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Get inspired. Get active. Go fundraise. Do you want to challenge yourself with a marathon or would you rather organise a tea party? Prefer to stay local or go global? Either way, you can have fun and raise vital funds for Marie Curie at the same time. So make the most of our range of fundraising events and activities â€“ youâ€™re sure to find something to inspire you.
Choose how to fundraise This is your chance to give something back to Marie Curie while having a great time. Simply sign up to a fundraising event or activity today, then start raising as much money as you can, any way you want. From hosting tea parties to going on sponsored walks, doing good old-fashioned street collections or organising your own fundraiser, there are so many great ways to make a difference. Whatever you decide, however you go about getting involved, youâ€™ll be helping us provide vital nursing care to people with terminal illnesses.
Inside: Suzy Hall, from Edinburgh, became hooked on fundraising for Marie Curie after taking part in our trek in the Grand Canyon in 2011. Since then, she’s seen for herself the difference Marie Curie makes. The trek was an incredible experience. We camped in the canyon and I had the chance to be a cowgirl, riding on horseback out of the canyon, which was pretty cool. Since then, I’ve also volunteered at Walk Ten events, collected during the Great Daffodil Appeal and held Blooming Great Tea Parties. I’ve raised around £20,000 altogether. I also volunteer in the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh. In July 2013 a very good friend of mine passed away there. Rosie was in her late 40s. She was very ill with lung and bone cancer. When she died I was very sad, but I know she Call: 0845 052 4184
had the greatest care at the end of her life. It eases the pain in my heart. There is so much you can do for Marie Curie, from our challenges to volunteering to setting up your own fundraising event – and I like to do what I can, big or small.
It’s great to get the whole family involved, so my children Chloe (14) and Ruariadh (9) come along to fundraising events with me. For anyone who is looking to do some good and raise money in 2014, Marie Curie has so much to offer.
Blooming Great Tea Party
Supporting us in your own way
Great Daffodil Appeal 2014
Cycling 8 Walk Ten
Runs 12 Swims 14 Triathlons 15 Ultra-marathons 16 UK Mountain Challenges
Overseas Treks and Cycles
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Blooming Great Tea Party Hold a Blooming Great Tea Party 20 - 29 June
Got a kettle? Like eating cake? Love having a natter with friends? Then you’ve all the ingredients you need to host a Blooming Great Tea Party.
I love cake, I love baking for friends and I wanted to do my bit. So I invited a few friends round and we all had a lovely time eating yummy cake for a very good cause. Maxine
Whether it’s tea for two or tea for a few, hold a tea party at home or at work and help fund the vital work of our Marie Curie Nurses. Simply pick a date between 20-29 June then send your invites to your fellow tea fans. If you don’t fancy doing the baking yourself, pop to the shop for some delicious treats and you’re all set.
So what are you waiting for? Visit mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty today to get your free fundraising kit packed with everything you need to organise your tea party. 4
Fundraising groups Join a local fundraising group We’re looking for volunteers to join a fundraising group in your local area. Marie Curie’s fundraising groups make an enormous difference locally by regularly helping to raise the vital funds we need to provide free care and support to people with terminal illnesses. So if you want to meet new people, put your skills to use and have fun while raising money – your local group needs you.
Find out more about what it’s like to be part of a fundraising group. For more information watch our video at mariecurie.org.uk/groups In 2013 Marie Curie Fundraising Groups raised over £3
million which funds the equivalent of 50,000 hours of nursing care.
Supporting us in your own way Organise your own fundraising activity Thousands of supporters like you organise their own fundraising activity every year. From running a pub quiz to hosting a black tie ball or fundraising at school/work, your support will go a long way. We need to raise ÂŁ4,460 every hour to cover the cost of Marie Curieâ€™s entire nursing service across the UK. No matter what you do or how you do it, your fundraising counts towards more care for terminally ill people.
If you have a fundraising idea, or need inspiration visit mariecurie.org.uk/fundraising for guides on how to organise your own fundraising event at home, at school or at work. 6
Great Daffodil Appeal 2014 Make our Great Daffodil Appeal the best yet Every March, millions of people across the UK show their support for our work, simply by giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. Find out more about the many ways you can get involved at mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil You could: • donate to a Great Daffodil Appeal collector for a daffodil pin • make a one-off or regular donation • g ive an hour of your time to become a collector We’re so thankful for the support we’ve received in the past, and we’re determined to make a greater difference in the future. Join us in March and help us make our 2014 appeal a great success.
