London to Brighton 2017

We had so much fun on our London to Brighton ride for 2017, with Adam W, Paul, Stevie, Sophie, Tom, Ryan, Louise, Jo, Lenny and Adam L, cycling the distance from The Royal Marsden Hospital to Brighton, on one of the hottest nicest rides we’ve had in a number of years.

This year was a little different as we decided to run the ride a week before we usually do, as we had the Wimbledon Fair the following weekend, but we were really glad that we did. As normal we took the route from The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, down to Brighton. Many riders decided to cycle over to the start this year, so ended up covering a lot more distance than we have in previous years.

It really was a fantastic day, with riders raising lots of money and the supporters doing a fantastic job of raising over £300 en route too! Massive thanks go out to the stag and hen parties in Brighton who made it a real giggle, especially swapping shirts with Stevie!

Check out the Gallery below:

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Congratulations to Francesca Cross for completing the Royal Parks Half Marathon on the 9th October, for Emma’s Bubble Trust. Francesca ran a fantastic time of 2 hours, 22 minutes!!
Thank you Cesca, your support means a lot

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Emma’s Bubble Trust Flat

As many of you are aware our flat is now being used by both patients having to attend daycare for chemotherapy and by parents of teenagers having to stay at the hospital.

By being able to stay locally in the flat it makes life so much easier, cutting down on travel expenses and having the reassurance that they are a stones throw away from the hospital if they are needed.

We have had positive feedback from those that have stayed, saying how welcoming, comfortable and convenient it is, which is great!

Thank you so much to all those that have supported us and fundraised to help this to have become possible. Let’s hope that we can continue to offer this support to families that need it for many years to come.

Pictures of the flat can be seen below..

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Thank you Virgin Atlantic

P1320033 (2)We were fortunate to be nominated as one of the chosen charities for the Virgin Atlantic Annual Golf Day which took place last September.

Ian Flight accepted a cheque for £5000 on our behalf.

Our thanks go to the organisers of this great day and those that took part. Also to Ian for nominating us.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

EBT Ball 2015It’s been another fantastic year for all of us at Emma’s Bubble Trust. I would like to thank you for support and for making Emma’s Ball such a fantastic night. I hope that many of you enjoyed the evening, we certainly did and we managed to raised £4130, which is amazing as it allows us to cover the costs of the flat in Sutton for about 6 months!
At Emma’s Ball there’s a few people that we would like to thank. Firstly all of Emma’s Army and the Events Committee for help on the day of the ball and throughout the year. Without your dedication and hard work, we wouldn’t be able to be as successful as we are. Secondly a massive thanks to David Morgan, our amazing Master of Ceremonies, who comes out of retirement for us every year to host us. The job that you do is superb and really ensures that everyone has a fantastic time! Thirdly many thanks to the team at PartyTime Entertainment Limited who provided a superb night of entertainment and even auctioned off their services at the end of the night, which raised us another £460, which all comes straight to us!
I have included a link to the photographer in case you would like to order any photos. I know that a lot of people have asked for the link as they had intended to buy their photos but time ran out! The evening seemed to finish too soon! http://www.greateventphotography.com.
Finally on behalf of everyone involved with EBT and anyone that we haven’t thanked here, we would like to say thank you and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

We’ve bought a flat

california-courtWe are delighted to announce that we have reached another of our targets which is to purchase a flat. This will provide a place to stay for the families of those teenagers that are being treated at The Royal Mardsen Hospital in Sutton.

Our thanks go to all those that have,and continue to support us in order for this target to be realised. A very big thank you also goes to everyone that came along to help decorate the flat, we still have a small amount of plastering to be done (if anyone is able to offer their services we would be grateful) and of course furnish it.

We hope to have our first family staying by late September.

Look out for a progress report within the coming weeks!

Many thanks to all our 2015 London to Brighton Riders

We’ve now been running our annual London to Brighton Bike Ride since 2009, so in its 7th carnation, it was amazing to see 10 people (including some newbies) take part. So well done to Jo, Heather, Chris, Sue, Izzy, Mark, Ian, Paul, Adam and Lou!

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Celebrity Retweet

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We had our first ever celebrity retweet this weekend from Fulham Football Club’s star Midfielder Steve Sidwell. It wasn’t specifically one of our tweets in fact it was from our friends over @SGSportCoaching, but still it’s great to be recognised by someone who has so many followers! Thanks Steve. To follow Steve on twitter you can do so here.

Cabaret 2014

On the 13th, 14th and 15th of February students from the University of East Anglia performed their annual charity ‘Cabaret’ in aid of Emma’s Bubble Trust and St Christopher’s Hospice. Taking audiences on a whistlestop tour of songs from musicals such as ‘Hairspray’ and ‘A Chorus Line’ the shows were a great success, raising £1400 in total.IMG_9032 IMG_9397 IMG_9573 IMG_9661

Paris2Geneva

My little adventure started approximately four years ago when I made a decision to try and `get and keep fit` as opposed to having `got and kept fat`. So I dusted off a very old rusty mountain bike and hit the roads for the first time in many a year. Ten miles later very puffed out and with a face like a beetroot I bizarrely thought, “I enjoyed that.”

