Remembering Pete Ferne

Our fundraising achievements in memory of Pete Ferne

  • Remember

About Pete Ferne

  • Born on: 29/04/1963

  • Died on: 07/10/2010 , 47 years old

  • Lived in: Bristol, United Kingdom

Amount we’ve raised in Pete’s memory $2,721.39

Make a page for Pete

Our fundraising pages

1 skip to fundraising section

Charities we're helping

1 skip to charities section
Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Our latest donations

55 skip to donations section
  • Donation by Katie scarfe

    Congratulations Bella! Xxx

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Alice & Emma-Rose

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

Events we're doing

0 skip to events section

Our fundraising pages 1

  • Bella-Ferne-Heesom

    I am running the Bath Half Marathon in memory of my brilliant dad, Pete.

    Pete died on 7th October 2010. He was one of the best humans I have ever known. I know it's tempting to think I'm just saying that because he's dead, but for what it's worth, it's actually true.

    To be completely honest, I didn't actually realise quite how much I loved him until I called him one sunny day in August 2010, and he told me he'd just found out he had an inoperable brain tumour, and when he'd asked the doctor if 'short of getting hit by a bus tomorrow, this was going to kill me' the doctor had said yes. Then I knew, suddenly, and painfully. It reminded me of how he described feeling when I was born - he said he hadn't realised it was possible to love anyone that much.

    Pete had gone into hospital in the Spring of 2010, and been mistakenly diagnosed with Encephalitis, a brain virus. They didn't think it was a tumour, because it was so diffuse. But then it grew. The only treatment options available were to delay the inevitable. There is no cure. All of the doctors and medical staff that treated Pete were great. What this shows is that more research into brain cancers is needed, so that we can identify them sooner, and find ways of curing them. So that we stop losing fantastic people to this devestating disease. Cancer Research UK is dedicated to doing this.

    I went down to Bristol the day Pete got the news, and stayed with him for the two months he had left. During that time, he was AMAZING. He said he felt incredibly lucky - he'd had a great life, he was just 'sorry to be leaving the party early'! When we asked him what he wanted to do, given that he was dying - go on safari, jump out of a plane? He said he wanted to drink cups of tea and do crosswords with the people he loved. Oh, and read An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers by Hardy and Wright - a reeeally hardcore maths textbook that he'd always meant to get his teeth into.

    Pete's unbelievably positive attitude set the tone for all of us who cared about him. Deb (his partner) came up with a catchphrase - a lyric from a Paul Simon song that Maisie (my sister) and I adopted: 'These are the days of miracle and wonder.' For me it perfectly captured the feeling that every second we had with Pete was a gift, even as he was dying - these are the days, right now, they're all you've got, and there's magic in them.

    We cared for Pete at home, and watched as he lost the ability to do anything for himself, including drink cups of tea, or read his beloved maths book. I cannot imagine facing death. The frustration, the pain and the fear; feeling yourself fading away from everyone you love. But throughout it all, Pete was calm, and brave. When an old friend who lived a distance away was leaving after a visit, Pete said goodbye, in the knowledge that it was forever, with a simple grace. He told me he loved me a lot. He never complained once. And he smiled right up until the end.

    All of this just makes it worse that he is gone. The world is poorer without him in it. And for a time, that made me feel hopeless. But that's no use to anyone is it? I think he would like it better if I did something positive, to help prevent this happening to more people in future. So that is what I am doing.

    Last year, I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon, in memory of my mum Yasmin, and lots of wonderful people donated generously to the MS Society. This March, I am running my second half marathon, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I hope to beat my time. And more importantly, I hope you will donate just as generously to this equally worthy cause. Research may not seem very glamorous, but it is the key.

    Together, we can beat cancer. It needs beating. Hard.   

    Cancer Research UK will do it. They have SAVED millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has DOUBLED over the past 40 years. EVERY DAY in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will SURVIVE the disease for more than 10 YEARS thanks to research.

    THERE IS HOPE!

    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. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

    So please give as much as you can, and give it now.

    THANK YOU. YOU ARE THE BEST PEOPLE.

    X X X

    icon for InMemory

    Total so far:

    $2,332.39

Donations made in memory of Pete Ferne55

  • Donation by Katie scarfeto Isobel's page on 03/03/2014

    Congratulations Bella! Xxx

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Alice & Emma-Roseto Isobel's page on 03/03/2014

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Wingto Isobel's page on 03/03/2014

    Hope you had a good race!

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 03/03/2014

    Well done beautiful Bella. Love Lucy and Iv x

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Alexia and Lucasto Isobel's page on 03/03/2014

    Well done Bella, what a fantastic cause!

