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Ordinary people doing the extraordinary

On his BBC WM Your Space show Donato Esposito talks to local ordinary people about their motivation to do extraordinary physical challenges in aid of charity.

Donato in Peru

Donato on a Peru Inca trail trek

Donato Esposito has always found time to help people less fortunate than himself both professionally and on a voluntary basis. From taking local children from care homes swimming to helping out at bingo at the local hospices for the elderly.

Over the years Donato has taken part and organised many charity events from Red Nose Days, cycling 120 miles from Bristol to London on 8 consecutive years, to taking part in the London Boat race which is 23 miles from Richmond to Greenwich.

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation

Biggest challenge yet

After his youngest brother Pietro had suffered a heart attack, which he fortunately survived, it prompted him to look into the work that The British Heart Foundation do. Having discovered that heart disease is the number one killer in the UK, he decided to do his bit to raise money for the charity.

Having been fortunate to travel to many countries across a number of continents including Europe, Asia, Africa and North America Donato wanted to take on a charity challenge that involved travel to a new location.

He decided to take on a Peru Inca trail trek challenge to raise funds for the BHF Although walking is not his favourite challenging activity, he decided to take on the challenge in aid of BHF. “It was probably the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life, both physically and mentally and at the same time most rewarding,” says Donato.

When asked what challenge next? Donato replies: “ I am undecided at the moment, but either Mexico, China or Australia could be next.”

Life boat challenge

Life boat challenge

Your Space with Donato

Listen to Your Space on BBC WM with Donato where he talks more about his own passion for adventure and interviews other local people who have also taken on extraordinary physical challenges in aid of charity.

On the show he talks to:

Kate Mitchell (former Birmingham University Student now British Heart Foundation Project Manager)
Blind Dave Healey - The Marathon man!
Cyclist - Juanita Williams raises money for Macmillian Cancer support/has cycled thousands of miles in many trips across the world
Stephen Symth - A Marine underwriter/who has done the Great London River Race/ whitewater rafting for RNLI

Create your own Your Space show on BBC WM

Individuals, community groups, local artists and students living in Birmingham and the Black Country can get involved with "Your Space" on BBC WM.


Originally broadcast on BBC WM every Sunday night, "Your Space" is now hosted on the BBC Birmingham and Black Country websites. The programmes produced include the broadest possible range of material, so you can be creative, unconventional, or just be yourself – ALL ideas are welcome.

Previous radio experience is not essential. However, submissions from existing community radio projects are encouraged, as is pre-produced material. Once a programme or feature idea has been selected, technical and production support can be provided by BBC WM where required.

Find out more how you can get involved with Your Space

last updated: 10/06/2008 at 15:12
created: 06/06/2008

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