RDF hosts various events throughout the year to raise the vital funding that enables us to run as a charity. These funds help us to support young people suffering with cancer, along with their carers who also need a little boost and recognition for the essential role they undertake during these difficult times.
RDF held its first Coffee Morning on 11/11/17. The Scout Hut in Nettleham was our chosen venue. Friends and family were asked to donate cakes and biscuits and we were inundated with sumptuous home baked goods. We had no idea how many people to expect so fingers were crossed for a good turnout. The venue was decorated, tables were laden with every type of cake imaginable and stalls were set up by providers selling lovely handmade goods and beautiful smelling toiletries. The raffle and tombola staffs were loaded with wonderful prizes and we were ready to open our doors. The first customer walked through the door and thankfully she was followed by another, then another, then another. The hall was packed.
The coffee pot was constantly on the go. Children were excitedly playing on the tombola and the raffle was a resounding success. The two hours absolutely flew by. The last person at the coffee morning finished has cake and drank his coffee with a smile on his face. We didn’t know what to expect when we opened our doors, did we advertise the event enough, were there enough flyers sent out, did we post in the right places? It was all such a learning curve. We couldn’t have wished for a more successful event. A whopping £ 1,000 was raised for RDF. Here’s to another successful event at our second Coffee Morning on 16th June.
Will Farr Leavers Day
Every year students at Will Farr Secondary School in Welton choose a charity to donate the money to that is made from the 6th Form Leavers day. Each year a different charity is chosen. Students have to go to vote for their charity and this year the lovely Beth Cassidy, a 6th form student, put forward RDF as her chosen charity.
There was stiff competition as other students also put forward names for their charities. Beth went to school with Rhys at Nettleham Junior school and so her reasons for choosing RDF was very close to her heart.
The vote was cast and Beth was so happy to ring me and say that RDF had won the vote. She was over the moon. I met Beth a day before the event and she chose the best place to set up the RDF stall and banner (and blow up 50 RDF balloons!). The sun was shining on Will Farr Leavers Day and the 6th Formers were ready for another successful event. We would like to thank Beth for choosing us as her charity and raising money to help young children who are affected by cancer. RDF would like to wish all the 6th formers the best of luck as they move on from Will Farr.
UTC Event Mar ’18
Kyle East and Sian Parker, pictured, organised an amazing event at UTC. Included raffle, cake sale, entertainment and a great auction with many fabulous prizes, ranging from vouchers, entry to parks, Jaguar experience.
These prizes were kindly donated from people and companies from Lincolnshire and beyond.
The event was a huge success, raising £2226.76, which will go towards helping many young people and their families.
Individuals, schools, workplaces, football teams and others came together to “Wear it Bright” for Rhys, on the first anniversary of Rhys gaining his wings, making a difficult day into something special. The day raised £1700. Schools involved were Nettleham Junior School (Rhys’ school), Welton St Mary’s Academy, Lincoln Carlton Academy and Ellison Boulters C of E Academy.
People went to great lengths to make the day a success, including amazing outfits and makeup, putting their hearts and souls into it. Remembrance wrist bands were also sold and worn on the day.
This event was held at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School. PF Lincs young people used their energy, passion and talent to raise funds for RDF by “Wearing it Bright”. It involved exercise classes, a variety of games and activities.
On Sunday 6th May 2018, Dave Wardell ran 16 miles for 16 years for Rhys, in support of the RDF charity. It was quite a challenge as it was a hot day and 6 months earlier Dave would only ever run around 3 miles.
After following a dedicated training plan and building up his distance over time, he managed to get to 12 miles during training. On the day, supported by RDF, family and friends, he completed the run successfully without walking.
The run involved taking in Lincoln’s 3 main hills, the Castle and Cathedral and several points of significant importance to Rhys.
These included Nettleham Junior School and Scout Hut, the West Common and Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School. Several amazing people joined Dave at different points of the run. The event raised approximately £700. Look out for updates on Dave running a Marathon for Rhys.
Nettleham Carnival Jul ’18
Once again, the wonderful village of Nettleham (a contender on Village of the Year by the way) closed its streets on 14/07/18 to hold their annual Carnival. RDF were lucky enough to be their chosen charity for all proceeds raised from this fantastic event. The sun shone, the drinks flowed, burgers were sizzling and ice-cream was melting. What a perfect day to hold what is one of the best street carnivals in Lincolnshire. Steel bands, Irish Dancers, musicians, poets and many more talented people entertained us all day long. There were tombola stands, gift stalls, craft stalls to name but a few. The Trustees of RDF were put in charge of the raffle with amazing prizes generously donated by local companies.
Thousands of tickets were sold and the prizes were drawn at the end of the day. Huge thanks to the organisers of the Carnival and the lovely people of Nettleham who continue to support RDF.
RDF had a stall at the Clique53 x Deadhaus Motounion III event. The funds raised on just our stall was £400 but there’s still lots more to come in.
An update from Terry Settle, one of the organisers of the event:
“What a success
To each and every one of you thank you. Thank you for turning out, thank you for donating your hard earned cash and thank you for helping us raise £1500!!!
The R.D.F Charity is early days and so the money is so vital at this point to get it off the ground!
Vicky Flynn (Rhys’ mum) is so overwhelmed by how much you have made for it, and with their total raised today of £400, the Grand Total for our annual Motounion contribution is £1900!
I never imagined we could achieve this sort of donation! I love that we all come together in a field over a passion we share and with the charity fundraising we make it matter!
One of our supporters and Rhys’ cousin, Ashleigh Taylor-Johnson, organised a Silent Disco at Annesley Woodhouse Working Men’s Club, to raise money for RDF. Ashleigh put in so much hard work and it paid off as the event was very popular and so much fun was had my everyone that extended. Here is what Ashleigh has to say:
“Thank you Thank you Thank you to everyone who donated, attended and helped last night. I loved seeing everyone having a good time and enjoying the headphones
A special thank you to Alex for all your help and support I couldn’t have done it without. Myself and RDF really appreciate everything you did
Money is still being collected and counted but so far we’ve raised £503! RDF are now that bit closer to their £5000 target Thank you ”