A grateful thanks goes out to all those who played any part in contributing to the fundraising results listed below.
Please also take a look at our photo gallery
Christmas Party and Lunch
Mary & Robbie Burton held the above event in the Village Hall, Holme-next-the-Sea, West Norfolk, on Saturday, 17th December 2016. Homemade soup, desserts and coffee were served and there was a raffle, competitions, a fun Christmas quiz and entertainment by Hunstanton Community Choir. It was a fun occasion and £982 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
White Collar Boxing Challenge
Daryl Evans took part in this challenge on 18th December 2016. Daryl had previously run a marathon for the charity and decided to do this challenge all in support of Karan Waller and her family. Daryl raised £970 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund
Norfolk Family Walk 2016
After a very wet start (some early walkers got a good soaking but bravely carried on for the ten miles), the sun shone down on the participants of the Tenth Norfolk Family Walk at Holkham Hall, Norfolk on Sunday 9th October, making it such a successful day once more.
A total of 1,650 miles were walked by over 400 adults and children, plus numerous four legged friends. It was an emotional but happy day enjoyed by all. Children took part in the nature trail and games along the one mile course, receiving a prize for their efforts. Some enjoyed a three mile stroll around the beautiful lake or a brisker six mile jaunt. The more serious walkers braved the ten miles with a stop for refreshments in Wells-next-the-Sea.
Proceeds for Astro Brain Tumour Fund have reached £5,200 with sponsorship money yet to come in. Some walkers took the opportunity to raise funds for other brain tumour charities. Pictured below are Trustees of ABTF including new recruits Robbie Burton and Angela Scrutton. You can see additional images of the day on our Facebook page.
Peny y Fan Walk
Kirstin Leeves took part in this trek on 9th July 2016 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and raised £665.
Coffee, Ploughmans Lunches and Cream Teas
The above event was held in the village hall at Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, on Wednesday, 17th August. There was a sale of bric-a-brac, household items & books and a raffle and tombola was also held. £625 was raised for Astro BrainTumour Fund.
Hunstanton Golf Club, Ladies Section
Angela Coker, Ladies Captain of Hunstanton Golf Club, chose Astro Brain Tumour Fund to support during her Captain’s year. Angela and the ladies’ section organised many fundraising events including Lady Captain’s Drive in, Raffles at Christmas, Bridge Drive and Coffee Morning & Fashion Show, Lady Captain’s Charity Day, J & J Wilson Golf Day raffle and donations. Angela says:-
“I saw first-hand the terrible effects these tumours have, not only for the person with the disease, but their families as well and I wanted to support the wonderful work the charity does. Many thanks to everyone who has supported my charity during the past year”
Angela and her team raised £4,886
Pictured is Angela presenting the cheque to Christine Forecast
Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge
Costas Eleftheriades successfully completed this challenge on 10th September 2016 in memory of his son Tom, who passed away as the result of a brain tumour. He fundraised partly for a children's charity called The Nasio Trust which looks after orphans in Kenya that lost their parents through AIDS, and partly for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
“I made it to the top around midday on Saturday 10 September - here is a photo of that moment.
The whole trip was an amazing experience and I am very glad I did it. There were hundreds of people trying to get to the top and although sometimes it was a bit scary everybody encouraged each other. We went through the Lemosho route which is the long route with plenty of time for acclimatisation. The porters worked very hard all the time and they were fantastic in the way they all looked after us. The scenery was beautiful starting with green vegetation and gradually becoming barren as we got further up the mountain. Being above clouds for several days and seeing the icebergs around the top peak of Kilimanjaro is something to remember for life.
After a day's rest in Moshi we travelled back to Nairobi by minibus and the next day we flew to Kisumu which is an hour's or so drive to the Nasio Trust projects. We visited two of the schools they run, a medical centre and various agricultural and community projects they are involved in. It was all very impressive and I am glad I could see how serious they are about helping vulnerable people and especially children”
Costas has raised a total of nearly £1,700 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Donation by Laing O’Rourke & United Utilities
Congratulations to Laing O'Rourke & United Utilities for achieving 500,000 man hours without a reportable accident at their Davyhulme site in Manchester. We are very grateful that they chose to celebrate by making a £500 donation to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
In the photo are Richard Sutton, Andy Crompton and Astro Brain Tumour Fund founder Katie Sheen.
Steph Higgins took part in the above event on 16th July and raised £255 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
In Loving Memory of Jane Shann
We have received a payment of £597.35 being donations received in memory of Jane, who sadly passed away from a brain tumour in June 2016.
Russell Watson Concert
Trustees and friends of Astro Brain Tumour Fund attended Russell Watson's concert at the Corn Exchange, King's Lynn on 26th May 2016 with their collection buckets. Theatre goers contributed a total of £308 - up on last year. Sadly they did not get to meet the great man this time so had to make do with a photo!
Donation from GETRAG-FORD Transmissions
We have received a charitable donation of £600, proposed by Barry Taylor who is an employee of GETRAG-FORD Transmission, from the Transmission Hourly Group Charity
Karan Waller and Amy-Leigh Willis attended a photo session and presentation of the cheque from the Charity Committee on Friday 13th May 2016.
Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon
29th May 2016
Ian Waller, Vicky Ferguson, Daryl Evans, Mark Howard, Neil Howard, Chris Collings, David Hesketh, Ben Norton, Danny Houghton, Billy MacDonald, Kev Ward, Jeff Enamu, Mark Gittens and David Hesketh took part in the marathon and Alix, David, Jess, Craig, Wendy and Mark completed the half-marathon.
