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Updated on Aug 31st 2011 at 10:54 PM from the JustGiving API

Dear all. For several reasons (recent family issue, work pressure and need to push sponsorship towards target) the jump is postponed for a few weeks. I will confirm new date ASAP. Thanks for your kind donations so far!

Updated on Jun 11th 2011 at 7:18 PM from the JustGiving API

A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far!

It is the Autumn of 2008.  Taylan is the eldest son of Andy and Figen. An important part of a blissfully happy family which was completed by his doting brothers Kaya and Altay. 

 Many of you reading this, like myself, will be parents (or grandparents, uncles, cousins......)  Our kids are our world.  We take every day for granted and I am sure that Andy and Figen did too. That is until 24th October 2008. I vividly remember hearing the news and speaking with the two of them on that day. Taylan was six years old - a year younger than Ollie, my eldest son, is now.  The news they received that day would change the family's life forever.  Taylan had a brain tumour - a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (or as Taylan understood it a lump in his head which the doctors were going to fix).  To say I was devastated is frankly an insult to how Andy and Figen felt but, in a comparatively small way, I and other parents shared their pain.

From that day on the two of them tirelessly read and researched - desperately looking for that cure. Hoping. The positivity they maintained in the face of adversity was incredible. Taylan was amazing. Never a complaint. Full time school during radiotherapy.  Always a smile. As charming as ever.  

As Andy and Figen's monumental efforts continued it became clear that the treatment options were limited and the firm evidence and research was not yet there.  More time and money was needed - but time was sadly not on their side. Or that of other children and families going through the same pain. 

Despite an amazingly positive spirit and strength of character during his brave battle, Taylan very sadly passed away in the loving arms of his ever-supportive family on 19th August 2009.

I simply can not put into words the admiration I have for Andy, Figen and the boys.  I empathised regarding their situation.  I still feel so saddened writing this.  Children and their parents should never have to go through this pain.  I for one also felt so helpless.  I am very aware that it is a cliche, but if we can all pull together and save even one more family it would be worthwhile.

Selflessly, Andy and Figen, along with friends, subsequently founded Taylan's Project which has been raising funds for Brain Tumour Research 'Funding the Fight'.  Charity events including balls and fun days have raised much-needed funds, but the battle continues.  And I have decided to offer my own support in a small way.

Now, I detest heights and I'm not too good on planes.  So, what do I decide to do?  Take a flight in a plane and then jump out of it. Brilliant. It is a testament to Taylan and the Brain Tumour Research Charity that I am considering this - but, seriously, I want to honour his memory and if we raise a HUGE sum of money then all the better.

www.taylansproject.com

As Brain Tumour Research puts it.....

There have been tremendous advances over the last fifteen years, but even now, newly diagnosed brain tumour patients and their families don’t know:

  • Where to go for help
  • Where to go to find the information they need
  • and most importantly, can’t find the words they want to hear “There is a cure… it will be alright”.

LET'S CHANGE THAT TOGETHER.

 

Raising money for

Brain Tumour Research

Brain Tumour Research

Charity Registration No. 1093411

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of UK children and adults yet receive less than 1% of the national spend on cancer research. We are the only national charity in the UK funding sustainable and continuous research into brain tumours. Let's #FundTheFight together and ultimately find a cure.

Donations 39

A brilliant way to raise funds for a great cause. My children ( who were at school with Taylan) are very impressed! Hope it goes well!

Donation by Lucy Broome on 15/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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So touched by what you are doing & cannot thank you enough. Have a Cadbury Twirl for Taylan beforehand & I am sure he will help you jump!

Donation by Andy, Figen, Taylan x, Kaya & altay on 06/09/11

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"What's the hardest thing about skydiving?" "The ground"!!!

Donation by Sarah-Jane Graham on 01/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Kevin, I am sure Taylan will give you a little push. Thank you Taylan's gran and grandad

Donation by Irene Rawlinson on 30/08/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck make sure the helmet cam is on!

Donation by Michael Ip on 22/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good Luck! Rather you than me...Excellent cause, we lost two friends a year or two ago Caroline Dailley

Donation by caroline dailley on 10/08/11

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Good luck Kevin, don't look down!

Donation by Michael Taylor on 31/07/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck Kevin, a very deserving cause. Hope you enjoy it a little bit!! :)

Donation by Christina Moran on 04/07/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Sarah-Jane Graham on 04/07/11

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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Good on you Kev!

Donation by kate bowyer on 28/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Kevin, Very best wishes

Donation by Vijay on 27/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck and enjoy!!!

Donation by sara pridham on 27/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Hope you enjoy it!!!

Donation by Michael & Louise Le Geyt on 27/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Kevin and wishing you a very safe landing! Rita x

Donation by Rita De on 27/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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What a worthy cause! Go for it Kev! Anne P x

Donation by Anne Pierpoint on 15/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Kev, you are very brave to be doing this. A very good cause, and in the memory of a very brave little boy. love Mum & Dave X

Donation by Yvonne Cotton on 12/06/11

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Wow Go Kev Hope it all goes smoothly - especially the landing!

Donation by Sandy Smith on 07/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Student - "So, if the main chute doesn't open & the reserve doesn't open how long 'til we hit the ground?" Instructor - "Urmmm, the rest of ur life!

Donation by Sarah-Jane Graham on 06/06/11

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Kevin

Donation by Mahesh Dias on 06/06/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Ali Taylor on 02/06/11

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If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you....

Donation by Sarah-Jane Graham on 30/05/11

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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For every "motivational" message I deliver on your page I will donate £2. There is months of mileage in this one! xxxx

Donation by Sarah-Jane Graham on 28/05/11

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Kevin

Donation by Amy Wood on 26/05/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck, I hope your nerves do not get the better of you....

Donation by Carina Hughes on 26/05/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£583.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£583.00
  • Gift Aid£143.25

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