A Great Big Thank You.......
We would like to give you a Great Big Thank You from Max Appeal
A big thank you to Anne Barlow for Santa LettersAnne's Story .....I have been organising Santa letters for over ten years now and people kept saying I should charge for them, which was not in the spirit in which they are 'arranged'. So a few years ago I asked if anyone wanted to make a donation to Max appeal instead. Every year around £200 comes in and I purchase the materials myself and make the letters.
The letters include a personalised letter from Santa that the parents submit a template for, some chocolate a bag of reindeer food, a special voucher for good children to exchange for present if they leave it out xmas eve, a few puzzles / glider and of course chocolate. They all come in a box with a north pole Franking stamp and I also place fake snow in there.
From starting with doing 5 or 6 its grown into about 50 but I do get more money for Max Appeal so really rewarding and shares some awareness too. Over the years I would say I have raised over £800 and on the year my husband and stepdaughter ran for Max Appeal in the London Marathon the additional Money helped reach their target. I have letter templates from new baby to non believers and enjoy seeing the kids grow up through them and also the desirable toys each year. I would love to really do more but its time I am short of as with so many people.
Thank you Dorne and FriendsFor the month of November Dorne and friends helped raise awareness by arranged the following:
Pub quiz £150 raised
Violets pre school raised £28 doing a doctors and nurses day
Lily and Ivys school, the William Alvey school, did an awareness assembly where Lee and Lily spoke and the children did a non uniform day raising £300.
Thank you for your continued support.
A big thank you to Shaun Popple for shaving his top knot !A big thank you to Shaun Popple for raising £155 for Max Appeal. He shaved his top knot off before Christmas !! Thank you Shaun and well done.
Thank you Steve Chappell and the Post OfficeThank you Steven Chappell for your donation of £333 and thank you to the Post Office for match funding of £200. We really do appreciate your support.
Jonathan Lee RecruitmentThank you to Jonathan Lee Recruitment for nominating Max Appeal as their charity of the quarter. They have donated Max Appeal £250.
We really do appreciated your support.
Thank you Evanbrook for your Xmas Jumper DayThank you to Michaela Cook and her colleagues at Evanbrook for holding a Christmas Jumper day. All donations for the day were made to Max Appeal and they made an impressive woolly amount £175.
Thank you for your support.
A big thank you to Dan HowcroftThank you to Dan Howcroft and his local golf club for organising a charity quiz night and raising funds for Max Appeal. Dan's nephew has 22q and he wanted to do something for the charity. Dan raised £1,000 from the quiz night, £400 from Howdens and £500 from his golf society. Thank you Dan
Have a Brew !Thank you Deborah Noblett for arranging a get together, raffle, Tombola etc, proceeds to Max Appeal, at Roccoccos coffee lounge & bakery on Wednesday 2nd November. They raised an impressive £333.
Thank you so much for your support.
Le Tour de Bathams!Thank you Nigel Moseley at Tulleys for raising £600 via his Le Tour de Bathams, a fundraising pub crawl on bikes round the Black Country. Hoping to see photo's of this!
Kelly's Nuclear racesThank you Kelly for running (walking lol) a 6k obstacle course for Max Appeal and raising £485.
Well Done !
Mel's mad weekend of exercisethon!Big thank you to Mel Chase for raising £1370 for Max Appeal. Well Done!
A huge thank you to Toby Gowan and his brother running in the Frankfurt MarathonMy brother and I ran our first marathon on the 30th October in Frankfurt. We wanted to raise money Max Appeal. Our sister, Harry, has the condition and we have seen first-hand how life changing it is. Having said that, harry is a very positive and upbeat person who throws herself into everything and long may that continue! Our father Danny Gowan ran a 25k race a couple of years back raising for Max Appeal and we both also wanted to build on his good work.
The course was pretty flat with a few dips and plenty of support over the distance. Personally it was a race of two half's for me! I hit the half marathon at around 1h 32 which was a bit too fast and I paid for it in the second lap! The last 5ks were a horror show but the support we received as we came back into the city centre made sure both legs kept moving. I eventually finished up with a time of 3h 17. My Brother, Tom took me to the cleaners and came in at an amazing 2h 57. I promise I am not bitter....
