Get involved Thank you Thank you “The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation could not survive without YOUR donations and fundraising efforts. We would like to thank each and everyone of you who have held an event, completed a challenge or fundraised in some way. ” May 2019 Alastair takes on Three Peaks - aged 7 Young Alastair is our youngest fundraiser to take on a massive challenge and in our opinion, the new Bear Grylls! He decided to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks, just to add to the difficulty he would do it in 12 hours!!! And so he did!!! Alastair was incredible and ran the last part when he thought they weren't going to make it. When Alastair set up his fundraising page he was hoping to raise £200 - well you can add another nought to that figure because this amazing young man raised £2081.25. Absolutely fantastic. Richard and Nikki were delighted to be able to thank Alastair and his Dad, Andrew in person and presented them with a well deserved medal and certificate. Thank you Alastair - we can't wait for your plans for next year!!! April 2019 North Essex and Suffolk Fellowship Lunch Richard was delighted to be invited to give a talk about the work of the Foundation to the North Essex and Suffolk Fellowship. He was treated to a delicious lunch and thoroughly enjoyed talking to a new group of supporters. Thank you to you all for donating £500 - an incredible amount that will make such a difference to teenagers and young adults with cancer. London Marathon - Sunday April 28th It was a chilly day for the London Marathon but ideal for the runners. Tom's sister Emma took to the streets once again and absolutely smashed it. With a sub 5 hour time, a Personal Best and a whopping £2061.00 raised it was a day to celebrate. Oh and she was on tv!!!! Tom would be so proud of all that his sister has done in his memory. Thank you Em you never cease to amaze us all - you are phenomenal. March 2019 Come Mr Tallyman! St Mary's Church was filled with people who had come to listen to the fabulous Quire present a selection of songs from their Caribbean Songbook. It was lovely to sit back and listen to songs from a lovely warm climate. Quire invited the Heathlands School Choir to sing along too and there were some very proud parents and grandparents watching on. A huge thank you to Carol Carter who came up with the idea, Sarah White for leading the School Choir and all the members of Quire. We would also like to thank everyone who donated cakes and Jenny Noakes and Liz Dixon for running the refreshments. A fantastic £435 was raised - brilliant. THANK YOU. The allotment growers had a very busy year in 2018 and once again proved so popular. Richard and Nikki were thrilled to be invited to collect a cheque for a whopping £1000. This added to the money raised during the Open Gardens earlier in the year has brought in a fantastic £3000. Thank you to the gardeners in West Bergholt and the customers of the allotment stall. We are so very grateful. February 2019 Back in December Team TBF joined forces with Colchester Round Table 367 and escorted Santa around West Bergholt on his sleigh. It was so lovely to be greeted by so many smiling faces, adults as well as children. On February 28th, Tom's Birthday we were all invited to a Race Night to collect a cheque. The week of Santa Sleigh collections raised an amazing £4723. This money was split 50/50 and each charity took a share of each nights collection. We were thrilled to collect a cheque on the night for £313.87. A huge thank you to Team TBF for helping on the evening, attending the Race Night and to Colchester Round Table 367 for choosing us as one of the beneficiaries. We are so very grateful. The Halstead Flower Club chose the Foundation to raise money for during 2018 and we were absolutely delighted to receive a cheque for £100 in February. Thank you so much ladies. The Music Quiz returned this February held at CRGS as always. It was a really close call for Team TBF this year as we were third from the bottom for quite a while. But we shouldn't have worried because in true form we managed to come last once again!!! We have been told we may be banned next year as it is someone else's turn to come bottom. They just want the Smarties!! A fantastic £475 was raised for the Foundation. Our very grateful thanks go to Sean Bunch and his daughter Siobhan who organise this annual event. I promise we will try harder next year!! We have a plan....... Colchester Young Farmers held their annual Muck Run with a new recruit this year. Barney Beagle was so excited to get in the tractor to help. It was a beautiful day and everyone was eager to get in their gardens. Hundreds of pounds were raised and a lot of muck was shifted!! Thank you to you all in CYFC and to everyone who bought the muck. Richard and Nikki were delighted to be asked to talk at the Colne Probus Club. It was a really lovely morning and a very rare opportunity for them to do a joint presentation. Thank you to everyone who made us feel so welcome and for your exceptionally generous collection.