Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
Versatilis are 5 artists including Lisa Taylor-Walker, who reside in the Southampton area and came together to showcase their diverse forms of art in an art exhibition at Hanger Farm Arts Centre from 1st November until 26th November.
The preview evening on 1st November raised £133 for Leukaemia Busters and included the auction of a portrait of Jim Morrison by Lisa and a painting by Matthew David Wardell. Our thanks go to them for their generosity.
Lisa will also be donating the profits from the sales of any of her artworks sold during the exhibition - thank you so much Lisa.
On 22nd October Mike Harris and Lee Lawson's family and friends once again remembered Lee by holding their annual Golf Day to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters in his name. Held at Paulton's Park Golf Club, with some great golf and some really desirable charity auction items, This event has raised £5890.00. Our thanks go to Mike and all those who attended this event for their continuing support. Pictured below are Left: Mike Harris (left) and winner of the Lee Lawson Shield, Ian Aitken (right) and Right: Mike with his wife Jo and baby Noah.
Since their last donation in July 2014 Geoff Lawes and the residents of Rivermead Court in Emsworth have continued to hold a variety of events and collect their loose change for Leukaemia Busters. When David and Bee Flavell visited Geoff on the 15th October this year they received 3 buckets of money which, when counted, totalled £594.22. This means that Geoff and his friends have raised over £3200 for Leukaemia Busters in the past few years.
Our thanks go to Geoff and all the residents of Rivermead Court for their continuing generosity.
We are delighted that this year we had a runner in the Half Marathon at this event in Peterborough on the 9th October. Steven Twell raised £510 so far. Thank you so much Steven.
In September 2015 Patrick Taylor-Walker and his friends at The Gamekeeper in Ashurst, Southampton organised a Darts Match to raise funds for leukaemia Busters in memory of his grandfather, Dennis Humby who had recently passed away. This year Patrick decided to repeat this event and it was held on the 1st October. The evening was a great success and has raised over £299.62. In addition, The Gamekeeper have one of our Leukaemia Busters collecting tins and when this was emptied recently it contained over £166 which is a record for a collecting tin!
Our thanks go to Patrick and also Fiona and her team and her customers at The Gamekeeper for their continued support.
See below left, Patrick Taylor-Walker and the 2016 winner, PaulJewer and right, participants in the Cup Match
Sophie Kelleway's little cousin was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and has been undergoing the long journey of treatment at Southampton General Hopsital. This prompted Sophie to decide to run farther than she ever had before on 2nd October 2016 and take part in the Bournemouth Marathon together with her stepfather Mark (pictured left with Sophie).
Sophie finished her Half Marathon with a few leg problems but was thrilled to finish safely in 2hrs 19 mins. Mark had real problems with blisters from 12 miles onwards but still finished his Marathon in 5hrs 21mins. Thank you so much both of you for all your fundraising efforts.
In the meantime, to add to her fundraising Sophie, her mother Lynne and her sister Rachael held 2 tea mornings on 24/25th September and her total sum raised now stands at at amazing £2100.00
Our thanks go to Sophie and her family for their fundraising.
On Sunday 11th September Chloe Howarth took part in the Tough Mudder NW at Cholmondeley Malpas. She completed the course of 12 mi9les with 20+ obstacles and has raised £180 so far for Leukaemia Busters. Thank you Chloe.
During the recent August Bank Holiday weekend Shamrock Quay hosted its annual berth holder event, treating its customers to a Pirates of the Caribbean themed Solent cruise, and raising a fantastic £960 for Leukaemia Busters in the process!
The funds were raised through a raffle at the event, which was attended by over 180 berth holders with some great prizes on offer, including tickets for the England vs Malta game at Wembley with hospitality.
Shamrock Quay’s Marina Manager, Jonathan Walcroft officially presented the cheque for £756 to Dr David Flavell from Leukaemia Busters at the Southampton Boat Show.
Jonathan Walcroft, Marina Manager at Shamrock Quay, commented: “It’s important to us that we support local initiatives in and around our marinas and we are delighted to be able to present this cheque to Leukaemia Busters and support the phenomenal work they do. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to this fantastic cause.”
Pictured below are Left: Dr Flavell left and Jonathan Walcroft right and Right: partygoers at the Pirates of the Caribbean Summer Cruise.
