Rachael Davies
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More fabulous fundraising

Rachael Davies
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11 May 2015

Find out how some of our supporters are raising money to beat blood cancer.

I may have mentioned this once or twice before, but I gave up chocolate on 1 January 2015 in return for sponsor money. The plan was that if I had received £100 in donations by midnight on New Year’s Eve I would give up chocolate for the whole of January, then for every £5 donated on top of that I would give it up for another day. I soon realised that this was too much of a temptation for my friends and family. I’d given them the opportunity to be really mean. Several times I thought I was nearing the end of the challenge when suddenly I would get another influx of donations!  I ended up going 98 days without any chocolate. For me, a self-confessed chocoholic, it was a tough challenge but it raised quite a bit of money and a lot of awareness of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research amongst my friends. This got me thinking about all the different and amazing fundraising activities you arrange or take part in. So far this year our fabulous supporters have arranged tractor runs, head shaves, afternoon tea, village fayres, dance events, bingo nights, cake sales, concerts and a 24hr Eurovision marathon to name a few.

Last month Hayley Pearson from Wrexham completed the Manchester marathon. Hayley has completed a number of runs and bike rides to raise money for us over the last few years in memory of her brother in law. This year she took that giant leap to running a marathon and has already applied to do another one!

At the beginning of May Paul Hole, who is a researcher at Cardiff University working on acute myeloid leukaemia, and a group of 11 friends battled extremely high winds of up to 80mph,  unexpected snow blizzards and perilous ice to take on the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge all the while dressed as characters from Lord of the Rings. Their aim was to raise £1000 but they have completely smashed that target and have raised over £2500. Despite the horrendous weather conditions Paul said he is keen to do it again, although I’m not sure his friends will join him next time!

Also in May Zoe Boult who is a research nurse and works on the trials acceleration programme is taking part in a trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu in Peru. Zoe has been fundraising for several months to reach her target by collecting in supermarkets, a cake sale, an auction as well as asking friends and family to sponsor her. Zoe doesn’t intend to stop raising money after the trek as she’s also signed up for our zip slide event in Newport in July, only trouble is she doesn’t like heights!

May is a popular month for activities as Geraint Rowlands and 6 friends head off to Bosnia to continue their cycle ride across Europe. The group are cycling a continuous route through Europe a week at a time. To date, they have cycled from the West coast of Ireland to the heartland of Bosnia. This year they will start in Bosnia and cycle through Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and will finish is Greece. They don’t have any support team with them; it’s just them and their bikes!

And finally I’ll just tell you about one more challenge a group of supporters from Neath are organising. Tour 94 is a 2450 mile road trip to visit ALL 92 English Football League stadiums plus Wembley and the Millennium Stadiums in a space of a week. Starting on 25 July at Swansea City stadium, the team will average around 300 miles and 12 stadiums a day, just stopping at each ground for 15 minutes for a team photo and then back in the van to the next stadium. Please let all your friends and family know as it would be a fantastic boost to the team to have people welcoming them at each venue.

So as you can see we have supporters taking part in a huge range of activities to raise money for us. If you have an idea for fundraising that you’d like to get off the ground, get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and help you get started. We can help you with any idea big or small, every penny raised counts. You can contact us in the Wales office by emailing - wales@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk or calling 029 2074 2376