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Epsom man named as national #givingtuesday charity champion

9 November 2017

The winner of this year’s #givingtuesday champion search has been revealed as Kevin Webber, from Epsom.

Kevin was chosen to be this year’s campaign ambassador for his incredible charitable feats in support of Prostate Cancer UK, for which he has raised more than £200,000. Since being diagnosed with the illness in 2014, Kevin has taken part in a variety of tough charity events, including an ultramarathon in the Sahara as well as races in Iceland, Spain and across the UK.

On hearing that he had won, Kevin said: “There are so many ordinary people who behind the scenes are doing so much for others whilst in adversity themselves that it must have been a near impossible choice to pick a winner.

“Being told that you may have only two years to live with terminal prostate cancer aged 49 was such an emotional shock for my family. And yet starting chemotherapy shortly after was my epiphany that made me realise how much life is for living, and how I want no other family to have to go through what mine is.

“I am doing these challenges to inspire people to live for the day, challenge themselves, do something to help others and push their boundaries.”

Ben Russell, Director of Communications at Charities Aid Foundation, said: “This campaign is all about highlighting the good deeds we can do for others.

“Kevin has completed some astounding charity challenges and we’re sure his story will inspire others to make a difference and show their support for a good cause.”

Eight volunteers were shortlisted in the search for the 2017 #givingtuesday UK Charity Champion, who will inspire the nation to ‘do good stuff’.

#givingtuesday is led in the UK by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and will take place on Tuesday 28th November. It calls for people to ‘do good stuff’ for causes, and the #givingtuesday champion will serve as an ambassador for the campaign.

Previous winners of the campaign include Andrew Davies, who raised £150,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Courtney Hughes who has launched her own charity to distribute Christmas presents to people in care homes in Oxfordshire.

The winner of the champion search will be given a platform to share their story to inspire others, and to show why people should come together on #givingtuesday to do good stuff.

 

Notes to Editors

Household names including Cancer Research UK, Sue Ryder, Movember, Sainsbury’s, BT, Facebook and ASOS Foundation are supporting #givingtuesday 2017.

Last year the event was the top trend on Twitter throughout the day with more than 53,000 mentions using #givingtuesday.

Celebrities and politicians including Stephen Fry, JK Rowling, Emma Watson, Miranda Hart, Gary Lineker, Lily Allen, David Baddiel, Peter Andre and David Tennant backed the day.

It broke a Guinness World Record in 2016 for the most online donations in 24 hours as people gave away £38 million to good causes globally. Online donations raised £6,000 a minute for UK charities with more than 1,600 charities and businesses connecting with the movement which reached hundreds of thousands of people.

#givingtuesday now runs in over 70 countries around the world including the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Tanzania, Russia and Ireland.  Charities and businesses can sign up to be part of the event at www.givingtuesday.org.uk or connect via Twitter and Facebook.

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is one of the largest charitable foundations in Europe and amongst the largest providers of philanthropic products and services to charities, donors and companies worldwide.

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