Remembering George Dobson

Our fundraising achievements in memory of George Dobson

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About George Dobson

  • Born on: 24/08/1949

  • Died on: 10/09/2007 , 58 years old

  • Lived in: Barton on Sea, United Kingdom

Amount we’ve raised in George’s memory $1,693.46

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  • Donation by Jon Divers

    As sadly I know only too well, this is the most worthy of causes. Well done on the challenge.

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Angie

    Well done Michael

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

Events we're doing

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  • 27Jul

    Thunder Run 24 Hours 2013

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  • tr24challenge

    My Story

    I had a Dad who was my worst critic! He picked out every mistake and hardly ever mentioned the positives after every football game he came to watch. At the time I couldn't understand this and it made it difficult to talk to him after every football match I played. What I've realised since, is that all he wanted was to see me be the best I could be and it was his words that made me better, stronger and more determined to be a winner. Although at times I didn't appreciate them, now I do....but it's too late!

    I have many regrets towards the relationship I had with my Dad and now it's time to put it right. This is my chance to tell you why I want to run in memory of such an incredible man......

    When playing for Walsall F.C 7 years ago, my Dad was fighting a battle with cancer for the third time. After being a footballer himself, being very fit and never smoking, my family and I were devastated and never thought it would happen to him. He lived on the south coast of England so I didn't see him often as I lived a couple of hours away, which meant he couldn't get to see me play for Walsall much and when I lifted the League Two Championship Trophy as the captain of Walsall FC, he wasn't there to see it. Like I said, he was my worst critic but all he ever wanted was to see me succeed! At the time his criticism made me scared to speak to him too much about football over the phone, as he always picked out my errors, but little did I know there would come a day SOON, when I could only see his name on my phone but not be able to call him and hear his voice, as he's not there anymore! His name and number still remains on my phone to this day.

    Towards the end I received a call telling me he had been taken into hospital and it was time, so I dropped everything to get there before it happened. He never opened his eyes again so I never got to say goodbye, see him smile or just see his eyes acknowledge me one last time, but he was still breathing when I arrived.

    The doctors told us he had enough sedatives to sedate a horse just to get him to sleep so he was comfortable, as he fought so much! My family were already there so I know he was waiting for me to get there. I sat next to him and held his hand for long periods through the night until the sun was rising. It was an amazing red sunset which was so fitting and we all took a photo of it which I still have on my phone, it just seemed right! (The picture is in the photo's and was taken shortly before my Dad passed away) After the photo we all sat back round my Dad and opened the back door of his room which had a beautiful green just outside. It was very peaceful and as my Dad was a nature lover it was something he would have wanted, to be able to smell the fresh air. It seemed like my Dad was a magnet to all things beautiful and with the doors open, squirrels began to creep through the door searching for food. My Dad would have been in his element and this was just what he would have wanted.

    Minutes later whilst holding my Dad's hand he took his last breath. I can remember thinking as my eyes filled up "Come on Dad, one more breath, inhale again.....don't leave me!" 

    My Dad passed away at the age of 58 on 10th September 2007 and my world stopped....I was crushed! I had so many regrets that I never put right, one of which was that I never thanked him for all his help in my career, but most of all, I was too much of a man to tell him I loved him and I was proud to have him as my Dad.

    My gift to my Dad was to achieve something and give a little back, so at his funeral I buried my Championship medal with him. That was my thank you for the lessons he had taught me and for making me who I am today.

    Since that day I've lived with regrets and I've realised that life is too short to say "I'm thinking about doing it!" when you might not get the chance. I have been talking about the London Marathon since I was a boy and I used to watch it with my Dad. Football always prevented me from taking part in it. Since retiring through knee injuries it looked even less likely that I would be able to do it. But last year I grabbed my chance and was ready to prove I could do it and raise as much money for Macmillan Cancer Support to help the people and the friends and families of those that have had cancer or are fighting the battle. The London marathon didn't go according to plan as an injury struck me down, but I hobbled the last 8 miles to complete it in 3:46:38. It was such an emotional day and my way of saying goodbye. What made it better was the £4700+ I raised to help Macmillan in their fight against cancer. Since then I did another personal challenge running 100 miles in 10 days starting on the date my dad passed away and raised another £300+, taking my total to over £5000 in 2012.

