June 2013 Impact Young Heroes Newsletter

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Welcome to the June makeabigdifference newsletter

The Great British Summer is upon us.  Sunshine, hale, ice and torrential rain, we have it all…..you have to laugh!

This month, we are still focusing our fundraising efforts, to support Tom Cooper.   Tom has a bucket list he is steadily working through, and number 7 is to visit a good friend in Lanzarote ……we really need your help to raise £500, to make this dream a reality for Tom.

We also hear from Rob Law about an amazing euro treasure hunt; which is being undertaken by a number of Sheffield Uni students on the 10th June.  They are aiming to raise funds to help Young Heroes support more young people in Sheffield, who are living with cancer.  A great big thank you in advance to Sheffield Rag for their support!

There are so many ways you can help us to makeabigdifference to young people who are living with cancer.  Impact Young Heroes is really grateful to all of you who donate regularly; to help us to meet the challenge…..every little really does help!   We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading this newsletter, and your comments and input are always welcome.   So, if you would like to feedback on the newsletter or write a letter of support please e-mail me at sharon.brown@impactliving.org .  We would love to hear from you!

Until next month,


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Tom Cooper update

Hi everyone,

You may remember Tom Cooper from our Easter Newsletter.   Tom has been on a break from treatment recently for Nasopharyngeal Cancer and we are looking to help him achieve item 7 on his bucket list…..to visit a good friend in Lanzarote.

We have made great progress and Bev and Rob Law and their friends and family have raised approximately £863 and Nicola Mullen (now Doran) sacrificed her daily fix of Diet Coke for 30 days and raised £150…..brilliant!!

We really want to make Tom’s dream a reality in July but we really need your help to do this!  We are still £500 short of what we need to help this family.

Are you able to help financially in some way?  However, if you are unable to help financially; please could you pass this newsletter to all of your friends/family via e-mail or social networking sites and let’s see what we can do to www.impactliving.org to Tom and his family.

If you would like to donate please follow a link your preferred JustGiving page below and give whatever you can to help us to help Tom!




Or, if you would prefer you can follow this link http://­makeabigdifferen­ce.org/­support-us/   for details of how to donate or alternatively e-mail me at sharon.brown@ma­keabigdifferenc­e.org.

Many thanks,


Focus on Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Key Symptoms – Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

One of the first symptoms is often a painless swelling or lump in the upper neck. Other symptoms may include any of the following:

  • a headache
  • a blocked nose
  • nosebleeds
  • changes in hearing
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

These symptoms are common in conditions other than cancer and most people with these symptoms won’t have nasopharyngeal cancer. However, like most cancers, nasopharyngeal cancer is best treated when diagnosed at an early stage. Therefore, it’s important to have any of these symptoms checked out by your GP if they don’t improve after a few days.

Tom Cooper  says:  “ All I would say is if someone starts to suffer from severe nose bleeds, and headaches, congested feeling, dizziness then to go to the doctor straight away”  He also said to be persistent as that is how his symptoms started.  

As with many cancers, Nasopharyngeal Cancer is rare in the West and is usually found in older people; so this means that doctors would not necessarily assume symptoms belonged to this rare type of cancer, particularly if it’s a young person who is presenting with these “cold like” symptoms.

If in doubt…….check it out !!!

Information from www.macmillan.org

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Young Heroes volunteers tie the knot!

A big Young Heroes congratulation goes to John Doran and Nicola Mullen (now Doran) on their recent marriage.   John and Nicola were married on the 27th April and it was a really good do.  A great time was had by all!

I am sure you will join me in wishing them all the best for the future.

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Sheffield University Rag

We are very grateful to Sheffield University Student’s Union for choosing Impact Young Heroes as one of their main four charities this year. Last year they raised a total well in excess of £187,000 from their “Raise and Give” activities and supported 110 different charities.

Sharon and I attended the Student’s Union to meet with the students and organisers of the RAG week to explain a little bit about our work with young people who have life threatening illnesses. Sixty Seven plan to go on a treasure hunt across Europe on 10th June, taking in five cities including their start point in Amsterdam. They will cross four countries and cover 3000 kilometres which is about 1860 miles before eventually ending up in the Slovakian city of Bratislava a week later.

Their trip of a life time sounds amazing but for our Young Heroes, even more amazing, to know that they are being supported by these students who are raising thousands of pounds and giving it away to such worthy causes.


PS Your hospitality was great too!

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Do you enjoy walking? Do you want to raise funds to support young people who are living with cancer? if your answer is YES to one or both of these questions….then TrekFest may be the ideal motivator for you!!! Walk, meet new people and help support Impact Young Heroes. Give them a call on 0800 046 1297 to register for Young Heroes now and help us to support more young people who are fighting cancer.

For more details see  http://www.trekfest.org.uk/

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Edinburgh first night ride

Have you ever fancied doing a cycle ride for charity in bonny Scotland? This is your chance…You could do it and support Impact Young Heroes at the same time.

Join Edinburgh’s first night ride! 50 miles around Scotland’s stunning capital through the night…come and see the best sights lit up in all their glory. Support Impact Young Heroes as the charity of your choice! Just £39 pp to register – discounts available for groups and teams.

See http://www.globaladventurechallenges.com/uk/edinburgh-night-ride/#cycle for more details.


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London to Paris cycle ride

Now here is an exciting opportunity…….cycle from London to Paris and support Impact Young Heroes at the same time. To register, follow the link below


p.s don’t forget to say you want to support Impact Young Heroes!

The challenge is on to cycle 237 miles in just three days! The ride will take you through rolling English countryside and the breath-taking panorama of Northern France to a spectacular finish at the Eiffel Tower.

There will be a huge amount of fun and friendship along the way as cyclists of all abilities take up this special challenge.

There are three ways in which you can fund your London to Paris Bike Ride. All three methods require you to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £149 when you sign up for the challenge.

Minimum Sponsorship

Fundraise £1,500 for the charity of your choice. Providing you have raised the funds 10 weeks before the challenge, the charity you are supporting will pay the tour costs on your behalf with the remaining money and any money you raise over your minimum sponsorship going directly to support the work of the charity.

Self Funding with Sponsorship

Pay the tour costs yourself, 10 weeks before the challenge and then fundraise as much as you can for the charity of your choice or make a personal donation.

Self Funding

Simply pay the tour costs of the London to Paris Bike Ride yourself 10 weeks before the challenge.

If you are a keen cyclist with a sense of adventure, this may just be the challenge for you!  Plus you can help to makeabigdifference to a young person who is living with cancer.

Merci beaucoup!

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