Ryan's story

Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma N-MYC amplified in July 2008. He was out of treatment for just over a year when in November 2010 our lives were again turned upside down when we discovered the disease had returned in his bones and bone marrow. After a year of treatment re-staging scans in November 2011 showed that he had again achieved remission.

However just 3 months later, in February 2012, end of treatment scans gave us the devastating news that the disease has returned, this time with a tumour near his spine. In March Ryan started 4 weeks of radiotherapy followed by chemotherapy which is on-going. Re-staging scans in May and August showed no evidence of disease. On the 4th September 2012 Ryan received treatment in Tubingen for a haplo-identical stem cell transplant. He is a happy, active boy who is now enjoying life to the full.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone that has donated to Ryan's Appeal either on Justgiving, by arranging an event, attended an event or for contributing to one.  There is so much planning involved and we really do appreciate the time and effort that goes into each and every event.  
On this page are details of past events, an update written after the event and a total of money raised where appropriate.  At the bottom of the page there are photo's and sometimes words written by the event organiser.  It is great to hear your account of the events so please get in touch so that I can update this page.  I am aware that there have also been lots of private events that have taken place that we are not even aware of and these are just as important to us.  
It means so much to us that you are helping us raise the money to give Ryan the best chance of beating Neuroblastoma.  Thanks also to all of our friends and family who are actively thinking of ways to fund raise and are busy behind the scenes spreading the word and giving up their spare time to raise awareness of Ryan's appeal.

  • Abie Knight - 21st Birthday Event - Saturday 6th July
Thank you so much to Abie Knight for holding her 21st Birthday event for Ryan's Appeal. Abie asked for donations in lieu of presents for her birthday and sold tickets for the 50 raffle prizes she collected raising a total of £1390.00 including the charity match it scheme with her employer G4S. Thank you for this lovely event Abie and we hope your 21st birthday was one to remember.

  • Devon Battalion Boys Brigade
Thank you for supporting the appeal by raising £288.76 by donation their spending money and change collection at the Tuck Shop during camp at Pembrey, South Wales in 2012.
  • Old Helean's Society
Thank you to the Old Helean's Society for the collection made at their recent meal and meeting raising £122 for Ryan's Appeal
  • Tiverton Ladies Darts Team
Thank you to the Tiverton Ladies Darts Team for raising £178.00 for Ryan's Appeal.

  • Sarah Hirons - London Marathon and Welsh 50 Miler
A huge thank you to Sarah for running both the London Marathon and the Welsh 50 Miler raising £800 for Ryan's Appeal. Photos below of Sarah at both events - we hope you are taking a well deserved rest and thank you for running for Ryan!

  • Concert by the Stuart Singers - Friday 28th June 7.30pm
Thank you to Teresa Denning, Tim & Vicky Walsh and eveyone who came along to the concert at St Marks Church by the fabulous Stuart Singers. Thank you to all who provided drinks and baked cakes and helped with organising on the day. The event was enjoyed by all and raised £1350.06 for Ryan's Appeal!

  • James Chalk Head Shave  - 22nd June 2013 
Well done to James Chalk, Ryan's cousin for bravely having his head shaved and raising over £200 for Ryan's Appeal.  Ryan wasn't too sure he wanted James to do this but was happy once he saw the finished result. See photo below:

  • St Thomas Bowling Club Event - 18th June 2013

Thank you to Alan Wilson and the St Thomas Bowling Club for holding an event and raffle draw raising £334.00 for Ryan's Appeal.

  • Clip n Climb Exeter - 5th June 2013 
Thank you to Wendy Harding for organising an event at Clip n Climb, Exeter and also to her daughter for running a sweet stall. Great fun was had by everyone who took part and the event raised £232.27. Photo below:

  • RuckinRugby Donation for Exeter Chiefs Auction - May 2013
Thank you to John Maxwell, RuckinRugby for his winning bid of £300 for the Exeter Chiefs framed, signed shirt and rugby ball in support of Ryan's appeal.

  • Killerton 5K Family Event at Killerton House - May 2012
Run, walk or jog! All the family were able to join in as children in buggies are welcome to!! Thank you to everyone who came along to Killerton and took part in one of the sponsored runs raising money for Ryan's appeal.  The course was much harder than expected and we want to thank everyone who took part, who sponsored someone or who came and showed their support.

  • Murrays Machines Rock Solid 10K Event - 16th March

Thank you to Damian, Christian, Gary, Michaela and John for taking part in this gruelling 10K obstacle event at Escot, Exeter and for raising over £300 for the appeal

  • Broadclyst Golf Society - Fundraising

Thank you to Paul Curgenven and everyone at the Broadclyst Golf Society for nominating Ryan's Appeal as one of their chosen charities and raising £600! 

  • Charity Night with Miss Dot Com - Exmouth Pavilion 15th March 2012
Thank you to Marion Baker for arranging another night with the fabulous Miss Dot Comthe night was full of fun and some fantastic raffle prizes were won.  Amount raised to follow

  • Starz Cocktail Party for Ryan's Appeal - 22nd February 2013
Thank you to Starz Bar & Restaurant for organising this evening of cocktails, music and fundraising. The evening was enjoyed by all and was a great success raising £2086!! Thank you to everyone who came along and especially to those who bid on and won the fab auction items.
  • 2012 Donations - THANK YOU!

Thank you to EVERYONE for all the support in 2012.  Many of you have ran, swam, cycled (or even all 3!), skydived, waxed, baked, bag-packed, organised, collected, given time, supported and brought friends and family along to events.  We are very grateful to every one of you and have been overwhelmed by the support we have received since we started fundraising in April this year.  As we end 2012 our total raised stands at £165,000 - over half our target in 9 months. We appreciate your help more than you can ever imagine.
  • Ryan's Appeal Christmas Decorations 2012
A big thank you to Naomi Harris for donating the wooden decorations, to those that helped paint them and to Tracy Bennellick for personalising and selling them.  They made a total of £235 for Ryan's appeal.
  • Ryan's Appeal Christmas Cards 2012
Thanks to a fantastic idea from Ryan's cousin Chloe Ryan, his cousins and his friends have been busy drawing Christmas pictures which we are having made into professional Christmas Cards to raise money for his appeal. 
Update: The cards proved very popular and made profits of £300 for the appeal.

