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We are visiting as many Facebook friends as we can for Cancer Research UK because special human bonds should be cherished.

4 %
raised of £10,000 target
by 35 supporters

Cancer Research UK

We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner

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


(Hug them, tell them you love them. Wriggle noses together! :--: )

You can donate by text message straight to this fundraising page by texting FOTO50 and an amount of £2, £4 (or whatever you decide to give) to 70070. 
All text donations are free, and won't come out of any inclusive texts you have as part of your price plan – even if you're not with Vodafone. You just pay the cost of your donation. You can see these donations on this page – and they´ll be included in the fundraising total. 

We – that’s Debs, David and our two sons Daniel and Darley, aged five and three – are taking our family, including Mr Colin Dog (a lively collie!), on an adventurous challenge to Face2Facebook as many as possible of our friends and family who we’ve not seen for too long. We’ve downsized our house in order to afford our lovely shiny new Swift Escape 696 motorhome – and now we are living this excellent adventure to visit as many of these amazing people as possible.

* For each person we Face2Facebook we will donate £2 to Cancer Research UK. We'll then put forward that person to Face2Facebook a friend or family member they’ve not seen for at least a year, who they should do their best to visit within the next fortnight and show their support by continuing the £2 charity donation or forfeit at least £4.

* For every person visited a face-to-face (or nose-to-nose!) photo will be posted on Facebook with a mention of who the visited person is going to visit themselves. (We think photos in sepia or mono work best to give a nostalgic feel and stand out on Facebook.) The visited people then carry this all on. So we hope this F2FB "friendship & family fiesta" easily and swiftly spreads to do a whole lot of good – and make the world go round with love!

Follow the journey - 
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Twitter: @davidhurstuk

This is where we are now, but it all started with my Uncle David three years ago. He'd just got back from walking in the Highlands to celebrate his 67th birthday when he developed a sore throat. Three weeks later he died from oesophageal cancer. He left behind his wife Alison and their daughter Anna.
Through David’s fantastically warm personality he had done very well at work and had been fortunate enough to retire aged 52, his greatest delight that he could now spend more time with his family and friends. He lived happily and never seemed to age – so his unexpected death from cancer was all the more shocking. I recall Alison saying to me afterwards: “If anyone ever says to me now, we’re planning on doing our dream trip next year or something like that, I always say – don’t wait, do it now.”
Then a year after David died, a best friend called Tim – a 48-year-old from Chicago who I’d met on travels two decades earlier – contacted me just before Christmas by email with a shocking out-of-character message. “I might just kill myself,” he wrote.
I spent two months chatting with Tim, thinking he was overall getting over the unplanned life events that had taken him into this depression. But just two months after that initial message Tim took his life. He left behind a crowd of bewildered friends and family including his son Andrew, aged 19.
In the intervening months, it really hit Debs and I that life really didn’t go as you always thought it would. So six months after Tim died, rather than take a regular beach-type holiday, we spent a week visiting a dozen friends who we, although in touch through Facebook, hadn’t actually seen for too many years. This included another of my best mates Bernie, who had beaten cancer when we were at school. Some of them met our two boys Daniel and Darley for the first time.
Increasingly, Debs and I were reminded that the most important things in life are not things at all, but family and friends. We were amazed when we realised how many family and friends we hadn’t really seen for years. While Facebook is fantastic for staying in touch, it can veil how infrequently many of us actually see our loved ones face to face.
Then this summer Sean, a fantastic guy I'd played football with as a teenager, died – aged just 46 – from an aggressive cancer, leaving behind three children including a baby, as well as many others distraught and confused at how this could have happened. When I'd last seen Sean a few years back at our football team's reunion we'd promised to meet up again soon – but as often happens, other bits of life got in the way…
If there can be any solace within it all it's that we have been clearly reminded of the real value of life: the friends and family we have. And so our idea for this family travel project came about.
But rather than it just be about us travelling around visiting people, we wanted to do a lot of good as we did it (extra to our hugging of family & friends!) – and inspire others to spend more time with the people they love. So ideas developed.
This is where we are now, on the excitement of life on the road to see our amazing family and friends and raise money for Cancer Research UK and other worthy charities as we go…
Here are some examples of what your donation can do for Cancer Research UK:
• £10 could buy enough glass slides for a scientist to examine 300 tumour samples down a microscope.
• £100 could equip four scientists with a lab coat and a pair of safety goggles. These help protect against harmful chemicals and prevent experiments from getting contaminated.
• £500 could fund one cancer information nurse for four days. Our experienced cancer information nurses provide a confidential service for anyone with concerns about cancer.
• £1,000 could cover the basic costs for ten women to take part in a clinical trial to improve survival for post-menopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.
Cancer Research UK has saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer who will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

We hope with all our hearts you'll come on board with us, follow the journey and support the cause too.


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