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Making Memories. Amazing

Making a public invitation like this is not something I have done before and I am really curious to know if it will make a difference.


I want to ask those I am connected with, two questions:


1. Are you free to take a leap and attend a charity ball that not many people will know about yet, in the Portsmouth area on the 7th March 2020?

2. Or, do you know anyone who would love to make a difference and donate a gift for the charity auction on the evening of the ball?


I am fortunate to have an amazing family, great friends and spend my time working with inspirational people who want to make a positive impact on the people and world around them. I get to help and see people turn their world around and make the impossible, possible and turn ideas into life-changing reality! Alex is one of those people.


An old friend and colleague, we lost touch when our careers went in different directions and I reconnected with him recently after 25 years. I really admire him and it is his story that motivated me to share this post and I invite you to read it below.


My Journey

Back in 2012, after losing my mother-in-law to cancer, I decided I wanted to do something to help others. My first-ever fundraising event was with a couple of friends and we did a 95-mile bike ride around the Isle of Wight raising money for a cancer charity.


This was the beginning of my journey.

One thing I had always wanted to do was compete in the London Marathon before I turned 40. Again I thought why just run it, when you could run it and help others benefit. So I applied for a charity place and before I knew it my training had started.


I then went on to do the Marathon for the next 2 years.


Around this time in 2013, my mum was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and in 2015 my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after, my Dad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and sadly passed away in 2017. As a consequence, I took a gap year from the London Marathon, returning in 2018 completing my fourth run.


I have raised money for various cancer and children’s charities over the years in excess of £20,000, but as well as the Marathon I have hosted many other events such as Black Tie Balls, Golf days and football tournaments to name a few.


Back in 2017, I had the honour to join the committee of a local charity which offered children with a life-limiting illness a short break with their family. Being part of this committee and volunteering in their office, helped me learn how a charity should be run and how important its supporters are. I learned that its hard work and that you can’t help everyone, but it offers massive rewards when you see the impact of how this benefits the families.


Having been on the receiving end of a special day out from another charitable organisation when my wife was going through treatment and having experienced how this gave us a chance to be a normal family with our two children for the day. Doing normal things, not thinking of appointments and treatment. Being around these special people and learning so much, inspired me to continue my journey.


So in 2018 the ideas started to come around about being able to offer families who have a child with a life-limiting illness, a special day out, to create lasting memories. I had spoken about the idea with my family to get their ideas and thoughts. Sadly also in 2018, I lost a very dear uncle. My first donation came shortly after, where money was raised at the funeral. This donation helped me to purchase equipment.


“Making Memories” was born.


I am now focusing on marketing strategies and have recently secured an agreement with two Children’s Hospices to place literature offer in their family rooms. However, my main focus will be to raise enough funds to the sum of £5000 to be able to register Making Memories with the Charity Commission. This will open many other opportunities to seek government, community and corporate funding.


On the 7th March 2020 Making Memories will be holding their second Charity Ball. Where the money raised will go towards achieving the initial £5000. We also have planned, golf events, tribute nights and once again seeking a team to compete in the Great South Run. I will keep everyone informed on these.


If you have any questions, if you would like more information or if you have any ideas or interest in holding an event and joining us on our journey please contact me.


Many thanks for taking the time to read.

Alex


You can contact Alex directly here. Alexware1973@hotmail.com

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