If you are looking for some inspiration on how you can raise money for AICR then why not read about some of our supporters successful fundraising events.
Madras College Blue Day
We would like to thank the pupils and staff at Madras College St Andrews who organised a "Blue Day" on the 5th of October to raise money for AICR. To get out of wearing school uniform for the day, the pupils donated £1 and wore something blue instead. They also organised a bake sale, face painting and a talent show. The day finished off with a "Big Blue Dance Off" in front of the school.
They raised an amazing £1582.46!
Craig and Gemma, two of our 2012 London Marathon runners, recently got married and dedicated their wedding to AICR. We were extremely touched by their thoughtful gesture and wish them many years of joy and happiness.
Prohibition Glamour Fashion Show
AICR has had a starring role in a glittering event featuring five of Scotland’s best emerging fashion and jewellery designers.
Chouchou, Lilly Wiggler Couture, Rene Walrus, Nadine Schloen and Ursula’s Designs ensured Glasgow had its very own share of London Fashion Week fun and drama.
As its name suggested, "‘Prohibition Glamour’ three inspiring Fashion Shows, in one event", took its theme from the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s and showcased never-seen-before fashion in an exclusive evening upstairs in the Rainbow Room International Salon, on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
Two Fife fundraisers and their boss had the experience of their lives when they went diving with sharks to raise money for charity.
Andrew Laurenson (27) of Dunfermline and Abbie Michie (17) of Markinch both work at R Fundraising in Dunfermline. They decided to get up close and personal with the amazing Sand Tiger sharks at Deep Sea World in North Queensferry to raise money for AICR.
In September 2011, we organised a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kilimanjaro to raise funds for our vital cancer research.
Brussels-based Laurent Garzaniti, a partner in the leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, climbed the mountain in memory of his sister Marie Rose, who died last year from stomach cancer. So far, he’s raised more than £13,000 for AICR.
Sailing to Scotland
Novice sailor Richard Dempster and his trusty seadog 'Freddie' embarked on the biggest challenge of their lives - to sail single-handed round the UK to raise money for AICR.
St Andrews University student Jethro Dowell spent his 22nd birthday on Friday (February 18th) shaving his girlfriend's hair to raise funds for AICR.
And despite a captive audience in The Union TV room, he kept a steady hand and even managed the odd one-liner as he first cut, then shaved Naomi Brown's hair. Naomi (21) had set a target of £300 for her fund-raising effort, but with money still coming in, she looks to be on track to raise much more.
A Year as The Queen
NHS worker Dave Lennox has spent the last year officially known as: 'Her Majesty the Queen'. And as a result, AICR has reaped the benefits, both financially and in valuable publicity.
The 30-year-old who lives and works in Aberdeen, had never done anything for charity before but, in the months since he adopted his Royal title, he's certainly got used to being in the media spotlight.
“This all started as just an idea while chatting to someone at work,” he explained. “I decided to look into the possibilities of legally changing my name for a full year and found out that it was quite easy to do, so I went ahead with it.”
A group of Leica camera enthusiasts have put together a book to raise money for AICR. The users of the L•Camera Forum were offered the chance to submit up to three of their images to be in with a chance of appearing in the book. For every image submitted there was a mandatory donation of £10, which is going directly to AICR. The book is 120 pages long and offers a variety of different images such as landscapes, people, travel, architecture, nature/wildlife and sport.
The book is available for anyone to buy and AICR will receive £5 from each copy sold. So far over £10,700 has been raised and there is still money coming in!
If you would like to support AICR and the very generous L•Camera Forums members then you can buy a copy of the book here.
East Coast of Australia Cycle
In June 2010, Nigel Denison and Gordon Tait began cycling the 3000 mile journey from the most southerly point in Australia (Wilson's Promentory) to the most northerly point (Cape York).
Disaster struck for Gordon about 450 miles from the Tip when he fell off his bike on a rough stretch of road and broke his wrist – it was clear that he could not continue the ride. The disappointment of having cycled 2743 miles to be thwarted so close to the end was enormous.
Nigel continued his progress along the dirt roads through the dust enjoying the support of the drivers on the road, many of whom had heard what he was doing. "It was a fantastic feeling to finally see the ocean, and after carrying the bike across rocks to the Tip for the last few hundred yards of a 3156 mile journey, the wheels were dipped into the sea. Job done!"
