RAM Foundation to track epic 2,342mile charity fundraising drive

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 14:27
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EPIC: Craig Walter journeying 2,342miles

Supporters of inspirational charity fundraiser Craig Walter will be able to follow every minute of his epic 2,342mile UK charity challenge with RAM Tracking.

The Yorkshire-based GPS tracking provider, who will also be making a donation for every new client confirmed during the journey, are supporting Craig through their newly-launched RAM Foundation.

Craig, 29, a Duchenne muscular dystrophy suffer, is journeying around the UK July 4-16 with his two carers, Jody Gabriel and Debs Robinson.

The trip will raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and Martin House Children’s Hospice, two causes close to his heart.

Taking in a number of UK landmarks, including a trip to 10 Downing Street, Craig’s Charity Drive will be tracked by one of RAM’s GPS devices.

His progress will be broadcast live via an online interactive map for supporters to follow.

Leading fuel card retailer, The Fuelcard Company, have also pledged their support to Craig through provision of fuel for his challenge.

Craig will be presented with a Diesel Advance pre-pay fuel card which he will be able to use along his route.

Chris McClellan, CEO and Co-Founder of RAM Tracking, said: “At RAM we have a strong commitment to supporting charitable causes, whether it’s providing tracking for challenges and journeys or encouraging our staff to take part in fundraising events, so we decided to bring this all under one banner with the launch of the ‘RAM Foundation’.

“In the past, other charity challenges we’ve supported have seen an increase in donations when supporters are able to follow progress via the interactive maps and we certainly hope it will do the same for Craig.

“Craig is a true inspiration, refusing to let his condition stop him living his life to the full.

“It just goes to show that anything is possible with a lot of hard work, determination and true Yorkshire grit.

“I’d urge everyone to dig deep and help support Craig in reaching his fundraising target, we wish him the very best for his journey.”

Diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy – a condition which causes muscles to waste and weaken – at just four years old, Craig has always been a fearless campaigner.

As part of his journey, he will be meeting others with neuromuscular conditions to highlight the inconsistent care provision in different localities across the country.

Craig will undertake the bulk of the mileage in a specially-adapted van, but he also plans to complete a half-marathon distance in his wheelchair.

His challenge is the first fundraiser to benefit from the RAM Foundation, a charitable giving initiative from RAM Tracking which provides GPS tracking for charity challenges and trips.

RAM are offering tracking devices to main vehicles taking part and required support vehicles, plus online map tracking to boost fundraising and awareness.

Craig said: “I love travelling, so organising a round-the-UK trip seemed like the perfect way to raise money for two causes very close to my heart.

“It gives me a fantastic opportunity to meet with other people with muscular dystrophy and highlight the need for consistency in levels of care which currently differ greatly from place to place.

“I’m so grateful to RAM Tracking for supporting my challenge with the GPS device and interactive map.

“I never imagined my friends and family would be able to watch my trip from the comfort of their homes and offices.

“It will definitely help my parents not to worry so much and gives an extra incentive for those donating money.

“Planning my challenge has taken a lot of time and effort so I’m really excited to finally get the wheels in motion.

“I hope it will help inspire others to not let anything get in the way of living life to the full – I always say: ‘I’ve got this illness but it hasn’t got me!’”

You can follow Craig’s progress here and donate here.

For more details, contact the RAM Foundation team on [email protected] or 0845 203 3222.

If you have a charity or fundraising challenge which you think would benefit from a GPS tracking device, please contact RAM Foundation on 0113 3851807.