It’s been a busy summer for Friends of Rosie and our supporters after a season which saw us once again attend the fantastic Faces of Ward 84 summer party; raise awareness at the Altrincham Festival; and run a strenuous 78 miles all in the name of childhood cancer research.
Faces of Ward 84 summer party
Some of our fabulous Trustees lent a helping hand at the Faces of Ward 84 summer party in July – a very special event for the children and families who have been treated on the children’s oncology ward (ward 84) at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
They got stuck in helping the kids to decorate their own t-shirts and design some lovely crafts and artwork. It was an absolute privilege for Friends of Rosie to be a part of this very special day once again and to meet so many lovely families.
It’s very rare to feel such a strong sense of community and solidarity at an event. While no-one would choose to be part of this particular community, the support, shared experiences, laughter, tears and strength of these families and the support network around them, both at the hospital and at home, is something incredible. Through such heartache, there is such love.
78 miles for childhood cancer research
A huge thank you and congratulations go to our amazing supporters, Tom Elviss, who completed an ultramarathon between Edinburgh and Glasgow in May, and the wonderful Natalie Hansford who ran the Kenilworth Half Marathon for Friends of Rosie in early September.
Tom ran a whopping 52 miles in 9 hours 36 minutes, coming 29th position in a field of 120 runners. Running for his nephew, Arthur, who last year underwent treatment for leukemia, Tom’s efforts have so far raised almost £5,000 for children’s cancer research.
Natalie completed the half marathon in a very impressive 2 hours 5 minutes, no mean feat for the mum of 3 year old twins who we’re sure give little opportunity for training (or sleep!). She raised a fabulous £260 for Friends of Rosie, running in memory of Gracie McCall.
A huge well done also goes to Vicky Campbell who ran the Birmingham Half Marathon for Friends of Rosie on 15th October. You can still visit Vicky’s fundraising page and show your support by donating whatever you can and help us give childhood cancer research the chance to make a difference.
Altrincham Festival focus
We had lots of lovely visitors to our stall and were amazed by the popularity of our tombola, raising a wonderful £106 and more importantly raising lots of awareness of how underfunded dedicated research for childhood cancer is both nationally and internationally.
A productive and positive summer for Friends of Rosie thanks to our friends and supporters.