We smashed our target on the raising front coming in at just under £3k. Both raising and running this marathon have been fantastic experiences and thank you to Max Appeal for all their support along the way as well. We both look forward to working together again in the future!
Thank you Mark BillinghamThank you Mark for raising over £200 for Max Appeal.
The Challenge is an annual event we do at Vodafone raising money for a charity of our choice
This year it was a 10k run, 1000 stair climb and an abseil off the top of Man City's stadium
A Massive Thank You to Ryan Pritchard.Thank you Ryan for raising over £500 for Max Appeal.
I decided to run the Cardiff Half Marathon for Max Appeal, to thank you for all of the fantastic resources you provide to support families effected by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. My son, Ben was diagnosed 3 years ago and we have found excellent advice, support, information and guidance from your website.
I was pleased to complete the race in 1 hour 52 minutes. It was only my second event like this and I beat my previous time, despite being full up with a cold!
It was a great day, perfect running weather and an amazing atmosphere amongst all the runners and supporters. I have been overwhelmed with the donations from friends, family and work colleagues and feel proud to have contributed to this charity.
Charity NightThank you Anita and Brothers of charity for holding a quiz night and raising a wonderful £370 for Max Appeal.
Brothers of Charity
Thank you Polwarth Nearly New Sale.Thank you so much for your support to Max Appeal and a massive thank you for the fundraising and donation of £900.00
This money will really help to support families who are affected by 22q.
The Polwarth nearly new sale is always a busy sale with ques along the street. I love this sale for kids stuff and always get great bargains! Its always buzzing and full of people of all ages. It's run within Polwarth Church and some funding goes to the church. Other funding goes to charities. I saw on their previous poster that they had charities along the bottom and loved the thought of Max Appeal appearing on it and raising awareness of 22q as no one has ever heard of it. The money is split between the chosen charities and all the hard work is done by the girls that run it, Elaine and friends. I was amazed by the amount donated to Max Appeal and extremely grateful they replied to my emails and were happy to include Max Appeal.
A big thank you to Sue, Lucy & Nicola Gilbert for completing the Colour Run and raising just over £800We had a great laugh on the walk, and are all so pleased to have raised so much for our chosen charity Max Appeal. We chose Max Appeal because it helps people with VCFS like my sister Lucy who walked with us. The syndrome has given her very painful joints, particularly her knees, so this walk was really an accomplishment for her. Heres us at the beginning and end! We raised just over £800.
A big thank you to Lisa Franklin & Amanda Burgoyne who raised over £800 at Annual Duck RaceAmanda and myself have been wanting to raise some money for Max Appeal for a long time and were just waiting for the right opportunity to do so. My dad was helping to organise an Annual Duck Race Day so we asked if we could have a stall which he said he yes and then told us that Max Appeal would be one of their main charities on the day and we would get to keep any money made on out stall plus 25% of the overall money taken on the day we were thrilled. Amanda is an amazing baker and said she would make all sorts of goodies to sell on the stall, fudge, brownies, hot chocolate stirrers and more, we also had cupcake decorating which went down brilliant with all the children who came. Amanda made some lovely raffle prizes too and the tickets sold well for that. We were so busy on our stall all day that we didn't manage to get any actual pictures of the duck races or get to see any of them. We would like to say a massive thank you to my dad Graham Franklin and NACCA for letting us have out stall at their event and for Max Appeal being one of the main charities. We raised just over £800 for Max Appeal.
A big thank you to Mark Elston - Iron Man Challenge - raising £1,444.00A 70 mile triathlon. The event went really well, apart from torrential rain on the bike section!
It was quite emotional as I rode into the event site to transition from bike to run. I only started completing triathlons this year & I'd put a lot of effort into my swimming & running in particular, so I was so happy to see my wife and kids as I started the half marathon!
When I started to feel tired, I just thought of my daughter Heidi and all of the operations, hospital appointments & other challenges that she's had with Di George Syndrome. My pain was nothing & it really helped my motivation.
Thank you Ellie for fundraising for Max Appeal - completing colour obstacle rushEllie's fundraising on behalf of Max appeal, she successfully completed the colour obstacle rush at Uttoxeter racecourse on Saturday 18th June 2016.
So far her JustGiving page has raised just over £100 and the sponsor sheet has £119.
