‘THIS award is for the whole of Uttoxeter’ said the brother of Lisa Oldham after collecting a gong for a mammoth fund-raising effort in her memory following a devastating house fire.
Glyn Douglas proudly received the Extreme Fund-raiser of the Year award at the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Recognition Awards and Charity Ball after he handed over more than £33,000 following the Three Peaks for Lisa challenge.
The challenge was organised following the death of the beloved mother-of-two, who died after a blaze at her Wood Lane home.
The challenge raised £101,000 which was then split between the Midlands Air Ambulance Dove Valley Community First Responders and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, but Mr Douglas said this would not have been possible without the ‘people who got behind us’.
The 36-year-old told The Advertiser: “I was very surprised and shocked and also extremely honoured to collect the award for the Extreme Fun-raiser of the year.
“However, I am just the focal point as this is really down to all the people who supported us as the whole of Uttoxeter really got behind us.
“We had people organising individual fund-raising events across the town and I had people contacting me asking if we minded them raising money for the challenge.
“The people of Uttoxeter and surrounding areas should take great pride in the award given. Uttoxeter as a community really got behind us every step of the way and we will be forever grateful for them doing that and so will the charities.
“I had no idea we would win anything as we were invited by Jo Bailey, the fund-raising manager, and we were told we had been nominated but we didn’t expect to win.”
Mr Douglas, of Kiddlestitch on the outskirts of Uttoxeter, joined 500 guests who attended the ball at Edgbaston Stadium, as they helped to raise £80,000 for the life saving service. Among the famous faces who attended were rugby star Mike Tindall MBE, Paralympic and Olympic stars, Lee Pearson MBE OBE CBE Zac Purchase MBE, Jane Sixsmith MBE, David Stone MBE, Ryan Cockbill and Mickey Bushell MBE, with Phil Upton as the compere for the evening.
Mr Doulgas was presented with the award by ambassador Ryan Cockbill and sponsor Nick Whale from Silverstone Auctions.
Mrs Oldham died as she tried to light a bio-ethanol burner at her home back in 2012 and bravely battled for life for more than a week before passing away.
The challenge for the family was organised as a way to deal with the grief and say thank you to the charities who tried to save her.
Mr Douglas added: “We originally hoped to raise £15,000 so we could give £5,000 to each of the three charities which tried to save Lisa.
“The amount we raised was excellent and a lot more than we expected, everyone really got behind us. It was unbelievable.
“The Three Peaks for Lisa challenge helped me to channel my grief into something positive and it has helped in the two years after Lisa’s death.
“We have got nothing else planned in the short term but I hope to climb Kilimanjaro in the next couple of years as it is something I have always wanted to do.”
The charity has revealed the money raised was used to fund 14 life-saving missions which costs £2,500 each time.