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Teenage Cancer Trust fundraising for Arron

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Those magnificent mates on their bikes raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust on the May bank holiday weekend were captured on film by Mark Feltham.

Supported by Greatwood Jenkins and Nailsea Auto Electrical support vehicles here is the fabulous video story of their sponsored ride across Somerset starting and ending at Grove Sports & Social Centre.

Since 19-year-old Arron King died in February 17 his family and friends have channelled their energies into fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust in his memory.

The bike ride, skydive, quiz night and more has so far raised thousands of pounds for the research charity.

Sam Crocker led the cyclists through the on the highways and byways of deepest Somerset to raise £14,600 from 477.

Sam planned the 100 mile route, organised the training schedule, prepared the list of essential gear and booked overnight B&B accommodation in Wellington.

He also put together the team of experienced and novice bike riders which including Mark Feltham, Andy Jenkins, Dan Bishop, Jason Bishop, Jacques Bishop, James Sims, Steve Ling, Ryan Pickles, Calvin Dear, Jay Jacobs, George Knight, Tom Barnes and Joe Pike.
Arron’s funeral on Thursday, March 18, saw hundreds line the route of the cortege which left the family home in Portland Close to travel along Queens Road into Mizzymead Road and onto Stockway South - photos and words appear on our BMD page HERE.

Because of Covid-19 restrictions the actual service had to be limited to just 20 close family and friends.

Arron who was a budding DJ died on Wednesday, February 17, just three weeks after getting the diagnosis of an incurable sarcoma.

Mum Jayne King, a dinner lady, said at the time: “It makes me so proud to know how much he was loved.

“We have been overwhelmed by all the messages of condolent including Nailsea School staff even teachers who have since left have been in touch.”

Jayne and his dad Rich were with Arron when he died and her partner James Sims was due to take part in the bike ride.

Sister Kirstin said: “Arron very sadly passed away at the young age of 19 on February 17 this year.

“It was only on February 5, nine days earlier after speaking to his GP our world soon came crashing down when the doctors at the BRI had the difficult task of informing us he had a sarcoma cancer which was very aggressive and incurable but possibly treatable.

“Arron received his first dose of chemo three days later in ICU while on dialysis.

“We hoped and prayed he would be a medical miracle but the cancer was far too aggressive.

“Way more aggressive than any of us including his doctors anticipated.

“It was clear that within seven days of starting chemotherapy the drugs hadn’t worked like we wanted them to.

“On Tuesday, February 16, we made the difficult decision to turn off the dialysis machine and just 19 hours later he slipped away holding his mum and dad’s hands. 

“He was a very ambitious young man with lots of plans for the future with his beautiful girlfriend.

“Sadly these plans won’t be able to happen however all we can do now is make him proud of us and do the things he wanted to do in life.

“One of them being a skydive... so me, my husband Steve, sister-in-law Hannah Ling and my best friend Ellie Brown have decided to take to the skies and jump out of a plane for him!

"If he knew we were doing this he would never believe us.

“So we have created this fundraiser to raise more money in his memory for Teenage Cancer Trust who were beyond supportive and still continue to be during this emotional rollercoaster we’re still on. 

“Please help us support this amazing charity.”The Just Giving skydrive fundraising page is HERE.

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FAB FOUR: The skydiving team at SkydiveBuzz aerodrome at Dunkeswell who all successfully completed their sponsored jump from a plane. Kirstin said: "Thank you all so much for your generous donations, comments, love and more. Thank you to everyone who kindly came out of their way to support us today! Thank you to my incredible husband, sister in law and best friend for joining me. I can't believe we've done this, I honestly would never have done a skydive for anyone other than Arron and I'm sure he would have thought I would bottle it! We've raised lots of money for an amazing cause, which sadly shouldn't exist but without these charities cancer patients and relatives wouldn't get through the tough times.Give your sibling a hug and a kiss when you next see them as he's the first person I wanted to hug after! To donate go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/skydiveforarron

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QUESTION TIME: Nearly 150 people took part in the 'live' pub quiz at the Ring O'Bells which was a continuation of the Friday nights on Zoom organised throughout the lockdown by Nailsea Community Group stalwarts Glen Schmidt who heads up Nailsea Active and former town councillor James Steel. The pair introduced some fun slapstick elements into the evening with magic tricks and outlandish dress but on the serious side it raised £633.50 for the Teenage Cancer Trust from the entrance fee, deckchair auction and raffle. The pub crawl brainteasers are part of a thank you tour for the landlords and landladies like Becky Williams who supported the community group by providing meals for vulnerable people unable to go out during the pandemic. Our team(s) came last (wooden spoon winner) and joint third - only three points behind the actual winners whose name escapes me. The killer picture round was Disney cartoon characters so it was a distinct advantage to recognise Pepper Pig and know the correct name for Scooby Doo. See the What's On page for the next venue...

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