Photos and Blogs of Our Fab Fundraisers
Welcome to the section where we keep all of our blogs and photos of the Fundraisers who send them in to us. Check out their fantastic achievements by clicking on their picture which will take you to their main blog article.
As always if you would like to be posted on here please contact Jill Lemon, Fundraising Manager on 0800 169 2409
The Christine Wright Charity Art Fair Memorial
This Art Fair Memorial was organised in memory of Christine Wright and was organised by close relatives and friends, it was held over two consecutive Sunday's on the river bank of the Thames during January. Please click here for more of this wonderful story.
Team Pannone and the 'Rat Race Challenge'
Jenny, Jenny, Jeremie, Ryan, Sarah, Libby, Alex & Dave - The team of 8 just about survived this daring challenge click here to read all about it.,
The Fab Five Fayre
Read all about it.... Five Sisters organise a 'Family Fun Day' just click here.
Philip Hardy, Thomas Ravenscroft, Oliver Handasyde-Dick and the Courchevel X-Trail Challenge...
Phil, Tom and Oliver started this adventure with one thing in mind and that was to conquer the X-Trail Challenge in memory of a very dear father-in-law and friend and it is in one of their favourtie places in the world... to read this wonderful story please click here..
Click here to read about this wonderful teams challenge.
Jenny Price, Jo Findlay, Robert Irwin and the Avon Gorge Challenge!
Click on the link to read all about their challenge.
Bridget and Neill Howarth
Bridget and Neill took on the challnege of cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats which they did to raise funds for each of their chosen charities and the Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust was fortunate that we were one of the chosen few. Click on the link to read this wonderful blog...
Dave Wastall & Nick Clarke
Dave's Father Norman was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008 sadly Norman passed away on the 10th June 2012. Dave wanted to do something in memory of his lovley Dad and alon with his friend Mark and idea had formed. Click here to read their story.
Natasha and Mark Wiseman, A Coast to Coast Adventure!
To read this wonderful story blog please click here
The Oxford Respiratory Trial Teams Challenge
This wonderful team took on the challenge of the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk' in mid June, not only did they face the challenge of walking three peaks in a day but also the challenge of the very British weather....To see how they got on click here.
The Sim's Family, Money for Mesothelioma Charity Golf Tournament
The Sim's family have been 'Hitting the Links' at the Barnham Broom Golf Club click here to see how they got on
Frank Bryant Bus Pass Trip to Scotland
Frank has just had his 65th birthday and his wife Doreen asked "what do you want to do to celebrate this wonderful occasion" and Frank just didn't have a clue... he is a member of the Motor Home Facts and often uses the forum and so he posed that question and Jock came back with "Had you not already got your bus pass Frank I would have suggested that you see how far around England you can travel on your free bus pass", and so the idea and the journey began.... click here to read how Frank got on... Frank had several people who followed his blogs and they very kindly donated to a charity of his choice and because he knows Mavis Nye of course his choice was for Mesothelioma UKCT.
John Pickering 10k Run
Daniel Nicholas and the team of 10 took on the challenge and ran in the Manchester 10k in support of the Charitable Trust, to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK.. this is what Daniel has to say! " We know that every penny raised will go to a very worthwhile cause that can make a real difference to those suffering with mesothelioma" click here to see their blog..
Jeffrey took part in his first 10k run after losing someone who was very close to him to mesothelioma... Jeffrey raised a fantastic £462.00. Here are some of the supportive words from his family and friends after donating on his Just Giving page.
Good luck Jeff. Maybe when I am feeling better I can do something for this charity too. Anthony Nash..
Go for it Jeff, we'll be backing you all the way, Tony anne & Josh Jackson..
Run.....Jeff.......Run!!!!!!!!!! Patrick Sullivan.
Good Luck Jeff. Hope you raise lots of money for a very worthy cause. xxJoan Burrow..
All the very best Jeff! Well done on supporiting a very worthy casue! Alex & the boys xx
Go go go Jeff, all the best NVP..
Click here to read Jeff's story.
