On 10th November, Michelle and Hannah presented the Child Cancer Fund at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske with a cheque donation of £6,000 from Bone Cancer Awareness Trust in memory of Luke. The donation will be used on the CLIC unit and will benefit young people with cancer, including those diagnosed with bone cancer. There is always a warm welcome on the CLIC unit and it was lovely to see everyone.
A MASSIVE thank you to Michelle Bradwell and her family at the Bone Cancer Awareness Trust (BCAT) for their generous donation of £8,000 to BCRT in memory of their son Luke.
BCAT was set up to raise awareness about primary bone cancer after Luke passed away from primary bone cancer on 3rd January 2012 and successfully delivered a specialist information leaflet to every GP surgery and minor injury unit in the Cornwall area.
Using this knowledge, they collaborated with us for our Awareness Week this year to roll out this leaflet to other surgeries across the UK and spread the word about our Royal College of GPs e-learning module.
Thanks to all of our amazing supporters who took their action pack to their doctor’s surgery, you have helped to ensure Luke’s campaign and BCAT’s work live on to raise vital awareness about this cruel and devastating disease.
Pictured are Luke with mum Michelle, dad Jonathon and sister Hannah – taken on 22nd October 2011, two and a half months before he passed away.
It was taken on his aunt's wedding day and he managed to walk down the aisle using his prosthetic leg to give her away.
We are so proud of everything Luke and his family have achieved and thank you for your very generous collaboration in helping to make a difference – we really couldn't do it without you.
The awareness leaflets we worked on with BCRT (Bone Cancer Research Trust) are now being sent out to supporters in different parts of the country. So proud, Luke's story is featured inside and much of the information from our original leaflet here in Cornwall. Luke's legacy lives on... Great teamwork between both charities.
It now seems an appropriate time to let people know we will be winding down our charity in the next couple of months. We are very saddened by the necessity to do so but equally proud of our achievement of bone cancer awareness leaflets now in every GP surgery and minor injury unit in Cornwall. We have been in touch with Bone Cancer Research Trust and thoroughly support their awareness campaign next month. Currently, we hold £14,000 in the charities bank account and our trustees would like to donate £8,000 to BCRT. The remaining £6,000 will be donated to The Children's Cancer Fund at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, who treat children with cancer, including those diagnosed with bone cancer. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in fundraising and supporting us as a family. We will be keeping our charity website and Facebook page running for awareness information and any future fundraising will be split between these two deserving charities.
After a great conversation with the team at Bone Cancer Research Trust, they liked our tag line "early diagnosis can save limbs and lives" and decided to use similar for their awareness campaign next month. We are happy to help in any way we can to increase awareness of this devastating disease.
During 2014, the Marazion Apollo Male Choir held two concerts to raise money for the Trust, the first of which was held at Falmouth Pavilion in June, and the second at St Hilary Church in October. The total amount raised was £242, thank you to everyone who supported the events.
On Sunday 13th July, our friends Lauren, Janine and Brad completed the London 10k on another hot day in the capital for the 25,000 runners.
Thank you for supporting them, we really appreciate the £400 raised for our awareness campaign.
Humber Half Marathon
On Sunday 29th June 2014, Sara Carter and Ali Richardson ran the Humber Half Marathon and raised money for the Trust, bone cancer is very close to both their hearts. We loved to hear that their Labrador Dudley had been training with them. We are very grateful for Sara and Ali's support and for raising £406.
1000km Cycle Ride
On 12th June 2014 Owen Yaxley and Phil Miles began a seven day, 1000 kilometre cycle through the highest peaks of the Alps in France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Austria, the ride includes many of the challenging Tour de France climbs and began at Mont Ventoux with a 6273 ft elevation and will finish in Austria. Owen and Phil met Luke in 2011 and were inspired to take part in fundraising events because Luke always had a smile on his face. We're very grateful to Owen and Phil for taking on this challenge and for a massive £2654 for the Trust whilst raising awareness of bone cancer.
