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People do the most amazing things to raise money for the causes they love – we've featured a selection here.
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Testing their endurance
Claire Lomas' ride of a lifetime
Having completed the London marathon, raising more than £220,000 for Spinal Research, the unstoppable Claire Lomas decided to carry on. Claire - who is paralysed from the chest down - continued her fundraising by hand-cycling the equivalent of a marathon a day for three weeks.
Our oldest ever fundraiser?
When 99-year-old Eileen Wilson took to the streets for the Martlets Midnight Walk, we wondered if the great-grandmother of 10 might be our oldest fundraiser ever. Eileen braved the elements to raise money for Martlets Hospice.
One man and his dog
Wayne Hall and his much-loved German Shepherd, Jezz, have set off on a six-month fundraising adventure, wild camping across Scotland to raise money for Shelter.
A pre-wedding night to remember
Louise and Geoff met when they were volunteering for Robes, a charity supporting homeless people. When it came to getting married, they knew how they wanted to mark the occasion. The night before their big day, they slept rough outside the cathedral where, hours later, they became husband and wife.
Helping to save more lives
When Robert's wife Debbie collapsed, it brought back terrible memories of recently losing their son. Debbie needed emergency surgery. Luckily, Robert's prayers for an "amazing surgeon" were answered. As a thank you, he's fundraising to buy more life-saving equipment for the hospital where Debbie's life was saved.
After reading the story of the gingerbread man who ran away, six-year-old Charlotte wanted to find him. She asked for postcards with details of sightings of the fictional character, and donations to special care baby charity Cots for Tots. The elusive chap was last seen with Cinderella in Disneyland Paris.
Spread some joy
Once upon a time, a pair of socks decided to change the world by fighting pancreatic cancer. And with Rachel Cooke’s help – she transforms them into sock cats – they are well on their way.
Volunteers for charity Oldies Club are making sure its 14 elderly foster dogs aren’t forgotten by Santa this year – they’re running an appeal to buy them Christmas presents.
Being in hospital can be a scary time for children. Enter: the giggle doctors. They prescribe smiles and laughter to brighten the days of young patients.
Going the extra mile
It wasn't me!
Poor Stephen Tongue was collared, nicked and put on trial – to raise money for charity. Edwina Currie acted as court clerk for this brilliantly bizarre fundraiser, with all “jail or bail” money going to the British Red Cross.
“Unlike the other defendants (charged with crimes against fashion etc), I am innocent!” protests Stephen. There’s still time to save Stephen from the slammer!
The butterfly effect
At eight years old, Nikki Christou’s had five major operations and 90 hospital visits. Born with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), she suffers swelling and bleeding from her nose and gums.
But Nikki’s no ordinary eight year old, and she’s determined to drive research into this rare disease. Nikki’s fundraising for The Butterfly Network, a charity set up by her family for AVM sufferers.
The Dancing Dogfather
One of the UK's top dog trainers is competing in Strictly Northampton - a fundraising dance-off inspired by the BBC show. Graeme Hall, who calls himself "The Dancing Dogfather" is gliding round the floor to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
"I'm a big ungainly bloke", says Graeme, "soon to be transformed into the most elegant thing since Fred Astaire!"
Britain's got talent
Beauty queens take a hike
Four beauty queens proved they're more than just pretty faces by taking part in the 15km Marlborough Starlight Walk.
Miss Wiltshire, Miss Swindon, The Wiltshire Galaxy and England's Perfect Miss swapped their high heels for hiking boots to raise money for Prospect Hospice, in memory of their friend, Tami Brown.
Friends Steph Brown and Sam Bonathon are getting into the Christmas spirit early by skating 25 miles in Santa suits.
The Santa Cruise, which starts in London and finishes in Windsor, will raise money for the Children’s Heart Federation. The pair hope to raise £750 from the long-distance skate event, to help children with heart conditions.
Carl Portman’s playing chess for 24 hours solid to raise money for the Cardiac Physiology Fund. Carl, who had an implanted cardioverter device (ICD) fitted three years ago, explains: “For some it’s the end of the world ... Boom, their life has changed. Chess is a form of escape from the madness of life, a creative and positive one. This wonderful and ancient game has helped me through the bad times.”
JustGiving staff picks
Animal app helps Corin’s campaign
Three-year-old Corin has cerebral palsy. His parents are raising money for The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity to pay for surgery that will enable him to walk by himself for the first time.
Supporters can download ‘Fun for Corin’, a free animal noise iPhone app, which offers a chance to donate to his JustGiving page. Or you can give to his page directly.Tweet
Les Mis V Phantom
In a charity football match like no other, Team Les Misérables will face Team Phantom as thespians, celebrities and ex-professional footballers do battle at East Grinstead Town FC to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The match is part of a day of fun being held in the name of Les Mis wig mistress, Melanie Oakley-Dow, who is battling cancer.Tweet
Spoon player, runner, pensioner
Twenty-five years ago, a treble heart bypass at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary saved Peter Lee’s life. Now he wants to give something back.
Peter is running to raise money for British Heart Foundation, so he can help others have the excellent treatment he received. And he might just treat the crowd to a ditty on his spoons along the way.Tweet
Popstars’ charity wedding page
When Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays and Marvin Humes from JLS got married, they decided not to ask their guests and fans for the usual wedding gifts of toasters and towels.
Instead they’re using their big day to make a difference, by raising money for a charity they care about. They chose Marie Curie Cancer Care.Tweet
Fantasy football fundraising
Chris O’Dowd, the comedy actor who starred in The IT Crowd and Bridesmaids, is encouraging people on Twitter (@BigBoyler) to join his fantasy football league by donating to his fundraising page.
Chris is raising money for Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, a charity that educates men around the country about the importance of early detection of male cancer.Tweet
Comedian’s random act of kindness
When comedian Richard Herring found a fundraising page set up by his namesake, he shared it with his 97,000 Twitter followers. A day later, £2,600 had been donated to the page that’s raising money for Sense, a charity supporting deafblind people and their families.
“I’m absolutely overwhelmed by people’s generosity,” said the non-comedian Richard.
Most popular this year
Vanessa’s campaign to beat cancer
Vanessa Riddle has already beaten cancer once. She relapsed in December 2011 and has been given less than a 10% chance of survival.
Her parents are doing all they can to raise money through Neuroblastoma Alliance UK to fund treatment in Germany. The treatment will take nine months and will dramatically increase Vanessa’a chances of beating the disease.Tweet
Martha’s school dinner mission
Martha Payne’s blog made the national press when she started to dish up a daily report of her school dinner, complete with marks out of 10.
She’s raising awareness and money for Mary's Meals – an international charity that sets up feeding projects where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Just £10.70 feeds a child for a year.Tweet
Claire Squires’ £1 million legacy
When Claire Squires tragically died while running the London marathon, the response was extraordinary. More than £1 million has been donated to her page (including Gift Aid), by over 80,000 people.
Claire’s aim was to “change lives” by raising money for the Samaritans. The unprecedented support for her fundraising will ensure a long-lasting legacy.Tweet