'Matt's Mont Ventoux Challenge' the challenge was to cycle 300k over five mountains from Grenoble to Avignon including the notorious Mont Ventoux (means windy in french) where the mistral winds can get up to speeds of 320km per hour (200mph) in three days in the mountaneous region in Southern France and he did this huge challenge in loving memory of his Father Lawrie who sadly died of mesothelioma in February 2012. Matt embarked on this charity quest to help raise awareness about asbestos and mesothelioma and to raise the charities profile. He has recieved tremendous support from his employer Powrmatic in Ilminster also where his father worked and the Chard Wheelers cycling club who helped with his training. Matt would like to thank all those wonderful people who have supported his charity quest and we would like to thank him too, we think he is absolutley marvellous to take on such a challenge and his venture has raised £1,481.65.
Abby Rose Reynolds
Abby Rose is just 9 years old and loves doing arty and crafty things. Sadly her lovely Grandad, John Edward Reynolds who she fondly called Uba John, died of mesothelioma on 15th January 2012. Abby Rose decided that she would put her talents to the test in memory of her Grandad and make lots of lovely things to sell to fund raise and support Mesothelioma UK. So on the 7th March it all began, she made desk caterpillars, elephant and lion pencil pots among oodles of other wonderful things and Abby Rose carried on making and selling things until June 1st which was a total of 2 months and 15 days and Abby Rose raised an amazing £25.84. Abby Rose and her family and friends were very shocked and upset when her Grandad was diagnosed with meosothelioma and when he died they were just so upset and sad that she decided to write a story about her Grandad and the wonderful difference he made to everyones life. She read this story at his funeral and everyone thought how lovely it was and that it had helped them such a lot. After the funeral Abby Rose got all the people to write messages in a book which she had made and put in pictures and a prayer she wrote, which she says she will keep forever and will read it often. Her Grandad was in the army and he helped a lot of people and she is very proud of her Grandad and each single moment will be treasured in her mind forever, especially the last time she saw him. Abby Rose truly is an inspiration to us all and her Uba John would be so very proud of her, as her family are too. We are very proud that Abby Rose chose our charity to support and we would like to send her our special thanks. If you would like to read Abby Rose's story please click here.
Gillian has done it, she ran in the Sunderland 10k on the 6 May 2012 and has raised a wonderful £437.73... Gillian did this in memory of Joyce Potts. A big thank you to her family and friends and to all those who supported Gillian in reaching this fantastic challenge.
Patrick and Peter Lewis 'Whitebrook Wind Up' Half Marathon
Patrick and Peter have donned their running shoes to support the Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust and they are doing this in memory of their wonderful Uncle Julian Shufflebotham who unfortunately recently passed away from mesothelioma. This is what Patrick has to say: "Well we did it (and it was gruelling) we came in at just over 3 hours which is good considering it was our first half marathon and there was a 1200ft climb! We know it was the memory of our Uncle Julian who puled us through the tough parts of it and we know he would be so very proud of us as we are proud to raise funds for the Charity he supported. To date Patrick and Peter have raised a wonderful £193.75 and and their Just Giving Page is still open so it's not too late to support their wonderful challenge! just click on this link.....
Amanda Millers Half Marathon
Amanda has once again stepped up to support the Charitable Trust and taken part in the Jane Tomlinson Half Marathon which took place in Leeds on the 13th May where she raised £535.00. This incredible woman will also be running in the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May and she is doing all this for her lovely Dad Dennis Digby who has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma. We would like to thank Amanda for her untiring support and wish her lots of luck and speedy feet for her next challenge.
It was fate that bought Amanda and Fran together and once the friendship was set it started a whirlwind of an idea to raise awareness and support others with mesotehlioma click on the picture to read how it all began!
Read how Joanne got her local primary school involved in raising awareness about asbestos and mesothelioma!
Peter, Jane and Lynn raised money by selling wonderful Christmas gifts at their local schools Christmas Fayre click on the picture to read their story.
Shevaun and Sally organised The Blue Ribbon Ball in memory of Billy Green, click on his picture to read their story..
Louise did it she ran her first half marathon click on the picture to read all about it...
