Compassion Challenges -Paul Coleman

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Paul Coleman

Challenge Date:

8th October 2023

My Challenge:

In May this year I ran my first half marathon in preparation for ‘the Big One’, well the time has come.

On 8th October this year I will turn 70, so I am training to run 70km in a day, hoping to raise £7000 for Compassion UK.

All money raised will go towards a new agroecology centre initiative in Togo which will help benefit many of the students and families sponsored through Soul Church helping them learn to develop sustainable agriculture practices. The aim is to construct and implement an agroecological centre by June 2024 & teach a 3-year programme of agroecological techniques to 2,000 youth and 1,500 caregivers by December 2025.

The centre will become a beacon for agroecology in the Maritime region and include:• A solar-powered borehole• A dormitory block with toilets• A training room and offices• Staff quarters• A kitchen• A biodigester (to turn organic waste into fertiliser)• A poultry house• A storeroom• An irrigation system

Compassion has ambitious plans, not only to alleviate the present pressure but to mitigate long-term food insecurity. The agroecology centre is the start. Learnings from the centre, the farm school and from savings scheme initiatives will inform future plans in creation care and livelihood work supporting children and families throughout Togo.




Sponsored Target:

Online Total: £6,950.00

Offline Total: £700.00

Gift Aid: £781.25

£7000 for 70km at 70 years


Donation of £50.00 by Mary C

Donation of £70.00 by Denise Wilkinson

Such an awesome challenge, with such an awesome result, for such an awesome cause! Belated birthday wishes and very, very well done! DW

Donation of £200.00 by N & H

Donation of £40.00 by Steve & Fern

Happy Birthday

Donation of £30.00 by Lydia nick and Pete

Congratulations uncle Paul you have done amazing such a inspirational guy you and Linda do some amazing work for other, keep going with all your achievements in life. Much love from us all. Xxx

Donation of £40.00 by Eric Bradley

Well done - a great achievement!

Donation of £30.00 by Reg & Iris

Donation of £50.00 by Julie Prentice

Well done Paul! You are amazing. Much Love Julie & Freddie

Donation of £25.00 by David and Caroline G

Well done Paul you super💫 star. Your determination has had a huge impact on people and this is the start for seeing more transformation in the children’s lives that you so passionately believe in.

Donation of £25.00 by Letchworth Garden City Church

Donation made on behalf of Steph Worrall

Donation of £20.00 by Charl

God bless you!! You are truly awesome and so inspiring!!!

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £50.00 by Andrew & Jane

Well done for doing this run for Compassion

Donation of £745.00 by Anonymous

Well done x

Donation of £70.00 by Benjamin Rogers

Mr Coleman! What a hero!

Donation of £5.00 by deborah

amazing man

Donation of £20.00 by Ully-Lange

So proud of you Paul, what an incredible heart and achievement. Well done 🎉😀🫶

Donation of £500.00 by John and Julie Woods

Well done Paul, hope you've recovered well. What an achievement.

Donation of £15.00 by Lyndal and Phil

Well done Paul! A massive achievement! X

Donation of £20.00 by Caroline Cameron

Donation of £15.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £70.00 by Andrew and Hilary Johnston

Well done Paul. Such a great achievement and such a worthwhile charity to support.

Donation of £10.00 by Esther

Donation of £20.00 by Gillian

Donation of £20.00 by Emma Stanway

Well done - amazing achievement!

Donation of £100.00 by Sheridan Derbyshire

Well done for completing such a mammoth challenge for such a worth cause, to make a difference:

Donation of £20.00 by Josh Lal

Well done Paul! A phenomenal achievement! What an inspiration you are and all for a great cause.

Donation of £10.00 by Jason Skyring

Well done Paul! All the feels when you crossed that line! God bless you!

Donation of £30.00 by The Phiris

Well done, Paul! Such a great achievement and what a worthy cause to support. Sending love from Australia xx

Donation of £50.00 by Wilma

What an incredible achievement. I hope you get close to your target.

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Totally amazing!

Donation of £100.00 by Anonymous

What a fantastic achievement for an incredible cause it is an absolute pleasure to support you Paul.

Donation of £300.00 by Anonymous

Well done on completing the challenge, cheering you on.

Donation of £10.00 by Linda Green

Donation of £40.00 by Anonymous

So impressed with the completion of this challenge. Such a wonderful way to raise money for a great organisation.

