Our Scientific Director Dr. David Flavell explains about the life saving research work being funded by Leukaemia Busters.
To anyone who does not know, John Breeze, or Breezy, has been busking around Padstow or, in seriously inclement weather, St. Albans for the past few years and in 2013 has been able to donate £4800 to Leukaemia Busters. This is to thank Breezy for this amazing contribution to our funds this year and also to thank all those who have thrown cash into his guitar case over this year and in the past.
The funds raised this year bring Breezy's total donation to Leukaemia Busters to over £32,500 which is a wonderful sum for us to receive from this great busker and his audiences.
On 28th October Daniel Smithers took the plunge and had his head shaved to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters - our second radical hair cut in 2013! Daniel suffered the razor because his nephew, aged just 2, is undergoing treatment for leukaemia here in Southampton General Hospital and having seen the chemotherapy treatment his nephew is receiving realised the real need for research such as ours to find a cure for this childhood disease.
Danny more than doubled his target of £100.
Jamie McInnes and Luke Stevens took part in The Great South Run on 27th October.
Luke, (left), was treated for AML at Southampton General Hospital in 1994 when he was 10 years old, hence his reason to run to support Leukaemia Busters. Luke ran the 10 mile distance in 1hr 23 mins 36 seconds and has raised over £1300 for us and we are very grateful - thank you Luke.
Jamie also was ill when he was a child, with leukaemia being suspected. Luckily it turned out to be something less serious but since then he has heard countless times how stressful it was for his family SOOO... any charity fund raising he does has always come to Leukaemia Busters. Jamie has raised in excess of £726 for taking part in the Great South Run. Thank you Jamie.
On 17th October the Master Builders Hotel in Bucklers Hard held a fundraising dinner for Leukaemia Busters with Jody Sheckter as the Guest Speaker.
Mr Scheckter spoke to the 40 lucky diners about his F1 winning career and also his new life on Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire. The delicious menu featured buffalo mozzarella, buffalo stew and also icecream from the Farm.
At the end of the meal there was a raffle and the event raised £990. Leukaemia Busters are very grateful to Mr Scheckter, his wife Clare and Jackie, Clive and all the staff at the Master Builders for their hard work organising the event. Last, but not least, we would like to thank all the diners - thank you for your support.
The Master of Pudbrook Lodge (8366) in 2013-14, named Leukaemia Busters as the charity he will support during his year in office. On 12th October they held their annual Ladies Night at East Horton Golf Club.
David Hunt, who walked for Leukaemia Busters writes: 'On the 6th Oct 2013, 600 like-minded people participated in "Walk the Test Way" including 180 people who took on the 25.5mile walk from St.Mary Bourne to Romsey. It was an early start for us all, but as we all gathered in the local hall and walker numbers were handed out, the coaches were ready to depart and take us to the starting point. It was all very well organised by Romsey Rotary Club, from start to finish including plenty of marshalled points to give you a friendly face to spur you on. As the sun came out for us in this gorgeous autumn day, it was a pleasant stroll to the finish line through some of the most beautiful scenery in Hampshire. And with a welcome party awaiting us at the 25.5 mile mark, the cafe was a welcome sight. I would recommend this walk as a great challenge, and opportunity to raise money.' Thank you David.
6th October was the date for the Bournemouth Marathon with Sam Preston taking part to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Sam has raised £246 for Leukaemia Busters Thank you Sam.
5th October saw a Tough Mudder at the Cholmondeley Estate in Malpas take place with Tracy Robinson as part of the Hot Trotters team.
Tracy took part in Tough Mudder to support her friend Carl, who was diagnosed with leukaemia about 2 years ago. Carl wanted to complete Tough Mudder to prove that he could and that leukaemia had not beaten him. See Carl and Tracy in the picture plus other pictures of the whole Hot Trotters Team in our Gallery. They raised £363 for Leukaemia Busters. Thank you Tracy and Carl.
On Sunday 8th September Duncan Loveridge cycled from London to Brighton. He found it much harder on the day than in training but completed the course in 5 hours and 23 minutes – well done Duncan. Duncan has exceeded his fundraising target of £500 with £875 donated. Thank you to all Duncan's sponsors.
Craig Jones has completed the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire Challenge and raised £133.00 – well done Craig
Our thanks go to James Kayam and the team at Chichester Honda for holding a Charity Bikewash on the 18th August and also for taking our collecting buckets to Matterley Basin for the British Motocross Grand Prix Festival over the Bank Holiday Weekend where they were one of the main sponsors. The total raised was £252.78 – thank you to all at Chichester Honda and their customers and visitors to the British Motocross Grand Prix.