  • Christmas Bazaar - The Coaver Club Hall, Matford Lane - 9th December 2012 from 12-5pm
Thank you to Marian Baker for organising a Christmas Bazaar/fun afternoon; with fantastic raffle, stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, hair braiding, tombola and more. 
Update: A huge thank you to Marion for working so hard to organise this event.  We met some very talented local people with amazing hand made crafts and were very grateful to then all for the support.  The Hog Roast was fantastic, special thanks to Ashridges for stepping in to provide this.  Marion and her team raised a fantastic £600.
  • RAMzine E-Bay Auction - Starts 29th November 2012 ending on Christmas Eve
Thank you to Louisa Smith and everyone at RAMzine magazine for organising an auction of amazing merchandise which they are currently busy collecting. 
Update: Thank you to everyone that supported the auction which raised £304.97 for the appeal.
  • Race Night - The Railway Club, Cowick Street - 10th November 2012 from 7.30
Another Race Night at the Railway Club, Races will be on big screen! Free Entry but there will be a collection bucket for Ryan's Appeal at the door on arrival.  Non-members are welcome.  Thank you to Cathy for arranging this event for the appeal.
Update: Another fantastic Race Night with special guest DIY SOS Chris Frediana who helped us to raise a massice £1,413.03 for Ryan's appeal with the sale of races, horses and a fab raffle and auction. Special thanks to Cathy and Suzanne for arranging this event.

  • Coaver Club Halloween Ball 26th October 2012
Thank you to Kelly Browning and the staff at the Coaver Club, DCC for putting on a fantastic Halloween Ball which raised £214 for Ryan's appeal.
  • Darren Herd 
Special thanks to Darren Herd for donating his £420 birthday money to the appeal - thank you Darren we really appreciate it.
  • South West Heating & Travellers Rest Golf Society Turkey Trot Golf Competition - 9th November 2012
Taking place at the Fingle Glen Golf & Country Club - Teams of 4 to play Texas Scramble. Cost per team £110 to include full english breakfast, 9 holes of Golf, 2 course meal in the early evening, followed by a presentation of prizes. 
Update: A huge thank you to Mel and Ron for organising this golf event - thanks to all who played and supported the event which raised a massive £1,000.
  • Marks & Spencer Food Hall Bag Packing Event - 20th October 2012

Thank you to Cathy and Susanne and to Marks & Spencer for the opportunity to have a second bag pack event at the Food Hall, High Street, Exeter.  
Update: Thank you to our volunteers who packed bags from 11am til 3pm and to everyone who donated - we raised £580 for the appeal.

  • 10K walk - 23rd September 2012 11am start from St George V Playing fields
Thanks to Tracy Derges and team who will be walking 10 kilometres to raise funds for Ryan's appeal.  The team leave St George V playing fields at 11am and their planned route is Topsham Road, Barrack Road, Heavitree Road heading into High Street, Fore Street, back along Topsham Road and finishing with a number of laps of St George V playing fields.  Tracy and the team will be collecting money for the appeal along the way - Hopefully the sun will be shining for you :-)
Update: Not a sign of any sun but the team went ahead in the pouring rain - well done and thank you to you all. Sponsorship money is still being collected
  • Zumba for Ryan 2 - 23rd September 2012: 11 - 12, Walter Daw Primary School, Woodwater Lane
Thank you Trudi and Hannah! Due to the success of their first event Trudi Johnson and her sister Hannah are organising a second Zumba event.  Children age 9 and over are welcome to join if attending with an adult.  There will be a creche for the under 8's.  Registration from 10.30 - suggested entry donation £5.
Update: Our second Zumba event took place inside the school hall and raised £289 in total - well done to all who took part! Special thanks to Miss Jutson and Walter Daw School for making the event possible.
  • Morrisons, Tiverton - Bag packing event - 22nd September 2012 
Thank you to Ian, Louise and Jack and the Moors Under 9's team and all friends who helping with this bag packing event at Morrisons in Tiverton. The day was a great success and raised a massive £1218.70!! Thank you to Morrisons and to all the customers who kindly donated.
  • Body Shop Party - 17th September 2012 - New Fountain Inn, Whimple
Thank you to Natalie Olfield for organising this event and to the New Fountain Inn, Whimple for providing the venue. Thanks to all who donated raffle prizes and went along on the night raising £226.00 for Ryan's appeal.
  • Race Night at The Railway Club in Cowick Street 15th September 7.30pm
Thank you to Cathy Walsh for organising a race night at The railway Club - (G.W.R.S.A) in Cowick Street - who have made ryan's appeal their chosen charity for the year. Entry is free although a collection bucket for donations to Ryan's Appeal is at the door. 
Update:  Thank you to all who worked on the night and to those who had a flutter to raise £613.55 for the appeal!
  • Cake and Coffee Morning - 15th September Chudleigh Town Hall 10-12
Thank you to Becky Hill for arranging another cake and coffee morning for Ryan, this time at Chudleigh Town Hall, Market Way, Chudleigh, TQ13 0HL.  As well as homemade cakes and teas/coffee there will be a raffle and some trader stalls including Bead Best and Shabby Chick. 
Update: Thank you to everyone who baked cakes, helped and came along to the coffee morning which raised a total of £225.65!
  • John OGroats to Lands End - starting 25th August 2012
A big thank you to Kenny Corrick for aiming to cycle 900miles from John OGroats to Lands End in aid of Ryan's appeal.  Kenny will be completing this mammoth task over 7 days, cycling between 120-140 miles a day!! 
Update: Kenny completed his challenge in less than 7 days - an amazing achievement - and raised £1420 for Ryan's Appeal - Thank you Kenny!
  • Exwick Civil Service Club Family Fun Day - 27th August 2012
Thank you to the committee of the civil service club and to Dan & Amy Burwood for arranging a family fun day in aid of Ryan's appeal.  
  • Family Fun Day/Table top sale - 25th August at The Strand/Manor Gardens, Exmouth  
A BIG Thank You to Marion Baker for organising a fun day and table top sale in aid of Ryan's appeal.  
There will be live music, dancers, BBQ, stalls, bouncy castle and face painting - loads of fun for all the family!  Picnic with your favourite characters.  Also on the day a fantastic prize draw with a weeks holiday, days out and pamper days!  
Update: Unfortunately due to the miserable bank holiday weather the event on Monday had to be cancelled but Saturday went ahead although not entirely as planned due to the rain.  Despite this Marion and those that helped her raised a huge £1403.29 for Ryan's Appeal!  Thank You! Marion intends to re-schedule the cancelled day so keep a look out on the Events page for more details. Please scroll down for a Thank You from Marion and some photo's....

