Fundraising Events Calendar

Events in 2009

Events in 2009
Lorraine, Harry and the Bupa London 10k

Evesham physiotherapist, Lorraine Middleburgh, challenged probably Britain's most travelled hedgehog, Harry, to join her on the Bupa London 10k which was held on May 25th 2009.

Lorraine took up running 5 years ago after suffering from a personal battle against ill health. Remarkably achieving super fitness, Lorraine has defied all odds by successfully completing the London Marathon both last year and this year. Having recently returned from the event, she heard that The Trust's 'Harry Hedgehog' was at a loose end. With no time to spare, it was back on with the running shoes and into action.

Lorraine had set herself a formidable target - to raise one thousand pounds for 'The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust'. We are delighted to report that Lorraine and Harry completed the Bupa London 10k in just under one hour. Lorraine said Harry was very popular. Children kept shouting out 'look there's a hedgehog!'  She had to keep running over to children spectators so that they could meet and stroke him ! We think Harry looks good in his medal !!.

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John O'Groats to Land's End 2009

KIND-hearted former Evesham man is set to go the extra mile in aid of a local charity.

Adam Huttlestone, who now lives in Cheltenham, is raising funds for The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust by undertaking a 1,000-mile unaided bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.

The 28-year-old, who went to school with Tracy, begins his mammoth ride in the early hours of Monday 6th July. He has had to leave earlier than planned as he starts a new job on the 20th July and wouldn't be back in time. He is going to call daily to log his progress. He has appeared on the front page of the Evesham Journal and an article complete with a photo has featured in the Gloucester Echo. He is aiming to complete 100 miles a day.

He said: "Cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End has always been something I wanted to do so I thought I might as well do it for a good cause."

Adam is hoping to raise about £2,500 and his sponsorship total currently stands at £1,261.00.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Adam can do so by visiting

Adam Huttlestone Update - Thursday 16th July - CONGRATULATIONS!

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Adam has successfully completed his challenge of cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End in just 10 days. He arrived tired but jubilant at 5.20pm on Thursday 16th July.

The final stage of the journey however was not without incident.  Adam's bike hit some glass on the road to suffer a puncture at Penzance, just 10 miles before the finishing line.

Adam said "Its been tough going at times, but completely well worth it. I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thank family and friends for their generous support.  Total sponsorship raised so far is an amazing £2,046.00 for 'The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust'.

Adam Huttlestone Update-Wednesday 15th July

A challenging day both physically and mentally, but feeling alot better on the whole. Pleased to have travelled 97 miles today. There was quite a strong wind at times and the odd shower. I 'm spending the night under canvas at Oakhampton, approximately 8 miles from Launceston. Getting a slight twinge in my right hamstring but otherwise O.K.

It's amazing.The final lap of 88miles ahead and I've made it to Lands End !  

Adam Huttlestone Update - Tuesday 14th July

Started out late following a day off to meet up with family and friends at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton. It was great to see everyone and to receive a further £300 sponsorship.The total now raised currently stands at approximately £1,900.  Found it really hard going today, following the break, and really struggled  against the wind. Not managed as many miles as I would have liked. I've ended up185 miles away from Land End and in the middle of nowhere.

Adam Huttlestone Update - Monday 13th July

Adam reached Cheltenham yesterday (Sunday). He is taking today off to do some serious fundraising. He will be at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton at 7.30pm tonight (Monday) where as many people as possible are invited to offer their support. Adam will then continue his journey on Tuesday morning in an attempt to make Taunton his next stop off point.

Adam Huttlestone Update Friday 10th July - Longtown - Lancaster

Unable to make direct contact with Adam. Have received information that he has travelled south along the A6 to Lancaster covering approximately 86 miles. Following a bad nights sleep under canvas, he decided to stay in a bed and breakfast overnight.  Sponsorship raised so far, already stands at over £1,600.

Adam Huttlestone Update - Thursday 9th July Bothwell - Longtown

Late starting out this morning. Had hardly any sleep camping out, due to the site being next to junction 5 of the M74. It was extremely noisey! Didn't get on the road until 11.50am, however still managed to travel 82 miles. I've ended up at place called Longtown, not far from Gretna Green. Will be heading along the A6 in the morning. It's good to be back in England - the hills should be a bit smaller!

Adam Huttlestone Update - Wednesday 8th July

Feeling shattered after 8 hours in the saddle, but O.K. The 2,000ft climb took one hour solid. Covered 116 miles and staying on a campsite at a place called Bothwell.  

Sharing my tent with the bike, and of course, Harry Hedgehog! Aiming for Carlisle in the morning. Will travel through Lockerbie down the B7076.  

