We relaunched our website in March 2010, but couldn’t let all these great stories, fantastic achievements and massive fundraisers go unpublished on the new site! Thanks to all who took part!
The 2500 mile Cycle Challenge
170 keen cyclists of all ages, participated in the second `Anna’s Hope 2500 Mile Cycle Challenge’ around Rutland Water on Sunday, 23rd August. Rutland Radio broadcasted throughout the day from the start and finish area at Whitwell, creating a superb atmosphere and fun day out for all concerned.
Perfect weather helped these enthusiastic riders to complete a grand total of 2,622 miles, exceeding the challenge target by 122 miles! As promised, meeting this target means that Rob Hughes, Chairman of the Charity and Anna’s Dad, will personally donate £1,000 to the funds. With some participants completing the shorter route of a `mere’ 17 miles, other fit entrants went on to complete the full circuit of 23 miles which included the Hambleton peninsula. The Charity would like to thank all cyclists for getting on their bikes and making a difference.
Anna’s Hope are pleased to announce that over £3,000 has been raised to help make a difference to the lives of those children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour. The event also enabled funds to be raised for local boy Toby Cunliffe who needs urgent treatment for his brain tumour.
The winner of the cycle, kindly donated by Rutland Cycling, will be announced on Monday, 2nd November, so please return all completed sponsorship forms by 31st October 2009 to be included in the draw.
Finally, our grateful thanks go to Anglia Water for permission to stage this event as well as to sponsors Mars Refuel, Rutland Cycling and Coca- Cola. Our appreciation also goes to the Mayor of Oakham for kindly opening the event.
Lands End to John O’Groats Bike Ride 28/05/2007
After 16 days including 1 rest day , I completed my challenge of cycling from Lands End to John o’Groats . I travelled 969 miles and had 3 punctures . The plan of cycling from south to north to take advantage of the prevailing winds behind me did not work and I spent the entire journey facing into a headwind . I was ably supported by my wife Carole and daughter Sara who were there with hot tea and cake when I needed it . Mars Refuel also kept my energy levels up . I am really proud of my achievement but my 16 day challenge was small when compared to the 13 month chemotherapy course my daughter had to endure . Whenever the going got tough and I started feeling a little low I just had to remember Anna’s courage to keep me going.
Special thanks to lots of friends who helped me ; Darren Manley who loaned me a terrific bike , Dave Cockburn for fitness and nutrition advice , Vince Kearney for helping me stick to my training schedule , Theresa Coltman for expert cycling advice , Eileen Worrall and Julie Routledge for generating support at the office , Poul Weihrauch (my boss), Richard Young and Professor David Walker who accompanied me for a day . Also thanks for all associates at my office in Waltham on the Wolds who have also raised money by collectively matching my distance through cycling , running and walking.
I also am extremely grateful to all those who sponsored me and to major sponsors , Mars Drinks, Asda , Tesco , Morrisons, Coop , Costcutter , Dairy Farmers of Great Britain , Pepsico , Unilever, Kraft , Reckitt Benckiser , Dairy Crest , Coca Cola , Cadbury , General Mills , Heinz , Pilkington, Tate and Lyle , McCain and Strategos
Peter and Ellie Bond LEJOG cycle ride for Anna’s Hope Date: 28/08/2007
In July this year Peter and Ellie Bond battled against the wind and the rain and completed Lands End to John O’Groats in 15days. It was a remarkable achievement given it rained every single day of their bike ride. Peter and Ellie, who live in Eye in Suffolk never met Anna but were inspired by her story and wanted to use the ride to raise funds for the charity.
Chairman Rob Hughes, who also completed the ride one month earlier, is full of admiration of them both. Annas Hope would like to thank Peter and Ellie and all those who supported them for raising over £1400 …. a fantastic achievement.
Our First Charity Bike Ride Rutland Water Date: 26/10/2008
Thanks to support from Rutland Cycling, Mars Drinks, Ambitions Personnel, Coca Cola and Rutland Radio, Anna’s Hope held its first Charity Bike Ride around Rutland Water on Oct 26th. Despite very wet weather at the start of the day over 125 riders of all abilities cycled a total distance of 3000 miles. Despite missing the target of 5000 miles set by Rob Hughes, chairman of Anna’s Hope he still donated £1000 . The event raised over £4500 and is set to become an annual event.
2007 Flora London Marathon Date: 22/04/2007
Over £9,000 raised by our brave runners in the 2007 Flora London Marathon. Despite it being the hottest London Marathon on record our 6 runners all completed the race to raise over £9,000 for the charity. A general sense of “we’ve done it” was mixed with groans of “never again” and even the odd “can’t wait for next year” when the pain, stiffness and dizziness started to set in after the initial euphoria passed.
Well done to you all, you’ve achieved something most of us can only dream about!
Race For Life
On a beautiful warm May Sunday morning supporters of Anna’s Hope took part in the Race for Life event at Burghley in Stamford dressed as fairies, complete with wings and trainers!
Despite there being thousands of ladies taking part, the fairies managed to catch everyone’s attention as they walked the course together to finish the 5km race in 1 hour exactly, with Carole and Joanne managing a sprint to the finish line.
Who knows, next year we may try to run as fairies—watch this space!
Jane Hales completes the Experian Robin Hood Marathon in her best time ever!
Jane completed the Robin Hood Marathon on Sunday, 16 September in her best time ever: 2 hours 7 mins, raising over £700 in aid of Anna’s Hope. Jane’s final fundraising figure is still being counted but it looks as though she will have managed to raise over £700, well done Jane and thank you from everyone involved in Anna’s Hope.