  • Coaver Club Family Fun Day, DCC, Topsham Road - 26th August 2012 
The Coaver Club have made Ryan's Appeal their charity of the year - Thank you! The day will include a Live Band, BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, tombola, Bric-a Brac stall, cakes, raffle, beat the Goaly and more
Update: Thank you to everyone that helped; the stall owners that shared their profits,  F.I.S.H. for their fab bouncy castle and their donation to the appeal, and to everyone that came along - we hope you enjoyed it - a huge £3,091.16 was raised for Ryan's Appeal.

  • Swimming Team - 22 miles for Ryan - 12th August 2012
Collectively the team swam 22 miles, the youngest member of the team being only 7 and swimming 64 lengths of a 25m pool!  Thank you so much to everyone who took part - over £1,000 was raised for Ryan's appeal. 
  • The Brewery, Cheltenham
Thank you to The Brewery for hosting an event in aid of Ryan's Appeal - see below for photo and details.
  • Coffee and Cake sale at the Methodist Church, Cowick Street 11th August 
Thank you to Tracey Bennellick and everyone else that helped at the coffee and cake sale and to all those that attended.  
  • Charlotte Harvey cycles from John O'Groats to Lands End - Sat 4th August
Charlotte has never met Ryan but after hearing about him from our neighbour she decided she had to do something to help - she decided on cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End, together with her husband.  They will be leaving Scotland on Saturday 4th August and hope to complete this challenge in under 14 days.  We wish you the best of luck - thank you for doing this for Ryan.
  • Friends Life Cake Bake and Collection
Thank you to the employees at Friends Life that organised a cake sale and collection in aid of Ryan's Appeal raising £242.75.  This amount was then matched by Friends Life bring their total to £485.50 - thank you so much!
  • 100km Jurassic Challenge - 29th July 2012
Thank you to Rob Arnold for cycling the jurassic coast to raise money for Ryan's appeal. Rob described the route as 'long and hilly' and needed a couple of pork pies half way round to keep him going! Thanks Rob for raising over £250 for Ryan's appeal.
  •  Elmore Football Club Charity Football Match and Family Fun Day, Horesdon Park, Heathcoat Way, Tiverton  29th July 2012 12pm-4pm 
Thanks to Tim and Vicky Walsh for arranging this day of family fun.  Come along and see Elmore Legends V Local Players!!  The day included a live brass band, bouncy castle, BBQ, food and drinks for sale, a raffle with great prizes to be won, cake sale, penalty shoot out competition and many more games.  Thank you to everyone that came along, and big thanks to Ave a Bounce who provided the bouncy castle and to the Pipes and Drums Band from the Devon and Cornwall Police.  The event raised a huge £1,100.56 for Ryan's Appeal.
  • Bag Packing at Tesco Exe Vale - 28th July 2012
Thank you to Tesco Exe Vale for giving permission for a bag packing collection.  
Update: Thank you to all the shoppers that contributed to Ryan's appeal and to all our volunteers - you raised £883.47 for Ryan's Appeal!
  • Bingo Night at Tiverton Rugby Club - Monday 23rd July 7pm
Thanks to the Debbie Butler for arranging a second Bingo night at Tiverton Rugby Club. Eyes down 7.30pm.
Update: Thanks to everyone that attended the event which raised £205 for Ryan's Appeal!

  • Hartnells Freshfoods, Longbrook Street - 21st July 2012
Thank you to the lovely staff at Hartnell's Butchers for raising £285.75 for Ryan's Appeal!!  The staff dressed up as Superhero's and had a BBQ and cake stall outside of their shop.  Please scroll down for some photo's:
  • Bag Packing at Sainsbury's Pinhoe - 21st July 2012
Thank you to Clare Breading for organising volunteers and to Sainsbury's for giving permission to do bag packing collection.
Update: Thank you to all the shoppers that contributed to Ryan's appeal and to all our volunteers - you raised £882.95 for Ryan's Appeal!
  • Charity Football Fun - Topsham Football Club - 21st July 2012 4pm onwards
Thank you to Steve, Luke, Tina and Lisa for arranging this event: 
From 4pm - Charity Football Match, Barbecue and Children's entertainer. 
In the evening - Curry and Live Music provided by Guilty Plea Tickets £5 and can be bought on the day.  
Update: Thanks to everyone who took party in the football match (in the hot sun) and to everyone that donated to Ryans' appeal - £550 was raised for Ryan's appeal.
  • Paranormal Ghost Night Walk at Bodmin Jail 10pm 20th July until 7am 21st July
Thank you to Marion Baker for organising this unusual event.  The night will be hosted by Mark Rablin, an experienced and professional Psychic medium & energy therapist who has many years experience of research into paranormal fields.  It is expected that you will enjoy the night and gain a better understanding into the paranormal field. 
  • Ryan's Appeal Majorette Competition - 15th July Uplowman Village Hall
Thank you to Marie Maguire, Judith Cross and Sylv White for organising this fantastic competition in aid of Ryan's appeal. 
Update: A massive £1460 was raised for Ryan's Appeal - Huge thanks too to all the majorettes that performed on the day and to the companies that contributed to the event.  Here is the article from the Mid Devon Gazette: http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/Majorettes-form-support-Ryan-s-appeal/story-16584280-detail/story.html
  • Kenton pre-school Table Top Sale - 15th July 2012 10am - 1pm
Thanks to Tracy Derges who will be running a stall for Ryan's appeal at the above selling books, sweets, wristbands, used toys and games and running a tombola with great prizes to be won.
Update: There wasn't a huge turn out but Tracy still raised £47 for Ryan's appeal - Thank you, every penny counts!
  • The Pampered Chef evening - 13th July St Marks Church 7pm
Thank You to Donna Biddulph for arranging a Pampered Chef evening with 10-15% of the sales being donated to Ryan's Appeal. The evening with include a cooking demonstration of kitchen products that are available to purchase and there will also be a raffle and lucky squares game with great prizes to be won. Light refreshments will be available to purchase.
Update: Thanks to Donna's efforts getting great raffle prizes and the generosity of the people that attended £300 was raised for the appeal.

