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Christmas cards 2014



Christmas cards


Do you have a school fayre, jumble sale or coffee morning coming up where you could sell CHECT Christmas  cards?


We can mail you a bundle of 20/25 cards (one large padded bag) or more to sell to raise funds and awareness of CHECT.


On average each assorted pack contains between £60-£70 worth of CHECT cards.  Each  individual pack of 10 cards averages between £1.50 - £2.00 profit for CHECT.




Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of your event and where to send the bundles to. We do not ask for payment for the cards in advance.


Art4Eyes gallery

The Gift of Wonderment, by Mark Skirving

Oils & acrylics on canvas 100cm x 40cm

Mark Skirving - the Gift of Wonderment

Mark Skirving is an established artist with a love of the history of Western art. Mark began painting in 2003 and is now well established selling many works through galleries, exhibitions and commissions by collectors in Great Britain, Europe, South Korea, Argentina, US and Canada.


Splosh by Daniel Pincham-Phipps

Gloss on calico, 6ft x 4ftSplosh by Daniel Pincham-Phipps

Fine artist Daniel started his career as an illustrator at DC Thomson bringing to life characters including Billy Whizz and Dennis the Menace.  Daniel has donated three artworks to Art4Eyes the first “Splosh” is a recreation of one of his original pages from the Beano. More recently Daniel has exhibited fine artwork in Europe.

All Beano characters are reproduced with the permission of DC Thomson














Bash Street Kids by Daniel Pincham-Phipps

Bash Street Kids by Daniel Pincham-Phipps

“Bash St Kids” shows the famous characters against a backdrop of Daniel’s amazing fine artwork.

All Beano characters are reproduced with the permission of DC Thomson











The Eye by Brett Day

the Eye by Brett Day

Brett has donated “The Eye” to our exhibition as the subject matter was so close to the charity’s heart.  Brett started painting at 42 and has now sold artworks around the world.  He also has several tutorial films available on YouTube and now appears weekly in his own TV show on Mustard.



Lefteri Milking by Lucy Willis

Lucy Willis - Lefteri Miling

Trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, Lucy Willis RWA has exhibited widely, with over 20 one-man shows in London since 1979. She is a regular contributor to many group exhibitions including those at the Mall Galleries in London and the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol where she was elected a member.




Eternal Flame by Julia Everett

Eternal Flame by Julia Everett

Julia is an abstract landscape painter living by the Thames in Hammersmith, West London, a location that inspires a lot of her  work. Her use of  vivid colours, combined with the influence of  music, produce vibrant and dynamic paintings.  Julia graduated in Fine Art at  Brighton University and  has successfully  exhibited  in the  UK,  Europe  and  America. Julia  regularly exhibits at  the Affordable  Art  Fair  in Battersea, London  with  Art Star  and many of her paintings are in private collections.








Red haired girl in the park by Beatrice Ajayi

Red haired girl in the park by Beatrice Ajayi

Size: 6 x 6 inch and 1.5 inch deep
Edition: original
Medium: acrylic, inks, collage

Beatrice Ajayi is an artist/illustrator/writer a wife and mother of two. After completing an art foundation course at Croydon College in Surrey, she went on to do a BA (Hons) degree at Nottingham Trent University in 2000. It was a time full of artistic experimentation with the tools of her trade, pen, ink,acrylic and collage.







We will shortly be uploading more donated artworks to be exhibited and sold at auction to raise vital funds to help children with eye cancer. To find out more about Art4Eyes and how you can donate your art to help children and babies with eye cancer click here.

Running Events

Bupa Great North Run  (13.1 miles) - 13th September 2015


Places for this iconic run are at a premium so if you are interested in applying for a guaranteed 5 CHECT place then drop me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an email explaining why you’d like to do it, your connection to CHECT and how you would go about raising the £750 sponsorship!

If you are successful in obtaining a ballot place and would like to run for CHECT we will send you a fundraising pack, CHECT running shirt or vest and meet you at the finish with flapjacks!

Whatever your reasons for signing up to the Great North Run for CHECT to complete a personal challenge or as part of the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, the Bupa Great North Run is the ultimate mass participation running experience!


The 2014 run – thank you to our fabulous runners!


The forecast may have said 15 degrees but when the sun came out it was very hot! The course is hilly and many of our runners found this hard in the heat.  Although they all had trained for hills if you’ve never run the course you don’t appreciate howexhausting this is. All runners were buoyed along by the many thousands of spectators lining the route. A huge thank you to:

Andy Sanderson, Justyn and Joanne Faulkner, Mark Percival and Narelle Flewers, Steve Ingram, Margaret Sinclair and Dawn Sharpe


London Marathon

Many of our members take part in running events all over the UK, from 5k to full marathons, let us know if you'd like to take up the challenge and we can help you find the right event.

