Two years ago, Judith Kirk took on her biggest challenge – swimming 10.5 miles across Lake Windermere.  This year she’s doing it all again, but this time she’s not stopping in Ambleside.  In a mammoth 21 mile, 14 hour challenge, Judith is swimming across Windermere and straight back again.

In swimming terms this is an extreme endurance event in variable conditions and water temperatures. Her training is relentless, repetitive, tiring and extremely time consuming, as she trains twice a day, 6 days a week, with gym sessions twice a week too.  Since January she’s swum about 700km or 435 miles or 28,000 lengths of the swimming pool.

Judith’s justgiving page is here, please sponsor her on her epic challenge:




Last September, Gary Hudson took on a challenge of epic proportions and undertook aweek-long African adventure which took him through four different climates in the process. Kilimanjaro is located in the National Park of Tanzania and stands at a majestic 5,895 metres high.

Gary said of his challenge:  ‘It’s said that there’s a time in life when there’s more to look back on than perhaps to look forward to. Creeping above the 60 mark I may well have reached that point but don’t necessarily agree with its sentiments. I believe there’s still plenty of ambition for us grey heads to consider. So when the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro was presented it proved the point that wisdom doesn’t always prevail and the challenge was accepted.’

Gary and his wife Vicky ran two amazing fundraising events within their local community which raised over £7,000 and then donations via JustGiving topped the overall amount over £11,000.  We’re so grateful that Gary chose to do this challenge for OSCAR’s. The money raised will go towards an exciting new project that we hope will benefit children with brain tumours across the Yorkshire region.

York Trusted Professionals

York Trusted Professionals

In 2018/19 OSCAR’s PBTC was chosen as the York Trusted Professionals (YTP) Charity of the Year. This partnership saw the networking group of about 20 business raise over £10.5K for our charity.

York Trusted Professionals is a business referral network of like-minded business owners who meet every two weeks. The business owners made a commitment at the beginning of the partnership to raise between £5-10K and decided to push themselves through different events. We had a brilliant Quiz night with lots of fun, a raffle, 12 of the members ran the Yorkshire Marathon Relay in October and the “icing on the cake” was a fabulous Christmas party which in itself raised over £8K.

OSCAR’s Charity would like to thank all the members who donated their time, prizes and skills to raise money for us.

Sainsbury’s, Monks Cross, York


We are currently partnering up with Sainsbury’s at Monks Cross in York. It was an honour to be chosen as the local charity partner at one of Sainsburys superstores. We even got a chance in November 2018 to meet the CEO and there has been talk about entering the Yorkshire Marathon Relay in October 19 running with the rest of our OSCAR’s supporters and raising awareness for the charity.

Staff at the store have been fantastic at setting up events for our “Charity weekends” in particularly running a tombola and doing “The Pet Factor” in store. We have had kids bag-packing, choirs and carol singers entertaining the shoppers and lots of great chats to shoppers wanting to know more about us. Our last charity weekend where you can come meet us in store is the weekend commencing Saturday 4th May 2019.

Sainsbury's Monk's Cross


Family Challenge Weekend 2018: Snowdon

The Snowdon Family Challenge weekend took place on the 12-13 May 2018. Over 60 children and their families made it to the top of Snowdon in glorious sunshine, and in doing so raised over £10,000 for OSCAR’s PBTC.

The charity wants to thank everyone who took part and helped, it was a fantastic event, and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone one. Indeed, one of our professional mountain guides said that the climb, was the best weather they had EVER seen on Snowdon. How lucky were we!

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Meeting Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017

Bear Grylls Survival Race 2017

In 2017 we were personally invited by Bear himself to take part in the Bear Grylls survival race

This invitation came about after Bear gave advice to all the children taking part in our Snowdon 2017 Family Challenge. He chatted to Oscar’s brother Sebastian on BBC Radio2 on the morning of our Snowdon walk.

A big group of us travelled down to London and the kids had lots of fun taking part in the survival races, as did the adults and teenagers.

Sebastian even got to meet Bear Grylls himself, along with his mum Marie and brother Lucas – creating great memories.

It was a proud moment to see OSCAR’s PBTC represented with a stand where Sebastian and his friends handed out leaflets about us  and our upcoming events and also raised awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity’s Headsmart Campaign


Meeting Bear Grylls
Meeting Bear Grylls

OSCSAR's PBTC at Bear Grylls race
OSCAR’s PBTC at Bear Grylls race


Dragon Boat Race 2017

Dragon Boat Race 2017

OSCAR's PBTC are proudly taking part in the York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 9th July.

