Tom’s epic 52-week challenge to help Hastings’ homeless


At this time of year, many of us will be planning new year’s resolutions, looking at how we can improve life for ourselves and those around us.

But 25-year-old Tom Rose may be excused from making a resolution this year as he is on the verge of completing an epic 52-week Comfort Zone Challenge, which saw him undertake a new challenge for every week in 2015.

This year has seen Tom firewalking, beekeeping, giving blood and learning the Charleston, among other challenges, recording his progress on his blog at

Hastings-lad Tom, marketing manager at Sussex County Cricket Club, said: “At the beginning of the new year, I set myself the personal challenge of stepping outside my comfort zone.

“To do this I have been doing a challenge each and every week and then blogging about the experience.

“I have planned to do this for all 52 weeks of the year and am now coming up to the end of the year.

“The blog has had over 12,000 views and it became clear that I needed to use this platform to raise money for charity.”

One of Tom’s challenges involved sleeping in a box on The Stade as part of the Seaview Project’s Big Sleep.

Following a chilly and uncomfortable night under the stars, Tom decided to dedicate his Comfort Zone Challenge to two worthy local causes.

He said: “Having slept rough for a night as one of my challenges, it became clear that homeless charities would be what is most real to me.

“Therefore, I’ve chosen The Seaview Project and Surviving Christmas, both local charities, and have decided to dedicate the whole blog to raise money for them as I believe this is very unique.”

Tom had raised £1,038.75 as the Observer went to press. To donate, visit