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      1. October 2014 - #RunTeamFlo Birmingham Half Marathon led by Kelly Sibley (Pink Pong Ambassador) - £6030.00 to date.
      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 to date.
      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 -




Inspirational Corner by Toni Page

My Gangan was a very proud lady who loved her family dearly and had a heart of gold.

In Spring of 2011 she became quite ill, she was told by the doctors she had acute myeloid leukaemia.  At the time I was in China and not aware of the situation, by the time I had returned she had completed her first set of treatment and was about to start her next.


I remember the first time I visited her in hospital.  We were so excited to see each other and to give one another a huge hug, it wasn’t until then I realised how ill she was. As we chatted she explained how her nails were getting too long, so my mum and I both got a nail file and each took a hand to give her a manicure. She was sat there with a huge smile on her face and continued chatting away.



Carol Rosemary Lee (AKA Gangan)


It was under three months later that she was moved to St Luke’s Hospice where she spent her final weeks.  It will be four years on 17th September that Gangan passed away. We all miss her very much and think of her daily.  It really is fundraising groups like Pink Pong that raise money to help to find ways of preventing loved ones from being taken away, and so very quickly.


Liz, Kelly, Hannah, Laura, Jo, Naomi, Justine, Lindi, Duncan, Tom, James and I are running the half marathon in Birmingham on 19th October in support of Pink Pong, restricting the funding raised to CRUK – Leukaemia.  I know this is close to Kelly’s heart and I am proud to be running as part of #RunTeamFlo.   Leukaemia is prevalent to me too and I will be running especially in memory of Gangan and also to inspire valuable funding to allow scientists to find a cure.


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Flame of Hope – Ann-Marie James
A Plymouth fundraiser has received a special commendation from Cancer Research UK in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the cause.
Liz May, the chair of PINK PONG her Table Tennis based fundraising group, was shortlisted in the charity’s annual Flame of Hope Awards which acknowledge remarkable efforts in fundraising and volunteering made by people from all walks of life.   She won a special commendation in the category Pioneer of the Year, for her fantastic & innovative fundraising.  Liz decided to fundraise solely for Cancer Research UK last year with her fundraising group ‘Pink Pong’.  In the first full year of fundraising she managed to raise over £14000.
One of Liz’s more memorable fundraising moments was agreeing to have the logo of Pink Pong tattooed on her behind if they reached their target fundraising amount.  The money then came flooding in & Liz now has a permanent reminder of her fundraising!
Sam Williams Cancer Research UK regional Manager for the South West awarded Liz with her Flame of Hope special commendation in August this year.  ‘ I am so pleased with the progress of Pink Pong over the last year & am over the moon to  be recognised with this award’ said Liz.
Dr Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK Chief Executive, said: “Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and has ambitious plans to make even further progress over the next 20 years.  However, progress is only made possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.”
“Our Flame of Hope Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to these enormously generous volunteers and supporters for the fantastic work they do.”
In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to ensure that three-quarters of all people diagnosed in Plymouth survive their cancer within the next 20 years.
Sam Williams, Regional Manager for Cancer Research UK in the South West said: Every step we make towards beating cancer sooner relies on every pound, every hour and every person.  These awards are our way of honouring incredible people like Liz who give their time freely to raise money for research and promote greater awareness of the disease, and yet ask for nothing in return.  It’s thanks to the support of the fundraising public and our amazing army of volunteers that we can continue to make a real difference and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
For further information please contact Ann-Maree James Senior Local Fundraising Manager on 07778 332887 or email



Samantha Williams & Liz May on the left, Liz as “Shoe Barker” on the right.


Cancer Research Lab Tour – By Helen Lambert

“Is there anything more important than cancer research?  I know some will say ‘Yes’, but you cannot ignore the fact that cancer affects every home and every family in one way or another.  With Cancer Research UK spending £330 million on research during 2012/13, its even more shocking that they receive no funding from the government whatsoever, and that all of this is supported by you, the general public, through donations and fundraising.


Liz and myself were very fortunate to visit the Plymouth Cancer Research laboratories recently, and I found the experience completely inspiring.  From the cost of the equipment they use (one specialist microscope was valued at £500,000!) to the hours that these dedicated men and women work, it is not a job but a vocation.  And the truth is, they aren’t just making progress, but huge leaps in the fight against all cancers.  In 2010, they stated that 50% of all people diagnosed would survive.  Now, just a few years later, its closer to 75%.  If I ever needed to see a reason to continue fundraising and investing in research, that was it.  Pink Pong would like to thank everyone who has donated, sponsored and supported us over the last 4 years. “




Helen Lambert & Liz May on a CRUK Lab Tour in Plymouth




Ellesmere Port Host first Aerobic TT Event – By Aaron Beech




On Friday 15th August 2014, Pink Pong joined forces with Aerobic Table Tennis to kick off the first event of their 2014/2015 tour.  Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port played host to the launch event, in which was the first of six events across the UK before a finale in 2015.  The penultimate event will see the team take on a World Record attempt and hopefully catapult Pink Pong into a well known fundraising group for Cancer Research UK.


It was a pleasure and a privilege to be apart of this event, Liz's infectious passion winning both the hearts and minds of all the enthusiastic volunteers.  The main activity was great fun, founded and delivered by Steve Rowe, his Aerobic Table Tennis went down a treat.  This is a combination of dance, light circuit training and ping pong all with music.  This was followed by a raffle to raise more money for cancer.  It was a great event, well organised and delivered in a fun, warming professional manner.  I wish the team all the best for the future.







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