Stuart Priscott

Stuart Priscott

Stuart Priscott's 50th JOGLE Challenge 2021


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Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am joining two friends – Matt Theedom and Scott Chappell – on a gruelling cycle challenge from John O’Groats to Lands End in July to raise money for two charities very close to my heart: Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Chance to Shine. I will also be celebrating my 50th birthday in July; an unthinkable milestone when I was born in 1971 with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Over the past 50 years I have benefitted from amazing medical research and discoveries, excellent health care from the NHS (massive thanks to the CF Team at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital) and supportive family and friends. I have experienced first-hand how new drugs and treatments can transform people’s lives. [/p][p][br][/p][p]I have also seen the impact of poor health and the daily struggle that accompanies it. Two years ago, my older sister Jo, who also had CF, passed away shortly after her 50th birthday after a career in teaching and ultimately an unsuccessful lung transplant. Jo was a kind, loving and inspirational sister and friend. As a family we were devastated by her death, which felt untimely so soon after the transplant she had waited so long for. It is the way in which she led her life with such passion and vigour that has driven me to take this challenge in my 50th year. [/p][p][br][/p][p]I have two younger brothers, one of whom also lives with CF. For many years it felt like research and treatment regimes were aimed purely at preventing deterioration and supporting compromised daily living. But science has since advanced to the stage where funded research can and does make a life changing and life affirming difference. Both my brother and I have been able to start families of our own thanks to scientific advances, again something we never thought would be possible. [/p][p][br][/p][p]In learning to live with CF I have realised it is not enough to be alive – life is for living and everyone needs a purpose. I was lucky from an early age that I found cricket as an outlet to stay active, meet people and develop friendships, and strive to achieve. My opportunities came through school and teachers who cared and a pathway into club cricket. I now work for Chance to Shine - an education charity that uses the power of cricket and sport to open possibilities and develop life skills. I see up close the positive impact sport can have on young people and the way it can be the spur to unlock potential. [/p][p][br][/p][p]A year ago, as we entered lockdown, I wanted to give myself the best chance of staying well. I started to exercise and bought my first ever bike. A year on, the benefits of that change mean that I can take on a challenge to celebrate my 50th birthday and honour the memory of my sister’s 50 years. It also allows me to give back to causes that have supported us so much in our lifetimes, a challenge that for most of my life was simply unimaginable. It has been suggested I will be the oldest person with CF to complete this challenge but I’d love to be proved wrong - please get in contact if you have done it already….[/p][p][br][/p][p]Joining Scott, Matt and me on the trip will be colleagues, family and friends from cricket, and we aim to raise £100,000 so others can benefit from both improved medicines and life-enhancing sporting opportunities. We know this is an ambitious target so your support is gratefully received. Every donation, however small, will make a massive difference to the people Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Chance to Shine helps.[/p][p]We have an online auction with lots of fantastic items to bid for - please do take a look [url=]here[/url][/p][p]Matt says…I’ve had the privilege of knowing Stu for what seems like a lifetime. It’s actually only about 17 years! Like Stu, I am very lucky to work in cricket, which is where our friendship began. That’s one of the beauties of cricket, you meet great people and make lifelong friendships and memories! I genuinely speak to him more often than I speak to my wife.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I’ve had unsettling experiences of visiting Stu in hospital when he has been at his worst, in fact I recall I kidnapped him on one memorable occasion to have fish and chips in Topsham! I’ve seen the challenges he’s had to face and they are very real. I didn’t ever think that I would have the chance to undertake such an epic physical challenge with him, but here we are about to cycle 950 miles together…[/p][p][br][/p][p]Scott says…I have known Stuart for the best part of 10 years, and first met him when I interviewed for a Community Coach role with Chance to Shine and the Devon Cricket Board. Remarkably he not only gave me that job but also my next job 4½ years later where I now manage the Chance to Shine schools programme for the Somerset Cricket Board. Having seen the impact Chance to Shine has first-hand, I could not think of a better charity to raise money for, along with Cystic Fibrosis who I know have played a huge part in Stuart’s life as well as thousands of others. [/p][p][br][/p][p][url=]Cystic fibrosis[/url] (CF) is a life-limiting genetic condition affecting more than 10,000 people across the UK. It affects the lungs and digestive system and can cause chronic infections and reduced lung function. Currently, half of those with CF will not live past age 41. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is fighting for a brighter future for people with CF and their families by funding cutting-edge research, driving up standards of care and supporting people with the condition and their loved ones every step of the way.[/p][p]£25 could help [b]provide emergency support [/b]through a helpline and grants, which are more in demand than ever.[/p][p]£100 could [b]help the charity improve the quality of care in CF centres across the UK[/b][/p][p]£500 could help the charity fight for access to life-saving drugs[/p][p]£1,000 could help fund ground-breaking research[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p][url=]Chance to Shine[/url] is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities. The charity takes cricket to new places and uses it to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people from Cornwall to County Durham.[/p][p]Since 2005, Chance to Shine has given over 5 million boys and girls in more than 10,000 state schools and community projects, the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket, improving their personal, social and mental well-being. [/p][p][br][/p][p]£25 could help to run a training session for teachers, giving them the confidence and skills to lead their own cricket sessions with pupils.[/p][p]£40 funds a Street coach for a two hour session.[/p][p]£100 could help a young Street cricketer to train as a qualified coach support worker, potentially leading to employment on their own Street project.[/p][p]£150 funds half a term of cricket for a whole class[/p][p]£150 funds 1 Street participant to become a Foundation 1 cricket coach [/p][p]£500 could help provide coaching, leadership training and competition to teenage girls. It aims to help them develop key life skills needed for the classroom and, in future, the corporate boardroom.[/p][p]£1,000 could help provide cricket opportunities to hundreds of young disabled people in over 200 schools.[/p][p]£7000 funds one Street project for a whole year[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

17 Jul 2021


Oct 3, 2021

Peter and Sue H

Best wishes


Sep 30, 2021

Claire Cummings

Good luck, so inspiring


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 9, 2021


Better late than never, right? Amazing achievement, well done Stu 👏 👏 🏏 🚴


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 8, 2021

Jamie Pike


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 1, 2021

Adrian and Lorna

Fantastic, well done all of you.


Sep 1, 2021

Richard W

Best wishes


Sep 1, 2021

Berkshire Cricket Foundation


Aug 30, 2021

John Gerrish

Top work Stu. Great cause, idea and performance.


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 23, 2021

Margaret L

Best wishes.


Aug 22, 2021

Jeff and Avril Protheroe

Well done to you all Jeff & April Protheroe.


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