Below you will find a selection from the extraordinary assortment of fundraising events that have been put on in recent years either by Yes to Life, or by our brilliant supporters.
If you're looking for inspiration as to how you coud help, this is a great place to start!
BIKEast 2011 was another great success - more riders than ever and a fantastic journey through five countries in six days. Setting off from last year’s destination - the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik - we pedalled our way through Montenegro, the mountains of post communist Albania, down into Macedonia, hitting the Mediterranean at our destination, Thessaloniki. Next - the final push to Istanbul in 2012!
Run, Run, Run!
Chris Martin, manager of Sainsbury’s Local on Essex Road, London, is a champion supporter of Yes to Life. Not only has his current store collected money for the charity, but his previous store on Upper Street also collected donations. But what is even more incredible is that in Autumn 2011 he ran THREE MARATHONS for Yes to Life: The Great North Run on 18 September, in Edinburgh on 7 October and in Liverpool on 9 October. Chris, look after your sore foot!
Three Peaks Challenge...with a twist!
Tom Hazelwood and Georgie Moran did the three peaks challenge with a slight twist........they cycled between each peak; starting at Ben Nevis and finishing at Snowden - a distance of around 450 miles. They did this in memory of lovely Demi McKenzie.
Rob Brennan from Fitness Universal successfully completed the London triathlon in July raising around £1000 for Yes to Life! Thanks Rob!
14 June 2011
Brenda Gibson attended our 2011 Seminar and was so inspired that she requested donations for Yes to Life in place of presents for her birthday. What a lovely lady!
South Downs Walk
7 May 2011
Kirsten from the Vision of Hope Clinic walked on the South Downs on 7 May 2011 to raise money for Yes to Life. She said "It was a beautiful walk on a lovely day" and she raised over £620!
Steve Williams walks 40 miles for Yes to Life
7 May 2011
"40 miles on foot in one day"
Steve Williams took part in the 50th Ridgeway 40 - this is a walk along the Ridgeway, an ancient track across the chalk downs between Overton Hill on the A4 approximately four and a half miles west of Marlborough (Wiltshire) and Streatley Youth Hostel (Berks). He completed the walk in under 12 hours – his best time for this event and hopes to raise £1000.
Avon Mega Abseil Challenge
9 April 2011
Margella, one of our help line operators, and Tihitna, our bookkeeper, rose to the challenge while Steve abseiled beside them taking amazing photographs.
Both reported being totally terrified, but they hung in there and managed to get down safely in order to raise very welcome funds for Yes to Life.
Yes to Life at St Pancras International
25 March 2011 8.00 am - 8.00 pm
Thanks to the generous support and magnificent PR and organisational skills of Sam Kidby, we are delighted to announce a day of inspirational free events in aid of Yes to Life at St Pancras International Station.
On Friday 25 March, there will be different events every hour from 8 am until 8 pm, kicking off with champagne tasting at the champagne bar, accompanied by chamber music played by an amazing string quartet from the Royal Academy of Music. There will also be poetry readings, actors’ monologues, the world champion football free styler, two bands, a world champion DJ working to video, and more. We will be publishing the full programme on our website.
Please come and join us at St Pancras for the fun!
Sam Kidby talks to BBC Radio London
Cupola Gallery Art Auction
31 January 2009
Cupola Gallery (long gallery)
178-178a Middlewood Road
Sheffield S6 1TD
In 2009 the Cupola Gallery held an auction for Yes to Life which raised over £5,000.
The fantastic people at Cupola Contemporary Arts held a second auction on 30 January 2011 at their gallery in Sheffield to raise even more money for Yes to Life. As reported in the Cupola Newsletter: "It was a fun day, with some yummy cake eaten and some even yummier art work auctioned off! "
Silvie Helmes runs for Yes to Life
10 October 2010
Silvie Helmes put on her running shoes and took part in the Royal Parks half marathon to raise money for Yes to Life. The sun shone and Silvie raised £505, double her target amount! She's already signed up for next years run!
23-30 September 2010
This year’s BIKEast team cycled from Venice to Dubrovnik as part of the epic ride from London to Istanbul, covering their longest distance yet - 523 miles. It was a spectacular and tough ride down the Adriatic Coast to magical Dubrovnik, which began with two days of torrential rain. As usual the effort was well worth it and they raised over £12,000.
