Thank you to all that donated in response to our 24h National Three Peaks and Tough Mudder challenge. We are delighted to say we sucessfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge within a time of 22 hours and 58 minutes and successfully completed the Tough Mudder! We managed to raise over our £3,000 target which is a great start. Raising this amount helped Michael attend his competition in Ireland, in which he performed very well and medalled. HOWEVER, the reality of the situation is, for Michael to reach the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games, a total of £221,500 will need to be raised
.2019 = £155,728.
2020 = £65,728 approx.
!! TOTAL FOR 2019 TO QUALIFY BOTH HORSES plus requirements = £155,728 !!!! Total for 2020 = £65,728 approx !!
!! Grand Total for 2019 and 2020 = £221,456 !!
Who is Michael Murphy?
Michael Murphy is a 21 year old young man who was born with a rare neurological degenerative disorder called Dejerine-Sottas. As a result, he now has very limited sensation and movement in his arms and legs, which results in having no saving reactions, very little muscular strength and as a result of having a double spinal fusion, he now has a metal rod alongside his spine. He has limited mobility and is reliant on his wheelchair to be independent.
He is an aspiring Para Dressage Rider who is a member of Team Ireland and is on course to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. However, Dressage is an extremely financially demanding sport and as such, he needs substantial funding to make this a reality.
Michael is a strong, focused and determined young man who is extremely inspirational. He has never let his disability stop him from achieving, which is evident as he is currently entering his final year at Warwick University studying Biology in addition to being a team member & competitor for Team Ireland in Para Dressage. Why are we fundraising?
We are inspired to help Michael achieve his goal of getting to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. His older brother, James, who tragically passed away in an accident, nearly 3 years ago, was our very close friend since schooldays. Seeing Michael grow up and deal with his disability and loss of his brother, we have witnessed first hand the strength, commitment and desire he has to live life to the full.How did we fundraise?
To raise money, Adam Goh, Joshua Molina and Nathan Molina challenged ourselves physically by completing two demanding activities in September - the National Three Peaks Challenge within 24 hours, and two weeks later, the Full Tough Mudder where Nathan Goh and Michael's younger brother, Patrick Murphy also took part.What is the National Three Peaks Challenge & Tough Mudder?
The National Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) all within 24 hours. The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3064 metres (10,052ft).
Tough Mudder is a 10-mile, 20+ obstacle mud course designed to test physical strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.How you can help Michael get to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Substantial funding is required for Michael to attend & compete in Internationals in order to qualify for his Paralympic goal. Please give as you are able, to support this inspirational athlete. All donations, regardless of size, are highly appreciated and will have a huge impact on his life.
For further information about Michael's sporting career, please click on this link: www.michaelmurphy.org.uk