One life. Live it and make a difference

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Shane Goodwin is a divisional manager for our corporate partners – Dreams. He is on a mission to raise as much money as possible for The Fostering Network this year.

Sheffield born, and Wednesday ‘til I die, I’m now 44 and consider myself to be a lucky father of two healthy young daughters.

During life’s journey, I have learnt that there is no rule book or guaranteed successes. I have met some inspiring people and heard some moving stories and now, more than ever as a father, I truly appreciate life.

I have a real sense of purpose based on the outlook of: ‘One life. Live it and make the difference.’

This year I’m fundraising to support the work of The Fostering Network and in March this year I ran The Paris Half Marathon.

Every 20 minutes a child comes into foster care somewhere in the UK, and there are over 64,000 children and young people living with fostering families at the moment. The Fostering Network offers support and advice to those who care and support fostered children so that these children can enjoy fulfilling lives.

I have decided to take on a personal challenge and raise £10,000 for this fantastic charity. So far I am proud to have raised £4,002 from The Paris Half Marathon. I personally fund all my travel costs and entry fees, so that every penny that I raise goes to the charity.

I’ve signed up for another three charity fundraising events this year in order to exceed my target:

  1. The National Three Peaks
  2. The Great North Run
  3. The Sheffield 10k – which I will be running with my wife to be, Emily (we get married on 19 May), and it will be her first ever 10k!

Being a Yorkshireman, I live by the mantra: ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get,’ so I am now reaching out to businesses, to explore the possibility of sourcing merchandise, hospitality, goods/services that I can raffle on behalf of The Fostering Network and boost my fundraising contribution.

If you’re able to help and support my fundraising in any way I would be massively grateful. If you are a business owner or someone who works for a large organisation, it would be my pleasure to meet you and colleagues to discuss any options that you might be able to offer.

Please email me or visit my fundraising page.