If you are interested in hosting a Pampered Chef Party and are happy to forfeit a hostess present for a percentage of sales donation to the appeal than please get in touch with Donna by e-mail donnambiddulph@hotmail.co.uk or via her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/donnabpamperedchef
  • Clyst St George School Hall - Cake sale July 2012
Thank you to Naomi, Niamh and Lorin Walters for organising a cake sale at the school hall and raising £105.53 for Ryan's appeal.  We really appreciate your support :-)
  • Alphington School Fete - 6th July 2012
Thanks to my sister Jackie Chalk who will be running a stall for Ryan's appeal at the above selling books, sweets, wristbands, handmade cards and running a tombola with great prizes to be won.
Update: Jackie raised £219.40 at the Fete, the tombola was a big hit with all the children and every prize was won!
  • Kate Smith's 4 mile sponsored swim at Exmouth Pool - 1st July 2012
Thank you to Katie Smith for swimming 4 miles which is 256 lengths of Exmouth Pool to raise money for Ryan's Appeal.  
Update: Thank you to Katie for completing this challenge despite illness in the weeks before her event.
  • Uffculme Village Hall Fete - 30th June 2pm - 5pm
Thank you to June & Bob Gidney and Sandra and Tony Baker who will be running a stall selling Bric-a-Brac to raise funds for Ryan's appeal.
Update: The stall was a big success and raised £345 for Ryan's appeal - thank you to everyone who supported us.
  • Topsham School Summer Fayre - 30th June 11am - 2pm
Thank you to my auntie Sue and uncle Harvey for running a stall in aid of Ryan's appeal at Topsham School Fayre.  The stall will also sell hand made purses and wallets, made from recycled juice cartons, kindly made by Anette Soyer.
Update: The event went well and raised approx £170 for Ryan's appeal - thank you!

  • Ladysmith School Fete - 30th June 2012
Keep a look out for our stall at the Ladysmith's school fete where we will be selling wristbands, cakes, sweets, books together with a raffle and tombola with great prizes to be won.
Update: Thanks to my sister and mum for manning the stall at Ladysmith's Fete which raised a total of £122.20 for the appeal. Thanks also to Tracy Derges for the great tombola which was a big hit with the kids.
  • South Downs Way 100 mile continuous foot race – 30th June 2012; 
Thanks to Mark Burnell who is taking part in this event which sounds like pure hell!! Good luck from all of us and we hope you achieve your personal goal to complete this challenge in under 24 hours.
Update: A massive Thank You to Mark for completing this extreme challenge in an amazing time of 23hour 7 minutes and raising £879 for Ryan's appeal.  We are in awe of you!
  • Jumble and Table Top Sale at Tedburn St Mary Village Hall - 30th June 2012 2.30pm-5pm
Thank you to Sara Smale for organising this event with all proceeds to Ryan's Appeal.  We will be selling good quality used clothing and bric a brac which has been kindly donated to support Ryan's Appeal.  Alternatively you can rent a table, the proceeds of which will then be your own.
Update: Thanks to Sara and friends that helped on the day £240 was raised for Ryan's appeal.  
  • Coffee morning at Britannia Building Society, Teignmouth 29th June 2012 from 10am
Thank you to Katie King for arranging a coffee morning at the Britannia in aid of Ryan's appeal.  If Katie can raise £400 then the company will charity match it so please come along if you are in the area.
Update: The coffee morning went so well that it was extended to the next day too - we are waiting to find out if Katie hit her target of £400... Thanks to everyone that went along.
  • Miss Dot Com Ladies Night – 29th June 2012 at the Thistle Hotel, Exeter 
Thanks to Shelley for arranging this great night out and to the Thistle Hotel for sponsoring the event  – don’t miss the chance to see the fabulous Miss Dot Com, sure to be a great laugh and great fundraiser too. Exeter City Football Club had original provided a venue free of charge but within weeks the tickets had sold out and so the event had to be relocated to a larger venue and has again sold out - Sorry!
Update: Thank you to the 200 women that attended this great night out, it was such a laugh.  There was also a fantastic raffle - thank you to all the generous companies that donated raffle prizes.  In total the night raised £2,980 for Ryan's appeal - Thanks so much to everyone that helped Shelley make this such a great event.
  • Robin's Canal Challenge - 24th June 2012
Thanks to Robin and Jenny Hart who will be canoeing the whole length of the Grand Western Canal on 24th June. Please join them for all or part by craft, cycle or foot! Starting at Greenham 10.30am for approx 4/5hrs journey to Canal Basin, Tiverton.
Update: Thank you so much for completing the challenge and raising £697.00 for Ryan's appeal.

  • Torbay Half Marathon - 24th June 2012 
Thank you to Rob and Scott Coombe for running for Ryan's appeal and raising almost £300 between them! See below for a photo.

  • 55 Mile Cycle Challenge - 24th June 2012
Thank you to Karen Moor for finishing a 55 mile cycle road challenge and raising £178 for Ryan's appeal.
  • Tiverton High School Music Concert, Bolham Road, Tiverton 21st June 2012
Thanks to Kate, Alice, Billy and the music department at Tiverton High School for arranging a concert in aid of Ryan's appeal. Tickets are £3 and available to buy at the door; Live school band and Year 10's Rock School. Cake's will be available to buy in the interval.
Update: The concert went really well and raised £310 for Ryan's appeal. A song for Ryan, written by Kate and Alice Butler, may even be recorded and sold in the school charts! We are really looking forward to watching the video.

