Hello from Kirsty and Emma in Edinburgh!
Over the last few weeks we've been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who made a donation to the fundraising page
set up by Jak Trueman and his family. It was with great sadness that we heard the news that Jak passed away, aged 15, on Monday 2 February, just 10 days or so after his doctors told him the devastating news that there was nothing more they could do for him.
Jak was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of T-cell lymphoma in August 2014 and throughout his treatment was an inspiration to people around the world who followed his treatment on his 'Jak's Journey'
Facebook page. His selfless determination to put other blood cancer patients first despite being terminally ill have seen him raise an incredible £57,225.57
to help us beat blood cancer. What a wonderful young man.
Earlier this week Kirsty went to Hair by JFK
, an independent hair salon in Edinburgh, to pick up a collecting can that the staff there keep on the reception desk. It contained £361.47 and brings the salon's fundraising total up to an amazing £2,082.21 over the past few years. The team have also created a fantastic 2015 calendar that they are selling in the salon for £6.50 which features some of their clients. They make fantastic models!
We're also really excited to announce that we have places for a bungee jump event for the first time! If you dare, join us on the Titan Crane at Clydebank on Saturday 16 May to help us raise money to beat blood cancer. Back in September we had great success taking part in Zip Slide Across The Clyde for the first time and so the bungee is the newest addition to our daredevil events portfolio. For more information about the bungee jump check out Emma's recent blog.
As a charity that relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund our life saving work, volunteering is key to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and its activities. We're always grateful to anyone who gives up their time to help us, especially students who are studying full time!
We have some fantastic young people who assist us at events and in the office. Later this month we will be sharing volunteering opportunities and stories during Student Volunteering Week (23 February – 1 March). Check out our Facebook page to find out more about how you get can involved, whether you're a student or not, and make an impact on our work to beat blood cancer.
Lastly, we've been very lucky once again this year that the University of Glasgow's foremost musical theatre society, The Cecilian Society, has kindly given us 20 tickets for their 2015 main show, Titanic the Musical. The performance takes place on Thursday 26 February at 7.30pm at The Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow. Tickets cost £10, with all proceeds to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. To buy your ticket, call Kirsty on 0131 524 1325.
Thank you to everyone for your support so far this year. 2015 has got off to a great start!