“The seven half marathon runners set off at 9am, while the main marathon runners started at 10am. The sun was shining and it was extremely hot.
For the first 12 miles there was lots of singing to the bands and DJs spread out along the route. We also ran around both Liverpool and Everton football grounds. Things then started to get tough but after lots of blood, sweat and tears, we all got over the finish line apart from Kev, who was advised by paramedics not to continue because his salt levels were too low (he's fine now).
Karan, along with other families and friends, were waiting for us at mile 10 and cheering us on the finish line. It was a very special day for Karan”
The runners have raised a total of £10,911 (including Gift Aid) between them for Astro Brain Tumour Fund with another £300 to come from David’s employers.
Vitality Hackney Half Marathon
8th May 2016
Raymond Andrews took part in this challenge and raised nearly £100 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund
Blackett Family Tree
Trustee of Astro Brain Tumour Fund, Linda Rickford (nee Blackett) whose 36 year old son has a grade 2 ependymoma brain tumour, decided some time ago to try and trace her family tree. She discovered that her newly found cousins had so much information on their family history that they decided to write a book!
Linda was delighted and very moved when Al, Pat and Martin, after discovering that Linda's son had a brain tumour, told her that they wanted to donate all of the profits from the sale of the books to two Charities - Astro Brain Tumour Fund and The Rainbow Trust Children's Charity. This has resulted in the sum of £1,270 being donated to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
The full story and a link to the Blackett family website.
Pictured from left to right are:
Al Kirtley, Caroline Robertson from the Rainbow Trust, Sir Hugh Blackett, Linda Rickford, Pat Longbottom, Martin Blackett.
Corsham St George’s 10K Run -17th April 2016
David Maidment took part in this event and has raised over £400 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
“Great and sunny Corsham 10K run today raising money for Astro Fund. Proud to have raised over £400 and counting... The run also coincides with my wife Barbara's birthday. She had a posterior fossa astrocytoma removed 2.5 years ago and is bravely battling a very challenging recovery”
Horse Racing Event
A successful evening of horse racing was held on Thursday 7th April at the White Horse at Longham, Norfolk when £1,241 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Reading Half Marathon
Rod Barrett once again successfully completed this run on 3rd April 2016, proudly wearing his Astro shirt.
Winter Warmer Event 2015
Mary and Robbie Burton held their Ninth Winter Warmer event at Meadow Springs, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk on 19th December. Homemade soup and desserts were served and raffle, book sale, tombola and competition to win a single malt bottle of whisky were held. Over fifty people attended and a total of £700 was raised on the day which was added to other fundraisers held earlier making a total of £1,100 for Astro Brain Tumour fund.
Charity Fashion Supper
This event was held on 18th November 2015 at Bank House, King’s Lynn. Around fifty ladies enjoyed a two course meal and clothes from Allez Chic, Castle Rising, were modelled. A raffle was also held. It was a most enjoyable evening and £501 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Larking Gowen Norwich Half Marathon 2015
Rod Barrett took part in this event on 22nd November. The weather was cold with rain/sleet before the start and another soaking after the finish! Rod battled through with a time on par with other years, braving the elements once again proudly wearing his Astro Shirt.
In Loving Memory of David Fletcher
We have received a payment of £1,124.75 in memory of David.
Le Brevent Chamonix Mountain Climb
Mark Howard, with team member Chris Collings, completed this challenge on 11th October 2015 supporting Astro Brain Tumour Fund and raising over £1,100. Karan Waller and her family were the inspiration for Mark.
Amsterdam Half Marathon
Lee Jacklin completed this run on 18th October and raised £226 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Norfolk Family Walk 2015
The Ninth Norfolk Family Walk, once again organised by Astro Brain Tumour Fund Secretary, Christine Forecast, took place in the grounds of Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea on Sunday, 11th October 2015. There were walks of one, three, six or ten miles long. There was a treasure trail along the one mile walk this year with nearly fifty children participating and being awarded a prize for their efforts.
The sun shone making ideal walking weather, and over 400 adults and children plus 171 four-legged friends walked around the park, taking in the beautiful surroundings. The ten mile walkers also enjoyed the facilities of Wells-next-the-Sea, namely fish and chips, a pint or a cup of coffee – two ladies even managed to enjoy a little retail therapy and still managed to finish the walk on time!
When they returned to base, walkers reported back with the number of miles they had walked. The majority then took the opportunity to recuperate at the excellent café at the Hall, enjoying the lovely autumn sunshine.
There were also books, jewellery and Astro Brain Tumour Fund t-shirts on sale
The trustees of Astro Brain Tumour Fund would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Adrian Flux Insurance Services who kindly once more sponsored the Walk’s running expenses, Hunstanton Rotary Club who sponsored the children’s prizes, Holkham Hall, Christine's team of willing helpers, and most importantly the walkers who took part and raised funds for vital research projects that the charity is currently funding. Huge thanks also go to everyone who have kindly made donations or sponsored their friends and family. Amount raised around £11,300 - a record!
It was a happy and uplifting day with people taking the opportunity to catch up with friends and family and we look forward to seeing you on 9th October 2016 for the Tenth Norfolk Family Walk!
Ikano Robin Hood Half Marathon
Chris Johnson successfully completed this event on 27th September 2015.
