Meet our fundraisers

Our vital work wouldn’t be possible without support from our wonderful fundraisers. From marathons to count the sweets competitions, if you are looking for inspiration or ideas of how to help, read all about our fundraiser’s efforts here.

Our Great North Run Team – collectively raised over £3500!

A big thank you to Cheryl Nash, Damien Rose, Mandy Gisbourne, Tara Wade, Chris O’Connor, Stephanie Hodgson, Tracy Franks, James Burrough and Jacqueline Warren for an amazing effort

Our Great North Run Team

Our Edinburgh Marathon Team

David McCall-Smith

David ran the Edinburgh marathon in just under 5 hours and raised a fantastic amount of more than £500.

What was your event highlight?

Having a goal and an aim to run for makes such a difference. I had a little picture of our fuzzy friends in my pocket to keep reminding me of why I was doing the marathon. They were great encouragement to press on until the finish

Anna May also ran the Edinburgh marathon and really enjoyed the event

London Marathon

Adele Grange fell in love with orangutans while at Sepilok and decided to commit herself to running the London Marathon. She battled through rigorous training regimes and threw herself into fundraising, raising a fantastic amount of funds to help the orangutans.

What was your event highlight?

On the day of the marathon I was probably more nervous than I’ve ever been. I had put a lot of pressure on myself. Once I arrived in Greenwich Park those feelings disappeared, I knew I had to do it and would crawl if I had to. Up until 21 miles was fine, enjoying the cheers and encouragement from the crowd but from 21 to 25 I had hit the famous wall. I dug deep and thought about all the characters I had met at Sepilok and how much the money would help Orangutan Appeal secure not only their futures but those of other orangutans across Borneo. By mile 25 I knew I was nearly there and just started to run as fast as I could. I knew that this was it, all the months of hard training and badgering people to sponsor me was all worth it, I had actually done it! I completed the London Marathon! That feeling will stay with me forever.

Other runs

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Weymouth Sprint Triathlon

OAUK team member Sarah’s partner Matt completed the Weymouth Sprint Triathlon for the orangutans

Wolf Run

Heather Hopkinson completed the challenging 10k obstacle course and trail run, raising over £400 for the orangutans

London to Brighton Cycle Team

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Alicia Medlicott cycled the London to Brighton ride on a vintage bike and raised well over £700!

Nathan Marks also cycled the London to Brighton.

What was your event highlight?

I had little experience in cycling and had seldom cycled more than 2 miles but I slowly built up the fitness and managed to complete the hilly 54 mile cycle in a pretty solid time. I want to challenge myself more in the future and will continue to fundraise for Orangutan Appeal UK who work for a cause that’s very important to me and they were both supportive and an absolute pleasure to raise money for


Vickie Marks from Warwickshire did a skydive on behalf of Orangutan Appeal UK and raised £195

Maddie Usher also did a skydive and raised £200

Well done for being so brave for the orangutans!

University and School Fundraising

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Stephen Silva, aged 10, made and sold cakes at his school fayre

Michael and Liliana Fryer from Nayland Primary School, also sold cakes at their school and raised £30

Leo Allcorn who goes to school in Dubai, dressed as an orangutan for the day and asked his school-mates for donations

Indra Thangavelu a student from Malaysia, donated 10 Malaysian Ringgit for every response to his research questionnaire, raising over £200

The Opportunities are endless

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Lucia Boyd and her friend Cerys, both 11 years old, walked 10 miles from Bredwardine to the Hay Festival for the orangutans on their ‘Orangathon’. They raised nearly £600!

Ali Miller held a vintage tea party in Slimbridge in Devon, complete with vintage cars and outfits, raising a brilliant £500 for the Appeal

Caroline Tippen held a garden party and her grand-daughters produced a presentation about the orangutans

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Long-time supporters Stuart and Gaye Bradbrook held a party for their silver wedding anniversary and raised £250. Ken and Diane Lott also had an anniversary party and asked for donations instead of presents

Jane Snee organised a cake sale and raised £100. Jane is looking forward to fundraising again for the orangutans with a dinner party.

If you would like to see more pictures of our fundraisers amazing achievements, please visit our Fundraisers Gallery on our ‘Galleries’ page.