2015 – five races to raise funds for two children’s charities :)

So a new year and be rude not to raise some funds for a couple of worthy charities. This year I am doing five races (mad fool!) for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children and the Children’s Trust.

The five races are:
May 17th Staines 10K

June 14th Orpington High Elms 10K

July date TBC Dorney Dash 10K

Aug 9th Bushy Park 10K

Oct 25th Great South Run (Portsmouth)

It is a big ask as I normally only do three races per year, still no Ealing half-marathon this year as ten miles is my limit now.

About the two chosen charities:

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We work with children and young people from across the UK, both from our specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and in communities around the country.

Our vision

That all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Our mission

For children with brain injury and their families, we aim…

  • to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence for care, rehabilitation, education and research
  • to reach out to children and families in their own community
  • to provide expert advice, training and information
  • to make our voice heard.

The Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Children’s hospices support children and young people (0-19) who are not expected to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families.

Children’s hospices can differ significantly from adult hospices in that many of the conditions children and young people are suffering from are degenerative in nature and progress over many years.

This means that children’s hospices have the opportunity to offer children, young people and families the chance to build memories as a family unit, undertake a range of activities that are age and needs specific that they may not ordinarily be able to access.

A children’s hospice may offer complex symptom control during periods of active treatment. In many cases there is no cure. In others, treatment has been tried but failed and the focus has transferred from active to palliative care.

When a diagnosis is given, families often feel very isolated. Children’s hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere. – See more here.

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Taking a break…plus Staines 10K

Staines 10k looming nearer and I am running for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). This run and one in the summer for CLAPA will be my last fundraising for this year as I am going to take a year off.

It is getting harder and harder to raise funds and I don’t like to keep asking the same generous folks and pestering the same wonderful bands & authors who have kindly donated signed items.

Still I aim to go out with a nice decent sum raised for both charities and as ever any help much appreciated.

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2013 

Training and the Staines 10K

Good to see the Staines 10K on Sunday May 19th has nearly reached its 600 entrants maximum and raised over £400 for charity through entrance fees. I am running and raising funds for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

I am doing a couple of runs per week at the moment although the warmer weather does tend to entice me out more. Yes I freely admit I am a fair weather runner 🙂

Still looking for a half marathon between June and late August. My home town Potters ‘Arf would be ideal but I can’t make that weekend. Any suggestions most welcome.

Hope to have some more signed goodies soon. Have a fair few requests out there and just hoping some respond.

My JustGiving pages are:

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2013 (for the NDCS)

http://www.justgiving.com/rochdale2013 (for CLAPA)

Any help promoting them very much appreciated.

Signed Ainsley Harriott photo raising funds for the NDCS

Thanks to TV chef legend Ainsley Harriott for donating a signed photo raising funds for the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). You can bid on it here

More signed goodies soon 🙂

In running news I have signed up for my first race of 2013 with the Staines 10K on Sunday May 19th. This one I will be running for the NDCS and then I plan to do another 10K in July for CLAPA and then all being well a half-marathon in August/September time.

I am also looking at getting some sigend items related to Stoke City FC who celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. My idea is to raise at least £150 from related Stoke City items for the two charities.

Staines 10K for next year and possibly Potters ‘Arf

I will be running the Staines 10K again next year on Sunday May 19th for both my chosen charities – CLAPA and NDCS. I am also looking for an early summer half marathon and my hometown my provide one with the Potters ‘Arf on Sunday June 9th. This will be another big challenge and step up after completing ten miles in this year’s Great South Run. Anyone else know of a good (flat!) half marathon in June/July time in the London/Surrey area or Staffordshire/Cheshire please let me know.

Also looking for any companies and/or bands who’d like to endorse my running and fundraising in anyway. I will for example happily road test say any new confectionary or sweets 🙂

Fundraising plans for 2013…

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:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300807845405?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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.

http://www.justgiving.com/rochdale2013

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.

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2013

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.

Jason

Staines 10K completed and £343 raised for Children with Cancer UK :)

A nice earlier start (6.15 am) to have my pre-race breakfast and then it was off with my daughter who was my race support/official photographer.

(With my Get Ready To Rock! t-shirt – too warm to wear on the run)

(Hoping for some Coca Cola freebies thanks to subtle product placement)

(No matter how much spinach I ate I still couldn’t push this pesky wall down)

After the joys of trying to fit one of those pesky race chips onto my shoe it was time to line up for the off!

(Luckily I could wear my Stoke City top after having to wear a P*** V*** top last time I did this run back in 2010 as part of my fundraising and wearing a Shirt Of Hurt)

The race itself was perfect as I ran the whole distance, a first for me on this race at my fifth attempt. Nice to see the folk of Staines coming out to cheer the runners along and to see one of my former members of staff from my days at WHS in Staines. There was even some mad fool dressed in a lion’s costume although he finished way ahead of me.

A massive field with over 500 runners (when I first did a Staines 10K back in the 90’s there was just over 200 runners) and my finishing time was 1 hour 7 minutes by the clock or 1 hour 6 minutes by the chip on my shoe. Bizarrely exactly the same times as my 2010 run! The full results can be seen here (I came 451 out of 521 finishers)

If you want a first 10k I would highly recommend this race as it is flat and well organised with a good atmosphere. Plus for the serious runners they can clock up very decent times indeed – the winner came in at just over thirty minutes.

(Chuffed to finish with my finisher’s medal and t-shirt – small size of course!)

(Top support and photos by my daughter who seems overly pleased to be holding the race t-shirt)

An amazing day and £343 currently raised for Children with Cancer UK.

You can still sponsor me here:

http://www.justgiving.com/stokie2012

Thank you all