Since the first Great Daffodil Appeal in 1986, an incredible £68.6
million has been raised.
Cycling Get on your bike in 2014 2014 is the year of cycling at Marie Curie, not least because we’re delighted to be the first official charity of the Tour de France Grand Départ. Help us mark this momentous occasion by taking part in a cycling event. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist looking for the next big challenge, a beginner wanting to embark on something a little different or simply keen to catch cycling fever, we have something for everyone.
New for 2014
Welcome the Tour de France by holding your very own Grand Départy
July To celebrate the Grand Départ we’re looking for fundraisers, volunteers, cheerers, cyclists, schools, businesses, groups and YOU to join Marie Curie. Get together with your neighbours, friends or family and help us put on the biggest Grand Départy to welcome the world. Whether it’s organising your own cycle ride or holding a French themed dinner party, there is a Grand Départy suitable for everyone.
Register for a free Grand Départy fundraising pack, which is full of ideas to get your fundraising off to a flying start. mariecurie.org.uk/tourdefrance 8
London to Paris Cycle 24-27 July This long weekend challenge links two great European cities, London and Paris. And, as a bonus, you will have the chance to see the cyclists ride in for the finale of the amazing Tour de France. This will be the cycling experience of a lifetime. Four day trip with three days’ cycling. Registration fee: £150 Minimum sponsorship: £1,450
Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling 4-6 July The Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling will offer a unique opportunity for anyone who loves cycling to be part of history at Harewood House, Yorkshire by experiencing the Tour de France up close. For a whole weekend during the Grand Départ of the world’s greatest annual sporting event, visitors can camp at Harewood House and follow in the tracks of the Tour riders by entering led rides, criteriums and much more.
Cycling Etape Series Marie Curie is proud to be the official charity partner of the Etape Series 2014 - the UK’s only closed road cycling series. Be part of the Daffodil Team in one of these must-do events. Etape Caledonia 11 May Cycle through stunning Highlands scenery. This event sells out quickly – secure your place now. Distance: 81 miles
Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 10 August If you’re one of the lucky ones and have gained your own place through the official ballot, join the Daffodil Team and gain access to a whole host of benefits.
Exclusive to Marie Curie cyclists… Endura cycle clothing is once again supporting Marie Curie in 2014. Sign up to ride with Marie Curie for your chance to earn an exclusive Endura branded jersey. Go to the website for more details. In 2013 Marie Curie cyclists raised a fantastic
Etape Pennines 20 July Hailed as brutal but beautiful, the tough Etape Pennines will see you overcome over 2,000 metres of uphill cycling – but you will be well rewarded with breathtaking views and exhilarating downhill sections. Distance: 60 miles
Read the full itineraries and register for any of these cycle challenges at mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 or call 0845 052 4184 to tell us about your own cycle fundraiser.
Nightrider, London 7-8 June Join Marie Curie for this exciting 100km moonlight cycle ride past London’s iconic landmarks. Set off from either Crystal Palace or Alexandra Palace and follow a circular route through the heart of the capital.
Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive 13 September Cyclists have the choice of three routes which all start and finish in Ballycastle, County Antrim. Distance: 57km; 126km; 182km Registration fee: £35
Land’s End to John O’Groats 28 August - 8 September Distance: 1,575km Registration fee: £199 Minimum sponsorship: £2,495
Malin to Mizen Cycle 23-30 May 2015 Distance: Approx 56 miles per day over seven days. Registration fee: £200 Minimum sponsorship: £1,500
£750,000. Help us smash that figure in 2014 by joining the Daffodil Team.
Walk Ten Pull on your walking boots and join Walk Ten at venues across the UK this summer. Walk Ten gives you the chance to put your best foot forward, as you raise funds and walk a twilight 10k in the company of friends and family. Walk Ten events happen between July and September. They take place in stunning locations throughout the UK, many of which are usually closed to the public in the evenings. After completing the challenge settle down with a well-deserved picnic and enjoy an evening of entertainment (including fireworks at most locations) at 10pm. This is the time that many Marie Curie Nurses start their night shift so itâ€™s a reminder of the great work they do in providing care to people with terminal illnesses and support for their families.
