Northamptonshire Charity extends ‘Lap of Honour’ challenge fundraiser as participants think of fun new ways to take part

The Lewis Foundation has extended its virtual fundraiser to run until mid-December

By Megan Hillery
Friday, 27th November 2020, 12:30 pm
Caroline will be completing a 20-mile lap of Northampton in fancy dress on an electric scooter this Saturday November 28 in memory of her father.
Caroline will be completing a 20-mile lap of Northampton in fancy dress on an electric scooter this Saturday November 28 in memory of her father.

The Lewis Foundation has decided to extend their fundraiser to Sunday December 13 as participants have been getting increasingly creative, thinking up new ways to complete their ‘Lap of Honour’ (#TLFLap) challenge.

The Northamptonshire based charity works to provide free gifts and support packs to adult cancer patients in ten Midlands hospitals.

Over £2,500 has been raised so far to help The Lewis Foundation recover from the impacts of COVID-19 as it continues to supply overnight essentials, toiletries and other essentials to people receiving cancer treatment.

The founder of The Lewis Foundation, Lorraine Lewis, said: “The amount of people who have got involved given the challenges we’re all facing at the moment is just incredible.

“It’s been such fun seeing the videos and pictures from everyone who has tagged us on social media and, now we’ve changed the deadline, even more people can have a go.”

Participants have been getting more and more inventive with some horse riding, wheelbarrowing, skateboarding and even dressing up to complete their Lap of Honour challenge.

Ms Lewis continued: “The Lap of Honour is not just about raising money – it’s about celebrating and remembering adults affected by cancer treatment too and I think that is why people have felt so compelled to take part, especially as patients are currently receiving treatment alone because of social distancing measures.

“We kept it fluid because we didn’t want people to feel pressured to commit, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response.”

One participant, Caroline Ryden, will be completing a 20-mile lap of Northampton in fancy dress on an electric scooter this Saturday November 28 in memory of her father.

She said: “I wanted to go all out and think up an idea that was totally out of the ordinary. Hopefully, it will get lots of attention as I scoot around the town dressed as a Christmas Elf with a Lewis Foundation logo stuck to my back! I want people to wave at me and, if they can, donate too.”

To take part in the challenge or donate to the cause, visit The Lewis Foundation’s website. For more information, follow the campaign on social media using #TLFLap.