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Trekking Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion Canyons Oct18 for Love Hope Strength Foundation because I voIunteer for LHS & my Dad had leukaemia

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  • In memory of: Len Billingham
  • Event: Rock The Canyons, 14 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018

Rock The Canyons 2018

October 2018 - Mike Peters (The Alarm), co-founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation leads a trek to the Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion Canyons and Sedona Creek with Mike providing a music soundtrack.

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I retired about 3 years ago and since then have volunteered for LHS, encouraging people to "Get On The List" at gigs and music festivals to help identify marrow donors and matches. This was initially driven by a love of the music of The Alarm, Mike Peter's selfless work, and the fact that leukaemia was part of my Dad's story at the end of his life 17 years ago. Having done this at gigs by The Alarm, The Damned, Holy Holy, and the last 2 years at IOW Festival, I was looking for other ways to support LHS when I heard about Rock The Canyons - as the Grand Canyon is in the top 3 of my "bucket list" this seemed a great opportunity to do that, visit one of the most awesome places in the world, as well as get fitter and shed a few (in fact quite a few) unwanted pounds. In addition it's an opportunity to raise funds for a great cause, and do something in memory of my Dad who I still think about every day.

Apparently this trek doesn't come without risks - I've been told I'll need to shake out my clothes and sleeping bag ......... snakes!!!! ......... but I'm hoping that a week camping and trekking in the canyons will not only help me make a difference for LHS, but will also be something I'll remember for years to come. Altogether I'll be trekking and camping for a week from 15th Oct 18.

I’m passionate about LHS because the charity is committed to giving hope to people living with cancer across the globe. Through its ‘Get On The List’ programme, LHS helps identify marrow donors to match with those in need of a second chance at life. LHS also supports life saving and life changing equipment and special projects aimed at supporting some of the most vulnerable people affected by cancer. 

Incredibly, LHS has already delivered over 170,000 people to the international bone marrow donor list. This has resulted in 3,316 direct and potentially life saving matches (as of December 1st 2017). 

As well as equipping hospitals and community cancer services in the UK and USA with new facilities and equipment, LHS has also already built and supported cancer centres in Tanzania and Nepal and aims to do lots, lots more. Led by volunteers like me and supported through partnerships with leading international organisations, LHS provides its supporters with value for money and opportunities to have fun whilst giving back, and it provides those it serves with a lifeline. 

Where will the money you help me raise go? All funds raised over the trek will help to fund Love Hope Strength’s three grants programs:
a) International cancer care - offering love, hope and strength to families affected by cancer in underprivileged areas of the world by supporting new equipment, facilities and specialist services in hospitals and in the community (managed in partnership with UICC, www.uicc.org)
b) The Get On The List programme - registering people on the international bone marrow donor list to help save lives (managed in partnership with DKMS,  www.dkms.org)

c) The new equipment programme - changing lives in the UK through the provision of state of the art equipment in hospitals and health centres aimed at enhancing the care and treatment people with cancer and their carers receive (managed in partnership with the NHS).

I expect everyone is inundated with requests for charity donations, but even a small amount would be very gratefully received by me and LHS. Thanks very much. Bill (Clive)

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