YOUR FUNDRAISING STORIES
Upwood Small to Tall Calendar
Angela Dean (Manager) and Sue Holman (Deputy) together with a small team, run the Upwood Small To Tall pre-school, Breakfast Club and After School Club on the school site of Upwood Primary School in Huntingdon. Every year they organise a team day out in London and have always been joined by Sue’s sister, Karen, who acts a tour guide for the group, taking them to various fun places where they create havoc and generally have a fabulous day!
Sadly, Karen got breast cancer a few years ago and died last February with Sue and her children by her side. The annual Upwood Small To Tall day out last summer felt very empty without her and was a sad and difficult time for everyone in the group. Filled with love, a desire to make a difference and wanting to do something in Karen’s memory whilst also encouraging women (and men) to check themselves, they decided to make a charity calendar and so enlisted the help of their lovely pre-school photographer. Inspired by the Calendar Girls, the team posed topless in a discreet and fun way and each person dedicated their page (month) to someone special – the result was a truly magnificent tribute to everyone involved and to all of the loved ones mentioned. Models were made up of staff, the Chair of the Committee, parents and friends of Upwood Small to Tall.
The calendar was sold with all the profits being donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation to support those affected by breast cancer and an amazing £1,275.60 was raised!! We would like to thank everyone involved in the making of the calendar and also everyone who bought a copy – your support, thought and kindness is greatly appreciated. We would also like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to Sue and Karen’s family at what has obviously been a difficult and emotional time.Continue reading →
Camp Hill Dance Team
Between November and December 2019 the Camp Hill Dance Team raised money for the Pink Ribbon Foundation selling pink ribbons at their school during break times and lunch to support those affected by breast cancer. They raised an incredible £220 to support our vital work and we are extremely thankful for their kindness.
To further raise awareness of the cause, the dance team held a school assembly to talk about the work of the Foundation. They also choreographed a contemporary dance to the song ‘Not About Angels’ by Birdy which they performed in the Camp Hill Dance Show. The dance told the story of a woman’s struggle with breast cancer – battling to become cancer free, only for it to come back again harder. The dance was filmed and has been sent to the Great Big Dance Off (a national school’s dance competition) and they have qualified for the regionals taking place on the 3rd February! We wish them the best of luck as they spread the awareness!Continue reading →
Jacqui Sopp #bravetheshave
Our thanks go to Jacqui Sopp who after having a mastectomy on the 25th October, decided to #bravetheshave for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
Jacqui did not require chemotherapy, but decided to shave her head to show solidarity for those that do, whilst raising vital funds to support those affected by breast cancer. We are delighted with the £300 raised by Jacqui and her family / friends / colleagues.
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Triathlon success for MERLYN’s Four
#justareminder is a collaboration between shower enclosure company Merlyn Showering and the Pink Ribbon Foundation. A recent consumer survey carried out by Norstat clearly demonstrated how easy it is to forget to check breasts regularly, and despite the shower being one of the most logical places to do this 75% women forget. Of these, 65% said the pink ribbon symbol would act as an excellent reminder, so MERLYN are placing the evocative laser-cut pink ribbon on their enclosures and have pledged to raise £20,000 for the charity.
Four MERLYN employees undertook the punishing 25k Kilkenny Triathlon on Sunday 21st July to support the £20,000 target. The event began with sprint swim of 750m, a 19.4 km cycle ride and ended with a 5k run. It may have been gruelling, but it was smiles all round at the end, with almost £1,500 raised and more to follow. The gang of four have also signed up for two more Triathlons to support #justareminder
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HASTINGS DIRECT GOLF DAY RAISES £4,000 FOR CANCER CHARITY
Colleagues from Hastings Direct teed off last week to raise money and awareness for the cancer charity, Pink Ribbon Foundation.
64 colleagues and friends followed the pink dress code and took on the 18 hole course at Cooden Beach Golf Club. The day raised over £4,000 for the national cancer charity and fondly remembered Lisa Rondelli, a loved colleague at Hastings who lost her cancer battle earlier this year.
After a day of golf fun, the teams attended an awards evening at the golf club where more money was raised through a charity auction and the winning team was awarded the Rondelli Shield.
Jay Wootten, Hastings Direct Events Manager said, “We’re thrilled with the success of our company golf day. From fines for landing in the bunker to pink ball challenges, our colleagues and friends had great fun while raising lots of money for a great cause.”
