We wouldn’t be able to carry out the work we do without the support of our donors and fundraisers, and we are immensely grateful to them for their time, effort and generosity in supporting us. Here are just a few stories of some of their achievements.
David Kinniburgh undertook a different kind of adventure for his 70th birthday in cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May 2018. He did this in the memory of his stepson, Paul as well as a friend who lost her husband and brother to Lymphoma. A fantastic achievement for David, as he had no back-up support and albeit exhausted, he arrived at John O’Groats on his birthday!
Tammy Walker has seen first-hand the impact of lymphoma on her family, when her mother-in-law, already suffering from Non-Hodgkins, was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Wanting to make a difference, she signed up for the challenge of doing the Robin Hood Half Marathon, and successfully completed the 13 miles in 20 degree heat. Well done Tammy!
In July 2017, Scott Barker took up the challenge of doing an ultra-marathon to raise funds as a family member was diagnosed with lymphoma. Not only was it an ultra-marathon, it was the Spartan Ultra Beast, including 60+ obstacles, over 41+km of Edinburgh country-side, to really test endurance. Scott did a sterling job, as he came 4th overall. Well done Scott!
Roy Ellams has taken up the challenge of doing his very first triathlon in July 2017. Feeling confident about the swim and cycle he was a bit worried about the run and the effect on his knees but he went on to smash it, with a very respectable finishing time. Well done Roy!
Lisa Plummer’s mother was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year, and along with two of her friends, decided to take up the challenge of doing the Great Wall Marathon in China in May 2017, to raise funds. They have all done at least one marathon previously but the Great Wall Marathon (including 5,164 steps) was an extraordinary experience for them all, and a great achievement.
Clare Davies’ uncle, Terry Taylor, passed away in 2014, and with her experience of event management, organised a very successful charity dinner in November 2016 at Farnham Castle to celebrate his life. Terry was a long-serving member of the Hedgehogs Volunteers, contributing in many ways to the community of Farnham.
Monique Reeve’s is an oncology nurse, who’s partner’s father suffers from an inoperable form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Having both a work and personal experience of the importance of research into the funding and developing of treatments she decided, along with her partner Sam, to do a 14,000ft skydive over Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia in December 2016.
A team from Guernsey hosted a ball in October 2016, The Night Circus, to raise money for Lymphoma charities. The event had a circus theme, in support of one of the aerial hoop performers, as they were diagnosed with Lymphoma last Christmas. Having completed a 6 month round of chemotherapy, the performer was able to take part in the presentation that evening, an inspiration to us all (photo courtesy of langloisphotography.com).