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.
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 a charity golf day.
- Jumped for Jess by chucking ourselves out of a plane.
- Opened a watering hole called J-Mc’s.
- Got muddy in the Tough Mudder.
- 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?)
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.
In 2018, we managed to raise £17,465 for The UK Sepsis Trust, but there’s plenty more to come. From a close shave, to running like the wind, get ready for more fundraising events in memory of our Jess coming your way.