Raj was two and a half years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Over five years later, after enduring six operations, chemotherapy, proton beam therapy and immunotherapy, his mum, Suki was told Raj had three months left to live.
“Raj was oblivious. He was happy and smiling. The last few months were tough but we made some beautiful memories. On April 20th 2018, my beautiful baby boy died in my arms at home. I am so very proud of Raj. I miss him so much and life will always be empty without him. My only hopes are we find a cure someday so no other family has to face this reality. A cure really can’t wait.” Suki, Raj’s mum, February 2019.
Raj’s mum Suki tells their story here
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Not to achy after the Great South Run on what was an enjoyable run. My fundraising for Children with Cancer UK currently stands at £697.78 (thanks to some recent donations), which added to the £510 raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK gives over £1,200 raised 🙂
There are still a few signed goodies on EBay to be had, with the lively folk rockers Bellowhead sending a signed CD and currently on line is a signed CD from prog rockers Jadis:
What’s next? Well spurred on by this year’s running I am going to attempt a half marathon next May/June time plus the Staines 10K. Ideas for any fundraising most welcome.
I have two charities lined-up, one chosen by Matt Curtis who kindly sponsored me for each of my three races this year. He has chosen the Cleft Lip And Palate Association (CLAPA). Clapa is a support organisation for all those with and affected by cleft lip and palate. One in 700 children are born with this condition – about 1,000 a year in the UK. CLAPA provides information, advice and one to one support through its national network of branches. It also runs confidence-building camps for children and distributes bottles and teats for babies born with cleft lip and palate.
The second one is The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) NDCS is the national charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. We represent the interests and campaign for the rights of all deaf children and young people from birth to independence. NDCS believes that the family is the most important influence on a deaf child’s development. NDCS supports the deaf child through the family as well as directly supporting deaf children and young people themselves.
For these two charities I will again be auctioning off signed goodies via EBay so any contacts much appreciated.
Thank you all again for your support, it is very much appreciated by me and the charities.
Knackered but finished 🙂 First time I have run further than 10K since 1999. Great day and atmosphere as the people of Pompey made you feel very welcome – even in my Stoke top and scarf. I did get two ‘Come on Stoke!’ on the way round the course. Lovely course running around the historic naval dockyards/HMS Victory and ending up running by the Southsea seafront. The jelly babies counter at nine miles provided a welcome boost as well. Well organised and run, highly recommended if you fancy a nice flat race.
My finishing time was under two hours – yippee! 1hr 59m 12 secs 15,158th (race field just over 24,000)
Thanks to my lovely kids for their support and musical selections (my daughter loaded my IPod with delights such as You Me At Six, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold & Fearless Vampire Killers and I sneaked on some Jimi Jamison, Chris Singleton & Dev Townsend!).
Big thanks to my family, friends, work colleagues, Facebook pals, the bands and authors who kindly donated signed items to auction and all those that have sponsored me, spread the word or liked a Facebook post. I am truly humbled, thanks again.
Now what race next folks 😉
PS Donations still welcome – raising funds for Children with Cancer UK:
Simply like this page and post for a chance to win two complimentary tickets to see Stoke City vs QPR at the Britannia stadium on Sat 10th Nov. Closing date 28th October. Thanks to Stoke City and good luck!
It’s all to help spread the word on my three runs (two down and the Great South Run to come on 28th October) this year to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK.
Some lovely feedback from the recent winner of the Cannon and Ball tickets and meet ‘n’ greet:
‘Looking so forward to the show and meeting them , my dad is a big fan and I was brought up watching them , thank you once again.’
Still chance to bid on a signed Cannon and Ball programme & photo here
All proceeds to Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and BIG thanks again to Cannon & Ball
More signed items for auction soon but any leads and/or donations are always welcome and appreciated.
Training going okay for the Great South Run with a PB today at the Bedfont Lakes Park Run. Do take part in a local Park Run if you can. They are held every Saturday around the UK, starting at 9am and run over 5km. Well organised, friendly and great fun!
Kindly donated by Bobby Ball & Tommy Cannon, you will get:
– Four tickets to one of their Friday shows at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool. These run until the end of October. More details here
– Meet ‘n’ greet with Cannon & Ball after the show.
A real treat for any fan and BIG thanks to Bobby Ball & Tommy Cannon for kindly donating this – all proceeds to Children with Cancer UK.
You can bid for the tickets here
A CD & cassette (yes they still exist!) kindly donated by Birmingham based country artist Raymond Froggatt You can bid on the CD & tape here
Also coming soon a t-shirt and signed CD from League of Lights – this is band that features Threshold’s Richard West.
All proceeds from these sales will go towards my target of raising £1,000 for Children with Cancer UK.
Training now underway for the Great South Run – ten miles is a far old hike! But with 23,500 runners expected plus a fairly flat course it will have plenty of atmosphere.
This will be my third run this year for Children with Cancer UK and any help you can give by spreading the word on the Facebook page for my attemtp at the Great South Run:
Plus my Just Giving page:
Yes I like a challenge and moving from 10k to ten miles will certainly do that. I am delighted to taking part in the Great South Run and raising funds again for Children with Cancer UK. I will try and think of some whizzy ways to raise more vital funds for this charity – any ideas please do get in touch.