For each Fun Run our committee meets to consider applications from local organisations, and this year we have chosen to support these three fantastic charities:
Williams Fund is based in Gerrards Cross and raises money for childhood cancer research in Oxford. It was set up in memory by the parents of a young boy, William, who was diagnosed with cancer aged two, and died just two years later. The exact type of cancer that William had was never identified.
The Fund was established in 2000 to support research into childhood cancers and specifically to fund research by expert Dr Helen Townley. The charity has no paid employees and admin costs are met by Johanna and Peter.
Their aim is to raise £1 million by 2020, and the total currently stands at over £901,000. We would like to help them reach their target.
In 2016 Liberty Grace Schurer was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. She had lived in Chalfont St Peter all her life, and sadly died in October 2017, just 2 weeks after her 14th birthday. It was Liberty's wish that her family fundraise in her name for much needed research into this brutal condition as she did not want other children to suffer as she had.
Just 0.04% of research funding was spent by the major UK cancer charities on primary bone cancer research in 2017/18 and there have been no improvements to treatment protocols or survival rates in over 30 years. Liberty's Legacy, which is a special fund of the Bone Cancer Research Trust, is seeking to redress the imbalance by continuing the fight Liberty so courageously started and fundraising for vital life saving research in her memory.
Founded in 1982, this organisation trains dogs to help deaf people. For example, an important task for a hearing dog is to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss: Simple sounds that many people take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like a fire alarm. Being aware of these thanks to a hearing dog makes a real difference to deaf people's lives.
Deafness can be a very isolating disability. A hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence now they have a loyal companion and a true friend by their side.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People current has over 900 working hearing dog partnerships across the UK. They ensure that, once a deaf person has been matched with a hearing dog, they are guaranteed a hearing dog for life. The cost to train and support each hearing dog throughout their lifetime is £40,000, and the GX Fun Run will be supporting these efforts.