Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
On 28th November Molloy's Bar in Bath showed the boxing match between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko and made this a charity evening in support of Leukaemia Busters. Before the televised fight Johnny Langan hit a punch bag for 12 hours (2 minutes on and 1 off), and there was also a boxing machine and other boxing related fundraisers on the night not to mention the Jagermeister Shots team on hand.
Johnny took on his challenge to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters because a member of his family is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia. The event raised £513.50.
In April 2015 Grand Master Paul Scarbro dedicated the funds raised from the raffle at the Fareham Lodge Ladies Night to Leukaemia Busters. On 27th October Drs Bee and David Flavell attended a Trafalgar Night Dinner at the Lodge and received cheques for £826 which was the funds from the Ladies Night raffle plus a further donation from the Lodge's general funds. Dr David Flavell gave a short talk to the guests about the work of the charity and thanked them for their generosity. Pictured below are Penny and Paul Scarbro together with Drs Bee and David Flavell
In July Leukaemia Busters was one of the three selected benificiary charities for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme at the Portswood branch. We came joint second and were awarded a cheque for £278. We are very grateful to all the Southampton Waitrose shoppers who contributed their tokens to our box and also to Waitrose for the chance to benefit from their Community Matters scheme. Pictured below is Dr David Flavell receiving the cheque from Irene Bedford.
We are pleased to say that we had two supporters who chose to challenge themselves by making a skydive this year.
Chris Dale lost his dad David in 2002 to leukaemia andis jumped to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters in memory of his father. Thank you Chris. Chris raised £40.
Claire Roberts made a Tandem Skydive on 5th September and raised £225 for Leukaemia Busters. Thank you Claire.
We are very grateful to both Chris and Claire for their fundraising efforts on our behalf. If you want to undertake the challenge of a Skydive to raise funds for us all the details are available here .
Over August Bank Holiday 590 starters took part in this 100km walk/jog/run. Amongst them was Frances Law who was raising money for Leukaemia Busters in memory of Shaun Gadsby. Frances finished 175th which was a great achievement and raised £310.
Thank you Frances.
Since 2001 Mayfield Park Bowling Club in Southampton have been holding a charity afternoon to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters and this year was no exception. Over 30 members took part in the bowls match and then had tea and cakes. £200 was raised at the event bringing the total raised by the club since 2001 to £1891.00.
Our thanks go to all the members of the Bowling Club for their support over the years. Thank you.
The fourth and final Golf Day of 2015 was held on 15th August at Paultons Golf Centre. Organised by Mike Harris in memory of his friend Lee Lawson, this event has raised over £25,000 since 2005 and this year raised a further £3,600.00 The weather was kind and the players had a great day of golf which was followed by an evening event with a charity auction. Thank you to Mike and to Paultons Golf Centre.
In order to raise their £100 Fundraising Pledge Jane Meech, Fiona & Steve Wilcock, Anne Abbot and Judy Harris have held a Coffee Morning on March 21st which raised £500, an Afternoon Tea Party on July 11th which raised £600 and an Italian Evening on October 16th raising £320.50. Their Italian themed evening was helped by the generous donation of giant pizzas and garlic bread to start the event from Domino's Pizza, Waterloo Road, Poole.
Ably assisted by Brigid, Roz, Marion and Sarah, this group of friends, who have been helping and supporting Leukaemia Busters for many years, have exceeded their Pledges and we are very grateful to them for all their fundraising activities.
John Breeze (AKA Breezy) continues to busk in fair weather and foul in Padstow Harbour and has now raised over £60,000 for Leukaemia Busters thanks to all the passers-by who stop and listen and contribute to his fundraising by simply donating or by purchasing one of his CD's.
If you cannot get to Padstow you can now listen to Breezy performing the Rambling Rover on YouTube here .
Thank you Breezy and all your fans.
The 10th round of the Hampshire Motocross Championship and annual charity event in support of Leukaemia Busters was scheduled to take place on Sunday 26th July but sadly the weather defeated even the most hardy riders and the event had to be called off at lunch time. Scott Redding, the MotoGP series rider, was the day's special guest but was unable to take part in a display ride due to the depth of the mud on the track!
