Local man John Walters was diagnosed with a grade 4 Globlastoma brain tumour in July 2016. For his wife Rachel and 15-year-old son Charlie along with their family their world was turned upside down. Rachel’s parents suggested fundraising for the Brain Tumour Charity by holding a raffle evening at their local bowls club.
John’s tumour was successfully removed in the August of that year and after several weeks recovery, John wanted to get involved as much as possible with the fundraising and said he would like to have a sportsman evening with an auction.
So Rachel took this onboard and although she thought she didn’t know any sports personalities, she managed to get it all organised, and on 30th September 2017 they held a dinner at Scraptoft Golf Club with 120 guests and seven sports personalities, with the help of Neil Back who invited George Chuter, Brett Deacon, Matte Poole, Steve Walsh, Chris Jones and surprise guest Martin Johnson, whom the family didn’t know was attending until the evening.
The evening was a great success, with an after-dinner speech from Vajiha from the Brain Tumour Charity. Rachel said she couldn’t thank the sportsmen enough for giving their time. She also wants to thank all of the businesses who donated items for the auctions and raffle, these include Natural World Pet Store, Gamble & Hollis Butchers, Co-op, Pukka Pies, Paper Moon Gift Shop, Wilkinson’s and Tesco to name just a few.
An amazing amount of £11,624.92 was raised from various functions over the year including Bowls club events, Rachel’s first ever marathon, donations and raffle.
The just giving page is still open for anyone who would like to support the charity, it is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/terry-funnell1 which is in Rachel’s fathers name as he initially set it up.