Fundraising can be achieved in so many ways, from encouraging the public to drop coins into a can, selling cream cakes, to running a marathon. We encourage all types of fundraising, especially the fun type! Here are a few ways in which our supporters, and ourselves, have generated donations over the last few years, something we will be promoting more of in 2018. If you want to get your own fundraising activity up here, please contact us as we will be delighted to promote your efforts!
Swim for Tri is a London based swimming club run by brother and sister duo, Dan and Keeley Bullock. Together using their 30 years of experience they work with a team of coaches to teach a unique swim technique and coaching concept for competitors of Triathlon and Open water racing.
For over 7 years the club has been a loyal supporter of the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, after losing their close friend and open water swimmer Lou Parker to melanoma.
Lou, a PE teacher from Zimbabwe started swimming with the club over 14 years ago and was always ‘a delight to have around’. She always helped the less experienced swimmer in their quest with open water and was seen by many as a true inspiration, always keen to get the task done.
After being diagnosed with melanoma, they watched their friend turn from an extremely active, fit, full-of-life woman, into someone who’s life was dominated by hospitals and drugs. Frustrated by the lack of knowledge on the dangers of melanoma, they decided to do all they could to warn their members of this preventable disease. Sadly they lost Lou in the same year; she was just 36 years of age.
Keeley and the team felt it was important to keep Lou’s legacy alive, and so in her memory and honour they organise an open water swim race, which has successful run each year with all monies raised donated to the charity to help expand awareness on sun protection and prevention further.
Keeley says “Lou never complained to any of us about her illness, she was very mater of a fact about it and just got on with it. We were all devastated when she passed away as the world lost a lovely person and we lost a great friend”.
Dan says “Our purpose is to continue to raise awareness for our members on the dangers of melanoma, reminding them to check their skin and protect themselves from UV light, especially whilst swimming as we are far more exposed in the water.
The race, which this year has raised over £800 is not only a legacy to Lou but a celebration of her life. The club use this as a chance for them to give back to their members, providing a feast of a BBQ to thank everyone not complaining and for turning up each week at 6:30 on a Saturday morning – just like Lou did!
At every meet, Dan and Keeley ask people to donate into the ‘melanoma pot’ for the bread pudding their mum makes - a great way of keeping energy high and memories alive.
For further information regarding Swim for Tri visit www.swimfortri.co.uk
We were invited to join the East Court Live celebrations as a chosen charity of the Town Mayor; Julie Mockford. This was an ideal opportunity to promote our Watch Your Back! campaign, and talk to local people about our skin check clinics, generating awareness of the impact we are creative in the local community. The team spent the day having conversations with old friends and new supporters about sun protection and early detection and our new campaigns.
Michelle said: “The weather for each event was hot and sunny, so our offer of sunscreen in return for donations was highly popular. Being next to the beer tent meant we had a steady flow of people too! A great day which resulted in not one sighting of sunburn!”
As part of our Watch Your Back! campaign, the charity organised four highly successful skin checks in 2017. These were hosted by a variety of venues including Trinity Methodist Church (East Grinstead), Hillier’s in Eastbourne, Tenterden Garden Centre and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, as part of the Be Active 2017 celebrations. All events were fully booked, with surgeons seeing over 500 people in total.
The medical team, led by Mr Sam Orkar (Head Consultant) and Mr Siva Kumar from the hospital’s MASUC (Melanoma & Skin Cancer) referred an average of 20% of people onto their GP’s for further investigation, helping create some very positive and powerful messages on the importance of early detection and awareness. The events were part funded by Roche and The Lions and at each event the team gave away Ladival sunscreen in return for donations, helping raise over £3,000.00.
Angie Newman, Julian Marks & the team are regular fundraisiers for the charity, and like nothing more than doing a spot of bank holiday fundraising by running a plant stall at the HANDS (Help a Neighbour in Distress) Charities Fair each year.
Joanne Howland organised a fundraising dinner in Leeds in 2016 in memory of her late husband Craig, who at 44 died of melanoma. The dinner was designed to mark the ten year anniversary of his death and Joanne worked tirelessly with friends and family, local businesses and the support of the charity to set this event up. After a fantastic evening she raised £3,300.00 for melanoma from sale of tickets, a grand raffle and donations from tables. What an amazing achievement and positive action from such a tragic loss to this lovely family.
Cheryl Muggeridge, Andy Jones, Mike Dobie and their teams organised a fantastic evening of music at the Gatwick Manor Hotel this month. They raised £1,215.00, divided between St Catherine’s Hospice and ourselves. Many thanks to The Gatwick Manor Andy Jones, Tracy and Andy Smith, Slow Time Mondays, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, Dave Ralf, Grapevine Sound System, Jeff Pitcher, Paul Jackman Anders Christian and everyone who supported the night with tickets bought and donations.
As part of our Watch Your Back! campaign we worked closely with the Garden Centre Association to organise Skin Health Events in major garden centres across the UK. Store managers and their staff promoting our campaign in store and then welcomed us in to talk to customers about their sun protection habits and the importance of skin checking. We also offered leaflets and bottles of Ladival sunscreen in return for a small donation, allowing us to raise vital funds as well as awareness.
We are delighted to have recently received a cheque for £4,000.00 from the Trail Running Association, reflecting their continued support and the long association that Harry Townsend has had with this national governing body. Secretary Anthony Taylor offered Harry the role of TRA President, following their recent AGM, saying that “as co-founder of the TRA and Race Director of the SDW80, the general consensus at the recent AGM, following the death of John Foden, was that there couldn’t really be any other candidate to succeed him and would he be prepared to accept this appointment?”.
TV Presenter Julia Bradbury and her family competed against Darts champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and his family for a jackpot of £30,000. Along with Sparks we were delighted to be their nominated charity.
It was great that Julia and her family selecting us for this challenge and came away with a very healthy £1,000 prize which was split between two charities. Our donation of £500.00 has been gratefully received and will be put to great use.