Our marvellous supporters all around the country have been working hard - and playing hard - to raise funds for our charity. Since early Spring, we have continued to receive donations raised by strenuous and less strenuous methods - here are just a few:
Andrew completed a 5-day, 230km foot race in the Arctic, in February - while in April our wonderful London Marathon runners raised over £35k. At junior level, a school in Buckinghamshire donated all the money raised from their sponsored cross-country run in May, while at community level all the proceeds from a village fun run around the park in June were donated to our charity.
At a slower pace, we have had a team walking the whole length of the Ridgeway for us; and a large team in tartan completing a Kiltwalk in Glasgow.
Still on the sports page, fundraisers have organised a couple of charity football matches, and other soccer-related fundraising events, inspired by the story of soccer-mad neuroblastoma patient Bradley Lowery.
Well over half the ideas in our Fundraising Pack are for non-sporting ways of raising money, and they are all based on actual fundraising stories over the past few years. Over the past few months, funds have been raised for us at orchestra and choir concerts in York and Harrogate, a pub charity weekend in Lincolnshire, a darts marathon in Kent, a company charity ball in Somerset, a fashion show in Norfolk, a Masonic weekend in Devon, a garden party in Oxfordshire, and a sale of home-made pottery in Yorkshire. And these are only a few of the huge range of activities.
We have also received matched giving from employers and companies local to our fundraisers - many of our supporters can double the amount that they raised at their event just by asking their employer, or a local sponsor, for a donation.
We have sent out countless running and cycling vests, and t-shirts, free of charge to support our fundraisers. Our banners have also been sent up and down the country to help our fundraisers to advertise their events and gain additional publicity.
Our charity is run completely by volunteers, with no money spent on premises. As a result, our costs are tiny, and our fundraisers know that around 95% of the money that they raise for us goes directly into world-class research projects into neuroblastoma. And these projects are helping us to increase the survival rates of children with neuroblastoma, and saving children's lives around the world, every year.
To all our fundraisers so far this year - a massive thank you. We could not do what we do, without you.