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On track for charity challenge

FUNDRAISING: A blindfolded Venn practises before the March 10 Gold Challenge

By Trudy Simpson
ACTOR CHUCKY Venn is to participate in a 100m race at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford on Sunday (April 1), to raise funds for charity.
The actor, who plays Ray Dixon on popular BBC soap EastEnders, will take to the track at the east London stadium to raise money for the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT).

The ACLT told The Voice Venn joined its fundraising efforts in early March and donned a blindfold to take part in his first fundraising challenge on March 10 under the Gold Challenge.

It is the UK’s only Olympic and Paralympics based charity challenge, which helps people gain funds for charity.

‘I’m extremely excited to have joined the magnificent team ‘Breaking Boundaries’ under the Gold Challenge initiative,’ the former Footballers’ Wives star said in a statement. ‘I was first made aware of their fundraising efforts through a Twitter message, which led to me having conversations with the team leader Danielle Watson. 

‘After learning the importance of why a charity like the ACLT exist, I’m determined to assist my new team members achieve the fundraising target set in order to raise funds for the ACLT, a much loved charity which works tirelessly to save lives of those suffering from leukaemia and other blood related cancers.’

Venn was among volunteers who participated in a Paralympics session of blind football on March 10, where he raised funds for the ACLT Gold Challenge Breaking Boundaries team. The session was held at Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, in London.

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