Story

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Team BBJ consists of Andrew Barcello, Martyn Bicknell, Juliet and Stephen Jeary 
Our Stories

Andrew Barcello

In May 2008, my father spent several weeks at the hospice towards the end of his battle with cancer. I was enormously impressed with everything and everyone connected with the hospice and felt I should do my part to help ensure the continued survival of this wonderful facility, so that others could benefit from the hospice and the excellent nursing given at their time of need. I had several ideas, but as is so often the case with such intentions, they were put on the back burner as work commitments made fundraising and sponsored events seem unachievable.

In May 2010 however, I had unplanned open heart surgery. I think I was still feeling the impact of the anaesthetic when I agreed to join the Jearys on this trek. The trip involves 5 days of trekking upon, beside and underneath the Great Wall of China, travelling between 12 to 18 km each day and sleeping under canvas every night. For many, this sounds a lot of fun and possibly pretty easy. To me however, it sounds enormously challenging and will definitely require considerable training. I’ve dusted down the exercise bike and thrown out the fast food menus in a bid to lose some weight to prepare me for the trek.
Thank you all for your support.

 

Martyn Bicknell

I am a thirty year old who is fortunate to have already completed a number of my ambitions in life, including sharing my house with my two favourite ladies (albeit one of them is my 2 year old daughter). I am a sports marketing professional and (unfit) natural athlete. I have lived in Cardiff for nearly ten years and I have four reasons for undertaking the Great Wall of China Trek: (i) to help support my friend in his recovery to better health (ii) in memory of loved relatives lost (iii) to get my ageing body back to shape and (iv) to raise money for a very worthwhile cause. At the same time I will fulfil another ambition which is to see the Great Wall of China up close! 
Please give generously, I promise I will say very nice things about anyone who donates to support the trek!

Juliet Stephen Jeary

Sadly Steve & I have lost both of our mothers and Steve's father to cancer within the last three years. It is a disease that is likely to impact on all our lives at some point. I'm sure you all know someone who is either battling with cancer or who has tragically lost the fight.

We first got involved with the Marie Curie Hospice Penarth in January 2009 after Steve's mum, Marjorie (who had been diagnosed with lymphoma), was admitted to the hospice for assessment. Sadly, Mum passed away four weeks after her admission. During her time there she received excellent care from the dedicated staff at the hospice. That care and support was extended to Steve, myself and her two grandchildren Oliver & Peter as we remained at Mum's bedside during her last few days. As a family we there and then decided to help raise funds for the hospice by participating in the Marie Curie Mount Sinai Challenge, which we completed in April 2010. What an experience! 
Steve and I have decided take part in the Great Wall of China trek to help the Penarth hospice fund the care and support that it gives its patients and their relatives - we are just so grateful that Mum received such excellent care and was treated with such dignity and compassion during her last weeks with us.
Thank you so much for supporting us.
What happens to your donation


The money raised from the Great Wall of China Trek will help the Marie Curie Hospice Penarth continue to provide specialist care for people with cancer and life-limiting illnesses completely free of charge. Set on a cliff top with spectacular views over the Bristol Channel, this purpose-built hospice offers a modern approach to care with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The hospice has 30 in-patient beds and provides a wide range of day services, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, spiritual care and complementary therapies. Each year the doctors and nurses at the hospice care for more than 1,200 local patients and provide support to their families entirely free of charge. 
For those patients wishing to remain at home the hospice provides a community outreach service providing medical clinics and home visits; complementary therapies; psychological, social and bereavement support and pre and post bereavement care for children and young people. It costs over £4 million per year to run the hospice - this would not be possible without the support of people like yourselves as 70% of the funds required each year have to be raised by voluntary contributions.

So please support Team BBJ to raise much needed funds for the Penarth hospice.

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

 

So dig deep and donate now!

 

Many, many thanks from Team BBJ for all your support.

 

Check out the following video which shows its not just a walk in the park!! http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/trekforpenarth

Raising money for

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Charity Registration No. 207994 (England & Wales) and SC038731 (Scotland)

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing, entirely free, providing people with terminal illnesses the choice of dying at home. We run nine Hospices across the UK offering free specialist care for patients and support for families. We also conduct palliative care research.

Donations 68

Well done!

Donation by Chris, Tina, Izzy and Zoe Tew on 23/10/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Martyn hope you did not drink too much tea!

Donation by Ian Eidman on 04/10/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Very Best Wishes to Juliet & Steve & team.

Donation by Debbie Perry on 28/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best wishes to you all.

Donation by Rhys Taylor on 18/09/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Mr Barcello from the Garveys!

Donation by Andrew Garvey on 18/09/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Martyn from the Bieri family

Donation by Michael Bieri on 18/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck all of you!

Donation by Marianne Bennett on 18/09/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck Martyn and Andy

Donation by matthew dunstan on 17/09/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Hi Martyn Good luck, hope you have plasters for your tooties! Will see you at the Rugby when you get back Ali from Spire Cardiff Hospital

Donation by Ali Smith on 16/09/11

Best of luck with the trek Martyn!

Donation by Sarah Kilcoyne on 16/09/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Martyn from all at Rhino Rugby. Hope the trip goes well, enjoy it!

Donation by Anthony Locke on 16/09/11

£35.00

+ £8.75 Gift Aid

Martyn ... I know I made a small donation last year but here's another - enjoy the trip Cath

Donation by Cath Selio on 15/09/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Martyn, have a fantastic time, Liz

Donation by Elizabeth Williams on 15/09/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Martyn. Great effort.

Donation by Jason Gill on 15/09/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck Martyn!

Donation by Rachel Tofts on 15/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best of luck Martyn and the team!

Donation by Paul Mitchell BS7Creative on 14/09/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck to Martyn and the team. martyn, nice to see you doing some real work for a change....

Donation by Tim Price, DS Smith Recycling on 12/09/11

£100.00

Is this the same Mr Barcello I lived with at Uni...?! Only joking mate, good luck - it's a v good cause.

Donation by Luke Fairall on 12/09/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Keep up all the hard work Ju Steve & team, this is from my Swimathon. Mandy Biss

Donation by AMANDA biss on 15/07/11

£90.00

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Very happy to support such a worthwhile cause - well done Martyn. There will be no charge for your next footy lesson from me....

Donation by Laurence Spittle on 22/06/11

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Told you id donate eventually!All the best Mr B and friends

Donation by John Exintaris on 02/06/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Pob lwc

Donation by Gwydion Griffiths on 27/05/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck all and Steve in particular take care,,,you,re at a funny age now!!!SORRY FOR DELAY IN GETTING THIS TO YOU(THAT,S MY AGE CLICKING IN!!!)WEGX

Donation by wayne griffiths on 20/05/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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wishing u all the best, you can do it !! lol xxx

Donation by amy & marc hill on 17/05/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Blues raffle collections for ladies day events(March) and player of the year /Treviso match (april). Thanks for your support.

Donation by Blues Premier Club members/sponsors on 26/04/11

£1,023.55

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,170.30
  • Offline donations£9,426.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£13,596.30
  • Gift Aid£434.07

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