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April 27 2021

octavia butler’s half ironman challenge

In just eight short weeks on 20th June, fabulous fundraiser Octavia Butler will be taking on the incredible Half Ironman challenge for the very first time in support of Horatio’s Garden! 

To donate to Octavia’s JustGiving page, please click here 

Organised by the World Triathlon Corporation, the event involves a 1.9km swim, followed by a 96km cycle, followed by a 21.1km run, a mammoth undertaking and certainly not one to be embarked upon lightly! 

Fortunately, Octavia loves exercise. Throughout the past year getting outside, clearing her head and feeling the positive impact of the elements and endorphins combined has been a salvation. As she writes on her JustGiving page: 

“Lockdown has emphasised just how important the outdoors are and what magical powers the fresh air, sun and even the cold wind can have on us, both physically and mentally (at least for me it has)!” 

“This has really highlighted just how incredibly important Horatio’s Garden is and what an amazing role the gardens play in the lives of those in hospital. Getting outside has been a lifeline for me and that’s exactly what the charity offers those with spinal injuries facing long stints in hospital on the gruelling road to recovery. 

As well as being inspired to complete the Half Ironman by her own encounters with the immense physical and psychological benefits of nature, Octavia also wished to raise vital funds for the charity as it is a cause that is close to her heart. 

Horatio Chapple, whom many of you will know first envisaged creating therapeutic gardens in NHS spinal injury centres to support people throughout their rehabilitation, was a friend of the Butler family and a close friend of Octavia’s brother, Robin, in particular. 

Consequently, she felt that her first Half Ironman should be in support of something that means a great deal to her and her loved ones, as well as to countless others across the country. 

The power to help is now in your hands 

You can make a difference today by simply clicking here and donating any amount to Octavia’s JustGiving page 

We are so grateful to Octavia for attempting this truly phenomenal event and are looking forward to following her progress in training over the next few weeks. 


If you’re feeling inspired by Octavia’s Half Ironman attempt, remember that you too can start your own fundraising story by simply clicking here.

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