Lisa Allen, Pink Ribbon Foundation added, “The Pink Ribbon Foundation is delighted to be the beneficiary of Hastings Direct’s annual golf tournament in memory of Lisa Rondelli. It was fantastic to see so many players following the pink dress code and having fun whilst raising lots of money and awareness for those affected by breast cancer. Hastings supports the Pink Ribbon Foundation through its insurePink brand, donating £10 to the foundation for every new car policy sold via the website www.insurepink.co.ukContinue reading →
ASICS British 10K
Congratulations to our finishers and fundraisers from Rapesco Office Products who, for the third year running (forgive the pun!) completed the ASICS British 10K over the weekend in aid of the Pink Ribbon Foundation to support those affected by breast cancer. An estimated £2.2 million has been raised for around 300 charities!!! Thank you #TeamPRF you are all amazing – special shout out to Jey for organising the team over the years.Continue reading →
Avon Aardvarks in ‘Avon Ring’ challenge
Avon Aardvarks take on a 109 mile ‘Avon Ring’ challenge.
The newly formed Avon Aardvark Canoe Club raised £2,300 this weekend for the Pink Ribbon Foundation after completing the 109 mile Avon Ring challenge.
The club, which formed last October with just 5 members now have 4 times as many paddlers, making them a 22 strong club! 18 members took part in the challenge, including several first timers who joined together in teams of 3 and relayed in two Canadian style canoes.
Following a successful challenge late last year where the original club members raised money for Marie Curie by paddling a 46 mile challenge David Saunders of Aardvarks Canoe Club decided to organise another one – this time over twice the distance!
Over four days the paddlers took to the River Avon, River Severn, Worcester and Birmingham Canal and Stratford Canal, completing 420,000 paddle strokes whilst passing through 129 locks and 5 long tunnels at a maximum speed of 3 miles per hour. David Saunders, of the Avon Aardvarks Canoe Club said, “My mother passed away from breast cancer so I have wanted to do as much as I can to raise money for those who helped her. The members of the club are a great bunch and up for anything with a paddle so took no persuading in taking on a second challenge. I am extremely proud of everyone that took part. We worked as a team and had a lot of fun along the way, all for a good cause.”Continue reading →
Penrith Cricket Club
Penrith Cricket Club bubbled with an unusual hue last Saturday as the Club’s Chair, Vice Chair and other senior officials supported by Hannah Bradley Miss England Finalist 2019, served tea with prosecco to more than 70 guests. Each table was decorated in pink, and the waiters forsook the usual black and white for fine pink waistcoats. All in aid of the Pink Ribbon Foundation, a charity set up to support those affected by breast cancer and which promotes the message that a healthy diet and exercise can reduce the onset of breast cancer by up to a third via it’s #SHOOT4PINK campaign.
The second annual charity day in aid of the Foundation, was declared a great success by the guests, and the atmosphere bubbled over to the many friends and supporters, who had come to watch the cricket. Chairman Andy Hall was pleased to see so many willing to give generously in a good cause and commented, “The spirit in our main function room was tremendous, full of happy chatter and enjoyment for the day. It was good to have so many people in the club, and to raise funds for an important cause. The link to sport was obvious, but we just wanted to do our best for something that we know is vitally important to so many people. I believe that as a local community club, we must encourage and support the people of the town as much as we can. Such a shame that the cricket wasn’t so successful as we lost a game that we could have won!”
The day, which was sponsored by Cartmell & Co Solicitors raised more than £900 for the Pink Ribbon Foundation and we are delighted with the Club’s annual support. Thank you to Brian and the whole team for organising such a wonderful event and to all those attended and made the day such a success!
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Bollywood fundraiser to fight breast cancer
How’s this for an idea 💡 Host a Bollywood themed summer party at your home, ask everyone to dress up, book dhol drummers, dancers and Henna artists, serve up bowls of delicious curry AND raise money for those affected by breast cancer by charging for tickets and selling raffle tickets and pink ribbon brooches …. that’s EXACTLY what Sharon and Sharon (Combined Knowledge Ltd) did at the weekend and it was a brilliant day/night attended by friends and family including our very own Patron Lisa Lashes!!! Over £1,300 was raised for the Pink Ribbon Foundation 🎀 Just goes to show that ANYONE can raise money for a good cause, without the need to hire a venue – imagination and a desire to support is all you need. Thank you to everyone involved: Oh My Dhol drummers, Creative Edge Dance Academy dancers and The New Sunar Gow, Lutterworth.
Raffle prizes kindly donated by: Holiday Inn London Kensington High Street, Moda in Pelle, Lindex UK, Paul Mitchell, Rapesco Office Products and FDD International.
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The Niesen Stairway-Run
As a company our friends at Corinthian Sports Ltd wanted to find a challenge that would be both difficult mentally and physically (and something a bit out of the norm) in support of their Charity of the Year, the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
The Niesen Stairway-Run seemed like the perfect race to participate in, and it proved to be a great experience for them all. With 11,674 steps and an elevation gain of 1669m the staircase, which runs alongside the funicular, is the longest in the world. Runners start every 20 seconds with the aim of completing this 3.5km trail, known as “Switzerland’s Pyramid”.
Every step taken was to help raise money for those who have been affected by breast cancer. It was certainly a challenge and we are extremely proud of the team for getting to the top – a rewarding experience for a great cause. Thank you!
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