A grateful thanks goes out to all those who played any part in contributing to the fundraising results listed below.
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In Loving Memory of Valerie Davies
Donations from families and friends made at Valerie’s Funeral, amounting to £400, were donated to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Tough Mudder Challenge
Jane Bates took part in this gruelling challenge and raised £935 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
“Well, I did it and what a fantastic day it was. What sets the Tough Mudder apart is that it is a challenge, not a race - and everyone participating takes the pledge that they help their fellow ‘Mudders’ - whether on the same team or not. So, the feel good factor is there from the start.
Team Exerformance comprised 11 - 3 men and 8 women. Amongst the obstacles we had to overcome were an 8 foot wooden wall and other obstacles such as Walk the Plank, Arctic Enema, Trench Warfare and Electric Eel, and all over hilly teraine!!
Perfectly designed to ensure you are completely soaked at ;regular intervals and covered in thick gloopy mud most of the time, it really showed the power of team work - some people faced fears of heights and conquered them by holding the hands of others who didn’t, and fears of confined spaces dealt with by knowing team members were
Visit Jane's Just Giving page
Andrew Jordan took part in this event for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and has almost hit his target of £1,000 raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
"Towards the end of 2010 I found out that I had a brain tumour. Before Christmas, I was operated on and a piece of brain the size of a plum was removed. A lab analysis revealed it to be a low grade glioma.Before my operation I spent £89.99 on a new pair of running shoes. I didn't want to waste this investment, so I signed up for a 50K trail ultra run in 2011, followed by a 50 miler in 2012. The London2Brighton Challenge was the most enjoyable event I have ever done - the serious training and weight loss made such a difference. I finished just as the daylight was fading to huge cheers. It felt very emotional.”
Visit Andrew's Just Giving page
Pilates and Yoga Fundraising Day
Karin Worthy, whose daughter-in-law has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, organised a fundraising day at the BoCo Pilates & Yoga studio at Surbiton. Proceeds of £838 will be split between Astro Brain Tumour Fund and the Oracle Cancer Trust.
Sheffield Half Marathon
Jimmy Stevenson took part in this event on 14th May for Astro Brain Tumour fund. Jimmy’s cousin, Asher, was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour. Jimmy has raised over £360 for Astro Brain Tumour fund.
Scott Deacon also took part in this race for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and has raised nearly £400.
"Unfortunately on the 14th of February 2013 my girlfriend Asher Horton had a seizure and was rushed to hospital where after scans it was found that she had a brain tumour. I'm trying to raise as much money as I can for such a good charity who's there for people like Asher when she needs support".
Car Boot Sale
Linda Rickford sold items left over from a previous fundraiser at a Car Boot Sale and raised £283 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Sharon celebrated her 60th birthday recently and, instead of presents, family and friends donated money to three charities and as a result, Astro Brain Tumour Fund received £115. Many thanks for thinking of us Sharon.
The Aquaterra- Keynsham Leisure Centre at Bristol held a Zumbathon event on 19th April 2013. This event was extremely well attended and £363 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Tom held a “Wear Red for Jim Day” on 21st March 2013 in memory of his brother Jim and raised over £900 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Virgin London Marathon 2013
Joanna Gapp took part in the London Marathon. She ran it in 3 hours 11 minutes and raised £900 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
“I ran the London Marathon for Astro Brain Tumour Fund because my close friend Gemma died of a brain tumour.”
Supper & Quiz
After last year’s successful event, Mary & Robbie Burton held their second Supper and Fun Quiz on Saturday, 27th April 2013 in the Village Hall, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. A supper of lasagne or cottage pie followed by apple crumble was served before the sixty guests participated in a Fun Quiz. A raffle was also held. It was a brilliant evening with a great team of helpers and £951 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Brighton Marathon 2013
Roberta Wagstaffe took part in this event and raised £550 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
“On Sunday 14th April I ran the Brighton marathon to raise money for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
My wonderful friend Tracey suffers with a brain tumour and has involvement with Astro for support and keeping up to date with research etc, which is how I came to hear about them and the valuable support they offer and research they fund.
I felt so much more than pride to be able to take part in my favourite hobby (this was my 3rd marathon) whilst wearing my friends name in big pink letters on my t-shirt and hearing her name called out in support constantly by the ever lively superb Brighton crowds as an emotional reminder of my cause.
