We are pleased to announce our Fundraising Heroes of 2023. People who have raised above and beyond £1,000 for the Haemochromatosis cause!

2024 New Years Honours List (Fundraising Heroes)

  • Mitchell Bibb
  • Liza Putwain
  • Kate
  • Sammy Park and Emma Moxham
  • Mark Venn
  • Neil Griffiths
  • Karen Richardson
  • Matt Thompson
  • Rachel Lane
  • Neil Crowe
  • Megan Gallagher
  • Kira Drabble
  • Emma Yates

And getting in before the end of the year..

  • Stephen Bogan
  • Anne Heeks
  • Anne-Marie True
  • Scott Pugsley

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In no particular order we start with Mitch seen here being awarded his Haemochromatosis Hero medal by Michael Smith.

Mitchell Bibb (Mitch) ran the Chester Marathon this year raising an amazing £2,799 including a generous matched donation from his employer Briggs Equipment of £1,500.

"I ran for the charity as Haemochromatosis UK have helped my father in-law this year which I and my family are thankful for!" said Mitch. 

Everyone in our fundraising heroes honour's list has received a Haemochromatosis Hero medal as a reward for getting to £1,000 and over raised for the charity.

We very often we have people raising funds for the charity motivated by the memory of loved ones affected by the condition. Liza Putwain - raised £2,652 In Memory of her husband Ian.

"Last year, Chris and Graeme took on this challenge with their friend Ian and had an amazing night. They planned to do it again this year. But those plans all changed when Ian became ill in January and suddenly and unexpectedly died." Liza

The boys decided that they would still do the ride and when they asked Ian's wife, Liza, to join them, she couldn't resist. She started out using an old bike of Ian's and with support from Chris and Graeme, she now has all the gear, a bit of an idea and few miles under her belt.

Our Fundraising Hero Kate also raised funds in memory of a loved-one:

"Recently, my lovely cousin died unexpectantly, far too young, as a result of haemochromatosis. In her memory, I would like to help raise awareness and support early diagnosis of and research into this genetic disease. Kate raised over £1,600.

Sammy Park and Emma Moxham (pictured in the Banner) ran as a Team in the London Vitality 10K. Sammy and Emma are IV nurses so know of the treatment for iron overload first hand.

"We have been supported with e-learning modules and best practice guidance and educational posters and leaflets for our clinic and patients. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to give back to the charity by running the London Vitality 10k."

Mark Venn also ran the London Vitality 10K raising over £1,000 for the charity. On his fundraising page Mark encouraged people to support Haemochromatosis UK with these words.

"If you have the means to donate – rest assured - this will greatly support their flagship work in education, research and helping people live with iron overload."

Completing the team running the Vitality 10k with our charity places were Neil Griffith (raising £1,249) and Karen Richardson (raising £1,078).

We are very grateful to folks like Matt Thompson - (NC500) and Rachel Lane (London Marathon) who voluntarily embarked on their own fundraising activities. Matt cycled the arduous 500 mile route to raise money for Haemochromatosis UK after his son Jack was diagnosed with iron overload. Rachel ran the London Marathon breaking through the £1,000 fundraising target.

On her JustGiving page Rachel commented: "I’m one of the seemingly few English people not Irish enough to get an Irish passport but I am Irish enough to have a condition called the Celtic curse." 

Neil Crowe undertook the Bamber Bridge Three Peaks with friends in support of the charity:

"One of our great friends Michael Taylor (Micky T) has recently been diagnosed with the condition, so we wanted to do something to raise a bit of money to go towards future research for this condition."

Megan Gallagher ran the Hackney Half in memory of her father but also her boyfriend who lives with the condition, raising £1,778 in the process.

Our final two Haemochromatosis Heroes ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Kira Drabble (raised £1,105) and Emma Yates just shy of one grand at £965 but we believe she deserves the medal and honour also.

"I had never heard of this condition before I was diagnosed so I am always happy to inform others, if I am asked and raise awareness for the condition that is why I am running for Hemochromatosis, they are an amazing charity and do amazing research and work so this is where I can give something back to them for all their support." Emma Yates

We hope you agree with us that these amazing people deserve making the New Year Honours List as our fundraising heroes but of course everyone who donates or raises funds for the haemochromatosis cause is a hero too! We just wouldn't have enough medals to go round everyone.

If these fundraisers inspire you to take on a challenge in 2024 we have an amazing list of events and activities to consider.

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