddenden – 1.00 p.m.
Stop 3 and last for the day – Saturday 25th August – Red Lion, Biddenden – 3.00 p.m.
Start – Sunday 26th August – London Beech Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, Tenterden – 9.00 a.m.
Stop 1 – Sunday 26th August – White Lion, Tenterden – 10.00 a.m.
Stop 2 – Sunday 26th August – The Star, Rolvenden – 12.30 p.m.
Stop 3 and final one – Sunday 26th August – The Swan, Sandhurst 3.00 p.m.
Words by Emma Wood – Big WOW founder
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