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Graham Sturge

Tokyo, Boston, london, Berlin, Chicago, NY

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Just before midnight on the 22nd April 2017 John Sturge (our Dad) passed away after an extremely brave battle with Pancreatic Cancer. 10 Hours later I was on the start line of the London Marathon 2017, numb with emotion.[/p][p]I stood there with his picture on my back, 3 balloons above my head (with John Sturge, Dad and Grandad on) and a massive hole in my heart.[/p][p]I would not have made it around without the amazing support of the people around me, my family and friends along the route, Fran who saw me at 6 miles and got me running again for a couple of miles with her, Mike who caught up with me at mile 9 and then stayed with me until the finish line, the knowledge that Mum was at home watching wiling me to finish and that above me somewhere was Dad telling me not to give up.[/p][p]I did however get to the end by running, jogging, walking, crying and at the finish line let the balloons that had watched over me for the 26,2 miles, go into the sky.[/p][p]I have been extremely lucking that I can run and that the people I usually run with are amazing. Running has helped me deal with grief and given me something positive to focus on.[/p][p]So, on the 1st anniversary of Dad’s passing to the day I again enter the streets of London to help raise awareness and money for this very underfunded charity for one of the most lethal cancers. It was a brutal race for me but once again my fellow runners along with the knowledge that Dad was watching over me got me through. [/p][p]We now go into 2019 which where we would have been celebrating his 70th birthday but still celebrating his life.[/p][p]To celebrate his 70th birth year I have decided to take the challenge to a whole new level.[/p][p]There are six ‘World Major’ marathons which are the oldest, biggest, most famous and the hardest marathons to get places for in the world.[/p][p]Once all six are completed by a runner a 6 star medal is issued. To achieve this takes many runners many years to fulfil their ambition and to be listed on the hall of fame of the WMM wall.[/p][p]In fact the official web site states: ‘Following the conclusion of the AbbottWMM Series in London in April 2018, the verified total of six star finishers now stands at just 3,786 which means that incredibly, more people have submitted Mount Everest than have earned the coveted Six Star Medal by finishing all six marathons.’[/p][p]More incredibly, taken from the official web site there is only 4 people from the UK that have earned a six star medal by completing all six in the same calendar year.[/p][p]So my challenge to celebrate Dad’s life and to raise as much money as possible for this wonderful charity is to not only complete all 6 but to become only the 5th person in the UK to complete them within the same calendar year.[/p]

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Supporters

Jun 13, 2019

Ian

£1550.00 plus £387.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2019

Nigel Tollman

£4350.00

Jun 12, 2019

Tim Cook

Hi Graham, great ball on Saturday. Congratulations on such an amazing successful event. Here is my £650 Donation for the Auction 6B Arsenal tickets from Richard.

£650.00

Jun 11, 2019

Jon Bowser

Graham, please find attached my donation for the silent auction item 2.

£600.00

Jun 11, 2019

Anonymous

Well done Lee and the Working Environments team for getting on stage to sing at The Big Purple Ball.

£1000.00

Jun 11, 2019

Pancreatic Cancer Ball

Pancreatic Cancer Ball Raffle and proceeds from the Ball

£5466.00

Jun 11, 2019

Childrens Fundrasing At the Ball

Money raised by the Sturge, Setterfield, Warren and Barnes Children at the Pancreatic Cancer ball xxx

£663.00

Jun 11, 2019

Polystar Plastics Ltd

Dear Graham We are pleased to donate £650 for the Arsenal tickets at the Charity Auction. Thank you

£650.00

Jun 10, 2019

Working Environments Ltd

Dear Graham We are pleased to donate £721 for Item 4 at the Charity Auction. Thank you

£721.00

Jun 10, 2019

Jim Camwell

A great event in aid of a great charity. To all those who have been affected by this horrible disease I can only hope that our donation will be of some benefit, and to all those yet to be affected I wish the same

£435.00