Barrie Kitching is no stranger to challenges or to fundraising. The Driffield based good Samaritan has raised more than £33,000 over the years for various charities. He has run the London Marathon 11 times, cycled to Amsterdam and taken part in lots of other charity events mostly in aid of local causes.
Along with fellow postman Mike Parker, Barrie’s most recent challenge was to brave the chilly conditions of Winter 2016 and wear their shorts until the end of the year. The challenge caught the imagination of the public and together they raised £1,200 for Marie Curie.
Barrie’s latest fundraising challenge takes place this week when he will be taking on the Simplyhealth Great North Run in aid of HERIB.
“I would always rather raise funds for charities and families in this area,” says Barrie. “I like being able to see the money making a difference in the local area rather than sending it down to the main office in London. I like to see it stay in the local area and also benefit a range of ages from older residents to younger ones as well.”
“I’ve got all the cheques from the charity events that I have completed, hung in my garage. They are all over the place so when I can’t do these kind of events anymore, I can still tell people what I used to do.”
HERIB’s Fundraising Manager, Angela Gregory says: “We are so grateful for Barrie’s incredible support. We are always looking for people to fundraise for us and know that every penny raised will stay in East Yorkshire and will help us to provide information and emotional support through our experienced staff, resource centre, booklets, support groups and information sessions and so it really will make a difference to local people who are blind or partially sighted.”