Despite the weather the charity auction still took place and the organisers have so far donated nearly £7000 to Leukaemia Busters from the event.
The Motocross Club have been supporters of Leukaemia Busters for many years now and have raised over £300,000 to fund the charity's research. We are very grateful to the Motocross Club for their continuing support in organising this event every year.
Some of the pupils in Year 4 at this Poole school raised £90 for Leukaemia Busters by holding a cake sale on the 26th June. One of the pupils, Alfie, has suffered since Year 1 with leukaemia and he and his friends wanted to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Pictured below are: Alfie, Amelia, Charlotte, Keisha and Sophie with their table of cakes.
The third Golf Day of 2015 in support of Leukaemia Busters, in memory of Danny Neale, tiook place at Canford School Golf Club on 27th June. Organised by Rita and Graham Neale, Danny's grandparents, the day was successful with everyone having a very good round of golf followed by an excellent meal provided by the Neales. The event raised £1186 for Leukaemia Busters. We are grateful to Rita and Graham for their hard work organising this event and for their long-term support of Leukaemia Busters.
This annual event, held at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club took place on June 2nd 2015. Organised by Len Robinson and Peter Joliffe in memory of Norman Barnes, this event is always a great success and 2015 was no excception. Despite poor weather the golfers had an enjoyable day and then, Mike Osman hosted the charity auction and the event raised £8,000 for Leukaemia Busters. We are very grateful to Peter and Len for their continued support and hope that they will have a very successful day.
Our annual sponsored walks took place on Saturday June 13th 2015. Starting at Norden Park and Ride, just outside Corfe Castle, the 80+ walkers chose from a selection of walks starting at 7 miles up to 26 miles The shorter walks also included trips on the Swanage Steam Railway. The weather was cloudy but warm and all the walkers finished their chosen walks successfully. For a full report visit the Purbeck Odyssey 2015 pages on this website and photos can be seen on the Gallery .
Marquis Motorhomes, once again, held their Summer Show at Paultons Park on 4th and 5th June. During the event they collected funds for Leukaemia Busters in their refreshments area and the total raised was £722.70.
This exceeds the amount raised last year and we are very grateful to all the visitors to the show who donated to the charity by putting cash into the Leukaemia Busters buckets and to Marquis Motorhomes for their continueing support. Pictured below is Marquis Southampton Branch Manager, James Saint with Drs Bee and David Flavell.
Marquis also very kindly donated the use of the Motorhome shown to Leukaemia Busters for the Purbeck Odyssey 2015 where it provided a welcome base for refreshments for the walkers and the volunteers - thank you Marquis Motorhomes for this very generous gesture.
On the 9th June Peter Jones (second from the right) and current Master Tony Barnes (far right) visited the Simon Flavell Research Laboratory in Southampton to present a cheque for £590.00 to Drs Bee and David Flavell. This donation was from various fundraising events held by the Chapter and was inspired by Peter Jones, the ex Master, who recovered from Hairy Cell Leukaemia in 1989 thanks to the treatment at Southampton General Hospital.
Dr David Flavell told Peter and Tony how grateful Leukaemia Busters was for the donation and explained about the research which is currently being carried out in the laboratory by the charity's scientists.
Leukaemia Busters was lucky enough to nominated for a second time this year as part of the ExxonMobil Safety Recognition Scheme. This time our nominators were Hew Roberts and Paul Donnelan, contractors on the Fawley site and Fundraising Assistant, Susan Rudge, went along on the 2nd June to meet them and to receive the cheque on behalf of the charity. We feel very lucky indeed to have received nominations and cheques for £500 in both quarters and are very grateful to all the nominators and to ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd.
Tech distributor Exertis announced two charities to benefit from the company's fundraising efforts over the past 12 months and they were Leukaemia Busters and Sebastian's Action Trust. This means that Leukaemia Busters will receive £2232.72.
These funds have been raised by various events, which included dress down days, were held by the employees of Exertis in their offices around the UK.
