Raising funds for our ray of sunshine
On 8 September 2017, our hearts were broken when we lost Jess McEnroe – a dear friend and member of Drummond Central.
Jess suffered from a very rare illness called ‘Mixed Connective Tissue Disease’ which meant her immune system was slowly attacking her body. This often led to emergency admissions to hospital. Although this tired Jess, she always approached life stoically and with a smile.
Unexpectedly, having celebrated a pre-birthday meal with her family, Jess was taken to hospital after feeling unwell. Within 12 hours, she had died of sepsis – 10 hours short of her 27th birthday.
Known affectionately as J-Mac, in the six years she worked at DC, she filled our days with sunshine. She was one of us, part of our family and woven into the fabric of Drummond Central. Our Jess possessed that all too rare commodity – humour. It was difficult not to belly laugh in her company. Her smiley face is something we’ll always remember.
‘Unpredictable Sunshine’ was the name of the blog Jess was planning to start to help others who suffered from the same illness. Now, this is our way of raising £50,000 through various fundraising activities.
We miss Jess very much, and this is our way of making sure her memory lives on. Now, this is our way of making sure her memory lives on and raising money through various fundraising activities.
So far, we’ve:
- Baked our asses off in The Great DC Bake Off.
- Shit ourselves at our very own DC Halloween movie night.
- Got into the swing of things at several PK Motors charity golf days.
- Jumped for Jess by chucking ourselves out of a plane.
- Opened a watering hole called J-Mc’s.
- Got muddy in some Tough Mudders.
- Said goodbye to our office mam, Lesley Hazon, by throwing a grand exit party.
- Ran like our lives depended on it in the Great North Run.
- Got quizzical with industry friends in our very own pub quiz.
- Got a sugar rush by opening an agency tuck shop.
- Skipped Christmas cards and donated to The UK Sepsis Trust instead.
- Gave up the booze for Dry January.
- Jumped for Jess… again (crazy, right?).
- Took on a 70mile Rat Race.
- Had a close shave, resulting in a baldy granny.
Sepsis accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide each year, taking more lives than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined – but the education of this silent killer is almost completely absent. In fact, in the time it’s taken you to read this, 34 people have died. With your donation, the trust can help others stay and shine a little bit longer.
So far, we've managed to go above and beyond our £50,000 target, which we're incredibly proud of. We can't say thank you enough to those who have donated and helped us fundraise – we know Jess would be unbelievably proud too. But, there's plenty more fundraising events in memory of Jess coming your way, which will make a huge different to those affected by sepsis. Watch this space.