5 Craziest charity endeavours
1. Crossing the Irish Sea in a ... hamster wheel
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In 2012, Chris Todd attempted to cross the Irish Sea, from Wales to Ireland, on board a giant human hamster wheel, designed and built by himself. Having already run six marathons in six days in the burning heat of the Gobi desert, as well as trekking across the Arctic Circle, Chris was no stranger to insane charity endeavours, and was getting very successful at it. The hamster wheel worked well, but proved to be too tame for the Irish Sea. Chris stopped just short of halfway through his 66 mile journey, but he has vowed to return and conquer.
2. 100 marathons in 100 days
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2012 proved to be an especially crazy year for fund raisers, as UK man, Mathew Loddy ran 100 marathons in 100 days for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and St. Francis' Hospice. Beginning in the Algarve, Portugal, Mr. Loddy eventually finished by completing the London Marathon. He ended up in hospital multiple times during his incredible 2620 mile journey, but still managed to complete his original mission.
3. Bear Grylls has alfresco dinner at 24,000 feet
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4. Stuntman relives nightmare
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Stuntman Rocky Taylor almost died while filming Death Wish 3. Leaping 40 feet from a burning building, something went wrong, leaving Rocky with many fractures, including multiple spinal breaks, as well as severe burns. However, Rocky was determined not to be beaten. 25 years later, he decided to recreate the stunt for Remember a Charity. The charity even tried to persuade him not to do it. But Rocky conquered his demons, leaping 40 feet from a platform at Battersea Power Station, whilst engulfed in flames.
5. Living with spiders
Australians are known for their crazy antics, and lax attitude to dangerous animals. Even Down Under Nick Le Souef is viewed as something of a maniac. Nick decided to lock himself inside of a small glass room with 400 highly venomous spiders, to raise money for children's charities. For three weeks he lived with the spiders, and upon his exit, explained that his biggest problem the entire time was claustrophobia.