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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.


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.

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.

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.

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