North East patient reaches £25k fundraising mark
Paul McGeary from Newton Aylciffe, who is currently undergoing treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL), has raised over £25,000 for Bloodwise through his #NotOneInch fundraising campaign.
Paul McGeary was 33 when he was diagnosed with APL, in November 2014. He went in to remission in May 2015 and sadly relapsed in July last year. Throughout this time, Paul has been tirelessly fundraising for Bloodwise, with the help and encouragement of family, friends and strangers alike, and by Christmas 2016 over £24,000 had been raised.
Earlier this month, Paul received a phone call from Sedgefield Community College, the school where he works as a Maths teacher, to say that staff and pupils had raised almost £1,500, meaning the £25k had not only been reached but had surpassed, bringing the current total raised to an incredible £25,582.23 to help beat blood cancer.
Paul said “I was made aware that school were raising monies, but I had no idea contributions would reach anywhere near £1,500. I almost fell over when I was told of the total amount. I couldn’t have been much prouder of the efforts of the students and my work colleagues, and it gives me the motivation to not only continue to raise further funds and awareness, but to also beat this disease a second time and lead a normal life again, including a return to work.”
The school had already raised £700 towards Paul's fundraising, meaning almost 10% of the total amount has come via their efforts. A school spokesperson added, “School supports many nominated charities, but when student representatives were asked who they wished to raise funds for via their annual non-uniform day and Christmas celebrations, they unanimously agreed it should be for Mr McGeary’s #NotOneInch campaign. The students have followed his story from day one, and have really bought into the message of raising vital funds and awareness for Bloodwise. It is testament to them that their efforts have helped take donations beyond the £25k milestone, and they should be really proud, as we are of them.”
As well as his support for Bloodwise, Paul is also encouraging more people to sign to the donor registry with Antony Nolan and DKMS, as he himself seeks a donor. Paul has vowed to continue to raise money and awareness for our charity, and you can keep up to date with his activities on his blog about his blood cancer experience and through his Twitter updates.
Picture at top of page: Paul McGeary with Sedgefield Community College Head Boy Robbie Till and Head Girl Eleanor James.