"I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came out to support me at my first half marathon in 1 hr 54 mins and to everyone who has sponsored me”.
Chris raised £191 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund
Morrisons Great North Run 2015
13th September 2015
Nicola Innes and Jonny Buglass took part in this iconic event for Astro Brain Tumour Fund:
“My sister, Sarah, was diagnosed with a type II ependymoma in January 2015. She underwent major spinal surgery in February where the surgeons managed to remove most of the tumour, but some of it remains as was too close to her nerve”.
£182 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Tough Mudder North West 2015
12th September 2015
Claire Chamielic. Matt Duffy and team took part in this challenging event and raised £1,094 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Table Top Sale
A table top sale, organised by Miranda Jeavons, was held in Barclays Bank, Hunstanton, Norfolk, throughout July and a total of £225 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Cream teas were served in Holme-next-the-Sea Village Hall on 30th July 2015. A selection of scones and cakes (with plenty of cream of course!) together with tea and coffee were enjoyed by around fifty people. There was also a tombola and book stall. Proceeds for Astro Brain Tumour Fund amounted to £326.
Tea & Coffee Fundraising Event
We have received a cheque for £60 from Julie Mead who used to be a moderator in our online LGG Support Group. This amount was raised through her brother, Graham Catnach at the Royal Aeronautical Society (Heathrow), in memory of Julie’s husband, Anthony, who passed away in 2012 after living with a low-grade brain tumour for 12 years.
Rock n Roll Liverpool Marathon 2015
14th June 2015
Sean Lloyd, Vicky Ferguson, Matt McGuirty, Mark Crowley and Laura Watson completed this event raising a total of £2486 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Their inspiration was brain tumour patient Karan Waller. Karan has been the inspiration for many fundraising events held in the past few years for ABTF.
The Melton Coast 2 Coast Bike Ride
14th June 2015
Lee Melton, who was diagnosed with a low-grade brain tumour in 2012, his brother Neil and two of Neil's colleagues took part in this challenge and raised £1284, including Gift Aid, to be divided between Astro Brain Tumour Fund and The Brain Tumour Charity.
"So we did it. 3 days, lots of pain, suffering and swearing, but we got there. Thanks to my brother for his support and encouragement and thanks to all that supported us".
The Race across the West
16th June 2015
Racing through the day and night, the RAW formed the first and toughest stage of the 2015 iconic Race Across America.
Jane Bates and her team successfully took part in this challenge and raised £1,942 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund, riding 860 miles in 57 hours (averaging over 15mph) through the deserts of California, Arizona and the mountains of Colorado.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Full Marathon 2015
31st May 2015
Kevin Baird took part in this challenge.
“In 2011 Andrew, a young friend of mine, was diagnosed with a low grade astrocytoma tumour and I am hoping to raise as much money as possible by running the marathon to help the researchers find a cure for this terrible disease”
Kevin raised nearly £200 or Astro Brain Tumour fund.
Charity Quiz Night
Kemi-Louise Hall organised a Quiz Night at Woody’s Bar, University of Kent on 29th March 2015. She also held a raffle with many prizes including restaurant and beauty vouchers. A total of £375 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
At the Seventh Annual Bridge Day at The Lifeboat Inn at Thornham on the Norfolk Coast, 56 players enjoyed a friendly day of bridge.
They arrived at 10.30 am for coffee & home-made biscuits, played bridge until lunch, which consisted of chicken pie followed by fruit salad, before starting the afternoon session. After finishing at 4pm, they then had a cuppa before driving home. They paid £20 for the day and also contributed to the raffle.
There were many requests for another day next year, one couple travelling from Peterborough yet again – about 60 miles! £827 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Russell Watson Concert Collection
Christine Forecast, Secretary, Astro Brain Tumour Fund, organised a collection at the end of a concert by Russell Watson at the Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on 21st April. Six supporters (including three trustees) stood at the exit doors with their buckets and £259.28 was donated by the concert goers. After the collection, they were invited to meet Russell on the stage – he was very charming and gained a few extra fans!
Pictured with Russell are Trevor Forecast, Val Minns, Christine Forecast (Secretary), Linda Rickford (Trustee), Robbie Burton and Mary Burton (Treasurer).
Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run
Sunday, 15th March 2015
Dave Connett, Andrew Kinsman and their team successfully completed this challenge in memory of Dave’s wife Becky, who died from a brain tumour in 2013.
“Chris, Dollop, Yumi and I all finished the 8.2 mile race, some in better shape than other. We raised money for the charity which funds research into the cruel condition which led to Becky’s death. Thanks to all for your generous contributions”
Dave, Andrew and their team raised a total of £1,954, including Gift Aid, for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
The Grand Union Canal Challenge 2014
Emma Willsman took part in this challenge in June 2014.
“I did this walk in support of my lovely friend Tracey. Tracey is married to Stephen and they have two young children. She was diagnosed with a brain tumour around two years ago and has been so amazingly positive, despite the tumour becoming increasingly aggressive. She is truly inspirational!”
Emma has raised the sum of £662, including Gift Aid, for Astro Brain Tumour Fund
Alcohol Free Challenge
Deborah Collier Beattie took part in this challenge and abstained from drinking alcohol for the month of October 2014.
