2015 September

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Fundraiser Friday – Rachel Anderson

Today’s Fundraiser Friday story focuses on one of our Great North Run representatives, Rachel Anderson.

Rachel has so far raised nearly £1,500 for Bright Red. Here she tells us why.

“I decided at the beginning of the year, as I turned 30, I would like to mark the occasion. I originally could not choose which charity to raise money for.

On Monday the 13th July a family friend close to our hearts Samantha Burton celebrated her 22nd birthday. Unfortunately the same day she received the news that she had leukaemia. By Friday the 17th July she lost her fight.

I asked her parents Steve and Christine and her sister Alexandra, if with their permission, I could run in honour of Samantha and raise money for a charity of their choice. They chose Bright Red and I was happy to oblige.

It has been an honour to do this and I’m glad I could raise as much as I did. Hopefully this may help another family keep the ones they love.”
Rachel managed to finish the Great North Run in less than 3 hours, which is an incredible achievement for someone who only started running earlier in the year. We are so honoured to have Rachel as part of our team and are very grateful for all her efforts. The funds raised will undoubtedly help us fight blood cancer for a brighter future.

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Fundraiser Friday – Harry Hiles-Bradley

Today’s Fundraiser Friday story focuses on the efforts of one of our youngest fundraiser’s – 8 year old Harry Hiles Bradley.

After his Harry’s dad read an article in Mountain Biking UK magazine about a 9 year old girl called Ruby (Rubysbigbikechallenge) who was cycling over the holidays for charity he thought that would be a good thing for Harry to do too. Ruby’s mission was to get more kids out cycling and cycle 200 miles for charity between the start of the summer holidays and the end of October half term. Harry decided he would give cycling 200 miles a try and chose Bright Red as his nominated charity.

The Bradleys are no strangers to Bright Red or cycling, Harrys dad and step-mum both cycled from John O’Groats to Newcastle a few years ago. They were part of the team who raised enough funds to employ the first Bright Red Outreach Nurse.  This is one of the reasons that Harry chose Bright Red as his charity.

Harry has challenged himself to cycle 200 miles total over the summer holidays and before the end of October half term. Initially he also wanted to raise £100, but after this target was met within the first few days, he upped that it to £500.

He’s had 3 crashes so far, but that hasn’t stopped him. He’s even cyclied along the Waskerley Way and reached speeds of 29 mph.

He currently only has 70 miles to go to reach his target and we have every confidence that he’ll do it.

Harry is a lovely boy and a real credit to his family. We are very thankful that he’s part of our team too!

If you’d like to sponsor Harry you can do so via this link : https://www.justgiving.com/rubysbigbikechallenge-harrybradley/

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Blood Cancer Awareness Month an internationally recognized awareness month, which takes place in September.

Bright Red registered the month in the UK a few years ago with the hope of uniting blood cancer charities together in the fight against blood cancers. Treating blood cancers, and one day curing blood cancers, requires a team effort. It’s wonderful to see that this year there’s so much going on to help raise awareness.

Blood cancers don’t discriminate and can affect anyone at anytime. Symptoms of these diseases can often be put down to something else. A shocking 33% of cases are diagnosed via emergency admissions. Early diagnosis can make all the difference when it comes to treatment. Leukaemia Care’s “Be Blood Cancer Aware” campaign is a fantastic step in the right direction. You can learn more about it here : http://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/blood-cancer-awareness-month.

Blood cancers can be extremely complex.  Some patients will require a bone marrow/stem cell transplant as part of their treatment.  For many, a transplant will be their only chance of a cure.

With a significant proportion of transplants now involving unrelated donors, raising awareness of the transplant process is vital.  Many potential donors are afraid of the donating, however 90% of people donate their stem cells in a quick and easy process, which is similar to giving blood.

Anthony Nolan, Delete Blood Cancer and the NHS Blood and Transplant service all actively recruit potential donors to the bone marrow register. With thousands of patients worldwide still looking for their match, it’s important we keep encouraging healthy, able donors to join.

Patients undergoing treatment for blood cancer often require blood or platelet transfusions.  With cancer diagnosis rates on the increase there’s a huge demand on blood donors, and yet only 4% of the able population donate blood.

We need more blood donors.  By giving new recruits an understanding of why it’s so important, we hope that people will take the time to donate.

We do hope you’ll be able to participate in the month in some way. However large or small your participation may be, I can assure you it will help to make a difference.  Whether you decide to give blood, join the stem cell register or fund raise to help the fight against blood cancer, your efforts will be greatly appreciated.

You can also come and join us on our Light Red Glow Stick Walk on Sunday 27 September. Everyone is welcome.

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Fundraiser Friday – Nathan Buck

Today’s Fundrasier Friday focuses on the efforts of Nathan Buck.

Nathan has a very unique story. He’s not only a fundraiser, but also a patient of the Freeman Hospital. He has taken part in two of our Freeman Fun Run and is also part of our Great North Run team this year.

Here he shares his story “Running for Bright Red just seems like the obvious thing to do, and in a way it’s sort of where my story began.

The Freeman Fun Run in 2014 was the first race I did in the lead up to my diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I had been feeling fatigued for quite some time and decided that the cause must be down to just not being active enough. So when I heard about the Freeman Fun Run through my links with Jesmond Local, I didn’t think twice before signing up.

After that race I became hooked on running and keeping fit. It absolutely helped with some of the fatigue. It wasn’t until shortly after the great North Run in September that the lymph nodes in my neck presented themselves and suddenly all the other symptoms seemed to add up. Now that I’m in remission I’m determined to close this chapter of my life in the same way it started, with running.

Although I wasn’t really directly involved with Bright Red in terms of care and treatment, it’s great to have links to them in ways that aren’t just through being ill. I’m also a great believer in local initiatives and organisations, so Bright Red ticks the boxes in terms of my own personal interests and my support for all things local.

 I would be immensely grateful to anyone who is able to support me in this fundraiser, the support so far has been tremendous!”

You can sponsor Nathan here : https://www.justgiving.com/nathanbuck/

Good luck Nathan! Thank you for all that you are doing.

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