Sittingbourne Freemason Raises Over £8,000 for Canterbury Hospital
Sittingbourne Freemason, Jamie Spencer, a member of the Duke of Kent Lodge No 5818 in Maidstone, could be described as a serial fundraiser. Between November 2014 and July 2015, he raised over £8,000 for the Brabourne Ward in Canterbury Hospital. Having almost doubled his original target with this tremendous achievement, Jamie plans to raise more funds for the hospital in the coming months.
Jamie was inspired to embark upon this campaign after his brother-in-law, Ricky Hall, sadly passed away after an eighteen-month battle with AML Leukaemia. Ricky was diagnosed in April 2013, and received treatment at Canterbury Hospital where he was very well looked after. He was given chemotherapy and was in full remission by September 2013. Unfortunately the leukaemia came back in March 2014 and, thanks to the Anthony Nolan charity, a bone marrow donor was found in Germany and Ricky received a transfusion in October 2014. Unfortunately he suffered some infections, was readmitted to hospital and passed away with his family at his side on 25th November 2014.
Having seen the tremendous work and treatment Ricky received from the staff of Brabourne Ward at Canterbury hospital, Jamie decided that he wanted to turn the negative situation into a positive one and help others who may be going through the same situation. He approached the ward to find out what equipment they needed and a target of £4,400 was set. The next hurdle was how was he was going to raise the money?
He set himself four challenges over the next ten months which were, firstly, to run the Hastings Half Marathon - this was completed in March. The second was to complete “Tough Mudder” which was an 11 mile assault course; this he completed in May accompanied by James Reavil, a member of Hexagon Lodge No 5380, from Rochester. The third was to climb Ben Nevis; this was completed in July, also supported by his wife Rachael and two friends, one of whom is Peter Adams, a Past Master of Temple Lodge No 5279, meeting in Chingford, Essex.
The final event was a Charity Ball attended by 150 people with celebrity host Lydia Bright from “The Only Way is Essex”. Jamie held a raffle on the night to boost funds with the following 10 prizes:-
- A meet and greet with Olympic diver Tom Daley at the Olympic swimming pool.
- Tickets to the first live X Factor show.
- Tickets to Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway with pre-show drinks with the cast.
- Tickets to the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
- Tickets to see Mamma Mia in the West End.
- A SeaWorld hamper sent exclusively from USA.
- £500 venue decoration.
- Spa break
- New Kindle Fire.
The total raised so far is £8,166 and Jamie is waiting now for the hospital to receive the funds from his JustGiving page so that the equipment can be purchased. Jamie is currently working on next year’s challenge which is to run the Brighton Marathon in April on behalf of East Kent Hospital. Jamie said “I have never run a marathon before and this will be a massive challenge for me. However, when the going gets tough, that is nothing compared to the pain that a person goes through when a loved one is lost and this pushes me to continue. My target for this event is £500”. He would love your support with this if possible.
His JustGiving page is www.justgiving.com/jamiespencer2016/.
For more information about the Anthony Nolan charity, please visit: www.anthonynolan.org