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Running Events

Running Events

Bupa Great North Run  Sunday 7 September 2014 – 13.1 miles


The Bupa Great North Run has now grown to a record 55,000 accepted entrants from over 100,000 applicants in 2012.   CHECT have 5 places in the 2014 run.

Places for this iconic run are at a premium so if you are interested  in applying for a 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 sponsorship!    

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!


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.


SuperHero Run Sunday 18 May Regents Park

Whether you are a serious runner or enjoy a leisurely jog, or like to run with your little ones in their buggy and make a fun day of it  then this is the event for you. There is a choice of 5k or 10k "run". CHECT have 20 places with 10 already taken. £10 registration fee secures your place and all participants are asked to raise £100 for CHECT. All registered runners get the choice of a free  superHero costume on the day. Click on the here for the online regisration.

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.


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GCS Recruitment Specialists


The staff at the London office braved the elements on a cold and wet January morning to do a bucket collection at Mansion House tube station.  They had an incredibly successful day, even roping in a member of staff from London Underground, adding to their target of raising £30,000 for CHECT by the end of April.  Well done to Leah and the team for all their hard work.

GCS Bucket Collection GCS Bucket Collection 2 GCS Bucket Collection 3


Christmas Capers

GCS Recruitment added a further £600 to their Charity of the Year target for CHECT.  The staff held a dress down day, on reception a Christmas gift wrapping service was on offer and at the Christmas party a raffle was held all in aid of CHECT.


Pedal Power

GCS Cycle Challenge


Staff from the Reading, London and Ireland offices cycled from 9am to 6pm every day over a period of three days to complete 685 miles in total, from their most southern client to their most northern client.  Seventy five members of staff took part and cycled however many miles they wished.

Vision Express raises £105k for CHECT

Left to right are Bryan Steel, Vision Express Ride4 Sight fundraisers Paul Gant, Nicole Goss, Darren Cole, Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson,Telford store manager Sarah Hatton, Sherril Lewis, Worcester store manager, CHECT patron and Paralympian Darren Harris, and CHECT CEO Joy Felgate.


CHECT has received a £105,000 boost from Vision Express, after a year-long fundraising drive to mark the 25th anniversary of the optical retailer.

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson announced the fundraising tally and presented a cheque to Joy Felgate, chief executive of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) in Nottingham on February 24, 2014.

The donation was the result of a major fundraising initiative which brought together more than 4,000 staff across its UK-wide store network to raise money to help CHECT support families and individuals affected by the rare form of childhood eye cancer retinoblastoma.

A national focus of celebrations was a 200-mile fundraising cycle called 'Ride4Sight', which was tackled by a team of 40 volunteers, peddling from the company's first store in Gateshead to the Nottingham head office. Four-time former Olympic cycling medallist Bryan Steel helped train the team and completed the journey riding tandem with Paralympian and CHECT patron Darren Harris. Both were present to celebrate the donation being officially made to the charity.

Accepting the cheque, Joy Felgate said: "This fundraising total is a truly amazing result and is testament to the hard work of the Vision Express team.  It will make a huge difference to the vital help and support we can give to those whose lives have been affected by this life-threatening condition.

"CHECT has been the nominated charity of Vision Express since 2010 and over that time the relationship has gone from strength to strength. We're thrilled that Vision Express has committed to building on this fundraising further in the next 12 months and will continue to help educate others about retinoblastoma."

Vision Express CEO Jonathan Lawson said: "We chose to mark our 25-year trading milestone in a meaningful way, and we're delighted that we've smashed our fundraising target and can present a cheque for over £105,000 to the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust.

"I'm extremely proud that employees across the company have rolled up their sleeves to plan fundraisers, hold raffles, dress up in costumes and cycle through wind and rain, in a combined effort to raise money and enable us to make this donation.

"And we aren't stopping there. Over the next 12 months we've set ourselves targets to raise even more, and we've established a dedicated charity committee to drive fundraising forward within the business so we can continue to make a difference."

Vision Express was the first optician in the UK to adopt a company-wide protocol alerting all store staff to the signs of retinoblastoma in a bid to reduce delays in diagnosis.

Many thanks to the dozens of CHECT ambassadors who have helped and continue to support Vision Express events up and down the country.

Become a professional member

Becoming a member of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is FREE and is open to anyone affected by Rb, their friends and family, health professionals and all supporters of CHECT. Our InFocus newsletter


  • You will have the opportunity to meet other individuals and families affected by Rb at regional and national CHECT events.
  • You can join discussions on any aspect of Rb with other individuals and families on our private Facebook page.
  • We can provide materials (posters, leaflets etc) for public display, or support and information for anyone affected by Rb (families, schools etc).
  • Our regular newsletter and e-news will keep you informed on research developments, news and service updates, as well as our members' stories.
  • You will be able to help us raise awareness of Rb, through sharing information with your professional groups and suggesting information outlets (such as professional publications) we can target.
  • If you are able to secure speaking opportunities at professional seminars and workshops we can provide information and materials to support your presentation.
  • Our members benefit from offers and an invitation to our members' conferences and weekends away.
  • You can also receive our e-newsletter, which is produced monthly and will be invited to any relevant events organised by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) throughout the year.


We hold your details on our database, in confidence, and do not share them with third parties.

Professional Membership Form

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