In almost 25years of fundraising I have not seen such a large amount of money raised in such a short space of time.
Climbing a mountain is no easy feat, however when Abdul Iftikhar, found out about children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, he was inspired to raise funds to help the very, very poorly children and their families that face such difficult situations.
The dad from Bradford, fondly known as Ifty to his colleagues, recently attended Candlelighters annual awards event where he was blown away with their work and that of the volunteers.
Ifty, partner at Leeds-based solicitors Kamrans, then went on to witness first-hand the outstanding work that the charity undertake in providing financial support and assistance to children fighting cancer and their families.
When he decided to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon, he had no idea just how successful his fundraising efforts were going to be.
Asking friends, family and business colleagues to sponsor him, Ifty’s initial target of £2000 was easily smashed in the first few days on his online fundraising page.
Two weeks later, he’d raised a whopping £7585 to support children with cancer and their families.
His fundraising achievements were recognised by Justgiving as being in the top 1% of fundraisers in December.
Making climbing Snowdon look easy, the eager beaver went on to climbing another mountain the next day.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate and anybody regardless of their age, race, religion, gender. It is for this reason that those affected are given adequate support in such difficult times,” says Ifty.
He adds: “ I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, colleagues and all our generous donors for their unwavering support. I would also like to particularly thank all those at Gotyasize Circuit Class, Girlington Community Centre, Bradford for their support on the day.
“Together we have made a real difference for the children fighting cancer and their families.”
Brian Curran, Candlelighters Corporate Fundraiser said: “In almost 25-years of fundraising I have not seen such a large amount of money raised in such a short space of time.
“When Abdul Iftikhar told me he was climbing Snowdon I expected the climb to be sometime in 2017. When he told me he was going to attempt in just three days I was shocked.
“To see him raise so much money was amazing and we are very grateful to him and his supporters.”
Abdul Iftikhar hasn’t stopped his support and will be working closely with Brian to encourage more companies to support Candlelighters.
You can visit Abdul Iftikhar’s justgiving page to view the updates and pictures. He would encourage you to support Candlelighters by making a donation on his page.