It was a brilliant effort by her and we are very proud of her efforts! Alex her brother(22q11 deletion) enjoyed watching her take on the challenge of the course and was at the finish line to greet her along with her mum Stephanie
Kind regards Ian Kinnear
Well Done Ellie. Brilliant fundraising. A huge Thank You from Max Appeal
Graham & Lesley Allen. Thank you for your SupportLast Saturday (19th June) Lesley held a table top sale in Aid of Max Appeal on the street outside their house. She was ably assisted by Tom Wilson along with his older brother and sister Niall and Niamh. It was part of a neighbourhood sale day where there were up to 40 stalls.
Every one was very generous and Lesley raised £125.75p on the day.
Wonderful support. Thank you all that helped.
Thank you James Parker & KiffKafWonderful support from James and KiffKaf. They raised £95.30 for Max Appeal. Thanks guys.
Thank you Team LuciaTeam Lucia - Manchester 10K run
On Sunday 22nd May, "Team Lucia" ran the Manchester 10k, there was 14 of us in total, running in Max Appeal t-shirts, helping raise awareness of 22q11DS. Knowing all these people were running for our little girl was amazing and quite emotional, we can't thank them all enough!!! Race day was brilliant, the atmosphere and support from spectators along the route was amazing. Lucia was waiting at 4K with her big brother, Grandma and Grandpa to cheer us all on - she definitely gave her Daddy and me the boost we needed to get round. We started out just wanting to raise awareness for Max Appeal and 22q, with hopefully raising a few £££s along the way. We definitely didn't expect to raise as much as we did - £2,590 - and we are so grateful to everyone who has supported us. xxxxx
Big Thank you to Team Lucia from Max Appeal.Well Done.
Music for ZackSammi Foreman & family & friends held a fund raising night called Music for Zack on the 6th May.
There were 3 bands who performed (all giving their time for free)
Sammi would personally like to thank: Debbie, Carl, all the band's, and everyone else who went and donated.
They raised a whopping £2382.15, and £476.43 of that goes to Max Appeal.
Thank you guys for your support.
To see more info & photos please click link below to Facebook.
A Massive Thank You to Tom NaughtonTom ran the London Marathon 24th May 2016 and so far has raised a massive £1916.39.
Thank you so much for your support.
Dave Jones & FamilyA wonderful massive thank you to Dave Jones, family & friends for raising £4000.
Dave ran the London Marathon in 4hr 12m.
A charity night with band was also organised and everyone had lots of fun, whilst raising money for Max Appeal.
Wow.. Thank you Claire HomhuanThank you Claire for running the London Marathon on the 24th April 2016. A HUGE £3370.67 raised.
Thank you Claire, for supporting Max Appeal
A Huge Thank you to the The East Yorkshire MG CarFor raising £240 for Max Appeal
For the full story please see:
Easter Raffle****** Max Appeal Easter Raffle ******
Leah Ryan made a marvellous Easter Egg Basket. Thank you Leah
Tickets were £1 (& 23p paypal fee) each and we raised £30.
The Winning ticket was won by Sophie Brumfitt.
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.
A HUGE Well Done and Thank You to Lee and Mark Mitchell.
Lee and his brother completed their ultra challenges to raise funds for Max Appeal. Dorne Mitchell appealed to SJP after Ivy won child of bravery award and they have also contributed to the appeal.
We have now closed the page with a total of over £7000! THANK YOU SO MUCH... THAT IS FANTASTIC.XX.
Ivy had further heart surgery in November thankfully she made it home for Christmas. She is requiring ventilator again but hopefully this is short term she has amazed us all again!
Crocodile Toy Shop - Thank you for your supportHere's Max working (as he does every Friday morning) with his uncle Mark at Crocodile Toy shop,Cirencester with the Maxappeal moneyspinner. A fantastic £262.15 has been raised-
Smith & Williamson - Thank youSmith & Williamson £200.00 as nominated by Alison Moynihan
Esher Probes Group and John Leitch - Thank you.Esher Probus Group and John Leitch £200.00, speakers cheque and personal donation , with BP MATCH FUNDING of £200 to follow.
Kingston Choral Society and Hereford Cathedral School - Thank youDuncan Wilkins £125.00 concert fees donated by Kingston Choral Society and Hereford Cathedral School.