    I have decided to dedicate at least one challenge each year to raising money for Macmillan in memory of my dad, until the day I die! This year I have already run as part of a team in the Adidas Thunder run 24 hour race. As a team you might not think this was too bad but as every team member needed to do at least one 10k lap, over the 24 hours I ended up running three in some horrendous weather, which meant I ran almost 19 miles, with short rests in between. Not an easy challenge, especially when running through the night in forests, up steep hill and bogs which followed the floods through the night, with just a headlamp for light! I conquered it and raised another £625.

    Doing these challenges is my way of being close to my dad and remembering a GREAT man and the BEST dad I could have wished for!

    Now it's closing in on the day he died 6 years ago, 10th September, and I'm determined to do another challenge. This time I will be running, cycling and swimming 58 miles, one for every year of his life. I've had no real training, so running 15 miles before a 40 mile bike ride and a 3mile swim(192 lengths of a 25m swimming pool), is going to be gruelling for me. I WILL do this and I WILL succeed....I was shown how by a special man!!!

    This has always been a very personal story and one which I have never shared outside of my family until last years fundraising! All I ask is that you support me in my fundraising and donate as much as you can spare to help me run for such a worthy cause. It doesn't have to be a lot, just what you can afford and I guarantee, I WILL NOT LET ANY OF YOU DOWN!

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

    Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

    So please dig deep and donate now! If you can't afford to donate, all I ask is you share this page with your friends and family, thank you.

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    Total so far:

    $1,008.69

  • 100in10

    My dad passed away on September 10th 2007 from cancer. This year will be 5 years since he passed away and I want to do a challenge to raise money for a cancer charity to remember him. That is why I have decided to start this challenge on the date my dad passed away and as it was the 10th of the month, I will be running 10 miles per day for 10 days. I will only be running once a day so each run must be 10 miles long and to make it harder I have set a time limit of 1 hour 20 minutes to complete each run. After retiring from football because of injuries to both knees, this is no walk in the park! Anyone who knows me will know that this challenge, with the injuries I've had, is definitely going to be pushing through a pain barrier, so all your support will go a long way in helping me reach my goal in the 10 days.

    If you want to support me and you live local to Banbury, feel free to come along to see me run and cheer me on. From Monday to Friday (10th-14th & 17th-19th September) I will be running each 10 mile run around Spiceball Park starting at 9.30am at the main car park and finishing around 10.50am. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th I will be visiting family but I will log runs both days at the same start time of 9.30am. All runs will be logged and shared in my '100 in 10' group on facebook(link further down the page). Please come along, bring your friends and cheer me on every lap I run.

    My dad was an inspirational man that fought cancer a few times in his life before it finally took his life. He always wanted the best from me, my brother and sister, and always pushed us to be the best we could possibly be in whatever we did. Even when we achieved, he always challenged us to go one step further and be better still, so this is why I'm challenging myself and pushing my body to the limit, to remember what he taught me and to thank him for making me as determined as I am, to never give up until I've completed what I set my mind to do! The biggest lesson he taught me was that nothing in life is impossible if you have the right drive, determination and you're willing to put the hard work in to make it happen. 5 years on and I'm always willing to put the hard work in and be determined enough to grit my teeth through the pain and drive my way to complete this challenge.

    I would appreciate all your support no matter how great or small. If you can afford to donate just a little, every little helps Macmillan to make others lives more comfortable on a daily basis.

    If you are on facebook, please come and support me each day by joining my group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/409106142483444/ where you can leave your messages of support, encouragement and even join in if you would like to run with me, wherever you are in the world.

