We’ve Just Passed £20K!

I am delighted that we have just passed the £20K fundraising point and we’re still going strong 😀. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d raise so much (and be able to help a number of charities too), so a massive thank you to all those who have supported us! With the challenges that COVID has brought, charities need our support now more than ever.

Last First

Today the anniversary of Jess growing her angel wings has been and gone. The last first for us to face. We wanted to doing something positive which Jess would have enjoyed, so in Jess style we ate sausage sandwiches (with posh coffee) and headed to the beach. We had a lovely day, in spite of my wet feet from jumping the waves in the sea! That would have made Jess giggle! Thank goodness the sun came out to warm us through. We were touched by how many thoughtful messages and surprise gifts arrived too to cheer us up. Wherever she is, I know Jess will be smiling. 😀

A Year of Firsts that Nobody Ever Wants to Face.

This weekend, it has been a whole year since we lost Jess. It goes without saying that it has been more than horrible and we miss Jess more than words can say. But we’re slowly adjusting to life without Jess, with new chapters having been started and somehow managing to make it from one day to the next, mostly with dry eyes now and sometimes even with a smile 😀. Massive thank you to our friends and family for getting us here and helping us to yo – yo between living in the present and remembering the past, between trying to keep positive yet still mourning a tragic loss, between doing lots of new positive things, but all because of Jess. You can read more about our first year of life after Jess in my favourite new way – a poem. Jess’ Nana has written one too.

https://www.teamjess.co.uk/one-year-on

https://www.teamjess.co.uk/in-memory-of-jess-one-year-on-by-nana/

We’ll be spending some time at the beach this weekend, because Jess would have loved that. I hope wherever she is, Jess sees what we’re up to and smiles with her ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ smile, remembering we’ll always be together forever in spirit. ❤️

School Commemorative Event

So unfortunately the commemorative event at Jess’ old school has had to be postponed – COVID 19 strikes again! It was to be expected really given the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, but a shame nonetheless. The good news is the school will be doing a fancy dress day on the 23rd October instead, raising funds to share between the school and their chosen charity for childhood cancer.  Thanks Westerton, Jess would have loved dressing up 👍🏻

Off Shoots!

It’s great to see that the Team Jess website has inspired the birth of another website! Really proud of Jess’ big brother for launching www.mrweaver.co.uk. Amongst his preteen blogging, (and dabble with website coding!) he hopes to raise awareness of childhood cancer and his fundraising ventures too. Go Oli! 😀

www.mrweaver.co.uk

10k Take 1

So today was the original date for the Team Jess Sheffield 10k to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Sadly, ‘corona chaos’ means that the event has been postponed until next year. Whilst we will patiently wait and run as planned next year, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to mark the original date with a run too. It might not have been the 10k we had planned, or even the reworked plan that we had planned (another strike from corona chaos!), but it was a mighty fine work around with independent runs happening across the north and coming together via zoom afterwards. Thanks to this lovely bunch for doing a virtual 10k event with me….. and a special shout out to Sandy for completing your first ever 10k. Jess would have loved that we managed to find a way to run in spite of the challenges. Thanks to all those who sponsored us…… It seems that with us running two races, the 2 for 1 concept is infiltrating even the sporting world these days 😂. As for all events these days, I’ve marked the event with a poem. Click here to take a look.

For anyone wanting to see some live video evidence, here you are! We’ve even added the trusty Team Jess Anthem to recreate the running experience!

3k in!
6.5k in!

Going from Strength to Strength… or should I say Length to Length!

A massive well done to Jack, school friend of Jess and son of one of the Team Jess runners. Not only has Jack been running each week to help his mum train for the Team Jess runs, but he’s also managed to find time to complete a sponsored swim too! Jack jumped into the water with his friend Euan to raise funds for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK, swimming 1500 metres (a phenomenal 60 lengths!) in memory of friends and family affected by cancer and Team Jess.  That will make a massive splash as it jumps into the fundraising pots of both charities. Well done Jack and thank you for being a super fundraiser… with a swim and lots of runs under your belt, maybe your next venture should be a triathlon….. 😉

Finding new ways to fundraise for Team Jess all the time!

Today I stumbled across a nifty little app called Ziffit, which allows you to sell the stuff you don’t want online (they even collect) and donate the proceeds to a nominated charity. Clearing out the garage of old books whilst donating to Children with Cancer UK has been a very worthwhile way to pass a few hours and I’m loving the fact we’ve reclaimed a whole host of space! If you would like to donate too check out http://vmgiving.co/wbdc

Charity Auction on the Way!

It has been an absolute honour today to receive a delivery from Dame Jess Ennis Hill! I feel so privileged and I know Jess Weaver would have been so incredibly excited. It’s fair to say Jess and I watched a lot of the 2012 olympics together (well I did as she was a baby!) and seeing another Sheffield girl run so well gave me the inspiration I needed to get back to exercise…. never did I think only 8 years later I’d receive a gift from her in the post. From one Yorkshire Jess in memory of another. What an honour.

Now for the challenge of raising as much money as we can via auction for Children with Cancer UK.

World Leukaemia Day

On World Leukaemia Day, it feels a fitting moment,

To raise more awareness, of one of life’s big opponents.

Whilst the medics do a great job, and treatment is helping more.

There are still too many people who aren’t with us anymore.

The disease progresses quickly, with diagnosis sometimes not so easy.

With so many symptoms possible, maybe bruising or being wheezy.

So here’s to fundraising for research and raising more awareness.

To help against the fight, the suffering and the unfairness.

To all leukaemia fighters, I wish you health and feeling well. 

I hope your blood is soon free of those nasty leukaemia cells.