  • Scones for sale - Joanne Reszka, New Hope, USA
Thank you to my cousin Joanne who raised £650 for Ryan by baking and selling scones to businesses in America.  Joanne made the scones first thing in the morning and they would be delivered to businesses still warm and were a huge success!  
  • Matford Car Boot Sale - 17th June 2012
Keep a look out for Ryan's Appeal table at the car boot sale - we will be selling good quality items which have been donated to raise money for Ryan - please be generous and don't forget all proceeds go to Ryan's appeal. We have also been given the opportunity to staff the Car Boot on the day and so 12 volunteers will be directing traffic and clearing the area afterwards for a minimum donation of £400 towards the appeal from Exeter City Council.
Update: Massive thanks to our wonderful volunteers (Jackie, Gary, Brian, Wendy, Jackie, Les, Nigel, Katie, Ruby, Annie, Chris,Tom, Simon, Vicky, Sue, Geoff and Dave) for getting up at the crack of dawn (and it was Fathers Day) A total of £777.73 was raised for Ryan's appeal. See below for photo's of the team.
  • Wimbleball Half Ironman Triathlon - 17th June 2012
Thank you to our friend Darren Petherick for competing in this mammoth event to raise money for Ryan's appeal.  Darren completed against 2,000 other mad athletes and came 74th in his age group and 481 overall and finished in a fantastic time of 6hrs 13.  Thank you for raising £478 for Ryan's appeal. 
  • Ryan's Appeal Wristbands - Louis Joyce of E4DealUK
Thank you to Louis Joyce who has generously paid for an order of 3000 wristbands which will generate a minimum of £3,000 for Ryan's Appeal.  Almost 5,000 wristbands have now been sold and we have another order in the pipeline!
  • Mother and Baby Market - 16th June 2012 Magdalen Court School 10 - 12 am
Look out for our stall at the Mother and Baby Market at Magdalen Court School, Victoria Park Road, Exeter.  More details to follow.
Update: Thank you to Shelley and Mandy for manning the stall and for the great hamper raffle prize and to Shelley and Sarah for donating such lovely baby clothes for us to sell.  Our stall made £133.70 towards the appeal and we will also receive an amount from the organisers Janette and Laurence as a percentage of the door entry fee - Thank you. 
  • Highways Agency Bacon Brunch - 12th June
Many thanks to Annie Rosedale, Denise Clarbull and her team and especially David Bradbury who donated the proceeds of his retirement collection to buy sausages and bacon to make a brunch, which was then sold to colleagues and raised £173 for Ryan's appeal.  The highways agency have several more events planned - thank you for your support.
  • Family Fun Day - 10th June 2012 at Portsmouth Rugby Club
Huge Thanks to Alex and Ben Keyte for arranging a family fun day, there will be a Football Tournament, Bouncy Castle, Live Music with Dave Barrett, Perry Brookes and Stolen. 
A Raffle and Auction will also be held.
Update: The miserable weather was kind to Alex and Ben and the day was a huge success! Thanks to everyone that made this day possible  - over £7,000 was raised for Ryan's Appeal - an amazing amount of money!  Photo's to follow.
  • 64 Fuel Sqn 24 Hour 1000km ride and 34m Row for Ryan - 10th June 2012
Thank you to the four soldiers based in Princess Royal Barracks, Gutersloh, Germany who have been touched by Ryans story and on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June will be riding the distance of Gutersloh to Exeter.  The road distance is 1000km and the English Channel distance is 34km, which they intend to row.  They will be covering the distance outside the British Forces Supermarket NAAFI Max on static bikes and rowing machines. Working in a team of four over a 24 hour period they will be eating, sleeping, biking and rowing in relay.
Update: The soldiers completed their challenge and collected over 1,000 euro's for Ryan's appeal - Thank You!  We are hoping to get some photo's shortly.
  • South Downs Marathon – 9th June 2012
Thanks to our brother in law Paul Gidney who is going to run his first ever marathon for Ryan – we know you can do it Uncle Paul!
Update: Congratulations you did it!! Paul completed the marathon in 4hours 35 minutes which is fantastic.  Of the 1100 starting the race only 550 completed it, there were quite a lot of hills! Paul has so far raised £1871 for Ryan's appeal but the money is still coming in.  A photo of Paul at the finish is below.
  • 50 mile bike ride Exeter – Okehampton - Exeter9th June 2012
Thank you to my brother Dave, Rachel, Matt, Jenny and the rest of the team that are cycling 50 miles from Exeter to Okehampton and back again. Ryan had a really comfy bike seat from Father Christmas and he hopes that you all have one too!
Update: Thank you to the whole team for completing this challenge, especially to those who had never been on a bike for such a long time before! Money is still being collected so totals will follow.... A photo of the team can be seen below.
  • Little One's Nursery Sky Dive Team - 9th June 2012
Thank you to Donna, Kelly, Sam, Charlotte, Becki and Phil for getting together to do a sky dive for Ryan.  Together they raised a total of £3,050.40.
  • An hour of Dance with Maria - 8th June at Sweat and Stretch 5.30-6.30pm
Thank you to Maria for arranging an hour of dance in aid of Ryan's appeal.  Have a taste of many types of dance - all in aid of Ryan!
Update: This event and donations made afterwards raised £92.83 for Ryan's Appeal!
  • Exminster Village Fete - 4th June 2012
Keep a look out for Tracy Derges who will be running a stall in aid of Ryan's appeal at the Exminster Village Fete; Tracy will be selling cakes, books and there will be a raffle all in aid of Ryan's appeal.  Thanks Tracy.
Update: Thanks to Tracy and family for running the stall which raised £484.32 for the appeal.  The cream tea's were a big hit!
  • Clyst St Mary Jubilee Street Party - 3rd June 2012
Thank you to Sarah Newton-Berry for organising a street party in aid of Ryan's appeal - £418 was raised by the generous people that attended the party!
  • Suzanne Yeo’s Sky Dive – 2nd June 2012 at Dunkerswell Airfield 
Another person crazy enough to throw themselves out of a plane! Thank you Suzanne, think you might need another cocktail after the jump! Suzanne raised £1,073 for Ryan's appeal!
  • Nobody Inn Doddiscombsleigh
Thank you to Clare Breading and the Nobody Inn for selling wristbands and having a collection for Ryan's appeal at their Jubilee celebrations which raised £188 for Ryan's appeal.
  • 80 mile cycle relay for Ryan - 27th May Exeter Quayside - Exmouth
Thank you to Eric and Mary Robinson, Lisa, Janak, Michelle, Rob, Maddie, Daniel and Freddie (I hope I haven't missed anyone) for organising this cycle relay to raise funds for Ryan.  
