£3,086.00raised of £5,000.00 goal
No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities
Ben’s Epic Journey
Ben’s Epic Christmas Boxes
Fundraising Project for Christmas Gift Boxes
11 September 2021
As some of you are aware, our son, Ben, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia 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 project in 2019 and were able to create beautiful Christmas gift boxes for the children on the three wards Ben was treated in. Last year, with the pandemic, we had to adapt our approach, so we gave gift vouchers to the children on the same wards, which were just as warmly received.
This year, knowing that restrictions are still likely to still be in place, we are focusing on Lego sets, as it's pretty universal in appeal and can be easily wiped down to ensure safety. For the very young babies, we will again offer a gift voucher for the families to select something special personally.
If we are flying ahead on the fundraising, we have some extra special ideas for some stretch goals, but we will say more about these exciting little gems as the campaign progresses.
As part of our fundraising for Ben's Epic Christmas Boxes this year, I am also walking The South Downs Way, which is 100 miles. I'll be setting off from Winchester early on Saturday 18 September, World Bone Marrow Day, with a dear friend of mine and walking the landscape all the way to Eastbourne, hopefully arriving late afternoon on Friday 24 September! I will be giving regular updates as and when possible!
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.
The Hospitals are:
Starfish Ward, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
Piam Brown Ward, Southampton Hospital
Starlight Ward, Bristol
The three wards accommodate approximately 65 children.
The intention is to continue with Ben's Epic Christmas Boxes (of Lego) 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!
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]
All donations are non-refundable, but will be used for good as part of our lovely boy’s legacy of kindness to others.
- Ginny Walker
- Campaign Owner
Whoohoo!!Update posted by Ginny Walker at 11:38 pm
With donations from the online auction and funds we have raised offline, we have successfully raised just under £4,000, which is an INCREDIBLE amount, considering the difficult times we have all endured.We can't thank you enough for your love, kindness and support for our special campaign. Everything raised will go. . . . .
Last Chance to Donate!!Update posted by Ginny Walker at 11:38 am
Dear all,My goodness, we are overwhelmed with the love and support this year under what we realise are quite difficult circumstances again.You have pulled together and with the silent auction this year, it is looking like we may reach around £3,500 in total.You really are incredible and we are so. . . . .
Day 7 - Southease to EastbourneUpdate posted by Ginny Walker at 01:52 pm
Well, after a better night's sleep than I first imagined, with the aching feet and legs, we were up and at breakfast just after 7.30 am. There's nothing like a veggie fry up to feel well fuelled and raring to go, although it was rather foggy and drizzling as we. . . . .
Day 6 - Pyecombe to Southease / RodmellUpdate posted by Ginny Walker at 12:27 pm
Our journey over to Southease was stunning. We simply had the best day with the weather again and started at the Jack and Jill Windmills at the edge of the South Downs Way and headed up onto the hills and into the sunlight and beautiful clear skies. We saw Dew. . . . .
Day Five - Washington to PyecombeUpdate posted by Ginny Walker at 11:21 pm
Well, today we learned management of blisters, the value of friendship and tenacity. It was a very good day. We started late, as there was a change over of bus driver from Midhurst, so although the journey started late, we ended up with a free bus ride, which was great. . . . .
Day Four - Graffham to WashingtonUpdate posted by Ginny Walker at 12:06 am
Well, what a beautiful day! It was magnificent and we enjoyed another day striding out in the sunshine.At this point, there is no doubt that the blisters, aches and tiredness were starting to kick in today, coupled with the long undulations of the South Downs. Steep inclines and long drops. . . . .
Day 3 - Buriton to GraffhamUpdate posted by Ginny Walker at 09:54 pm
Well,We were so lucky with the weather again today and after only a couple of slight inclines, most of our walk today was along the ridge of the South Downs feeding close to little villages like Cocking, not far from Midhurst and back up into the hills again. Such beautiful. . . . .
Day Two - Exton to BuritonUpdate posted by Ginny Walker at 09:32 pm
Had an earlier start today, dropped off by hubby; and my friend and I headed off on our adventures!We were tired today, but we still giggled through drizzle and full on rain! The inclines, although not too steep, were long and we were glad to get to the top of
Day One! Winchester to Exton!Update posted by Ginny Walker at 06:39 pm
Thrilled to see the numbers going up as we set off this morning from Winchester. Took us a while to locate the actual correct route onto the South Downs Way (lots of walking and laughter!) Finally got going around 11.15 am and got to Exton about 5.30 pm. You are