Emma Boffey
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Scotland News Roundup

Emma Boffey
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07 Aug 2015

We have so much to shout about in the Scotland Region over the last few months. We want to thank you all for your amazing support, whether you did your own event or took part in one of our organised events. The money that you have raised will make a huge impact to the lives of blood cancer patients.  Read on to hear about what our incredible supporters have been up to and what fun events we have planned….

Edinburgh Marathon Festival had a record year!

We had an amazing Edinburgh Marathon Festival this year, with 76 unstoppable runners helping us to raise vital funds to beat blood cancers.

On the Saturday we had the 5k and 10k running events taking place At Holyrood Park. Within our group of runners, we had husband and wife, Andrew and Sarah Geldard pictured below, running in memory of Sarah’s big brother Tom, who sadly lost his fight to Leukaemia.

On the Sunday we had the full marathon, half marathon and the Hairy Haggis team relay. I had the privilege of meeting and congratulating many of champions in the charity village after the race, including   Clare Worden and her family. Clare ran the marathon in support of her twin sister Hannah who is in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma. You can read Clare’s story here.

It was a fantastic weekend and I must thank our amazing volunteers and supporters on Sunday who made a fantastic cheer team to keep our runners going! Overall everyone that took part has raised a phenomenal £44,511.77.

If you feel inspired, and you’re ready to lace up your trainers, entries for next year’s event are open now here.

Another successful year for the Aberdeen Paws to Beat Blood Cancer Walk

The Aberdeen Fundraising Group hosted another great walk in its second year to help us beat blood cancers. The walk was held at Hazlehead Park and an amazing 100 walkers took part on the 5k fun walk.

It was another great day had by all and raised over £4000, a wonderful amount which will go a long way to help our life-saving research in blood cancers.

Scottish Bikeathon had a super year!

The Scottish Bikeathon raised £33,000 this year for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. It was a great day which is organised by Badenoch & Strathspey Branch.

Renfrew Rotary hosted the Hippo Rides Again!

The Hippo Rides Again bikeathon took place on the Isle of Cumbrae and is organised by Jim Naismith, a member of  Renfrew Rotary club. This event is in support of rotary member Derek Louttit, who is in remission from Acute myeloid leukaemia.

It was a fantastic day with our fantastic ongoing supporter Paul Foley from the Inverclyde Fundraising Group also taking part in support of his daughter Rebecca.

We are also delighted to say that the Hippo Cycle will continue for the next three years, so watch this space for more info on next year’s Hippo Cycle.

Charity Golf Day

Catherine & Charles Forrest hosted their annual charity golf day in support of the Lynn Forrest Forget-Me-Not Fund at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Scotland. It was a lovely day had by all with over £2000.00 raised to help us beat blood cancers.

If you what to set up your own charity golf day or join our golf committee please contact us at scotland@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk.  We have lots of exciting materials to help you Tee off to Beat Blood cancer and we are looking for gold enthusiasts to join our newly formed committee so please do get in touch!

Supporter hosts Charity Football Match in memory of his friend Andrew

Duncan Oor hosted his very own charity football match in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and in memory of his friend Andrew Jardine. The event was a great success with over 300 people and the match showcased QoS XI vs Hearts XI. The day raised an amazing £2,153.33 to help us beat blood cancers. Well Done Duncan!

Jak Trueman Cheque

We were very privileged to attend the Prize Giving at Jak Truemans school, West Calder High School. It was an extremely moving and inspiring evening,where we accepted a further cheque of £4000.00. The total funds now raised in Jak’s name is over atruly phenomenal £ 73,000.


Future Events

If you feel inspired by the events above and want to raise money to help us beat blood cancers. Then we have some great events coming up over the next few months below. Have a look and if you’re interested follow the links and sign up.

Glasgow Walk to Beat Blood Cancer – Sunday 30 August

The Glasgow Branch is hosting their annual Walk to Beat Blood Cancer again and is taking place on Sunday 30 August 2015. You can choose a 5k or 10k route that goes through the beautiful Pollok Country Park in Glasgow.

For more info and to sign up, please click here.

Small Change BIG Impact – September 2015

We’re organising a month of events to make small change have a BIG impact on the lives of blood cancer patients. To find out more read Keri’s blog here. 

Every donation, large or small can make a huge difference to the 38,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer in the UK every year.

We would be thrilled if you were able to spare few hours of your time to help us raise vital funds to beat blood cancers.

Please visit to see what we have to offer and sign up by clicking here.

Loch Ness Marathon - Sunday 27 September

Join us at the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon 2015 to help us beat blood cancer. You will soak up the atmospheric location and breath-taking scenery as you run through the stunning countryside surrounding Loch Ness. When you sign up to run for us you will join our team of amazing sports fundraisers – The Unstoppables – and we'll be with you every step of the way.
Join us by clicking here NOW.

Dundee Walk – Sunday 4 October

Join us at Camperdown Country Park for a pleasant 5k stroll through the forest. This lovely walk leads around the park with great views overlooking Dundee and ends at Camperdown Wildlife Centre Cafe for a well-deserved lunch. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. What are you waiting for? Sign up here.

Great Scottish Run – Sunday 4 October

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is an event that brings out the pride in Scotland every year! The event will take place in Glasgow on Sunday 4 October. Runners can choose between a 10k and half marathon challenge that will take them through the heart of the city, starting in George Square and finishing on Glasgow Green. If you need a place or if you already have a place and would like to join our team, follow this link.

If you’re looking for something more adventurous, then read my ‘Adreline Seekers’ blog here to find out what is happening near you! 

If you would like to share something in the next Scotland News Roundup , please get in touch by sending an email to: scotland@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk

Or if you have any fundraising plans or ideas please do get in touch as we would love to hear from you! Email or call 0131 524 1320.

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