Donation of £10.00 by Alin Gabriela Sarah

Thank you so much for being such an inspiration Paul! We love you and appreciate you and Linda 😊😇😇🙂🥰

Donation of £30.00 by Tom & Ximena

We are so proud of you Paul! You are a real inspiration to us. We pray for a great recovery and may the Lord multiply the harvest of all the seeds you have planted with such a great sacrifice! We can see the Lord being lifted up and glorified!!! Loads of love Tom & Ximena

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Well done Paul, smashed it!

Donation of £5.00 by Juliette Kidd

Donation of £20.00 by Candy mccarron steward

You are an inspiration paul. You are changing lives one step at a time .well done. You and God got this!!

Donation of £10.00 by Rob & Susie.

Well done Paul that is a great achievement.

Donation of £30.00 by James & Andrea

Happy birthday and well done on this amazing achievement.

Donation of £20.00 by Tipple family

I saw a post from your proud daughter Wow this is amazing. Well done.

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

absolutely increíble! praying for your success and God bless xx

Donation of £10.00 by Ethan Morgan

You Sir are an absolute legend, I hope I’m half as fit as you when I get to such an illustrious age 🦾 Good on you and keep it up

Donation of £30.00 by Anonymous

Congratulations on such an awesome achievement for a wonderful cause xx

Donation of £25.00 by Anonymous

Great effort Paul. It was great to see you en route! A fantastic cause. Hope your cool down goes well.

Donation of £10.00 by Eddie & Tams Lomas

So proud of you, Paul. We love you and miss you!

Donation of £10.00 by Rob and Emma

Well done Paul. So proud of what you have done. Amazing.

Donation of £5.00 by Naomi

Well done Paul!

Donation of £10.00 by Kiera

Donation of £10.00 by Kate Bygrave

Well done Paul! What an achievement!

Donation of £10.00 by Tina Johnson

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

What an inspiration

Donation of £20.00 by Steve

Donation of £5.00 by Jade

Amazing achievement well done!!!

Donation of £5.00 by Rachel Rose

Well done Paul, You and Linda have also been two people that I’ve looked up to, you’re amazing for completing 70@70 and I loved cheering you on at the finishing line. Keep being the light for those children.

Donation of £70.00 by Anonymous

Happy Birthday! You’re amazing!

Donation of £20.00 by Mel

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Cheering you on, Paul Happy 70th Birthday

Donation of £25.00 by Anonymous

In awe of you !

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £10.00 by Cor van de Pol

Happy birthday to you.

Donation of £20.00 by Steve mawston

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Praying for strength for you Paul for this amazing run and that you will achieve your goal. Have a wonderful 70th Birthday and a well deserved rest afterwards! 🙏🙏

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £20.00 by Ann Marshall

Praying for you . Inspirational Paul.

Donation of £1,000.00 by SOUL Church

With love from SOUL Church. God Bless!

Donation of £70.00 by Anonymous

Cheering you on Paul, amazing effort and such an inspiration! Happy birthday. Love J&C x

Donation of £50.00 by Sheila Jamieson

We support a child in Togo through Compassion so delighted to sponsor you Paul!

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

Thinking of you tomorrow Paul. May the Lord lift you up on wings like eagles.I pray that you will run with strength and joy in your heart. Happy Birthday to you 🎈

Donation of £5.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £100.00 by Donna, Gavin, Jacob, Emily & Joel

Happy 70th birthday Dad and happy 65th birthday Mum! All your training is finally going to pay off tomorrow Dad, 70km… you’re an absolute hero! This money is going to change lives, bring it on 💪🏼🏃🏻‍♂️love the Greenies xxx

Donation of £75.00 by Ryan and Ashlea Johnson

So impressed by this! We want to be you when we grow up.

Donation of £10.00 by Lesley G

Good luck for tomorrow Paul and happy birthday

Donation of £70.00 by Anonymous

You're amazing Paul! Cheering you on. x

Donation of £20.00 by Sarah McDougall

Keep running Paul, cheering you on from afar!

Donation of £20.00 by Elizabeth Green

This is a fantastic way to celebrate Paul! Hope you can actually enjoy it too!!