“I raised funds for Astro Brain Tumour Fund which is a charity that raises funds for research and lobbies for those who have low grade brain tumours, a cause which is very close to my heart as this is a condition my daughter, Lauren, has been living with from age 8, she's now 14. Her latest is scan is stable and Lauren continues to overcome all her difficulties with a gritty determination and a positive attitude! She's an amazing young lady who takes everything in her stride and I and all her family are hugely proud of her and her courageous attitude”.
Deborah has raised a total of £735 for Brain Tumour Fund.
Pub Grub at the King William IV
Astro Brain Tumour Fund held a Charity Pies & Mash night at the King William IV in Sedgeford on Wednesday 21st January kindly sponsored by Lili & Nick Skerritt, the owners.
79 people enjoyed steak & kidney, chicken & ham or fish pie plus mash and fresh vegetables followed by either apple or bakewell pie.
The raffle, with super prizes kindly donated by King William owners and their suppliers, raised £440.00 and, together with a charity donation from their dining club, a donation from the price of the meals and donations from people who were unable to attend, made a grand total of £950.
Freshno Pedal for Scotland
Colleagues of brain tumour patient Laura Smith took part in a 47 mile cycle ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh on 7th September and raised £153 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund
Winter Warmer Event 2014
Mary and Robbie Burton held their Eighth Winter Warmer at Meadow Springs, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk on 20th December. Homemade soup and desserts were served and a raffle and tombola was held. There was a chance for a lucky person to win our giant teddy bear but unfortunately no one correctly guessed his name or weight! It was a happy occasion and a total of £700 was raised on the day which was added to other fundraisers held earlier making a total of £1,000 for Astro Brain Tumour fund.
Two Part Challenge for Rebecca Willcox
Rebecca has now completed her Two Part Challenge.
“The first part was a 16-mile race through Kingston upon Thames on 12 October. The race turned out to be a little longer than 16 miles, but I finished 16 miles in 2hr 13m.
“On 22nd November, I took part in the Survival of the Fittest and so I've now completed my challenge for the Astro Fund.
“I'm covered in bruises and scrapes and feel like I've been in a car crash, but had a super time. Slipped off a 7-foot wall onto my backside but evidently I'm well-cushioned in that department because after a few minutes I was good to go. The mud slide was tremendous fun, as was being blasted by the fireman's hose, but the four sections of river/canal crossings were a bit chilly and I scaled around 10 or so 7ft plus walls...”
Rebecca has raised £904 through her Virgin Just Giving page for Astro Brain Tumour Fund - all in memory of her dear friend, Gemma Barrett.
City of Norwich Half Marathon
Rod Barrett took part in the Norwich Half Marathon on 23rd November and, in spite atrocious weather conditions, finished in 2hrs 30mins, done in loving memory of his niece, Gemma Barrett. This race was part of Rod’s ongoing programme of runs supporting Astro Brain Tumour Fund and he is also planning to take part in the 2015 Reading Half Marathon once again. Rod is pictured here before the race with his brother, David and sister-in-law Ros, Gemma’s mum and dad.
Over £6,200 has been accumulated by Rod since 2012 – visit his Just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Rodb/
Fundraising Evening at Runcorn
Friends of Karan Waller, who has a low grade glioma, rallied round to help produce an amazingly successful fund raising evening, on Saturday, 22nd November 2014.
The Pavilions Venue offered their facilities free of charge and friends organised food and music. Two bands, Massey Green and Karan’s Band provided the entertainment. Family members and friends also designed posters, tickets and organised the raffle.
Karan made 200 Astro Fund key rings and gave one to each person as a momento of this successful, fun filled evening.
A total of £3,647 has been raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Yoga Fundraising Day
Lucy, owner of Loose Yoga Studio in Crawley, held a yoga day on 8th November, which was a great success despite it being a really wet and miserable day. There were 10 free classes for all levels and people dropped in for a class and paid a donation. Lucy decided to hold the event in support of a client who’s daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The sum of £460 was raised and Astro Brain Tumour Fund received £240.
Hair Today Gone Tomorrow
On 4th November 2014, Carla Pooley had a massive 20 inches of hair cut off by Jaime at Bliss Hair and Beauty Ltd, Heacham, raising money for three charities close to her heart.
“I decided to hold this event to raise funds and awareness for three charities.
“The first charity is Astro Brain Tumour Fund as over the last couple of years myself and close friends/family have lost people dear to them. This summer my family said goodbye to a wonderful man who had been putting up a brave fight against a brain tumour for six years. My lovely cousin Ross lost his life at the age of 28 years. I know we will all miss him dearly.
“The second charity I am supporting is The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. We recently received the devastating news that a very close family member has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. In 2001 she fought and won her own battle against breast cancer and can't believe she has been struck again, she remains brave and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She truly is an inspiration! Obviously we are only at the beginning of this rocky road and pray for a smooth journey.
“The third charity I am supporting is The Little Princess Trust. This charity receives donations of hair and provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment. I hope that my hair will be a valuable addition to the Princess Trust and bring a smile to at least one child’s face”
Carla also held a coffee morning after the event. Coffee and delicious cakes were served to her family and friends and the proceeds of this were divided between the three charities. Total raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund stands at £410 and total for all three charities is £1,224.
Firewalk at the Willoughby Arms
Dave Connett took part in this event for Astro Brain tumour Fund on 24th October 2014.
“I'm raising money for the charity which funds research into the cruel condition which caused my beautiful wife Becky's death last year."