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

    Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

    So please dig deep and donate now.

    Many thanks

    Michael

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    Total so far:

    $358.28

Donations made in memory of George Dobson72

  • Donation by Jon Diversto Michael's page on 30/09/2013

    As sadly I know only too well, this is the most worthy of causes. Well done on the challenge.

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Angieto Michael's page on 11/09/2013

    Well done Michael

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Rhiannonto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Jill Beasonto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    Well done :)

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Amanda Steeleto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    Good Luck

  • Donation by Sylvieto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    Best of luck today! What a challenge - your Dad would be very proud.

    £5.80

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Katie Andrewsto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    Brilliant cause!! My dad is fighting cancer now, but sadly it is terminal! 😞 Best wishes to you and your family x

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sueto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    Your dad would be very proud right now x

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sarah Forresterto Michael's page on 10/09/2013

    Inspirational

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Terryto Michael's page on 09/09/2013

    Very touching story, i feel the same about my Dad, i didn't make it in time i was so lost. Its why i run but reading that you have massivley inspired me. Your Dad would be so proud of you, good luck x

    £6.58

    + £1.65 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Michael's page on 09/09/2013

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Tracey Corrallto Michael's page on 09/09/2013

    Good Luck you are a true inspiration to us all :0)

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Adrienne to Michael's page on 31/07/2013

    Such a lovely background story; bet he's really proud :-) Well done to you and the team in such conditions, fab effort :-)

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Lynette to Michael's page on 27/07/2013

    Well done and good luck for the rest of the night! :)

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Michael's page on 27/07/2013

    good luck

  • Donation by Anonymousto Michael's page on 26/07/2013

    Good luck team flexies

    £25.00

    + £6.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sue and Bobto Michael's page on 24/07/2013

    Good luck - we hope you don't collapse in the heat!

  • Donation by Annie Heaneyto Michael's page on 24/07/2013

    Good Luck to all of you!

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by paddy slater to Michael's page on 24/07/2013

  • Donation by June and Malcolm Shawyerto Michael's page on 22/07/2013

    Great cause! All be safe and the very best of luck.

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Giles Devlinto Michael's page on 22/07/2013

    Go Flexies Sexies!!!

    £30.00

    + £7.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Michael's page on 22/07/2013

    I lost my mum to cancer 20 years ago, and yr story really touched me. Good luck. but most of all a massive well done, and a thank u for people like yourself that help the mcmillian team xx

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Dawn Rossto Michael's page on 22/07/2013

    Good luck to you all. Xxx

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by M&N Heatingto Michael's page on 22/07/2013

    Good Luck Richard and team Flexies Sexies from all at M&N Heating...Rosie, Claire, Nigel, Sandra, Martin, Pearl, and Tom

    £115.00

    + £28.75 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Debra Higgsto Michael's page on 09/07/2013

    We all have every confidence in you - go for it!!

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by JOAN ROYLANCEto Michael's page on 04/07/2013

    All the best Richard. You are supporting a great cause.

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Kelly Liversageto Michael's page on 28/06/2013

    Good luck, you can do it!! x

    £10.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Richard's Dadto Michael's page on 28/06/2013

    Good luck to everyone!

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by N Wallaceto Michael's page on 28/06/2013

    Best of luck Richard

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Claire Urwinto Michael's page on 28/06/2013

    Don't break a leg!! :) x

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Chris Hillto Michael's page on 28/06/2013

    Good Luck!

