charity bike ride

Art for Cure

Our friends at Art for Cure have recently achieved charitable status and we are delighted that all their hard work has come to fruition in this way. We were pleased to be invited along to The Art Retreat in Woodbridge to help them celebrate. 

The photo shows some of the team with Belinda Gray, director & co-founder in the Centre.

The photo shows some of the team with Belinda Gray, director & co-founder in the Centre.

Art for Cure stages one of the most exciting and successful art and sculpture exhibitions across the UK to raise money for national breast cancer research and support breast cancer services here in East Anglia. Their first exhibition was an incredible success, held in Belinda's Garden, back in 2014, and they have gone from strength to strength since.

Art for Cure recently held an exhibition at Glemham Hall, where they raised an exceptional £175,00, of which they donated £100,000 to Breast Cancer Now, and a further £74,000 to support and help Suffolk based projects, which focus on supporting those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Including wig making services, beauty workshops, counselling services and support for nutrition, diet and exercise. 

We here at CCiS Caring for me, feel extremely grateful to have received £10,000 from Art for Cure for 2017-2018.

Art for Cure have two brilliant fundraising events planned for 2018, an Art and Sculpture exhibition back at the house and gardens of Glemham Hall, held between the 5th-7th May. As well as a bike ride in Asia, covering 450km from Saigon to Angkor Wat.

For more information on the charity, or the events coming up, follow Art for Cure

Ride for Toni

Emma Kindred here, the wonderful Corinne has let me share my story with you via her blog.

My eldest sister, Toni (then 43), was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer back in November 2016. She was given 6 months to live. The news was devastating and as a family we made a decision to get through it together. In the early days of her treatments we would sit and talk about how we could help the people helping Toni out. We knew we couldn't cure her but we could support her and be there for her every step of the way through this horrendous ordeal. My dad and I decided to take on a challenge that would help raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, Toni's choice of end of life care. 

Our childhood was spent in Germany, due to my dad being in the forces. It was an amazing childhood and we all felt that a physical challenge involving Germany would be very fitting. It would be about raising money but also about creating new memories with Toni. We decided to cycle between all 6 of the locations we lived in whilst in Germany. Unfortunately Toni grew too ill too soon for us to complete it as a family. We were due to start the challenge on May 29th 2017, however Toni died on May 25th 2017.

It is a real shame Toni never made the trip, but this gives us even more of a reason to raise as much money as possible, in her name. The hospice gave her the very best in care and we will be forever grateful to them. 

We are now taking time out to heal as a family and during this time we will make new arrangements for our cycle ride. At the moment we believe we will be looking to complete it at the end of August. The ride will be approximately 400 Kilometers, spread over 5 days.

We have already raised £10,000 and hope to raise a further £25,000 (more details about this figure on our website). I regularly update our dedicated website - Ride for Toni, so for more details on how much we've raised and where we are on our training please come visit our site.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, and thank you Corinne for allowing me to share this.
Em x

Toni on her hen day, 2 months before she passed away.

Toni on her hen day, 2 months before she passed away.

We've been raising funds!

Terri Catchpole, co-founder of Caring for me, and her husband Daniel each set themselves a challenge to undertake in 2017 in order to raise funds for Caring for me. They both managed to fit in the necessary training around their busy work and personal lives. On Sunday 7th May Daniel rose to the challenge of the Suffolk Sunrise 102 mile cycle ride around the countryside-setting off with Framingham Castle as the backdrop and winding around the villages through Bungay, Halesworth and enroute back through Peasenhall and returning to Framlingham. After almost 5hours 36 minutes of cycling he appeared over the finishing line. Terri and their daughter were there to congratulate him on his achievement and he can be seen in the photo proudly wearing his medal.

The following weekend came Terri's turn - On Sunday 14th May Terri took on the challenge of running the Woodbridge 10k road race. She only started running in January and this was her first attempt at running in an event such as this and she was determined to do her best. She made it round the very hilly course on a scorching hot day with 24 degree heat in 1 hour and 1minute so she was delighted. She was fortunate to be supported by her friend Hayley Potter who joined her in the race and was also raising funds for Caring for me.  Between them they hope to have raised in excess of £500.

Well done & thank you to all of them.