Team GG's fundraising page

Gemma Garton


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Team story

[p]Hello...thanks for visiting the "Team GG" fundraising page.[/p][p]Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and decided very early on in my treatment I wanted to raise some money for the amazing 'Christie' hospital and 'Cancer Research UK' which are basically saving my life. To be honest, until my illness I didn't know the scary fact that '1 in 3' people sadly are affected. However the good news is that I have learned that actually you CAN live with cancer and you CAN certainly beat it.....for me, that is what I'm going to do! I am finding that looking forward into the future and concentrating positive energy on my fundraising is really helping me through these tough times.....and on the 22nd July I am excited to report the tough times came to an END.....after 6 sessions of chemotheraphy I am officially *CLEAR OF CANCER* I can't explain the relief and now the fundraising can ramp up even more!!! :) :) :)[/p][lt]table style="height: 27px; width: 394px;" border="3"[gt][lt]tbody[gt][lt]tr[gt][lt]td[gt][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #888888;][b][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #99ccff;"[gt]NEXT EVENT: LEGEND'S CHARITY FLAT RACE @ KNUTSFORD RACES[/span][lt]/span[gt][/b][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][b][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="color: #000000;"[gt]Knutsford Races is holding its annual point to point steeplechase meeting at Tabley House, Knutsford on Sunday 17 May and this year is holding a one off 'Legend's' flat race.[/span][lt]/span[gt][/b][/p][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="color: #000000;"[gt]Coronation Street star and racing fan [b][lt]span style="color: #ff00ff;"[gt]Charlie Lawson[/span][/b] (Jim McDonald) is presenting the prizes for the final race of the day. This is a charity flat race for former leading point to point jockeys and racing stars, with all entry monies going to "Team GG's" chosen charities.[lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]/td[gt][lt]/tr[gt][lt]/tbody[gt][lt]/table[gt][p][b]September 2014:[/b] I have now added a target for my fundraising to £6,000.00, £1,000 for each treatment of chemotheraphy I had to make me better....... [/p][p]A lot of people have asked what their kind donation is contributing towards, so I have spent some time chatting to both charities and selected specific areas for ‘Team GG’s’ money to contribute to.[/p][p]The [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Christie Charity[/span] [/b]provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. They are one of the largest hospital charities in the UK with 83p in every pound going directly to patients.[/p][p]Each year 28,500 people in the UK, [span=color: #ff00ff;][b]including myself[/b],[/span] are diagnosed with haematological cancers – these are cancers like leukaemia and lymphoma which affect the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes.[/p][p]Following on from the successful fundraising, construction and opening of the New Haematological Transplant Unit (HTU) on the Christie Hospital site, the Christie Charity are bringing world class research and “[b][span=color: #ff00ff;]PURE HOPE[/span][/b]” to patients at the new HTU. With ‘Team GG’s’ donations we are bringing world class research and [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]PURE HOPE[/span][/b] to patients at the new HTU.  [/p][p]Please read about Dave's story below an example of what recent PURE HOPE appeal donations has funded:[/p][p][i]Dave's story is quite incredible. He had been given just 12 months to live following a very rare leukaemia diagnosis when he came to The Christie last year. This father of four (and grandfather of seven) had exhausted his treatment options and, after an extensive search, we could find no suitable stem cell donors. Dave was facing the worst. Luckily for Dave, hope was right here on his doorstep at the HTU - in the UK's very first clinical trial into umbilical cord transplants.[/i][/p][p][i]For Dave, we identified two matching donors of umbilical cord blood, which are rich in stem cells with phenomenal regenerative powers. After the transplant and six weeks as an inpatient with us, Dave's blood counts began to improve. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength.[/i][/p][p][i]It's amazing to think that this 60-year-old man was saved by two babies, just starting life. Now, with your support and our 12 new isolation rooms, we can carry out many more clinical trials into life-saving transplants like this.[/i][/p][p]Team GG’s donations could help The Christie discover new, revolutionary treatments, like the umbilical cord transplant that most certainly saved Dave's life.[/p][p][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Cancer Research UK[/span] [/b]receives no government funding for their research. Their life saving work relies on donations that people like us take the time to donate.