Update: The team completed their challenge and we met up with them at the Quayside.  They raised £1,304 for Ryan's appeal - Thank you all so much.  Photo of Ryan with Daniel and Freddie below.
  • Coffee morning and raffle - Willand Youth Club 26th May 10-12am
Thank you to Donna Hawkins' mum for arranging a coffee morning in aid of Ryan's appeal - please support it if you are in the area.  
Update: Thanks to the generosity of those that attended the coffee morning £350.61 was raised for the appeal! 
  • St Margaret's Church Fete, Topsham - 26th May 2012
Keep a look out for Wendy Saunders who will be running a stall selling cakes and other goodies at the Fete to raise funds for Ryan's appeal.  The church are making the appeal their charity for the event - Thank You so much. 
  • Charlotte and Busters Sky Dive – 12th May 2012 at Dunkerswell Airfield 
Despite having never met Ryan Charlotte Hinds and Buster (Wayne Phillips) are literally throwing themselves out a plane at 10,000ft in aid of Ryan’s appeal. Thank You both! We hope you enjoyed the experience.
Update: Thank you for raising £1524.50 towards Ryan's fundraising target.  Please scroll down for photo's of the jump.
  • Pig Racing - 12th May 2012 at Pinhoe Jubilee Club - first race starts 8pm
Thanks to Wendy Smith for arranging this event, and to the Pinhoe Jubilee Club for the use of the club house.  Thanks also to Westexe Forklifts Ltd who have sponsored the event, to the individual race sponsors; Spire Chartered Accountants, Kellands (Plant Sales) Ltd, Cockman Builders Ltd, CMC Logistics (South West) Ltd, Translint Bendi and Devon Contract Waste and to the local residents and businesses that have donated raffle prizes.  
Update: The night was a big success and a total of £2,351.46 was raised for Ryan's appeal.
  • Zumba for Ryan – 12th May 2012 at Walter Daw School 2-3pm
Thanks to Trudi Johnson of True Fitness and her sister Hannah for arranging this event. Get fit and raise money for Ryan, £5 entry fee – all proceeds to Ryan’s appeal. 
Update: Thanks to the 92 people that attended this event, over £1,000 was raised - we hope you enjoyed it as much as Ryan did!
  • Karaoke Night at Royal Oak, Nadderwater 11th May 2012 7.30pm
Thanks for Keely Passmore for arranging this event.  Keely has been looking for people to get their legs, and other bits waxed, to raise money for Ryan's appeal.  Thanks too to Paul Andrews who will be running a Karaoke throughout the night to keep everyone entertained.
Update: Thanks to everyone that attended the night which sounded great fun and raised £163 for the appeal.
  • Great West Run – 6th May 2012 
A BIG Thank You to Gary, Andrew and Alan Hayes and Claire Channing for running for Ryan.
Update: The sun shone for our 4 runners and between them they raised a total of £1189.93!  Thank for so much for running for Ryan and to all those that sponsored them and gave donations on the day.  Scroll down for a photo of the Hayes family runners.
  • Tiverton Rugby Club Bingo and Raffle night – 30th April 2012 Doors Open 6.30 for 7.00 start 
Thank you to Tiverton Rugby Club for running a Bingo night in aid of Ryan’s appeal. Thanks also to Kate and Alice’s Nan and Auntie for arranging a raffle with prizes donated by the generous local businesses in Tiverton.
Update: A good night was had by all and £245 was raised for Ryan's appeal.  There were so many raffle prizes donated that another Bingo may taken place next month!
  • Harriet Davey's Sponsored walk across dartmoor 29th April 2012  
Thank you to Harriett Davey for completing the Exmoor Challenge (in awful weather conditions!) and raising £217 for Ryan's Appeal
  • Coffee and Cake morning – 28th April 2012 at Alphington Village Hall 10 - 12am
Update: The response to this event was overwhelming, the hall was packed for the whole time and loads of people brought along the cakes they had made and loads of people bought cakes! A massive £1,150 was raised.  Thank you to everyone that made cakes and came along and especially to Becky and Sheila for arranging the event.
  • Whole Body Wax – 28th April 2012 at Head of Hair and Beauty; 
Thank you to Daniel Hambly who is having his whole body waxed to raise money for Ryan. We told Ryan what Dan is doing and he has decided that he must be crazy, especially when we told him how much this is going to hurt!!
Update: Dan suffered over 3 hours of pain! You can see his ordeal on YouTube. Dan you are amazing!  Please scroll down for photo and an account of the painful day.
  • Wear Red for Ryan – 27th April 2012 and throughout April. 
Thanks to Debbie Matthews for this great idea which is being supported by the car dealerships in Marsh Barton the 27th April and by other businesses and schools throughout April. 
Update: The money has started to appear together with some great photo's - please scroll down to see some of the companies that supported the event. Thank you to everyone that supported this day.
  • Sponsored Walk 22nd April 2012 Tiverton – Halberton – Tiverton 10.30 start 
Thank you to Kate and Alice Butler for arranging a sponsored walk along with lots of their school friends and their Nan and Auntie. They are setting off at 10.30 am from Tiverton Canal Basin walking to Swan’s Neck in Halberton and back again. 
Update: Despite the weather the team did the walk and raised a huge £1,047. Please scroll down for details and team photo. Thank you everyone!
  • Steve Ashton Tennis Charity Fundraiser – 21st April 2012 at the Civil Service Club Exwick, 1pm until 4pm
Thank you to Steve Ashton and Emma Chant for arranging this day of tennis related fun for all the family. Activities include BBQ, cake stall, raffle, team competitions, tennis games and more. 
Update: This event was a huge success and Ryan was also able to join in the fun.  A grand total of £674.  You can see photo's of the event here
  • Port Talbot Jet Ski Lake Competition - 7th April 2012
Thank you to Debbie Matthews for arranging the collection at this event. A grand total of £610 was collected by Debbie and Hannah due to the generosity of all those that attended. 
Update: Please scroll down for Debbie’s account of the event. Photo’s from the event can be viewed here
  • Ryan's Appeal Wristbands - Power Packing Export Services Ltd; 
Thank you to Katie Smith and Dave Allen who have generously paid for an order of 2000 wristbands which will be sold in local businesses and schools to raise money for Ryan's appeal.  This will generate a minimum of £2,000 for Ryan's Appeal - Thanks so much. The bands were designed by my niece Chloe and include a jetski and motorbike logo - they look great.
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Message and Photo Gallery