Adam Huttlestone Update -Tuesday 7th July Tain to Fort William

A hard day with 99 miles covered. Feeling O.K. Loch Ness was beautiful. No signal on mobile as now under Ben Nevis. Looking forward to getting tomorrow out of the way as I have a 2,000ft climb in the morning!

Adam Huttlestone Update - Monday 6th July 2009 John OGroats to Tain

Adam has succesfully completed his first day of cycling from John OGroats to Lands End. He  has travelled 86 miles despite getting absolutely soaked by heavy rain conditions. Reaching a camp site in Tain, Scotland, he is now resting for the night in readiness for an early morning start. He intends to travel tomorrow (7th July) down the A82 heading for Fort William.

We invite you to participate in the…'GO LOOPY' FREE GLIDER FLIGHT* in conjunction with Bidford Gliding

You will be launched by Aero-tow to approximately 3000ft in a glider with a BGA qualified Instructor. They will demonstrate the controls of the glider to you and then take you through a series of manoeuvres to make sure that you are happy with the effects of positive and negative G-force. If you are both happy to proceed the Instructor will perform a Loop the Loop!!  

*To qualify-RAISE IN EXCESS OF £150.00 'GO LOOPY SPONSORSHIP' for The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust via the website – and you will receive a free flight voucher redeemable at your convenience.

Applicants must be 14 years or older. For a list of restrictions and guidelines please visit 'Who can Fly'.

To 'GO LOOPY' contact:
Debbie Edmondson on: 07885 999080


(Closing date 31st December 2009)

Gordon Giltrap Success

The Gordon Giltrap two day concert held at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton on Saturday 18th April and Sunday 19th April 2009 has raised a staggering £2,229.00.  

Sue Sollis said " I am absolutely thrilled at the success and so grateful to Gordon for his long term commitment and pro-active role to The Trust as Patron.'  

"The venue is brilliant and I thank Jenny and Nigel Smith for being such fantastic hosts."

Gordon's Surprise At The Fleece

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The Saturday evening's performance held a special surprise for a certain member of the audience. Chris Hunter had been treated at Worcester Royal Hospital, for Mantel Cell Lymphoma. It was during his treatment that he noticed the intravenous pump used for his transfusion had been donated by The Trust.

Being a bass player and lead vocalist with two bands, 'Mines a Pint' and 'The Throwbacks', Chris decided to ask the other members of his two bands, if, when he was well enough, they would join him back on stage for a fundraising concert. It was an overwhelming, yes and the event took place in Drakes Broughton Village Hall. It raised an amazing £1,001.16.

It was a big surprise to Chris, when Gordon presented him with a 'Certificate Of Achievement' for overcoming adversity and raising such a vast amount of money for The Trust. Chris has been a big fan of Gordon's music for many years. ( Photo by Rosie Hunter)

Successful Weekend Store Collection

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the collection held by The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust  at Evesham based Morrisons Store on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th  May. We are delighted that the overall total raised was £812.14.

We would also like to thank Morrisons for their kind hospitality shown. Without such help this achievement would never have been possible.

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Drakes Broughton Village Hall 14th March 2009 - Mine's A Pint plus The Throwbacks
Chris Hunter Back on Stage

It was a welcome return to Chris Hunter, who rejoined his two bands 'Mines A Pint' and 'The Throwbacks', to raise the amazing amount of £1,001.86 for 'The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust'.

The gig held at Drakes Broughton Village Hall, on Saturday 14th March, marked a return to stage by Chris, who was diagnosed with Mantel Cell Lymphoma (a cancer of the lymph system) in March 2008.

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The gig came about when Chris noticed that the intravenous pump on which he was receiving his chemotherapy treatment, at Worcester Royal Hospital, was donated by the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust.

Following a transplant of his own pre-harvested stem cells at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and a brave battle against the disease, Chris started to regain his strength and contacted The Trust with his offer to help.

Being a guitar bass player and lead singer with two bands, Chris spoke to the other members to see if they would be willing to get together for a 50's/60/s charity concert. With an overwhelming yes, it led to a highly successful night thoroughly enjoyed by all.  There were no expenses claimed for the evening with the bands donating their talent and the Drakes Hall Committee generously providing the hall free of charge.
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It was hoped that the Trust's mascot 'Harry Hedgehog' would be present for the evening but he was preparing for his half-marathon with Anna Warrington in Bath.  However The Trust's Founder Member, Sue Sollis was present who said, "Chris together with his family and friends have worked wonders. The wonderful amount raised will be used to purchase another intravenous pump for those with leukaemia or other blood relate disorders. We are extremely grateful".  

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