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125 Challenge

In celebration of 125 years supporting vulnerable children, I CAN has launched the 125 Challenge. As an individual, you can take part in the 125 Challenge by raising £125 through whatever means you choose.

To register your interest or for more information email

125 Champions

For groups, schools, other organisations, and extremely ambitious individuals, consider becoming a 125 Champion. Our 125 Champions will each raise at least £1,000 over the next year, and will be featured on our website.

EngSoc at University of Sheffield

Selling Doughnuts

The English Society at the University of Sheffield have adopted I CAN to be their charity of the year 2013 – 2014 . They hope to raise £1,000 through numerous fundraising events including Krispy Kreme sales, a Spiderwalk (a sponsored midnight walk through the peak district), a lecture by renowned linguist David Crystal at the University and much more!

For more information check out their website

Meath school staff and pupils complete 'Pyjama Marathon' for I CAN's 125th anniversary

Girls in onsies

Staff and 42 pupils from Meath School completed a relay marathon in their pyjamas and onesies to raise money for I CAN's 125th Anniversary. The staff and children completed the relay marathon on the school field in 50 minutes, after the staff performed a 'Gangnam Style' dance. As 2013 is I CAN's 125th anniversary year of supporting vulnerable children, the charity is encouraging individuals, schools and companies to sign up for the 125 challenge. Meath School staff and pupil are raising money to go towards their £1000 target as I CAN 125 Champions.

Read more about their challenge on I CAN's blog.

Lands End to John O'Groats

cycling to John O Groats

Congratulations to our most recent 125 Champions - Jo and Sarah took on an amazing challenge for I CAN, cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats. Inspired to raise money for I CAN by their friend Maria, a very inspiring mum who holds down a full time job whilst caring for 2 children. Her youngest son, Theo is only 5 but he suffers from severe communication difficulties.

Maria told Jo and Sarah that she had entered a charity cycle ride to raise money for the charities that support children with smililar difficulties.  Sarah and Jo decided to join Maria, to support her in this challenge. They chose the charity I CAN in consultation with Maria as I CAN specialise in children's speech development. Jo and Sarah relished the challenge and put in serious training, they called their team: Thunder Thighs because as they trained, they did not lose weight, but just seemed to be gaining it on quads/hamstrings/calf muscles. They completed the challenge on the 6th October and managed to raise an incredible £2,267.19!

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Jonothan Wright, I CAN Communication Advisor


Jonothan has decided to really push himself to the limit in his role as a 125 Champion! On 12th October Jonothan will be completing the Todmorden Triathlon Challenge in aid of the 125 Challenge. The Challenge – which he has created to take in the key landmarks of his home area whilst keeping to the 125 theme - will include a 1.25km open water swim, 100km bike ride and a 25km off-road run all in one day!

To find out more about Jonothan's Triathlon or to sponsor him, visit his Just Giving page.

Emma Grant-Thorold, Royal Parks Half Marathon

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Emma is being brave and is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon on behalf of I CAN and another charity. The Royal Parks Marathon will take place on 6th October 2013 and is a chance to appreciate the Royal Parks in all their autumn glory whilst raising money for a great cause. To find out more about the Marathon or to sponsor Emma, visit her Virgin Money Giving page.

Arthur Geldard

Virginia Bearshaw

This 19 year old will be taking the stage by storm as one of our 125 champions! He sings a variety of timeless classic jazz and swing songs from Bublé and Nat King Cole to Sinatra. Based in North-West England, he's performed at many wedding receptions, birthdays and private functions. Come to Arthur's performance on Saturday, 21st September at 7:30 at Pendleton Village Hall.

For more about Arthur, visit his website at or visit his Facebook page.

The Wrens

The Wrens

Meet our first 125 champions, the Wrens! This group of 2-3 year olds from St Hilary's Nursery school held a sponsored walk in aid of I CAN's Meath School, with a goal to raise £1,000. They are very proud to announce that they have raised over £2000 thus far! As well as having a tremendous time, the Wrens had their first lesson at rallying together and making a real, positive difference for other children who face greater challenges than most, especially when it comes to communicating with the world around them.

Read more about our first 125 Champions.

Help the Wrens raise even more.

Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN CEO

Virginia Bearshaw

Our 125 champion Virginia walked across the treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay! Morecambe Bay is known for its 'sucking sands' and quick tides, which make this task more daunting than some. With the help of a Morecambe Bay guide, Virginia took on the famous quicksand and the waist deep tidal streams, and made her way safely across the Bay.

Learn more about Virginia's challenge and help her reach her goal.