The running total so far across all events is an amazing £27,288.91
Thank you to all those who have supported us!
All being well, fundraising for a number of charities will continue for some time to come. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas, so if you think of something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Events in Flight
We have one fundraising projects in flight at the moment, one for Children with Cancer UK: This charity funds vital research to drive survival rates up and reduce the burden of toxicity, so it’s a super charity to support and one close to my heart. Those wishing to support Team Jess on our run can find more details on how to sponsor us here . It’s been a long time coming due to COVID 19 restrictions, so we’re doing lots of practice runs too in the meantime, including one we completed as a virtual team on the 27th September 2020. You can visit our post on it to see how we did!
It has also been a huge honour to receive some support and endorsement from celebrities, some of whom have been kind enough to promise some merchandise to help raise funds for Team Jess. The first arrival came from Dame Jess Ennis Hill. Click here to find out more. As I gather more merchandise, I’ll update you on how we’ll use it to raise more funds.
The second project is my very own book! In our Shoes is available to buy on Amazon and the profits from book sales will be split across a number of childhood cancer charities. Click here to see more.
It’s nice to be able to support charities all the time, as well as through big events. Recently, I’ve discovered an app called Ziffit, which enables you to sell unwanted things and donate the proceeds to charity. If you want to do the same, you can find the link here.
There are so many good causes to support; examples of those we have helped so far are LGI Ward 31 itself, where Jessica spent 3 weeks. Fundraising for them allows vital resources for inpatients to keep their spirits up whilst enduring the gruelling treatments of being an inpatient. This includes games, arts and crafts etc. We were also keen to support Candlelighters who do a phenomenal job of supporting patients and families alike with practical advice and well being activities, and we raised over £10k for these two causes through Jess’ funeral and a number of direct donations (including from Jess’ school friends’ fundraising too).
In early autumn 2020, Jess’ grandad completed the phenomenal challenge of a 5.25 mile open water swim, raising over £2000 for Children with Cancer UK. You can read more about the completed challenge here. Jess’ 9 year old school friend, Jack, also completed a swimathon, swimming 1500m for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. You can read more about his completed challenge here
The original Sheffield 10k (which indeed triggered the launch of Team Jess) has sadly been delayed due to COVID 19. It’s not stopped our own virtual run though, running 7 independent runs to mark the day. Click here to find out more. We will of course be running the ‘real deal’ run as soon as the rearranged date allows.
Jess’ big brother (A.K.A. Mr Weaver as he calls himself in some circles!) hosted a 12 hour gaming event on the 14th November 2020 to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK, details of which can be found here. Mr Weaver blogs about all of his exploits (fundraising related and otherwise) on his very own website. Wow! Go Oliver! A real achievement to launch something like that at the tender age of 11😀.
A number of Jess’ friends and school have also completed fundraising events in memory of Jess. 😀. You can read about one of the school fundraising fancy dress days here. Additionally, we had a super day with the school when they organised their very own Mini Marathon, with fundraising going to Children with Cancer UK. Massive thanks to them for all they’ve done ! You can click on the link here to find out more. Go Westerton! – Team Jess