Jane and George Howell run for Yes to Life
5 September 2010
Jane and George Howell run Indigo Wholefoods in Mosley www.indigowholefoods.co.uk On top of collecting money through the shop, Jane took part in the Adidas Women's 5K Challenge run in Hyde Park raising £263 for Yes to Life. Thank you Jane and George!
In August 2010 Vivir Life was launched with a celebration of the life of Jan Tilly and fundraising event for cancer charities. "As the clouds parted and the sun shone through, 150 friends and relations of Jan gathered at Aigburth Peoples Hall to raise money, have fun and remember someone who made a difference to their lives."
The event raised £2411.00 with £811 coming to Yes to Life.
Vivir Life will continue to raise awareness of melanoma and fundraise to support cancer charities in memory of Janet Tilly - www.vivirlife.co.uk
Coast to Coast
6-20 June 2010
In memory of Bryony Daly, and as a wedding present to Bryony’s sister Myrren Wildman, friends and relatives Jo Daly, Imogen Daly, David Airey and Vidya Heisel travelled all the way from America to complete the Coast to Coast Walk raising money for Yes to Life. In two weeks the team trekked 190 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay, keeping us updated and entertained with their brilliant blog http://dalyc2cwalk.blogspot.com
. So far they’ve raised £3,500.
An extract from the blog -
"My feelings at the end? For me the walk was an odyssey, conceived and planned for over a year -something that I had to do. I loved every moment of it, wind rain, sore feet and all and I feel so privileged to have had this chance to walk through some of England's finest countryside and meet such lovely people and raise money for Yes to Life at the same time….my main feeling - gratitude for having had this amazing journey with Imogen, David and Vidya and gratitude to all of the people who supported us with their donations and good vibes. Thank you all and thank you Alfred Wainwright!!"
Sarah Horton’s Liverpool 10k Run
9 May 2010
Sarah Horton ran the Liverpool 10k in just 64 minutes, raising a massive and much appreciated £1,200 for Yes to Life. Sarah’s journey from her diagnosis of breast cancer, right through to the end of her treatment, and the decision to run the 10k, is beautifully written on her popular blog Being Sarah at http://www.beingsarah.com. There is also a video of Sarah running the race at - http://www.vimeo.com/11630143. We’re grateful for all Sarah’s support, enthusiasm, and hard work.
A word from Sarah;
"Doing this fundraiser has made me realise how great it is to give back, and how much people want to help if you ask. Thank you."
Walk for Life
1-3 May 2010
The team of five Yes to Life volunteers and staff spent the May Bank Holiday walking 65 miles of the Grand Union Canal in 3 days. They slept (or tried to) under the stars (and rain) in tents and walked 8 hours a day to raise well over £5,500 for Yes to Life.
Sam Kidby our PR Adviser, and one of the Grand Union walkers had this to say;
"The 65 miles were pure adventure and I think can only be described as "extreme canal walking", which I believe is now being considered for one of the trial sports at the 2012 Olympic Games. My particular highlights included:
- Walking 5 miles in the wrong direction within two hours of starting the walk
- Sleeping in a tent for the first time ever in the middle of what can only be called a tempest of mammoth proportions on Saturday night
- Waking at 6.30am on Sunday and walking for 7 hours in the pouring rain
- Learning how to open locks for canal boats and generally engaging with the canal community (it’s a different world!)
- Sliding down a mud slope face first after failing to try and help one of those walking with us who had twisted their ankle down the slope (I’m not quiet the action man I thought I was)
- ……and generally just walking for 8 solid hours a day and covering 65 miles for a great charity bang on our target time (well we missed the train back by like two minutes)."
16 April 2010
A big thank you to Steve Lerigo, Paul Weldon, Paul Horncastle and Simon Poole, who raised a massive £5000 for Yes to Life. The team player darts for 7 hours non stop!! Surrounded by supporters in the basement of The Three Lords public house they managed to complete 132 games back to back and provide fantastic entertainment for all who were there.
Their fantastic efforts are greatly appreciated!!
Steve Lerigo’s account of the day:
"Happily I can report it went off without a hitch - no one got a dart in their eye etc. It was a great day, with a number of people showing their support during the course of the event. The generosity was humbling to say the least and after filling the charity boxes on the day and other cash donations, with giftaid, we have raised so far (1 day to go) a magnificent... £4,960."