Thank you Tracey for staying wonderful with your brilliant sense of humour and thank you Astro for being a part of that.
A big big thank you to all who have donated to and supported my Just Giving page.....which, by the way, is still collecting.....my next marathon is in Edinburgh on 26th May and I will be proudly wearing my 'TRACEY' top then too”.
Anita Jennings completed a “channel swim”. The swim consisted of 22 individual swims of one mile in a swimming pool. Anita was sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues and raised £1314 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Reading Half Marathon
Rod Barrett completed this run on 17th March 2013 and finished in just over 2 hours 24 minutes - 6 minutes slower than last year. The weather was dire - very cold and heavy rain showers before, during and after the race. Rod has accumulated £2630 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Bridge Day 2013
The fifth annual Bridge Day was held this year at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, Norfolk on 20th March with 74 players, many attending for the fifth year running. The executive chef Chris Brown persuaded some of his suppliers to donate raffle prizes, much to the delight of the winners. The players arrived at 10.30 am for coffee & homemade shortbread, a lunch of very tasty fish pie & fruit crumble and the afternoon ended with tea and biscuits around 3.30 pm. Over £1,200 was raised to boost Astro Brain Tumour Fund’s research funds, so many thanks to all concerned.
Great Mead Social Committee
As a result of Katie Sheen and Debbie Selams's appearance on Breakfast TV, Astro Brain Tumour Fund have received a cheque for £456 from Great Mead Sheltered Housing complex in Shoeburyness. A member of this community has a grandson fighting the effects of a brain tumour and it was suggested that they held a raffle. Many thanks to all involved.
Brighton Half Marathon
Claire Ashurst ran the Brighton Half Marathon on 17th February and has raised £621 to date including Gift Aid for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Claire achieved her goal to complete the run in under two hours.
Visit her Just Giving page
Winter Warmer Event 2012
Mary and Robbie Burton held their annual event on 15th December. Homemade soup and desserts were served and items on sale included books, CDs, DVDs, household goods, toiletries. A raffle, tombola and quiz were also held and proceeds, including donations totalled £800. Santander has made a matched donation of £500 (thanks to Billy Burton) making total raised now £1,300. Thanks go to everyone who supported this successful event.
Jan Walmsley generously donated her leaving gift from Norwich High School to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
The Sixth Form at Eirias High School, Colwyn Bay, Wales, organised a Teddy Bears Picnic and raised £165 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund!
RunLiverpool Santa Dash
Jane Saltmarsh took part in this event on 2nd December for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and raised £150.
Five Half Marathon Challenge 2012
Rod Barrett has now completed the Five Marathon Challenge he set himself earlier in 2012 – in fact he completed six half marathons!
"In the last couple of years I’ve run about 1000 miles in training and races, all inspiredby my niece Gemma who fought her tumour so bravely until she died at only 29 years of age in November 2010. She was truly remarkable and remains a great inspiration".
Runs successfully completed are:
- Reading Half Marathon, 1st April - this race finished in front of crowds at Reading’s Football Stadium
- Lichfield Half Marathon - 6th May
- Orpington Half Marafun - 12th May
- NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon - 8th July
- Run-to-the-Beat. 02 Greenwich - October
- City of Norwich Half Marathon - 25th November
Rod has raised the magnificent sum of £6621 including Gift Aid.
Visit Rod's Just Giving page
"My brother Jim, who supported Astro Brain Tumour Fund for some years, passed away from his tumour on 21st March 2012 and in January 2012, I took on the fundraising mantle. You'll already be aware of my year long drinking abstinence which finished on 31st December, I did not consume a single drop of alcohol (either by drink, in food, and even mouthwash!) all year. I know that Jim would have been so proud of the work I have done to promote Astro Brain Tumour Fund and raise the profile of your amazing charity. Not to mention raising more money than I thought possible."
Amount raised by Tom has now exceeded £4,850 including Gift Aid.
Visit Tom's Just Giving page
Steven Hales took part in this event on 29th October 2012 and raised £1162 including Gift Aid.
