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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 Catherine Blatherwick

We have received a total of £845 in memory of Catherine who passed away from a brain tumour.  Neal (her husband) writes that a grand total of £2,300 was received in her memory – which included proceeds of £500 from a samosa sale.  Treetops Hospice Care and Whiffle Pig also received donations.

MudrunNorfolk Family Walk
Sunday 7th October 2018
Over 350 adults and children plus numerous four legged friends converged on Holkham Hall yesterday for the Twelfth Norfolk Family Walk, organised by Astro Brain Tumour Fund, in aid of brain tumour research and support. The weather started off a little chilly but later the sun broke out and the walk was much enjoyed by all.

Many participants have been touched by brain tumours, including patients and families and friends and it is a lovely way to celebrate their lives. Around 2,000 miles were walked and this total will be added to the 2018 "World Walk" for Brain Tumours which is a project of the International Brain Tumour Alliance.

Latest news - Over 1,900 miles were walked by around 350 adults and children with £3,900 raised so far and looking forward to more sponsorship money coming in! If you would like to help make the total grow, it's not too late - go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/astrobraintumourfund

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To see more images from the day, please go to our Facebook page

Eastnor Castle Mudrun
Sunday 7th October 2018
The Lerego team family consisting of Margaret, Alex, Olivia, Emily and Felix took part in this 6km family mudrun round Eastnor Castle raising money for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. Hannah Lerego was unable to take part in the run due to the fact she recently gave birth to a baby girl, Mia.  So she was chief organiser, supporter and reporter – Hannah reports:

Mudrun“We are delighted that we've exceeded our target of £500 and the day was a big success. We are really grateful to all our sponsors, thank you so much!  The team had a brilliant time, got covered in mud and laughed so much it was really good.  Each of the team really enjoyed it, we had fantastic weather and it was a well organised event - the muddy puddles were just the greatest!

Olivia said it was fantastic - the team sent Emily into the puddles first to see how deep they were which was quite funny considering Emily is the shortest of them all!   There were quite a lot of hills but splashing down into the puddles of mud made it really worthwhile.

We really hope that the money we raise makes a difference towards the cancer fight

Best Wishes,
Hannah

The Lerego Team raised £663, including Gift Aid for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

FundraiserFundraiser

ABTF Trustee Linda Rickford held a fundraising afternoon on 19th September 2018 which included cakes, tea, raffle competitions and sales of perfume, cosmetics, Candlelite products and Christmas cards. 

With the help of many friends and family, a total in excess of £1,000 was raised for ABTF.

Sainsbury’s Collection

Charity FootballABTF Trustees Mary and Robbie, together with supporters Val and Jackie, did a collection at Sainsbury’s, Hunstantonon 27th July 2018 and £295.40 was donated by the generous locals and holidaymakers.

Tesco Collection

ABTF Trustees Mary and Robbie, together with supporters Elspeth and Kenny did a collection at Tesco, Hunstanton on 7th September 2018 and amassed a total of £366.09.

Car Boot Sales

ABTF Trustee Christine and friends have held a series of Car Boot sales and raised over £340 for Astro Brain Tumour fund

Charity Football

Hever Triathlon

Vanessa Fewell, together with team members Kate Grantham, Toni Young and Adrienne Bentley, took part in this event on 22nd September.

Charity FootballVanessa writes:

“As many of you know, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour five months after our close friend Ali Smith.  I was fortunate (relatively speaking!) as my tumour was slow growing but our beautiful friend Ali’s was an aggressive brain tumour.  She fought bravely for 16 months but lost her fight in January 2017.

I found the race really hard but the fact that my daughter, Ella who was working at the event, amazingly was put on the finish line, handing out medals and Kate, Toni and Adrienne were there (waiting for me!) made the end so worth it”

Vanessa and her team raised the sum of around £2,000 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund, which was half the money raised from this event (the other half going to Brain Tumour Research).