Helston Athletic Football Club
Helston Athletic Football Club have supported the Trust through donations in collection tins and the sale of charity wrist bands in the club house. We're very grateful for the Club's generosity raising a total of £164 for the Trust. The Club also kindly hosted a meeting between Helston families and the Public Health Department for Cornwall that we were invited to attend. Many thanks for their continued support.
Bringing Cancer to the Classroom, March 2014
Cancer can be a difficult subject to talk about, so Teenage Cancer Trust has developed free online educational resources for teachers and youth workers to use. We can help young people learn more about the disease and also how it can affect body image, relationships and friendships. Free booklets, posters and lesson plans are available at:
Update on the Trusts Progress
Great news for the Trust, the following counties are signing up to roll out our awareness campaign in their regions; Lincolnshire, Humberside, County Durham, Newcastle, Oxfordshire, Northumberland, East Sussex, West Sussex and possibly Surrey and Berkshire. Were so pleased that the awareness campaign will be reaching a greater population.
Our powerpoint slides from the conference have been added for your information.
Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) Conference Bristol 2013
On Saturday 12th October trustees attended the 8th BCRT conference in Bristol. There were a number of presentations throughout the day including a presentation by Lukes dad, Jonathon Bradwell, which was warmly received by conference delegates. The presentation outlined the work the Trust has achieved in Cornwall and set out our aim to carry the campaign forward into other regions with the help of affected families in those areas. There was a great response from people who would like to be involved, and we would like to say a big thank you for the interest shown in furthering our campaign! There were also touching personal stories shared and a motivational speech by charity patron Marc Woods, pictured with trustee Hannah Bradwell. Many thanks to the team at BCRT for hosting another great conference.
Tough Mudder September 2013
Well done to our runners for completing Tough Mudder Yorkshire 2013. The team, Colin, Owen, Murray and Brad completed the 12.5 mile course and obstacles including ice water, electrical fields and various climbs and swims in 2 hours 50 minutes earning the much coveted orange finishers headbands.
Thank you to all those who supported them and for the very generous donations. You can still donate by hitting the button on the right of this page.
British 10K London Run
Congratulations to our runners for taking part in and completing the London 10k on Sunday 14th July. Temperatures in the capital soared into the thirties for the 30,000 taking part making it a real challenge. We would like to thank our team, Matt, Owen, Ed and Brad for helping us raise awareness, well done lads. And we would also like to thank all the generous people who sponsored them.
Going Above and Beyond
Our friends Sparky and Rob set off on a trans-continental adventure in July to help spread our message. They travelled through 15 countries covering 6000 miles in a Lada, and even reached the Arctic Circle. They raised over £3000 to be split between the Trust and Help for Heroes. A big thank you to the guys and everyone who sponsored them, what a fantastic adventure!
Charity of the Year 2013
We are very pleased to have been chosen as charity of the year for the Helston branch of The Original Factory Shop. Our charity wrist bands and awareness leaflets will be available in store. Official fundraising for the Trust starts at the beginning of April. Pop in and shop to help fundraise! Many thanks to Steve, Greg and the team.
This May, 2014, the Trust collected from The Original Factory Shop £471 raised through collection tin donations, wrist bands and bag for life sales. We're so grateful for their support during the last year.
To find out more about the Helston store, please click here.
Our friends at the Black Prince in Kennington Cross, South London hosted a pub quiz on Thursday 21st February. The evening was very well supported and all those attending enjoyed the opportunity to test their grey matter. The warm and friendly atmosphere was also very welcome on a cold wintery evening. We thank the staff and all the participants for their ongoing support. An especially big thank you for the £433 raised for our campaign.
Moving onto Newquay
On the 11th February, the second Teenage Cancer Trust education programme presentation was held at Newquay Tretherras School. Year twelve students participated in the informal and interactive session given by Simon Avison.
The event was also attended by Caroline Chapman from Cornwall Healthy Schools, whom we are looking forward to working with in the future.
A First for Cornwall
Mounts Bay Academy hosted the first in a series of presentations by the Teenage Cancer Trust to tell pupils about the signs and symptoms of the disease as well as the types of treatment available. The event was organised by the Bone Cancer Awareness Trust. We would like to express our thanks to Simon Avison from Teenage Cancer Trust, Caroline Court, NHS consultant in public health and Mounts Bay head teacher Sara Davey for their continued support. For full story please see Cornishman article dated 24/01/13 to the right.