We are entering an incredibly strong team of 16 Paddlers, 4 Support and reserves paddlers, and a Drummer - probably the most crucial job. Thank you very much to all who have decided to join the team.

The event will have entertainment, live music and stalls. All activities will be centred on the Railway Station (south) side of the river between Scarborough Bridge and Lendal Bridge.

Everyone is welcome at the event, so please come along and show your support for our team. All money raised is split with https://www.alzheimers.org.uk and https://www.macmillan.org.uk

Racing will commence at 10am and continue throughout the day to finish between 4pm and 5pm. There will be a total of 36 teams participating, with four boats racing at a time in sets of heats.

The teams will battle it out on the River Ouse (between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge) for the Challenge Trophy and other prestigious awards,  including awards for the fastest Charity Team, fastest Armed Services Team, and of course the "Best Dressed Team" trophy.
The 250 metre course starts just downstream of Scarborough Bridge and finishes close to the YCRC Clubhouse, just upstream of Lendal Bridge. Crews will board their boats from the steps in front of the Clubhouse.

Dragon Boat Course
Dragon Boat Course

The York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge has been held annually since 2003.

Kindly organised by the Rotary Club of York, their aim is to raise £1,000,000 for charities like ours and others in the local area.

The prizes are as follows:

  1. The Challenge Trophy - Presented to the winner of the Grand Final -  along with a cheque for £100 for their chosen charity
  2. The Fastest Times - these are awards for the fastest time in any of the races in which they participate, and are made to the teams NOT winning the Challenge Trophy:
    • The Charity Cup for the fastest "Charity" Team  along with a cheque for £50 for their chosen charity
    • The Merlin Cup for the fastest "Armed Services" Team along with a cheque for £50 for their chosen charity
    • The Ouse Cup for the fastest "Civilian" Team and a cheque for £50  for their chosen charity
    • Tailenders Trophy for the slowest time

To  donate, please remember to reference Dragon Boat 2017  - the money will be transferred to the Rotary Club for distribution:

Sort Code: 40 -52-40

Account Number: 00026548

Our account is ‘OSCAR’s PBTC’.

Please include your name in the reference field so that we know who to thank!

Or donate here:

Complete Fitness Boot Camp 2017

We are delighted to be one of the selected charities for Complete Fitness York’s family charity bootcamp. Thank you very much Paula North and her colleagues.

Date: Saturday 8th July

Time: 09.00-09.45

Followed by breakfast, toy and cake sale

Venue: Dunnington Sport's Club Football field

Suggested bootcamp donations: £5 adults, £2.50 per child

Toy and cake donations gratefully received


Children remain the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times during the event. Please advise Paula of any inuries/illnesses prior to the event in order that appropriate alternative exercises can be offered

Please spread the word - the more the merrier!

You can donate here


Coast to Coast Burnstall

Coast to Coast 2017


Thank you to the team who rode from Morecombe to Bridlington in one day raising over £5,000 for OSCAR's PBT. It was an amazing challenge of endurance riding from the Irish Sea to the North Sea within 24 hours.

The team of five left Morecombe at 7.30am and arrived in Bridlington at 10pm. The journey consisted of 170 miles, 8,000 calories for each team member and an average riding speed of 16mph. Approximately 4000m of ascent, 10 litres of fluids and numerous energy gels each, it was a real show of team work and comeradery. The route followed the Sustrans "Way of the Roses" which is normally ridden over three days.

Way of the roses
Way of the roses
Way of the roses route
Way of the roses route

You can still donate and show your appreciation of the effort via our Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/c2cUltraCycle

Here are some images from the day:

Way of the Roses
Way of the Roses



On June 9th 2017, 100 children, their families and friends set off from Llanberis to climb Snowdon - an 8 mile climb with 1000m of ascent via the Llanberis path to raise money for OSCAR's PBTC.

This was the first Family Challenge Weekend that we have organised, and it was sold out in just over a week. It was a resounding success, with Bear Grylls, Simon Mayo and other media getting behind the event too.

Even if the weather was probably the worst that the mountain could have thrown at us in summer, the children were amazing. On the morning we left, the weather forecast was for 80mph winds on the summit of Snowdon with driving rain and temperatures around 10 degrees C.

Working with a local company, Climb Snowdon who provided professional mountain guides, the event was always incredibly safe and well organised. Unfortunately due to safety concerns we were not able to summit, but the children and their families were able to get a high as was considered safe. Even the Snowdon rangers and an Everest summiteer agreed that they would go no further either.

We were so proud of all the children who showed amazing resilience in horrendous weather, and incredibly raised over £20k towards funding research into brain tumours in children.