Claire Benson took part in a skydive on 28th September 2012 and raised £313 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
9 Bar Helvellyn Triathlon
Helen Hope successfully completed this tough challenge on 2nd September 2012 and raised £482 for Astro Fund. Helen also raised money for the Sick Children's Trust.
Mark Spanner successfully completed this run on 14th October 2012 and raised over £2,718, including Gift Aid, for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
"Well that's it! The Liverpool Marathon is over and done with. Let me tell you that running 26.2 miles on a Sunday morning is no picnic. My admiration and congratulations goes out to anyone who attempts it as a challenge. All the training that went into getting to the day still didn't prepare me fully for the agony ahead.
At 20 miles I was still well under 3 hours thinking that I might just manage 3:45. The last 6 miles was painful and at times I felt like stopping. But then, why should I when I was running for Karan and the Astro Brain Tumour Fund? How would it feel if I just gave up? I soldiered on and eventually after exactly 4 hours and 4 seconds I crossed the finishing line. Straight away I felt that I would never want to do it again, but 48 hours later I'm already thinking about my next one!
And now for the reason why I ran the Liverpool Marathon this year! I have always been blessed with good health and I am very thankful for that. When a good friend of my wife suggested that I run the Marathon for a charity I realised that there are many people in this world facing more challenges in their everyday lives than me. One such person is Karan Waller. I've known Karan for 14 years and she is married to my wife's nephew, Ian Waller. They have two beautiful young daughters. In 2009 Karan was diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma, a form of brain tumour. Karan had surgery in 2009 and the majority of the tumour was removed. She found out recently that the tumour was once again growing back, so on the 21st August she went back to the Walton centre for an awake open craniotomy. I'm pleased to report that the operation was a success and Karan is now back home recuperating".
Visit Mark’s Just Giving page
Norfolk Family Walk 2012
The Sixth Norfolk Family Walk, once again organised by Christine Forecast, took place in the grounds of the magnificent Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea on Sunday, 7th October 2012. There were walks of 1, 3, 6 or 10 miles long. The one mile walk for children had games along the way.
It was a beautiful autumn day and around 250 adults, children and dogs thoroughly enjoyed walking round the beautiful parkland, the ten milers having the bonus of visiting Wells-next-the-Sea with plenty of opportunities for a pit stop for refreshments to help them on their way! Many thanks to walkers, sponsors and helpers who all helped make the day such a success with over £6,000 raised to date.
Fundraising Day September 2012
Andrea and Darren Williams, with the help of Andrea's sister, Alison Hill, held a fundraising day recently. It was an open house with reiki and nail manicures on offer. There were also cakes, cards and scarves (hand knitted by Andrea's mum) for sale, also quizzes, games and a raffle with prizes generously donated by local companies. Lots of people enjoyed a fun day and £1045 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Kingston Run Challenge
14th October 1012
Rebecca Willcox took part in this run and successfully completed it in 3 hours 44 minutes. Rebecca was running it in memory of her dear friend Gemma Barrett and has so far raised nearly £900 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Metal Detecting Rally
Pauline Curson, who is a member of Dereham and District Metal Detecting Club organised a Metal Detecting Rally in September 2012 and raised £122 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Sequence and Ballroom Dance
Catherine Bourne held a Sequence and Ballroom Dance on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent on 21st September 2012. The dance was a huge success, everyone had a great night and nearly £800 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Mandy, who was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours in August 2010, held her 50th birthday celebrations in August this year and, instead of guests giving her gifts, she asked that they donate money to Astro Brain Tumour Fund. This amounted to a grand total of £812.
"As I approached my 50th Birthday, I decided to make it a celebration of my life and recovery and invited friends and family to a garden party to raise funds for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. I did not need anything material for my birthday as it was more important to give back to others."
An article appeared in the Lynn News on 21st September covering the presentation of the cheque to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Sandringham Flower Show
25th July 2012
Trustees and helpers attended this event for the second year running. Children's books were sold and a raffle was held, the prize being a signed Norwich City Football Club pennant. It was a successful day, with many contacts made with those touched by brain tumours and, including donations, proceeds amounted to over £310.
Each year, the proceeds of the Flower Show are donated to various charities and, as a result of this, Astro Brain Tumour Fund has received a donation of £500.