Luke Bradwell Memorial Shield Rugby Match March 2013
On 1st March 2013 the second annual rugby match between Mounts Bay Academy and Humphry Davy School took place in competition for the Luke Bradwell Memorial Shield.
The event raised £253 pounds for the Trust which was presented to trustee Hannah Bradwell at the Year 11 Leavers Assembly. We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who played and everyone who went along on the day to show their support.
Heartfelt thanks to Judi Gribble and family for sharing Bill's story with us and helping raise awareness of primary bone cancer.
Bill was a 13 year old, very active boy when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in September 2010. Despite Bill's illness he was determined to live life to the full, he would ride his quad at weekends between treatment, he loved fiddling with his bicycles and he taught his sister Mary to ride a geared 65cc motorbike.
Read Bill's full story here
There was a memorial moto cross event held on the weekend of 27th/ 28th October with £100 raised for the Trust. Landrake Moto Park additionally donated a further £300. Judi has held a coffee morning and her local slimming world have given donations, friends have completed sponsored walks, and the total raised so far is £745! The Trust greatly appreciates Judi's involvement in our campaign.
In October 2013, Judi continued to fundraise with her friends at Slimming World, her Motocross Club and her local Post Office and also completed a sponsored slim, raising a further £338.38! A big thank you to our friends!
This year once again Bill's memorial moto cross event took place in October 2014 raising a further £70 for the Trust.
Many thanks to Hayley at TR11 - spreading our awareness campaign in Falmouth!
The Trust has a full page feature in this months magazine which is delivered free to all homes within the TR11 postcode.
Our friend Colin did the Movember challenge this year and pledged to match his Movember donations so that the Trust could also benefit from this great idea. He promised to dye his moustache blonde if he raised over £500 pounds, well he hit £615! We would like to say another huge thank you to Colin for his continued support.
Mounts Bay Academy
Mounts Bay Academy have continued their fundraising for the Trust, we would like to say a massive thank you for their £870 latest donation! This was Luke's secondary school, and we appreciate all of the support from both staff and pupils. A collection was also held at the leavers presentation evening on Thursday 15th November 2012. The Academy will also be hosting the very first Teenage Cancer Trust presentation held in Cornwall in January. We are very proud to be working in partnership with TCT.
Bone Cancer Awareness Leaflet
The Trust has placed its first order of 13,000 bone cancer awareness leaflets. With the approval of Cornwall County Councils Department of Public Health, they will soon be distributed to G.P surgeries and Minor Injury Units across Cornwall! We would like to thank the team at County for their valued assistance with our campaign.
View the awareness leaflet in PDF format here
Cancer 52 Conference 2012
On Thursday 18th October we attended the Cancer 52 annual conference in London. The day focussed on liaison with charities and medical research organisations in Europe. Representatives from the Instituto Dei Tumori in Milan presented plans for RARECARENet, which will introduce a programme giving access to specialist cancer care and treatment anywhere in Europe. This was followed by a briefing in the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Delyth Morgan. All those in attendance acknowledged that raising awareness remains the highest priority in improving overall survival rates.
Penzance Madron Beaver Scouts
We are pleased to have been chosen for the charity of the year for the Penzance Madron Scout Group. On 30th September a group of Beavers took part in the Rotary Ramble, hiking 4.4 miles. The little Beavers will be presented with certificates to show our appreciation. The Scout Group also held a fun quiz night on Friday 26th October at the Sportsman's Arms, Heamoor. The latest event to be organised by the group will be a raffle held on Wedneday 12th December at their mini Christmas pantomime. Many thanks to the Beavers and Scout Group leaders for all of their support, they have raised £407.
We are working in partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust to raise awareness in schools. Our objective is to have the TCT education package delivered in secondary schools, starting in Cornwall. We believe that increased awareness of all cancers in teenagers and young adults will help to promote early diagnosis. A big thank you to the Education and Advocacy team at TCT for their support in achieving our common aim. The Teenage Cancer Trust awareness week runs from 1st - 7th October.
