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What started as one woman’s legacy has inspired thousands

by Vicki Robinson
Friday 20th February 2015

Charity feature: From scaling Kilimanjaro to brewing a beer in Jane Tomlinson’s name, how dedicated supporters are continuing her legacy  in 2015 and beyond

From bake sales to bike rides, triathlons to mountain treks, thousands of individuals and organisations have dedicated themselves to carrying on Jane’s legacy.

Just some of the Appeal’s extraordinarily dedicated band of fundraisers include:

Lucy Townend, William Anelay general contractors, York

"We chose to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal as our Charity of the Year after our Managing Director completed the 2013 Yorkshire Marathon and was inspired to support the charity further.  We have held a variety of events throughout the year, both in the office, on our sites and externally, and we are delighted with the enthusiasm from all our staff.  Everyone has really got behind our fundraising ideas and made them lots of fun - our favourites have definitely been the Rounders Tournament/ BBQ and Christmas Jumpers/ Photo Booth day. 

"The support from the Appeal staff has been great, whether it is new fundraising ideas or just popping in for a cuppa they are always there when you need them.  We are well over half way towards our target for the year but as we have enjoyed working with The Appeal so much we have decided to extend our partnership and continue to support this great cause."

Karen Thrippleton, a supporter of the JTA since 2007 from Leeds

Karen said: "In February 2007, I saw Jane and Mike Tomlinson on the local news promoting their new event, the Leeds 10K.  Inspired by Jane, I went and bought a pair of trainers and thought ‘Go on then, I will give it a go’.    Training for a 10K was tough and even 2 miles felt like an awfully long way but I took inspiration from re-reading Jane’s books, The Luxury of Time and You Can’t Take It With You.

"I had the most amazing day, finishing in 1 hour and 4 minutes, but the thing that struck me most was the atmosphere.  Everyone was in this together and the sight of all the Tomlinsons on the start line waving a Yorkshire flag still brings a smile to my face.  I still have my t-shirt signed by Jane and it will always be one of my most treasured possessions.

"I had the running bug and I decided that I wanted to run the London Marathon – it was a long, hard few months of training and a very tough day on 13th April 2008 but I raised over £1200 for The Appeal. 

"I have now done over 400 events including 11 marathons and 55 half marathons (personal favourites are the York 10K and Yorkshire Marathon) and to think I didn’t even own a pair of trainers before Jane’s motivating story reached me.

"In 2013, I was voted Fundraiser of the Year by the Yorkshire Post readers – I am so proud to be part of the legacy of Jane Tomlinson.  Nearly 7 years later, the inspiration continues and grows, from 10K to 26.2 miles, young and old, able bodies and disabled – long may it continue."

Kerry Key Foundation, Hull

The Foundation was set up in memory of the incredible Kerry Key following her death in 2013 after a seven year battle with cancer. Kerry was a much loved supporter of the Appeal who was a determined advocate for many charities as well as the Appeal including HER Breast Friends, St Anne's Community Special School and Cancer Research to name but a few.

Kerry had taken on the challenge of the Hull 10K in 2012 completing the event in style along with her friend Rachel. Kerry sadly lost her battle with cancer and passed away a few months later in January 2013.

Since Kerry died her family and friends have gone on to take part in an array of events to raise money in her name including the Yorkshire Marathon and Hull 10K. The most recent of their challenges was a Coast to Coast cycle ride over 3 days where a team of cyclists travelled from Morecambe to Bridlington.

To date the Foundation has raised an incredible £30,000 and this week they made generous donations to Kerry's chosen charities. 

The Appeal would like to thank all those who have raised money in Kerry's name and for the amazing donation of £5000.

Leeds Brewery launch Tomlinson’s Tipple

Beer makers at Leeds Brewery are raising a toast to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal’s success – by crafting a brew in Jane’s name.

Tomlinson’s Tipple is on sale in the Brewery’s venues across the city. And for every pint pulled, a donation will be made to the charity.

The 4% ABV pale ale – Jane’s favourite brew – has been blended with input from the family, who have helped create the beer’s unique taste.

Leeds Brewery’s Sam Moss said: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Jane Tomlinson appeal as they celebrate this tremendous milestone in their fundraising activity. We look forward to being able to raise a pint of our commemorative beer with the Tomlinson family, the appeal team and many of those who have contributed to helping countless tremendous causes."

Jane’s daughter Suzanne Tomlinson, who helped create the ale, said: "We’re really grateful for Leeds Brewery’s support and having a beer in mum’s name is a lovely touch. We’ve sampled it – and we think it’s great. Hopefully, people will get along to a Leeds Brewery pub before the end of February and give it a try. Not only will they be able to enjoy a great drink – but they’ll be helping support the work of the Appeal."


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