The aim of balance
Doing good, helping people and spreading happiness is intrinsically woven into the fabric of balance. The business was built to help people and I wanted to expand that concept, ensuring that I link what I do to good causes as often as possible.
As this is such an important part of balance, I decided to set an ambitious goal for the business and for me in my life. In fact, it’s the central point around which everything else revolves. Here it is…
Raise £1 million for charity and good causes through my services and products.
How I’m going to do it
1) Once launched, a proportion of the income from all of the online challenges will go to support various charities. Any free online challenges will have the option to donate to the cause balance is supporting at the time.
2) All future events will be not for profit, with any money raised going towards the charities.
3) If joining us for an event, you’ll also be able to fundraise for the charities, although it’ll always be optional.
Previous fundraising work
Getting Chris active
On Christmas Day, 2017, Vicky's brother Chris was shot in an attempted robbery on her family's restaurant in Antigua. He was critically injured and whilst he miraculously made it through, he was also left completely blind.
As you can imagine, what followed was an incredibly tough road for him and we initially wanted to raise money for him to help him get a tandem bike so he could join us for rides and keep fit. The bike itself proved not to be ideal and the logistics of getting someone out riding with him meant that it was just a step too far that early in his recovery.
Instead, we put the money towards a gym membership and PT sessions at his local gym to help him build his fitness and confidence again. He regularly goes for workouts now and even runs on the treadmill. His determination to try new things and rebuild his social life is more inspiring to us than he realises. He's been to ukulele club, pub quizzes, walks every day, does his own home workouts and has recently joined jamming sessions where he plays his guitar and sings. He's recently started running too.
You helped us raise £740 for Chris. Thank you.
Penny Brohn UK
Sometimes our fund-raising efforts are on a smaller scale. Last year we ran a weekend course for PT's and chose to deliver it from the HQ of Penny Brohn UK here in Bristol. That way we knew that our venue hire costs and any money our learners spent would go towards the charity.
We're continuing to support them this year by donating a prize for their annual Long Table Lunch event.
You helped us put £700 towards Penny Brohn's great work
Doing it for Dexter
In 2015, Vicky, myself, Tom and Simon took on a range of challenges to raise money for Genetic Alliance UK. This was because Tom's wonderful son Dexter was born with a rare genetic disorder which affects him in a variety of ways, bringing lots of challenges to the families' life. We wanted to support the great work Genetic Alliance do in bringing together research and funding for a range of rare genetic disorders. This included running a marathon, cycling from London to Brussels and completing the Three Peaks and cycling the 450-miles in between over four days.