Jane says: “Having lived through the blue light ambulance trip and the sudden realisation that I was being checked over for a brain tumour I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that parents of children who are diagnosed live through. Carole and Ingrid are inspirational, Ingrid as ever has been hugely supportive of me and I hope that in some small way I can help.”
Great North Run Tyneside Date: 30/09/2007
This year’s Great North Run saw a wonderful turn out for Anna’s Hope . 6 Runners donned the Anna’s Hope running shirt and all completed this prestigious event. Mike Fleck who has never missed any of the 27 marathons wore a fairy outfit and was our fastest runner in 1 hour 42 minutes . Rosemary Dodson also dressed as a fairy to help raise the charity’s profile which helped her fly to the finish. Friends Liz Clark and Sue Conlon really enjoyed their run and can’t wait to do it again next year. George Kelly and Paul Marshall really went the extra mile for Anna’s Hope by also completing the Great Eastern Run 2 weeks later . Together with sponsorship raised at the Great Eastern Run, our runners estimate that £2,000 will have been raised for the charity.
2008 London Marathon London Marathon 2008
Poul Weirauch, who is Rob Hughes’s boss flew over from Holland to run in this years Flora London Marathon. Not only was it a flying visit but it was a flying time of just over 4 hours. He raised over £15,000 which is the best ever individual amount raised for the charity so far. Well done and thank you.
Not only did Nigel Stacey support John Lewis ‘Anna’s Hope’ fundraising by running in the Great Eastern Run last year but he also completed the London Marathon in just over 4 hours and raised over £500. Thank you Nigel for your continued support of the charity.
Louise, Ailsa and Elaine bravely decided to compete in the London Marathon and then the Edinburgh Marathon six weeks later! They all enjoyed the soggy London event and even managed a sprint finish down the Mall. Unfortunately Elaine was injured and was unable to take part at Edinburgh. Louise and Ailsa were less enthusiastic about Edinburgh but they did it. Not to be outdone Elaine has since completed Blenheim Triathalon. They now plan to retire from Marathons. The girls raised over £2900, well done what an amazing achievement!
Nigel Steps out for Anna’s Hope Nigel’s Marathon
Not only did Nigel support John Lewis ‘Anna’s Hope’ fundraising by running in the Great Eastern Half Marathon last year but he also completed the London Marathon in just over 4 hours and raised over £500. Thank you Nigel for your continued support of the charity.
Scott Boutwood Milton Keynes Half Marathon Date: 20/07/2008
The charity has never met Scott but it is truly grateful for the generous donation of £1200 it received as a result of sponsorship he got by completing the Milton Keynes half marathon. Well done and thank you.
Great North Runners Great North Runners Date: 20/09/2008
Once again we were well represented at this years Great North Run . Regular runner for Anna’s Hope , Louise Harrop completed 3 marathons including the Great North Run with Elaine Harrop and Alisa and raised over £3000 . Debbie Lovering who ran at the event for the first time raised almost £1000 and Louise Lomax run contributed £40.
Three Peaks Challenge September Date: 19/09/2007
Tommy Crozier and friends complete the Three Peaks Challenge in order to raise funds for Anna’s Hope
This September Tommy Crozier, Thomas Edwards, Kevin Edwards, Richard Swinger, Peter Swinger and Lee Turner undertook a gruelling challenge when they completed the Three Peaks Walk in order to raise funds for Anna’s Hope. Tommy said: “We did it in pouring rain, it was an achievement but not one we would be in a hurry to repeat!” (See Tommy’s Diary below)
Tommy went on to say: “I’ve only known Carole for a short time but as soon as she told me about Anna I wanted to do something to help. Having a child of a similar age makes me even more determined to do this for the charity”.
Ben Nevis – Friday 31.08.07
Travelled up on Thursday 30th August. We got to Ben Nevis at 9.30pm after 8 and half hours of travelling. Had a few pints in the Ben Nevis inn. Camped at the bottom of the mountain. Woke up at about 7.30am and started walking up then. It was a long slog. Thomas was like a whippet racing up those hills, and I was like a creped old man who could hardly keep up with the others. Got up and down by 5pm. Had dinner in Fort William Morrison’s. Met a local who said we could’ve driven up to mountain rescue which was half way up the mountain. It rained all day as well. HAPPY DAYS.
Scar fell – Saturday 01.09.07
Travelled from Fort William and left about 6pm. Got to lakes at 1.30am-2am. Camped, got up, had a barbeque and started walking at about 9am. It took 7 hours and it rained all day. When we got down we got in the van and drove to Snowdon. We were going to do Snowdon that night but after the drive we had sore legs so we camped out instead. Then in the morning I woke up absolutely soaked on one side – looking like I slept in a puddle. I must have been tired!
Snowdon – Sunday 02.09.07
Woke up soaked so sat in the van (started on the Stella!) cold, miserable and in Wales. Could life get any better (yes, bacon butties £3.50 each, ripping off boyos.) Torrential rain. We were soaked to the skin in 5 minutes! Started walking about 10am got up and down by 5pm. The cafe at the top was shut. We were starving, heartbroken and sore. Got home on Sunday night and we were so sore we didn’t go to work until Thursday!
If anyone is thinking of doing anything for charity please consider Anna’s hope as its local. I never met her but she was a brave little girl and her family are lovely people.
Jumping to Raise funds for Anna’s Hope Jumping for Annas Hope Date: 01/11/2008
Anna’s Hope continues to be impressed at the heroic acts some of our supporters go to raise funds . Paul Brown was very brave indeed when he bungee jumped to raise £188