The Burgoyne Family - Max Appeal Thanks you for your support.The Burgoyne Family £160.00 from the sale of reindeer food and donation from their daughters
The Orr Mackintosh Foundation - Thank youShareGift The Orr Mackintosh Foundation £1,000.00 as nominated by Ketan Pankhania.
Max Appeal Thanks you Sharon DeyellSharon Deyell £100.00 from their annual swapshop
Zumbathon - What a great way to raise funds for Max AppealThank you to Kirsty Yeung for raising over £600.
Recently I took part in a 2 hour zumbathon on 21/11/2015 in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders to raise money for Max Appeal. My daughter has 22q and my mother helped to arrange this event. The zumba instructor will send through the final donation when all counted. So far I'm aware that it is over £600. Here are just a couple of photos from the day. A great morning for a great cause.
Thank you so Much Louise Henderson for your "Have a Brew for 22Q"Lovely note from Louise who raised a whopping £227.
Super chuffed to report that I raised £227!! Thanks to everyone who has donated and thanks to everyone who posted their brew photos! To only have 4 people come I am super chuffed I've raised a fab amount for Max Appeal so I don't feel I've let you down. And super chuffed Sarah won the Christmas cake raffle. I love you all, thanks for all the encouragement and support xx
Have a Brew at the Tripps 21st November 2015That's a fantastic looking table of cakes.
Thank you for raising a wonderful £263 at your Have a Brew for 22q.
Massive Thank you to Carol Trip for holding a Have A Brew in Cyprus !!!!Over £100 raised for Max Appeal.
The first international "Have a Brew for 22Q" event.
Full story please click link.
Many thanks to Peter HeleyMany thanks to Peter Heley who secured £500 for Max Appeal through his employer London Overground Railway.
Great work Peter, thank you for supporting Max Appeal.
Thank you Harry Jones....Thanks to Harry Jones nephew of Dave Jones, who completed his first half marathon at the Birmingham Half marathon raising £274.
Well done and thank you for supporting Max Appeal.
Thank you Jayne for holding a "Have a brew for 22q" fundraiser for Max AppealA massive thank you to Jayne Rabbitts for her "Have a brew for 22Q" event.
She says they all had an amazing time with lots of people.
Her daughter works for Waitrose and they kindly donated some really nice raffle prizes.
They raised a whopping £300!
Bingo Night May 2015Back in May Mark attended the bingo night run Kay Martin ( mum of Terri Martin and grand mother to Jacob ) in Kings Lynn.
We received a cheque for £455 that they had raised.
Thank you all so much for your support and a thank you for holding a fun bingo night for Max Appeal
John Disley Oxford Half MarathonA massive cheers and thank you to John Disley for his support to Max Appeal by running the Oxford Half Marathon.
At present £755 raised and still coming.
Well done John !!!
Studio 3 Dance Workshop - Thank you so much for your supportStudio 3 Dance Workshop put on a show on the 19th September and all funds are being donated to Max Appeal. They raised an amazing £174.00.
In support of a little girl who has the condition 22q11 deletion called Leah Wilkins who lives in Knaresborough.
A few details
to all the girls for their hard work and commitment over the summer holidays.
to Marie Jones, Natalie Thomas & Alison Irek for their help and support today.
to Sara Rishton for costumes
Thank you Viv......
for the last 30 years of great teaching, great fun and great friendships that last a lifetime.
for your support and advice in the organising of this show.
Donations from tonight show will go to:-
in support of Leah Wilkins, a little girl from Knaresborough with 22q11 deletion.
Family Fun Day organised by Emma Wilkins 26th September 2015Emma organised a fantastic family fun day with all monies raised donated to Max Appeal.
Over 400 people came and over £500 was raised.
They had a funfair, candy floss, popcorn, carts, assault course, bouncy castles, raffles and tombolo. A bar and burger vans.
Thank you so much Emma for all of your time and effort arranging this wonderful day.
Thank you Kayleigh Michelle Bentley...The weekend of 12th September Kayleigh took Max Appeal to Belvoir castle and took part in Equinox24.
