Tri-Ing for a Good Cause!


A Stone mother and daughter hope this summer to make a positive difference to 2 charities close to their hearts. Aimee (8) from St Michaels First School will be doing her first UK Kids Fun Triathlon on 11th August at Dearnford Lake, Whitchurch. Whilst completing a 25m open water swim,1km cycle and 500m run she hopes to raise money for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. It sends gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need. Aimee believes children especially in disadvantaged situations deserve a gift at Christmas time and she wants to see more and more children all over the world blessed through these gift boxes of love. The boxes include small but meaningful items like soap, toothpaste/brush, hair accessories, small packets of sweets and stationery … all of which are wrapped, packed and sent off to children in need.

Whilst Aimee has enjoyed participating in this yearly event with her church, she would love to see more local clubs and schools discovering that giving can be fulfilling and enjoyable. To get involved or for more information Items can be dropped off at Manor Hill First School(clearly marked for Stone Baptist shoeboxes) and plans are underway for a collection point at a leading retailer in Stone High Street as from September. Watch this space for more details!  To directly support Aimee go to Just £2 will go a long way to making a child smile this Christmas time!

Gaye (Aimee’s mom) is training to compete in the prestigious Ultimate Half Triathlon on 18th August covering a distance of 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, 13.1 mile run. No easy feat for a mum of 3 but she is determined to raise the profile and hopefully some money for CHAMPS Appeal that helps children with Hirschprung’s Disease and bowel/bladder diversions. Gaye’s son, Zachary (nearly 4 years old) was born with the disease where special nerve cells, called Ganglion cells, do not grow all the way down the intestine. 1 in every 5000 babies are effected and can suffer with long term problems like diarrhea, constipation , soiling and abdominal pain. Zachary is doing very well and his strong spirit is what inspires Gaye to do this and help other children and families trying to cope with the condition. Sponsorship can be made at