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Kelly to Michael's page on 28/06/2013

    Great challenge great cause, good luck

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Mike and Kimto Michael's page on 27/06/2013

    Good luck Mike and everyone running with you. Hope you reach your target for such a good cause

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Patsy Bignellto Michael's page on 27/06/2013

    Great cause, wish you and your team all the best on your run :)

    £5.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Nadine Wyncollto Michael's page on 15/06/2013

    Keep up your challenges, your dad would be proud! :)

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Emily Zammettto Michael's page on 30/05/2013

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by dale MERRYto Michael's page on 18/05/2013

    nice one Richard. have a great day

  • Donation by to Michael's page on 13/05/2013

    Good luck Michael :0)

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Gayle Hoganto Michael's page on 13/05/2013

    Your story made me cry, well done for taking the challenge, Gayle :)

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Keith Woolleyto Michael's page on 13/05/2013

    A really worthwhile cause - good luck

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Christina Grendallto Michael's page on 13/05/2013

    Good luck!

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Michael's page on 13/05/2013

    Running the race and donating. What a ledge!!!

    £20.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by to Michael's page on 11/05/2013

    £5.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sylvie Carswellto Michael's page on 11/05/2013

    Good luck!

  • Donation by Claire Knellerto Michael's page on 10/05/2013

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Lisa Prestonto Michael's page on 09/05/2013

    Have fun Michael

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Ann Handsto Michael's page on 09/05/2013

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sarah Forresterto Michael's page on 09/05/2013

    All the best in your latest challenge Dobbo. Sarah x

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by to Michael's page on 09/05/2013

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by to Michael's page on 27/09/2012

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Kate McNeillto Michael's page on 19/09/2012

    What an incredible effort, congratulations on completing the challenge - even when the going got tough...Now go get some rest!!! :)

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sarah Fittonto Michael's page on 18/09/2012

  • Donation by kevin frenchto Michael's page on 18/09/2012

    Good luck for tomorrow, let me know when you do your next challenge

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Andy Van-Hagento Michael's page on 18/09/2012

    Proper bostin effort! Michael!! Be very proud .... and find something less stressful on the legs next time!

    £8.00

    + £2.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Marie-Claire Harperto Michael's page on 18/09/2012

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by june Shawyerto Michael's page on 17/09/2012

    I am always proud of you and still you make me prouder ! If that's possible. Well done you x

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Jamie Blomfieldto Michael's page on 17/09/2012

    Great effort Michael!

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Tanya Caylorto Michael's page on 16/09/2012

    Very inspiring, Michael. Good luck the rest of the way!

    £10.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Julie Lyleto Michael's page on 15/09/2012

    Thanks for the advice. Careful with those knees now!

  • Donation by Anonymousto Michael's page on 13/09/2012

    Fabulous seeing you and the other dudes out running :-) Hope your knee isn't too painful.

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Monica Donatonto Michael's page on 12/09/2012

    You're a great inspiration, Michael! Run strong!

    £10.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Arnold Baileyto Michael's page on 12/09/2012

    Good luck Mike - you just can't get enough running, can you?

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sylvie Carswellto Michael's page on 11/09/2012

    Best of luck Michael!!

  • Donation by Evan Veneyto Michael's page on 11/09/2012

    Your cause is touching. The exchange rate sucks for me though!

    £10.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Stuart Hemmingto Michael's page on 08/09/2012

    Good luck Michael I better not come and support you after what happened last time!

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Pamela Crombieto Michael's page on 07/09/2012

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by masonto Michael's page on 07/09/2012

    you can and will do it :) good luck

    £10.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Kinda to Michael's page on 07/09/2012

    Good luck

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by to Michael's page on 06/09/2012

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by paul thompsonto Michael's page on 06/09/2012

    For all your efforts for the Bees over the years.

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by stephanie findlayto Michael's page on 06/09/2012

    Good luck Michael, I'm sure you will achieve your goal and make your family proud :-)

    £10.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Gary Creganto Michael's page on 04/09/2012

    Go smash it Michael! Tough tough challenge. Get the ice packs ready! Good luck!

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

Charities we're helping 1

  • Macmillan Cancer Support

    Macmillan Cancer Support

    We’re here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.

Events we're doing 2

    • 27Jul

      Thunder Run 24 Hours 2013

    • Running / marathons

    • 03Sep

      100 miles in 10 days

    • Personal running / marathons