No rest from fundraising Ian

Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava
Ian Richardson with his daughter Ava

FUNDRAISING dad Ian Richardson is throwing himself into one of his busiest periods ever – with six sponsored events on the way in little over a month.

The 39-year-old will not have a weekend off for weeks as he raises ever-increasing amounts of cash in memory of the wife and daughter he lost in a tragic car crash.

And it all starts this Sunday with the 10k Rat Race event on the River Tees at Stockton.

He will tackle a swim, kayak, obstacle course and walking the plank to raise money for the Jo and Mya Memorial Fund.

A week later, on Sunday, September 2, Ian and five friends will attempt to climb Yorkshire’s three highest peaks in 12 hours.

They will try to scale the mountains of Whernside (at 2,415ft), Ingleborough (2,372 ft) and Pen-y-ghent (2,277 ft).

Ian said: “If the weather is good, we will be fine. If it isn’t it is going to be a real chore.”

His third event is on Sunday, September 9, when he hosts a tattoo convention at Thornaby Aerodrome.

Thirty tattoo artists have confirmed they will be there from 10am “until late,” said Ian.

The line-up includes a performance by a tattoo burlesque group, live music from Hartlepool band Style Selektors, raffles, and an auction with a work of tattoo up for grabs. The biggest bid already runs into four figures, said Ian.

Tickets are £10 and free for anyone aged under 16. Tattoos are an important part of Ian’s life because he has them in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and eldest daughter Mya, aged six, who died in a car accident in August 2010.

He said: “The convention is really gaining momentum and I am hoping to get 1,000 people turn up on the day. This could eventually earn £20,000.”

A week after that, Ian and a number of colleagues will tackle the 13-mile Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields.

And his hectic programme continues with an evening of clairvoyance on September 27, again at Thornaby Aerodrome.

Ian has linked up with a medium from Norton to hold the event which costs £10 per ticket.

Ian explained how generations of his own family had links with clairvoyancy.

“My great grandmother Annie Thompson was a medium for the Churchill family,” he said. “There has always been a link there through the family lines, and I have always had an interest and a belief in it.”

His fundraising marathon comes to an end in October when he runs the Kielder 10k run on October 6.

Ian runs an online retail firm on Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool.

He also won an Award For Inspiration in the Mail’s first Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

The dad to two-year-old Ava Richardson set up the memorial fund to help children who have lost loved ones.

Anyone wanting to support the charity should visit www.joandmya.co.uk