Most of you will be aware that I am currently in the full throws of fundraising for www.neccr.org.uk who cary out research into Childhood Cancers. 20 years ago on April 19th, I was given the all clear after fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and the landmark really made me think about how research saved my life and gave me the opportunity to have the 20 years some never got…
On Sunday 16th March, my husband Paul (front) and friend Ben ran the Northumberland Run, a gruelling half-marathon around the stunning Kirkley Hall in Northumberland. Whilst the views were picturesque, I didn’t envy either of them and even with sponsorship of over £200 the realisation set in that this would be no easy challenge.
The two of them queued for the bus up to the start line, discussing their training (Ben had thought that the run would be a 10k and so looks slightly more uneased than Paul…but he did an amazing job in difficult, windy conditions!!!)
They even decided to snap this ‘Startline Selfie’. We cheered them on from just outside the car, which I had dumped in a country lane to get a good view (and to allow us to stay warm in such blustery conditions too…I admit!)
Unfortunately, due to an injury he’s had before, I had to rescue my husband at mile 7 and drove backwards around the course to let Ben know…despite the conditions, and having never run a half marathon before, Ben kept going and did an amazing job!!!
He was able to finish the course in 2 hours 6 minutes and we were all there cheering him on at the end which was amazing!!!
Thank you to both of you for the sponsorship you raised and to Ben who has already started planning more events!!!
A week later and we were all at it again!!! On March 22nd, I held a table sale at Roker Methodist Church in Sunderland with items that had been donated by many people supporting our campaign. The church hall was filled with books, clothes, baby essentials, household items, gift sets, toys and of course cakes!!! A special thank you goes to my amazing friend Anastasia Goldsmith who arranged the venue, made the cakes and managed to make tea and coffee, paint faces, sell raffle tickets and bake and sell over 100 cakes too!!!
We also drew our raffle at the table sale and gave away 8 amazing prizes!!! But the main news, was what happened when we rang the lucky winner of the SAFC signed shirt – he donated it back to us to auction to raise more money for the charity! So, taking to social media, I began a facebook and twitter auction over a 24 hour period and was thrilled when at a minute to midnight I received an offer of £201, taking our weekend fundraising total from £608.50 to £809.50!!!
A huge thank you to EVERYONE who supported us at the weekend but particular thanks to Marie Cooper, Lee Cooper, Kevin Cooper, Anastastia Goldsmith and Mam Anita, Carol Bestford, Paul Roddy and to our amazing family and friends who supported us – well done to our lucky raffle winners and we hope to see you all again soon at Ladies’ Night in April!!!