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raised of £8,600 target by 461 supporters

    Weʼve raised £21,920 to support the two main charities, and several others, that have been so important to our family. Please help us pay it forward, and donate.

    Lymington, Hampshire
    Funded on Sunday, 31st October 2021

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    We are Rivronstrong! Stay focused and keep on running…

    We are the RIVRON family, and Rivronstrong is our family moto! We use this to remind ourselves that it is ok to not be ok as well as knowing that it is ok to have fun, be happy and be positive – even if you are having a bad day! Whilst we deal with difficult moments every day, we also use this mindset to continue to support our friends with their own struggles. We have to live with cancer every day, but it will not be our daily focus, and will not define us!


    Since 2015 we have been dealing with Jo’s cancer, including many hospital stays, operations, radiotherapy, and constant chemotherapy which is ongoing as we continue to try and control the spread and side effects of the tumours. There are lots of drugs out there - we are getting through the list – but nothing seems to be getting the cancer under control and so we continue to try and be positive and make the most out of each day.

    In addition to Jo’s cancer, in June 2020 – mid Pandemic! – Matilda (Jo and Christian’s eldest daughter) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia just 4 days before her 11th birthday and started her gruelling and intense course of chemotherapy – a horrific ordeal for anyone to go through, let alone a family who was already dealing with a cancer diagnosis in the family.

    Both Jo & Matilda are having ongoing treatment at different hospitals in Southampton, which can be a logistical nightmare, but we make it work!

    Amelie (8), the younger daughter, gets sent from pillar to post during hospital stays between Jo and Matilda, and often does not know when she will be able to return to her own bed and comforts. However, despite facing the worry about mum and sister, continues to work hard and do well at school and takes her stress out in the Dojo with her karate!

    Christian, somehow, manages to keep everyone going, stay organised and coordinate his job, housework and cooking healthy meals for us all. This is all while trying to ensure his mental health and stay positive by making time to do the gardening, running and bike rides.

    We are incredibly lucky to have a large family and friend support network – which has been difficult to utilise fully during the pandemic – but living on the farm we have been able to create a family support bubble which has proved invaluable.



    At the start of lockdown, on 23rd March 2020, Noel (aka Dad, Nono, Ozzie) started to increase his 50 mile weekly mileage on his bike – mainly as an excuse to get out of the house for a few hours every day – like Christian, this helps him to de-stress and gather his thoughts. He now achieves the target of a minimum of 120 miles (200km) per week. The mileage is spread out across the week and Ozzie goes out every day, come rain or shine, and has yet to miss this target!!

    The challenge is by 21st June 2021 – the planned end of the UK lockdown restrictions, and coincidently close to Matilda and Amelie’s birthdays – his goal is to cycle the equivalent distance to Trinidad (origin of Ozzie’s parents and home to his cousins) and back, a huge total of 8600 miles!!!!


    Piam Brown Ward (thanks to Caring Cancer Trust) have been awarded 3 places in the Virtual London Marathon in October 2021, and Christian has been allocated 1 of them. Training has now started, with a virtual half marathon over Easter weekend and making use of our local surroundings running along the sea wall and out in the forest.


    Jo, with a few others, will be walking 5km on the weekend of her 40th birthday – a challenge inspired by those days when just getting from the sofa to the bathroom proves difficult!

    What else are Team Rivronstrong up to?

    • Most Sunday mornings, you will be able to find Christian, Nicky (Jo’s sister) and Tim (Jo’s cousin) –going for a dip in the sea to help reset, refocus and refresh their mindset for the week ahead!

    • Christian continues to go for his long bike rides – when he can – but sometimes this has to be sacrificed to look after Jo, Matilda and Amelie.

    • We have also welcomed our new family member, ‘Larry’ the Pony. With Lynn’s (Mum, Nana) time and support, Larry is now the girl’s new love and a great focus for everyone’s joy and happiness.


    We are aiming to raise funds for a number of charities that have really been beneficial to us as a family in so many ways!

    As we like to aim high, our fundraising target is £8600.00. Just £1 for every mile Ozzie will have cycled in the Trinidad Challenge.


    Firstly, thank you to all our fantastic family and friends, who are always finding ways to make us smile and have supported us over the last 6 years and, in particular, the last 12 months. It’s now time to pay it forward. We have two main charities in mind, and several others who we would also like to support if we can.