Cream Tea

Charity FootballMary & Robbie held a very enjoyable Cream Tea event in Holme-next-the-Sea Village Hall on 22nd August 2018. They sold out of scones but the cake just held on, some sat outside and enjoyed the sun. A raffle and a guessing game were also held and the total proceeds were £449 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Charity Football Tournament

Charity FootballMark Blatherwick reports:-

“We held a charity football tournament and raffle on 7th July to support four charities with our main cause being for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. We were supported by many businesses who provided raffle prizes and had five teams in the tournament. The day was a great success and we were able to raise a terrific amount for good causes”.

Mark and his team have donated £822 to Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

DorneyDorney Half Marathon

Mark Shepherd successfully completed this event on 9th June raising the sum of £962 (including Gift Aid) which will be divided between three charities, one of which is Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Charity Nail Art Day - 16th June 2018

Emily Leregro, whose husband has a grade 2 astrocytoma, reports:

“Mel and Caroline organise a charity nail art day every year in memory of Mel’s son Matt who died of a brain tumour as a teenager. They usually raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust but this year, because of my husband, kindly said they would donate the money for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.  Lots of people supported the event - donating their time, cakes and raffle prizes”.

A total of £642 was raised on the day – this will be matched by Mel’s workplace making a total of £1,284 for ABTF. 

Nail dayIn Loving Memory of Chloe Smithson

Astro Brain Tumour Fund was chosen as one of the charities to receive donations from family and friends in memory of Chloe, who sadly passed away from a brain tumour. A total of £1,032.90 has been received by ABTF.

Wear a Hat Event

Cream TeaThe Old Coulsdon Bowling Club men held their end of season lunch and held a belated Wear a Hat Day, in support of Astro Brain Tumour Fund, raising £79.

Cream Tea

ABTF treasurer/trustee Mary Burton and helpers held a Cream Tea in Holme-next-the-Sea Village Hall in West Norfolk on Tuesday 3rd April 2018 from. A raffle was held and £250 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Waitrose Bag Pack

Trustee Linda Rickford held a bag packing day at Coulsdon Waitrose and with the help of a terrific team of helpers,  raised £1,060 for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Norwich HalfCity of Norwich Half Marathon
15th April 2018

Rod Barrett, proudly wearing his Astro running shirt, once more pounded the roads and lanes around the Royal Norfolk Showground and finished the run successfully still looking as fresh as a daisy at the end! All done in loving memory of Gemma Barrett.

Pies and Pudding Night

Nick & Lilli at The King William IV at Sedgeford hosted a Pies, Mash & Puddings night for Astro Brain Tumour Fund on Wednesday 24th January 2018.

91 people enjoyed an evening with tasty pies & puddings, a raffle with prizes mainly donated by the King William’s suppliers, gentle jazz by “All that Jazz” and great service from the staff.

A total of £1094.70 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Christmas Party & Lunch

Holkham 2017Mary & Robbie held this event on 16th December 2017 in Holme-next-the-Sea Village Hall.  It was a great occasion with around 60 people enjoying their choice of homemade soup and puddings, rounded off with coffee or tea.   A raffle, tombola plus competitions to win a hamper and “guess the amount of jelly babies in a jar” were held.   After lunch a singalong of Christmas songs was enjoyed by all. 

A total of around £645 was raised on the day, and, with an amount of £200 raised by sale of fruit, veg and nearly new golf balls in the last few months, a total of around £845 will be banked for Astro Brain Tumour Fund!

Christmas Concert

Holkham 2017Hunstanton Concert Band held their annual charity Christmas Concert on 2nd December 2017 and this year all proceeds went to Astro Brain Tumour Fund. 

There was an impressive range of melodies beautifully played - we held a raffle and mince pies & coffee were served at the interval and £405 was raised fort Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Eleventh Norfolk Family Walk
15th October 2017

Holkham 2017Over 350 adults, 86 children and 43 of their 4 legged friends walked over 1,900 miles at Holkham enjoying the beautiful scenery of the park. The weather was very kind although a stiff breeze threatened to blow away the events tent once or twice!

