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Pink Pong go into overdrive


TOP FIVE EVENTS:

    1. October 2014 - #RunTeamFlo Birmingham Half Marathon led by Kelly Sibley (Pink Pong Ambassador) - £13,941.00
    2. April 2014 – Bishop Auckland’s Pink Ponaathon - £1085.00
    3. July 2013 - Pink Pong Golf Day = £1075.50
    4. January 2014 - Dryathlon led by Zoe Cheesman - £1071.00
    5. Helen & Jack Lamberts  Challenge to Get Liz’s Bum Tattooed 2013 - £1000.05

    Thank you all so much for your support and if you would like to host an event at your club then please contact Liz May -

liz@pinkpong.co.uk.

 

 

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Inspirational Corner

James Williams my nephew

In 2008 James wasn’t feeling to well but being a young man he would not go to the doctors.  He decided to have an eye test as he had trouble seeing out of one eye.  That’s when we knew something was not right because he then had to have an eye test at the Eye Infirmary.  This led James to have more tests done at Barts Hospital in London.

 

The results of the tests confirmed that James had cancer; he started to have chemotherapy and other medication at the Royal United Hospital in Bath as he was living with my brother in Chippenham.  In order to see him, I was travelling every weekend to my brothers’ house, that Christmas I caught a bad cold so I could not see him until after, due to the fact that he just had chemotherapy which made his immune system weak.  One of his presents he received was tickets to see his favourite football team Manchester United, in which he saw in February 2009 with his uncle Paul.   He was so happy when he went to Old Trafford as he had never been there before.

 

After his fifth dose of chemotherapy James was told by the doctors that it was his last one, unfortunately the cancer was spreading.  During his treatment he tried to lead as normal a life as possible and he even managed to drive to his car to Plymouth a couple of times to see his brother Christopher and grandparents.

 

In May 2009 James started to get worse so he went into Dorothy House Hospice for a few days but as he wanted to be home, my brother Paul and sister-in-law Tam looked after him.  To cheer him up one of his mates wrote a letter to Manchester United, telling them about James and he had a letter back signed by Sir Alex Ferguson he was so happy about it.

 

He gradually got worse and it was just a case of making him as comfortable as possible in such a heartbreaking and horrible situation.  He passed away on 27th May 2009 in his sleep with his family at his bedside, he was only 23 and had so much to live for but I will never forget him and his cheeky grin. 

 

Cancer affects so many lives and therefore fundraising groups like Pink Pong are vital in trying to find that cure, James was taken far too young.  Awareness is so important and research into this disease is vital.  Keep up the hard work, “united we are stronger”.

 

Left to right: James Williams with his Uncle Michael & James, Uncle Michael, Uncle Paul, brother Christopher and cousins, Tom and Joshua.

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#RunTeamFlo – Led by Kelly Sibley

Left to right: Kelly Sibley with Flo & Laura Snow, RunTeamFlo at the start and again at the

Cancer Research UK support tent.


On Sunday 19th October 2014, Kelly Sibley, Pink Pong’s ambassador was joined by family members and friends to form #RunTeamFlo and take part in the BUPA Great Birmingham run.  Kelly’s niece Flo was diagnosed with Leukaemia in March 2014 and it was then that she decided to do something to raise money and awareness of this illness.

 

Kelly was joined by a team of twelve and incredibly raised close to fourteen thousand pounds, which is still increasing daily.  The money raised through the team’s justgiving page is already being used by Cancer Research UK to seek a cure of leukaemia.   This is what some of the team had to say:

  1. Kelly Sibley – “It was an honour to run in the Birmingham Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK and for Pink Pong.  I never thought we would raise as much money as we have, it’s for such a good cause and it really will make a difference.  We all know the reasons I decided to make ‘RunTeamFlo’ and to experience the amount of support that myself and my family have received is overwhelming.  I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone”.
  2. Laura Snow – “When we set up ‘RunTeamFlo’, I never dreamt we would raise this amount of money.  Knowing that so many people supported us from all around the world is amazing and just goes to show what can be achieved when everyone works together.  Its something I’m really proud to be part of”.
  3. Naomi Owen – “For me this was a massive challenge, but a great experience.  I am glad I did it for such a great cause”.
  4. Hannah Hicks – “It was an absolute honour being part of ‘RunTeamFlo’ in the Birmingham Half Marathon.  The amount of money that has been raised is mind blowing and it was by far one of my most proudest achievements to date”.
  5. Toni Page – “I know this was close to Kelly’s heart and I was so proud to be running as part of ‘RunTeamFlo’.   Leukaemia is prevalent to me too as I unfortunately lost my Gangan (Grandma) to this type of cancer.  I hope that we have inspired valuable funding to allow scientists to find a cure for this horrible disease”.
  6. Liz May – “When Kelly spoke to me about her idea to run, it was a no brainer for me.  I put my running trainers away after the Great South in October 2013, but Flo’s story inspired me to get back out there.  Birmingham was mentally tough and not my best run, but I wasn’t going for a PB here, I was doing it as part of an incredible team – congratulations ‘RunTeamFlo’ and thank you to everyone who came along to support the team.  £2500 would have been fantastic, over £13000 is just out of this world and vital to the research needed into leukaemia.  My highlight was meeting Flo, what a sweet little girl – I wish her and her family all the best and its still a ‘Pinky Pink Pong Promise’ that I will continue to raise vital cash for ALL cancers through Pink Pong – CRUK and Pink Pong Ireland – ICS”.