[b][/b][/p][p]‘Team GG’ have chosen to support one of the biggest and most exciting project happening[b] [/b]in the North West Area is the “More Tomorrows Campaign in Manchester.” This campaign is funding the construction of the new [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Manchester Cancer Research Centre[/span][/b] (MCRC) across the road to the Christie Hospital and our Manchester Cancer Research Uk Institute. In this building, which will open in 2015, researchers will work side by side with the doctors and clinicians from the Christie to take treatments from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside as quick as possible. This collaboration also allows [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Cancer Research UK[/span][/b] to personalise treatment for patients by their DNA make up and that of their cancer, rather than just by cancer type – which will revolutionise the way cancer is treated across the world, and it’s happening right on our doorstep. I am SO SO proud that ‘Team GG’ are able to support such a terrific fund raising cause so close to home :)[/p][p]My one goal I had for 2014 was to run a personal best in the Wilmslow Half Marathon.....which I didn't make, but this goal has most definitely been rolled over to 2015. This is where the idea "Team GG" was born! My aim is get through my treatment and with all the luck on my side I will be running the Half Marathon in March 2015.[/p][p]However, so many people have said they want to help and get involved and I thought why not! So the fundraising is already beginning! My good friend from work [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Chris Smith[/span][/b], ran the Wilmlsow Half Marathon this year with only 2 days’ notice, having only ever run 7 miles previously and smashed it in 2 hours!! On the 18th May [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Chris Sinton[/span][/b] a fellow Alderley Edge Hockey Club member is ran the Copenhagen FULL marathon and my very good friend [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Evonne Hitchen[/span][/b] ran the Manchester 10k both in the trademark "Team GG" pink head band!! I can't thank these first few members of “Team GG” for getting getting fundraising going!![/p][p]On 22nd June the Newton family were out in force tackling the muddy 5k at Tatton Park.......well done to my newty sweets [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Vickie[/span][/b] and [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Claire[/span][/b] and to their Mum [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Karen[/span][/b]! :)[/p][p]On the weekend in July 'Six Meandering Men' took part in a 46 mile hike around Lake Windermere in support of 'Team GG's' to raise more funds for the cause! The hardy team include: [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Chris Smith[/span][/b], [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]James Hughes[/span][/b], [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Kenny Hughes[/span][/b], [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Daniel Hughes[/span][/b], [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Sean Byrne[/span][/b] and [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Mikey Prestage[/span] [/b]......this was by no means an easy challenge as the guys walked for up to 12 hours per day and carrying all their provisions / camping gear in the heat....they picked up a few Budwisers, walking sticks and camping bags along the way (!) and I can't thank you enough for your support :)[/p][p]September was a busy month for fundraising kicking off with [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Alderley Edge Hockey Club ladies section[/span][/b] rainbow tournament. Mini matches took place on a sunny Sunday afternoon between the various colourful teams with cakes and coffee on sale to keep everyone's energy levels up! We had a great turn out from the Ladies section, 'Mum's Back to Hockey', U13s and University players. The 'blue' team eventually prevailed, which wasn't a fix at all (!) even though I played on the winning team ;) A great afternoon was had by players and supporters alike. [mind, I couldn't walk the next day....that was my first bit of exercise for just under a year!!!][/p][p]On Sunday 21st September [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Charlotte Bailey[/span][/b] BLITZED her very first half marathon in Warrington in the trademark pink head ban but with matching pink trainers too!! She completed in 1 hour 59 mins.....amazing time, well done Charlotte!![/p][p]My Mum opted out of training and running half marathons so arranged the [b]HUGELY[/b] successful [span=color: #ff00ff;][b]"Tinker's Walk"[/b][/span] on a beautiful autumnal Sunday afternoon. The 2 mile social stroll was marked out by rainbow coloured balloons around the stunning the Cheshire country side starting from White Barn Farm and included a scrummy cream tea and visit to Winston and Louise Hunter's beautiful gardens at Acton House, Over Alderley. We had over 100 who joined in and supported the event. It was simply an overwhelming day. I can't thank my Mum enough for organising :) x[/p][p]In March several members of ‘[span=color: #ff00ff;][b]Team GG’[/b] [/span]got out their running shoes and ran 13.1 miles for the Wilmslow Half Marathon[/p][p]The elite marathon completing athletes were[b]:[/b][/p][p][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Lyndsay Lomax[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #00ffff;]Joanne Murray[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff6600;]Julia Bewers[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff0000;]Chris Sinton[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #00ff00;]Jessica Womersley[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff99cc;]Lisa Durrant[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #0000ff;]Peter Garton[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #00ff00;]Richard Garton[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #800080;]Sam Gardner[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #800080;]Chris Ford[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #00ff00;]Theresa Welsh[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #00ffff;]Clem Rix[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Ali Riley[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff0000;]Richard Nichols[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #0000ff;]James Nichols[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff0000;]Candy Rix[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #800080;]Chris Sage[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #ff99cc;]Amy Shrimpton[/span][/b][b], [/b][b][span=color: #00ffff;]Thomas Shrimpton[/span][/b][b],[/b][b] [/b][b][span=color: #ff6600;]Claire Newton[/span], [/b][span=color: #ff00ff;][b]Chris Smith[/b]...