Leukaemia Busters is very grateful to all the employees of Exertis who took part and helped to raise such a large amount of funding. As Mark Kahr, purchasing director said: "It was no surprise to see the Exertis team enthusiastically embrace the fundraising activities. It was however a surprise to hear the amount that had been raised at a time when we are all feeling the pinch. Our fun-loving and kind-hearted team continue to show dedication in both their professional lives and in their efforts to improve the lives of others."
Leukaemia Busters long time supporter Mike Harris, organiser of the annual Lee Lawson Golf Day is an employee of Exertis and we are very grateful to Mike who we are sure was instrumental in putting our name forward for this donation.
Shanklin Old Village pub, Harry's Bar has been supporting Leukaemia Busters for over a year thanks to locals Jane and Paul Cross and over the Whitsun Bank Holiday they held a raffle which raised £340. This brings the total raised by their customers' donations to £509 during the first five months of 2015. They held a quiz earlier in the year and also have a collecting tin on the bar which is regularly emptied by Jane Cross. Thank you so much to all the customers who have contributed to landlady Nicola Ottley and to Laurie Humm's efforts to raise funds in memory of Jane and Paul's son, Peter Cross.
This event, on May 15th, was attended by over 100 guests. The newly opened Hilton at The Ageas Bowl sponsored a Pimms Reception before a 3-course meal in the ballroom. After the meal, BBC Television's Sally Taylor MBE and David Gower OBE took to the stage and entertained the guests with an interview covering everything from the 'KP Question' to questions from the guests about the advantage of batsmen being left handed.
Following the interview David then auctioned various donated items included tickets to the England v New Zealand International Match in June, tickets to the Mayflower Theatre to see Top Hat and a SpaDay at the Senspa in Careys Manor Hotel, Brockenhurst.
There were also raffle prizes available ranging from One Day cricket tickets, tickets to Southampton Boat Show plus bouquets and hampers from local suppliers.
Leukaemia Busters hopes that the evening will have raised over £6000 towards David Gower's Blood Flow Appeal for the charity and thanks all the guests, sponsors and prize donors for their generosity.
2 tickets to England v New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl on June 14th donated by The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
2 tickets to Top Hat on May 20th donated by The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
A spa for 2 including an hours treatment for each person and a 2 course Thai lunch in the Zen Garden restaurant donated by Careys Manor Hotel and Spa, Brockenhurst
4 tickets to a RL One Day Cup Match at the Ageas Bowl donated by the Ageas Bowl, Southampton
A voucher for a Chocoloate Craft Workshop donated by Chocolate Craft, Old Alresford
A hamper packed with delicious food and drink plus a voucher for 2 Full English Breakfasts at Bay Leaves Larder, Chandlers Ford, Southampton
2 Tickets for Southampton Boat Show donated by Southampton Boat Show, BMF
A hamper of fresh fruit and vegetables donated by Sunnyfields Organic Farm Shop, Totton, Southampton
A hand tied bouquet donated by Dawns Flower Box, Southampton
A bouquet of fresh flowers donated by Charity Flowers, Guernsey
A case of 24 bottles of Singha Beer, donated by the Singha Corporation
In total Rachel and her friends raised £437! How easy does that sound? Why not hold a similar social event and raise funds at the same time!
The Southampton Half Marathon (and also the 10K run) took place on Sunday 26th April.
Karl Swanbrook from the Daily Echo was running for Leukaemia Busters. He says:
The run went fantastic and was an absolute honour to run for your charity. To be a part of the first Southampton Half Marathon was something that I will always remember and will continue to do each year that we have it on our doorstep. I have entered half marathons before, and none of them match up to this one.
Running through and past historic parts of Southampton made it all the more special, as it was my hometown. Up until Sunday, the furthest I had run was 11.5miles, so it took a little bit more to run the extra 1.6miles to reach the 13.1mile distance of the Marathon.
I finished the Marathon in a Personal Best time of 1hour and 46mins (only half an hour after the first place!)