 

Flo’s Mum, Kim said “We as a family are so amazed and overwhelmed by peoples generosity donating to Cancer Research UK.  With the ongoing research they do, it has enabled children with leukaemia to get the appropriate treatment they need and with successful cure rates.  Every runner that took part in ‘RunTeamFlo’, are amazing and we are proud of everyone”.  Flo’s Dad, Tom continues “We as a family are overwhelmed with the efforts of Kelly and the rest of ‘RunTeamFlo’.  With so much on our plates at the time, we hardly noticed what Kelly was up too.  But two weeks into Flo’s leukaemia diagnosis, and Kelly was building a team and setting goals!  And what an amazing achievement of those goals!  The team completed the half marathon and totally shattered the initial estimated total!

 

Cancer Research is such a worthy cause.  ‘RunTeamFlo’s’ efforts can inch us closer to a cure and prevents another child and their family from having to go through what Flo has with leukaemia.  Overwhelmed is an understatement.  We are so proud of Kelly and all the participants of ‘RunTeamFlo’, they make our heart swell.”

 

Pink Pong salutes everyone who took part, supported and sponsored #RunTeamFlo, we loves the initiative #TeamFlo and maybe, just maybe there are more events to come….Kelly Sibley?

 

 

Left to right: Joanna Drinkhall, Flo, Kelly Sibley, Laura Snow, Toni Page, Liz May, Naomi Owen, Hannah Hicks & James Cairns and The Sibley Girls, Justine, Kelly and Lindi.

 

Bishop Auckland Host Aerobic TT

Friday 4th October 2014, saw Cancer Research fundraising group, Pink Pong, Aerobic Table Tennis and Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club combine.  Pink Pong a table tennis based initiative has linked up with Aerobic table tennis and is touring the county promoting and fundraising for Cancer Research UK and prepping for a World record attempt for the most people doing aerobic table tennis at the same time next year.

 

Part of the tour was a stop off at Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club.  The evening started with some fun social table tennis followed by an Aerobic table tennis session delivered by Aerobic Table Tennis inventor Steve Rowe.

 

Club Chairman Matt Porter said “It was a fantastic night everyone was a bit unsure about Aerobic table tennis to start with, but it only took them  a few minutes before they were fully in the swing and really enjoying themselves and all for a great cause”  “ It was great to see support from other clubs in the Durham area as well all helping to raise over £200 for the charity in a matter of hours”

 

 

Super Supporter Saturday – CRUK Conference

Liz May was invited to London to attend a conference held by Cancer Research to try and support new small fundraising groups.  She reports, “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity by Ann-Maree James and Cancer Research UK to attend this conference.  My brother and I have got a CRUK place in the 2015 London Marathon and the ideas and links I made during this conference will help firstly in us raising the £2000 per person needed for our Charity Spot and secondly for the future of Pink Pong.  The brand for me is so important and I want to show case that a small idea can do great things”.

 

Left to Right: Liz May with the Pink Pong - CRUK pledge, Vikki from Stide Cornwall, Liz & Ann-Maree James of CRUK with other Supporters and Liz with some seminar feedback.

 

CRUK BBQ BASH – By Zoe Cheesman

On the 13th of September 2014, my better half and I held a BBQ for the 'burger off cancer' campaign for CRUK.  After the 15th person confirmed attendance we wondered what we had signed up too.  The day came and we had set out tables, put up bunting and purchased as many burgers and sausages as we could fit in the freezer (at £5 for entry we had to make sure people had full bellies).  Of course my mum had made her legendary chicken pasta dish and my dad did all the cooking on the BBQ.


We played beer pong with pink plastic cups and had the fire pit roaring as the sun went down.  The next day we had lots of clearing up to do but after making £120 for a cause so close to my heart, it was all worth it.

 

Left to Right: Zoe Cheesman & Kari-Janina Pilarek with family and friends.

 

If you have a story to share, we want to hear from you.  Cancer is real and your inspirational and fundraising stories really do matter.            

Send your stories to: zoe@pinkpong.co.uk

 

 
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