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My Brand New Ben Sherman – Original Painting by Phil Bartle

We are delighted to open bidding on a Phil Bartle, original painting called ‘ My Brand New Ben Sherman’. The print comes fully framed and would retail at around £300. It’s an unmissable opportunity to get your hands on a fantastic piece of art and help blood cancer patients in the north.

Phil said ‘This picture is about going for a night out in mid 70s Consett wearing a white shirt and before the end of the night you’re wearing a red one as it ends up covered in red dust. Even though there wasn’t a sign on the outside for ‘Sir Boutique’, I had to put one in to show it existed!’

All funds raised from the sale of the picture will go towards our Lee Robson Patient Care Grants, one off financial awards given to those in most need of assistance.

To place your bid please email Ashley, via Ashley@brightred.org.uk. Bidding is open now and will close at 5pm on Saturday 30 September. We’re hoping to raise a minimum of £250. This will mean we can not only help another family, but will take the funds raised in Lee’s memory over the £50,000 mark!

Huge thank you to Phil for his kind donation. We hope your painting finds a worthy home!

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Black & Decker Exceed £9,000 Fundraising Target

Over the past few years we have been blessed with the support of Black & Decker, Spennymoor. Many of their staff have taken on the challenging Ride for Red and through incredible dedication they have managed to raise an amazing £9,100 for Bright Red

We are so very grateful to all the team for their support. We can always rely on them to bring smiles and positivity to the Ride for Red and we are so grateful for all they do.

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Bright Red Secures £10,000 of National Lottery Funding

We are delighted to share the news that we have recently secured £10,000 of National Lottery Funding to help with the creation of our ‘Fighting Blood Cancer’ App, which will be made in collaboration with local charity Anxious Minds.
As part of our ongoing commitment to making the north the best place for blood cancer patients, we felt it was vital that we looked for something to help a growing issue with patients – anxiety. Anxiety can be a difficult issue to address. Mental health issues is an area which is seriously underfunded across the board, so patients who need help are often waiting for a few days to be seen, other patients are not able to attend support groups. This means that often the opportunity to help patients can be lost, and anxiety can escalate.
What we want to do with the app is bridge the gap, and help patients build skills and reduce anxiety on their own, until they can be supported further. We also hope that by introducing this we will be able to encourage users to be more open to the idea of seeking help for anxiety and signpost them to specialist support groups when they are well enough.
We are excited to get started on this project!

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Freemasons Support Bright Red

Bright Red is one of only 300 charities across England and Wales invited to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to celebrate the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

We recently caught up with Phil Sanderson, one of our wonderful Ambassadors and the gentleman responsible for putting us forward for this award. We were delighted to meet some of his brethren, and learn more about how they’re helping secure votes for Bright Red.

You still have time to vote for us and we really need your help spreading the word.

You can now cast your vote via : https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

In case you are not aware, we will be using funds raised from this donation to expand our Lee Robson Patient Care Grant provision. We currently restrict these grants to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, however there has long been a need to make them available right across our region.

It is estimated that 77% of blood cancer patients experience some financial hardship – this is largely due to a drop in income at a time when outgoings often increase. Due to the sheer size of our region, meaning longer journeys to and from hospital, and the high unemployment rates, things can often be very difficult for patients in the north.

Our last grant was given to a 27-year-old patient with terminal blood cancer. The patient is now unable to leave the hospital and the family need to drive for 70 miles to attend the Freeman Hospital. A 140-mile trip. The cost soon adds up – so it’s vital that we help this family maintain visits at this precious time.
This is one recent example, out of hundreds, to show just how important these grants are.

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3 Peaks in 24 Hours

A group of fundraisers from our regional Insolvency Service office recently set themselves the challenge of completing the Three Peaks in 24 hours.
Leading the group was one of our regularly fundraisers, Dave Elliott. Known to make things more difficult than they need to, Dave added a 24 hour Coast to Coast bike ride in, the day before the Three Peak challenge, just for good measure!
Here Dave shares his fundraising story “ So I made it to the Quayside but that was as far as my luck held. Doctor Guinness hadn’t told me everyone else cycles west to east so the signs face the other way. Wind at high force into my face all the way. Rain. Hailstones. And endless hills.
The day after the cycle I met the rest of the group and we headed North. The minibus axle collapsed near Glencoe. No phone signal. Eventually down from Ben Nevis at 1020 pm I now know what “wet” really means. No food. McDonalds shut 3 minutes before we got there. The “24 hour ASDA” at Hamilton stays open until a miraculous and mindboggling 2 am on a Saturday though that was when the robbery took place, so maybe a degree of foresight on their part. Got hit by a pick up truck which took out our driver’s mirror and ended all hope of sleep.
Got to Scafell at 5 am and set off. Not much to recommend it other than it is pure slog and graft. Luckily we got the exact same view at the top as we had on Ben Nevis. Rain. Off to Snowdon and glorious sunshine, my favourite by far. Back down by 830 so climbing times were in accordance with the targets but driving times faltered due to circumstances beyond…
Luckily the M6 only had two major crashes on the Sunday so the 2.5 hours to Tebay took 6 hours. Team did brilliantly throughout, very proud and tired.”

A suitably drama filled fundraising story for these supporters! We are so very grateful to everyone involved, particularly Stephen Kenyon who worked so hard in pulling the event together.
We hope the group is as proud of themselves as we are. An amazing achievement!