Calendar Girls 2012
An update - Click on the link and 'Read all about it'...Iwade Update
The Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust have very proudly been chosen by Linda and Kelvin Wren as the benfactors of their wonderful '2012 Calendar Girls' calendar. Sadly, Kelvin's Brother Simon Wren from Rainham in Kent died of mesothelioma aged just 48 years old on the 10th March 2011, and Kelvin's wife Linda and her friends set about putting together this wonderful Calendar in his memory. All funds raised will be donated to the Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust. If you would like to own your very own 2012 Calendar Girls calendar e-mail: email@example.com and order yours today. The Woolpack Public House, Iwade, Sittingbourne, Kent will be hosting a Charity Night at the Woolpack Public House on Saturday 19th November 2011, Raffle and Music with Mr Clementine. Go on treat yourself and mosey on down there and have a wonderful night and show your support... For more information contact: The Woolpack Public House, 17 The Street, Iwade Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8SH. Telephone 01795 472656. Click on the picture to read their story...
Danny has done it again and entered the Tatton Triathlon with his cousin Terry, click on the picture to 'read all about it'. To read about Danny and his team's other Triathlon exploits click here!
Cordula Schirmeister's 2011 London to Paris Trek
Cordula took on the task to take part in the London to Paris Biking trek in memory of her dear friend Elaine. Click on the link to read about her remarkable journey.
Luci Heathers Story
Sadly loosing her wonderful husband Dave to malignant Mesothelioma, Linda has helped raise awareness tremendously, along with completing a skydive. Linda is organising a support group in the area of Hertfordshire in a bid to support and help those who have been affected by Mesothelioma. To read Linda's Story on her success in the past year or if you are interested in joining the support group please click here.
Cathy & Mike Baxandall's Kilimanjaro Trek 2011
Cathy and Mike Baxandall embarked on a journey of realising a long held ambition of climbing Kilimanjaro. They booked their trip for this summer about the same time as their close friend Geoff Thorpe had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, sadly Geoff died in January this year, so as a tribute to Geoff's unfailing patience and bravery during his illness they decided to do this wonderful challenge in his memory and try to raise awareness about this disease and funds for the charity. Click on the picture to read Cathy's moving diary of events that took them nearly to the top of the world....
Danny Parr and his Team, Cheshire Triathlon 2011
Danny has once again raised an amazing amount of money for Mesothelioma UK, he did a triathlon last year and again this year he's come back for more! This time though, Danny has recruited some friends, Ryan Parker, Shaun Parker, Jonny Cartwright, Adam Fairclough and Jonathan Mottershead. On 22nd May they ran the Cheshire Triathlon in memory of Danny's Dad Rick.Thank you guys for all the hard work, dedication and support. If you would like to read their story please click on Danny's Link
APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) held their 12th Annual Charity Event which raised £1000.00 which has supported the helpline for one week. Click on the picture to read how the days events transpired.
Ceri Jones London Marathon 2011
Well Ceri has finally done it, she completed the London Marathon in the amazing time of 4 hrs & 42 mins! After years of trying to get a place in the marathon and 5 months of gruelling training Ceri has made everyone exceptionally proud by completing the marathon. Ceri was joined by her friends and family who were dotted around the track shouting support and encouragement. Ceri has managed to raise a fantastic £5,206.28 which will be split between Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust and Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund. Thank you ever so much Ceri for all your hard work and to read more about Ceri's amazing feat please click on her picture.
Chris and Caroline Coast to Coast Walk
Chris and Caroline completed the gruelling Coast to Coast Walk they started at St Bees by dipping their feet in the Irish Sea and taking a pebble with them for the journey. It took them 15 days to get from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay, where they completed the tradition by throwing the pebble into the sea and dipping their feet. If you would like to see their fantastic pictures of their epic journey and read more about their adventure, take a look at their blog.
Gemma Hughes Great South Run
Gemma Hughes has completed the fantastic challenge of the Great South Run in just over 2 hours which is an amazing achievement. The Great South Run's course is around Portsmouth and is a 10 mile run, so congratulations Gemma on a job well done!
