A superb amount raised for Niamh's Next Step by a wonderful lady who literally climbed a mountain for NNS. Sarah Stoute you are amazing. Thank you so much and all the team at Full Support Healthcare. Every penny raised will go towards research of the aggressive childhood cancer Neuroblastoma.
Here is the story of the day four fantastic people came together to beat the tube.
Simon Cox and Ian Byers joined forces with London 2012 Olympian Kelly Edwards and GB Paralympian Julie Rogers to raise money and awareness for Niamh's Next Step.
To date they have topped their £1000 target which is amazing.
Written by Simon Cox...
WOW........ What a day! The day we beat the tube!Starting off at 4:45 am, we headed down from our hotel to Hounslow West where we caught the first train into Heathrow Airport Terminal Four to start the challenge at 5:02. The team were up for it despite just a few hours sleep and we posed for a start line photograph in front of the Heathrow Terminal Four sign before heading off right on time.Nine minutes later and we were facing our first change to reach Heathrow Terminal 1, 2 and 3 before heading back up the Piccadilly Line to South Ealing where we were off to catch a bus to Richmond.After a short bus journey, we literally had seconds to sprint from the first train out of Richmond to head back towards the City and to West Kensington on the District Line. From West Kensington, we faced a short walk/run to Kensington Olympia where we caught the 6:46 am train back to Earls Court and then up to Edgware Road at the top of the northern stretch of the District Line. We switched to the Hammersmith & City Line where we travelled for 25 minutes down to Hammersmith talking to an Australian couple about our challenge. After a quick run across the road to the other Hammersmith station on the Piccadilly and District Line, we travelled back up the District Line to Ealing Broadway so we could catch the Central Line.Our arrival at Ealing Broadway was met with commuters and we had to sprint through the masses of people to catch our train to Epping at the East end of the Central Line. This was a challenge in itself with most of the journey underground, but also having to stand for over an hour as all the seats were taken. With an early start, we thought we would be able to get a sleep ahead of the remainder of the day, especially as we were due to be on the Central Line for over an hour, but there was no space to stand, let alone sit and sleep! This was tough as tiredness was kicking in already and it was only 9.15 am, but four hours for us!Having been round the Hainault loop, passing through Grange Hill, we changed at Woodford to head up to Epping reaching our 81st station before travelling back South to Snaresbrook where we were to travel across to Walthamstow Central at the end of the Victoria Line.We took the Victoria Line to Green Park, where we changed again, this time back onto the Piccadilly Line to head towards Earls Court, where we changed back to the District Line to head towards Wimbledon and we arrived at 11:37 passing through our 100th station.Upon reaching Wimbledon, we stopped for a coffee before heading off to Morden and the bottom of the Northern Line. Heading up the Northern Line, we then faced one of the maddest parts of the challenge where we changed at Stockwell for the Victoria Line for one stop to Brixton, reaching Brixton we sprinted across the platform to jump on the train heading back to Stockwell and then continuing up to Victoria.Again, at Victoria, we had another mad dash to take the District Line to Sloane Square (one stop), up and over the bridge to catch the next train back through Victoria to heading towards Aldgate. At Aldgate, we faced the race up the stairs, down the road to Aldgate East and then back down the stairs for the District Line to Upminster for the long and drawn out stretch passing through West Ham.At 13:39, we reach Upminster and our 147th station before we headed back to West Ham to change to the Jubilee Line to Southwark before changing again to the Northern Line and then back up the Bakerloo Line to Piccadilly Circus.Just over two hours later, we reached the top of the Piccadilly Line at Cockfosters and headed off for another coffee. This time we were off to High Barnet before we headed back down the Northern Line to Moorgate via the mad one station dash to Mill Hill East on a train full of school children wondering why there were four adults looking extremely exhausted!The journey to Moorgate was long and tiring before we changed to the Circle Line to Great Portland Street and another overground dash to Goodge Street on the