Story

 

Thanks for taking the time to visit our JustGiving page. On the 2nd of August 2013 Neil Jones,  Chris Lawrence and Alan Copp led a team of Bupa staff and other supporters and ran from the Bupa Care Services UK Head Office in Leeds to the Bupa Corporate Centre Office in London in just 8 days. This took in 200+ miles of road and pathways and was all in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Neil, Chris and Alan's Stories

Over many years Neil has been involved in a number of charitable events both internally and externally to Bupa, these have included completing the Great North Run many times, but always in fancy dress, he has completed two 100 kilometer in a day challenges on foot and one 200 kilometer in a day challenge, half on foot and half on a bike. Last year he also completed a triathlon in Cornwall, again all have been completed for local or national charitable organisations for which he has raised thousands of pounds. He also had the pleasure of being part of the Bupa Ecuador challenge and again thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to work with the local communities in such a remote location.

Over the past 10 years Neil has seen a number of family members taken from him by the horrible disease of cancer, but more recently in 2010 his step mother died of cancer and later that year his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer which she continues to fight through. To add to this (and sorry to sound so morbid) his older brother also has quite extreme diabetes which has lead to him having several operations, the largest was a replacement of his kidneys, and currently he finds himself in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham following another procedure.

As you can imagine whilst this is tough on Neil's family, we are also exposed to people who I can only describe as extremely brave and courageous which we also use to keep everyone positive and constantly look for the best in every situation. Being around such people has driven us to want to complete yet another challenge, but one of such a large scale that we can raise a large enough voice to equally match with funds.

From his early days in the Scouts Chris has always been involved in raising money be it running activities at local fetes or washing cars on a Saturday morning. As he has grown, so have the events and to date he has completed several 40 mile events and the UK three peaks in under twenty four hours. Neil found that it did not take much persuading for Chris to join him on the most recent 100k in a day challenge. The Great North Run has always been a source of lots of great memories where Neil and Chris ran as storm troopers.

At university Chris made friends with a great guy called Dave, they were on the same course and spent hours together studying for exams and preparing for assignments. Over the years Chris saw Dave often as they progressed in to the world of work but then Dave was diagnosed with a brain tumour, the medication and the surgery were all very intrusive on his life, but right to the very end Dave was a joy to be with. Dave left this world a couple of years ago and left and gorgeous wife and a wonderful daughter. Chris attended Dave’s funeral and saw the loss in his parents eyes, his wife Sarah was extremely brave but Chris knows the effect that Dave leaving us has had on her.

It is knowing the effect that Dave's cancer had on his family that will be driving Chris to complete this event, it will be tough but it needs to be done so that we can help to alleviate this needless suffering. We hope you feel the same way and will support us in any way you can.

When Neil asked Alan if he was up for this challenge it was not difficult to find the motivation needed. In February 2011 Alan's mum (Neil's stepmum) lost a two and a half year long battle against cancer. It was a tough time for Alan's whole family and those who knew his mum. Enduring the ups and downs and the hope and then dismay as treatment stops working was a tough experience. Alan  hopes that raising as much money as possible through the Run2London  can help other families avoid having to go through the terrible time that his family did. Cancer is not just hard for the patient, it affects those close as well. Most of us know someone who has been affected in some way by cancer.

 

Alan has to date run 30 marathons including Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Prague and London in 2012, raising money for the hospice where his mum spent her last days. Last year he stepped up a bit and completed his first 6 hour race running nearly 68km. This is though, by far, his greatest challenge to date, but with the cause to raise money to help others is ready to break the pain barrier!!

So please dig deep and donate now.

Updates 5

We did it! Arriving in London was a very special occasion and we were supported handsomely by Bupa staff, Cancer Research UK and many of our friends. There is still chance to donate though.

14/08/13 13:20

With just over a week to go it's all hands on deck to get organised, what with t-shirts for walkers, selling raffle tickets, sorting nutrition out, doing photo shoots and training on top of all that, we're at full steam. It'll be nice to get on the road. A huge thanks to you all.

25/07/13 13:00

We're really close to £10k now, Your generosity is really appreciated and the donations are going to a great cause. You can keep up with the event news by following us on www.facebook.com/run2london

08/07/13 20:49

We're really pleased to have hit the 5% mark, thaks you all for your donations so far.

04/04/13 16:24

Training has started in earnest, we ran 24k today and all felt good.

09/03/13 20:58

Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Donations 319

 

So brave !!! All of you coping with this illness. Wish i could give more!!! To all of the wonderful people that have raised thousands !! You are so brilliant .

Donation by Anonymous on 22/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

 

Good luck :-)

Donation by Anonymous on 20/03/14

£3.00

+ £0.75 Gift Aid

 

All the best guys!!!

Donation by Anonymous on 01/03/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

 

Donation by Anonymous on 31/12/13

£150.00

 

From Cancer Partners UK

Donation by Anonymous on 07/10/13

£150.00

 

Well done guys, great effort. Lyth

Donation by Neil Jones, Chris lawrence & Alan Copp on 23/09/13

£200.00

+ £50.00 Gift Aid

 

Sue told me all about the challenge. Sounds amazing. Well done, great cause. Andrew Pearl and family.

Donation by Anonymous on 13/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

 

Donated by Jean & Arthur Williams. Well done to all the lads, and helpers.

Donation by Geoff Gibbons on 08/09/13

£11.00

+ £2.75 Gift Aid

 

Donated in memory of our dear colleague Kerry Reed, who was tragically taken from us recently. It really brings it all close to home what you guys were running for.

Donation by David Steel on 06/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

 

Lots of love from the Jones family in Shrewsbury

Donation by Anonymous on 04/09/13

£500.00

+ £125.00 Gift Aid

 

Donation by Jon Hobday on 04/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

 

Well done!! Sorry it's taken so long to find this page!!

Donation by Emma Scattergood on 03/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

 

A great achievement for a great cause.

Donation by Patricia hewitt on 01/09/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

 

To Chris From the crests summer fair

Donation by suzanne smith and the team at the crest on 30/08/13

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

 

An incredible achievement for such an important cause. Well done guys!

Donation by Philippa Herz on 28/08/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

 

What an amazing job!! Well done. From the HR and Recruitment Team at Bridge House

Donation by Anonymous on 27/08/13

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

 

Inspirational well done guys

Donation by Ola on 21/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

 

Donation by Sandy Leitch on 20/08/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

 

Very well done guys. Maybe join u next year!!

Donation by andrew peeler on 20/08/13

 

Donation by Rose McDowell on 19/08/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

 

Was great to run with you to the finish.

Donation by Tom on 16/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

 

Well done guys congratualtions.

Donation by Jane Whitehead on 16/08/13

 

Well done

Donation by Cindy and Carl Searle on 16/08/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

 

Well done guys x

Donation by Lynne Martin on 14/08/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

 

From all of the staff and residents of Southlands Nursing and Residential Home Harrogate, Raised during their Summer Fayre

Donation by Anonymous on 13/08/13

£155.00

+ £38.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£26,427.00
  • Offline donations£11,967.00
  • Text donations£10.00
  • Total raised£38,404.00
  • Gift Aid£5,543.00

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