In November 2010, when Mark Hucklebridge from Colerne (then aged 31) had to tell his family and friends he had been diagnosed with cancer, it was a terrible shock for everyone involved. Consequently over these past five years since his first diagnosis, Mark and his wife Emma have been joined by hundreds of their friends, family and colleagues to support their fundraising efforts for a charity very close to their hearts – the RUH Forever Friends Appeal. Mark has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery to help fight the spreading cancer, and is therefore very passionate about The Forever Friends Appeal’s current major fundraising campaign to raise £8.5million to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
The Forever Friends Appeal are delighted to announce that Mark’s friends and family, as well as community and corporate supporters have so far together raised over £83,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Individuals and organisations have completed all types of fundraising challenges to show their support for Mark, from running half marathons to organising golf days. To thank Mark and everyone who has supported his fundraising efforts, the Appeal have offered Mark and Emma the opportunity to name a specialist area in the new RUH Cancer Centre.
Mark has been a dominant figure in the Motocross sports scene for the last 20 years, both as a rider and race organiser. He has consequently received a great deal of support from his close contacts all across the Motocross industry. Kawasaki Motors UK organised a fundraising Golf Classic event in the summer of 2014, and Marshfield Motocross Club, with great support from Kawasaki dealers Motoxtreme, have held various fundraising activities over the past couple of years, all of which have contributed to the £83k total. The Appeal are therefore delighted to have recently presented Marshfield Motocross Club with a Community Partnership plaque and Kawasaki Motors UK with a Corporate Partnership plaque, to acknowledge the wonderful totals raised by these organisations for the pioneering new Cancer Centre.
Local Civil Engineering, Earthworks and Waste Management Contractors M J Church, who have been dedicated supporters of The Forever Friends Appeal charity since the year 2000, and have a close family connection with Mark, have been presented with a Senior Corporate Partnership plaque, as a thank you for having raised over £25,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
The RUH Cancer Care Campaign is raising £8.5million towards the build of an exceptional new Cancer Centre for cancer patients and their families. Each year the RUH cares for 2,200 new patients with cancer from the hospital’s extensive catchment area. The clinical care is amongst the best in the UK, but the current cancer unit facilities are outdated and uncomfortable, and do not provide patients with the positive environment necessary to support the healing process. The hospital’s vision is to build a Cancer Centre which will balance clinical expertise with the provision of a nurturing and therapeutic environment.
Corporate Officer for The Forever Friends Appeal, Jo Common, comments: “Mark is a true inspiration. He is a very determined individual who quite clearly has a vast number of friends, family, and colleagues who want to do what they can to support their dear friend by getting behind Mark’s fundraising efforts. On behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal, I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank Mark, Emma and all their wonderful supporters for being so passionate about fundraising our new Cancer Centre and helping us get that step closer to our goal.”
Watch this space over the next few weeks for more news about the official announcement of the launch of ‘Friends of Huck’ – Mark’s official new registered charity, which in turn will be supporting The Forever Friends Appeal.