“As an event, it was excellent & very well organised (by another charity, Little Heroes) at my local pub, the Willoughby Arms, Kingston-upon-Thames. There’s no magic trick involved so it is potentially dangerous if not done properly. After a thorough and confidence-boosting training session, thirteen of us successfully walked on hot coals. We did it several times as they introduced more & more heat and flame. It was great fun & no injuries reported”.
Dave raised the grand sum of £600 (including Gift aid) for the charity.
Norfolk Family Walk 2014
The Eighth Norfolk Family Walk, once again most efficiently organised by Astro Brain Tumour Fund Secretary, Christine Forecast, took place in the grounds of the palatial Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea on Sunday, 19th October 2012. There were walks of one, three, six or ten miles long. The one mile walk for children had games along the way.
The weather was very kind this year and the sun shone on a record number of around 400 adults and children plus lots of four-legged friends, who enjoyed the walk around the park, taking in the beautiful surroundings. The ten mile walkers also enjoyed the facilities of Wells-next-the-Sea, namely fish and chips, a pint or a cup of coffee!
When they returned to base, most of the walkers then took the opportunity to recuperate at the excellent café at the Hall, enjoying the lovely autumn sunshine.
This year, walkers had the option to walk for the cancer charity of their choice after paying the £5 registration fee, giving them the opportunity to raise funds for their favourite charity.
The trustees of Astro Brain Tumour Fund would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Adrian Flux who kindly once more sponsored the Walk’s running expenses, Holkham Hall, Christine's merry band of helpers, and most importantly our walkers who took part and raised funds for vital research projects that the charity is currently funding. Huge thanks also go to everyone who have kindly made donations or sponsored their friends and family. Amount raised so far is £6,200 with sponsorship money still to come.
It was a happy and uplifting day with lots of people taking the opportunity to catch up with friends and family and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Notts Camping & Caravan Club
The Camping & Caravanning Club Nottinghamshire District Association presented a cheque for £4,000 to Katie Sheen of Astro Brain Tumour fund as a result of their fundraising efforts. In addition to this, Lee Melton has also taken part not just in the Edges & Dales Walk but also the Three Peaks Challenge for us in the past (Lee is pictured second from left here, next to our founder Katie Sheen). The cheque presentation took place at their 50th Goose Fair Meet - hence the Robin of Sherwood theme.
Blackpool Hilton 10K Run
Kelly Day and Dave Sorrell took part in this run for Astro Brain Tumour Fund on 30th August 2014 and raised the fantastic sum of £1913.
“We braved the winds and quite a few hills (more up, than down) to complete it in our best time yet, 1 hour 4 mins 23 secs, thanks to Dave setting the pace and making me put in a good effort for all those kind people who have sponsored us.
It has been overwhelming the amount of kindness and support that we have been given. Massive thanks go to each and every one of them.
This is a charity very close to our hearts as I, Kelly Day, was diagnosed with a Pilocytic Astrocytoma in August 2013 and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove it. I have been so lucky to have survived, pretty much unscathed, so I wanted to do this, hopefully to help provide some care and support for all those patients and carers that are less fortunate than I have been.
All the pain of running has been well worth it to support a very worthy cause.”
Zip Wire Challenge
James Martin did the Zip Wire Challenge over Liverpool city centre on 4th September 2014 .
“I did this to raise funds for the Astrofund brain tumour research which we all know is a charity close to our hearts as my Auntie Karan is living with a low grade astrocytoma tumour. This charity supports people like Karan and also goes towards the research of this type of tumour which isn’t funded by the government. I have paid for the zip wire myself.”
James has raised £132 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Vicky Waller completed this challenge on 15th August 2014, raising nearly £900 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Her inspiration was her sister-in-law, Karan Waller, who was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in June 2009.
“It was a pleasure to raise money for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and I really enjoyed the skydive. It went really well and I would do it again tomorrow if I could – after being so scared in the weeks approaching it!”
2014 British 10k London Run
Rebecca Wood was scheduled to take part in this run on 13th July 2014 supporting Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
“Due to injury I was unable to run the race, instead my wonderful friend Kendall stepped in and completed in 1 hour 7 minutes! Sorry to disappoint”.
Rebecca and Kendall raised £280 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Many thanks to Kendall for stepping in and doing the run on Becky’s behalf.
Sandringham Flower Show
Secretary of Astro Brain Tumour Fund, Christine Forecast and Treasurer, Mary Burton, with the help of their husbands, had a stand at Sandringham Flower Show on 30th July 2014. It was a lovely warm, sunny summer’s day and a very happy occasion. Books and bracelets (made by Karan Waller) were sold and a tombola was held. The Norfolk Family walk being held on October 19th was promoted and we managed to make a decent profit, after deduction of expenses. It proved to be a valuable and very worthwhile awareness day. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also attended the show.
The National Bank of Australia
The National Bank of Australia is celebrating 150 years of being part of the London banking community. To mark their 150th milestone, their leadership team invited everyone in the branch to nominate one charity that they would like to receive a donation. Beckie Barry nominated ABTF and a result we have received a donation of £150.
Fundraising Event, 21st June 2014
Andrea & Darren Williams, and Andrea's sister Alison Hill, held a fundraising event which proved a huge success.
"I was overwhelmed by the generosity and support from friends, family and people who we met for the first time on the day. There were reiki treatments, nail manicures, cakes, notebooks, key rings and handmade cards to buy and and a raffle with fabulous prizes.