See below for photo's of events that have taken place - most recent first

The Stuart Singers Choir


Thank you to all the member of the Stuart Singers Choir for their wonderful performance 
at St Marks Church which raised £1,350 for the appeal

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Sarah Hirons runs the London Marathon AND The Welsh '50 Miler' for Ryan!

 

A HUGE Thank You to Sarah Hirons for running both the London Marathon
AND The Welsh '50 Miler' and raising £800 for Ryan's appeal.

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Clip n Climb Exeter - 5th June 2013 

Thank you to Wendy Harding for arranging a great event at Clip n Climb raising £232 for the appeal.
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Family Fun Day/Table top sale at The Strand/Manor Gardens, Exmouth
25th August 2012


Just a few lines to say how fantastic it was to have the radios on our event, if you look at one of the pictures you will see Simon Lee using one when he was taking Me (Mickey ) around we walked around all the shops before it rained with the radio in use to let others know where we were! The DJ was EXE TECH (E.T.S ) J & J they were fab as well couldn't have done without them as well

I'd also like to thanks Exeter Marital Arts doing their Demonstration, the singers Sofee Coles from Teignmouth and Paula Rowan from Exeter who both donated their time.  Thanks also to Teresa Willey of Mostly Cakes of Sidbury who donated the cake for our 'guess the weight of the cake' competition. 


On the whole apart from the weather we had a Fab day and together we raised £1,400 with special thanks to:

PCE for the loan of the radios who saved our day

Franklins for our BBQ, and supporting us and letting us use the premises for our draw on the Monday

Rob @ Exetersigns  for the Banners

E.T.S  for being our DJ

All the shops & business who kindly donated the Raffle Prizes

Nicola MClean  for helping to get some of 105 prizes for our raffle drawn by Exmouth town Mayor

The Exmouth town Crier for opening the event

Fluffy Photography

Simon Lee & his fantastic stepson Robert who was iggle piggle

Stacy Jones, Halina Kubaczka, Pat Roberts, Lisa cartoon character for the loan, Melizza Long, Karen & David Green

Josh Mclean, Nikita Mclean, Grace Kubaczka and Edward Lee



I'd also like to thank everyone who helped, attended and donated to make our day such a success - thank you so much for helping our event


Marion Baker 








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The Brewery, Cheltenham
Written by Sue Edwards:
Gill, Hannah, Ben and Jen - Cake Sale at The Brewery, Cheltenham

Ben from Play Farm and Hannah from The Brewery in Cheltenham kindly arranged an event for Ryan`s appeal.  They laid on face painting and a bouncy castle.  I got a raffle together, arranged for friends to bake cakes and hijacked 5 friends to help on the day.  We raised a total of £631.87.


I would like to say a massive thank you to all those who baked (and bought) and to those very generous people who donated raffle prizes.  We had a wonderful response: a signed cook book from Jamie Oliver, a Spa day for two from Calcot Manor, a Shiatsu treatment from Lida Vlcek, a cut and blow dry from Stuart Holmes and one from Sean at Spargo, Cheltenham Festivals membership for one year, DAB radio from Argos, meal for two from Brasserie Blanc, pasta machine from Lakeland, one months membership and nutrition book from Fitness First, childrens books and learning games from Waterstones, Disney gardening kits from Scarlett at ATC Flooring, oven gloves and tea towels from Cath Kidston, £50 cash prize from socialwilliams.com, entry tickets from Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cotswold farm Park and Cotswold Country Park. 
People have been very generous and it is thanks to Ben at Play Farm and Hannah at the Brewery that we were able to run this event.

I finished off by selling raffle tickets at a friends cream tea event (held in the rain and on the first day of The Olympics).  Heather and Bernie (our hosts) raised in excess of £600 for Ryan`s Appeal.  My helpers and myself sold rain sodden raffle tickets and wrist bands - £114.  People are amazing and so very generous
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Hartnell's Butchers Superhero Day 21st July 2012



Thank You to the lovely staff at Hartnell's freshfood's for raising £285.75 for Ryan's Appeal
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Torbay Half Marathon 24th June 2012


Rob and Scott Coombe raised almost £300 for Ryan's appeal
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Matford Car Boot Sale - 17th June 2012
Our volunteers raised £773.73
Some of our lovely marshalls: Tom Walsh, Les Stevens, Nigel King, Vicky Walsh, Gary Rees, Dave Smith and Chris Walsh

Katie and Ruby King and Wendy Smith (Ryan's Nanny) manning the stall
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Paul Gidney's South Downs Marathon – 9th June 2012


A final update from me - I did it! That is I completed the South Downs Marathon. My time was 4hours 35mins, which I believe is just outside Olympic qualification time (well about double the time needed), but better than I expected. Of the 1100 people who registered to start about 550 finished, best time was a little over 3 hours, slowest time was over 7 hours. I actually quite enjoyed the whole event and may do another in the future, but I won't be quite so public about it so if I do change my mind I can just claim it was never really my intention.

A huge thank you to Mike Shepherd (who was 1 second faster than me), it would have been a lot harder without his support during the race and also to my family for coming to watch and cheer us on at the 17 mile marker and for the constant support during the weeks of training leading upto the event. Also a thanks to Dave Barby for getting us to the start on-time - sadly Dave was not able to participate in the marathon as he has more sense.

The whole point of this was to raise funds to help my nephew Ryan and thanks to your generosity the sponsorship total is now over £1700. Thanks once again to all of you for your generosity and one last nudge for anyone who has not yet sponsored me - for me this small trial is over, but for Ryan there is still a very long way to go, he is certainly doing all he can and more than anyone could expect to beat this terrible disease, but he needs your support.

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50 mile bike ride Exeter – Okehampton - Exeter – 9th June 2012

Here is the whole team just before the off!
Thanks to Dan ad Sam Wyatt, Jade Bristowe, Ben Pyne, Matt and Jenny Claydon, Kelvin Jordan, 
Helen and David Boucher, Simon Howard, Chris Barrat, Garry Saunders
 and not forgetting my brother Dave and his wife Rachel.
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Plymouth Half Marathon - 3rd June 2012
 Daniel and Aaron raised £325 for Ryan's appeal


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Co-op Travel Cake Sale and Raffle - 2nd June 2012



Thanks to Kirsty Unwin and colleagues for organising this event 
which raised £190 for Ryan's Appeal


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The Robinson Family 80 mile cycle relay - 27th May 2012
raised £1237.60 for Ryan's Appeal



Above: Ryan with the youngest members of the team, Daniel and Freddie
Below: The Robinson Cycle Relay Team


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Mandy Coombe's Jubilee Garden Party - 27th May 2012
Thanks to kind friends and family Mandy raised £475!!

 
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Zumba for Ryan – 12th May 2012 at Walter Daw School
which raised just over £1,000 for Ryan's appeal




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Charlotte and Buster's Tandom Sky-dive 12th May 2012


Charlotte Hinds and Buster (Wayne Phillips)
looking confident before the jump.....