A successful Collection Day was held at Hedge End Superstore on Friday 16th August with shoppers donating £338.48. Lots of people stopped to chat and we would like to thank our volunteers who came and helped, Lorraine from Aviva, David Barnett, Carmen Chimes and Ella Scott, one of our research scientists. Thanks also go to to the Management Team at Hedge End.
On 28th July the 3K4K team returned to Bishops Waltham after 10 gruelling days cycling the length and breadth of the country as well as climbing the 3 peaks of Snowdon, Scaffell Pike and Ben Nevis. Funds raised by their efforts total £21522.00 which was split between the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton General Hospital and Leukaemia Busters, with each receiving £10,761.00. The picture shows the team at the cheque presentation at Southampton General Hospital. Team leader, Ady Smith is holding the '7'.
Also on the 28th July Hampshire Motocross Club held their annual fundraising meeting at Matterley Basin outside Winchester. A total of £6695 was raised Thank you to all the team at Hampshire Motocross Club for their continuing support – they have now raised in excess of £300,000 for Leukaemia Busters!
After several delays, Tanya Ralph finally completed her Tandem Skydive at Old Sarum on 21st July. She has raised an amazing £1116.50 so far in sponsorship. Here is a brilliant photo of Tiger Tanya and her Tandem partner du.
On 29th June the sun dawned over Corfe Castle as the first walkers set off on the 30 mile One Step Beyond walk which makes up part of this Leukaemia Busters Event. During the course of the morning over 100 walkers set out to walk distances between 19 miles and 4 miles as well as those who started before most people were even out of bed. All the walkers finished; Graham Baker completed the One Step Beyond in 7hrs and 40 minutes! Over all this event raised in excess of £10,000 and a great day was had by all. Our thanks go to all the walkers (and dogs) plus our corporate sponsors:
And last by not least the volunteers who came along and helped on the day: Gerard Butler, David Barnett, Graham and Rita Neale, Maggie Webb and Alice, Andy Pedrick. Mike Piper, Rob Sutcliffe, Steve Wilcock, Norman and Margaret Bourne, Ian Potter & Helen Bissett, Chris Young & Dave Green (Photos).
On 22nd June there was another Golf Day, This time it took place at Canford School and was in memory of Danny Neale. Organised by Graham and Rita Neale this is another annual event which raises funds for Leukaemia Busters and this year they presented us with a cheque for £1240.11 – many thanks to all those who took part.
Amy Thompson and her mum, Soo Chivers, organised this event on 22nd June 2013 and raised in excess of £1440 for Leukaemia Busters.
Left to right: Peter Vallier, Georgina Morris, Robyn Vallier, Sarah Meaker, Joshua Ortega, Alison Lockyer, Jude Morris, James Lockyer, Amy Chivers, Madeline Forbes.
The 20th Golf Day at the Purbeck Golf Club, organised by Peter Jolliffe and Len Robinson,was held on the 4th June. On a lovely sunny day they raised £8000. Well done and many thanks for your continuing support.
James Hitchins, Laura McRae and Jacob Watson jumped out of a plane for Leukaemia Busters. Between them they have raised £679.50 which is fantastic.
This 185mile cycle ride was completed by James Baker on 18th and 19th May. Congratulations James who raised £180 for his efforts.
Virgin Money in Southampton’s College Road collected 44 Easter Eggs which were donated to the Piam Brown Ward plus raising funds for Leukaemia Busters. Jane Buchanan from Piam Brown, is shown here receiving the eggs from Emma and Matthew together with Suzie Holmes, Senior Research Scientist for Leukaemia Busters.
Bradley Austin had his hair cut off to show support for his friend Isaac who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia – here are photos of Before and After!
Bradley and his family raised over £140 – thank you to all the Austins.
Tendress Angus completed Charity Challenge’s Everest Base Camp Trek and raised over £400.
Robert Doogan ran the Wilmslow Half Marathon on the coldest day in March
On March 8th the Richard Williams Golf Day and Music Evening with a total of over £4600 raised from both events. Thanks Andy Piller and Charlie Fox for organising this.
In February Netley Abbey Junior School’s Year 3 donated the proceeds of their Bring and Buy Stall held during their Annual Maths Week to Leukaemia Busters. They raised a total of £394.52 which they presented to Dr David Flavell, our Scientific Director at a special assembly.