Ben’s Epic Christmas Boxes 2023 – Season 5!

Fundraising campaign by Ginny Walker
  • £3,650.00
    raised of £4,000.00 goal goal
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Ben’s Epic Journey

Ben’s Epic Christmas Boxes 2023– Season 5!

Building on the success of our four previous Ben's Epic Christmas Boxes Campaigns, we are at it again!

This year as a stretch goal, in addition to the Christmas Boxes, we are hoping to add Parent Boxes, Ward Boxes (for the staff working on the wards) and small Sibling Boxes, too (subject to funds raised).

We are aware that the cost of living challenges might make this Christmas difficult for lots of people, but we really want to help those children and families facing an unexpected difficult diagnosis of cancer and those supporting them.

And yes, I am walking The South Downs Way again this year from 13 - 19 August!

We really hope to keep doing this year on year because we are planning to become an official charity in the not too distant future!

Please read our story below ...

Lovely people,

Our beautiful son, Ben, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and Lyme disease in June 2018. He subsequently underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant from an Angel unrelated donor in October of that year. Ben sadly relapsed in July 2019 and died in my arms at home on Saturday 10th August 2019.

Ben grew so much in such a short space of time; both in knowledge, age, as well as in heart and wisdom. He never wanted any association with cancer and certainly didn’t want to be defined by it. In his last few days, he humbly told me he would give up his life if other children could be healthy. In my heart, as his mum, I felt very much that he was handing the baton to me to continue a legacy of kindness for the children and families affected by childhood cancer.

We started this amazing annual campaign in 2019 and were able to create beautiful Christmas gift boxes for the children on the three wards Ben was treated in. Over the last few years, with the pandemic, we had to adapt our approach, providing gift vouchers in 2020 and Lego in 2021 and 2022 to the children staying on the same wards.

We are hoping that if restrictions begin to ease later this year, we will return to our original fantastically epic Christmas Boxes, also depending on funding received. Lego has been hugely popular in the last two years and is pretty universal in its appeal, should we be required to go this route again. However, we are keeping our fingers crossed to create more individualised boxes again for 2023.

As part of our fundraising for Ben's Epic Christmas Boxes this year, I am once again walking The South Downs Way, which is 100 miles (or a lot longer if you wander off the trail as I did in 2021!)

I'll be setting off from Winchester early on Sunday 13 August, a few weeks' earlier this year to get the ball rolling, with, I hope, different friends and family joining me along the route, striding through the landscape all the way to Eastbourne, arriving late afternoon / early evening on Saturday 19 August! I will of course be providing regular updates here when signal permits!

We would again like to make Christmas in hospital for these children a little easier; and we would like to start the ball rolling with this fundraiser to see what miracles may come. We'd love your support!

The Hospitals are:

Starfish Ward, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth

Piam Brown Ward, Southampton Hospital

Starlight Ward, Bristol

The three wards accommodate approximately 65 – 70 children.

We have left an open funding target this year, in the hope of adding parent boxes, ward boxes and small sibling boxes of Lego. In previous years, we have hoped to raise £6,000 at least. This is a figure in the back of our mind and we hope upon to hope to smash it.

We are currently working on plans to set up Ben’s Epic Journey as a charity within the next year, with Ben's Epic Christmas Boxes happening year on year. We have lots of ideas for the future, but this is something really special we hope to develop in Ben's name with your wonderful support! We are currently looking at the paperwork and researching potential Trustees and will keep you posted. In the meantime, we are unable to claim gift aid for this fundraiser.

You can find out more about Ben’s story via his blog here at: www.bensepicjourney.org

You can also contact us here at: [email protected]

Please note:

All donations are non-refundable, but will be used for good as part of our lovely boy’s legacy of kindness to others.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 13, 2023
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  • Alexandra Borghini
  • Donated on Dec 12, 2023
  • Wonderful initiative in his memory

£10.00
  • Jo Morgan
  • Donated on Dec 12, 2023
  • Such an amazing thing to do to spread some Christmas joy xx

£50.00
Oct 22

The Great South Run 2023

Update posted by Ginny Walker at 02:32 pm
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Well, after kicking off proceedings with a 100 mile walk, no sooner had I got home, than the idea to run the Great South Run this year, took hold.I confess that my training was not the best, but my determined nature kicked in and knowing I could just about run. . . . .

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Oct 22

The South Downs Way Walk 2023!

Update posted by Ginny Walker at 02:28 pm
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Dear wonderful people,In September I walked the entire 100 miles of the South Downs Way. I was so fortunate for the most part, with the weather, all save for one day when I was walking alone from Pyecombe to Southease. I had the great fortune to have a swift journey. . . . .

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104 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Dec 13, 2023
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  • Alexandra Borghini
  • Donated on Dec 12, 2023
  • Wonderful initiative in his memory

£10.00
  • Jo Morgan
  • Donated on Dec 12, 2023
  • Such an amazing thing to do to spread some Christmas joy xx

£50.00
  • Janet Workman
  • Donated on Dec 12, 2023
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  • Harry Hague
  • Donated on Dec 12, 2023
  • Thank you! x

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  • Kirstie Rowson
  • Donated on Dec 11, 2023
  • Love x

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  • Kevin Mooney
  • Donated on Dec 11, 2023
  • Amazing humans. Love what you do.

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  • Andy Haynes
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  • Nigel Manders
  • Donated on Dec 11, 2023
  • With love x

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£3,650.00
raised of £4,000.00 goal
91% Funded
104 Donors

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