Monday, 3 December 2007

And finally, fund-raising target exceeded!

Front row L-R: John Jarrom, Josh Knowles, George Hutton, Josh Wicks. Back row with one of the bikes, L-R: Dawn Hawley, Sue Hutton

Tom Chambers

The HLCC JoGLERS exceeded their £1000 fund-raising target for Cancer Research.

Once back from Lands' End, the task began of calling in all the sponsorship money promised.

The lads finished this by half-term at the end of October 2007. Their efforts were further rewarded when the Loughborough Echo sent a photographer for the cheque presentation to the local committee of Cancer Research. We all thank Dawn Hawley, the secretary of the group, for coming out to help us.

We've added in a photo of Tom Chambers, who had to be elsewhere on the day of the cheque presentation. Thanks to Tom, the Just Giving website has been updated. You can still donate online if you would like to support these enterprising young men.

Other news about the boys who were the motivation for the fund-raising focus. Alex Tranmere is back at school after chemotherapy. Tom Walker received a WellChild award from 'Westlife' at a ceremony at Lords' Cricket Ground, after the nursing staff at Leicester Royal Infirmary nominated him for his upbeat attitude during his treatment.

He continues to visit Loughborough Rugby Club every weekend. An inspiration to us all!

Epilogue: Tom Walker slipped away on Friday 15th February 2008. He had been in great pain and was receiving constant dosages of painkillers. He did get to see Wales win comfortably over Scotland at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff the previous Saturday. Wales was 'his' side.

During his short life, he inspired many people with his courage. Let's do more to try to the conquer the type of cancer that took him away from us.

Tom Walker 1989 - 2008