Northern Line towards Edgware which we reached at 18:07.By this time, we still had loads to do, not in number of stations, but changes and mileage of the network. We still had to return back to the City to complete the Jubilee Line and back out on the Bakerloo Line to Harrow & Wealdstone. Tiredness and motion sickness was kicking in...... it's not every day we face so much travelling on the underground!The journey back to London was quick as we changed at Baker Street, another quick one station visit to Regents Park and back out via Paddington to Harrow & Wealdstone. This time it was back on the Bakerloo Line and down to Kenton where we faced another short dash to Northwick Park to catch the Metropolitan Line to Preston Road.As we raced towards the station, the train was in the platform and it was a mad panic as we sprinted up the stairs and literally dived on the train. By this time, it was 20:00 and we still had to visit the rest of the Metropolitan Line, part of the Central Line and the remained of the Piccadilly Line. We were tired, but were hungry to complete the challenge which included another two runs on foot having travelled 15 hours already!Having waited for a while at Preston Road, we faced the journey to Uxbridge exhausted but determined to complete the challenge. Uxbridge was our 264th stop. We were literally running out of time left to complete the challenge and we were tired and exhausted, but spirits were high.Leaving West Ruislip on the Central Line at 20:47, we had 25 left to complete the challenge and he headed down to Hanger Lane before the run to Park Royal, another one station dash to North Ealing, and then back up the Piccadilly Line to Rayners Lane.At Rayners Lane, we faced the mile run to West Harrow, but we were exhausted and had just missed a bus which would have saved our legs. Arriving at West Harrow, the train we needed pulled into the station and we had a sprint up the stairs to catch the train. Unfortunately, we were too late and the train moved off leaving the four of us panting! We now faced the lengthy wait for the next train to Watford.We arrived at Watford starving and in need for food, but nothing was open and we were literally on empty knowing we still had a few left to do. We travelled back to Moor Park where we caught the Amersham train where we faced one of the biggest challenges of the whole day.Pulling into Amersham, we had reached 269 of the 270 and were left with Chesham to complete the challenge. The train was due into Amersham at 22:57 and our connecting train was due back to Chalfont & Latimer at 22:56 so the odds were against us. Pulling into Amersham, our train was waiting to head back to the City and we still had to work out how to get across to the platform. As we pulled in to Amersham, we sprinted down the centre of the train to get to the closest door to the stairs, run out the carriage screaming wait, up the stairs, across the top of our awaiting train before descending down the stairs. Suddenly, the train doors closed and the engine of our connecting train revved up as it was to pull away leaving us screaming at the driver to stop the train.Fortunately, the driver heard us and stopped the train for us to get on. We all boarded the train and collapsed in the empty carriage laughing our heads off. We had to get that train otherwise our challenge was in doubt. We were exhausted but we achieved it, we had just completed the impossible of catching our train back to Chalfont & Latimer to catch the connecting train to Chesham to complete the challenge.We were all buzzing and approaching our 18th hour of the challenge when our train pulled into the station and the reality began to hit us. The journey to Chesham was like the last minute of a Cup Final when your team is winning..... we were all beaming with joy, taking photographs and coming to terms with the fact that we were about to complete our challenge.We pulled into Chesham still buzzing and itching for our final photograph around the station sign. The challenge was complete.......we had beaten the Tube! Our final time 18 hours, 18 minutes.
So proud to be involved with another amazing event organised by our friends The Manx International Football Alliance on the beautiful Isle Of Mann.
Press release from MIFA
Niamh Challenge Matches – Ellan Vannin vs. Alderney FA...
The Manx International Football Alliance (MIFA) is thrilled to announce that Ellan Vannin will start the build-up to the ConIFA European Football Cup 2015 with two matches against Alderney.
The matches will be played on the 30th and 31st May 2015 at the Bowl, Douglas, Isle of Man for the Niamh Challenge Trophy.