We managed in total to raise £2373.15, and I am so happy to donate a fabulous amount to two charities - £1,000 to The Brain Tumour Charity and the remaining £1,373.15 to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
When our daughter was diagnosed I felt so helpless and raising money in this way makes me feel that I am helping in some way."
Linda Rickford, one of our trustees, was researching her family tree and through that, linked up with distant relatives Al Kirtley, Pat Longbottom and Martin Blackett. They wrote a book called 'The History of the Blacketts' and kindly donated half of the profits to date to ABTF. Pictured is Al Kirtley, 5th cousin once removed to Linda, presenting the cheque to her.
An evening of jazz was held at Sussex Barn, Burnham Market, Norfolk on 17th May 2014. East Anglia’s top Dixieland band, Dixie Mix, played to an enthusiastic audience. Refreshments were served in the interval and a raffle, with many valuable prizes, was held. The proceeds of the event amounted to £1,080, which was divided equally between Macmillan Cancer Care and Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
In Loving Memory of Rita Gerard
Deby Brown, who was diagnosed with an LGG a year ago, sent Astro Brain Tumour Fund a cheque for £75. Deby sadly lost her mother recently and this money was raised by donations instead of flowers at her funeral.
Bupa Great Manchester Run 2014
Simon Lee took taking part in this event on 18th May for Astro Brain Tumour Fund in memory of James Hewitt.
“The run went great, I really enjoyed it and the fact that it was for a good cause made it even more rewarding for me. I managed to run the 10k in 1hr 2 minutes which I was very happy with, considering how hot it was on the day”
Simon has raised over £400 for the charity
Chester Half Marathon 2014
Cheryl Myers took part in this run for Astro Brain Tumour Fund on 18th May and has raised £140 to date. The day was very hot but Cheryl managed to complete the course in two hours 24 minutes – a great achievement for her first half marathon! The inspiration for Cheryl was her friend Karan Waller. Cheryl is pictured with her family.
Nationwide Community Match Scheme
Nationwide customers voted to support Astro Brain Tumour Fund in their Community Match Scheme. We are the winning charity in our area as voted by Nationwide customers and have received a cheque for £500.
Spring Fashion Event
The Spring/Summer fashion collection from Allez Chic was modelled in the lovely setting of Congham Hall, Norfolk on 22nd March. Afternoon tea was enjoyed by 83 guests, a raffle was held and a total of £823, including commission received from sales, was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Supper & Fun Quiz
Mary & Robbie Burton held a Supper and Fun Quiz in Holme-next-the-Sea Village Hall on 12th April. Around 60 guests sat down to a supper of Arthur Howell’s butchers’ sausages, mash & leek gratin followed by mixed fruit crumble & cream. This was enjoyed with a complimentary bottle of wine per table. It was then eyes down to take part in a fun quiz won by the “Where’s Terry?” team. A raffle was also held and proceeds for Astro Brain Tumour Fund total £800.
Bridge Day 2014
The seventh annual Bridge Day was held, once again this year, at the Lifeboat Inn, Thornham, Norfolk on 2nd April with 60 players, many attending for the seventh year running. The Manager Helen, persuaded some of their 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 chicken pie & Eton mess and the afternoon ended with tea and biscuits around 3.30 pm. Over £960 was raised to boost Astro Brain Tumour Fund’s research funds, so many thanks to all concerned.
Old Coulsdon Bowling Club
Members of the Old Coulsdon Bowling Club, where Linda Rickford’s husband, Barry, is a member, held a Wear a Hat Event for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. They also held a “Call my Bluff” evening and raised £140
Fundraising Night - 1st March
“A fundraising event was organised by Colin Waller, Karan Waller’s father in law (Karan is a brain tumour patient), and supported by the Quayside in Runcorn. They provided the venue, hotpot supper, event tickets and raffle tickets for free. We sold out two weeks before the event!
Karan herself along with family and friends went on a mission to get as many raffle prizes as possible. We got some great prizes. From Swaroski earrings, Formula One signed Caps (Hamilton and Vettel), signed Widnes rugby shirt, drinks hampers, zumba classes, tattoos to a FA authentic England Football Shirt. Karan also made some Astrofund keyrings which sold for a pound each.
It was a great night with a real buzz. Karan had a positive MRI results the day before and she was in good spirits. She stood up and told people about the importance of the charity and what is was like to live with an incurable brain tumour that keeps growing - she asked everyone to dig deep to support her on this special night. The support showed how much Karan is loved and respected in our community.
We took the opportunity to formally say thank you to Chris Collings, who did Kilmanjaro in January and raised a lot of money. The tribute act of Elvis went down well, but the main thing was to raise money.”
A grand total of £3,295 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Donation- March 2014
A donation was made to Astro Brain Tumour Fund via HM Queens’s privy purse.
Reading Half Marathon
Rod Barrett and Clare Taylor successfully completed this run on 2nd March 2014 raising money for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Clare completed the run in the fantastic time of just under two hours with Rod following up around 25 minutes later. Rod says:-
“Although it turned very cold before the start with grey clouds and a chill wind, the rain held off with only a few spots towards the end. As ever, Reading was a well-organised, mass run with lots of atmosphere - and the people of Reading turned out in droves to give their support. They are brilliant and make it such a special occasion, along with the grandstand finish in the Madjeski Stadium. I think I can say that both Astro's runners enjoyed the race and emerged without major ill-effects”.