1500m Swim for All
Rebecca Doyle swam in this event which took place in Yorkshire on Sunday, 17th June 2012. The swim was in open water and was a huge challenge for Rebecca. Sum raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund is nearing £500.
Enid and Hugh Davies completed a mammoth 840 mile Cycle challenge on Sunday 10th June. They set off from Durness, Scotland on 26th May and arrived at Dungeness, Kent 15 days later. They rode in all sorts of weather and battled through apart from one day when gale force winds and rain stopped them.
"We have had the most wonderful time, totally self indulgent, but with a purpose! We have met so many generous people, lovely landladies, had some super dinners and breakfasts, stayed in a variety of homes, B&Bs, hotels , pubs with rooms and with some dear friends, so a great variety.
We were so lucky with the weather too, only getting wet twice. It was a shame it was so stormy on the Friday and gale force winds stopped us from doing the ride that day. The rest gave us a fresh start for the final stages to Kent, so again, good came from the situation. On Sunday, after we'd said our goodbyes, it began to pour and they have had floods, so we were lucky again!
Linda and Barry Rickford met us in Dungeness and within 30 seconds everybody knew everybody else and we all had fish and chips in the Pilot Inn, the only place in Dungeness to be on a Sunday afternoon."
Total raised is £12,730 – a magnificent amount!
Eirias High School, Colwyn Bay, took part in a non-uniform day and raised £1304 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
In Loving Memory of James Hewitt
Kirsten Jack ran the Manchester Marathon on 29th April 2012. She ran in memory of her friend James Hewitt who died earlier in the year from a brain tumour.
“The weather was terrible and there were a lot of problems with people getting hypothermia as it was so cold. I completed the marathon in 4 hours 23 minutes and 50 seconds, a personal best for me. James always said that he would be impressed if I did it in less than 4 hours 30 mins, so I hope I did him proud. On such a cold, wet and windy day, I was glad to finish it!”
Kirsten also ran the Manchester 10k in May, the Warrington Half Marathon in September and the Preston Guild Half Marathon on 28th October this year, all for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Kirsten has raised around £290 so far.
In Loving Memory of Ann Mary Mawby
Ann passed away recently after suffering from a brain tumour. Donations from family and friends were made at her funeral and the sum of £1200.49 has been donated to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Supper and Quiz
A supper of lasagne/cottage pie, cheese and biscuits followed by a fun quiz was held at Holme-next the-Sea on 28th April 2012 and the sum of £830 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. A good time was had by all and Mary and Robbie would like to thank everyone who came and supported them, a special thanks to those who helped with the preparation and on the night running the raffle, washing up, serving and clearing up. A great night!
London Marathon 2012
Andrew Eames ran the London Marathon for Astro Brain Tumour Fund:
"The good news is that I finished the event in 5 hours 11 mins - although slower than I had hoped I managed to get around - just getting pipped at the post by Mr Tickle and a giant squid.....!!!! The bad news is that it hurt....!!!!!! Unfortunately after running the first 13 miles comfortably, I then struggled with a back injury and the last half was considerably slower. It was an amazing experience, with a great atmosphere. The crowds certainly do keep you going".
Andrew has raised the brilliant sum of around £1,500 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund
Linda Rickford held a fundraising day at her home on 14th April 2012. On offer were massages, beauty therapy, raffle, tea and cakes. There was a real buzz all day long and a special atmosphere. The weather was kind allowing refreshments to be enjoyed in the garden. A magnificent total of £1,449 was raised thanks to the hard work of Linda and her family and friends.
Wear a Hat Day
30th March 2012
Linda & Barry Rickford and Friends
On Friday 30th March, Wear a Hat Day, Linda Rickford collected £51 outside the One of a Kind Cake Shop in Coulsdon, and Danny's Fish and Chips in Coulsdon raised £88 between his two shops. Barry Rickford's Old Coulsdon Bowling Club raised £103 - thanks to all those club members who either paid £1 to wear a hat, or £2 to NOT wear one! Linda also had her photo taken with her MP, Tom Brake, who wore a hat all day and has been most supportive.
Elizabeth Court Care Home, which is where Linda Rickford’s mother lives, participated in Wear a Hat day. The staff all wore hats and raised £25 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund - many thanks to them all.
