Jamie McDonald, a world-record-holding adventurer, author, motivational speaker, co-founder of Superhero Foundation and Glawster boy from Tredworth has kindly agreed to be our Guest of Honour for Finals and Presentation Night, at Wotton Hall, Barnwood on 21st April 2017.
If you’re not aware of Jamie’s story …
At the age of nine, Jamie's family feared he would never walk again. Twenty years later, he set off to run 5,000 miles coast to coast across Canada.
When Jamie decides to repay the hospitals that saved his life as a child, he embarks on the biggest challenge of his life: running the equivalent of 200 marathons back-to-back, solo and unsupported, in –40 degree weather, surviving all kinds of injuries and traumas on the road and wearing through 13 pairs of trainers. And he does it all dressed as the superhero, the Flash.
Though his journey was both mentally and physically exhausting, it was the astounding acts of kindness and hospitality he encountered along the way that kept him going. Whether they gave him a bed for the night, food for the journey, a donation to his charity or companionship and encouragement during the long days of running, Jamie soon came to realise that every person who helped him towards his goal was a superhero too.
Jamie was a finalist on the Pride of Britain Awards for ‘Fundraiser of the Year’, he featured on Surprise Surprise with Holly Willoughby, and was recognised by the likes of Prince Harry, as well as being awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire and was listed as Independent’s top 100 happiest people in the UK.
Jamie suffers with dyslexia and went back to his old high school, St Peters, at 23 years old to retake his English GCSE and managed through hard-work to pass with a B. Never did he imagine he’d become an author with his book being shared around the world.
Jamie’s launching his new book 'Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero' at Waterstones, Gloucester on Saturday 11th Feb from 12pm-2pm, with 100% of all the royalties going to our local charity, Superhero Foundation, which help families in need.
Kids are more than welcome and dressing up as superheroes is very much welcomed!
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