We were delighted to become a platinum sponsor of the Testimonial Year for Exeter Chief’s Ben Moon. Throughout the testimonial year, Adopstar staff were lucky enough to attend some spectacular fundraising events, among them a 007 Gala Ball, a fashion show, a barn dance, changing room experiences, pre-match meal and the testimonial match on 4th September 2021. I think it’s fair to say that we all had a fantastic time celebrating the achievements of a great rugby player as well as a lovely guy!
Once again this year, like every year, we had a 24 hour game marathon in support of Young Lives vs Cancer. We started playing on Saturday morning at 10am and kept going, non-stop, until 10am on Sunday morning, with lots of coffee and energy drinks consumed in the process! The whole event was streamed live via Twitch and our supporters had the chance to join us on our Discord page, commenting on our games, keeping us company, and joining in the fun. We had an initial target of raising £400, which we smashed, finally raising £450 which was more than any other year on our Long Games. A huge thank you to all our supporters and everyone that helped us make this happen.
As soon as we heard that this event would not take place in 2017 due to logistical issues, we stepped in and offered to assist with the organizing of it because we knew that Young Lives vs Cancer could not afford to miss out on this huge fundraising opportunity – both from the 10k walk/run and from the family festival that is held afterwards. Not really knowing what we’d let ourselves in for we got stuck in straight away. Among the things that we managed to organize was the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past with the Dakota C-47, the Exeter Chiefs inflatable, Premiership Rugby Players appearances and local bands including The Twerzels . For the following year, we knew what to expect and we set out to make the event bigger and better than ever before. Over the years we have expanded the event by adding cake competitions, artistic performers & dancers, small local independent stall holders, emergency services display by the local Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, a wide variety of games and the Town Crier on hand to support participants. Unfortunately, due to Covid19, both 2020 and 2021 events had to be held virtually. Despite this our entry numbers have grown steadily, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person at the 2022 event, for which planning is already underway!
It was four years ago I stepped into a plane for the very first time and it was for exactly the same reason as this was – to jump out at 15,000ft to raise money for Young Lives vs Cancer. Not very many people can say that they jumped out of the first plane journey they’ve ever been on! Skip 3 years from this date (and many plane journeys without the need to jump out) and I find myself stood on the forks of telehandler, stretched out at full boom of 7m, parked on top of a bridge approximately 7m high above the water of a lake … looking down and thinking how perhaps this might not be the brightest idea to jump however there’s too many people now watching to back down from so here goes nothing … (cue my Johnny Knoxville introduction to the crowd). Big splash followed by several days of limited movements due to the severe bruising and cracked ribs because of that stunt and I now have a pretty decent fear of heights which never before existed, alongside a new sense of self-preservation!
When the opportunity to do another skydive presented itself, I was surprised by the amount of hesitation I had towards it! One cannot explain the sensation one feels when kneeling at the very edge of the open door, wind noise and freezing cold air blowing into your face, strapped to the expert behind you, feeling almost weightless and tilting your head back and to the side to avoid concussing the chap who’ll be responsible for deploying the parachute! Slowly leaning out of the open doorway for what feels like a minute before the push off and the sinking, stomach turning sensation of freefalling out of control before you’re stabilised and able to take in the sensation of falling at 120mph for a full 60 seconds (imagine sticking your head above the windscreen of a convertible at this speed) … before the parachute is deployed, and calmness takes over. Now enjoy the descent and the eye watering, ear popping for the next couple of hours!
Raising almost £500 for the charity – it’s an amazing experience and one which I will do again and again although each time the hesitation and heart rate seem to increase!
Young Lives vs Cancer is a charity which I have been fortunate enough to support and witness the vital work they do firsthand. From Easter egg collections to spending a freezing cold day in a bath full of baked beans outside of Morrisons, to skydives and personal contributions – I have enjoyed every moment and look forward to participating in the next challenge!
At Adopstar we believe in being part of building and bettering the communities in which we operate. We do our best to maintain an active role in our community, so we are happy to announce that we are sponsoring the new home and away kits for the Cullompton Rangers Youth Football Team for the 2021/2 season. Keep an eye out for the team in their smart new kit!