On 24th August 8 year old Jack Henly Wilde (below) walked up Scarfell Pike (pictured right below) with his mother Jen and his grandad to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Jen was treated for leukaemia in Southampton General hospital when she was a child and Jack decided to raise funds for leukaemia research as a result of this. Jack has raised £230 but you can still sponsor him here. They had good weather and enjoyed a great walk. Thank you Jack.
During the last two weeks of July Calvin Green cycled alone from Lands End to John O Groats to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. On 31st July Calvin arrived at John O Groats after a very tiring but exhilarating ride. He has raised £1165 . Thank you Calvin, what a great ride!
On Sunday, 24th July, the Hampshire Motocross Club held their final meeting of the season at Matterley Basin, just outside Winchester . This meeting was a charity event and raised £6356.00 in total for Leukaemia Busters. Last year this event had to be cancelled due to the appallingly muddy conditions but this year the weather was much kinder, in fact almost too dry.
Matterley Basin is the site used by the British MotoCross Grand Prix in June and offers outstanding views of all the racing.
This year Matthew King was riding in fancy dress (see below left)and asked for sponsorship raising £170. Below right is an awesome picture of Chris Wratten 'flying' over the course.
We would like to thank all the organisers from Hampshire Motocross Club for their hard work in making this event such a success.
We would like to thank Lucy Butt, her mother Jackie and her sister Amy for taking on the challenge of a skydive with GoSkydive at Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury on the 17th July. They even upgraded to the higher jump from 15,000ft instead of 10,000ft. Lucy has raised over £415 in sponsorship for her jump. Thank you Lucy!
Leukaemia Busters was nominated to receive a donation from the funds raised at this event on 2nd and 3rd July in Mayflower Park, Southampton. The event featured various Thai entertainments and foodstalls with the main attraction being a costume competition with big prizes. The competitors had to design, make and wear an outfit based upon the traditional Thai costumes and fabrics. These entries, worn by their creators, were judged by a panel of judges including Leukaemia Busters' Dr Bee Flavell and also by the visitors to the event, with a prize being awarded to the winners of both judging decisions. Pictured below are some of the entries:
On 23rd June 8 members of the Foundation Studies course at Brockenhurst College, together with their tutor, Elaine Axton, visited the Simon Flavell Laboratory and presented Dr David Flavell with a cheque for £1000.00. The members of the course had decided in January to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters after Elaine's husband David, lost his fight with leukaemia in 2015. They held various events including a Manwax during which Dave Chilcott and Ryan Harding had their entire legs waxed. They also sold Leukaemia Busters wristbands and badges.
During their visit to the laboratory the team were shown the freezer where the lving leukaemia cells used to test new antibody based treatments are kept and also had the opportunity to see the living cells through a microscope and hear how Leukaemia Busters' research is helping to find cures for currently incurable forms of leukaemia.
The team had also made their own red and white wristbands which they had been selling and they presented Dr Flavell and the Leukaemia Busters' scientists with one each (see photos in the Gallery here).
Pictured below left are Dave and Ryan during their Manwax and right the members of the course with Dr Flavell
Once again Leukaemia Busters’ luck with weather held good and, apart from a very brief shower, the Purbeck Odyssey took place on Saturday 18th June in good conditions.
The new base at Harmans Cross Village Hall was very successful and we are very grateful to them for all their help. Having indoor facilities meant that we weren’t subject to the vagaries of the weather and walkers were able to register indoors and then enjoy the plentiful cakes and tea on offer, either outside overlooking the well kept playing field or under cover of the marquee generously donated for the occasion by Camelot Marquees, when they had finished their chosen walks.
The Village Hall is a stone’s throw from the Swanage Steam Railway station where the Whale walkers arrived back having walked 7 miles to Swanage or from where the Dolphin walkers departed before walking 12 miles from Swanage back to Harmans Cross via St Aldhlems Head. This meant the whole day was punctuated with the nostalgic sound of steam trains passing back and forth.
On 11th June 2016 the Hertfordshire village of Harpenden hosted its annual Carnival and in 2016 one of the beneficiaries from the funds raised will be Leukaemia Busters. The charity was nominated by Carnival Chairman, Joe Avison, who was treated for leukaemia when he was boy.
