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The Dynamic duo

Last week we featured 8 year old Sophia Hyde who was running and cycling laps of her garden to raise money for the NHS and then on Saturday we featured the equally amazing Sophie Holmes who was going to complete the cycle and run part of an iron man competition from her own home and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the NHS. Both these events will have inspired many and we thought we would update you with how the competition day for Sophie unfolded.

A slight hitch with the bike at the start meant that the event was delayed for a short while but that wasn’t going to stop Sophie. Sophie was cycling in her lounge and with the joys of technology was able to have people join her virtually. She was also live on Instagram and people were supporting her along the way. As we have mentioned before Sophie has Cystic Fibrosis and is unable to leave her house until the Coronavirus pandemic is over. Our own Chief Banana used his exercise session to run past and also complete some laps of her garden and was able to cheer Sophie on though a window.

With the cycle completed it was the marathon next – 842 laps of the garden. This is utterly insane. How do you keep motivated for that number of laps and the determination to finish is just utterly overwhelming.

We did watch her live on Instagram and the part that we actually loved was the virtual meeting of the two Sophs (Sophia and Sophie). As both have Cystic Fibrosis they cannot ever meet but they are both linked with the inspirational things that they do. With the use of technology, Sophia from her back garden was able to join Sophie in hers and they ran some laps together. Certainly a story of hope, determination, courage and definitely fitness. Of course, not finishing was never an option and at around 8pm last night Sophie completed her goal, a fantastic achievement. Cycling her 180km in 7 hours 29 minutes and then running her lawn marathon in 4 hours 27 minutes to complete two thirds of her Iron Man Challenge. Well done Sophie from all of us here at Banana Crumble.

If you would like to support either of these amazing ladies then look no further than our earlier articles. Congratulations to them both. Sophie still is determined to do the swim part of her ironman but is looking forward to being able to complete the real thing in Austria when the event is rescheduled. You are both nothing but absolutely awesome!!

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If you can’t beat them then do it on your own!

No sooner than we feature one inspiring story then we find another and this one is certainly one that will make your jaw drop. Sophie Holmes was the inspiration being the launch of Banana Crumble and we have featured many of her heroic activities over the years since we have been in existence. Sophie is never the one to shun a challenge despite suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Having the condition with the current Coronavirus means Sophie is in the highly vulnerable category. Sophie was scheduled to complete an Iron Man Challenge in Austria which has obviously been cancelled. The majority of people would say “oh well next year” but not Sophie!!

Taking into account that Sophie cannot leave the constraints of her garden or house then the challenge she has set her self is none other than truly amazing. She has decided that on Sunday 10th May she will do the bike run part of the Ironman from her own house which means that she will cycle 180km on her turbo cycle trainer, but not only that she will complete her 42.1km lawn marathon.  The 42.1 km sounds bad enough but when you break it down into garden laps it is actually 842 laps of the front garden. Having the determination and motivation to be able to complete this challenge is truly amazing. Sophie is raising money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and also for the NHS. Both really great charities to support.

 

Matt, our Chief Banana will be taking his hour of exercise on Sunday and will be cycling past Sophie’s house and we know that he will certainly be cheering her on with this incredible challenge. If you would like to find out more about this challenge then please click here.

We will definitely be letting you know how the Essex Ironman challenge goes. We also know that as soon as Sophie can she will be completing the swimming part of this before actually completing the real event when it is rescheduled.

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Sophie finishes with a bronze medal…

Last week we told you that Sophie Holmes was taking part in the Crossing for a Cure and said that we would update you with how it all went. Sophie competed in the crossing by paddle boarding between Bimini in the Bahamas and Florida on the mainland of the US. Sophie posted the following on Facebook and it really doesn’t need anything else from us other than to say Sophie you are an absolute inspiration and to finish in third place is a truly remarkable achievement and one that you should be so proud of!!

If you don’t challenge yourself you don’t realise what you can become!

Crossing for a cure has raised over $600,000 for #CysticFibrosis, just wow!!!! After the best sleep and biggest breakfast (I had two in one) I can safely say this has been by far one of the best experiences of my life, toughest challenge I’ve ever done and it’s only made me fall in love with the ocean and challenges even more … even with flying fish hitting you mid storm!

With the weather not on our sides and the rain coming down it really was a test of how badly do you want to win.. I will be back next year to battle the 80 miles stronger than ever and pray for flat water so I can race the dolphins 🐬 !

Huge thank you to @travis_suit @lizsuit @crossingforacure @pipersangelsfoundation @saltsupplylife for such an insane adventure and for having me it’s been incredible.