Alderney, who aren’t affiliated to either UEFA or FIFA, are competing in the Island Games in Jersey in the same group as the Isle of Man, giving the games an extra edge.
Ellan Vannin leave for the CONIFA European Football Cup in Hungary in early June where they face Countea de Nissa, their opponents in last summers’ World Cup final.
This will be the teams’ first chance to play in front of the Manx public since their heroics in the ConIFA World Cup and to say thank you for the massive support they received last year.
For Ellan Vannin’s manager, Chris Bass, it is an important part of his preparation for the ConIFA Euros at the beginning of an intense two week training camp bringing together Manx players from the USA, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England prior to what will be an extremely high level of competition in Hungary.
“These two matches will be played also to raise awareness of the childhood cancer charity Niamh's Next Step which supports research into the childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma and we are delighted that Niamh’s parents and her sister will attend the two matches to present the trophy.
It's hoped that the Public will support the match and give Ellan Vannin a great send off to the Euros in Hungary.”
The Ellan Vannin squad for the ConIFA European Football Cup will be announced at the end of April.
Information on tickets will be available soon on www.manxifa.org with priority being given to MIFA members.
We are delighted to have been nominated as Persimmon Homes (Midlands) Charity Of The Year for 2015-2016
Richard Oldroyd, managing director of Persimmon Homes Midlands, said: “Niamh’s Next Step was formed in memory of a
beautiful five-year-old who was one of the 100 children to be diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the UK each year.
“As many of us are parents, we were moved by Niamh’s story, and the commitment of her loved ones to support other families facing this aggressive childhood cancer.
“We have pledged to make Niamh’s Next Step the focus of our corporate and employee fundraising for 2015, and the first
activity planned will see our senior project manager, Paul Carvey, undertaking the Brighton Marathon in April.”
Paul added: “This is my first marathon and I am extremely proud to be able to run it in support of Niamh's Next Step. NNS is an amazing charity that works in memory of their daughter Niamh, to raise awareness and funds to help children diagnosed with
neuroblastoma and their families.”
Anyone able to donate to Paul’s fundraising can do so via https://www.justgiving.com/paul-carvey/
For more information about Persimmon and where they are building new homes, visit www.persimmonhomes.com
We are very proud to announce that tickets for this years superb charity gala ball are now on sale online at
Following last years amazing event this years is looking even bigger and better with some very special celebrity guests already confirming their attendance. The evening will be hosted by the superb Martin Bayfield with live entertainment on the evening from world class illusionist David Penn www.davidpenn.co.uk
and an incredible live music set from sensational The Look
Along with an amazing meal served in the stunning Brooklands Suite at Whittlebury Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire our fantastic raffle and incredible 'live' and 'silent' auctions will be running to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Full details are on the poster and you can book a ticket or a table by clicking in the link below.
This really is going to be anther night to remember whilst raising money for a wonderful charity. Hope to see you there.
I wanted to share this story Hannah has written. It was her entry to the 500 words competition on BBC Radio 2.
Although we look like a family coping on the outside, inside we are broken. A massive part of us died with Niamh on 20th May 2012 and as much as we would love to hide away and grieve we want to try and stop other families going through the pain we are. Hannah's story makes us even more determined to help.
Love and Huggles Sam x
I fixed my world
Friday 22nd May 2015
Here I am. Writing again. I feel happier than before......(a voice interrupts)
"Thats because I am back"
Can you not butt in whilst I'm writing in my diary.
"right , sorry"
Here is in detail the last couple of days for me.
Thursday 14th May 2015
It is my last day of school. I have a week off this week.It has been nearly 3 years since I lost my sister. I hate cancer. Why does it have to take my sister. I am going to find a cure.
Niamh will be so proud of me. Anyway my friend Elena is coming over, we will find a cure together this week.
