After 11 months of braving the wind, rain and snow to raise money for his Grandad, Zane Donaghy’s year of fundraising is drawing to a close.

Eight-year-old Zane vowed to wear shorts every day in 2019 in a bid to raise money to send his Grandad, Douglas, a resident at our Deerhurst care home, to the seaside.

Zane came up with ‘The One Year Short Trouser Challenge’ while on holiday in New Zealand, after deciding he wanted to take his grandad on a fun seaside trip. When January 2019 rolled around, he cut off all of his pyjamas and onesies and prepared to brave the year in shorts.

Zane said: “I just wanted to do something nice and send my grandad and his friends to the seaside. I like wearing shorts, but not when it’s freezing cold outside.”

Aside from wearing a variety of short trousers, Zane has actively fundraised for the cause. He collected £343 at a charity bag packing visit in a local Morrisons, and a further £300 at a coffee afternoon organised in his local Baptist Church. He has received overwhelming support from his mother, Lucy, who has bought Zane seven new pairs of shorts across the year.

Lucy said: “I’m so proud of him for thinking of others and wanting to do something nice for someone else. He has been so brave, wearing shorts in the rain and snow. He’s really sticking to it and he’s so determined.”


So far, Zane has raised a whopping £1,500 - three times more than he originally set out to raise! Zane is excited to give his grandad Douglas a trip to the beach, which he will be attending with his friends from our Deerhurst care home.

Douglas Oram, 85, has been a resident at Deerhurst since May 2018, he receives regular care from our team and enjoys frequent visits from his wife, Sheila. While he enjoys his time at Deerhurst, he is also very excited to visit the seaside with his friends.

Douglas said: “I’m so very happy that myself and my friends can all go to the seaside for the day next Summer. We are really looking forward to it! I think we’ll have fish and chips, and maybe even an ice-cream for dessert.”

Zane is keen to continue fundraising in 2020 and is already looking into ideas for himself and his friends.

To donate to Zane’s Just Giving Page, click here.

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