Simon Cooper

Simon's 44th Birthday Fundraiser

Fundraising for Refreshment UK
£617
raised of £500 target
Simon's 44th Birthday Fundraiser
The Refreshers Fund directly supports the work of Refreshment UK in 2024 to 2025 across Blackpool. Through this fund, we support our team at the Refresh Centre, and plan a programme of exciting events in Blackpool.

Story

On 20th June, it will be my 44th birthday and my third year of living with Chronic Kidney Disease.

My 44th birthday is a significant age - back in 1995, my father went to worship Jesus forever at the age of 44, losing his fight with cancer. His battle through cancer and his willingness to keep on quietly persevering, despite his struggles, are a reminder for me to remain to be a fighter, in partnership with Jesus.

In 2021, I was in hospital as a 40 year old - an adverse reaction to a jab left me there - without a bed, sitting in a chair all day struggling to comprehend a terminal diagnosis. For a day or two, Laura and I were not sure whether 41 would be a reality after hearing doctors having concerns about doing simple procedures where I may not leave hospital. A period considering a short, unknown condition was a tough time.

However, I celebrated my 41st birthday (with a pineapple instead of a cake), recovering from a biopsy in Preston, and saying goodbye to a mission team at the Refresh Centre, after watching them do outreach in Cleveleys.

Since that day, life has changed, but with God's help, regular prayer, a strict diet and exercise regime, my kidneys have remained stable and just above the level where a transplant would be needed.

Over the year, I regularly complete runs to help managed my Chronic Kidney Disease, keep healthy, find space to pray and share a message of hope. Over the years, I've completed many runs, a half-marathon and a marathon, all with Romans 5 on my back.

The message is that suffering produces perseverance, which produces character which produces hope that will never disappoint.

As I celebrate being 44 this year, please consider the work of Refreshment UK and whether you can support that.

About the campaign

The Refreshers Fund directly supports the work of Refreshment UK in 2024 to 2025 across Blackpool. Through this fund, we support our team at the Refresh Centre, and plan a programme of exciting events in Blackpool.

About the charity

Refreshment UK

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Refreshment UK is a charity dedicated to encouraging and equipping Christians. We encourage intimacy with God through retreating, then equip by providing the resources and opportunities to live out a life in mission.

Donation summary

Total raised
£616.42
+ £8.75 Gift Aid
Online donations
£276.42
Offline donations
£340.00

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