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Fundraising stories

“We’d like to say thank you to all the people past, present and future who take on the challenge of fundraising for the House. Without your support the doors of the House couldn’t remain open. We’ve had people abseiling, selling home baking, running marathons, jumping out of planes, cutting off their lovely long hair, organising charity nights, dances and bingo for us and so much more. The list is only as limited as your imagination.

Here is a selection of what people have been doing…

“FARMERS BOYS”

Our thanks go to team “Farmers Boy’s” who took on the 3 Peaks Challenge. That’s climbing the 3 highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafel Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours.

Gary Brown ‘’encouraged’’ a few people to join in with the fun – Jamie Cuboard, Paul Dailly, Danny McPherson, Andy McIlroy, Stephen and Gary Fox, Martin Connaghan, Stephen McAllister, Andy Whiteford, and Gary Elliot.

The guys all put in plenty of training so they could enjoy the experience as much as possible. With so many of them taking part they could also spread the effort of fundraising.

On the day they had a real mixture of lovely weather, terrible rain and got soaked through, they walked through the dark and spent a lot of time travelling in the van and saw a beautiful sunrise.

From their photo you’ll see they were all smiles at the end. Definitely not a challenge for the fainthearted, it took lots of organising and co-ordination as well as a sturdy walking boots and legs! But as Gary said the charity is ‘close to his heart’ and they were all determined to do it.

Total walking time came to 11 hours and 35 minutes – a real labour of love for the House and so appreciated by us all.

“LUCY & ALAN’S FUNDRAISER”

In amongst the hospital appointments and sleepless night, they decided to set themselves a target and do a bit of fundraising to give back to the House. Seeing the Tree of Life on a daily basis was all the motivation they needed to raise £1000 to get a Leaf onto the tree.

Once Ryan was discharged and they settled back into Home life, is when their fundraising journey began. And they didn’t start small:
“No-one we knew wanted to run a marathon, or jump out of a plane, but what our group of friends like to do is have fun! We didn’t need a better excuse to throw a Party!”

The local community Hall offered the venue for free, and friends, family & local businesses helped out with donations of food and drink. The place was decorated with Ronald McDonald House balloons and posters.

The evening was a wonderful success, with a combination of food, drink, dancing and plenty of fundraising with a raffle, tombola and Alan even auctioning himself off to clean someone’s house for an hour!

Having smashed their £1000 target the Lucy & Alan are currently deciding on what to have their leaf engraved with for the Tree of Life and plan a visit back down to the House with Ryan to be able to place it on the Tree. They are already planning their next big event.

Testimonial

‘Without this place of sanctuary we would not have been able to cope or be so near to our little girl.  Everything you do is really heartfelt’
The Dunn family