Dunkys Day Nursery
We have received a payment of £586 from Dunkys Day Nursery in Cheshire.
They raised the money by holding a number of fundraising activities including a 5k Santa Dash across the Runcorn/Widnes bridge where one of their staff wore their 6ft Dunky mascot outfit! They also sold lots of cakes and refreshments during their Christmas carol concerts.
The inspiration for the fund raising was brain tumour patient Karan Waller whose daughters attend the Nursery. Karan is pictured here with staff members, children and Dunky!
Ben Nevis-Kilimanjaro Challenge
Chris Collings reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on 11th January 2014 and raised over £5,300 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. The person who inspired Chris to do this amazing challenge is Karan Waller - read the full story on Chris's Just Giving page.
CTS Anglesey Ultra Marathon 33 mile
Chris Phillips took part in this event for Astro Brain Tumour Fund and raised over £2,000 (including Gift Aid) in sponsorship.
“My brother was diagnosed with a low grade glioma in January this year and has been given a lot of support from Astro Brain Tumour Fund which he has really appreciated. I wanted to express that appreciation through raising some money by putting myself through some pain”.
The Northern Counties Society of Osteopaths donated the sum of £100 after Katie Sheen delivered a lecture to 35 of its members.
Winter Warmer Event 2013
Mary and Robbie Burton held their annual event on 21st December. Homemade soup and desserts were served. A raffle, tombola and bring & buy were also held and proceeds, including donations and matched funding from Santander, came to £1,540. New this year was a Christmas cupcake Competition won by Val Minns. Billy Burton also attended with his “Whiskers for Christmas” appeal. It was a great day with everyone in the Christmas spirit and donating so generously.
Warrington Borough Council
Warrington Borough Council employees have been raising awareness of brain tumours for Astro Brain Tumour Fund in support of one of their colleagues, Karen Waller, Apprenticeship Manager, who is receiving treatment for a brain tumour and being supported by the charity.
To share their support for Karan and the charity, they held a fund raising day on 27 November 2013, including dressing down, a cake stall, tombola and huge raffle. Prizes were donated by the community and local businesses.
Colleagues also played in a 6 team Charity Football Tournament at Orford Park on 4th December.
Tim Smith, Principal Manager, didn’t shave or have his hair cut from 1st November to 13th December, when colleagues shaved one side of his head, hair and beard. He then walked around like that for one week. His chest was also shaved!
As a result of all the fundraising activities, over £1,050 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Norwich Half Marathon
This event took place at the Royal Norfolk Showground on 24th November 2013. Rod Barrett ran once again wearing his Astro Brain Tumour Fund running shirt. The weather was chilly but dry – a vast improvement on other years and Rod completed the run looking as fresh as when he started!
“As always, my runs are inspired by my wonderful niece Gemma who fought her tumour so bravely. When it's cold and miserable and I don't want to train, she's always there to get me going and to get me home again”.
Visit Rod’s Just giving page
Charity Football Match
A group of friends (Chris Collings, Barry Taylor and David Hesketh) got together to fundraise for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. They organised a Charity Football Match at Millbank Linnets Stadium, Runcorn, Cheshire, on Sunday, 3rd November. Comedian John Bishop, his son and brother and champion boxer Derry Matthews were among those who played in the match as well as ex professional footballers, managers and coaches. This turned out to be a highly enjoyable and entertaining event. It was very fitting that the day started with rain and developed into not just sunshine but also a rainbow over the pitch! An auction was also held after the football match. The inspiration for the fundraising is Karan Waller (pictured here with John Bishop) and over £6,000 was raised on the day.
See the report and pictures in the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
In Loving Memory of James Purcell
James sadly died from a brain tumour in August 2013 and his daughter, Fiona Nicholson, asked for donations to Astro Brain Tumour Fund in lieu of flowers at his funeral and we have received the sum of £213.38.
Ford Motor Company
Barry Taylor nominated Astro Brain Tumour Fund for a gift from his Company's Charitable Trust and as a result we have received a payment of £600. Vicky Ferguson, Collette Willis and Amy Leigh Willis attended for the presentation on 25th October 2013.
Norfolk Family Walk 2013
The Seventh Norfolk Family Walk, once again brilliantly organised by Christine Forecast, took place in the grounds of the magnificent Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea on Sunday, 13th 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 blustery, cool and occasionally damp autumn day but around 230 adults, children and dogs rose above the weather and thoroughly enjoyed walking round the beautiful parkland, the ten milers having the bonus of calling in on the pretty town of Wells-next-the-Sea with plenty of opportunities for a warming cup of coffee or a taster of the town’s renowned fish and chips to help them on their way. Holkham Hall’s café was also a very popular place for helpers and walkers alike! Many thanks to walkers, sponsors and helpers who all helped make the day such a happy and successful occasion with over £4,500 raised to date.
See the photo gallery for more pictures
The Kingston Run Challenge
Team members: Kevin Finnerty, Claire King, Johnny Bown, Luke Finnerty, Clive Mizen, Stephane Memin, David Connett, Angela OReilly, Chris Abell, Tom Evans, Judy Mizen, Denise Tenn, James Finnerty, Martin Oscroft, Luke Finnerty
“This is the Run4Becky Team. So we did it. All the team, runners and supporters alike braved the cold and very wet conditions to complete the Kingston Challenge run at 8am on 13th October in loving memory of a very special person, Becky Clarke.
