We know that there are many claims on people’s time and many other charities also hoping to benefit from your fund-raising efforts. However, as a small charity, we rely on the generosity of the public and our supporters to pay for our vital work.
If you can help in any way – by a donation, by taking part in a sponsored event or by remembering the Barrett’s Oesophagus Campaign in your will – your involvement would be very much appreciated and could make a vital difference.
Hannah Brown is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro starting Friday 14th June 2013 in order to spread her late father's (Mike Pearson) ashes at the top and to raise money for Barrett's Oesophagus Campaign.
We all wish her a safe and successful ascent and look forward to a photo of Hannah wearing a BOC T-shirt at the summit. All of us send Hannah our grateful thanks.
Mount Kilimanjaro Update
Many, many congratulations to Hannah Brown for achieving and completing her planned climb of Mt Kilimanjaro during June 2013. This has fulfilled a long-held ambition for her and raised substantial monies for Barrett's Oesophagus Campaign.
We are very grateful to Hannah and wish to record our gratitude
London (Virgin) Marathon
In 2011 we had two runners in the London Marathon, Sharon Nayau and Nathan Moorey.
We also had a runner in the Great North Run, Katie Robinson who raised over £430 for BOC. In September Barrett's Wessex had 6 runners in the Solent Half Marathon raising over £1000 between them. Jo West also undertook a sponsored walk raising money in memory of her mum in September. Our heartfelt thanks go to all these generous people who for different reasons wish to support our work and who raised substantial sums between them. We now have a Wessex GP (Dr Li von Schack), a marathon runner who has earned a place in the 2012 London Marathon and who will be running on behalf of BOC , and a runner, Sophie Mann is participating in the Reading Half Marathon.
They may be sponsored via Just Giving here: www.justgiving.com/hertha-von-schack and www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Mann
Chris Robinson will be taking part in a sponsored cycle ride in the Netherlands, cycling a circular route from Hook and taking in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Amersfoort and Dordrecht cycling between 260-350 miles. Chris took part in a sponsored cycle ride in France in 2010 and the photo here shows him in a hospital gown with his cycle companion, the devil! Full details of the event may be found here: www.hayling-cycle-ride.org.uk
We are all most grateful to Chris for his continuing charitable cycle rides . Chris JustGiving page is: www.justgiving.com/Chris-Robinson3
In September 'Leanne' organised a dinner dance at a Surrey Hotel in memory of her dad, Gerard McDermot who had died from oesophageal cancer. This was very well attended and substantial sums were raised for BOC. We are extremely grateful to Leanne and her friends and colleagues.
During 2011 we were supported by 6 separate medical charities to whom we are especially grateful. Our wish is to increase the work we do but this is only possible with charitable donations.
We look forward in 2012 to a successful year with further progress, collaboration and expansion of our awareness campaign, research projects and support for patients and their families and friends with Barrett's oesophagus and cancer.
Student’s dance recital in memory of his mother
Tom Wilkinson with his mother Karen Ashton
Tom Wilkinson, a second year dance student at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), put on two dance performances with his course mates on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 January 2010 at LIPA in memory of his mother, who he recently lost to oesophageal cancer.
Tom, aged 21, organised the shows in the hope of raising awareness of Barrett’s Oesophagus and to advise anyone suffering with frequent heartburn and acid reflux to visit the doctor.
Tom’s mother, Karen Ashton was just 52 when she died in July 2009 and it is believed that she suffered from Barrett’s Oesophagus which then developed into cancer.