A truly wonderful, reflective evening which has turned into a special occasion over the past three years. Julie George, Walk Ten Participant, Castle Howard 2013 10
Walk Ten Norfolk, Sandringham 12 July
Port Talbot, Margam Park 16 August
Kent, Sissinghurst Castle 19 July
Liverpool, Speke Hall 16 August
Staffordshire, Shugborough Estate 19 July
Devon, Killerton House 23 August
Gloucestershire, Badminton Estate 26 July
West Yorkshire, Harewood House 23 August
Hampshire, Beaulieu 9 August
London, Hampton Court Palace 30 August
Cheshire, Tatton Park 9 August
Belfast, Stormont Estate 30 August Tyne and Wear, Gibside 30 August West Northern Ireland, Omagh 6 September Derbyshire, Chatsworth House 19 September
Watch the film: From walkers, to strollers, to speed walkers, to all the dogs, children and marshalls, thank you to everyone who made Walk Ten so great last year. Join us in 2014. mariecurie.org.uk/walkten
Angus, Glamis Castle date to be confirmed Northamptonshire, Boughton House date to be confirmed Edinburgh, Dalkeith Estate date to be confirmed
The combined distance walked by Walk Ten participants in 2013 was over 3
Use the map to find your nearest Walk Ten. All walks start at 6pm and finish at 10pm. It costs ÂŁ10 to register, which covers the cost of your t-shirt and exclusive access to the venue. Set yourself a fundraising target of ÂŁ100, which pays for five hours of nursing care to a terminally ill patient at home. Find your nearest Walk Ten and register at mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 There are more walks still to be confirmed in Scotland.
times around the world!
Runs Be part of the Daffodil Team You can take on any run or triathlon and raise money for Marie Curie. No matter how you get your place or where you choose to take part, we’ll set you up with a Daffodil Team pack and be on hand to support you all the way to the finish line. As a member of the Daffodil Team you will get: • a Nike Dri-FIT running vest • a training guide with top tips on setting goals • an online fundraising pack to help you smash your fundraising targets • the loudest cheerers for some on the day encouragement
Bath Half Marathon
Virgin Money London Marathon
2 March The Bath Half is one of the most popular city runs in the UK. The 13.1 mile traffic-free route threads through the heart of this city and along both sides of the River Avon.
13 April If you are one of the lucky people who have secured your own place for the Virgin Money London Marathon in the public ballot, we’d love you to join our Daffodil Team to raise money for Marie Curie.
Don’t miss out on your chance to run in 2015 – the public ballot will open one week after this year’s race. Keep an eye on our website for details on how to enter the ballot or apply for our Gold Bond places.
6 April Starting on the famous Champs Elysées, the Paris Marathon passes countless landmarks. The fantastic atmosphere generated by your fellow runners and over 250,000 cheering spectators makes this a race not to be missed.
Brighton Marathon 6 April Now the second largest marathon in the UK and 12th largest in Europe, this route takes in the iconic Brighton Pavilion before reaching the beautiful Sussex coastline and finally finishing at Madeira Drive.
McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Mud Madness 13 April Join us in Portadown for Northern Ireland’s muckiest and best off road challenge.
Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon 5 May This marathon is one not to be missed if you live in Northern Ireland. Join the crowds of over 17,000 with a route covering vast areas of Belfast. If a full marathon is not for you, take part in the popular team marathon. Either way expect plenty of support from local residents. Visit: mariecurie.org.uk/events2014
Leeds Half Marathon
Bupa Great North Run
11 May Whether you are a seasoned runner or a fun runner, you’ll find the Leeds Half Marathon an exhilarating experience as you race through the city streets.
7 September Join over 50,000 people in the world’s biggest half marathon. Race from the heart of Newcastle to the spectacular South Shields coast.
Berlin Marathon Edinburgh Marathon Festival 24-25 May Voted the flattest course in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon is a great choice whether you’re looking to set a new personal best or this is your first marathon. The weekend long marathon festival includes a range of race distances from 5k to a full marathon, so there is something for everyone.
