We unfortunately lost my Dad, Bob Challis in March this year. He had been having treatment for Lymphoma which is a form of blood cancer. He unfortunately caught an infection at the end of his treatment which caused him to get Pneumonia and he sadly passed away in March this year. We were told that Dad's cancer treatment was successful and had he not contracted the infection he would still be here today.
Dad was the most kind and caring man who was incredibly popular and well known around Newbury. He had a fantastic sense of humour and was always the life and soul of the party. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and father-in-law and is so incredibly missed by us all.
Dad was a keen fisherman and his intention when he recovered was always to hold an annual charity fishing competition to raise money for Bloodwise which was a charity very close to his heart.
Bloodwise help fund research into blood cancer and thanks to them and other charities, two thirds of all patients diagnosed with blood cancer will still be with us in 5 years time.
So myself along with my brother Jack, sister Anna and Mum Michelle want to follow his wishes and hold an annual charity fishing event in memory of him.
The Bobby Challis Rod Race 2017 which was held on 22nd July 2017 was a fantastic event and we raised over £1800 for Bloodwise. For those that were not able to make it and would still like to donate that would be fantastic. We are hoping that next years event will be even more successful!
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