Christmas Carol Service, St. Helen's Church, Thorganby - December 2013.
Thank you very much to the congregation at Thorganby's Carol Service this year for the kind donation made to this charity and also to the members of the Church in Wheldrake who purchased our charity Christmas Cards. Many who contributed knew Guy as he was growing up in the area and kindly continue to take an interest in all that his charity does to try to carry out his wishes. These are to increase awareness and funds for vital research into this devastating cancer in order to improve the outcomes for future teenage sufferers.
Sale of Christmas Cards 2013.
Using a beautiful snow scene photograph taken by Guy's father Mike, we embarked on producing charity Christmas cards to sell. Many thanks to Reprotech Studios Ltd, York for all their advice and support. We are grateful too to Joseph Rowntree School and to Graham Sunley & Co. Ltd who agreed to have their own batches of our cards over-printed for their business use. We are most grateful to all our supporters who bought and sent out cards. It was good to know that every card carried a message about the charity's aims all over the country and further afield as well.
Teesside University Business School Book Sale - October 2013.
Lecturers at Teesside University Business School remember Guy every year in October when they hold a Book Sale to set the incoming students up with books they will need for their courses. Ever since Guy was there in 2002 they have donated proceeds of the sale to support bone cancer research that Guy worked so hard for himself. They also raise awareness of teenage bone cancer with the new students. Very many thanks to everyone there for their thoughtfulness and generosity.
Twilight Race for Life - 25th October 2013.
Huge thanks to our Operations Manager Alisa and the ladies from Joseph Rowntree School in York who took part in the Twilight Race for Life in York. It was very muddy and damp and they just managed to avoid the heavy downpours! In spite of these there was a great atmosphere with glow sticks everywhere. Congratulations to everyone for joining in and raising awareness.
The first Yorkshire Marathon - 20th October 2013.
Places sold out incredibly fast for the first ever Yorkshire Marathon so we were extra pleased that one of Guy's friends, Louise Duffy, managed to get one. She was quite nervous never having run the distance before but the sun shone and the great crowds all along the route spurred her on. Lousie was thrilled with her time of 4 hours 20 minutes and 33 seconds inside her aim of four and a half hours and had thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your fantastic effort for Guy and for his charity.
Leicester Half Marathon - 13th October 2013.
We were thrilled when a university friend of Guy's suddenly made contact to say she would like to run for Guy's charity. Claire Cannell said "Guy was one of the most wonderful and truly inspirational people that I have ever met. The weather was very cold and wet but I managed to complete the course in 2 hours 12 minutes. I very much enjoyed my first half marathon and I hope to run again for Guy's charity next year". As it was such a wet day Claire and her friends sheltered in the Ladies before the start - an unusual venue for a photo but great to see her in a Why Guy? running vest! It's been great to catch up with you again Claire. Very well done to you and all your supporters for the awareness and funds you raised towards Guy's aims.
Great North Run - 15th September 2013.
Matt Pannett, Guy's brother-in-law, having run the Great North Run twice before, set out to improve his time. With sponsorship riding on his achievement, he was determind not to walk or stop. The threated heavy showers did not materialise but it was wet and windy most of the way. However, the 1000s of spectators really spurred him on and he was delighted to achieve a personal best of 2 hours 8 minutes and 24 seconds! He enjoyed it so much that he said "I will definitely be back next year!" Many congratulations Matt for all your effort and for the funds raised.
Jane Tomlinson Walk for All - Yorkshire Dales Walk - 18th August 2013.
Graham Sunley & Co. made this the main event for their support of this charity as its "Charity of the Year". Twelve of them with Bruno the dog completed the 14 mile trek from Settle to Malham and back starting in rain but ending with a sunny afternoon. Also proud to manage the same distance was Carol Bird, whose son is in remission from bone cancer. Mike Francis, having struggled through the 14 miles the previous year, opted for the 5 mile route this time. We're so glad you all achieved your aims and very many thanks for the awareness and funds raised.
Marie Curie Walk Ten - Harewood House - 9th August 2013.
Our Operations Manager Alisa decided to take part in yet another Marie Curie event in the wonderful grounds of Harewood House. The 10K walk was a fantastic experience and she took along her friends Dee, Scott, Barbara, Emma and Karen. The scenery was amazing and again it was great to be a part of such a brilliant event raising awareness of teenage bone cancer and supporting the work of Marie Curie.
The Junior Mini Run held after the York 10K - 4th August 2013.
This year we were thrilled that two children were keen to run in the 1.5K race held after the main 10K. Two fathers - Anton Bell and Richard Neville flew round the 10K route to get back in time to run with their daughters Phoebe age 6 and Jess age 5. The girls looked great in their mini Why Guy? t-shirts and were proud to receive their medals at the end. Many thanks to them both and to their families and school friends who supported them as well as helping them raise funds for the work of the charity.
The Jane Tomlinson Run for All - York 10K - 4th August 2013.
Everyone agreed that this was THE BEST YORK 10K YET! We were pleased to welcome new runners and walkers to Team Why Guy? as well as our many regular supporters. The organisation on the Knavesmire gets better every year and as usual the sun shone brilliantly! Very many thanks to everyone who helped to raise awareness that this charity is "fighting teenage bone cancer" by wearing the message on their t-shirts and for all their funds raised through generous sponsors and on justgiving pages.