Bupa London 10,000 25 May The 10km route winds its way past many of London’s most famous sights including St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Big Ben. Follow in the footsteps of Mo Farah as you take on this fantastic challenge.
28 September The Berlin Marathon starts and finishes at the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Nine world records have been set along this renowned flat route, and the world’s elite athletes come back time and time again to run the course.
Royal Parks Half Marathon 12 October This beautiful 13.1 mile run takes you through four of London’s magnificent Royal Parks and past some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks.
Visit mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 for a full list of running events, or call 0845 052 4184 to join the Daffodil Team if you have your own place.
Over 3,700 people ran as part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Daffodil Team in 2013 helping to raise £850,000.
Swims Go to great lengths Take the plunge and sign up to an exhilarating outdoor swimming event in 2014. Great North Swim
Monster Swim, Scotland
13-15 June Experience the thrill of racing through the open water of Lake Windermere as you and thousands of swimmers take on the UKâ€™s biggest outdoor swimming challenge. Distances: Â˝ mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5km
Date to be confirmed Take a dip with Nessie and enjoy stunning views of Loch Ness at the same time. Distance: swim the Big Yin 1mile or the Wee Nessie Â˝ mile.
Padstow to Rock Swim 20 July The Padstow to Rock route is a great challenge for all, open to both elite and non-elite swimmers. This is a popular event with a limited number of places so register now. Distance: 1 mile
To register and to find out more visit mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 or call 0845 052 4184. 14
Triathalons Thrilling triathlons Looking for a true test of your strength, determination and stamina? Swim, cycle and run in one of these challenging triathlons in 2014 - it will be as rewarding as it is exhausting.
Marie Curie is proud to be the official charity partner of three Human Race Triathlons. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, join us at Dorney Lake – the Olympic rowing venue. Wiggle Tri Relays
ITU World Triathlon Hyde Park, London 31 May - 1 June Join thousands of fellow sports enthusiasts and follow in the footsteps of Olympic triathletes. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to feel like an Olympian while raising vital funds for Marie Curie Nurses. So if you fancy yourself as the next Brownlee brother or the next Jodie Stimpson, then grab your goggles, your bike and your trainers and join the London leg of this famous world triathlon series.
25 May Three different takes on triathlon relays - the Team Time Trial, Individual Relay and Club Relay. Lidl BananaMan Triathlon
5 July The most bananas triathlon event of the year - this offers a total of six different takes on the triathlon theme, which means there is something for everyone. Diamond Tri & Scootathlon
7 September Now in its third year, the Diamond Tri multisport event is designed to get the whole family involved and includes a Scootathlon for children.
To find out more and to register visit mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 or call 0845 052 4184. Our triathletes raised over £100,000 last year.
Ultra-marathons Are you up for a 100, 50 or 25km challenge? Walk, run or jog your way to the finish line on one of these fully supported challenges and raise funds for Marie Curie. You can choose to take part as an ultra-marathon run with your eye on the clock, or walk any of the routes below. Either way these are epic challenges to take on in 2014. London 2 Brighton 24-25 May The London 2 Brighton Challenge is now one of the UK’s greatest endurance events. Most will walk the 100km or 56km ‘half-way’ challenge, some will jog it and many will run it as an ultramarathon. However you take it on, it’s a true test of determination and stamina. Equally, it will make for an incredibly rewarding experience.
Grand Union Canal
Thames Path Challenge
28-29 June The Grand Union Canal is one of the quirkier walking/running events on offer. It runs from London to Bletchley along some wonderful natural scenery, known as ‘the green corridor’. Choose from 100, 50 or 25km distances on this more unusual challenge.
15-16 September Starting out at Fulham Palace, London, the Thames Path Challenge takes you along the UK’s best known river and through some of the most historic and picturesque towns in Southern England. Now offering a shorter 25km option alongside the 50km and 100km options – so that, whatever your level of fitness, you can participate in this celebrated event.
Isle of Wight 23-24 August This coastal path is made up of public footpaths and quiet country lanes. You’ll encounter spectacular scenery while experiencing high levels of support and hospitality. Choose from 106 or 56km distances - a great trek for all.
To sign up to an event or to find out more visit mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 or call 0845 052 4184.
