On Wednesday 5th November Pat McCallum invited Clare Howard and I to meet a lovely lady Sue Preston of Grimston, who accepted a cheque for £500 from Megan’s Challenge on behalf of the charity Cinnamon Trust. This wonderful charity was brought to our attention by Pat, Clare’s mum; a supporter of Megan’s Challenge and also a dedicated volunteer for The Cinnamon Trust.
On Friday 30 August at Gayton Social Club we presented 17 year old Gayton girl Sophie Green with a cheque for £2,500 to help towards the costs of her final year of a two year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports at Easton College Swimming Academy, where she is a residential student thus enabling her to successfully complete the course and manage the demands of an intensive physical training programme.
Spencer Bunkall formerly a Gayton lad and who knew Megan, was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour last year and has undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This life limiting illness means that Spencer wants to fulfill a wish list of things to do and places to see which is called his Bucket List. His main wish is to take his wife, Gemma and 4 year old daughter, Grace to Disneyland Paris to create life long memories for his daughter.
We held a presentation at Gayton Social Club on Sunday 20 January 2013 where Megan’s Challengers presented to Sister Teresa Brown a cheque for the fantastic amount of £15,700.00 to Macmillan Palliative Daycare at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (King’s Lynn). This total is a combination of the monies raised from the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the Summer Event at Gayton Social Club (see Events) and also some of the Sledding Challenge donations.
After we lost Megan we found the best way of coping was by channelling our thoughts and emotions into doing something positive for the local community in Megan’s memory.
In March 2012 we heard about Kye’s greatest wish, which was to go on holiday with his family. Seven year old Kye English from Gayton, who Megan knew from school, was diagnosed in July 2011 with a malignant brain tumour too large to be removed and who may have only two years to live.