They walked one, three, six or ten miles – the one mile walk had games for the children at the half way mark and the ten mile walk took in Wells-next-the-Sea.  The majority of walkers had family or friends whose lives have been affected by brain tumours and come back year after year to show their support.

To view images from the day, please go to our Facebook page

Great North Run
10th September 2017

Costas Eleftheriades took part in the Great North Run on 10th September in memory of his son Tom, who passed away from a brain tumour in 2009.  He supported Astro Brain Tumour Fund and Nasio Trust and raised a total of £543.

History of Holme Exhibition

History of HolmeAn exhibition was held in Holme-next-the-Sea Village Hall on 23rd September 2017. Sally and Martin Crown collected photos, documents, maps and all matters relating to the history of the village with the help of contributions from Holme villagers, past and present.

Over 160 people came through the door and many spent several hours browsing through the wealth of information. Trustees and supporters of Astro Brain Tumour Fund held a raffle and tombola and served food and drink all day.  £851 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund

Selling Stuff for Astro Brain Tumour Fund

We have received the following recently -  £95.68 being proceeds of sales on Ebay, £35 from Linda Rickford for selling an item on Gumtree, £221 from Robbie Burton for sales of veg and used golf balls!

Social KnitworksFundraising at Folkeast

Social Knitworks had a stand at Folkeast Festival on the weekend of 23rd August 2017 and raised £337.24 for Astro Brian Tumour Fund.

Beard Shave

Dave Connett shaved his beard off in loving memory of Becky Clarke and raised £481 (including Gift Aid) for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Bucket Collection

Christine, Trevor, Val, Jackie, Robbie and Mary did a bucket collection at Tesco, Hunstanton on 15th July and the proceeds amounted to £397.23.

Kibworth Golf Club

Kibworth LadiesWe have received a cheque for £2,425.60 from Wendy Quilter raised during her year as Lady Captain of the club.  They held many events during the year including “Guess the Longest Drive Competition”, Afternoon Queens Tea celebrating the Queens 90th birthday, a sweepstake for the Grand National, a seaside themed event day, a couple of charity golf days and a Murder Mystery Night (which was held before the American vote) called “Who Killed Donald Trump?”!

Fashion Show and Food

A Fashion Night organised by Allez Chic was held at the Bank House, King's Lynn on 6th April 2017. Around 80 ladies enjoyed a two course meal while watching the fashion show. Around £645 was raised, including raffle proceeds, for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Cream TeasCream Teas

Cream Teas were served in Holme-next-the Sea Village Hall on 12th April. A raffle was also held and a total of £350 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

Bucket Collection

A bucket collection was held at Sainsbury's, Hunstanton, Norfolk on 7th April and £318.16 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund. The buckets were manned by Trustees Mary and Robbie Burton and by volunteers Val Minns and Jackie Arnold.

Norwich 2017City of Norwich Half Marathon

Rod Barrett once again successfully completed this race on 9th April 2017 proudly wearing his Astro shirt, with the memory of his niece Gemma Barrett spurring him on. It was an unseasonably warm day but he still looked his cool, calm and collected self at the end!

Pie, Mash & Pudding Night

A pie, mash & puds night was held at the King William IV Country Inn & Restaurant, Sedgeford, Norfolk, on Wednesday 8th February when a great night was had by all the 78 people who attended.

The game, steak & kidney and fish pies were all praised highly and the “All that Jazz” trio added their music to help create the relaxed and friendly atmosphere enjoyed by all who attended.  Most of the 42 raffle prizes were kindly donated by suppliers to the King William or our regular supporters.

£916.18 was raised for Astro Brain Tumour Fund.

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.

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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.

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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 the grand sum of £9568. 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.

TeddyPeny 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.

TeddyHunstanton 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.

Teddy“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.

TeddyDonation 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.

Gung-Ho Liverpool

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!
Russell Watson

TeddyDonation 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.

TeddyIan reports:
“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!

TeddyLinda 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.

TeddyCorsham 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.

For earlier fundraising results see the archive »

… 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.