Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
Andy and Michelle Venn, of Pudbrook Lodge 8366, visited the Simon Flavell Laboratory during January to present a cheque for £500 to Drs Bee and David Flavell.
This sum was raised at their Ladies Night in October 2014. Andy and Michelle have supported Leukaemia Busters for many years and we were delighted to be able to show them the laboratory and to thank them in person for all their help.
This November Andrew Ward grew a moustache to take part in 'Movember'. He hates facial hair but hates shaving even more so is hoping to grow a good one!! Andrew was inspired to raised funds for Leukaemia Busters after the grand daughter of his friend was diagnosed. We are happy to say that she is now in remission. Thank you Andrew for taking on the Movember challenge and raising £100.
Simon Lewis returned from Everest on 30th November and reports:
The trek was very tough. We lost 2 days of our schedule at the start of the trek due to flights to Lukla not running because of cloud and mist at Lukla. That meant we were very tight for getting the trek completed. Obviously when we were ascending we had to still go slow and steady to acclimatise so we had to make up most of the time on the way back down which meant a couple of very long hard days straight after the quite tough days of reaching base camp and the summit of Kala Patthar. The weather was bitterly cold at times, even to the point that my heavily insulated and "guaranteed not to freeze" hydration pack actually froze twice, limiting my drinking water on a couple of days. But overall it was brilliant and I managed to get it all completed!
Congratulations Simon - thank you for raising over £465.00 for Leukaemia Busters.
On 22nd November, at Wembley Stadium Tom O'Brien, Artem Bocharov, Rafaello Casati, Katherine Gadman, Nour Khalifeh and Radima Khatataev, members of the Barclays EIGRR team, took part in the 10K obstacle race which forms the daytime part of this event. Featuring dunkings, dirt and the odd diversion through a river.... this event tested the endurance of the team to the maximum. Tom and the team raised £765 for Leukaemia Busters in memory of a friend of was treated for leukaemia but unfortunately did not survive. Well Done to Tom and the team for completing the course on a wet, muddy, cold day. Thank you Tom.
On 2nd November Ken Eaden ran in the New York Marathon. Ken says:
'Completed it, just shy of 5 hours. Brilliant experience slightly disappointed with my time but overall had a fantastic time. The best bit was the start on the Verrazano Narrows bridge which connects Statin Island to Brooklyn. Awesome sight.
A long day starting at 6 in the morning to catch the buses to the Start. Bit of wobble at 20 miles but recovered to finish with a flurry in Central Park, a nice little hill to the finish though. The beer in the evening tasted so good.'
Ken hopes to exceed his £500 target for sponsorship – thank you Ken.
To mark what would have been the 86th birthday of her Grandfather, Leukaemia Busters supporter Denis Humby, Kelly Frampton stayed Sober in October!
As she works in a pub, the White Horse in Netley Marsh, that was to be more of a problem than it would be for most of us who can just banish all the bottles! Well Done Kelly for getting through the month and raising funds for Leukaemia Busters in Dennis' name.
On a warm but blustery 26th October Bee Flavell, her daughter Serena and Rebecca Bothamley took part in the Great South Run to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. This was a first run for Bee and she finished the 10 mile run in 1.42.29 hours. Rebecca was just behind her in 1.52.06 and Serena was ahead in 1.36.50. Well Done all three of you - fantastic achievement!
Rebecca Bothamley (pictured left with Bee Flavell) was running in memory of her sister Rachel Smith who died in 1989 after being diagnosed with leukaemia at 18th months of age and being ill for over 5 years.
Bee Flavell and daughter, Serena.
Also running this year were Callum, Charlie and Lewis Tomlinson. Callum took part in the 2.5km run and achieved 385th place in 16.05 minutes and Charlie and Lewis ran in the 1.5km. Callum ran his first Great South Run in 2010 in memory of his Uncle Andrew and has been running ever since.
Our runners this year have raised over £2250 so far this year. Thank you all so very much.
On Sunday 5th October Autonet Insurance Group hosted a Family Fun Day in support of the family of Alia-Grace Birch.
Back in August, Alia's mother Michelle opened a Just Giving page to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. She says:
'My beautiful daughter Alia is aged 4 and was diagnosed with leukemia just 3 weeks ago. I feel that no child should have to go through this dreaded nightmare so I have decided to create this page in supporting leukemia busters to help Alia and all other people/children diagnosed with leukemia. Thank you again for visiting my page and thank you for any donation big or small that you may make. Every little helps us to fight back against leukemia! X
Her page has raised £1987.00 and now Autonet Insurance has added a cheque for £500 raised at the Fun Day. Thank you so much to Autonet Insurance and all their employees who helped to raise this money and to Michelle Birch and all her family and friends for their generous donations.
We would also like to send all our love and best wishes to Alia in whose name all this wonderful fundraising has taken place.