Friday 15th May 2015
Last night we tried to find a cure out of Vaseline with sweets in. It made nothing but a nice sticky sweet circle. We are trying again now, ink from Niamh's favourite pen and a white tshirt. What did we get. A tye-dye tshirt. Very fashionable but not what we wanted.
Really need to plan something better.
Saturday 16th May 2015
Elena is poorly today so I can't try anything. I went into Niamh's room and bawld my eyes out. Oh how I wish she was here
Wednesday 20th May
Here it is! 3 years of being alone. Elena is ok now, so we are trying one more time. We mixed a bit of each medicine Niamh had to take with some water.
I went to bed crying my eyes out.
Thursday 21st May 2015
I started to cry again this morning. I want this. Work so bad. Elena is here again. I turned around and hugged her and as I turned one of my tears fell in a jar. There was a golden glowing light and when I turned around again, I saw her standing there in her pyjamas.
I was speechless and so was Elena. My tears of sadness turned into tears of joy. I ran to her and she ran to me, then we had the biggest huggle ever. Even Elena cried with happiness. We may not have found the cure but we got what I wanted most back.
I FIXED MY WORLD.
Back to 22nd May 2015
So that is why I am happier. Ok Niamh you can writ something now.
"We went to a theme park.Peppa pig world as that's my favourite, McDonald's, the beach and to the cinema. We are now having a sleepover. Yay!"
I will never be lonely again, oh and guess what! Elena is sleeping round too. We are all so happy.
"I have my big sister back! I am so happy"
This is the last page of my diary for now. What a week! The best week of my life.
We have had news through this morning that the amazing Sarah Stoute has smashed Mount Kilimanjaro reaching the summit in the early hour of Friday 27th Feb.
We are all so amazingly proud of her.
We will update as soon as we hear more...
WELL DONE SARAH x
We are so pleased and proud to be benefiting from this amazing event. Being associated to this event is even more special to us as Niamh's favorite show was Strictly and in 2011 Make-a Wish organised an amazing trip for us and Niamh to visit the show at BBC Television Centre in London. The entire cast were amazing to us and there was lots of tears and laughter. Its certainly a day we will never ever forget. It fantasic to hear that BBC's Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec will be judges at this years Strictly Barclaycard @ the Deco on 5th March.
Don't miss out on this fantastic show, buy your tickets today before they all sell out www.decotickets.co.uk
Niamh's Next Step are so pleased and proud to be benefiting from this amazing event. Being associated to this event is even more special to us as Niamh's favorite show was Strictly and in 2011 Make-a Wish organised an amazing trip for us and Niamh to visit the show at BBC Television Centre in London. The entire cast were amazing to us and there was lots of tears and laughter. Its certainly a day we will never ever forget. It fantasic to hear that BBC's Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec will be judges at this years Strictly Barclaycard @ the Deco on 5th March.
Don't miss out on this fantastic show, buy your tickets today before they all sell out www.decotickets.co.uk
DHL Supply Chain are proudly funding, supporting and implementing a brand new charity accounts package helping us move and grow for the future.
In November 2014 the team from DHL pitched to the DHL Supply Chain Dragons Den to get funding for this superb project. There pitch was accepted and the Dragons donated the funding for this project.
There team of 8 DHL Finance Professionals, are currently taking part in an internal development program called the Finance Academy which is aimed at mid-level employees with the intention to develop them into future leaders of the Finance Organisation within DHL Supply Chain. As well as a number of class based modules, part of this development program requires that we undertake a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) focused community project, which will provide an on-going benefit to the organisation of our choice as well as enable us to put into practice some of the learning’s from the Finance Academy into practice in a real life scenario. The partner organisation and project must align with the objectives of the DHL Foundation – “to help children and young people achieve their full potential”
The intention is that the CSR project must be completed by May 20th 2015, in terms of the project teams activities but clearly the intention is leave a last legacy that will benefit the partner organisation beyond this date and into the future.
We are very proud to be working alongside DHL Supply Chain as they help us implement this new software package.
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