Jay Barnett, Christie fundraiser

This month, we’re putting Jay Barnett in our fundraiser hall of fame.

Jay started fundraising for The Christie charity when he was just 7 years old. He took on 3 challenges: Great Mini Manchester Run, IronKids 2016 and Mini Tough Mudder.

Now 12 years old, Jay was determined to raise some more funds for The Christie.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on charities like The Christie charity, with countless fundraising events rescheduled or cancelled. Thankfully, supporters have been thinking outside the box and taking on some more unusual challenges to raise money.

Jay is an exceptional example of this. He challenged himself to a gruelling 24 hours of live gaming alongside his father, Jason.

“I really wanted to raise funds for The Christie but when the country went into lockdown I had to come up with something new and challenging that I could do at home.
“I will admit staying awake for 24 hours and playing Fortnite was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I had a lot of support from my family and friends. One of the hardest parts of the challenge was finishing my home schooling quickly enough to be able to start the challenge on time!
“The Christie has helped our family and friends in lots of different ways, so I wanted to do something to help other families as much as I could. I will keep thinking of other ways I can challenge myself in the future to help others.”

- Jay Barnett, Christie fundraiser

Jay set himself a fundraising target of £50 but managed to smash this with an incredible £360. Thanks so much Jay – we think you’re incredible!

Would you like to fundraise for The Christie charity? Speak to the charity team on 0161 446 3988 or see how you can get involved with fundraising.