THANK YOU to all of YOU for your support, messages, tags, and donations ❤️ changing the lives for those with CF – if you still want to donate – hit the link in my bio!! Lastly, well done to all the other #cfwarriors who well and truly smashed and showed CF who we are and what we are made of.. #wewillwin #strongertogether!

#cysticfibrosis #crossingforacure #paddleboarding #challenge

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Sophie’s next amazing challenge raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis

Sophie Holmes was our main inspiration for setting up Banana Crumble and definitely the reason we chose to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

We have always featured Sophie’s challenges and fundraising and thought it was about time we brought you up to date with her latest fundraising event and yet another amazing feat that she has set herself.

For those of you who don’t know about Sophie then click here to find out more. Sophie is taking part in the Crossing For A Cure endurance challenge. If you want to sponsor Sophie then here is the link

The Crossing For A Cure is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship that takes paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland in Lake Worth. The event was inspired because of the incredible health benefits of the Ocean for those living with cystic fibrosis. Travis Suit’s (the event organiser) daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF when she was four years old. On the Crossing For A Cure website it states:

“The Crossing for a Cure provided a great opportunity to show that no matter what obstacles we face in life, we can always use the gift of choice to persevere.” 

Sophie leaves for Florida today (Thursday) and we would like to wish her and the rest of the paddlers all the best of luck as they take part and complete what will be an amazing venture. Hopefully when Sophie returns we can get some photos and information about the trip.

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Looking the picture of health and yet battling an invisible illness…

Everyone needs to think beyond the stereotypes and embrace people as they are. So many times you see people parking in bays specifically marked for disabled people. If someone gets out of the car and hasn’t got a walking stick or isn’t in a wheelchair people jump to all sorts of conclusions. People who are disabled do not carry a marker or a flag to make them stand out. It is sad when people do take advantage of this system but I would like to think that the majority of people wouldn’t. The same with disabled seats on buses and on trains.

Sometimes people may appear to be aloof, sometimes they may cut you short in conversation or interrupt. Don’t necessarily assume they are just being rude. There are so many conditions that affect people, their social skills, memory or general demeanour. Life would be so much nicer if we took people on face value and treated them in the same way that we would like to be treated.

An article this week in The Sun newspaper featured our friend Sophie Holmes where she was talking about having an invisible illness. This invisible illness, in her case, is Cystic Fibrosis, the charity that we are trying to raise funds for. We and all our members have seen lots of pictures of Sophie both at our events and on her own fundraising missions. She is absolutely stunning and looks the picture of health. In the feature she talks about when a few years ago due to a deterioration in her condition she was given a disabled railcard and then being questioned at the station as to if the card was hers. She also says that people tell her she should give up smoking when she coughs and are completely unaware that her CF causes the cough and she certainly doesn’t smoke.

Other ladies, all with different conditions were featured saying the same, that they look the picture of health and yet have debilitating conditions that are not obvious to people if they don’t know. This article was inspired after actress Selma Blair appeared at the Oscars with a cane after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

If we all showed a bit more empathy to our fellow humans and didn’t, as the old saying goes “judge a book by its cover” then people would be saved from the embarrassment of having to explain or justify themselves. I think the problem goes back to one of the reasons we started Banana Crumble saying that bad news is featured so much more than good news. The few people that do flout the rules are the ones that make the news and the ones that sadly make us question others.

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Congratulations to Sophie

Sophie Holmes has been an inspiration to us all and right back at the start of Banana Crumble she was the reason we chose to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Sophie has been with us on our journey and has attended all of our events over the last year.

Sophie is truly remarkable and we have featured a number of her adventures since our launch. You will find it hard to find anyone more focussed and driven than Sophie. She has attitude in abundance and despite all the medication she has to take just to stay healthy, she is always looking for the next challenge and adventure.

Here at Banana Crumble we want to help people focus on the good things in life but as we have said on so many occasions so many people pick up on the negative things and find it hard to see those positive things. Sometimes it is just the way you think of something. Quite often a negative can actually be a positive.

Sophie was nominated for The Sundried Health Blogger of the Year Award for 2019 and we are really pleased to say that last week, she was chosen as the winner. All of the other nominees were certainly inspiring in their own right but we do feel that Sophie is the well deserved winner and we look forward to reading her blogs with Sundried. If ever you need to be inspired then take a look at her Facebook page. She turns ordinary into extraordinary and sees everything in such a positive light. If only more could think like Sophie. With words like “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” How can you fail to be inspired?

Congratulations from all of us at Banana Crumble Sophie!!

