Raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Alec
Thank you for visiting our page. Our son, Alec, was a gorgeous nine year old who made the most of every day until passing away peacefully in January 2008 from an inoperable brain tumour. This page unites the events that his family and friends have chosen to dedicate to the inspiration of his courage, humour and smile.
The purpose of this fundraising is threefold: as an enduring way to celebrate Alec's life; to raise funds for the leading UK charity researching into ways of preventing or treating this (relatively underfunded) type of cancer; and to allow the overwhelming number of Alec's supporters a positive and ongoing outlet for their hugely valued goodwill. Our enormous thanks go to those who have been instrumental in raising this amazing sum so far - we never dreamed that we might raise over £150,000 in his name.
2016 is Year 10 of the South West Coast Path (630 miles of coastline) which Libby (my sister) and I have committed to complete in manageable chunks. We started at Minehead in September 2007 and then around Land's End (with the Olympic Torch!) in 2012. The walk has continued once or twice each year, most recently with a huge gaggle of friends past Plymouth in April 2015 and with Alec's brother, sister, grandmother and cousins in August 2015 to Salcombe. We are also doing our next cycle ride - the Farnham Charity Cycle - on 3 July 2016, perhaps making it as far as Butser Hil!
On Sunday 20 September 2015, our whole family took part in The Twilight Walk, a 10 km walk around Windsor, with hundreds of other supporters of the Charity. Thanks also to our fab peloton - James Atherton, Jeffrey Carey, Libby & Will Duckett, Petra Hille Ris Lambers, Kay Markides, Barry Saint, Clare Smiley, Sarah Tracey and me (Clare Normand) - who tackled Capital to Coast in 2014 and Nightrider in 2013, raising over £18k!
Sadly, more children and young adults now die from brain tumours than from any other cancer. Therefore, the funds raised are going to the largest single funder of lab-based brain tumour research in the UK, The Brain Tumour Charity, through the Alec Normand Fund. As the charity does not deduct admin costs from named funds, 100% of your donation will go to research. The Charity exists principally to find a cure for childhood and adult Brain Tumours through funding research and also offers support, hope and information to patients and their families. Donating through this site is straightforward and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor us: the Charity will receive your money faster and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 25% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you. So please sponsor any of us - your donation is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks from the Normand family and friends