Lori Murdock

Charities

Macmillan Cancer Support
We exist to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer, both those living with cancer and also their families and carers. Our primary focus is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. We are a charity registered in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SCO39907) and the Isle of Man (604).
Hospiscare
Hospiscare is the local hospice charity, delivering expert end of life care for Exeter, mid and east Devon. We care for patients in our Hospice, Day Care centres and in the community.
Force Cancer Charity
FORCE is a Devon based charity committed to people whose lives are affected by cancer. Over the last 27 years FORCE has raised over £10 million to help fund local cancer services. Why local? Simply because anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. Although FORCE was originally set up in 1987 to fund local research, (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter); the Charity has responded to the changing needs of people affected by cancer. In 2004 we opened a purpose built Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. The Centre offers a relaxing supportive environment where people can access a full range of advice, support and information under one roof. In addition to supportive care, and the purchase of important equipment to improve treatment, FORCE remains committed to local cancer research. FORCE funds research within the Peninsula Medical School which is currently focussed on lung and ovarian cancers. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK and it can spread to the brain as a secondary tumour. Our research is focussed on understanding how this cancer spreads through the behaviour of certain cells. Ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to treat because the early stages of the disease are relatively symptom-free and patients are often not diagnosed until the cancer has spread. The actual processes involved in the spread of ovarian cancer are not really understood and FORCE funded research is hoping to change this. This year our funding requirements will top £900,000 - all of this sum will be raised through voluntary contributions. In an increasingly global world, FORCE focuses on local people, offering help and support, face to face. If you would like to learn more about the work of FORCE please call 01392 402875.


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Fundraisers: 
Lori Murdock

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

About me.....

I am a retired solicitor and law lecturer who was given just months to live after being diagnosed with cancer and I am embarking on a dream to sail around the coast of Britain.


I began planning the voyage when doctors told me there was no cure for my aggressive form of skin cancer. I intend to set sail from Falmouth, Cornwall and sail anticlockwise around the UK.


I will stop off at various locations around the country as part of the trip, in which I hope to raise awareness of melanoma and cash for my chosen cancer charities.


I have been fortunate enough to have sailed across the Atlantic and to exotic locations like the Galapagos Islands but when I was given just nine months to live I realised I did not know the coast of my own beautiful island.

I  was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in September 2009 and part of the trip is to raise awareness of the symptoms of melanoma in the hope that other sufferers might get an early diagnosis and the treatment needed to combat the disease.


Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer but it can be cured in most cases if you catch it early. I want to encourage everyone I meet along the way to check their skin, get to know it so you can spot any change, however small. Get it checked out straight away. If you are worried ask to be referred to a specialist.

Malignant melanoma is the second fastest growing cancer in young people between 15 and 35. Be aware and encourage the young people around you to use factor 50, not to burn and not to use sun beds. 


We expect to be at sea for three months but Betty is a seasoned seadog and shouldn’t be too fazed by a few months at sea. We will have to give her shore leave as often as we can so she gets her exercise though. Betty has her own lifejacket which she has been wearing since she was a puppy. I have two small boats on the river Exe at Topsham and Betty has been sailing since she was 14 weeks old. The problem with Betty is that she thinks every boat on the water belongs to her and given half a chance will just leap aboard, I think she's a bit of a pirate at heart.....


Recent donors

18.04.14 Wishing you a fair wind and a following tide xxx

18.04.14 Good luck with your fantastic voyage!

25.02.14

16.02.14

15.02.14 Good luck, a charity and awareness which I've been touched by xxx

15.02.14 Good Luck Lori!

14.02.14 Happy Sailing Lori! Kim x

09.01.14

01.10.13 Lori, thank you so much for taking part in our research study. Best wishes & kind regards Pharma Fieldwork

27.09.13 luc C and S xx

27.08.13 Dear Lori, skipper from Topsham you are wonderfull, it is inspiring to know you

23.08.13 Hi Lori, I heard about your trip recently. It's a wonderful idea, I hope that it's a success and that you are having a lovely time. Best wishes, Mei-An

22.08.13 Saw a little poster at my hairdressers today and Hazel told me about what you are planning to do and how life is still throwing lots of the brown stuff your way BUT that you are not letting it get in the way of your dream. You are an inspiration!

22.08.13 Dear Lori, we haven't seen you for ages, but would like to send our very best wishes.

08.08.13 Lori, I love you... always have and always will.

04.08.13 Best Wishes Nigel and Sandra Atherton

31.07.13 I saw the article in this months PBO. I had no idea you were poorly. How wonderful you are on the ocean, no better place to be, with the love of a good dog and a faithful cabin boy. Take care and sail safe. Best regards, Lindsey & Malcolm (Quasar V)

24.07.13 Best wishes.

20.07.13

20.07.13 Fun,smart, brave, inspiring- - and thats just seadog Betty!! Your expedition not only raises awareness, but gives courage to those confronting diagnosis, their family and friends. You are amazing. Happy days and a full sail.

15.07.13 I hope a lot of people take note about factor 50 and avoid sun beds.

10.07.13 Hi, just a small donation from one of your sister's colleagues

08.07.13 Best wishes to skipper and crew - any pics?

08.07.13 You are fantastic!

08.07.13

£5,750.00

Running total

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£6,963.76
Total donors:
161
Biggest donor:
steve
£1,000.00  
Last donor:
Kelly
18.04.14  
Offline fundraising:
£0.00
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