Joe Plater, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2016, has raised over £3500 for the BTF by organising a sponsored gaming live stream! He started a YouTube channel in May 2016 and said: ‘I threw myself in to the channel whilst recovering from operations. I had what I thought would be a tough target to hit of £1000 but it was smashed within seven hours!’
Daniel Holborn has raised over £400 by shaving off his beard! Daniel’s wife Katie has Graves’ disease and thyroid eye disease and they are keen to help raise awareness. Daniel works for Santander and the money he raised will be matched by the bank. He also took part in the 140km Velothon Wales in July to raise even more money.
Clare Duffy, who has an under-active thyroid, took on the Tough Mudder Scotland Half in June and raised over £300.
Kim Mellor and a group of friends ran the Born Survivor (a very muddy obstacle challenge!) for BTF. Kim has a few family members that suffer from thyroid problems and a close family friend has Graves’ disease.
Neil Millen cycled the vertical height of Mount Everest (29,029 feet!) in the Alps with his local cycling club the Kentisbeare Oldies Cycling Society (KOCS) and raised £1042! Neil’s family have been severely affected by Graves’ disease over the last five years.
Hilary Burns took part in the Northumberland coastal challenge marathon on 1 May and raised £200.
Paul Davis gained his own place in the Virgin London Marathon and has raised over £500. His daughter has congenital hypothyroidism and Paul wanted to raise as much as he can following great support from the BTF. After the race he said: 'I had an amazing life experience running the marathon. Saw the iconic sights, went through some hard miles, chatted to some amazing people and raised a little cash in the process for an amazing cause'.
Gavin Raby, whose wife suffers from thyroid eye disease, took part in the Silverstone Half Marathon in March 2017 and raised nearly £350.
We had two runners taking part in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon in March: Charlotte Kerr, who raised nearly £250 and who has several family members with thyroid problems and Eleanor James, who has an underactive thyroid.
Tracy Gray, whose husband and daughter both have thryoid disorders, ran the Fleet Half Marahon in March with her sister and cousin and raised an incredible £1427!
Hayley Montgomery ran in the St David's Day Run in March and raised £340.