UK Mountain Challenges Find your peak Get your walking boots on! Grab your family, friends and colleagues and find a sense of adventure. Climb some of the highest mountains in the UK, or trek through unspoilt countryside, all while raising money to support Marie Curie Nurses in your local area. Snowdon 8 June Experience the unique challenge that is Mount Snowdon. You’ll trek the winding Llanberis route to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales, from where you can admire breathtaking views over Snowdonia National Park, with Angelsey and the Irish Sea forming a backdrop.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 12 July Achieve something truly exceptional as you tackle this famous but demanding 26 mile hike. Get ready to test your physical stamina as you take on the three highest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, and prepare to be amazed by the magnificent landscapes.
20 September At 3,208 feet, Scafell Pike is the tallest mountain in England. Sitting proudly above all the other peaks in the Lake District it provides a tough challenge to reach the summit. If you are lucky you will have beautiful views of the whole of the Lake District and of the sea.
12 October This 13 mile route, setting off from Widdecombe, is a varied circular loop, taking you well off the beaten track into high moors and ancient woodlands. Upon completion of the trek you will be awarded with a mountain challenge medal and certificate as well as some traditional delicious Devonian cream tea.
Ben Nevis 20 September A true test: Scale the highest mountain in the British Isles. You’ll experience some unbelievable scenery on the way up this great rocky landmark. Feel on top of the world as you stand an incredible 4,406ft above sea level.
UK Mountain Challenges are set to raise over £165,000 this year.
Push yourself to the limit and discover the Great British outdoors in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Registration is just £15, and the minimum sponsorship is £125. mariecurie.org.uk/events 2014 17
Overseas Treks and Cycles Unforgettable experiences Trek or cycle abroad and help us care for more terminally ill patients at home. Unleash your sense of adventure and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Grand Canyon Trek 2014
20-27 September 2014 Explore the awe-inspiring landscape of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. You will experience the natural beauty of the American West as you trek through waterfalls and valleys, the Tonto platform and the famous Carbonate Canyon. Registration fee: £250 Minimum sponsorship: £3,350
20-30 January 2015 Visit Nepal and trek among the world’s highest and most majestic mountains, the mighty Himalayas. This six day trek takes you to the breathtaking Annapurna region, providing an unforgettable journey through rolling foothills. Registration fee: £250 Minimum sponsorship: £3,000
Kilimanjaro Trek 2015 Sahara Desert Trek 2014 2-9 November 2014 Join Marie Curie for an amazing week-long journey across the world’s largest hot desert. The trip will immerse you in the region’s varied landscapes, from green valleys to dry plateaus. The celebration night takes place in enchanting Marrakesh. Registration fee: £199 Minimum sponsorship: £1,950 18
13-22 February 2015 Trek Africa’s highest free-standing mountain and stand on top of the world. You’ll take in some of Tanzania’s most spectacular sights as you ascend to Kilimanjaro’s peak. Registration fee: £350 Minimum sponsorship: £4,250
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a Falls Niagar Brazil Trek 2015 17-25 April 2015 Explore the tropical paradise of Brazil, from the spectacular Atlantic rainforests, mountains and waterfalls of the Serra da Bocaina National Park, to the vibrant and colourful city of Rio de Janeiro. Registration fee: £299 Minimum sponsorship: £3,900
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Niagara Falls to New York Cycle 2015 10-19 September 2015 Join us at the unforgettable, world-famous Niagara Falls. You will cycle through picturesque towns and villages, following rivers and valleys on your way to inimitable New York. Explore the nightlife of this remarkable city that never sleeps. Registration fee: £299 Minimum sponsorship: £3,750
Marie Curie supporters raised over £1
Great Wall of China Trek 2015 9-17th October 2015 Trek the 15th century Ming Dynasty hardrock wall before descending on local trails to experience the rural life of people in Hebei Province. Celebrate your achievements in bustling Beijing. Registration fee: £299 Minimum sponsorship: £3,250
million through overseas treks and cycles in 2013.
Read all the itineraries and see the full range of 2014/15 overseas treks and cycle challenges at mariecurie.org.uk/events2014 or call 0845 052 4184. 19
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Published on Jan 8, 2014