    £40.00

    + £10.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by john meltzerto Isobel's page on 02/03/2014

    We are sure you ran like the wind. John, Kate and Edward

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 02/03/2014

    £50.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 02/03/2014

    run run run bella

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by jbto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    £30.00

    + £7.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Eshto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Run Bella. Faster. Good.

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Good Luck Bella.

  • Donation by Simon Richardsonto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Good luck!

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Phil Wilsonto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Go for it Bella. Good luck. Will be thinking of you and Pete and the family that day.

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Adam Niemanto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Pete was a VERY good bloke. I'm so glad I knew him, so sad he's gone.

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Annato Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    He'll be running too, in your Loop. Loads of luck Bells xxxxxxx

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Oliver Hto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    In memory of a great person. Thanks for reminding us all of him, and best of luck with the run.

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Elaine, Graham and Simonto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Go for it Bella - fabulous future daughter-in-law! We are so proud of you and all your hard work, training and commitment in memory of your parents. XXX

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 28/02/2014

    Go for it girl, Much love S&S

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Good Luck Bella. DRC x

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Jack Spencerto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Run with the determination of the Cruiser.

    £25.00

    + £6.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    £20.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Berna tuglularto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Glad to be contributing to a good cause. Good luck!

  • Donation by Isabelleto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    You are amazing. I wish I had a million pounds to give you. xxxx

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Mike "The Ledge" Bryherto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Wear a supportive bra.

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Good luck!

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Kezto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    I thought I had donated! So sorry!

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sam Sealto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Good luck Bella!

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by The Crump Familyto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    Well done, and enjoy the run!

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by melisto Isobel's page on 27/02/2014

    good luck

  • Donation by Chris Adamsto Isobel's page on 25/02/2014

    Good luck, run fast xx

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 24/02/2014

    You are amazing! xxx

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Katieto Isobel's page on 24/02/2014

    You are an amazing lady! Hope the sun shines for you xxx

  • Donation by Maisie, Rich & the kiddosto Isobel's page on 24/02/2014

    Hurrah for lovely Bells! Run like the wind, Bells-eye! Lots of love xxx

    £25.00

    + £6.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by lottieto Isobel's page on 19/02/2014

    Good luck! xx

    £15.00

    + £3.75 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Aaron Sto Isobel's page on 17/02/2014

    Take no prisoners

    £15.00

    + £3.75 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 17/02/2014

    Dear Bella keep up the good work hope all goes well on the day. love M and B xx

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Hara Yannas' mum and dadto Isobel's page on 16/02/2014

    You are amazing doing this!

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Michaelto Isobel's page on 07/02/2014

    Good Luck!

    £25.00

    + £6.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Sarahto Isobel's page on 07/02/2014

    Sorry about the rain...well done Bella, for Pete, with lots of love xxx

    £20.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Louiseto Isobel's page on 06/02/2014

    Brilliant, inspiring woman! Keep going. I believe in you. No question. Xx

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 06/02/2014

  • Donation by Renateto Isobel's page on 05/02/2014

    Proud of you #WONDERWOMAN

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 05/02/2014

    Lots of love, Craig x

    £100.00

    + £25.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Anonymousto Isobel's page on 05/02/2014

    Run Bella Run !!!! Good luck, Flam and Michèle

    £20.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Emily xto Isobel's page on 05/02/2014

    Amazing lady! xxxx

    £25.00

    + £6.25 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Mattto Isobel's page on 04/02/2014

    It would be hard to find a better cause, much like it would be hard to find a better man than Pete

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by David Simorto Isobel's page on 04/02/2014

    £20.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Bex Pittto Isobel's page on 04/02/2014

    Good luck with the run Bella!

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Jon Ellisto Isobel's page on 26/01/2014

    Best of luck with the run

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Esmé Patey-Fordto Isobel's page on 22/01/2014

    Even if CR UK weren't a cause so very worth supporting, & even if you as a person and your actions weren't so very worth supporting, the words you have written about Pete alone would make it matter x

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Susan Burns to Isobel's page on 22/01/2014

    I don't think I could even find the right words, but what you are doing is amazing. A testimony to the care, hope and strength towards beating this. All the very best and I wish you lots of luck. Xxx

    £20.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Charlieto Isobel's page on 21/01/2014

    Bella, you are MY hero because your parents were yours and you give ME joy because they gave it to you. Make sure you replace your running shoes soon! Good hunting and lots of love X

    £25.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

  • Donation by Charlieto Isobel's page on 21/01/2014

    Bella, you are MY hero because your parents were yours and you give ME joy because they gave it to you. Make sure you replace your running shoes soon! Good hunting and lots of love X

    £25.00

    + £0.00 Gift Aid

Charities we're helping 1

  • Cancer Research UK

    Cancer Research UK

    We are the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666), the Isle of Man (1103) and Jersey (247).

Events we're doing 0