On Saturday 31st March, Linda and Barry, helped by friends and wearing hats, packed bags for customers all day in Waitrose, Coulsdon for donations and raised £854.
Barclays Bank, Hunstanton
Staff wore hats and collected a total of £220 as a result of donations and competitions.
The 600 staff at Adrian Flux Insurance Services, near King's Lynn, dressed down and some wore hats for the "Wear a Hat" day and raised £2,093.31. The company has also sponsored all the costs of our Annual Norfolk Family Walk at Holkham Hall on 7th October 2012 for the sixth year running.
Claire Blay and Natascha Leonard organised a Zumba Event on 31st March. Participants wiggled and zumba'd for an hour wearing hats. The proceeds of £378.47 were donated to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Wilberlee Junior and Infants School also wore hats and raised £112 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Thanks go to all who worked so hard to make Wear a Hat Day successful for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and thanks also to all who made donations.
Reading Half Marathon
Rod Barrett successfully completed the Reading Half Marathon in a respectable time of 2 hours 17 minutes on 1st April 2012. This was the first of his Five Marathon Challenge for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. The weather was bright, chilly at the start, warming up later and the finish was in front of crowds in Reading's Football Stadium.
Visit Rod's Just Giving page
Friendship Group Lunches
Jane Back and a group of ten friends take it in turn to host a lunch once a month. Each of the guests pay £5 each. As a result Astro Brain Tumour Fund received a cheque for £646. A great way to raise money whilst catching up with friends!
The fourth Bridge Day was held on 21st March 2012 and, once more, proved a great success. 68 bridge players from all over Norfolk enjoyed getting together and the event raised the magnificent sum of £1,250. Coffee and home made biscuits were served mid morning and three rubbers were played before lunch. The Old Coach House provided an excellent lunch of lasagne, pizzas and salad followed by chocolate brownies and apple crumble which were enjoyed by all. After another two rubbers, tea and biscuits were served and raffle prizes collected. Many thanks to helpers Audrey, Pat and Edna for selling the tickets at £20 each and helping collect raffle prizes which included a hamper, a basket of Italian products and vouchers for meals at the Lifeboat and Old Coach House, Thornham. We look forward to another successful event next year.
A Charity Night was held at Fulwood Grasshoppers Rugby Club on the 17th February, 2012.
The entertainment on the evening was Lancashire folk group The Houghton Weavers and two guests, Gerry Mawdsley President of 'The George Formby Society ' and Hughie Jones formerly one of The Spinners. It was a very enjoyable and successful night raising money for several different charities.
Guitarist of The Houghton Weavers, David Littler, had a personal connection to the event as his son-in-law Jim is suffering from an inoperable brain tumour and he wanted to raise some money for the charities that have given Jim and Joanne support in one way or another during this difficult time.
The night raised the magnificent sum of over £2,373 in total, which was donated to various charities, Astro Brain Tumour Fund receiving £300.
Brian Aldred, one of our supporters, stayed at Center Parcs and requested a contribution for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. As a result, we have received a cheque for £500 from their holiday park at Whinfell Forest.
Winter Warmer Event 2011
Mary and Robbie Burton held their annual event on 10th December. Homemade soup and desserts were served together with a glass of mulled wine. Goods were on sale including books, CDs, DVDs and lots of other goodies. A raffle and tombola were also held and proceeds, including donations, are now creeping up to £700.
Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival 2011
This popular festival was held in the first week of December and, for the first time, Astro Fund was one of the 75 charities to decorate a Christmas Tree. Each charity had its own collecting bucket and visitors to the Festival donated money to their chosen charities. As a result, Astro Brain Tumour Fund received a cheque for £480.11
Norwich City Half Marathon
Rod Barrett took part in this run on 27th November proudly wearing his new Astro Brain Tumour Fund Shirt.
“Partylite Candle” Party
Linda Rickford hosted, by popular request, another Partylite Candle party on 8th November, where 20% of the proceeds were donated to Astrofund. Despite the dreadful weather, many good friends turned up and were very generous in their purchases, and also in their donations for refreshments – making some £350. The local Bowls club helped by inviting us to have a table at their Bonfire night and a further £150 was raised there. Altogether a total of £576 was raised for Astrofund. Many thanks to all those who participated.
