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Fundraising Update from Trevor Kelham

Saturday 31 May 2014

Fundraising update from Trevor Kelham

 May has been a busy month for fundraising and we'd like to thank Jacob Fitch, Courtney Loveridge and Daniel Le Huray for their efforts. Plus, we've got an update about Gareth Corbett's incredible ultra marathon challenge, which is raising funds for his cancer exercise classes.

Daniel Le Huray competed in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend on the 10th May and raised £330 for his muddy efforts. The Rat Race is billed as the World's Largest Assault Course and Daniel tackled 200 obstacles over 20 miles. He trained hard and like a true MUG hero he completed the course in style. Daniel chose to raise money for MUG because his family has a history of prostate cancer, which puts him in the high-risk group. He says: "MUG do a fantastic job in promoting awareness of male specific diseases in Guernsey and are currently raising money so that Guernsey can have its own male cancer nurse." Daniel's contribution, like all the others we receive has helped the charity employ the oncology nurse and maintain that role for the next three years.

From mud and obstacles to a different kind of challenge - the London to Paris Bike Ride. Jacob Fitch and Courtney Loveridge recently completed the iconic cycle from London to Paris over 4 days. Together the peddling pair has raised around £700.00 for the charity.

Back in Guernsey Emile Heskey and Steve Gibson ran the Easter Half Marathon, raising £457.00 for MUG. Neither claim to be particularly sporty but they did the distance and did MUG proud. Their total was doubled by the generous support of Barclays, who has kindly supported the charity in the past. The total raised came to an impressive £914.00.

A big thank you must also go to Wheadon House Sports and Social Club. The team there had a dress-down day and a cake sale, which raised £106.00. Every pound and every penny counts and we were thrilled to receive their kind donation.

Gareth Corbett is raising money for his CanMove initiative through the MUG fundraising page. MUG supports CanMove, which is organised and run by Gareth and he wants to make these unique cancer exercise classes available to even more people. So he set out to raise £3000.00 by completing TWO ultra marathons! He did a 50-mile 'warm up' marathon in April and the big one is coming up in August. He's taking part in the North Devon Way 100.  Yes, the '100' stands for 100 miles, but to make it a little harder the course is mostly off-road trail paths, with a total climb of 9930ft. And, it gets harder; he needs to complete it in less than 30 hours to avoid disqualification. Only 250 entrants are permitted, all have to have completed an ultra-marathon previously.

Gareth wants to ensure the CanMove classes stay free of charge to participants; in addition he wants to expand the classes and take them onto the ward to help more cancer patients.

Gareth is quite incredible, not only because of the crazy challenge he's taken on, but because he's already reached his fundraising target of £3, 000.00. But why stop there? Indeed, Gareth's raised the bar and now wants to raise £4, 000.00. So please dig deep and sponsor him: http://www.justgiving.com/gcorbett or find out more on www.run100.co.uk

Finally we must mention Shane and our friends at Lock-In Guernsey. This cage-fighting event will see over 800 (mostly) men watch a variety of professional boxing, white color boxing and MMA fights at Beau Sejour. A new lightweight title will be fought and MUG's medical council member, Owen Cole will stand up during one of the breaks between fights to talk about men's health. As ever, we want to spread the 'get checked' message and encourage men to seek medical help over any health concerns. The charity will also benefit financially from the night and we are grateful to have been invited along.

Thank you once again to everyone who supports the charity and the work we do here in Guernsey.

Trevor Kelham, founder, Male Uprising Guernsey