Donation of £50.00 by Rod and Pam Crockford

Crazy but great thing to do. Will be praying for encouragement and inner strength for you. Rod and Pam

Donation of £100.00 by Linda

You are off the charts amazing, I love you Paul 😘😘😘 Philippians 4:13 🏃🏻‍♂️

Donation of £20.00 by Ollie Matthews

You ARE a runner! 😃

Donation of £20.00 by Cristina

Donation of £70.00 by Jon & Chantel

Every step you take forward gives a child a step forward into freedom! We believe in you. God bless J&C

Donation of £10.00 by Hilary Swift

Every blessing in your challenge, Paul - you are truly amazing!

Donation of £50.00 by Christine and Les

We are full of admiration for what you are taking on paul, good luck and our very best wishes. Xx

Donation of £100.00 by Mark Price

Well done Paul 👍

Donation of £10.00 by David Duell

What a fantastic endeavour - good luck!

Donation of £10.00 by Mo & Terry

Donation of £25.00 by Emma Robinson

Just amazing - best of luck!

Donation of £70.00 by Anonymous

You can do it!

Donation of £10.00 by Ben

Good luck! Amazing achievement!

Donation of £40.00 by Sandra & Michael

Good Luck Paul, hope all goes well, we’ll be thinking of you

Donation of £100.00 by Adrian T

Well done Paul ! You’re simply amazing

Donation of £50.00 by Barry & Mary

Hope I don’t need to carry you across the finishing line!! Best of wishes from your older brother & sister-law.

Donation of £20.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £20.00 by Bryn Frere-Smith

Go get it Paul!!

Donation of £50.00 by Mr Malcolm Springall

We are so please to donate to Paul and Linda for such a good cause. This is not an easy challenge

Donation of £50.00 by Anonymous

You’re amazing Paul, go for it

Donation of £20.00 by Sheila Boniface

What an inspiration-good luck for it all. Sheila

Donation of £5.00 by Kathryn Miles

Good luck!

Donation of £20.00 by Funke Badmus

What an inspiration! Wishing you good luck!

Donation of £25.00 by Maureen Vaissiere

Donation of £100.00 by Derek

Keep going, don’t give up

Donation of £40.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £15.00 by Antony Jones

Donation of £10.00 by Hayley Brown

Donation of £25.00 by Tim Robertson

Well done Paul - we are proud of you and your commitment to the cause. You and Linda are amazing!

Donation of £10.00 by David Beech

Hope u make a quick recovery. Love to Linda.

Donation of £70.00 by Anonymous

Well done for taking on this challenge

Donation of £30.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £70.00 by Yvonne & Jessica. Cain

So inspirational- Go Paul 🎉🎉🎉

Donation of £20.00 by Steph Worrall

You're an inspiration Paul! All best wishes for the last of your training and the big day.

Donation of £25.00 by Emily Mullender

Amazing work Paul! All the best with your training and the big run

Donation of £40.00 by Anonymous

Philippians 4:13

Donation of £30.00 by Anonymous

Donation of £10.00 by Colin R Woods

Paul It’s amazing what you are doing on your 70th for a great cause And I know you will smash it for a great cause Backing you all the way Best wishes Colin

Donation of £100.00 by Caroline Pitchers

What an inspiration you are Paul. The passion you have for this project is phenomenal. Praying for your venture. What a way to celebrate your birthday, doing something so amazing for others. God bless you. Xxx

Donation of £30.00 by Sheila Vollar

Donation of £15.00 by Anonymous

Go for it Paul 👟

Donation of £95.00 by Anonymous

You’re amazing, go for it 🏃🏻‍♂️

Donation of £20.00 by Sandie H

Inspirational Paul. Cheering you on xx

Donation of £15.00 by Faye

Donation of £20.00 by Hilary Swift

Every blessing, Paul - you are a huge inspiration to me and many others!

Donation of £50.00 by Helen Coleman (junior!)

Wow! Seriously impressive challenge for a great cause. Good luck with the training.

Donation of £20.00 by Steve Yeates

Good luck Paul 👍x

Donation of £75.00 by Adam & Sarah

Go for it Paul! You are amazing!

Donation of £70.00 by Rob and Hannah

Fantastic cause, what an amazing thing you are doing! All the best for the training.

Donation of £20.00 by Sue Hall

Good luck Paul you’ll smash this x

Donation of £70.00 by Steve & Fern

Brilliant job Paul. We have every confidence that you can pull it off. Such an amazing cause.

Donation of £25.00 by Alan and Katy

Go for it Paul, your awesome

Donation of £25.00 by Jill Watkinson

Bless you Paul

Donation of £10.00 by Anonymous

You're a legend!!