Sports journalist and presenter Clare Balding nominated the British Thyroid Foundation as her chosen charity to receive a donation from the bookmakers William Hill. £5000
Michael Smout has an underactive thyroid and has decided to climb a few (more) mountains to raise funds for BTF. Michael says: ‘Unfortunately my thyroid has decided to stop working but the doctors don’t know why. Tablets help but more research needs to be done so I`ve decided to raise some money for the BTF." £750
David Worrall and his wife Nicola visited the British Thyroid Foundation’s Harrogate headquarters to present the charity with a cheque for £4,777.27 raised during David’s year as Captain of the Poulton-le-Fylde Golf Club.
When David, an IT architect working for CSC and a keen golfer, named the British Thyroid Foundation as his chosen charity, his initial fundraising target was £1,000. In fact he was so successful that he had to raise the target several times and had raised more than four times the original target by the time his year as Captain ended on 30 March. The final total broke all previous records for the club’s annual Captain’s Charity.
The events included a Junior Golfathon (72 holes in one day) that raised £430, and two presentation evenings with raffle prizes donated by local businesses. David also raffled off his year of free golf that raised over £600, and his Captain’s parking space.
The final event was a race night with one of the races being designated as the charity race. A bottle of bubbly was kindly donated as a prize and the horses were auctioned off to the highest bidders. This raised over £240.
David’s wife Nicola contributed significantly to the result too. Nicola took part in the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in July 2009 and raised over £650, a fantastic result. The ride is 76 miles and although it stayed dry, Nicola had to contend with a very strong wind that made it a tough and gruelling ride. Nicola, whose mother had a serious thyroid condition, is a health education practitioner at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Val Ellison, former BTF Trustee and local coordinator, nominated BTF as her chosen charity during her year as Lady Captain of the Abergele Golf club. Over £70
Bridget O’Connor who is a telephone contact for both BTF and HPTH UK organised a Hoedown in April. Bridget writes: ‘The Hoedown was held at my local community centre where I work. I invited family, friends and colleagues; there were adults and children. We had country type food; it was such FUN! My sister did the calling for the dancing and my nephew did the music. We had a demonstration from a Miley Cyrus wannabe doing the Hoedown Throwdown song! We had a raffle and a quiz with a prize for the highest scoring table, and a colouring competition for the children. Fancy dress was optional but most turned up in costume and one lovely friend wore his 30-year-old cowboy boots he’d got out of the loft!' £100
Dr Michael Tunbridge and Dr Mark Vanderpump for once again donating royalties form Thyroid Disease: The Facts 4th Edition. £165.24
Mrs A Cowan organised a Burns Ceilidh at Dunnikeir Park Homes estate. £562
Debby Benjamin organised her second ‘Singing for the Terrified’ event for the BTF Children’s Project. £160
Elaine Viles The Challenge: Swim the equivalent distance of the English Channel (22 miles) in 28 days! Elaine says: 'I felt it was time to give something back for all the excellent care that I received whilst being treated for thyroid cancer during 2008. It was a pleasure to raise this money - really! Thanks to Mr Pracy & his team at the QE Hospital, Birmingham, to Dr. Dudley, Annette and all at Cotmore Surgery, Birmingham, to my colleagues at The Arthur Terry School, Birmingham and by no means least my special family & dear friends - I appreciate every bit of support offered!' 'This is the 'end of challenge' picture! Complete with my special shells. I collected these shells whilst recovering from my treatment in Scotland. They are so meaningful to me. They served as my 'counters' whilst counting off the lengths. 80 lengths = 1 mile. The counting was more challenging than the swim!' £700
Mailynne Woolley – who completed the Paris Marathon in 4h 46 min and then went on to run in the London Marathon. “I have a one-year-old grandson who was born without a properly developed thyroid so is dependent on daily medicine. My mother and sister-in-law also have problems with their thyroids so I realise how essential your work is.” £685
Julie Brown and her fiancé ran the Paris Marathon in 5hr 13min. Julie’s daughter has just been diagnosed with Graves’ disease. “We both had a fab time at our first marathon. We thought it was a great course for a first timer being mostly flat. The weather and atmosphere was great, and the French crowds were brilliant with their encouragement.” £1000+
Christian Hill ran the London Marathon. “Foolishly, I applied for the London marathon for a 2nd time & got in. I must be a glutton for punishment. Anyway my partner asked me to run for a Thyroid charity as she has hypothyroidism to which I replied I would.” £441