2015 July


Fundraiser Friday – Claire Stewart

Today’s Fundraiser Friday is dedicated to our good friend, Claire Stewart.

Claire is a nurse at North Tees Nurse. A few years ago she found herself in unfamiliar territory, and became a patient. She was diagnosed with leukaemia and needed a stem cell transplant to save her life.

She’s recently celebrated her 2-year anniversary of the transplant and successfully returned to work at the hospital. She marked the milestone by organising a fundraiser that raised over £1,300 for Bright Red.

Since her diagnosis Claire has raised over £7,000 for Bright Red, and Anthony Nolan.

Claire said “40 odd blood and platelet transfusions, a stem cell transplant, chemotherapy, a burst spleen and two spells in ITU later and I’m now back where I belong helping patients. I know I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Professor Graham Jackson and his team. I’m forever grateful, and will do all I can to help the fight against blood cancer. “

Claire is one example as to  why working with Bright Red is so special. Patients are so determined to help complete strangers, and it’s really humbling. Claire’s latest event was a massive success. The best part about it was looking at Claire enjoying herself so much. She’s come a long way and we’re proud to be part of her journey.



Fundraiser Friday – Ray & Diane Hill

Today’s Fundraiser Friday story focuses on two longstanding supporters, Ray and Diane Hill.

Ray explains “In 2000 we lost a friend to leukaemia. She was a dedicated supporter of Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant 2000 (now Bright Red) and we wanted to help. It became even more important to support the charity when I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2007. Thankfully I am now in remission.

Both Diane and I believe strongly in the work Bright Red does especially in the area of research. Sponsorship of local medical staff will ensure that Newcastle and the North East maintain their world class status in blood cancer treatment. Local charities also mean such a lot to local people.

I believe the hard work being carried out in Newcastle will eventually find a way of eradicating these cancerous cells which keep mutating and hiding.

We will continue to raise funds as long as we are able.”

The lovely couple donate on a regular basis and host an annual fundraiser. Ray is also a talented cook and has donated his legendary cakes to help raise funds at our bake sales.

We’re very grateful for their loyal support and hope that we prove Ray right, sooner rather than later.


Ruby Wedding Fundraising Raises £260

On the 21 July, Stephen and Sandra Davison celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary.

Inspired by their sons fundraising for the charity, they thought that this occasion would make a great fundraiser. The couple invited family and friends to Lumley Castle, the same place they were married 40 years ago.

They asked for donations in lieu of gifts, and recently presented Bright Red with a cheque for £260.

This was an extremely kind gesture, which we are very grateful for.


Donation Received In Memory Of Rob Moon

We were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Rob Moon. Rob was a patient at the Northern Centre of Cancer Care for a number years. He was extremely positive, and a wonderful energy to be around.

Rob was regularly travelling from County Durham to the NCCC and received a Lee Robson Patient Care Grant to help assist him. Rob was so grateful for the grant and was determined to fundraise for Bright Red once he recovered. Unfortunately he passed away before he could.

Rob’s wife Jackie asked for donations in lieu of flowers at Rob’s funeral. We received over £300, as did Macmillan.

Our thoughts are with Rob’s family.


Fundraiser Friday – Debbie Swales

Today’s Fundraiser Friday focuses on the efforts of a very determined lady Debbie Swales.

Debbie’s husband Gavin was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2013. As if that wasn’t hard enough, during his treatment, it was found that he was also suffering from an acute form of leukaemia.

Gavin has had two years of treatment, and through all the ups and downs, Debbie and their 8 children have rallied to support him.

Debbie was motivated to fundraise after having met so many patients suffering from blood cancers. She wanted to put her health to good use, and do something positive to make a difference.

She swam 100 lengths of West Denton Pool in under 90 minutes, and raised over £3,000 for Bright Red in the process.

Her whole family was involved in collecting sponsorship. The local community of West Denton also got behind her efforts, and helped raise the amazing total.

Their daughter Zoe is also going to take part in the Great North Run as part of our team.

We are so grateful for all their hard work.


Fundraiser Friday – Brian Bill Ford

Our Fundraiser Friday story this weeks focuses on the wonderful Brian Bill Ford.

Brian has been a supporter of ours for the past 3 years. He’s close friends with a few of our Ambassadors, so knows just how important our work is.

Brian was involved with the planning of the first Freeman Fun Run. Thanks to his hard work, we now have an event which we can run on an annual basis. We hope that this will bring in money for the charity for years to come.

Most recently Brian completed The Wall for Bright Red, which raised over £1,000. The Wall is the the UK’s largest ultramarathon. It is a beautiful route along Hadrian’s Wall,  from Carlise to Newcastle, totalling 69 miles. Brian managed to complete the challenge in well under 18 hours.

We are extremely grateful for all that Brian does, and we hope he’s part of the charity for many years to come.

Brian’s fundraising page for The Wall is still open. If you’d like to sponsorshim, you can do so at : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=BrianFord1

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