Fundraising round up

October 1, 2012

Our fundraisers have been working hard again this year, very often raising money in memory of a loved one. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to some amazing fundraising – we appreciate every penny.  Here’s just a few of the many fundraising events that have gone towards mesothelioma research:

For Lisa’s Gran

Lisa Wright sadly lost her Grandma to mesothelioma just before Christmas 2010, and so she decided to host a music event in Manchester in May 2012 to raise money specifically for research into the disease. Her Grandma suffered with mesothelioma for almost four years, and Lisa felt it was very important to help raise awareness of the illness too. Thanks for all your fundraising and hard work in putting the event together Lisa.

Thanks Surrey Lodge

In May this year the Provincial Grand Master of Surrey Mr Eric Stuart-Bamford, hosted a presentation event to hand over a cheque to the JHMRF.  A number of Lodges and Chapters from within the Masonic Province of Surrey collected money for the June Hancock fund. The donations were gathered together via their “Surrey for Surrey Scheme” and for which we are incredibly grateful – thank you to everyone who contributed. A grand total of £1,900 was raised.

Debi Eastman raises money in memory of her Dad

Debi got in touch with us to let us know about her Charity Challenge in memory of her Dad, Richard Lewis Morgan, who died from mesothelioma in 2009. She had been planning to help raise funds and awareness of mesothelioma for a while, and eventually chose the JHMRF because the research we fund is specifically for mesothelioma.

On the 21 Sept – 23 Sept 2012 Debi has set herself a personal challenge to climb 24 Peaks in 24 hours. Debi said, “My challenge will take me to some of the most beautiful and most challenging peaks in the Lake District, such as Scarfell Pike.  Even though my Dad is no longer with us, I am sure he will be there with me, pulling me or pushing me up ‘them’ peaks.”

Debi’s exciting challenge involves trekking up and down 24 peaks in the Lake District in 24hrs of trekking. The Lake District is home to some of the most rugged and challenging mountains in Britain giving it its reputation as one of the best natural adventure play grounds in the U.K. This is a challenging trek both mentally and physically with a long day of trekking, but with stunning views of the Lake District and a fantastic sense of achievement when you complete the trek.

We wish Debi all the best with this amazing challenge, and say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ for donating all monies raised to the JHMRF. If you would like to sponsor Debi please see her JustGiving page.

Adrian Fear

Claire Ridley’s father Adrian Fear passed away as a result of mesothelioma on March 29 this year. Claire asked for donations to the JHMRF charity instead of flowers at her Dad’s funeral, and raised £1,350 for mesothelioma research. What a wonderful tribute to the memory of Adrian Fear, and we extend not just our thanks to everyone who donated money in his memory, but also our sympathy to Adrian’s family and friends.

Claire’s fundraising in memory of her Dad continues with ‘The Adrian Fear Masquerade Charity Ball’ which is being held on Saturday 10th November 2012. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information.

Claire’s family are also members of a local Amateur Dramatics group, and their annual summer concert was dedicated to raising money for the JHMRF for mesothelioma research. If you would like to know more about the group go to

Claire has also arranged a cake bake sale at her place of work.

Workers Memorial Day – Northampton Area Trades Council support us again

The Northampton Area Trades Council have supported the JHMRF and made a number of very generous donations over the years. We thank them for their continued support;  it’s very much appreciated.

Alida Coates, Partner and Head of Workplace Illness at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors visited members of the group in Northamptonshire and collected a cheque on our behalf for £1,525. This is such a wonderful gesture, and we are very grateful to all involved.

Are you planning a fundraising event? Please let us know if we can help – we have a number of items such as wristbands, trolley coins and lapel ribbons that can be useful at your charity events. Downloadable sponsorship forms and t-shirts are available too. Contact us for more details.