It was, once again, a pleasure for both me and for Trish to meet friends old and new at this year’s National Conference and Patients Day – but we are mindful of the many who for numerous important reasons couldn’t attend, and we hope to see you all again next year.
To all those who attended, I hope that you too would agree that we owe a special ‘thank you’ to our own NMO National Team (pictured below) for a professionally-organised and extremely informative event that left everyone in no doubt whatsoever of the efforts being put in at The John Radcliffe Centre Oxford and The Walton Centre Liverpool on a daily basis in pursuit of a cure, and easing of the existing condition, for those who suffer from this terrible disease.
THANK YOU, FROM ALL SUFFERERS, CARERS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS.
Whilst remaining always mindful of the work put in by our National Team, it was also a chance for us as a charity (NMO Spectrum-UK) to show our appreciation for the unbelievable efforts of our fundraisers over the past year. As a charity we work on a May to May year (Conference to Conference), so there are many events still ongoing. Please visit our team page www.justgiving.com/teams/nmospectrum and if you can help or if you have an idea for an event or function, no matter how big or small, then we, as a charity, are here to assist you in any way possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There were so many who supported, either by arranging their own event or supporting one, and to all of you a very special ‘thank you’.
CONGRATULATIONS HEIDI & STEVE FROM THE NMO COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.
There were three teams who really stood out, and in our opinion deserved special recognition. You will no doubt have already read in past posts the details of the first two recipients of the NMO Spectrum Fundraiser of the Year Award, but if you haven’t already then please take the time to do just that. We’re sure you will agree that special recognition is indeed deserved by the recipients of our first ever Fundraiser of the Year Award, who bravely overcame disability to become the first fundraiser to beat the £1000.00 barrier with their NMO Spectrum UK Speed Luge.
TRISH MCCANN, TRUSTEE AND FOUNDER, ALONG WITH GAIL WHO ACCEPTED THE AWARD ON BEHALF OF TEAM JSL.
The next award, joint Fundraiser of the Year 2015, went to our very own JSL (John S Loydon) and his team, for all of their efforts towards putting on a Blues Night to remember. Unfortunately John and Elaine were in Canada on a long standing family engagement and couldn’t attend this year’s Conference. However, they had a worthy stand-in, Gail McCallum, who was, in fact, instrumental in bringing John out of musical retirement and putting the whole event together. Both Trish and I had the pleasure of attending what turned out to be a fantastic evening. For those who couldn’t attend, you can catch up on on our News and Events page. You can discover more about JSL and his music at his web site: www.iwokeupthismorning.co.uk
LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST THE FINAL AWARD: NMO SPECTRUM UK YOUNG FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR 2015
The final award went to a very special young lady who stuck by her best friend through thick and thin, through her most desperate times in this illness. Our recipient then took the fight to raise awareness of this terrible disease to the playground, whilst raising much-needed funds at the same time through her school friends. We should all extend a very special ‘thank you’ to Miss Lucy Moore – the first ever NMO Spectrum-UK Young Fundraiser of the Year.
Lucy’s friend Tia-Grace Ray has also inspired one of this year’s red hot favourites for the senior award 2016 with his Nuclear Oblivion Assault Course which will feature on our news feed shortly with an update.
As our charity relies on the support of fundraisers, the effort that John and his team have put into supporting our aims and goals really has to be read to be believed.
I hope everyone who reads this will take the time to visit our team page, NMO Spectrum-UK, on the JustGiving website, and see for yourself the efforts that our fundraisers are putting into our mutual aims and goals.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
We hope to see you all again next year, along with those who unfortunately couldn’t attend this year, and thank you, the reader, for taking the time to visit our site.