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Weʼre raising £2,000 to help the charity Friends of Ward 84

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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My daughter Gracie has been battling Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma for the last three years. This form of cancer is particularly aggressive, and typically starts off in the soft tissue in the body (in her case her nose). In 2014 our family went to America so Gracie could receive Proton Therapy, all paid for by our fantastic NHS, and in the periods while she’s been receiving chemotherapy has been cared for by the brilliant Ward 84 in Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Ward 84 deals specifically with Children’s Oncology, and we’ve spent a lot of time there. It’s fair to say that although they do an amazing job in providing the best care a child in this heart breaking situation could wish to have, they’re massively underfunded given their mammoth task. Over the last few years Caroline and I have used our wedding as a fund raiser, I’ve ran a marathon and various other things resulting in raising over £10,000 for charities such as Kids ‘n’ Cancer, CLIC Sargent and Macmillans. However we’ve never done anything yet for Ward 84 specifically. The support we have received has always been staggering, but there’s always more we can do. So it's time for a challenge!

On October 12th I’m going to walk from my house in Manchester to the top of Mount Snowdon, then walk back home again. This ‘trip’ is over 180 miles and I haven’t really planned how it’s going to work yet, but that’s the challenge I suppose! (Watch out for the updates on this page) The other consideration is that at the top of Snowdon I’m going to raise a glass of something to salute the Ward, and that will be my first drop of alcohol from when I’ve launched this challenge today (seven months!). I’ve got no idea which part of the challenge is going to be more difficult...

All charities are great, but Ward 84 in particular has had a rough ride recently, so I’d love to be able to give them a bit of a boost coming into winter.

Any help you can give will be most welcome x

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    Just an update on the challenge. There are now four intrepid explorers taking on the walk: Myself, my brother Ben, my mate Andy Barlow and Sophie Johnson! AND we’ve now got a route sorted, and trust me it’s a beast (see maps attached). There is still a lot to sort out: I’m still looking for digs on each of the nights, we could do with a bit of support each day, and Dave O'Brien came up with a great idea of getting an outdoor clothing company to perhaps sponsor us with some gear given what we are doing. All ideas are welcome here!

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  • Jenny Proctor

    Jenny Proctor

    Apr 25, 2017

    Good luck to you all - such a great cause. Gracie is amazing!

    £20.00

  • John Jones

    John Jones

    Apr 20, 2017

    Much thanks to my Mum and her friends (Ann, Sue Rigby, Irene Edwards and Beryl). I really appreciate your kind donations! XCheers,John

    £100.00

  • Ross Barkley

    Ross Barkley

    Apr 20, 2017

    Great cause Jonesy.. Best of luck from all your friends at Worsley Golf Club, Manchester. Too many kind people to mention here who have donated following the US Masters Sweep stake.

    £600.00

  • Julie White

    Julie White

    Apr 5, 2017

    Good luck John enjoy the challenge

    £20.00

  • Penny Baxter

    Penny Baxter

    Apr 4, 2017

    Good luck x

    £20.00

  • Andy Patrick

    Andy Patrick

    Apr 1, 2017

    Best of luck John and the team. A huge challenge for a great cause!

    £25.00

  • Joan Fogg

    Joan Fogg

    Apr 1, 2017

    good luck and well done for doing this

    £20.00

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John Jones

John Jones

Manchester, United Kingdom

On October 12th 2017 I'm walking the 180 miles plus round trip from Manchester to the top of Mount Snowdon. I'll be having my first drink for seven months (a toast to the ward at the top), then walking back home again for Ward 84 Oncology Unit.

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