A new year brings new fundraising and some have got straight in there! Although we need to update you on the events of last year before we start on that!
We had to put some of our fundraising on hold at the end of last year, for what we hope was a very valid reason. Sarah and Barry got married surrounded by friends and family in Essex – it was truly a fabulous day – obviously it was heart wrenching without Katie by her side, but it was a day of pure joy that we all loved and we know she was watching every moment. A bonus donation was the speeches sweepstake won by our dear friend Dobbo – an extra £80 for the foundation!
Whilst the happy couple were sunning themselves on honeymoon, the fundraising continued back in the UK. One of Katie’s best friends, and mother to Katie’s godson Samuel, Katie Hunt along with her sisters, took on a massive challenge in the Great South Run whilst constantly supported by her lovely husband Pete (below). As she said to her friends: “Running 10 miles is nothing for many people. But for someone whose greatest sporting achievement to date is coming third in the 300 metres at Sports Day in 1995, this is going to be a massive challenge for me. And this time I’m going to try and not nosedive across the finish line.”
We were so thrilled to see how much she had raised for Katie, and we were equally thrilled to see her smiling all the way to the finish line! Thank you gorgeous!!
Our dear friends Susie and Paul approached us when they got engaged last year, telling us that when they got married in January 2016 they wanted to do something to incorporate Katie into their wedding. It blew our minds when they announced that their wedding list was purely equal donations to both Great Ormond Street hospital, and to the Katie Compson Foundation. Susie and Katie were great friends for years going through their 20’s in London; and whilst enjoying a similar career, various holidays and many catch ups over the obligatory bottle of wine, she, along with all of her friends, were devastated when Katie passed away. Susie and Sarah, as well as their husbands are still great friends, and Sarah and Barry sat proudly watching Susie and Paul tie the knot in The Cotswolds a few weeks ago, all the while grinning in the knowledge that with the £2,500 that they had raised selflessly for Katie – it had taken the Foundation over the £150,000 mark. It was the icing on the cake of such a wonderful day and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity and wish them all the love in the world for their marriage.
So, whilst we wait for actual numbers from the Royal Marsden, (we promise to update the total to your right as soon as we have them) please start thinking of whether you can all help us out with some fundraising this year. Every penny helps and we know the money you are raising is going to such a wonderful cause and already helping cancer patients in the UK.
With much love as ever
Sarah, Barry, Jenny, Pete & Elise