The Northern Aces Scooter Club
Yian Baty was diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma last year. Being an active scooter enthusiast, his local scooter club decided they would raise funds for the charity of his choice (Astro Brain Tumour Fund). They used their scooters to take boys to their prom event in the summer and also held a weekend event. The total sum raised was £400.
Norfolk Family Walk 2011
The Fifth Norfolk Family Walk, once again organised by Christine Forecast, took place in the grounds of the magnificent Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea on Saturday, 8th October 2011. There were walks of 1, 3, 6 or 10 miles long. The one mile walk for children had games along the way.
It was a cool and blustery day but spirits were high and around £9,500 has already been raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund with more sponsorship money to come. Many thanks to walkers, sponsors and helpers who all helped make the day such a success.
On the day following the Walk, a small group of people who are touched by brain tumours, met with the Trustees of Astro Brain Tumour Fund at the Old Coach House, Thornham, for an informal get together.
Gresham's School, Holt
The school held a fundraising event and raised over £500 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
A collection was made at the wedding of Sarah and Gareth Hampson and as a result £82.50 was donated to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Elaine Morgan raised £50 selling banana smoothies at a Musical Festival.
Swansea Bay 10K 2011
Jo Singleton took part in this event in September 2011, raising over £150 in sponsorship.
In Loving Memory of James Sutcliffe
The family (Mrs P Griffiths, Mrs A Meek, Mr J Sutcliffe and Mrs T Toms) of Mr Sutcliffe, who sadly died recently from a brain tumour, requested donations to Astro Brain Tumour Fund instead of flowers at his funeral. Donations received totalled £375. Bent's Lane Social Institute also donated £25 in memory of their late member.
Honeystreet Ultra Marathon
Andrew Jordan took part in this run on 10th September 2011 and raised over £1,000 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Andrew was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and had surgery later that year.
Bupa Great North Run 2011
On 18th September 2011, Brian Aldred (his daughter Johanna was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in February this year) ran for Astro Brain Tumour Fund, raising in excess of £1,200. Brian's wife Jean was also scheduled to run but unfortunately suffered an injury two weeks before the event.
Spire Healthcare English Half Marathon 2011
James Hewitt successfully took part in this race on 18th September 2011, finishing in 1hr 40 min 35 sec and raising over £155 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Jim was diagnosed with a grade II brain tumour in 2005 and has subsequently undergone two operations and radiotherapy.
Sponsored Weight Loss Contest
Lee Shann, who's wife Jane has a grade II astrocytoma, sent us a cheque for £100 which was raised by his colleague Ricky Prescott. Ricky raised this as a result of losing a weight loss contest with another colleague!
Swiss Alpine 2011 C42 Marathon
Ann Muldoon completed the Swiss Alpine 2011 C42 Marathon on 30th July and raised the magnificent sum of £1584 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Find Ann on her Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/AnnMuldoon.
Astro Brain Tumour Fund had a stand at Sandringham Flower Show on Wednesday, 27th July. Raffle tickets for the Grand Draw were sold and at 5pm the draw was made. Winners of the breaks in Norfolk Hotels are as follows:-
- The Blakeney Hotel: Jill Pool, King's Lynn
- Congham Hall Hotel & Country Club: Katie Phillips, Metfield, Nr Harleston
- The Kiwi Inns: Mrs M Dartford, Hunstanton
- Heacham Manor Hotel: Mrs J. Ward, Old Coulsdon, Surrey
- Hoste Arms, Burnham Market: Josie Chapman, Sedgeford
- Knights Hill Hotel, King's Lynn: Chris Bunt, Hobs Cross, Harlow
- Le Strange Arms Hotel, Old Hunstanton: Mrs A. Ward, Fowlmere, Royston
- Rose & Crown, Snettisham: Naureen Bhatty, Holme-next-the-Sea
- Titchwell Manor Hotel: Miss B Beeston, Dronfield, Derbyshire
- The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe: Mrs Churchley
Many congratulations to the winners. The Trustees would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who supported the event by selling or buying raffle tickets - total proceeds amounted to around £2000.
Grateful thanks also go to the above named hotels for the generous gesture of donating the breaks.