This is a 24 hour relay race, each lap of this hilly cross country course is 10k, she was part of a team and 5 of them covered 30 k each the other 2 covered 20k. Kayleigh ran in the pitch black of the night ( 2nd lap started at 00:35) and promoted max appeal the whole way round as so many people asked questions about it.
She thanks her lovely team mates for the donations
Where will she take her vest next? The London Marathon 2016 by the looks of it.
To donate and sponsor Kayleigh, her just giving page link is below.
Great North Run 2015 - Team Max AppealA huge thank you to all who took part in the Great North Run 2015 on behalf of Max Appeal.
Monies raised so far is £16,400. That is AMAZING.
For the full story please click the link below:
188 Mile Bike ride for Max AppealA tremendous thank you to Phillip Hume and Team for their epic bike ride:
WE DID IT!
I am very proud to announce that a team of eight cyclists supported by five crew completed an epic bike ride on Saturday, leaving Knutsford at 6am & arriving 188 miles later in Bath at 7pm.
It was a warm day too with some pretty steep climbs akin to the mountain stages on the Tour De France so this was certainly not an easy course.
Attached are a few photos from the day.
So it's a HUGE congratulations to those who took part & a BIG thanks from those charities for whom you worked so hard for.
Lynette Dakin - Have a Brew for 22q - Fabulous FundraisingLynette and family held a Have a Brew for 22q and raised an impressive £250.
They had some fantastic raffle prizes.
Thank you so much from All at Max Appeal for your fundraising.
A MASSIVE Thank You to Radhika McCathie - London Marathon 2015A MASSIVE Thank You to Radhika McCathie
Radhika says she "had a fab day, hard work but crowds amazing. I would consider doing it again but I think I would like to have some company for the run next time.
I did it in 4hours and 13 mins exactly."
Total raised £1280 to date - WOW !!!
Thank you Radhika.
Tunnel 2 Towers WalkWell done and thank-you to everyone who took part and supported the walk.
Estimates for the monies raised is £1,000!!!
Great effort by Hannah, Cerys, Debbie, Chris and Mark and Tracey who were right behind them!
Max Appeal Youth Weekend, Cranham Scout Camp. 23rd- 26th May 2015
Special thanks also to Mary Lonsdale in helping to keep the kitchen running smoothly and supplying plenty of food, Sarah Ryan for her help and all her wonderful cakes and all the parents who came along and helped out and generally ensured the camp was another successful Max Appeal Activity.
Please click link below for full story.
A massive Thank you to our very own Martin KennedyMartin raised £830 for Max Appeal on this 5 ferries bike challenge around Scotland.
Martin starts....And so the day starts. Buying the ferry tickets after riding 20 miles up the coast from where the ride finishes.
A HUGE Well Done and Thank You to Lee and Mark Mitchell.Fundraising and raising awareness is also on target, we have almost hit the £3000 mark with donations and support from people all over the world, we have organised bake sales, a raffle and a medieval night as well as friends doing challenges themselves for Max Appeal and supporting us, our Church St Botolphs at Quarrington and Sleaford Town Football club have all been involved in supporting the appeal. The local Gym, Fitness Zone is organising a pamper day, we have a Race Night and a few other things coming up to help us hit the magic £5000 and above.
Newspapers, radio stations have all been involved in raising awareness of 22Q11DS and I speak about it at every chance I get at all the events and on my travels.
For full story and their just giving page....
Teri Martin's Darts Night...Our own Mark Tripp reporting:
They raised a fantastic amount of £611 on the night,
It was a fantastic night but very boozy, as I was driving I was probably the only sober one in the building, to put it into context they raised £90 on the night selling vodka jellies etc and the Jaager Bombs were in full force.
It was a great night and the darts was very competitive, Max Appeals very own Teri Martin hitting the winning double top to claim the ladies triple title for her team.
The raffle raised £218 which was mainly booze and then it was promptly auctioned back to the audience and hence why the total kept growing. After I had made my speech one gentlemen walked up and gave me £100 from his pocket, it was his bookies money for the following day but wanted to give it to Max Appeal instead. - Thank you Mr Anonymous.
All in all it was a fantastic night with some very caring, honest and also very generous people who came to watch and play darts but left with an interest in 22q and Max Appeal.
It was my privilege to represent Max Appeal.