Teenage Cancer Trust Awareness Week
BCRT UPDATE Newsletter Autumn 2012
We are so pleased to feature in the Bone Cancer Research Trust Autumn 2012 newsletter! The whole of page 10 is dedicated to Luke's story and our aims as a charity. Two great photo's of Luke and happy days with a brief interview. Thank you to BCRT for all of their support.
UPDATE Newsletter Autumn 2012
We are extremely proud to announce that Marc Woods has agreed to become a patron of the Trust. Marc was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 17 years old and had a below knee amputation. When he completed his treatment he decided he wanted to "be the best he could be". He went on to compete as a swimmer winning a staggering 12 Paralympic medals, 4 of which were gold! He also won a further 21 medals from European and world championship events. We believe he is a real inspiration.
"Too often bone cancer is discovered too late and more needs to be done to educate people about this brutal disease. That's why I support The Bone Cancer Awareness Trust. Early diagnosis of bone cancer is absolutely critical."
Luke Inspires Cyclists
On September 9th, the Penwith Peninsular Bike Ride took place. Over 150 riders turned out for the event which was held in memory of Luke Bradwell. This is the second year that the Mounts Bay Rotary Club have organised the event on behalf of Cancer Research UK. Luke's mum, Michelle, lowered the flag to start the ride. We would like to thank the organisers and all that took part for raising money for such a great cause.
Last year Cancer Research UK spent more than £2 million on research specifically into sarcoma. In October last year, the charity unveiled its Sheffield Cancer Research UK Centre, uniting scientists, doctors and nurses from across the region to beat cancer together. Research into both primary bone cancers and tumours that have spread to the bone from other parts of the body is a key area of focus for the Centre.
Please see Cornishman Articles 23/08/12 and 13/09/12 to the right.
Table Top Sale
On 18th August, a table top sale was held by the residents of Freshbrook Close, complete with refreshments and fun activities for children, including a bouncy castle. Stall holders donated pitch fees to the Trust. The day raised £174!
Many thanks to all who came and showed their support.
The Black Prince in Kennington, South London held a pub quiz on Monday 3rd September. A very enjoyable night was had by all. A challenging and entertaining quiz followed by a raffle with some really exceptional prizes. Thank you to the staff for making the evening go well and Dave A for organising the event. Also we would like to thank all those who attended and helped us raise £292, which is greatly appreciated.
Trevedra Farm Craft Fayre
This year's Trevedra Farm Craft Fayre which took place on Sunday 12th August was a great success, there was a variety of different craft stalls including jewellery, candles and pottery as well as activities for children, a BBQ, and a raffle with great prizes.
Everyone greatly enjoyed the day and the Fayre also raised an amazing £423 for the Trust!
Many thanks to Wendy Nicholas at the farm for organising the event.
After such a successful event in London, Debbie Bray, with the help of Kay Harris, organised another quiz night at the Waterside Meadery in Penzance. The quiz night took place on 26th July.
Gulval C.P. School Athletics Club
On the 16th July, Liz Cowan's Athletics Club at Gulval Primary School took part in a sponsored run, jogging laps around the school field. Over 20 children took part, and many parents helped out with the event. This was Luke's primary school, and the Trust thank them for their continued support.
Together, their "little legs" raised a fantastic £637!
Thank you Colin
We would like to express our appreciation to our friend Colin Mennis for his very generous donation of £1000. This is especially meaningful to us as Colin knew Luke for several years. We would also like to say thank you for his continued support for our campaign.
Peninsular Cancer Network
As a result of collaboration with Cornwall County Council, the 'Clear on Cancer' newsletter has page 3 dedicated to primary bone cancer and early diagnosis. The newsletter has a wide coverage of primary and secondary care throughout Devon and Cornwall. This is a great step forward in furthering awareness amongst medical professionals.
Many thanks to the team at County for their support.
Clear on Cancer Summer 2012 Newsletter
The Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) Conference 2012
On Saturday 23rd June our trustees attended the BCRT annual conference. We received a warm welcome from all and thoroughly enjoyed the day's events.