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The big day is here…

Today. Thursday 25th October, is the day that Sophie Holmes and her dad Peter are off on their charity trek to the Himalayas. Even before the trek has started they have already reached their target of £3000 for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. They are now hoping to raise £5000. To read more about the trek read our previous article.

We know that both Peter and Sophie have trained hard so that they can complete the Dalai Lama Himalayan Trek. They have needed to get specialist equipment to be able to deal with the tough terrain.

We at Banana Crumble would like to wish them all the best for their trek and we hope that on their return we will be able to feature an article about their experience. How amazing to have that special father daughter time in the Himalayas.

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I believe each person has the ability to be extraordinary

Sophie Holmes was the inspiration behind us choosing The Cystic Fibrosis Trust as our Charity of The Year. In a few weeks she is taking on another of her inspirational challenges. The following feature is taken directly from Sophie’s Justgiving page and is a real insight into this amazing lady.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-limiting genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people across the UK. It affects the lungs and digestive system and can cause chronic infections and reduced lung function. Currently, half of those with CF will not live past age 41.The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is fighting for a brighter future for people with CF and their families by funding cutting-edge research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.

On 25 October 2018 I am going to be embarking on a new adventure, a new challenge and following my love for being in the mountains, again. This time I am excited to be trekking the Himalayas to discover the spiritual home of the Dalai Lama! with my true hero and inspiration, my Dad, for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Its going to be one hell of an experience creating special memories together while making a difference.

We will be trekking 65km over 5 days together through this fascinating region of North East India at the heart of the World’s highest mountain range.  We hope to show that you really can experience all life has to offer regardless of the odds and do it in such an unforgettable way – after all, every place you visit becomes part of you somehow. Travel, challenge and adventure truly enriches your life.

Having Cystic Fibrosis I have always been told from a young age that my life would be limited, so I am determined to defy the odds again, and show that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. I hope that this will not only raise awareness of CF because it it still so unknown but also encourage others to embark on their own adventures and live fully.

I believe each person has the ability to be extraordinary – I have my CF to thank for that, seriously, I know some would find that hard to understand -it has given me purpose, drive, passion, and indomitable will. Some aren’t as lucky as me, which is why raising money to aid research for a cure or lifesaving medications is so important to allow others the opportunity they may not have without the funds – by donating even a small amount you really could not only be positively impact someone else’s life to live longer but you really could save a life.

Sophie xx

Banana Crumble will keep you up to date with Sophie’s adventure and wish her and her Dad, Peter  a really successful trip. If you would like to help them reach their target then click here.

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Good News – our Curry Night raised £628!!

Banana Crumble hosted a curry night at our local Indian Restaurant The Polash, which is to be found in West Road Shoeburyness, Essex. Nothing was too much trouble for them and the food was absolutely amazing. In our report the day after we hadn’t actually totalled up all of the money raised. We have now done this and are really pleased to announce that we  raised £628 on the evening so now our grand total is £3755 that we have raised for Cystic Fibrosis since our launch last September.

We really hope that the money we have raised will make a huge difference to people with CF. We thought that you may like to see our photos that were taken on the evening, showing all the fun we had. It certainly was an evening with lots of happiness and smiles. Sophie Holmes was our main speaker with her Dad and as always, she is truly inspirational. Her main focus in her speech was why wish the week away until it is Friday and only live for the weekend. There are five other days that you should be embracing and that really fits in with our motto “life isn’t always doom and gloom”!!

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Banana Crumble hosts its very own Curry Night

June is the month in which the Cystic Fibrosis Trust hold their annual Wear Yellow Day and we have decided that as well as running our own yellow theme Smile Wall competition we also thought that we would host a local curry night to raise some more funds for the CF Trust.

The event was held at The Polash Restaurant in West Road, Shoeburyness, Essex. Over 40 people came along to help add some money to our totaliser and on the evening we are really pleased to say we raised over £600. (We will publish the exact amount after everything has been counted!)

Here are some of the photos from the event showing what a great time we all had. Even some of the Banana Crumble team wore yellow!! There were talks from inspirational CF ambassador Sophie Holmes and her father Peter,  and of course from our very own Chief Banana Matt! It was particularly great to see Matt Pinnock from the Southend Round Table as just a few weeks ago they had awarded Banana Crumble £500 to put towards their fundraising for CF and presented the cheque on the evening. To read about this donation click here

We would like to say a huge thank you to The Polash for such an amazing evening and for some really tasty food. Also again to the Polash and to Mangetout for donating raffle prizes and to everyone who joined us to help make it such a great evening. On the night the biggest cheer went up when the bananas  and the Banana Crumble T-shirt were won in the raffle.