When 10-year-old Ronnie Shinkwin, from Bushey, was told he couldn’t play football with his mates for a considerable amount of time, he instantly couldn’t wait to get back to his routine.
Ronnie is a member of Bushey Rangers, a sports club based in The Moatfield, and was desperate to help them out in their time of need during the pandemic and decided he wanted to try and raise at least £500 for them by taking on 10 challenges in two weeks.
Little did Ronnie know at that time that he would smash that target within days of setting the fundraising page up and has now more than doubled it to £1,100.
Among the challenges, which are all being filmed with Ronnie wearing his Bushey Rangers kits, were a 5k bike ride, a five-mile run and five sprints around their football pitch.
Ronnie’s mother, Charlie, spoke to BusheyNews about what made him want to set this all up, she said: “During such uncertain times, he wanted to do something positive. Bushey Rangers is a charity-run club so rely hugely on money from football tournaments and weekly boxing income.
“He decided to come up with a two-week challenge doing 10 different things to raise money towards sporting essentials for the club. They are also in need of new flooring in the clubhouse.
“Football and boxing is a huge passion of Ronnie and the club has been on both sides of his family for generations so its very close to home for all of us.”
Ronnie has also set up cake sales as part of the challenges, which has raised even more money for the club.
Bushey Rangers club chairman Robert Heney says they are extremely thankful to Ronnie for all his hard work.
He said: “Ronnie’s fundraising has been extremely beneficial for the club; it helps us out a great deal as we were running out of funds due to the pandemic. We need all the support we can get so this is fantastic.
“Everything was on hold due to the coronavirus, but we still had to pay to keep the building running. We are in the process of planning to reopen but we need confirmation from the government and relevant authorities in order to so.”
To donate to the cause, head to gofundme.com/f/bushey-rangers-football-amp-boxing-club