Over the Christmas period, Mother Caroline Michie and her 11 year old son, Callum, from Melksham, took a cold dip in Tenby Sea to help raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
Many people spend Boxing Day by the cosy fire, eating left-over turkey sandwiches. For Caroline and Callum, they wanted to do quite the opposite. Along with 600 other good sports, they took the plunge for charity.
Caroline and Callum are supporting Kingswood Prep School’s challenge to raise £10,000 in 2013 for The Forever Friends Appeal charity, as Callum has been a pupil at Kingswood since the age of 3. All their funds raised will go towards the Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign – raising £5 million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the RUH. Caroline’s mother has also recently been diagnosed with cancer and so this is an important cause, close to their hearts.
The Cancer Care Campaign will see The Forever Friends Appeal, working in partnership with the NHS, to bring all cancer services at the hospital under ‘one roof’. This large capital project over the next 4 years, will be taking the same successful holistic approach, as with NICU, which will dramatically improve the patient ‘journey’ and experience, as well as providing a state of the art Cancer Care facility that is truly fit for purpose.
Caroline comments: “The atmosphere was amazing! Both family and friends were there to support us, but it was extremely wet and cold and that was before we had even got in! We are thrilled with the amount we raised – thanks to everyone who supported us! I am now looking forward to Kingswood Prep’s other challenges this year- I will be joining parents and staff on the Scottish 7-leg bike challenge.”
As part of Kingswood Prep School’s £10,000 challenge, the school is organising a sponsored bike ride from Bath’s RUH to Caithneff Scotland – 7 days cycling, over 700 miles – setting off on Sunday 21st July 2013. A number of enthusiastic parents are extending the challenge, starting from Land’s End, finishing in John O’Groats.
One of those involved in the school charity committee set up especially for this challenge and parent who has 4 children at the school, Catherine Biggs, comments: “Our aim is simply to raise as much money as we can! This is a cause that is very important to us. It’s going to be a huge challenge but I’m so glad we are all doing it together. People are doing different legs of the full miles, so anyone interested can join us at any time on the road. We are really looking forward to it.”
Several parents from the school are also running the Bath Half Marathon for The Forever Friends Appeal on Sunday 3rd March. If you would like to join the Forever Friends with cheering them on please call 01225 825823 to join the cheering crowd.
Community Fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, Zoe Tainton comments: “We are so thrilled that Kingswood Prep School have chosen to dedicate such enthusiasm to their fundraising for the Cancer Care Campaign in 2013. They have some exciting plans and we look forward to hearing all about their fundraising throughout the year. We are so grateful for their support and we want to say a massive well done to Caroline and Callum for taking on such a brave challenge on Boxing Day!”
To sign up to the challenge or sponsor the Kingswood team please contact 01225 310468.