Maximus was just under 8 months old when he passed away in January this year.
His Mum, Sandie and his Auntie Sinead decided to honour his 1st birthday by raising funds for the Scottish Cot Death Trust.
Sandie said, “We had donations given to us from small local companies, businesses and even some famous strong men from around the world got involved.
As a family, we are grateful for the support and counselling we are due to receive from the trust, so we wanted to give back in Maximus’ name”
Sandie and Sinead started fundraising by arranging a Welly Waddle and by making dreamcatchers and wax melts. They also decided to run some raffles and were overwhelmed by the support from local businesses.
Sinead’s husband is World’ Strongest Man contender, Tom Stoltman, so some of Tom and his brother Luke’s t-shirts were raffled. When they proved to be popular, they then reached out to other strongmen.
Rob Kearney from the USA donated a signed World Strongest Man T-shirt along with five signed photos!
Thor Hafthor Björnsson, a previous World Strongest Man, and Game of Thrones star, donated a signed 25kg plate from his latest World Record dead lift of 501kg.
Their initial target of £1000 was soon smashed and the total we’ve received is £5000!
Our fundraising Manager, Marlene Graham, said “To raise £5000 is an amazing achievement at any time, but to do so in less than 2 months, during a global pandemic, is absolutely incredible. We anticipate a significant reduction in our income due to the cancellation of so many fundraising activities, so this donation will go a long way in helping us continue to provide support to families affected by sudden and unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). We are extremely grateful to Sandie and her family for all the time and energy they have dedicated to raising funds for us”.
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