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Team of 11 Complete Coast to Coast for Bright Red

One of our longstanding supporters, Steven Butler recently completed another challenging cycle ride to raise funds for Bright Red and the Great North Air Ambulance.
Here Steven share’s their story:
“Our 2017 bike ride aim was to raise more money than was raised on previous years ride. The funds are raised in the name of Alison Gledson and Ron Keegan who have both received support from this Bright Red and held it close to their hearts. Riders included Alison’s husband, nephew and brother in
law along with Ron’s son.

Our 11 riders include aged from 25 to 63, with mixed fitness levels, included one rider who didn’t train! He simply bought a £50 secondhand bike, changed the tyres and finished it off with a couple of modifications on the day! This was his own personal challenge.
We started out driving towards Whitehaven through rain and strong winds, thinking what were we letting ourselves into! We got lucky, the rain stopped and the wind was at our back all three days. The rain caught up with us by tea time day one but it felt good to cool us all down.

Day 2 was the most challenging only 39 miles but climbing a total of 4475ft, The Hartside cafe was a sight for sore eyes and the cake tasted good.

Day 3 only had a couple of climbs and some fantastic scenery coming down The Waskley Way and through Derwent side with 20mph plus winds blowing us home.

The crowd gathered at The South Beach Pub Blyth was a warm and welcoming sound and sight.

We were accompanied by riders from EE who were raising funds for G.N.A.A.S and between the both charities we raised £700.00 on the day thanks to family members and the pubs regulars support.

The group started together and finished together which felt amazing but the cherry on the top is the £2000.00 plus we hope to have raised for Bright Red by the time all the moneys are in. Plans are under way for the next one. Watch this space!”

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Bright Red’s fundraising family is made up of people who know just how important our work is. Alison’s family know about us in the worst way possible, yet they use their grief to push them forward to help others, which if you think about it, is pretty remarkable.
Thanks to people like Steven and his fellow cyclists, we can make a huge difference to patients right here in the north.
We are so very grateful for all the effort!

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Please vote for us & help Bright Red secure £25,000

Bright Red is one of only 300 charities across England and Wales invited to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to celebrate the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

You can now cast your vote via : https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

We will be using funds raised from this donation to expand our Lee Robson Patient Care Grant provision. We currently restrict these grants to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, however there has long been a need to make them available right across our region.

It is estimated that 77% of blood cancer patients experience some financial hardship – this is largely due to a drop in income at a time when outgoings often increase. Due to the sheer size of our region, meaning longer journeys to and from hospital, and the high unemployment rates, things can often be very difficult for patients in the north.

Just last week we authorised a grant for a 27-year-old patient with terminal blood cancer. The patient is now unable to leave the hospital and the family need to drive for 70 miles to attend the Freeman Hospital. A 140-mile trip. The cost soon adds up – so it’s vital that we help this family maintain visits at this precious time.

This is one recent example, out of hundreds, to show just how important these grants are.

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Apartment Group Raffle

You can now buy your raffle tickets in celebration of our partnership with Apartment Group.1st prize – Bed & Breakfast at Le Petite Chateau Otterburn.

Located in Otterburn, Northumberland this luxury French, country manor hotel is a great example of shabby chic, blended with elegance, nature and beauty, wrapped up in a historic story.

2nd Prize – Cocktail making masterclass for up to 10 guests at As You Like it Jesmond. To include canapés and a class of bubbly per person.

3rd Prize – Original pastel painting of St Marys Lighthouse Whitley Bay by local artist J. Woods

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Whitley Bay Rotary Club Donate £2,000

At the beginning of the year I was lucky enough to attend a Whitley Bay Rotary Club meeting. We have been trying to tour our region, to help spread the word about Bright Red, educate people on blood cancers and encourage local communities to get involved in our cause.

As always, I spoke about how blood cancers can affect anyone at any time and this has recently and unfortunately come true for a Rotarian’s wife, who was recently diagnosed with Leukaemia. She is receiving treatment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.

The Whitley Bay club organised, and manned, a collection at a local Sainsbury’s store. The group raised £1,000 at the collection, which was then matched by their own charitable fund.

President Brian said ‘I was delighted to welcome Ashley back to our club and to present ‘Bright Red’ with another cheque for £1,000, making a total of £2,000.

Adding that ‘’This donation will enable ‘Bright Red’ to purchase three special camp beds for Ward 33. These can easily be moved around the ward cubicles and allows visitors to stay with their loved ones and provide a more comfortable nights rest.’’

The efforts and generosity from this club means family members can stay with their loved ones during some of their darkest times – a gift which is so incredible, it’s hard to describe. We are so very, very grateful to the club.

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Trio Raise £5,000+ In Memory Of Jon Davidson

A week ago Colin Bain, Tim Clark and Robert Gillespie set off from Edinburgh on a cycle ride that would take them to Durham. A huge challenge for any cyclist! They took on this challenge to raise funds for us in memory of Professor Jon Davidson.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jon a couple of times. My mother was one of his nurses during his initial diagnosis and treatment; she spoke so fondly of him it was a real delight when I was finally able to meet him. Jon was a true gentleman. He was kind, brave, generous and so very giving. For his friends to set about to complete this challenge in his memory, raising an incredible £5,000 in the process, is a real testament to his character.

We want to say a huge congratulation to Tim, Colin and Robert. This sum of money will go a very long way in our fight against blood cancer.

 

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