Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
Following William Reed's skydive which finally took place on 3rd June, on 27th August Samantha Dewey, Justine Brunnschweiler and Ken Walker from Jellyfish Solutions in Swanmore also jumped out of a perfectly good plane over Old Sarum. They have raised £1,100 so far. Click on either of these links to see their fantastic skydives!
You can still sponsor the team here
The following day, Paulina Wodzynska, (pictured below) also jumped at GoSkydive. Paulina chose to support Leukaemia Busters because her grandfather is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia - thank you Paulina. She has raised £225 so far and you can also support her here
If you were unable to join us on 13th May but would like to skydive for Leukaemia Busters on another date you can jump with GoSkydive at Old Sarum in Salisbury or any other skydive school throughout the country. Simply sign up with your local airfield and then let us know and we will send you sponsorship forms and provided you raise a specified amount of sponsorship may even help you out with the cost of the dive.
GoSkydive would welcome anyone who wishes to jump for Leukaemia Busters - simply give them a call on 01722 568755 and book a jump.
Following his success in the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2017 Andy Piller took on the Ironman Vichy challenge on August 27th. Andy wants to raise a total of £40,000 before his 40th birthday in September 2020 and hopes that sponsorship for this event will help him on his way.
Ironman athletes swam in the beautiful Lake Allier , using the rowing race infrastructure to guide themselves through the course. The bike course in the country headed through the regions of Allier and Puy-de-dome, with exceptional views of the Chaine des Volcans d’Auvergne. The day ended with a running course on the shores of Lac d'Allier and through historical Vichy, where hundreds of spectators lined the course to cheer the athletes to the finish.
Andy finished the challenge in 13 hours and 14 minutes - a fantastic achievement! He has raised £2044.47 for this event which brings his total to £30,782.00. You can still sponsor Andy here .
From August 2016-August 2017 Leukaemia Busters was the nominated Charity of the Year for the staff and customers of Sainsbury's Local Store in Burgess Road, Southampton. During that time by holding charity days and by collecting loose change in tins at the checkouts they collected a total of £1055.46. We are very grateful to Manager, Sarah Buglass, (pictured below left with Sue Rudge from Leukaemia Busters and Dan, staff charity rep), the staff and the customers of the store for their support.
On Sunday 27th August Emily and her family walked up to High Spy (see below) and Maiden Moor in memory of her Nanny, Pauline Stride who recently died at the age of just 59 from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Leukaemia Busters are very grateful to Emily, Charlotte and their friends and relations for taking on this challenge and raising funds for research into treatments for currently incurable leukaemia. So far Emily has raised £435 and you can sponsor Emily here We would also like to thank James Stride who has opened an In Memory page for friends and family to donate in Pauline's memory here . Our condolences, best wishes thanks go to all who knew Pauline.
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 are William and his parents when they visited the Simon Flavell Laboratory recently to present a further cheque to David and Bee Flavell (far right & far left)and receive a final certificate acknowledging William's fundraising efforts to date and William at the airfield on the 13th May.
You can watch a video of William's Skydive at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMiwiV8VPaw
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).