Charlotte in action!
Charlotte and Buster raised £1524.50 for Ryan's appeal

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5K Great West Run – 6th May 2012

The Hayes Family raised £717.93 for Ryan - Gary, Andrew and Alan in action  

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Kate and Alice Butler's sponsored walk 22nd April 2012


     As you know Alice and I organised a sponsored walk on Sunday 22nd April. We walked along the grand western canal from the canal basin to the end of the swans neck (in halberton) and back again, which was an 9 mile walk. There was a group of 16 people which included some of our friends and family. 

     Unfortunately it was tipping down with rain and very windy on this day, however everyone still turned up and walked the full 9 miles (even nan).  Everyone who took part managed to get sponsored and all together we raised £1047!


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Wear Red for Ryan 27th April 2012

Thank you for supporting this event to raise money for Ryan's appeal

 Co-op staff in St Thomas Precinct with Ryan and his auntie Jackie

 The criminal justice unit at Devon & Cornwall Police

Claims Department at LV=
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'DAN HAMBLY'S FULL BODY WAX 28TH APRIL2012'
By Victoria Hambly

Share Dan's pain on YouTube

Saturday 28th April 2012, what a day!!!! The day started very rainy and horrible and we hoped that this would see more people join us for Dan's full body wax at 'Head of Hair and Beauty', Birchy Barton, Exeter
By 10.30am, as most people witnessed, Dan was getting a little anxious with what pain he was about to subject himself too! (I think we all were a little nervous for him too, I know I was).

Once at the salon we had the chance to meet Brian (Ryan's Grandad) which was fantastic and he was over whelmed by what Dan was going to put himself through for his grandchild, so he decided that he would have a taster of the waxing himself, so then Luan & Emma proceeded to wax a strip on his arm....... I think he then realised just exactly what Dan was about to endure!

So the waxing began and it was a good job that Dan had been provided with a 'Swear box' as this saw a few £1 within a short space of time, Dan feels that the chest and lower leg waxing wasn’t so bad but the pain was about to get worse once on the upper inside leg. Just in the nick of time Ryan's Dad Gareth joined us with a heart-warming video message from Ryan which spurred Dan on even further. Once legs complete they started on his back, the pain of the back was felt by all watching so much so that Dan ended up having to bite on a stick, which if you have had chance to see any pictures I think you may feel the pain too. (There is a link to YouTube on the right of the screen and you can see for yourself!) After the back a well-deserved drink was in order, along with a shave of Dan's beard so that you can see the real difference from a hairy man to what resembled a 'plucked chicken' as Dan quoted himself. By this time I guess most people would have thought we had finished subjecting Dan to anymore pain BUT no we had other ideas!!!

During a well-deserved break for Dan, Gareth kindly helped us with our raffle which raised well over £500 in its self, with gifts donated by local companies. But before Gareth left we were all still deciding how we were to get Dan to have an eyebrow waxed off....... so within the salon between us we got £50 together, but Dan refused and tried to call for help. Julie, Ryan's mum, then offered £100 for us not to subject Dan to anymore pain, but unfortunately we were having an eyebrow no matter what, so we soon raised £160 for one eyebrow (which I think most people would agree is a pretty good price) Dan on the other hand is not so sure, but you can say it is going to be a talking point for the next couple of weeks and therefore hopefully it will help us to raise even more money for the 'Ryan Edwards Appeal'.

All in all it was a fantastic day, had by all that joined us, including Gareth and Brian, which really did put the whole day into perspective of why we were all there to raise much needed money for a VERY BRAVE little boy. We are really grateful for the support we have received for this event raising so far £2354.29 which we  hope will continue once more people see the photos. Update - Total now stands at £2,613.32!

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Port Talbot Jet Ski Lake - Competition Saturday 7th April

Firstly we want to say a massive thank-you to Matt; Liz, Dan and Dave from Worldwide Watersports plus Paul and everyone from the South Wales Jet Ski Club for their hospitality, help and support.

The original competition on the beach was cancelled last minute due to lack of waves but the guys at Worldwide Watersports stepped in and organised a competition on the lake so all of us who had made plans and booked accommodation etc didn’t lose out.

I had obtained a permit from Port Talbot council do to a collection for Ryan’s Appeal on the beach so the guys at the lake kindly agreed that Hannah and I could do it there instead. Every-one paid to use the lake and enter the competition, even members who didn’t need to. All of the money was donated to us, along with the sales of tea, coffee, chocolate and crisps etc. Plus we had donations from the skier’s families and friends and others who had just come from the local town to watch. Paul from the South Wales Jet Ski Club even took a collection bucket and poster to Bro’s CafĂ© for us.

The photographer, Ken, was also making a film of the event and asked me to do a piece for the appeal, don’t think I’ll be giving up the day job any-time soon but it was quite fun.

The day itself was quite cold although the sun did try and break through. The competition was good to watch and I should mention that Phill was very pleased to come 4th.

We ended up with nearly £500 and then were told in the evening that another local company MPS Education would also like to donate £100! So big thanks to them.
All in all a very enjoyable day was had by all, followed by a meal and night out in Port Talbot.

Thank-you again to everyone who donated

Debbie Matthews

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OLYMPIC PARK RUN

On Saturday March 31st I was one of the lucky ‘winners’ of a place in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run.  I ran with the appeals poster on my back so THANK YOU to those who saw it and donated to the fund for Ryan.  Thanks also to those who sponsored me.  Even though it was “only 5 miles”- and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run in the stadium- it was still hard work for me!

I thought this one would be a ‘walk in the park’, and that was pretty much the speed I was able to sustain and not just because I was taking in the view.   Those of us in the ‘pink’ section at the back of the queue tried not to be too disheartened when we saw the first runners cross the finish line before we had even set off.   So to a rousing performance of Jerusalem we set off (with heavy hearts and questioning the choice of motivational song).  It was a great opportunity to see around the Olympic Park and we were cheered on by the builders still working there.  Eventually – and it did feel like a long time later – we were back in the sights of the Stadium and ‘Chariots of Fire’ blasted out as we finally entered onto the track.  The last 100m was met with the rapturous applause of – well nobody really as most people had gone home!  I saw the clock approaching the hour and suddenly became motivated by time – so it was a sprint finish and a wish that I had incorporated pilates into my training schedule.

So – where did I come? – well, would you believe 5085th out of a field of 5000!!!  Quite an achievement I think – definitely room for improvement and Usain Bolt is safe .... for now.  

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