After a year of regularly dragging that old mountain bike around I bought a cheap racing bike for £150 and thought, “Look out Brad.” (I`ve always been a bit over optimistic). Another year later and a more expensive Specialised bike recently purchased I continued training with renewed enthusiasm. ddd

In early 2012 a group of friends started planning London2Paris which I could not be included in due to a family holiday (the truth was that my wife said “go at your own peril” common sense being the better part of valour I chose our family holiday). I was over the moon when on their return everyone was up for the next stage Paris2Geneva 2013, I was definitely going this time.

Having signed up for the Paris2Geneva Adventure I needed a charity to raise money for and it appeared to be an easy choice as 16 years ago our daughter Megan was born with both kidneys malformed and also a heart defect, she was born in University College Hospital London and transferred immediately to Great Ormond Streets` neo natal ICU. Despite the amazing care she received and her determination to live she died only 13 days old. I decided that GOSH would be my worthy cause.

Shortly after this decision I visited an old friend of mine (Emmas` uncle Paul), we did some catching up and I asked after Mark and Lynn and he told me about Emmas` Bubble Trust. When I got home I looked up their website and my decision was made, I had really wanted to be able make a positive impact and here was my opportunity to help with something so very worthwhile, and reading about  Emmas` Army on the website especially touched me.

Training

Our training started in earnest around the spring of 2013 with plenty of miles under our belt and a great diet to match, I can only say we must have peaked too soon as when August arrived I was 10 pounds over my target weight and dreading the infamous Col de la Faucille, an imposing Tour de France challenge of 23 miles of hill climbs at 5-11%. I have also since discovered that McFlurries are not part of the professional cyclists dietary requirements.

 

September 8th 2013

And so to France………………

Day 1: London St Pancras to Paris (Eurostar)

Our bikes safely packed in the support vehicles there was nothing else to do but sit back and relax and enjoy the train ride as we speed our way through the French countryside, nothing to do that is unless you are me and decide to fret the whole way there about my now non-existent fitness and ability to meet this challenge. We arrived safely and unpacked cases and bikes, carrying out all the last minute checks like have I brought enough chamois cream (sore bum cream to the uninitiated).

Day 2: Paris – Sens (87 miles)

Well it sort of started off ok, we had to cycle 5 miles to the Eiffel Tower and within 1 miles zee French saboteurs had removed all zee road signs and we were lost, using our fluent French language skills of very slowly and loudly saying `Eyefull Tower` many times over we were kindly directed by a Parisian fluent in `pidgin` French and eventually found the start point, a land mark that I grant you would be easy for anyone to miss. We had a lovely day of gentle undulating French countryside with no other mishaps. Woo Hoo!

Day 3: Sens- Semur en Auxois (85 miles)

Another day started in nervous anticipation, the team I am cycling with is made up of myself plus 6 very fit cyclists of which I don’t consider myself in the same league, I was determined to keep up though and gave it my best shot. Not a bad effort at all even if I say so myself. The more experienced of them offered some great cycling advice which in hindsight I probably took too literally. It has become apparent that hills are my nemesis and where I always fall behind, I was told to find a comfortable gear, get my breathing and heart rate manageable for the distance and just `head down` and keep turning the pedals. I perhaps took the metaphorically spoken advice of `head down` too seriously and after about a mile climbing a particular hill rode straight into a huge red road-sign with an almighty clang. After some considerable laughter at my misfortune my colleagues advice was revised to “ride head down but do look up from time to time to see where you`re bl**dy going!” this little incident was swiftly followed by me being chased up the road by a huge white Alsatian dog with teeth like a grizzly, not my best day.

Day 4: Semur en Auxois – Lons le Saunier  (98 miles)

`The Big One`. A delicious 100 miles of rolling French countryside to be revered and enjoyed in the glorious sunshine, it was not to be, the weather was horrible; bleak, windy and sheet rain for most of the  day, and to top it all I tore my calf muscle during the  morning hill section. I`m not for one moment making this out to be a hellish adventure, far from it, we had plenty of laughs although frequent comments of “look out for that road sign Graham wore thin.”

Day 5: Lons le Saunier – Geneva (should`ve been 70 miles, we`ll come to that)

7:00 am start, quick breakfast, deep breath and oh my God, half a mile into the day there was a mile and a half long 13% gradient `Mount Everest` of a hill to climb, compared to this where I cycle it`s as flat as a mill pond, I gave it my best shot but two thirds of the way up I swallowed my pride and had to stop, the shame of it! Fortunately I wasn’t the only one. At 37 miles into the ride we approached the foot of the Jura Mountains, as I mentioned before 23 miles of climbing at 5-11% gradient in 2 stages. The first stage of approx 12 miles to the food station was the hardest especially as at 2 miles before the break station someone had pointed our route marker the wrong way and some of us did an extra 6 miles uphill the wrong way, now totally lost our support vehicle found us and got us back on track and we completed Le Col de la Faucille with no stopping (apart from our un-scheduled diversion) which was my goal, we reached the peak with no other dramas and freewheeled our way down in an exhilarating (and somewhat scary) sprint down into Geneva.

If I were to sum up in a few words my whole experience of this great adventure it would have to be that I have been blown away by the support I have received and how interested everybody was about Emmas` Bubble Trust and their desire to help. I have to give enormous thanks to Kaye (my wife) for the effort she put into raising money (she did the real hard work), without her we wouldn’t have raised half what we did.

I loved most of the ride and learned much about myself, I am truly grateful to Emma’s Bubble Trust for giving me this opportunity.

Thank you,

Graham x