Up until September this year Pia Sharpe had been very proud of her dreadlocks but in September she decided to shave them all off! Pia emailed David Flavell as follows:
My name is Pia Sharp and I am 16 years of age. In the end term of the last academic year I had dreadlocks. I decided to cut them off for charity. I thought that donating to a cancer charity would be appropriate to me shaving my hair.I let people cut off a dreadlock for £1 and people gave in additional donations. I raised £200 in total. After seeing your website I would like to donate my money to you. I think that your charity is amazing and what you have done for children so far is incredible. (Plus you have the most awesome name!)
Thank you Pia for your wonderful gesture.
Jane Cross and her friend Julia held a 3-hour sponsored silence for 'Leukeamia Busters' in Harry's Bar, Shanklin Old Village, on Saturday, 4th October from 6pm in memory of her son Peter who lost his battle with leukaemia at just 20.
Jane and Julia raised £802 for the charity and Harry's Bar have now adopted Leukaemia Busters as their chosen charity. Thank you so much Jane and Julia.
She says, "Anyone who knows me will appreciate how hard I will find this. Drinking, eating and talking are my favourite things. If you felt able to make a contribution I would be so pleased (as would all the punters in Harry's).
"Never a day goes by when I don't think about our wonderful son, who so tragically lost his battle against Leukeamia when he relapsed on treatment in 2012, Just when he was about to venture into adult life and fulfil all that he had to offer."
On 16th August 27 members of the Mayfield Bowling Club held their annual charity match and raised £170 for Leukaemia Busters. Our thanks go to the Committee and members of the Bowling Club for their support. They first raised funds for us in 2006 and have continued to do so for which we are very grateful.
The Golf Day raised just over £4792.00 in total. Thank you Mike Harris and friends.
This years' event took place as previous years at the home of British motocross, Matterley Basin, near Winchester on Sunday 27th July. This is the club's biggest annual event which every year raises an incredible amount of money for Leukaemia Busters.
The event went well, despite the hot, dry, sunny weather not being the preferred conditions for this type of motorsport and total funds raised should top £10,000. Thank you Hampshire Motocross Club for organising this event once again and raising funds for Leukaemia Busters.
Leukaemia Busters' Fundraising Assistant decided to take on the challenge of her lifetime and Wing Walk. The event took place at Membury Airfield on the 5th July and while it only took 10 minutes in the air it was 'Amazing'. During the 10 minutes the pilot took the plane through a series of banking turns, dives and wing waggles while Sue did her best to breathe and wave at her friends and family down on the ground.
Sue wore her Leukaemia Busters T-shirt to raise awareness of the charity and asked her friends and family to give donations to the charity in lieu of birthday presents. They donated £950 in total.
A film of the Wing Walk will be posted on the Gallery as soon as it is available.
On Saturday June 28th Graham and Rita Neale organized the annual Danny Neale Bowl competition for members of Canford School Golf Club and guests in order to raise money for Leukaemia Busters in memory of their grandson, Danny. Even though the forecast wasn’t good the 69 players enjoyed a sunny day except for the last two teams of players late in the afternoon who got caught in a tropical downpour and who got absolutely soaked. Over 80 people were seated in the marquee for the BBQ in a wonderful atmosphere. It was certainly cozy but everyone complimented on there being a great atmosphere. There was even a fly past by the Red Arrows during the afternoon and Graham Neale and Alan Vivian sweated over a hot BBQ for 3 hours – and what a tasty BBQ it was too.
There were prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for guests and members but the worthy winners of the Danny Neale Bowl were Ann Loveless and Patrick Singer who have the pleasure of looking after the beautiful trophy for six months each. Well done to them (and Ann’s astonished face was an absolute picture) The prizes were presented by the Club Captain Rob Jones and Lady Captain Ann Moore who also played in the competition.
Rita commented; 'Dr's David and Bee Flavell gave us an update on the research being done at Southampton Hospital for Leukaemia Busters and it’s heartening to know how much progress has been made over the 25 years since its conception.' A total of £1237.15 was raised on the day for Leukaemia Busters. Thank you.
This event was held at the Purbeck Golf Club on 3rd June. Once again, Peter Joliffe, Len Robinson and their friends commemorated the death of Norman Barnes from leukaemia in 1992 by organising a day keeping to Norman's ethics - golf, social and charity. The day went really well, Mike Osman was a brilliant MC, 40 teams of three played (a full house), two teams tied with Rod Lamont, Adam Ravenly and Richard Cross being declared the winners on count back. The total raised was £7000 to add to the £130,000 already raised over the past 21 years.
Harry Redknapp congratulates the winners.
Not only did Marquis Motorhomes provide Leukaemia Busters with a motorhome to use as a base for the Purbeck Odyssey on 18th May but they also then held a collection in aid of Leukaemia Busters at their Summer Show in Paultons Park on the 6th,7th and 8th June.
Visitors to the show were offered speciality refreshments in return for their donations and the buckets were quickly filled!
A total of £601.08 was collected - thank you to everyone who contributed over the weekend at Paultons Park and to Mike Crouch, his daughter Gemma (seen in the photo with Bee and David Flavell) and his wonderful team at Marquis for their ongoing support.