In June 2010, Rene Merideth came from LA to Cardiff to take part in the Dragon Ride for a second time. The dragon ride is a 130km cycle race through the Welsh mountains. You can watch her story on the video below.
Bass Player Forum
A group of bass player forum enthusiasts helped to raise £400 for AICR by holding a raffle to win a Status-Graphite bass. Andre Simha who runs the bass player forum Statii had this to say about their fantastic fundraising effort. "We had quite a bit of money left over and the idea was to cover costs for the bass and then donate some money to a good cause. We hope to be able to organise this again next year."
We would like to thank all the members of the Statii Forum for their kind support.
A pensioner from Dover has scaled new heights by completing her first skydive in aid of cancer research. 74 year old Valerie Measey, from Whitfield in Dover, jumped from 12,000 feet to raise funds for AICR. "It's been a lifelong ambition of mine to do a tandem jump and I decided to take the plunge before my 75th birthday at the end of this month," explained Valerie. "I've given money to AICR for years and I thought this challenge was a good opportunity to ask others to do the same. I wasn't scared at all and it was an amazing experience"
Great North Run
The Bupa Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon, took place on Sunday 20th September 2009 in Gateshead, Newcastle. 54,000 runners were taking part in this years marathon and the atmosphere was electric! One of those runners taking part was Mark Lochrin from East Kilbride in Scotland. Mark was running on behalf of AICR and was hoping to raise some vital funds.
We would like to thank Mark for his fantastic effort on Sunday!
If you would like to take part in a running event just like Mark did then take a look at the Running Events that are taking place near you.
On Saturday 5th September, ten extremely brave AICR supporters got kitted up and braced themselves for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: to free-fall abseil down the Titan Crane. At 150ft tall, the Titan Crane was the worlds first giant cantilever crane and it has stood on the banks of the River Clyde for over 100 years. It is a true Scottish landmark and a perfect location for a true Scottish charity like AICR to host an event and raise some vital funds for research!
Read more about the brave supporters here.
London to Gibraltar Cycle
This July, Dan Howie, Rory Maxwell-Scott, and Tom Griffiths (aka the steam team) cycled from London all the way to Gibraltar. The guys are all 24 years of age and met while studying at Oxford Brooks University. This was new territory for them all as none of them are experienced cyclists however they all lead active, fit and healthy lifestyles so were ready to take on the challenge.
Read more about the cycle here.
Dragon Ride 2009
Rene Merideth from California in the USA took part in the Dragon Ride on Sunday 14th June 2009 in Bridgend, Wales on behalf of AICR. The Dragon Ride cyclosportive is a circular, 130 or 190km non competitive road cycle challenge ride over the beautiful hills and valleys of South Wales. Unfortunately during the race Rene was involved in a crash and had to pull out of the race. She suffered two bruised ribs, a black eye and major road rash on her right side. She said shortly after the race on her twitter page that "even though this was an epic fail, definitely coming back next year. Wipe out could have been worse, Kev and Yvonne looking over me."
You can read more about the wonderfully dedicated Rene here.
Dublin Mini Marathon
On Monday 1st June 2009, 24 year old Helen Pyke from Dublin took part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon and completed the race in 1hr 15mins. Helen has loved and played sports all her life and decided to take part in the Mini Marathon to raise money and awareness for cancer research as her eldest sister Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.
Read more about Helens effort here.
Land Rover Malta Marathon
One of our supporters ran a marathon in Malta to raise vital funds for our vital cancer research. 58 year old Vivien Mifsud, whose husband's family is from the island, decided to take on the challenge after her friend’s prostate cancer returned in a much more aggressive form. Hearing of his struggle with the disease motivated her to put her running shoes on for AICR. Sadly her friend passed away recently. Vivien took part in the Land Rover Malta Marathon on Sunday 1st March 2009 and finished the race in a very respectable 4 hours 21 mins.
If you would like to take part in a marathon on behalf of AICR then take a look at our Running Events page.
Boxing Day Dip
Daniel Gerrard & Dan Robinson from Dover, Kent are taking part in the Flora London Marathon this year in aid of AICR. They have already started fundraising for the event and one of their planned events was an early morning swim in the English Channel. The early morning being Boxing Day!!
With freezing cold temperatures hitting the UK Daniel & Dan took part in the Dover Boxing Day Swim and apart from being very cold they both finished with a smile.
