Charities

Mind
Mind has been speaking out for better mental health for 60 years and is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. At Mind, we work for a better life for everyone with experience of mental or emotional distress.
Hospice In The Weald
Hospice in the Weald provides compassionate, individualised, holistic and supportive care for all patients with terminal illnesses, their families and carers.
Myeloma UK
Registered as a charity in 1997, Myeloma UK is the leading UK cancer organisation dealing specifically with myeloma and its related disorders. Our broad and innovative range of services cover every aspect of myeloma, from information and support to improving standards of treatment and care through research, education, campaigning and raising awareness. Our strategy is to take an integrated approach to systematically address the barriers and challenges that are slowing down myeloma research and the development of, and access to, new treatments, optimal care, information and support.
The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre
Most people are affected by cancer during their lives and many find this a traumatic and lonely experience. We aim to help and support anyone going through the emotional upset of cancer, from diagnosis onwards, be they patients, their partners, children, friends, or carers. We offer a safe, relaxing, friendly environment where mutual support and information can be found, without the pressure of appointments or time restraints. We offer a wide range of complementary therapies, such as reflexology, reiki, healing and massage; also nutritional advice, yoga and counselling. All are available free of charge.
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s mission is to get lives on track using world class athletes to engage, enable and empower disadvantaged young people. At a time where there are more than one million 16-25 year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the UK, our work is now more important than ever. Through a range of personal development programmes run across the country, every one of our young people receives mentoring and support from a world-class athlete.
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Kelly's Heroes fundraising page

Fundraisers: 
KELLY HOLMES

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/KellysHeros

Hiya here's my story:

For the first time ever I have been asking people for money. 

For many years I have supported charities financially as well as investing a huge amount of time over the past 20 years to be a Patron, Ambassador, Founder or Chair to different ones.

So this year set myself a massive goal of raising £250,000 for five charities and in the process have been doing a lot of events including the Virgin London Marathon.

I did it, I AM NOT a long distance runner. I am a well and truly retired elite runner and 11 years older than when I was already an 'old' Olympic Champion, I had pretty much given up running deciding to do it on January 4th this year. I had only done one half marathon in my whole career with no training, breakfast or warm up and I get soooo bored running a long way.

I did not have best preparation over the four months if I am honest and my legs only just held up. I had loads of days off and was worried (like everyone) that I hadn't done enough! 

But I did it!  I was really shocked at my performance to be honest. I had put a time in my head of 3 hours 30mins and on the day ran 3 hours 11mins. I do not know how I did it other than I went into "the zone". It ended up being an amazing experience and it was great to run with so many others doing it for great causes.

However the biggest challenge is still out there because I need to reach my target of £250,000! I have been doing lots of events and there have been some really generous people helping me to reach the goal.

I am a Marathon and fundraising Virgin (get it?) so any help would be truly appreciated.  Below are my five charities and I hope you will see they are very worthwhile causes. 

Whatever you can give is more than I have right now, and will be brilliant so thank you Xxx

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

This is my own charity of which I have step up from Chair to President of. I am passionate about helping people reach their full potential. Through the trust we are helping young people make long term attitudinal life changes. It is incredible to see someone who feels they have nothing to live for, make amazing personal transformations.  Elite sports people have the skills and tools to become amazing mentors and through mentoring are the reason why my charity is so unique.

www.damekellyholmestrust 

Hospice in the Weald

My coach Dave Arnold who coached me for a total of 15 years passed away 2 years to the day I won my 1500m Gold medal. August 28th. I will never forget what he did to guide me as a 12 year old and how he then became a mentor in the latter years. He will never be forgotten in my heart and I have been a patron for the Hospice for many years.

The following three charities are ones that I feel very passionate about even though I am not an ambassador. There are certain times in life where situations stare you in the face and you can either crumble or be inspired and in awe of people and the cause.

Myeloma UK

My mother has been going through treatment for myeloma, and I am so pleased to say that the treatment she has received was truly amazing. She is currently in remission and doing really well. Myeloma is an incurable cancer and it’s hard to treat because every case is unique. The money that goes to Myeloma UK will support research to make sure people like my mum get the treatment that’s right for them.

Pickering Cancer Centre

I met a lady called Polly on News Years Eve 2015 and was captivated by her passion for her charity. She told me that when I was winning my second Gold medal she was told she had survived cancer for the 2ndtime and that was like her Gold! I was hooked and after visiting the cancer centre which is run entirely by volunteers, I knew I wanted to help.

Mind UK

 Having suffered from depression and self harming myself, my choice to support them is a very personal one.  Seeing that more and more people, including children are going through personal turmoil it is important that I can help highlight and give awareness to the issues that are so often silenced.

I am pleased to say that two other guys Jeff Beedie and Mark Sterratt have agreed to run the Virgin London Marathon on behalf of my charities. It’s great to get that added support for fundraising.

Sponsor them here - www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/KellysHeroes1

Thank you to my offline donors -

Cyril Hildenborough, £20

Olive Tonbridge, £5

Ben Jacobs Doha, £10

St Georges £1500

Eric Hadley £10

Squerryes Wolfe of Westerham £2500

John Benoy £100

Southborough and District Lions Club - £500

Recent donors

24.07.16 These are the proceeds from the raffle at our Easter Sunday Cyclorun Fun Run, 5k and 10k events.

05.07.16 Raffle money from Dr Glenville's talk plus one ticket

29.06.16

26.06.16 £1 for every day of Ramadan . You continue to inspire x

22.06.16 Dr Glenville's talk, Tunbridge Wells

21.06.16 Dr Glenville Talk

21.06.16

20.06.16 This is for the dr Marilyn Grenville talk but also wanted to say well done to dame Kelly, you are a truly amazing inspiration. Thank you for trying to make a change in the lives of so many

17.06.16 On door sales from Literary in the lounge

17.06.16 Donation for Dr Glenville's talk re Balancing Hormones in Tunbridge wells.

17.06.16 Good Luck with the fundraising from Sackville School

13.06.16 Great charities, my £20.00 is for the Glenville talk

13.06.16 What great causes! This is for two tickets for the Dr Glenville talk Weds 22 June.

11.06.16 On door sales from Literary in the lounge

08.06.16 Dr Glenville talk

08.06.16 Good luck with the fundraising AXA PPP Healthcare

07.06.16 for Literary in the lounge

06.06.16 Donating for Literary in the Lounge

05.06.16 For my friend Andrea M, who did a long distance Twilight walk to support this cause!! Well done Andrea, I know how much training you put into this x x

04.06.16 Thanks for coming down to Maidstone Parkrun, you are an inspiration and just what I needed to get myself out of bed last Saturday! Hope to see you there again soon!

02.06.16 Attending dr Marilyn Glenvilles talk - 2 tickets Last one was completely brilliant so really looking forward to it ! well done all

02.06.16 Thank you for cheering me over the linecat Maidstone parkrun!! Catey xx

02.06.16 Good luck - you have been a marvellous Ambassador. I need someone to train the trainers of slum kids in India - can you direct me?

31.05.16 Devastated the wk I can't be at Maidstone Parkrun is the one you do! No great runner, just love Parkrun & norm 3-5th in same age gp. I hoped I could say I was once 4th when an olympic legend was 1st!! Gutted - pls return one day! Thanks for inspiring us!

30.05.16 Good Luck !

£75,927.23

Running total

Target:
£250,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£80,772.93
Total donors:
720
Last donor:
Brian & Dawn (So Let's Go Running)
24.07.16  
Offline fundraising:
£6,945.00
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