Athens Marathon 2013
Out of the blue we got a notification from our BT MyDonate account that someone had set up a fundraising page for the Jo Walters Trust to run the Athens marathon. After a bit of digging it turned out to be not one, but two chaps, James Cameron-Cooper and Jimmy Philippson, who were brave enough to attempt to follow in the footsteps of Pheidippides, though hopefully not with the same end result.
The great news is that they not only completed this very tough marathon, they did so with a fast time, and in so doing, raised over £1,000 for the Jo Walters Trust. We are hugely grateful, and are proud to share this report they sent, along with a few pictures. The Jo Walters Trust banner is rapidly becoming a very well travelled item. It should be back from Athens soon though, so if you have a good idea for a fundraising effort, let us know if you would like to add some more miles to the banner's travels!
A full write up is available on our Blog Pages
Atlantic to Mediterranean Cycle
In May 2013 Peter Duke and David Parson cycled all the way from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean along the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi in Southern France.
They kept a blog as they went and you can read all about it on our Blog pages.
In their own words:
The challenge is out there to others to beat our time from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean or to set a new course with a new route, in aid of the Jo Walters Trust of course. We feel fitter (in spite of wonky necks, dodgy knees and bumps and bruises), we did what we set out to do - we made it, Jo!
Peter and David
A Ceilidh in Craigievar Village Hall
Friday 12th April 2013
We had a wonderful Ceilidh to announce Peter Duke and David Parson's cycling challenge across France later this year. They have told us they will cycle from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean along the Canal de Garonne and the Canal du Midi with barely a stop at a cafe, bar or any other place of refreshment!
well... believe that and you'll believe anything
Peter and David provided the reason - their cycle challenge
Our thanks are due to the many others who cooked, baked, drew, decorated, organised, donated prizes and cleared up this wonderful evening.
But most of all our thanks are due to all who attended for generating a wonderful atmosphere, danced like no-one was watching and so eagerly gave up their hard earned cash for the Trust.
You can still sponsor Peter and David for their cycle ride by visiting their BTMyDonate Pages below.
Donations via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/peterduke
A few pictures and a video of the evening below:
Burns Supper and Ceilidh
The Burns Supper 2013 in Bristol was a roaring success and was attended by c.80 people. Everyone enjoyed champagne, a slap up Scottish supper, dancing and, perhaps a dram or two.
Here are a few selected photographs of the revelry:
Big Ben + 24hrs
Fiona Baird, Neil Lumsden and Alastair Baird completed a 24 hour walk at 12 noon on 13th May 2012. They had set off from Big Ben 24hours earlier and walked in a westerly direction ending up on the banks of the River Thames between Marlow and Henley. Their heroic effort raised a staggering amount of money for the Trust and we are extremely grateful to them and their very sore feet!
The Lucky winner of the magnum of champagne has yet to be announced but we will post details here as soon as we know.
Verity Hawson Ran The Madrid Half Marathon
On Sunday 1st April 2012 Verity Hawson ran the Madrid 1/2 marathon to raise money for the Jo Walter's Trust. Apart from the challenge of running 21kms, Verity managed to complete it in a time of just over 2 hours. Please show your support by giving a donation via BT MyDonate.
In her own Words
I didn't however, i'm afraid to say, manage to beat my personal best of 1hr 53 minutes which was my result from the Edinburgh half marathon 4 years ago; I managed it in an arduous 2 hours and 3 minutes (disappointingly). I'm not sure whether the slower speed this year was due to the lack of Scottish wind to blow me along, or whether it had something to do with the octopus i'd eaten the night before (I was going on the theory that 8 legs must be better than 2!), or maybe it was just because i'm getting old. Either way though, I managed it, and it's all thanks to your support and encouragement; I know that the money you generously donated will go towards some fantastic projects.
Our thanks to Verity for this valuable fundraising effort.
Burn's Night Celebration
When: Saturday 21st January 2012 7.30pm for 8pm
Where: Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road, Bristol,
- Champagne reception
- 3 course traditional Burns supper
- Half a bottle of wine and a wee dram
- Scottish country dancing (with caller)
- Followed by disco until late
We had c.75 people at our Burns Night celebration in Bristol. Our thanks to Gilly, Louisa, Maria and everyone else who helped to make the evening a roaring success, and to everone who bought a ticket and contributed to the Jo Walters Trust. Same again next year?
A Musical Evening at Caprington, Ayrshire
Jo's Aunt Kate very kindly organised a smashing evening of music and comedy with Cantanti, on the 25th of November 2011. We're very grateful to Mr and Mrs R Cuninghame and Mr W Cuninghame for allowing it to happen at Caprington. The evening comprised a champagne reception, concert, dinner and raffle,a nd was very well attended by a capacity crowd. The event raised in excess of £6,000 for the Trust.
Cruising the West Coast
Andrew and Nicola Bradford were the purchasers of a week's sailing on the west Coast of Scotland, an auction item which they bid for at the Trust's Launch Ball in April 2011. Our thanks to them for outbidding the competition and to David and Mary Parson for generously donating the week's cruise on their beautiful yacht Gualin of Cowes. They have shared a few pictures of their trip with us, which started in Oban and finished in Ardrossan taking in the Crinan Canal along the way. We're not jealous at all, really. No we're not. Seriously.
10km Run - St. Pauls Walden Bury 2011
11th September 2011
St. Pauls Walden Bury
The annual St Pauls Walden Bury fun run was a big success, raising money for the Jo Walters Trust with the barbeque. Despite the weather threatening to be dire, it actually turned out lovely and did very well raising money for both http://www.amaudo.org/ and the JWT. Well done to all who took part.