Leicester and Rutland Masonic Charities Assocation Donation
The Fundraising Manager Jill Lemon and Consultant Nurse Liz Darlison were invited by the Leicester and Rutland Masonic Charities Association to collect a £1000.00 donation from them. When they arrived they learnt about the charitable work the Freemasons provide nationally and also worldwide. They described it as a 'very humbling experience'.
Andy Hart and Friends Cardiff Half Marathon
Andy Hart completed the Cardiff Half Marathon, running on behalf of Mesothelioma UK which is a fantastic achievement, even more so because he managed to finish in 1 hour and 40 minutes! All that training and hard work truly paid off for Andy because he managed to raise £250 for the charity. We shouldn't forget to mention Lesley and Peter Kyle who also ran the Cardiff Half Marathon dressed in fancy dress! If you would like to see the pictures with more information please check out Andy's blog by clicking on his picture.
Sue and Graham's Quiz Night
Sue and Graham hosted a quiz night which was a roaring success and raised £2,400 for Mesothelioma UK. They have also very kindly put together a short guide to hosting your own successful night which gives advice on venue, how to keep costs down and various other ideas which would be perfect for anyone who wante dto host a similiar event. Check out their guide and another big thank you to Sue, Graham and all their amazing volunteers!
Day of Rockening in support of the Graham Ansell Mesothelioma Support Fund
The Day of Rockening was reviewed as a 'memorial concert rocks for asbestos victim'. The victim was Graham Ansell who was diagnosed with mesothelioma and unfortunately died soon after. His family set up the Graham Ansell Mesothelioma Fund (GAMF) and this fanastic concert was in his honour.
Dave's Skydiving Adventure!
Dave was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2007, but that certainly hasn't stopped him doing some pretty extreme things! Dave decided to do a Tandem Parachute jump to raise donations and awareness of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. Dave has written a truly great account of his experience in his blog so check it out!
Cream Cracker Soul Club
The Cream Cracker Soul Club was an amazing success and raised £930.00 for Mesothelioma UK. It was a night of cheap drinks and dancing to RnB and Northern Soul music, which sound like a great evening to me! Thank you very much to all the organisers, DJs amd everyone who turned up for donating generously and raising awareness.
Moustaches for Meso Day in March
Moustaches for Meso day in March is a fantastic little way to help raise donations and awareness of mesothelioma. last year the guys were out on full force, growing their moustaches for meso! Special congratulations goes to Dave Robinson for actually managing to make his moustache in an 'M' shape. now thats dedication!
Marie and Sharon's Tombola Tribute
Marie Gilmartin and Sharon Thompson's father Brian was sadly diagnosed with mesothelioma so they decided very generously to raise some funds for Mesothelioma Uk, and raise awareness at the same time. They did this superbly by holding their own tombola which raised an amazing £955.49 for Mesothelioma UK. If you are thinking of holding a tombola check out their blog for inspiration.
Ian and Joshua 10k Macmillan Run
Ian and Joshua ran a 10k Macmillan run in memory of Sally, a beloved mother and wife. The pair did a fantastic job on the day and made it through the gruelling training process to run that distance. The Macmillan 10k run takes place on Father's day this year which is the 19th June. have a look over at Ian and Joshua's pictures and see if they inspire you!
Jo and Suzie's half Marathon
Jo's dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and she thought of a great way raising awareness for our charity by running Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon in Windsor. It was a fantastic achievement for both of them and we would just like to thank you both for supporting Mesothelioma UK.
Gini and Amy's Skydive
Gini and Amy decided to take the challenge of a skydive in memory of Pat, Gini's father. The pair put their bravery to the test and certainly passed with flying colours! They managed to raise an amazing £831.00 between them so thank you ever so much for choosing to support Mesothelioma UK.
Julie's Skydiving Story
Julie's husband of 51 years died of mesothelioma and she very generously wanted to help raise funds for Mesothelioma UK. Click on Julie's picture to read the story about her day at the air field. It's a story of daring bravery which leave's Julie question her own sanity by the end of it! Thank you very much to Julie and everyone who supported her.