Looks like Darts nights was great fun and a fabulous fund raiser for Max AppealTeri's team is called the Friar also a team from the 'Half Butt' Inn were also there and playing their last ever game due to the pub closing, at the end of the night they gave us £40 which was the last of the club funds.
Teddy Bear Cake RaffleSarah Ryan was busy baking cakes again for the Max Appeal Youth Weekend.
Thank-you for another Teddy Bear Cake which was raffled and raised £19.
Well done Sarah.
A Huge Thank you to Matt Dodd for all your hard work and fundraising.Matt raised an amazing £4054.05 for Max Appeal. See the link below for the full story.
Thank-you to the MG Car Club, East YorkshireGeoff and Christine Kirk are members of the MG Car Club and at this year's Wolds Way Run, East Yorkshire they raised £325 with a raffle.
Geoff and Christine were also able to give out lots of information about 22q11DS to the 94 entrants.
Thank-you to everyone who took part.
Thank you Nicola ShelockNicola ran the Hackney Half Marathon on the 10th May and has raised a huge £800 so far...
... You may have reported "knackered legs" but you're looking great to us...
London Marathon runners....26th April 2015A huge well done and congratulations to all of the London Marathon runners who ran for Max Appeal...
Matthew Dodd 3.15.23
Rahdika McCathie 4.13.00
Tom Vitulli 4.20.38
Ste Wallis 4.35.55
Sam Chapman 5.35.19
Paige Taylor 5.49.23
Shelly Chapman 7.53.02
tRailBlazer Walk 13th March 2015A huge thank you to Simon Evans and the tRailBlazer team who walked from stations of Eggesford to Umberleigh in North Devon. It's approximately 12 miles in length and will follow as closely as possible the railway line by using roads, footpaths and bridleways.
They raised OVER £3,000 for Max Appeal. MASSIVE !!!!!!
The figure keeps going up and now likely to be over £4,000.
Claire Hennessey was pleased to meet some of the tRAILblazers team at Salisbury train station in June and accept a cheque on behalf of Max Appeal. It was especially good to meet Harry and his family who are Max Appeal members.
tRAILblazers at Salisbury Train StationA huge thank-you to everyone who took part and everyone who sponsored the walk this year.
The best fundraising result so far in the group's history!
It was great to meet Harry and have a view of the signal box controlling the local lines.
Asda Cheltenham Bag Pack 22nd February 2015A great big thank you to Asda in Cheltenham for letting Max Appeal hold a bag pack instore on the 22nd February.
Cakes, coffee and more cakes......29th December 2014A massive thank you to Lucia Sheikey, mum of Muhammed.
they raised a huge £562.47 for Max Appeal. Lots of lovely fun for the kids and cakes and hot food for everybody. What a great day it looks. It's making me very hungry. Thank you all who took part.
Fright Night Hike 1st November 2015...A huge thank you to Liam UrtoneLiam raised £167 for Max Appeal for Hiking through the night and hopefully wasn't too scary.
Thanks again for your support.
Have a Brew at the MitchellsSusie Mitchell and family held a "Have a Brew for 22q" and raised a massive £432.26. We thank you all, Susie, Rob, Max & Helena so much for your support. It sounds like you all had a lovely day.
Mead Open Farm 14th December 2014 - Thank you to the RyansSarah, Chris and Leah Ryan did another wonderful job of arranging a get together for Max Appeal Members at Mead Open Farm on the 14th December 2014.
Thank you Sarah, Chris and Leah for another fantastic day. It was a great opportunity for families and kids to meet up and have a wonderful time (and visit santa)
A cake was made by Sarah and presented to Mark Tripp, thanking him for all the wonderful work he has done arranging the Max Appeal Train.
Staines Christmas Parade 23 November 2014Thank you to Steve Barlow and Two Rivers Shopping Centre for choosing Max Appeal as their designated charity on the 23 November 2014.
They have raised over £1000 during their Magical Movies Christmas Parade and fairground.
Steve dressed up as Shrek ... see photo.
There is also a great news article attached.
Thank you from Max Appeal for your support.
Fundraising day at Specsavers.Thank you to Haylie Pritchard and Specsavers in Spytty Road:
They wore silly wigs and did face painting instore
They raised a wonderful £60 for Max Appeal
Thank you for your support.