To celebrate our 25th Anniversary we booked 2 Skydive Days on 7th and 21st June 2014 and some of our braver supporters signed up to come along and enjoy the thrill of freefall. Altogether the skydivers raised in excess of £10,000 for which we are exceptionally grateful. Well done all of you! Here are some of the highlights:-
Leila Balchin shows off her Leukaemia Busters T Shirt!
Jen Godbold in the plane!
Pictured left Kate O'Connor jumping from 15,000ft!and below Eloise Head free-falling from 12,000ft!
Tim, Karen and Niamh Angland completed their jump on the 25th July and have raised over £3500 in memory of a family member who very recently lost their battle with leukaemia. Our sympathies and heartfelt thanks go out to the Angland family.
For further information on Skydiving at Old Sarum Airfield click here You can sign up with them at any time and raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Just let us know once you have signed up and we will help you to drum up sponsors.
Once again, the weather smiled upon Leukaemia Busters and the annual Purbeck Odyssey walks took place in full sunshine! All our walkers finished their chosen walks including Dr David Flavell, our Charity Director, and Paul Heiney (author, journalist and broadcaster). There were probably a few sunburnt shoulders and a few aching ankles and knees but everyone declared it to be a very enjoyable day!
The funds raised are in excess of £8000 which is a fantastic total yet again. Thank you everyone who sponsored a walker!
We now have the photos from Rankin Inspired and a selection appears here in the Gallery. If you took part and have any good photos please do pass them on to us to publish.
A list of the raffle prize winners is also available on the Purbeck Odyssey Thanks page on this website.
Sunday May 4th saw the first of our 25th Anniversary Skydives take place. Unfortunately, the three ladies involved could not take part in June due to exam pressures so jumped early to give all our June Jumpers a taste of what is to come!
Charlie Bawden, Lily Redpath and Lucy Parker completed their skydives at Old Sarum Airfield and have raised over £3500 including Gift Aid. This is a great donation to Leukaemia Busters and we are very grateful.
Pictured are Lucy, Charlie and Lily after their jump.
On 10th May David Hunt took part in this gruelling event. Having undertaken our Purbeck Odyssey several times and Walked the Test Way last year David is no stranger to challenges but he admits that this was his toughest ever! However, he finished in an amazing 4hrs 10m coming 273rd out of 2900 competitors.
Thank you David.
On Tuesday 8th April three Aviva employees organised and ran a Quiz Night at the Cleveland Bay pub in Chandlers Ford. The evening was attended by 10 teams of 6 people, who answered questions ranging from music to superheroes with a picture section thrown in. The event raised £109.40 and this amount was matched by Aviva bringing the total raised to £218.80.
Our thanks go to Lorraine Ward, Lisa Rason and Ellie Shepherd for this event.
The 2014 RJ Williams Golf Day was held at the East Horton Golf Club on Friday 7th March. This annual event has become a fixture in the Leukaemia Busters calendar and is raising more money every year. The 70-80 golfers had much better weather this year and enjoyed a good round of golf followed by a Charity Auction. Organiser, Andy Piller, hopes to have raised in excess of £3000 once again. This event is held in memory of Richard Williams and organised by his friends to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters' research. Thank you everyone.
Following the Golf Day, there was a night of music featuring live bands and DJs at Ninety Degrees in Southampton organised and hosted by Charlie Fox. Once again, this was a succesful evening. Thank you Charlie and everyone who attended.
The dinner with Murray Walker, held at the Master Builders Hotel on a wet and windy 6th February, was an unqualified success. 80 tickets were sold to dedicated Murray fans who, given the chance, would have listened to the voice of Formula 1 speak for a lot longer than was possible.
After a superb meal Murray took to the floor and regaled the diners with stories from his long career as a commentator of Formula 1 and motorcycle racing. The evening raised a total of £1846 in total for Leukaemia Busters with £545 being raised by a raffle at the end of the evening. Murray also spent time signing both menus and personal memorabilia which the diners had brought along with them.
Murray commented, "Cancer in any form is still a much feared affliction even though many millions of pounds have been spent on research designed to understand and overcome it. For children to suffer its ravages is especially tragic and that is why I so strongly support the worthy fund-raising activities of Leukaemia Busters. Please help them to save young lives."
Our heartfelt thanks go to Murray for his support and to the team at the Master Builders Hotel who, once again, put on a brilliant event.
On 9th January Andy Pedrick of Jurassic Jaunts, visited the Leukaemia Busters laboratory to present a cheque for £200 to the charity. Jurassic Jaunts adopted Leukaemia Busters as their chosen charity during 2013 and this money was raised from visitors to the company which specialises in providing services, especially walking tours, and information to people visiting the Jurassic Coast area.
Andy is a Friend ofLeukaemia Busters and has also helped us over the past years by providing the practical, up to date information necessary to organise the annual Purbeck Odyssey walks as well as being a volunteer helper on the day. Thank you for your help and support Andy.