Georgie Beadman donated £112.90 being a percentage of proceeds of her Art Exhibition. Other donations from family and friends took the total to £212.90.
Robbie Burton has raised £224 so far this year selling fruit and Veg.
Birmingham Black Country Half Marathon 2011
Steph Shinton successfully completed this half marathon on Saturday, 2nd July 2011 in spite of the warm and humid day. The route followed towpaths alongside the canals which connect Wolverhampton to Birmingham. Steph raised in excess of £500 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. She reported that the atmosphere was fantastic and she really enjoyed the day - Steph was especially pleased that her twin sister, Sam, who is a brain tumour patient, was able to attend and cheer her on.
A Safari Supper was held at Park Farm, Snettisham, Norfolk, on Wednesday 22nd June 2011. Guests went on a safari to see the deer and the new calves. This was followed by a venison barbecue and a chance to meet friends and listen to live jazz. There was also a raffle with prizes including champagne and basket of fruit. The event was a joint venture with Astro Brain Tumour Fund and Macmillan Cancer Care and total proceeds to be divided between the two charities came to £1626. A most successful and enjoyable event thanks to the hard work of Christine, Trevor and friends.
The King William IV Country Inn and Restaurant at Sedgeford, Norfolk held a Summer Party on 23rd June 2011 to celebrate the pub's 175th anniversary. A jazz band entertained guests on the terrace where Pimms and canapes were served before guests sat down to enjoy a meal of their choice. A raffle was also held. The owners, Nick & Lili Skeritt, presented Astro Brain Tumour Fund with a cheque for £400.
Sara Joyce took part in the Dusseldorf marathon on 8th May 2011 and has raised in excess of £2000 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Sara's husband, Richard, was diagnosed with a low-grade brain tumour in December 2008.
80's Fundraising Night
Rachael Hammond held this event in May 2011 with the help of Georgie Beadman, Nikki Moore and Mary Tremaine. The evening was a great success, much fun was had and £1206.75 was raised, of which £900 was donated to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Llandudno 10 Mile Race
Siobhan Jones successfully completed this race and has raised almost £500 to date.
Fraser Miller has raised in excess of £260 from the sale of 'Brain Bling' bracelets. He has also sent us a cheque for £73 being proceeds from a raffle held at Moy Park of Wisbech.
Bridge Day at the Old Coach House, Thornham, Norfolk
The third Bridge Day was held on 30th March 2011 and, once more, proved a great success. 80 bridge players from all over Norfolk enjoyed getting together and the event raised the magnificent sum of £1,184. Coffee and home made biscuits were served at 10.30 a.m. and three rubbers were played before lunch. The Old Coach House provided an excellent lunch of lasagnes, pizzas and salad followed by profiteroles and apple crumble which were enjoyed by all. After another three rubbers, tea and biscuits were served and raffle prizes collected. Many thanks to helpers Audrey, Pat and Edna for selling the tickets at £20 each and helping collect raffle prizes which included champagne, hampers and a box of mustards. We look forward to another successful event next year.
In loving memory of Gemma Barrett
Total amount donated/raised £5188
"Our lovely daughter Gemma was diagnosed with a low grade brain tumour after suffering an epileptic seizure on 1st December 2006 at the age of 25. She faced her illness with outstanding courage and strength, enduring two operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She got on with her life and refused to let her illness stand in her way. With friends and family she raised money for brain tumour research. Twice she joined the Astro Fund Family Walk at Holkham. Gemma was a geography teacher at Hartismere High School, Eye, Suffolk, a job she loved. She worked up until December 2009 when she became ill as a result of her tumour starting to grow again. She underwent a course of chemotherapy, suffering devastating side effects from this but remained cheerful and never felt sorry for herself. She passed away peacefully on 17th November 2010. She will always be remembered for her sparkling blue eyes, her big smile and unfailing bravery."
Ros & David Barrett
Total donations to Astro Brain Tumour Fund in Gemma's memory amounted to £4097 and, according to her wishes, car boot and garage sales of her household furniture and effects were held and amassed a further £1091.
… and of course another very big 'THANK YOU' goes out to everyone else who has made private and company donations large and small; every penny makes a difference, and is very much appreciated.