YOUR FUNDRAISING STORIES
Team Rapesco at the Virgin Westminster British 10K Run
On the 9 July 2017, Team Rapesco (Jey, Steven, Ric, Joe, Eugenio and Alex) took part in the Virgin Westminster British 10K Run. It was a hot, sunny day and more than 10,000 runners and participants took part on a route that took in some of London’s most famous landmarks.
This was the second year running that Rapesco had entered a team for the British 10K London Run to raise funds and awareness for the Pink Ribbon Foundation. This year the team raised £1,456.67, surpassing last year’s total in the process.
Jey: “The race was a wonderful experience with a great atmosphere again! It was a little hot for running but we all managed to cross the finish line, raising money for a very important cause and are all very proud!”
Rapesco are very proud to be an official supporter of the Pink Ribbon Foundation with a percentage of the UK sales of 22 pink products donated to the charity and look forward to supporting them at events throughout the year.
The Overseas Pakistan Solidarity walk in pink to fight breast cancer
The Pink Ribbon Foundation would like to thank Noreen Shahzad and the Overseas Pakistan Solidarity*, for organising a pink ribbon walk to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer. Friends and family members came together, dressed in pink and wearing pink ribbons, on the 8 July to highlight the fact that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer worldwide, after lung cancer.**
Our thanks go to Noreen for organising su…ch a fabulous event and to everyone who took part in the charity walk and all those who donated to support our vital work.
* The Overseas Pakistan Solidarity is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious global organisation with membership open to all Pakistanis irrespective of their political allegiance or religious belief.
** Statistics from Cancer Research http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/…/worldwide-cancer/incidence
Mayor of Hounslow at Her Inaugural Ball
More than £13,000 was raised for charity by the Mayor of Hounslow at her inaugural ball.
The event held at the Clayton Hotel, Chiswick on Saturday, 1 July, was the first of many fundraisers the Mayor, Councillor Sue Sampson, will be hosting over the forthcoming year as she looks to raise money for Pink Ribbon Foundation and Refuge.
Over 250 guests generously donated and bid for prizes in the auction and raffle, which included a two-week holiday in Tenerife and tickets to watch cricket at Lords. The evening saw guests enjoy a meal with entertainment from Britain’s Got Talent group Revelation Avenue and Felicity Petrie, a Jack Petchey Award winner from Gumley House Convent School, Isleworth.
The total amount raised will be split between the Pink Ribbon Foundation and Refuge and Barclays Bank also stepped in to double the amount raised in the raffle.
The Mayor, Cllr Sampson said: “It was a truly fantastic evening, thanks to all those who donated prizes and who gave so generously. These are two such worthy causes and I am happy that we have been able to kick off the fundraising in such a brilliant way. As Mayor, I have set myself this fundraising challenge and next on my list is a parachute jump on August Bank Holiday weekend. I hope as many people as possible can support me by sponsoring me.”
Enterprise Risk Management team at Arthur J. Gallagher skydive to fight breast cancer
On the 20 May 2017 Aimilia, Alice, Justin and Sam who are part of the Enterprise Risk Management team at Arthur J. Gallagher, took on the challenge of a skydive to raise money for the Pink Ribbon Foundation. Like too many people, each of them has personal experience of breast cancer and so they were emotionally invested in raising as much money as they could to fight the disease and help those going through it. The team are hoping to raise £1,500 and Arthur J. Gallagher will match the money raised by the team up to £700 per person, meaning even more potential to help our great cause – money is still coming in and we hope to have a final total raised shortly.
The sun was shining as they all jumped 13,500ft together – the feeling of falling only lasted a couple of seconds as they tumbled out of the plane, after that it felt like being stationary with a super-fast gust of wind blowing towards them. Here is what they had to say about their experience:
Alice: My dive went straight through a cloud and as I popped out the bottom I could finally see the ground coming toward me. When the instructor pulled the chute it was less violent than I expected, and suddenly I was just hanging weightless, perfectly peaceful and feeling like we weren’t descending at all. I was the last person to land and when I did the smiles on everyone’s faces said it all. We were all so thrilled and felt a massive sense of achievement. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud and I’d definitely do it again!
Justin: Wow – what a fantastic experience and all in aid of an extremely worthy cause. Having watched the subsequent recording, I am not at all surprised that my first words on landing were “Again, again, again!”