    1. Piam Brown Childrens Cancer Ward at Southampton General Hospital

    All the staff continue to provide such amazing support to Matilda and the family. In ‘normal’ circumstances there would have been trips, days out, events and lots of socialising with other families in similar situations. Despite not being able to ‘mingle’ whilst on the ward, the staff have done everything they can to make sure everyone is able to relax and be looked after and keep the children smiling – as much as they can do.

    2. Oakhaven Hospice Lymington, Hampshire

    The Coates Centre, part of Oakhaven Hospice has been invaluable, providing us with ongoing support and counselling, the team are the unsung heroes to keeping the family sane! We also have many friends and family who been supported and cared for in and by this local hospice.

    3. Other charities close to our hearts that we continue to support….

    • The Little Princess Trust – providing children with real hair wigs when they lose their hair. Such a wonderful team and made the wig selection so easy – even though it was over Zoom – and the wig was perfect for Matilda and boosted her confidence!

    • Supershoes empower children and young people fighting cancer in the UK, enhancing physical and emotional well-being while raising awareness along the way. Matilda has received a beautiful pair of personalised converse trainers which brought a big smile to her face.

    • CLIC Sargent is the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. The support this team provides is amazing. The team in Southampton are always available to a chat and support Matilda and us all along the way, pointing us in the right direction for emotional and financial support.

    • Fight Like a Kid are a registered charity that supports children and their families through their cancer diagnosis. The gift that keeps on giving – Matilda and Amelie have received comfy beanbags with matching footstools, perfect for watching tv or relaxing with a good book.

    • Maggies Center Southampton - Maggie’s offers the best possible support free to anyone with cancer and their families who walk through their doors. The new centre in Southampton is a lovely hub to sit and relax or to pick up information and talk to others.

    • Wessex Cancer Trust offers a range of free cancer support services to help throughout the cancer journey. During the pandemic when the centres are not available to visit, they have moved their support to online and telephone, which has been equally as useful to help deal with the daunting information and situations we have to process.

    Thank you for reading our story.

    Jo, Christian, Matilda & Amelie Rivron




    • Team Rivronstrong2 months ago
      Team Rivronstrong

      Team Rivronstrong

      2 months ago

      Nicky’s marathon route * 8am leave farm towards Everton 845am hare and hounds Towards longslade, wilverley back through sethorns 10am back to hare and hounds 1030 back through farm towards Barnes lane and through churchyard to Milford triangle 1050 needles eye cafe and lighthouse 11ish sailing club Keyhaven Along the length sea wall 1140 the haven lymington 12pm Oakhaven 1230 sailing club Keyhaven 1245-1pm farm for finish

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    • Team Rivronstrong2 months ago
      Team Rivronstrong

      Team Rivronstrong

      2 months ago

      Hordle cliff car park Needles eye cafe The lighthouse - 7 miles approx 9.15am Sea wall (key haven start) - 8 mile approx 9.25am Sea wall (key haven finish) - 18miles approx 11am The Gun Crabbing bridge Past the caravan park (back towards Milford) Car wash - approx 20 miles approx 11.20am Left at the smugglers, sea road Right at the needles eye Crossroads- straight over Right onto new valley road Right onto Barnes lane Back through Milford towards key haven Left up lymore lane Back to the farm for the finish - approx 12.30

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    • Team Rivronstrong2 months ago
      Team Rivronstrong

      Team Rivronstrong

      2 months ago

      Here we go! Timings are approx!! *Christian’s marathon route * (Approx 10.5 mins per mile) 8am start - middle of the farm The crown Everton road Hordle crossroads Right into Cottages lane - 2 miles approx 8.20am Right onto woodcock lane - approx 8.20-8.30am Hordle school Royal Oak pub - 4 miles approx 8.45am

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    Page last updated on: 10/28/2021 09.43



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    • Anonymous


      Oct 9, 2021

      Well done you!! You did fantastically 😀


    • Clare Carden

      Clare Carden

      Oct 9, 2021

      You are an amazing family. So lucky to have so many people pulling together to support Jo and Matilda. You are frequently in my thoughts. Xxx


    • Andy Halliday

      Andy Halliday

      Oct 9, 2021

      Well done Nicky and team, too effort. 👏


    • Extra Wood

      Extra Wood

      Oct 7, 2021


    • Team Hutch

      Team Hutch

      Oct 5, 2021

      Keep on Trucking Team 👏👏👏


    • Jane Hood

      Jane Hood

      Oct 4, 2021

      Good luck & best wishes to you all.


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    It’s now just over 6 years since Jo was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and 9 months since Matilda was diagnosed with leukaemia.

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