Luckily, the rain held off until mid-afternoon and the green was crowded with people all enjoying the various entertainments and stalls on offer. Drs David and Bee Flavell attended and enjoyed tea with the Mayor of Harpenden, organisers Joe Avison and Nonie Benson, chair of Circle, together with representatives of the other charities who will be co-beneficiaries of the funds raised at the event (see picture below)
Organiser Laurie Humm says; " A charity Quiz held at a "packed" King Harry's Bar on Sunday 29th May 2015 raised £250.00 in support of The Leukaemiabusters Charity.
The photo shows the winners "Beauties & The Beast" with Nicola Ottley on the right who kindly allowed the use of the King Harry's facilities for the evening. Thanks to Nicola also for providing a fine complimentary buffet at the interval.
Graham Reeve the only male in the winning team, and incidentally manager of Seaview FC, tells me he believes his team should have been called "Beauty and the Beasts"! I don't think so somehow Graham."
Our thanks go to Laurie, Nicola and all the teams who took part in the Quiz. So far this year the patrons of the King Harry have raised £550 for Leukaemia Busters!
For more photos visit our Gallery here
On 22nd May 2016 Verity Lewis-George took part in her local Race for Life to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters in memory of Zaid Murray. Verity set up a JustGiving page to raise her sponsorship funds here and has raised £596 in sponsorship. Our thanks go to Verity and all her supporters.
Terence Mauger was taken ill with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in March 2015 and despite being a hugely positive person with unbeatable determination he passed away on 11th September that same year. His daughter Fiona passed all donations from his funeral to Leukaemia Busters and on 1st May this year his brother John and his wife Sally organised the above event as a tribute to Terence and his love of pigeon racing.
80 pigeons were released at Salisbury and made their way back to their loft at their garden in Chilton. The pigeons were each sponsored for £10 and the 6 winners' owners received prizes.
The family also organised a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses in Long Crendon and the surrounding area where Terence had lived for over 50 years, a bar, a BBQ, a cake stall and a Pound in a Bucket for the 100+ friends and family who attended. The event has so far raised £1,600.
Fiona says; "It was a lovely day as everyone enjoyed themselves and everyone was able to feel part of something that my dad really enjoyed and we were able to remember my dad and reminisce".
Leukaemia Busters would like to send all our thanks to John and Sally, Fiona, Terence's family and friends and the companies who supported this event.
Since the Pigeon Loft Race Fiona and her family and friends have raised a further £571 at a Coffee Morning and Sale and £586 by holding a Quiz Night, bringing the total raised to date to £4153.00.
Pictured below Left pigeons returning to their loft; Terence Mauger; and Right the prize winning owners. For further pictures go to our Gallery
STOP PRESS Andy's time was 3:28:16, Lisa's was 4:45:25 - What brilliant runs. Thank you Andy and Lisa!
Leukaemia Busters is pleased to announce that Andy Piller, organiser of the RJ Williams Golf Day ran in the London Marathon 2016 on 24th April to raise funds for us in memory of his friend Richard Williams.
Andy had entered the ballot for the London Marathon over the past few years and been unsuccessful every time so we awarded our Silver Bond place for 2016's race to him. Andy has raised over £15,000 for the charity so far with his RJ Williams Golf Days and he raised £2670 in sponsorship for the Marathon. Our thanks go to Andy and all his supporters .
Lisa Grayson also took part in the London Marathon for Leukaemia Busters having gained a place in the ballot. Lisa has raised £1086.20 in memory of her cousin Steven Cox. Thank you Lisa!
For any other aspiring Marathon Runners, perhaps you could consider the Clarendon Marathon or the Bournemouth Marathon - see the details on this page.
On April 17th a team of 10 work colleagues from Ace Liftaway took part in this event held at Broadlands in Romsey. Each team member had to run 2 x 1.3mile laps of the course which totalled up to a 26 mile marathon. Each participant carried a relay baton and the speed of each lap was recorded - the team's fastest runner recorded a time of 16.44 minutes!. The team were raising funds for three charities and employee Russell Delves nominated Leukaemia Busters in memory of his father who died in 2009 at the age of 51.
