CMV Action Fundraising - Autumn Update

     
It's been a busy year of fundraising, so we thought we should update you on a few of the events that have occurred.  We also wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who have raised money for us - we think you're amazing! Teresa Holtom's 3-year-old cousin was born with congenital CMV which was the motivation behind her music event.  On 17th August this year, Teresa organised a night of music at the Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club in North Wales with 5 local artists, including bands and solo acts, donating their time to perform to a lively crowd!  Teresa had also managed to gather a wide variety of raffle and silent auction prize donations, including a break in Scotland which was successfully bid on by one of our own trustees, Mandy Parks.  Mandy attended the event, to represent the charity and help Teresa raise awareness about our work, as well as about the virus we've been affected by. We would like to join Teresa in thanking the Golf Club for donating their venue for the event, all the musicians and prize donors, as well as everyone who supported the event by attending.  The night raised over £700, so a very big thank you to Teresa for all her hard work. Climbing Mountains (and a few large hills along the way) Some of you may remember that Emma Macfarlane has chosen to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of CMV Action and she has raised over £6,000 whilst training for this event.  She has been trekking around the UK in preparation for her big climb, which will take place next year, and keeping her company has been our very own Head of Fundraising, Sarah Beadell.  Joined by two other Mums from the Hampton area, Serena Scott and Rebecca Durham, they trekked around the Surrey Hills on 14th September, up some pretty big hills (not mountains, I grant you!) for a total of 40km.  Having not intended to fundraise for this event, they are pleased to announce that a few friends and family took pity and donated over £300 for their efforts! We would like to thank Michael Standing who raised over £15,000 by running the Brighton marathon in April - words cannot express our gratitude for his amazing achievement.  Our largest fundraising result to date! James West also ran in the Brighton marathon, raising over £1,000 for us, which we are incredibly grateful for. Thanks go to all our wonderful donors including Lloyds TSB, BT and Fitch Holdings. Money is being put to good use in our current awareness campaign. Future Fundraising Events Don't forget to watch out for our 11 runners in the Great South Run on Sunday 27th October.  The event will be televised on Channel 5 so let us know if you spot a CMV Action t-shirt! We would also like to wish luck to Sharon Kilner who is doing a charity zipslide at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester on Sunday 13th October.  You can read more about her story at http://www.brighouseecho.co.uk/news/local/sharon-s-leap-of-faith-to-help-her-son-1-6134672 And, news just in - a group of pregnant ladies are creating a charity calendar of painted bumps, to raise money for CMV Action.  Jennifer Horner, who tragically lost her son Joshua to the virus 7 years ago, is July's poster girl.  Watch this space for further updates on our very own calendar girls!

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