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Why Guy is a #WishHero!

Guy, #WishHero

Guy Stapleford, also known as Miles For Wishes, took on 13 challenges throughout 2017 in aid of Make-A-Wish, from running the Bournemouth Marathon, tackling Tough Mudder and ending with an epic 9 day cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End!

To date, Guy has raised over £2000! We spoke to him to find out more about his challenges and why he decided to become a #WishHero

Guy in Make-A-Wish T-shirt running through a field

Why do you support Make-A-Wish?

The answer, for me, is easy – I know (now that I’ve done it) running a marathon and cycling the length of Great Britain hurts, it really, really hurts, but I know I will wake up the next day and I feel better.

Some children don’t always get the chance of feeling okay tomorrow and that is something that hurts me, I can’t explain why, but it does. So to push my body a little bit in order to create some smiles was an opportunity I wanted to take.

Guy taking a selfie by Lands End sign

It’s also a combination of things, based on my own moral values;

  • I believe in fairness – what I mean by that is we all have a responsibility to act as a decent human beings, to act towards a greater, common good. So for me, fairness is about giving something back to those with the greatest need.
  • For children and young people, life shouldn’t be anything but magical – life-threatening conditions can strip the normality from a whole family’s life. Granting a wish can restore that innocence and childish wonder, but more than that it gives back control and the power to fight.
  • Make-A-Wish and the wishes its grants wouldn’t be possible without the people who work for
    Make-A-Wish and for me, it goes to prove that as long as you have a group of dedicated and committed people supporting you, then anything is possible – they literally make wishes come true.

Guy and wish dad Tony outside Make-A-Wish HQ with their bikes

  • Through the generosity of its supporters, Make-A-Wish is able to grant the wishes of children and young people who are fighting life-threatening conditions. These wishes can genuinely transform lives, not just on the day of the wish but for years after. Read the many stories they share or watch one of their videos on YouTube and you will see why I am supporting Make-A-Wish – the reactions of those children and young people, as well as their parents, is all I need to see to inspire me.
  • The chance to give someone the opportunity to forget the fight, forget the pain and live a better day – who wouldn’t take that chance?

Had you done anything like this before?

I’m not an athlete, let alone an elite one –I ran a half marathon 10 years ago but nothing more than that. I don’t have a huge social media following or the influence of a “celebrity” – I am an ordinary man that wants to do something extraordinary for the benefit of others.

I don’t have a compelling story to tell, no burning reason to put myself through this – I am a father however, and I want a better world for my two children and for me that means being the change I want to see in this world – I want to do something that matters, something better, something that makes a difference, something that has the power to literally change lives.

Guy in a blue wig with his 2 young girls holding up their medals

Every child deserves the happiness and fun of being a child. Not being a patient, not defined by illness or disability – Make-A-Wish help let these children be children and to me that is extraordinary and is something worth pushing for.

What next?

I love Make-A-Wish and what they do and I will continue to be an active supporter and fundraiser for them, how could I not be after what has been an amazing year?

Collage of 9 pictures of Guy doing his challenges

This year, I’m planning to take on some new challenges, which I think will test me in new ways and that are unique enough to be able to help generate interest and therefore more funds for Make-A-Wish.

These include a variety of cycles and the Welsh 3000s, one of the hardest classic walking challenges with the aim of walking all fifteen 3,000 ft peaks in Wales in 24 hours!

Feeling inspired? Be a #WishHero like Guy by signing up to a challenge this year!

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