Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
During June Leukaemia Busters was chosen to be one of the three charities which customers at ASDA Eastleigh could support using their green tokens. As a result of this collection, Debbie Wilson, Community Champion at the store visited the Simon Flavell Leukaemia Research Laboratory on 3rd August and presented a cheque for £200 to Drs David and Bee Flavell.
David gave Debbie a brief introduction to the work which is carried out at the laboratory and funded by donations such as the one from ASDA and we hope to working with Debbie and her colleagues at the Eastleigh store again in the future.
Our thanks go to all our supporters who helped us by putting their tokens into our bin during the June collection.
Pictured below: Dr David Flavell, Dr Bee Flavell, Debbie Wilson and Sue Rudge, LB Fundraising Assistant
After a cancellation on the 13th May, our skydiver, William Reed did his skydive on 3rd June, at Old Sarum Airfield outside Salisbury. GoSkydive , once again took our intrepid skydiver through his training and then his thrilling Tandem Skydive.
William had never done anything like this before and agreed that it was the thrill of a lifetime. On 12th July, William held a presentation at South Lawns Hotel, Milford-on-Sea where he presented a cheque for a total of £2172.00 to Sue Rudge (left) and Rob Sutcliffe (right).
The event was attended by over 40 of William's very generous sponsors and as well as the cheque presentation they heard a short talk about the charity from Mr Sutcliffe, Chairman of the Trustees, and also watched the video of Williams Skydive.
Pictured below is William presenting a cheque to Dr David Flavell upon a recent visit to the Simon Flavell Laboratory and at the airfield on the 13th May.
Skydiving on 19th August will be Paulina Wodzynska - you can sponsor her here Thank you Paulina!
Skydiving later in the year will be Samantha Dewey and Ken Walker of Jellyfish Solutions. They have raised £230 in sponsorship so far and you can sponsor them here Jellyfish helps to maintain the Leukaemia Busters website so we have double the reason to be grateful to them this year!
If you were unable to join us on our Skydive Day but would like to skydive for Leukaemia Busters contact GoSkydive here and they will organise everything for you - it really could not be easier.
Once again Laurie Humm and his friends, Dex Fuller, Steve Murphy and Jason organised a great Bank Holiday Quiz at King Harry's Bar in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight on 28th May. The event was won by The Twits who beat Upper Chine by one point and £300 was raised for Leukaemia Busters. Our thanks go to everyone who took part and to Laurie and his team - Thank You!
See below pictures of the organisers, winning team and other participants:
On Saturday 27th May 18 workmates took on their personal challenge of a lifetime and set off to climb the 3 peaks (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis) in 24 hours. Some, we are told, had never owned walking boots before so this was to be a huge challenge.
In the words of Emma Hawkins:
Ben Nevis, Scotland : The first mountain. (although it felt like we had already climbed a mountain by the time we had travelled from Bournemouth to Scotland!) We had to start this mountain earlier than expected as a storm was rolling in over the highland and we did not want to get caught in it! This led to a very muggy climb up the largest mountain in the challenge. Although the spirits were high as we summited around 14:00 (picture below as the whole group walk up the mountain).
Scarfell Pike, England: as we came off Ben Nevis we had separated in to three groups so the time we all climbed Scarfell pike was different. However, we all climbed it in the dark and in the rain. I think the majority of the group would say this was the most difficult mountain as it was hard to navigate and very un-rewarding as you reach the top and have no view to look over
Snowdon, Wales: The Last One!! By the time we got to this mountain, however many cereal bars we consumed, there was no more energy left to be had in our bodies. But the knowledge in our minds of the people we were helping was enough to power ourselves to the top. Celebrations consisted of sitting down and enjoying the view of the top of the clouds and the sun poured down on to us. The walk down was slow and steady but more than anything painful! (the picture below of 6 people on the summit).
Our best wishes and thanks go to Emma, Patrick, Laura, Callum, Helen, Steve, Greg, Julian, Pete, Agnes, Justin, Gabby, Kevin and Laura. Guide Martin and Drivers Harry, Tracy and Karl. Together they have raised £1380.00 so far in sponsorship. You can still sponsor the Ryvita Ramblers on their challenge here
On 13th May a representative of the Milford on Sea May Fair committee, Mrs Sally Reed, presented Sue Rudge, Leukaemia Busters' Fundraising Assistant, with a cheque for £200 when they met at Old Sarum Airfield on the occasion of Mrs Reed's son William's scheduled skydive in support of Leukaemia Busters.
The cheque was presented in memory of Chris Monks. Chris was a member of the Milford on Sea May Fair committee for a long time and when he died recently his widow, Pauline, requested that some funds be donated to Leukaemia Busters whom he had supported during his lifetime.
We are very grateful to Pauline Monks and to the Milford on Sea May Fair for this generous donation.
Pictured below are Sue Rudge (l) and Sally Reed (r)
Emma Frampton and Chloe Howarth (pictured left before the event) took on the Full Mucker, a 20-mile 200 obstacle race on 6th May 2017. The event took place at Burghley House and both Emma and Chloe completed the course and had a great time. So far the girls have raised £530 and £200 respectively and you can still sponsor Emma here and Chloe here
Pictured below: Chloe after the event
Leukaemia Busters was awarded a place at the above event in the charity ballot and Oliver Devon completed the course in 5:20:15 having struggled in the second half. All our congratulations go to Oliver who has raised £1898 so far. You can support Oliver here and help him to beat his £2000 target.
The Ballot for places on the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon opens on May 1st and closes on May 5th at 5.00p.m. If you would like to take part in this memorable event please apply online here . Good Luck.
Leukaemia Busters were delighted that Craig Mew took part in the Southampton Full Marathon 2017. Craig's sponsors have raised a brilliant £1236.76 so far and the total is still going up. You can still sponsor Craig here
Taking part in the Half Marathon on Leukaemia Busters' behalf were Nikki James (pictured below) and Sarah Clarkson. Nikki has raised £249.00 and Sarah, £368.46. You can still support Nikki here and Sarah here .
Our thanks go to Craig, Nikki and Sarah and their sponsors for their support.
The first major fundraising event of the year was organised by Andy Piller in memory of his friend RJ Williams. The weather was kind to the golfers and the total raised so far is £3292 with more donations still to come. Our thanks go to Andy, RJ's family and friends for their support once again in 2017.
Andy will be taking part in an Ironman Challenge in Vichy in August and has set up a fundraising page here to allow his sponsors to fundraise for him with an ultimate goal of reaching £40,000 by his 40th birthday. Good luck with the training for the Ironman Andy.
Pictured below: Winners: Dave Tyrell, Stuart Pearce, (Andy Piller0, Andy Harris & Darren Morrison; also some of the teams taking part (note, it was St Patrick's Day).