Fundraising Events Calendar

Events in 2006

Events in 2006
Great North Run Oct 06

A FORMER smoker who has swapped cigarettes for running shoes took part in the Great North Run 06 to raise money for a Worcestershire charity.

Fiona George, aged 37, gave up smoking after her father died, and started training in order to be fit enough to take part in the event last year in his memory.

Another 12 months down the line, and she is once again preparing for the 13-mile challenge, although this time it will be in aid of the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust, an Evesham-based charity set up to remember a local teenager who died from the condition.

Mrs George lives in Offenham Road, Evesham, with her husband Simon and children, Joshua, aged 12, Hannah, nine, and twins Raymond and Annie, four.

She said: "I had a friend who died from leukaemia earlier this year, so that is the main thought behind taking part in the Great North Run and giving any money raised to this cause.

"Also, there are so many big national charities out there that I thought it would be a good idea on this occasion to support a local one.

"I gave up smoking 18 months ago and have never looked back. The idea behind it was to do the Great North Run in memory of dad, and since then I have kept training and aim to do many more races, including, hopefully, the New York marathon next year.

"I would advise anyone to give up smoking. It has certainly made me feel better and I am doing good for other people too."

Sue Sollis, Tracy Sollis's mother and trust founder member, said: "I am delighted that Fiona is doing this event and hope that as many people as possible will provide her with some sponsorship for the charity.

"Money raised from the Great North Run will be used to purchase much-needed intravenous pumps to be used at Worcestershire Royal Hospital."

Fiona was almost stopped in her tracks when she injured her back ten miles into the race.

But in true fighter fashion, Fiona battled on and used the trust's mascot, Helpful Harry Hedgehog, as a back support, strapping it firmly around her waist to complete the run.

Trust founder Sue Sollis said: "Fiona showed tremendous strength of character and I am greatly moved by her heroic accomplishment."

Fiona has so far raised more than £1,000 in sponsorship towards the Tracy Sollis Trust's project to supply intravenous pumps for Worcestershire Royal Hospital's Laurel 3, Leukaemia and Haematology Ward.

Charity Concert

Gordon Giltrap rocks the Fleece for the Tracy Sollis Leukemia Trust

The sell-out gig by Gordon Giltrap on Sunday 23rd April at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton was a resounding success raising over £1,000 for the Tracy Sollis Leukemia Trust.

The atmosphere in the Medieval Barn was tremendous, as Gordon rocked the audience with his guitar skills – skills great enough for the likes of Brian May & Cliff Richard and great enough for the local vale people lucky enough to get tickets.

Gordon, the patron of the Tracy Sollis Leukemia Trust was delighted with the concert and said: 'It was a great privilege and pleasure to play in the 400 year barn, and with such a fantastic atmosphere one couldn't fail to do a good concert with those ingredients. Nigel & his staff were wonderful and I hope to make this a regular event'.

Nigel Smith, the landlord commented: 'It was wonderful to have such a fabulous musician playing here and brilliant that so many funds have been raised for the Tracy Sollis Trust. Gordon's performance is a great boost for the development of live music at the Fleece'.

Gordon will be playing two nights at the Fleece in April 2007, aiming to raise a record amount of money for the Tracy Sollis Trust & give more people the chance to experience his world-renowned live performance.

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Charity Collection

Malvern Chase Brass Band donated the £500 proceeds of their Christmas playing collections to the Trust.

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