Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
We are delighted to announce that the customers and mangement of The Gamekeeper in Ashurst raised £590.30 at the above event on the 3rd November. Our thanks go to Patrick Taylor Walker and new landlord, Alan Taylor, for organising and supporting this event. Thank you everyone who attended and made this event such a success.
Following a sunlit reception drink, sponsored by The Southampton Harbour Hotel, the guests enjoyed a 3-course meal and then sat back to listen to the main event of the evening. They heard about Bill's early career as a journalist firstly,on the Bournemouth Echo and later in Fleet Street. He and Paul then discussed several of his many travel books before finishing with an update on his next book which will be published in 2019.
Following the conversation there was a table draw for signed copies of Bill's books, a charity auction and a raffle.
The event has raised over £11,500 so far with more funds to come.
Leukaemia Busters would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their generous contribution to making this evening an enjoyable event. In particular, we thank our special guests Bill & Cynthia Bryson and Paul Heiney.
Photographer, Nadja Litau has now prepared a gallery of photos of the evening which you can access here:
Photos on this page courtesy of Nadja Litau Photography
Romsey Abbey echoed to resounding applause on 27th October after a performance by the Charity Symphony Orchestra, under conductors, Paul Ingram, Dominic Harries and Craig Lawton.
The programme consisted of:
Wagner - Overture to the Flying Dutchman
Wagner - Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Bruckner - Symphony No. 8
ably performed by the orchestra, who gathered from far and wide for this performance. Leukaemia Busters are very grateful to all the musicians and conductors of the Charity Symphony Orchestra, the staff and volunteers at Romsey Abbey and all the audience members. The event raised a total of £1,046.47.
Pictures below courtesy of Dominic Brenton
We were very lucky to be able to announce that for the year 2017-18 the Ladies Captain of the Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club would be supporting Leukaemia Busters as her chosen charity. Naila Webb took her position up on Sunday 22nd October 2017 and hosted various golf and social events at the Club in order to raise funds. At end of her year on 24th October, she was able to present Leukaemia Busters with a cheque for £5,842.80 pictured below; (l to r:Dr David Flavell, Jennie Sherborne, LB Trustee, Naila Webb, Dr Bee Flavell & Robert Sutcliffe, Chairman of LB Trustees)
Naila's events included 2 Curry Nights and also a guided walk around the New Forest around Burley. See Naila pictured below with partner, Andy, and also Brokenhurst Manor chef Ian Havelock who presided over the splendid curry meal. and also a picture from the Smugglers Walk.
On June 19th Naila took the plunge, literally and skydived for Leukaemia Busters. She says:
'On the day I was up at 6.00 to be at Old Sarum Airfield by 7.45. Registration, an introductory film, and talk, then into practice harnesses - loo break and then my name was called. We went up in groups of 7 with instructors, I had a lovely girl called Holly.
There was no option now, we filed onto the plane and sat on benches. At 10,000ft the red light buzzed and Holly said "ready". I just nodded my head with my heart in my mouth. She shuffled us out and before I knew it we were free falling out of the plane. The fall lasted a long 30 seconds and then Holly pulled the parachute rope. Bliss. We floated down gradually, taking in the gorgeaous view of Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral. A soft landing and it was over. I would recommend it to anyone - brilliant experience.'
On 22nd September Jack Henly Wild walked up Snowdon with other members of his family. This walk was postponed from the 8th due to bad weather. Jack walked up Scafell Pike in 2016 and took part in the Purbeck Odyssey in 2017 and has so far raised £566 for Leukaemia Busters in total. He is hoping for this total to increase with his latest climb and can still be sponsored at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jackhenly-wild3. Thank you so much Jack for all your fundraising to fund Leukaemia Busters research into lifesaving treatments for currently incurable leukaemia.
Leukaemia Busters were very grateful to be included in the above event on August 5th. William Reed used the stand to tell passers by about his successful skydive to raise funds for the charity and to publicise our forthcoming events such as An Evening with Bill Bryson. During the course of the day William was interviewed by New Forest Hospital Radio and collected donations of nearly £30. Our thanks go to William and to the Rotary Club for their support.
Ellen and Darren Smith's Uncle Jack was scared of heights so when they decided to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters in his memory the best way seemed to be to overcome his (and Darren's) fear and skydive over Old Sarum. Having been joined in this exploit by Ellen's friend Luke Weston, they arrived at GoSkydive early on the 30th June only to find that the heatwave had produced thick fog so jumping was delayed. However, once the fog burnt off the jumping programme started and all three of them jumped successfully, Luke taking the plunge from 15,000ft and Ellen and Darren from 10,000ft.
The trio wore T-shirts commemorating Uncle Jack who passed away on December 16th 2016 from leukaemia.
Our thanks go to all three skydivers and their generous sponsors for raising nearly £1,500 for Leukaemia Busters.
Pictured below are Ellen Luke and Darren.
Following the RJ Williams Golf Day on 8th June Andy Piller completed a half Ironman on the 9th June as his final preparation for the Monster Triathlon 2018.
The participants started off by swimming 5km in Loch Ness on the 1st July before cycling 5 legs totalling 919km to arrive in Windsor on 6th July. They then ran to Richmond, 50km, using the Thames Path for most of the way.
This Monster Triathlon is the ultimate fitness testing week for many competitors and Andy Piller finished the week on brilliant form at the picture below with his son Noah shows. Thank you to Andy and all his sponsors for their support.
The R J Williams Golf Day 2018 was postponed due to the snowfall we had in March and took place on 8th June at East Horton Golf Club. A fine day was had by all and the funds are still coming in for the Auction items and other donations promised at the event. Our thanks go to Andy Piller who took time off from his Triathlon training to organise this event in memory of his friend RJ, and all RJ's friends and family who support this annual event.
See below the winning team captained by RJ's father.
On Monday 15th January the Rose and Thistle in Rockbourne held its monthly Quiz night and had selected Leukaemia Busters as the charity beneficiary for the evening. The pub was fully booked and a great evening was had by all the teams who had to answer questions on Elements and Middle Eastern countries as well as a construction challenge using balloons! A donation of £160 was made to Leukaemia Busters at the end of the evening. Our thanks go to Chris and his staff and all the quizzers for their generosity.
The routes were the same mix of distances,including countryside and coastline with the shortest just around 2.5 miles from Harmans Cross to Corfe Castle and the longest, 26 miles from Harmans Cross to Swanage and then around the stunning Purbeck coastline to St Aldhelm’s Head before turning back cross-country to Harmans Cross. The three shorter routes also included a trip on the Swanage Steam Railway.
For further information about the day click here