In Memory of Demi McKenzie
The lovely family and friends of Demi McKenzie put on a spectacular evening fundraiser at a beautiful venue in aid of Yes to Life. Guests were thoroughly entertained and a great time was had by all. Sincere thanks to Esther and all who made this event happen!
Shoot for the Moon: an evening of Cabaret
10 December 2009
Kara Wilson, accompanied by Lydia Melleck, performed to a packed audience at the Yes to Life Cabaret on December 10th. Kara had generously made the concert room in her spectacular Art Nouveau Hampstead home available for the event, as well as donating her services as performer. The programme was both hilarious and touching, with a satisfyingly positive vein running throughout, reflecting the charity and its aims.
As usual we are indebted to Andy Curry for being the force behind yet another wonderful event, but thanks must also go to our team of volunteers who gave freely of their time and energy to ply our guests with delicious snacks and bubbly, and to make light of managing the evening - Jessie Mears, Amy Trotter, Sophia Hicks, Becca Mears, Kinga Piorkowska and Emily Dixon.
Tied to Life
Kira Moore, manageress of The Ship, a pub in the City (Hart Street, London EC3) raised £2,200 for us though Tied to Life. She and her fantastic staff held a whole range of events over Autumn/Winter 2009, from quiz nights to customer swear boxes. The main event was the Tied to Life ’auction’. Kira managed to collect over 100 ties from her patrons, then asked them to sponsor their favorite tie for £10. The lucky sponsor of Kira's favorite tie (pre-picked and kept secret) got to take home a photo of the lovely Kira wearing nothing but the tie!
Kira and the rest of The Ship’s staff are looking at ways to continue raising funds and awareness for Yes to Life in the future. We’re extremely lucky to have such a fun and enthusiastic team spread the word.
BIKEast: the 2009 Sponsored Bike Epic!
A big thank you to 2009's Yes to Life BIKEast cyclists!
2009 saw a group of intrepid cyclists complete the third leg of the BIKEast epic. BIKEast is a London to Istanbul Bike Challenge spread over 5 years, covering a distance of 3400km, across 9 countries. Each stage involves a ride of around 6 or 7 days and will cover a distance of up to 700km.
This year our riders cycled 630km, starting at last year's finishing point in Munich, heading over the Alps via the Brenner Pass, and arriving in Venice 6 days later.
So far this year they have raised a total of £12,000!
Works of Art to support Yes to Life
27 August - 25 September 2009
'The world of fairy woodland people' - Robert Henley put on a second exhibition of his late wife, Karen's artwork and is kindly donating the proceeds to Yes to Life.
Davina 'Maddog' Madden
The Mon-GOAL Rally 2009!
18 July 2009
Summer is the time for adventure and it doesn't get more adventurous than this! Davina Madden and her daughter Savanna drove all the way to Mongolia as part of the Mongol Rally 2009. Also braving the 8,000 mile journey for Yes to Life was Yash Tosar of First Financial.
Driving under the team name of Maddog Maddens, they generously gave their time and efforts to raise money for Yes to Life.
We are hugely grateful for all the efforts of team Maddog Maddens.
A wonderful night out at Calendar Girls!
28 April 2009
Thanks to the generous support of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, Yes to Life held a spectacular evening at the Noel Coward Theatre on 28 April with an exclusive performance of Calendar Girls.
Champagne, snacks, and icecream were served to all and ,after the show, Jon Snow welcomed five members of the cast back on stage for a Q&A. Mr Snow auctioned two items of Calendar Girls film memorabilia, both autographed by lead actress Helen Mirren. These were a calendar and a one-off illustrated cushion. Also auctioned were three visits to Channel 4.
On top of this, everyone received a goody bag from Weleda, which included a special Yes to Life brochure. This really was a truly magical event, and one that will live in the memory.
To help us recall these memories, we have some great pictures here courtesy of Annabel Staff from eventphotographic.
Amici della Musica
25 November 2008
Early 17th century virtuoso sonatas and toccatas by Frescobaldi, Fontana, Cima, Riccio, Rossi and Merula. Amici della Musica is a group of world class performers acclaimed for their period performances.
* David Roblou, harpsichord
* Catherine Finnis, cello
* Philip Pickett & Heather Moger, recorder
Tuesday 25 November 2008, at 7.30pm, at St Peter's Eaton Square, London SW1 9AL