Charity fundraising round up

Marathon runner Amy Vaughan.
Marathon runner Amy Vaughan.

A team of fundraisers are taking on five big challenges to say ‘thank you’ to the hospice that cared for a severely disabled youngster.

Kieran Coniam, of Flitwick, tragically died, aged just 10, at Keech Hospice in October last year and now his family and friends have pledged to continue to fundraise in his memory.

Friends and family of the Coniam family are doing the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for their son Kieran and Keech Cottage.

Friends and family of the Coniam family are doing the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for their son Kieran and Keech Cottage.

The first big challenge is a 100km walk from London to Brighton overnight on May 23 - it is expected to take 24 hours with the team only stopping for food and toilet breaks.

The other fundraising feats are - the London Marathon in April, a 100km river row in August and a three peaks challenge and 10,000ft skydive, both in September.

To find out more visit www.kierans‐ and to donate visit‐Climbers

A fundraising race night is being held at Flitwick Football Centre in Ampthill Road on Saturday, April 18 from 7pm. Tickets cost £4 and under 16’s get in for free. For tickets contact Julie on 01525 714883.

Ian Robb and daughter Amie climbed Mt Kilimanjaro

Ian Robb and daughter Amie climbed Mt Kilimanjaro

>> Running fan Lisa Mercer-Leach will be taking on her 11th marathon when she joins thousands of others for the annual London Marathon this month.

But while others will be putting up their feet following the exhausting challenge Lisa, from Harrold, will be taking on her 12th marathon just eight days later in Milton Keynes. 
She said: “Strangely I hated running at school with a passion in fact I only started running marathons aged 35 so I really want to get the message out there to others that watch the London marathon each year wishing they could do it - you can!”

But the busy mum admits that training for the feat takes a lot of time, which means she’s often faced with 5am starts to fit in her training regime.

She has so far raised around £20,000 through marathon running. This year she is running for Baby Lifeline, which supports pregnant and newborn babies across the world - a cause close to her heart being a mother of two sons herself while also having suffered two miscarriages and a still birth.

Charity recycling effort by Rebecca Ely.

Charity recycling effort by Rebecca Ely.

>> Another fundraiser who will be pushing her body to the limits in aid of good causes is super fit teacher Amy Vaughan.

She is taking on both the Paris and London marathons in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Last May, her mother was diagnosed with dementia aged 66 so Amy - a geography teacher at Bedford Modern School - is running the Paris Marathon to raise awareness and vital funds.

She will be raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at the London event after being inspired by student Jack Burnett’s battle with cancer and his family’s continued efforts to raise funds. After three years of chemotherapy, Jack is now in remission.

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>> A father and daughter, who braved a gruelling eight-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of much loved Charlotte, have raised £14,000 for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.

Ian Robb and his daughter Amie spent eight days and seven nights enduring temperatures of minus 15C and high winds to raise money.

Following the death of Ian’s sister-in-law Charlotte, of Bedford, who sadly died after losing her battle with cancer in January 2014, the family decided to raise money for the charity who looked after her and provided amazing care.

Ian, 58, said: “We both had to dig really deep as the climb seemed to go on forever and was exhausting.

“We were put in a group with seven other trekkers and had an army of 37 guides, a cook and porters to help us up the mountain and carry the equipment.

“This was an amazing adventure to help raise money for someone we loved very much, Charlotte’s memory will remain with us forever.

The family thanked all supporters for their generosity and said this was their way of giving back to the staff at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.

Mr Robb said: “This money will help support other families and patients at the hospice who need care and support during difficult times.

“Fundraising is a great way to give back and support local Hospices, anyone with a cause and desire to help can do it.”

Charlotte, a Bedford resident was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who had a real zest for life.

Visit or to make a donation call 01767 642424.

>> Fundraiser Rebecca Ely is taking part in a nationwide recycling competition called the Febreze Freshness Rewards Contest and is asking others to help her chances of winning a share of £5,000 of charity donations (including a £1,000 top prize) for her chosen charity Count the Kicks.

This contest is part of a new recycling initiative that Andrea has signed up to called the Air and Home Care Brigade which enables local people to recycle used plastic air fresheners and plug-in refills, air and home care product trigger heads, pumps and caps and flexible home cleaning wipe packs of any brand for the first time.

Rebecca, of Bedford, also earns 2p for each piece of air and home care waste she sends in for recycling.

The collection box is at the front of 20 Hunter Close, Bedford, MK42 0FN, which is available from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm during weekends.