As promised the runners were whole heartedly supported and cajoled by a huge back up team of personal motivators and drunkards.
The whole group forms part of the Run4Becky team. We are raising money for Astro Brain Tumour Fund, a volunteer only charity to provide funds to aid brain tumour research.
We did this in memory of Becky Clarke. She was a very special person for all of us and was taken from us aged just 48. We miss her so much.
Her husband (who ran with us) and her family asked for donations to Astro Brain Tumour Fund at her funeral last August so it seemed appropriate that we help raise funds today. It was inspiring having everyone there. Becky was a truly unique individual who brought us all together. Below is a link for the 'unofficial' finishing video. The last chap running in is Dave (Becky's husband). He injured his Achilles after 2 miles but struggled through the whole 8 miles. He came in last but he did it”.
Kevin and his team have raised the £4,213 (including Gift Aid) so far - visit their Virgin Money Giving page
In Loving Memory of Trevor Arnold
Trevor, from Holme-next-the-Sea, sadly passed away recently and Jackie, Tim and Miranda requested donations in his memory to be divided between Macmillan Cancer Care and Astro Brain Tumour Fund and as a result we have received a payment of £553.
Basingstoke Shire Half Marathon
Alexandra Moate and Hannah ran this Half Marathon (apparently one of the tough ones!) in support of Helen, an “amazing, inspirational friend who is battling a rare form of brain tumour, known as a low grade oligodendroglioma”. They raised nearly £3,000 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Selling for charity on ebay
Wendy Miller has been busy selling goods on ebay and as a result Astro Brain Tumour Fund have received a payment of £43.85.
In Loving Memory of Marjorie Tremeer
Mrs Tremeer passed away recently after being diagnosed with a brain tumour and her son and daughter generously asked for donations to Astro Brain Tumour Fund in place of floral tributes.
Bristol Half Marathon
John Jennings took part in this event on 15th September 2013.
"In November 2012, the day after giving birth to a beautiful baby daughter, my sister was diagnosed with having a brain tumour. Whilst this was devastating news to all concerned, we are determined to fight and beat this horrible condition. I managed to complete the run in 1hour 49min which was well below my target time of 2 hours. Fortunately the rain held off for most of the day and it proved to be an excellent event. The course and distance was extremely tough and the last few miles seemed endless! But the thought of all those donations going towards Astro Brain Tumour Fund to support their excellent cause spurred me on to the finishing line!"
John has raised over £2,000 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Harry Potter Fun Dress Up Day
The Harris and Hoole Coffee Shop in St. Margaret's held this fun event and raised £140 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Carol celebrated a special birthday and, in lieu of gifts, requested her family and friends to donate to Astro Brain Tumour Fund resulting in the sum of £315 being raised.
Christine, Trevor, Mary, Robbie, Mary, Tony and Mandy have been collecting for Astro Brain Tumour Fund at Sainsbury's, Hardwick, King's Lynn on 5th September. The weather was very hot and people didn't really seem in the mood to give but we made £220 and it was good publicity for the charity and for the Norfolk Family Walk on 13th October.
Jane & Shervin
Jane Harris and Shervin were married on 31st August 2013. They generously asked their guests to donate to Astro Brain Tumour Fund in lieu of gifts and, thanks to the generosity of their family and friends, have raised £3,612.
"We invited our guests to give a donation instead of wedding gifts in memory of Shervin's brother, Ashley, who passed away in March last year after a long and courageous battle with a brain tumour. Ashley would have been best man on the day and therefore we felt that not only was this a great opportunity to raise money for a charity that means so much to our family but it also felt like a way of including Ashley in our special day. We hope that any money we raise will support the volunteers that work so hard at offering support to both patients and their families and friends, as well as working to find a cure for certain types of brain tumours."
5km Obstacle Race Challenge
Carol Miller took part in this challenge and raised £926 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. In November 2012, Carol's nephew's wife, Tracey suffered a series of seizures and as a result was diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma.
Printing of Astro Brain Tumour Fund Leaflets
Bespak Europe Limited of King's Lynn have generously sponsored the printing of our new Astro Brain Tumour Fund leaflets.
Mary and Robbie Burton have raised £215 so far this year selling books, DVDs, vegetable and plants from a stall in front of their house.
Kayleigh Cree and friend paddled from Bedford, Carrington Lock to Ely Marina (around 50 miles) in two days on 15th and 16th June 2013.
“At times it was tough where we switched off and our muscles and bodies carried on without us realising! Saw some lovely views and had a great time! We kept our spirits high and we raised money for 2 charities, yourself and Leukemia and Lymphoma Research, both of you got equal amounts and I hope the money will help both charities.
The feeling both myself and Les felt when we finally finished was relief but mostly how proud we were for completing the challenge and raising the money for our chosen Charities!”
Kayleigh and Les raised £126 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
Three Peaks Challenge
Lee Melton, who has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour, his brother Neil and friend Bev successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday, 16th June.
"It was very hard work, and really was a challenge, but yes, we managed to finish it in less than 12 hours. Now I know why they call it the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do, but it was so rewarding to complete it with my brother Neil and my friend Bev. With 12 minutes to spare, we made it back to the Pen-Y-Ghent cafe to complete the challenge. Many thanks to all who supported us, and hopefully we will have something to do next year"
Lee and his party raised £1187 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.
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
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.”
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.
… 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.