Review of 2015

What an amazing 2015 Fighting Back For Jack has had!

The fundraising started at the beginning of the year with Probrand taking on FBFJ as their charity for 2015. They ran events throughout the year, including staff waxing, raffle, continental day, a disco, canal walk and ending with Christmas Carol singing in the Jewellery Quarter in December. The company raised £8099.91 for FBFJ and we can not thank them enough.

Thank you also to Steve Rhodes for also choosing FBFJ as the Captains charity for the year at Windmill Golf club. He raised over £1800 through a variety of events throughout the year.

In April we held a charity football match against the Blues Legends at the Glades. FBFJ put up a brave front, but our team was beaten 6-0. Despite the result a great day was had by all and just over £2000 was raised. Thank you to Tom Ross, the Blues Legends, the staff at the Glades and all the staff at Jaguar Land Rover who supported the event.

On the same day Tony Pearson took part in the London Marathon, managing to complete the course in 4 hours and 55 mins. What a great achievement and thank you for the money you raised.

In July we held our 2nd Annual Golf Day at Fulford Heath. The weather stayed dry for us and congratulations to Volvo for winning the competition. £1830 was raised on the day. Thank you to everyone who took part and to the kitchen staff and everyone at Fulford Heath for their support. It was great to see the Big Red Bus return too.

In September FBFJ held their first ever charity Ball at the Windmill Hotel. It was an amazing night with some superb prizes up for auction. Thank you to everyone who attended, Stacey Paxton-Rhodes for organising the night, Simon Hartland for allowing us to use the Windmill Hotel, Mark Hollis for MCing the night and the Glamaphones and Leo Golden Child for providing entertainment. A staggering £10,000 was raised on the night, which was beyond our wildest dreams.

September also saw our biggest challenge to date completed. Matt Gauder, Matthew Timms, Robert Timms, Samuel Timms, James Williams and Matthew Symonds all took part in the Coast to Coast challenge in Scotland. This was 105 miles of cycling, running and kayaking over 2 days. The boys did amazingly well, raising over £3000. Thank you so much.

In October Wendy Haycock cycled 300 miles from Vietnam to Cambodia. Despite having quite a serious fall, she still continued on with this epic challenge raising over £3600. Thank you very much Wendy for your support.

Also in October saw Samuel Timms and Gary Ginnaw take on the Frankfurt Marathon for FBFJ. Thank you so much for your support and the money raised.

Finally thank you to each and everyone of you for your donations, attendance at events and love and support. You have helped us fight back for Jack. At the end of 2015, our total amount raised for Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund in the 18 months we had been up and running, stood at over £45,000!

The Dorridge Fun Run is almost upon us!

Team FBFJ is taking part in the Dorridge fun run tomorrow (15th June) and there are mixed emotions in the camp.  Whilst everyone is motivated to take part and raise awareness of Muscular Dystrophy, some are more prepared than others!

My Husband Matt went for a 5 mile run this morning and is brimming with confidence. Jack’s Uncles Matthew and Rob haven’t trained at all but are still going to tackle the 8 mile course and expect to be sipping on a pint before the rest make it round.

I’m going to be making steady progress with my sister Jane on the 3 mile course.  I’m sure i’ll start off having a nice chat with Jane but when we hit that 2 mile mark, I imagine we’ll both be too busy puffing to be able to get any words out.

Even Jack is getting involved and he is going to be accompanying his grandparents on the 3 mile course and taking a gentle stroll.  Finally Jack’s Uncle Russell is going to be bringing up the rear and pushing young Noah.  Russell is hoping that there are no hills to climb and Noah is hoping that there are no hills to slide back down if his daddy collapses.


- Emma x