Pictured are the Ace Liftaway team with Poppy Belas, Simon Bradbury and Russell Delves in Leukaemia Busters T-shirts. For more photos go to our Gallery here
The team raised £903 in sponsorships which was divided equally between Leukaemia Busters and two other charities - Meningitis NOW and the Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Fight Fund.
We are very grateful to Russell for his nomination and send all our thanks to the team and all their sponsors.
in conjunction with GO Skydive at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury.Saturday 9th April 2016 Leukaemia Busters held a Skydive Day
Kirsty Batchelor, Katie Merritt and Sam Ryalls had signed up to jump that day. They decided to take part because Kirsty's father has been diagnosed with leukaemia and is currently undergoing treatment at Southampton General Hospital. We send all our best wishes for his recoverY and our thanks to Kirsty and her friends for taking on this challenge. Despite a sunny start to the day, the weather changed mid-morning so Kirsty's team and their friends and families had a long wait until they were at last able to make their skydive at 4.00. However, they had a great time and have raised over £1600 in sponsorship and donations for Leukaemia Busters.
Pictured above are L to R; Katie Merrett, Sam Ryalls, Kirsty Batchelor.
If you were unable to join us for the Skydive Day but would still like to take on the Skydive Challenge, GoSkydive would welcome anyone who wishes to jump for Leukaemia Busters - simply give them a call onnd book a jump. You can then give us a call and let us know what you are doing and we will give you any support you need to raise sponsorship and help us to save young lives.
On Saturday 26th March, Ashley and Zak Jewitt took part in the 5km Parkrun at Clumber Park in Worksop.
They ran to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters and we send our thanks to them both, especially Zak aged 6. So far Zak has raised £210 (£110 over his target) which is fantastic.
Easter Fun raised £300 for Leukaemia Busters at the King Harry Bar in Shaklin. Organiser Jane Cross says; " We had a good turnout of locals and holidaymakers in Harrys Bar. Lots of competitive cake decorating created lots of laughs and An Australian lady who was on holiday from East London won the giant chocolate egg by guessing the number of Easter eggs in the bottle. The evening finished with Nicola, the landlady, hosting 'play your cards right'. A good evening was had by all. Thanks to Chocolate Island, in Godshill, for donating the giant egg. Thanks also to Julia Williams for her baking and her help, and Stephen Murphy for his skills on the microphone."
Our thanks go to Jane, Julia and Stephen and all the regulars and visitors at the King Harry for their support of Leukaemia Busters.
Below is the lucky winner with her Giant Egg and a display of the decorated cup cakes. See our Gallery for more photos.
In addition to training to run the London Marathon on 24th April, Andy Piller organised the annual Golf Day in memory of his friend R J Williams on 18th March 2016. As well as the day of golf there was also a charity auction and an evening event . This event was, as usual, attended by RJ's friends and family and Andy has raised over £4079 so far this year. Our thanks go to Andy and all his friends who help to make this event such a success every year.
Pictured below left are (from l to r.) Deryck Williams (Father of Rj), Stu Williams (Brother), Lynne Williams (Mother), Andy Piller (Best friend and organiser) and Helen Williams (Owner of Brewery Bar – Botley) and right Andy Piller and the winning team.
Our thanks go to Sarah Wing Photography for the great photos.
Ocean Harmony, Southampton's Barbershop Chorus, held an evening of musical entertainment on 20th February at the Colbury Memorial Hall and donated £1000 to Leukaemia Busters at a presentation on 23rd March. The evening included, as well as the singing of Ocean Harmony, Habibi and the Flowers of the Desert, Liam and Tony White and Lucy Hallett. The event was very well attended and our thanks go to Ocean Harmony and their friends and supporters for giving so generously.
The pupils of St Richard's School, Eversham raised £550 for Leukaemia Busters by singing carols at their local Morrison's supermarket and also from the collection at St Peter's Church where they sang in the annucal Christmas Service on 15th December. The pupils asked for the funds to be donated to Leukaemia Busters as a former pupil at St Richard's, Myles Hemsley, has leukaemia and they wished to donate in his name. Our thanks go to all the pupils of the school and to those who donated and our best wishes go to Myles and his family.
Ben Mitchell raised £280 at a boxing event held in Norfolk in December. Thank you Ben!