[/span][/p][p]It was an absolutely fantastic day and I am proud to say that with your help ‘Team GG’ reached a landmark milestone and smashed the £16k fundraising mark. This is such a terrific achievement and I can’t thank all of you and your generous friend's and family's sponsorship for making this happen.[/p][p]Now a month has passed since the race day I look back with fond memories and have managed to blank out the how difficult it was from mile 8 onwards (!) I have the best memories not only taking part in the race, but of the cheer leaders along the way, and the wonderful hospitality that my Mum and Dad put on after at White Barn Farm.[/p][p]The '[b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Team'[/span][/b] also got an impressive write up and photo in the Macclesfield Express….to see the article please follow the link below.[/p][p][url=][/url][/p][p]I am pleased to announce that our fundraising will wrap up on 17[sup]th[/sup] May 2015 at [b][span=background-color: #ffffff;][lt]span style="color: #ff00ff;"[gt]Knutsford Races[/span][lt]/span[gt][/b] Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire. This year my Dad, Tim, is organising a [b]“[span=color: #ff00ff;]Legends Flat Race[/span]”[/b] with all monies from the race going towards Team GG’s charities![/p][p]The Flat race of just over 1 circuit of the Tabley approximately 1mile 2 furlongs. “Jockeys” must not have held any form of licence to ride on the track or in point to points since 1/6/14. The charity flat race is already proving a talking point with many local former point to point jockeys planning to take part.[/p][p][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Richard Burton[/span][/b] with 414 winners is the all-time record holder for most point to point wins is keen to take part but a recent skiing incident has aggravated an old shoulder injury. This has temporarily side-lined Burton and the timing of his operation will determine his participation. Richard will be present on the race day as he is now a member of the Knutsford Races organising committee.[/p][p][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Steve Brookshaw[/span][/b] is best known as the trainer of Lord Gyllene who won the re-run of the 1997 Grand National held on a Monday following the terrorist bomb scare threat on the Sunday. Steve who still regularly rides for his daughter, point to point trainer Heidi, is also Richard Burton's Uncle so he may have the family reputation to uphold![/p][p][b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Caroline Robinson[/span][/b] won both the Cheltenham and Aintree Foxhunters' chase and many point to point races. Caroline now trains pointers and has successfully bred several  ‘Shales’ pointers who are ridden by her two  daughters Immy and Kitty; providing family continuity which is often found in the sport of pointing.[/p][p]Ex point to point jockey, [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Miles Seston[/span][/b], leading owner and former successful rider [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Richard Hewitt[/span][/b], ex jockey and succesful trainer [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Willie Byran[/span][/b], past national champion [b][span=color: #ff00ff;]Andrew Dalton[/span][/b] and[b] [/b]former top North West jockey and now leading North West trainer [span=color: #ff00ff;][b]Gary Hanmer[/b][/span] are all keen to line up in the charity race.[/p][p]For further information or find out how to enter please check out:[/p][p][/p][p]There are more events in the pipeline......all will be released soon :)[/p][p]Thanks a million for your many people will benefit from your donations. You really are changing lives.[/p][p] As they say onwards and upwards.[/p][p] Gemma [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

17 May 2015


Dec 7, 2015

Johnnie Haywood

Well done team!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 31, 2015


Garton Ltd is proud to support Cancer Research UK & the Christie Hospital Trust. Well done Gemma with your fundraising and for raising so much money.


Jun 23, 2015

Gary Hanmer

Riding in the Charity Race at KnutsfordRaces


plus £37.50 Gift Aid

Jun 4, 2015

Willie Bryan

sponsorship money kindly donated by friends for riding in the charity race at Tabley


Jun 4, 2015


Well done to Willie Bryan for not falling off the horse.


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 27, 2015

Ben Brain


plus £10.00 Gift Aid

May 19, 2015

Rory Alkin

Hi Gemma Well done on great sponsorship at the Knutsford Races. Despite the cold weather by the time the Legends race was run it was a fantastic climax to a great day. Best wishes Rory


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 18, 2015


From the guys in the Rams Head, Lowton


plus £40.00 Gift Aid

May 18, 2015


Great ride yesterday even tho you just got pipped. Well done Gemma!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 16, 2015


Great fundraising causes. Stay Happy, Be Positive, Aim High. xx


plus £250.00 Gift Aid

Gemma Garton

Gemma Garton

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