The annual Laura Case Trust bike ride from Cambridge to Brockdish (65 miles) was another huge success – raising over £3000 and only losing one member of the team along the way... congratulations to Ian who made it through the Suffolk badlands all on his own!
Not strictly a fundraising event on its own as Melissa (one of our trustees) and Will were intending to get married anyway, but their June wedding saw very generous donations from friends and family for the Trust. It was a special way to remember Laura in the celebrations at their wedding.
Three of our trustees - Dom, Sam and Nix - and their friends, Andrew, Tanya, Nick and Dev set out to climb the three peaks in June. The peaks in question: Ben Nevis, Scarfell and Snowdon. The challenge: to do it within 24 hours. The weather: unseasonable to say the least. In fact, the worst on the mountains in years, with other less hardy souls being airlifted off Snowdon.
Amazingly, the whole group managed to complete the challenge in the allotted time, with no frostbite to speak of. There are pictures which attest to the 70 mile an hour winds and June snow (and BBC news stories to prove it). An incredible (and somewhat foolhardy) feat - but absolutely worth it for the huge amount they raised.
Not content to be a stalwart of the East Anglian Bike Ride (he's always one of the super fast ones), Darren made the journey from Paris to Geneva by bike in June this year, with only the little issue of the Swiss Alps in the way. He raised a brilliant £2200 for the Trust, and can still walk. Just.
March saw one of our trustees put her amazing production and organisational skills to great effect, in putting on the Trust's first party. A big crowd of Laura's friends and Trust supporters turned out at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club for a wonderful afternoon of comedy and music from Edinburgh Festival award nominees Idiots of Ants, comedy group Ladygarden and stand up Brett Goldstein. Live music acts included Alex Ingram Hill and his amazing one man band, The Crimson Dixies, and the suberb Bridgette Amofah, whose closing performance blew us all away. All superbly MC'ed by Sarah Campbell. Huge thanks to all who took part, came along and laughed and clapped.
Many thanks to Ciaran Hill who has definitely performed one of the more unusual fundraising feats for us – 12 hours of non stop rugby goal kicking.... raising £350
Many thanks to Dianne Neeley, who ran the Dublin marathon for the Trust, raising £750
Many thanks again to Will Grut for raising £150 for his half marathon, and for donating all his potential presents to the Trust by asking family and friends to 'sponsor' his birthday instead of giving gifts. Happy Birthday!
An honourable mention must go to Susie Wallis for her valiant attempts to train for the Ironman despite injury and raising £465 in the process
Thanks again to the Foster family for raising £150 for us at their annual fundraising lunch. Delicious...