The whole event was perfect and very well organised. The general public really lifted each runner to put that little bit more in, and boy did they do their job well.
It was an incredible honour to have raised money for Leukaemia Busters, and I am only sorry it was not more. When we were first approached about running the marathon, there was no mention of having to do so for a charity, it was out of pure love of running that each of the Daily Echo team were approached. With one week to go before the big day, I asked whether I could raise money for a charity because knowing that I would finish and knowing that my love for running could help someone / some people by raising money – I wanted to do something that would help, especially a local charity.
Leukaemia has affected many age groups of my family, and I felt that your charity was the one that instantly touched me to do something.
I will be running many more marathons and hope to one day be accepted for the London Marathon, and I will ALWAYS now run for your charity.
Karl raised a total of £326.18. Thank you Karl from all of us at Leukaemia Busters
What could be a nicer than to be on the Champs Elysees. on the 12th April?
This year Leukaemia Busters was delighted to have Ben Pilley running to raise funds for us. Ben has raised £550 in sponsorship - thank you so much Ben, we were delighted that there was an LB T-shirt around Paris for this event.
At 7.15p.m. on the 28th March, the runners in the Blacklight Run set off to run 5km along Southsea seafront. With the focus less on speed and more on the UV Neon Glowing fun this event attracted runners of all ages and experience.
Kelly Brickwood and her sister Elizabeth ran to raise their £100 Fundraising Pledge for Leukaemia Busters and have ended up raising over £730 so far! Photo: Liz (left) and Kelly at the end of the run.
Kelly and Liz told us: 'The experience was amazing from start to finish. It was a very popular run, around 5000 took part. Our participation was all in honour of Anthony Brickwood. He was so grateful and proud of us as were our whole family for the efforts we made to raise awareness for Leukaemia and donations to a great cause Leukaemia Busters. Anthony has had a tough few years dealing with his health and it was nice to celebrate positivity in our family and focus on the future it's all the little things we appreciate now and it's made us all so much stronger as a unit. We would like to think in the future we will continue to raise awareness as a family and take part in annual charity events to help Leukaemia Busters.
There are more photos in the Gallery.
Thank You Kelly and Elizabeth and all their friends who sponsored them.
This event, now in its 5th year was held on Friday 20th March. Once the partial eclipse had finished a great, sunny golf day ensued at the East Horton Golf Club. Attended by family and friends of Richard J Williams in his memory, and organised by Andy Piller, the event has raised over £12,500 so far and it is hoped that this years' event will push that total well over £15,000. Leukaemia Busters is grateful to Andy and his golfers for all their hard work and fundraising efforts.
Pictured below right are the winning team with their trophy and Andy Piller far left.
As part of their quarterly Site Safety Recognition Scheme ExxonMobil presented Leukaemia Busters with a cheque for £500 on 3rd March 2015 at their headquarters in Fawley. Leukaemia Busters was nominated by two Exxon employees, Harry Lovejoy (right ) and Ricky Haysom (left) seen with Bee and David Flavell above. Bee and David enjoyed chatting to Harry and Ricky and other employees about the charity's work over a buffet lunch.
On March 2nd David Flavell made a visit to the Stroud School in Romsey. During their afternoon assembly the pupils of Greyhouse House made Dr Flavell an honorary member of their House and also presented him with a cheque for £671.94 which they have raised for Leukaemia Busters so far this year. They are continuing their fundraising efforts for the rest of the year and hope to be able to present another big cheque to the charity in July.
Dr Flavell had an enjoyable time at Stroud School with the pupils and their teacher James Brett. The children had chosen Leukaemia Busters to receive the donation as one of their other teachers' sons had leukaemia and Dr Flavell was able to tell them more about the disease and about Leukaemia Busters' research into treatments for it. Some of the children will be visiting the Simon Flavell Research Laboratory later in the year to see the research in progress for themselves.
UPDATE - January 2016
Greyhound house have now sent Leukaemia Busters a cheque for £1000 which brings the total raised to £2653.83 following a cheque for £945.34 received in September 2015.
A big thank you goes to all the pupils of Greyhound House - well done!