fundraising

big dave's big walk

In training

In training

David is undertaking a massive challenge to raise money for three cancer charities and we are absolutely delighted that we have been chosen, along with Breast Cancer Care and Trekstock. He is doing a solo walk of 838 miles from Ipswich to Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. He decided to take on this challenge to mark his 60th birthday in May and to raise money and awareness for good causes.

Recently someone close to him was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 27 and has become a key part of his focus for doing this. It also made him reflect on how many people he has known over the years that have been affected by all types of cancer. From grandparents and siblings to friends and work colleagues there have been many, so he thought what better thing could he do for his big birthday than to raise as much money as possible for some of the wonderful charities that help and support people going through this.

Where he’s headed…..

Where he’s headed…..

With the aim of walking 25 miles per day training is obviously very important and to date he has completed 60 individual walks ranging from 5 to 24 miles long. He will be starting off on his big walk on 27th March at an average of 25 miles per day and will take 42 days to complete allowing for rest days, and his arrival date is 8th May.

David said "To date I've walked over 800 miles in training and worn out two pairs of walking shoes and I still have 200 training miles to do! I have never done anything remotely like this before so it really is a major challenge for me as you can imagine."

From Ipswich to Barcelona

From Ipswich to Barcelona

You’ll find lots more information on his blog https://www.bigdavesbigwalk.com and on his JustGiving team page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/bigdavesbigwalk

Please take a few minutes to have a look at what he is doing and hopefully you’ll feel it’s well worth making a donation and if you could help spread the news that would be great too. He can be found on Facebook: big dave’s big walk or Instagram: @bigdavesbigwalk 

Giving back...

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We are so lucky here at CCiS Caring for me that lovely individuals want to help fundraise for us. Laura raised a whopping £177 through a cake sale at the school she works at. Below is Laura's story and why she felt the need to 'give back' to us at CCiS Caring for me.

"In March 2017 at the age of 43 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. My cancer journey from diagnosis in March has included numerous tests, appointments, eight rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Despite still needing further reconstructive surgery, my family and I feel incredibly fortunate that I am now on the mend!

I have recently started some acupuncture and counselling through Caring for me.  I have to admit being dubious to the benefit of either of these but both are helping me in my quest to find and adjust my new normal.

I wanted to give something back to the charity so we held a staff cake sale at the school where I work and raised £177. I am hoping to do some more fundraising in the future for the wonderful charity." - Laura

If you would like to get involved in fundraising for us please be in contact!

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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

A whole lot of mud!

Clean before the event!

Clean before the event!

On October 15th, 10 brave souls took part in the Suffolk Whole Hog event which was held at Wantisden Valley. The Whole Hog is a 5 mile obstacle race where you are expected to run (or walk) but also crawl under cargo nets, climb up steep banks and walls, wade through rivers, go through tunnels, down slides, jump, swing and complete monkey bars. As well as this it is of course, cold, wet and very very muddy!

Very wet, slippery monkey bars!

Very wet, slippery monkey bars!

We spoke to Petra Risbridger after the event, here are a few of her accounts and stories from the day..

"We ran, walked and stumbled together, over ploughed fields and various obstacles, and then there would be a major pile up (just like on the M25), when suddenly one of our obstacles was upon us……….a mud slide into a pool of water, whilst being hosed down as we tried to scramble out of the pit.  We were continually encouraged by the crowd who were in similar fits of giggles just watching us trying to get out of this unfortunate mess! 

"Then on to rivers filled with, what I can only describe as, pig swill, I didn’t know if it was good for the skin or not, but we weren’t going to get a chance to “not” find out, we had plummeted into this pool of thick, brown sludge which smelt pretty unpleasant but was met with a multitude of smiley faces as it was so much fun just trying to wade our way through and clamber out the other side without coating our fellow competitors as we splashed and fought our way out!"

Wading through the thick mud!

Wading through the thick mud!

Safe to say that our team took it all in their stride, (even the mud!) and completed the course brilliantly! They were each welcomed at the end with a medal and a can of Adnams Ghost Ship beer, which I'm sure was well needed!

We will keep you posted about the final amount raised but in the meantime please do take a look at our Facebook page to have a giggle at more of the photos: CCiS Caring for me

All smiles that they had completed the course!

All smiles that they had completed the course!