Throughout every stage of our BikeSplashBike challenge we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, family and complete strangers and our experience of organising our final fundraising dinner and auction was no different.
It was absolutely amazing to have Geoff Holt and his wife Elaine with us to help celebrate Daddy’s life and inspire everyone to give so generously. We are all so grateful to them both. When we first discussed the idea of hosting a charity dinner, we were warned that it was very difficult to make a profit and so we were unsure at first. It was only when Geoff generously agreed to speak at our dinner that we felt sure that we should go ahead! – So Geoff, Thank you!
When I first heard Geoff speak at the Winchester Enterprise Lecture, in 2012, the host at that event summed up Geoff’s attitude to life by reference to a theme from Kaballah, that:
“You cannot choose what happens to you, but you can choose how you react: and that choice can be an inspiration“.
Those words really stuck with me and often came to mind as we watched Daddy struggle with his illness and the way he dealt with his condition was certainly an inspiration to us…
Thank’s to this over flowing support and generosity we had a fantastic evening and overshot our £30,000 target. We are still waiting for some payments to clear, but we are pretty sure that the final figure will be over £40,000, which is far more than we ever expected! Thank you ALL so So much!!
We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far and especially everyone who came to support us on November 7th and were so generous in their bidding at the auction! 🙂
In particular we have to thank the Royal Automobile Club for donating their beautiful rooms, Encore Entertainment for getting us all in the party mood, Geoff Holt for inspiring everyone to give so generously, Irene Tyack for creating two paintings inspired by BikeSplashBike and everyone who donated the fantastic auction and raffle prizes…
Thomas Plant did a great job at selling them and I hope that they are fully enjoyed by the successful bidders!
We do have a couple of raffle prizes which were not claimed – if you think these belong to you please do get in touch!
Finally – Thank you all for putting up with us!! This challenge has helped us immeasurably through these past few months by giving us something positive to focus on. I am happy to say that Cancer Research UK have confirmed that all the funds we have raised will be used to fund research into Oesophageal Cancer specifically, which will hopefully mean that less people have to suffer the way Daddy did.
A very kind man said to me at the party that if Daddy was able to fill a room the way the Mountbatten Room was filled on the night of our party even after he was gone, then he must have lived a good life…
Daddy did live a pretty great life 🙂 and I can only hope that he was looking down on us all content in the knowledge that all of our lives were the better for knowing him.