Click here to see our fabulous Marathon Runners of 2014

For the more ambitious athlete we have a limited number of Gold Bond London Marathon places available each year. Contact Fiona at CHECT on 020 7377 5578.

My Story - Charlene Williams

Jacob Wright playing in the sand

Jacob was diagnosed with Rb in August 2013, when he was just 12 weeks old.

As with every parent who finds out their baby has something wrong, our world came crashing down. He had his eye removed a week later, and was to start chemotherapy two weeks after that. In such a short space of time we had to learn about general anaesthetics, port-a-caths, chemo, blood counts, artificial eyes and laser therapy.

I just wanted to scream.

Being a new mum and having your three-month-old diagnosed with cancer was all too much.  My sister Sophie told me about the Carrots Nightwalk just after Jacob's diagnosis and we signed up straightaway. I didn't have a clue what I was signing myself up for, I just jumped at the chance of a distraction, something else to focus on while the rest of me was falling to pieces.

My mum and best friend Adele signed up with us and we went on a fundraising frenzy. I hadn't told anyone about Jacob and what was happening, so announcing it through sharing our Just Giving page was a quick and easy way to do it and really get people interested and sponsoring us.

There were obviously lots of questions and people asking about Rb and how else they could help and going over it to everyone was tiring, but I just went into autopilot. It was really important to me for Jacob to be surrounded by positive, happy parents, the same ones he had known for the first three months of his life. We just got on with the treatments and hospital trips as though they were completely normal and that's what our life was.

Charlene Williams with friends at the Carrots Nightwalk in 2013

People's generosity was absolutely unbelievable. I expected people to donate one or two pounds each and raise around £200 in total. When I woke up the next day and we had already received over £500 in sponsors, I almost had a heart attack. It was so emotional reading everyone's messages they would leave but it really made me see how amazing people can be. The sponsors kept on coming and by the day of the walk we were up to over £6000.

The walk was really good fun and I met some amazing people who really helped me see that life does go on and you don't have to let Rb ruin your life. I have stayed in touch with a couple of mums and look forward to seeing everyone again at the walk this year.  We have still got a really long way to go before Jacob will be given the all clear but fundraising, raising awareness and chatting to other families going through the same really does make it a little bit easier.

You can read more about Jacob's journey through Charlene's blog, Through Jacob's Eyes at

Carrots nightwalk logoIf you'd like to help raise funds for CHECT like Charlene, you could register to take part in this year's Carrots Nightwalk here.

How your company can help

Eye cancer will alter the lives of not just the child affected, but parents, siblings, extended family, schools, friends and the wider community.  So although rare, this cancer will have touched a very wide audience and the sporadic nature means it could affect anyone in the future.  This is why your staff, customers and clients will be able to relate to our cause.

Charity partnerships

Let us help you to fulfil your corporate social responsibility and marketing objectives through an extensive and varied range of fundraising activities.  Join in with a World Record Breaking skydive or create some amazing cakes to sale we will work with you to develop an exciting calendar of events to engage everyone in your team.  Linking in a communication plan we will create a partnership, offering excellent fundraising, PR and team building opportunities

Give as you Earn

Give As You Earn sometimes known as Payroll Giving allows anyone in the company to make a donation quickly and easily directly from their salary.  As the donation is deducted from the gross amount, it means a £5 donation costs the donor £4.

If your not already signed up to this scheme, contact the Charities Aid Foundation, on 01732 520000 or visit their website.


Achieve great brand awareness amongst your customers, and our supporters, by sponsoring one of our exciting projects or events.  Our plans include an exclusive art exhibition, members’ weekend and an open water swim in Windermere.  Or we can work with you to create your own sponsored event.

Cause Related Marketing

The results of a survey run by Business in the Community showed the important place of CRM.

86% of consumers are more likely to buy a product that is associated with a cause or issue;

73% of consumers would switch brands; and

64% of consumers feel that cause related marketing should be a standard part of a company's business practice.

Together we can create a CRM partnership that will connect with customers, gain a great presence in the community and engage with new audiences, whilst raising funds and awareness to fight eye cancer.

Pro bono support/gifts in kind

Your skills and expertise could help CHECT reduce costs and support more families that so desperately need our help.  Whether it is design and print, training and skill sharing, a powerful introduction or a one off gift any of these has a considerable value to our team.


Volunteering opportunities


Does your company offer staff a volunteering day/s each year? - Here are some ideas about how you could use yours to help CHECT.

Join a cheering squad at the Virgin London Marathon

Bag Packing at you nearest supermarket is a great way to raise funds and raise awareness.  You would need to get a few of your colleagues involved as well as a minimum group of 10 is required.


Arrange a bucket collection at your local supermarket or station or ask local businesses and shops if they would have a collection tin on their counter for the year.


What ever you chose to do, CHECT staff will be there with support and advice all the way through.


To discuss any of the above, or your own ideas, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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