Aimilia: I am so thankful to all those who donated, we never once forgot why we were doing it and who we were doing it for. After months of nerves, excitement and fundraising, I’m so glad we were able to end our experience altogether as a team. This is a memory that will stay with me for a lifetime.
Sam: My nerves almost got the better of me when we were waiting for our names to be called, but as soon as we were in the plane my shaking hands and terrified expression turned into the biggest smile and two thumbs up. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and doing it for charity makes it even better. Well done team – we did it!
Ladies Day at Plumpton Race Course
The Pink Ribbon Foundation was delighted to be the chosen charity to partner with Ladies Day at Plumpton Race Course on Sunday 14 May 2017 and benefitted from branding at the event as well as money raised during the day via bucket collections and a raffle. Celebrity supporters of the Foundation joined the charity in the Glitz and Glamour Marquee for a wonderful three course meal and were on hand to judge the Best Dressed Lady competition.
Plumpton is a hidden gem in the world of horseracing. The thrill of jump racing, the joy of a win, delicious food and drink, and a stunning rural backdrop provided a memorable sporting experience for everyone who attended, from novice to racing expert.
We would like to thank Harriet and the team at Plumpton for giving the Foundation the opportunity to reach race goers with the breast cancer awareness message and for chance to collect almost £1,000 via volunteers from corporate partner Hastings Direct (www.insurepink.co.uk).
itsu team are all Superheroes
As part of their year long FUNdraising for the Pink Ribbon Foundation, a small team from itsu donned capes and masks as they became Superheroes for the day and took part in the 5K or 10K Superhero Run in London’s Regents Park . Over £1million was raised for good causes and we are delighted that itsu chose to support the fight against breast cancer! itsu have many challenges and events planned for 2017/2018 and we look forward to sharing their successes.
£2,000 raised by Oxford Diecast
Oxford Diecast has produced a scale model of the Solstor Pink Lady Truck, Mercedes Actros. They went on sale in 2016 and all profits from the sale of these trucks is being donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation, the partner charity of Solstor UK Ltd. There are still a few model trucks left, but Oxford Diecast have decided to make the full donation today. Adrienne Fuller, Oxfords International Product Manager, said “We are really pleased that we could be involved in the fundraising for such a deserving cause, this adds to our ‘pink’ range which includes other model trucks and fire engines.”
If you would like to get your hands on one of the few remaining Pink Lady trucks, just visit the Oxford Diecast website –
www.oxforddiecast.co.uk and search ‘Pink Ribbon’. We would like to thank Oxford Diecast and all their customers for supporting our vital work.
Our thanks go to #TeamRSR who took part in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running 2017 on Sunday 5 March. The team of 13 amateur runners took part in the 10K race and have raised over £2,000 for the Pink Ribbon Foundation to help fight breast cancer. Well done to everyone who completed the course and thank you for supporting our vital work!
Newbury Building Society
Members of staff from Newbury Building Society recently presented the Pink Ribbon Foundation with a cheque totalling £1,215.34 at the Society’s Head Office in Newbury. The fundraising was undertaken in a number of ways, including Easter Events in branches, the Society pledging 50p for every vote cast in the Annual General Meeting, and another £2,700 was raised by seven brave staff members who took on a sponsored skydive last September. Emma Simms, Marketing Manager at Newbury Building Society says, “We are proud to have supported the Pink Ribbon Foundation and their work by raising funds for them over the last four years. Staff at the Society have enjoyed coming up with exciting ways to raise the money, and although we will be supporting 8 other charities as part of our new charity scheme in 2017, we will still be supporting the Foundation by hosting a SHOOT4PINK Netball Tournament this year.”
Thank you to Lunar Shoes and their amazing suppliers and customers for raising an incredible £5,270 from sales of their specially designed pink ribbon slippers. The slippers were created by the Lunar design team in unique fabrics, that are exclusive to the Pink Ribbon Foundation and Lunar shoes. These super comfy slippers are made in Europe, highlight the ribbon logo and are both warm and hardwearing. They continue to be available from
www.lunarshoesonline.co.uk priced £22.99 – £24.99
Lunar are passionate about shoes and strive to bring you unique seasonal designs, incorporating the best trims in the latest colours – created using the best available materials at an affordable price. That’s why they say: ‘Love shoes, love Lunar’.