Presentations were given on "Future research priorities for bone cancer patients" and "Improving outcomes for patients", discussion groups also focused on "Awareness and early diagnosis".
There were also very touching stories shared from survivors and other families that have lost a child to primary bone cancer.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the team at BCRT for their friendly, supportive approach. They are so inspirational and we share a similar passion.
Cycling to Newquay........and back!
On The 5th June 2012, four pupils from Mounts Bay Academy cycled the gruelling return trip from Penzance to Newquay. Matthew Ralph, Jake Williamson, William Hosking and Christopher Chappell, all friends of Luke, completed the massive achievement of over 70 miles, despite horrendous weather conditions! The lads received great support in sponsorship and also from their teachers at the school, including Ian Ragget who cycled the trip with them. Many thanks also to John and Penny Hosking for their all day support with the event.
After a ten hour day, they arrived back at Mounts Bay at 6.30pm to a welcome and cheer from local trustees and supporters. Although they were all very tired, spirits were still high at the end of this massive physical challenge. This was a truly remarkable achievement and is very much appreciated by the charity. Well done lads for raising an amazing £1270!
Thanks again to the Cornishman for publishing the bike ride event to Newquay and back, they have been so supportive in helping us get the charity and our message out there. Please see Cornishman Article 21/06/12 to the right.
Ludgvan Cricket Club
The club have told us they are proud to have elected the Trust as their charity of the year. The teams are looking forward to supporting us with upcoming events and matches to help raise awareness and funds. Lookout for our logo on the smart new shirts at league matches throughout Cornwall.
We thank the club for their support and wish them all the best for this seasons games. Our wristbands are now available in the club bar.
Charity Quiz Night
Many thanks to Debbie Bray for hosting a very successful quiz night in Bishopsgate, London, on the 24th May. The night was well attended and good fun for all, additionally raising much needed funds to the total of £250!
London to Brighton Challenge
Our friend Dale Anderton, completed the 62 mile London to Brighton run on the 12th May. Former Royal Marines triathlete Dale, aimed to complete the challenge in around 12 hours and finish within the first 100 runners. Setting off from Richmond Deer Park, London at 6.00 am, Dale settled in with the race leaders and had a strong run giving him the opportunity to meet up with his wife, Michelle and sons, Andrew and James whom we also thank for their support, at the half way point.
Slightly refreshed, Dale then headed into the second and most difficult part of the race, as he began the climb into the South Downs. Under a clear blue sky, all of the runners began to feel the heat and were relieved to enter the final straight on Brighton racecourse. Dale crossed the finishing line in a very impressive 5th place from over 1600 competitors, clocking in at 12 hours and 10 seconds. This was despite a 3 mile detour as some route markers had been moved!
All of us at the Trust would like to express our appreciation to Dale and the many people that sponsored his endeavour, for their support.
Dale raised a massive £1200!
Met Police Log Run!
A team from the Metropolitan Police, 4 Area TSG, completed the Paddock Wood AC half marathon on 1st April 2012. The team, Andy Todd, Dan Champion, Ryan Hall and Jerry McCahill, did a fantastic job, finishing the race in 2 hours 40 minutes. A massive achievement especially considering they were carrying a length of telegraph pole, weighing in at around 55 Kilos.
We thank the team for their support for our campaign and also look forward to being involved in future events with them.
The team raised a total of £624!
Thank you Jim
We would like to express our appreciation to Mr. Jim Marsh for his regular contribution to our campaign.
Gulval CP School Fundraising
On Friday 24th February Gulval CP School, Penzance, held a non school uniform day along with cake sales in aid of the Bone Cancer Awareness Trust. We would like to express our appreciation for their continued support.
Local Secondary Schools Support Us January 2012
We would like to thank Mounts Bay Academy and Humphry Davy School, who came together for the first memorial rugby match, which is hoped to become an annual event, in competition for the Luke Bradwell memorial shield. Great spirit was shown at the match and the proceeds of £225 have been donated to the Bone Cancer Awareness Trust. For full story please see Cornishman Article 2nd February 2012 to the right.