24 hour Radio Marathon
PowerPlay4All held a 24 hour Online Radio Marathon to help raise money for AICR. DJ Crazy Diamond had organised the event in honor of his mum who is fighting cancer. He was also doing it for those that have fought and lost their courageous battle and those that have survived this terrible disease. The event took place on Saturday 13th December 2008 at 6am EST right through until 6am EST on Sunday 14th December 2008. The Radio Marathon was supported by all the PowerPlay4All DJs.
Birmingham Half Marathon
Ryan Grant and three of his friends decided to take part in the Birmingham Half Marathon last year to raise money for AICR's Spotlight Appeal. The motivation behind them taking part was that Ryan had lost his Uncle in September 2007 and he had wanted to do something to honour his life.
The three friends who took part with Ryan were Lee Causer, Gordon Thomson and James Dampney. Together they raised an amazing £3025.85! We would like to give them a big thank you for their fantastic effort!
Glasgow to Edinburgh by Foot!
Marc Cameron and Blane McInarlin decided that they wanted to help raise money for AICR so the guys came up with the idea of walking from Glasgow all the way through to Edinburgh Castle in their hometown. The 43.4 mile walk took place on the 21st August 2008 and the guys raised £505 for AICR!
Great Wee Scottish Walk
Josh and Erin Ritchie are brother and sister from Dumferline in Fife. Josh is 6 years old and Erin is 2.5 years old and they both completed the Great Wee Scottish Walk in Perth on the 18th of May 2008 in aid of AICR. They raised £202 and they had lots of fun doing the walk and plan on doing it again next year!
If you are inspired by the fantastic efforts of our youngest ever fundraisers then why not take a look at the Walking Events that we have coming up over the next year!
One Ball Rally
24yr old Dave Cook was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer and after undergoing his treatment he decided that he wanted to raise money for AICR. Dave and his 3 friends set off in a London Taxi and drove from Ormskirk in Lancashire to Istanbul in Turkey, in an adventure he called the "One Ball Rally".
The 2,350 mile journey has raised £7,720 so far and the boys hope to raise £10,000 by Septemeber 2008.
Find out more about their amazing adventure!
Marathon des Sables 2008
Jordi Pitarch-Marquino decided to raise the Marathon des Sables, a race covering 151 miles over 6 days in the Sahara desert. By racing this marathon Jordi wanted to keep the memory of his sister Patrica who died of lung cancer alive and also help to raise important funds for AICR with which to finance new cancer treatments and hopefully save many lives around the world.
To date Jordi has raised £2,032 for AICR and is planning on doing more fundraising challenges on behalf of the charity.
Find out more about Jordi's adventure of a lifetime!
Lands End to John O'Groats 2008
25 year old Chris Stenlake, from Epsom, lost his grandfather, Alan Clarke, to prostate cancer and was determined to do something special to celebrate his life. He decided to get on his bike and raise money for AICR's research into prostate cancer. Along with his friend, Rob Cooper, Chris cycled nearly 900 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in just 11 days.
To date Chris has secured around £4,500 in sponsorship with more to come!
Find out more about Chris's journey here!
Walking the States
Stuart Hamilton and Dave Toolan crossed the USA on foot. They walked the American Discovery Trail from Cape Henloppen in Delaware on the East Coast of the US to Point Reyes in California on the West - a distance of over 5000 miles. Later in their walk, Stu was diagnosed with testicular cancer so for the second part of the walk from May-November they decided to raise money for AICR.
Find out more about their walk across the States here.
Coast to Coast
London-based translator Phil Goddard, 48, walked over 3,000 miles across America to raise money for AICR. Phil set off from New York on 25th June 2006 heading for California on a ten month odyssey dubbed Journey for Jayne. The walk was in memory of his wife, who died of colon cancer in January 2006 at the age of 49.
We would like to thank Phil for raising a massive £42,919!
You can read more about Phil's Journey for Jayne here.
Mount Everest Marathon
Not content with the Sahara and London Marathons, Ben Edwards also took part in the highest marathon in the world - from base camp on Mount Everest! Ben is a stalwart of extreme events and has raised well over £100,000 for AICR in the past few years. Having survived cancer not once but twice, Ben knows the value of the research we fund. Thanks as ever go to Ben, who is taking some time off from fundraising to spend time with his wife Emma and new son Thomas.
You can read more about Ben's Marathon here.
If you would like to take part in a fundraising event on behalf of AICR then why not get in touch with us as we would love to hear from you!