** LUKE’S ‘FOREVER 5KM’ OF FUN ** NOVEMBER 2020
Luke should be turning 7 in November, but will sadly always be forever 5.
To honour him, and all the children in the Barnet & Enfield boroughs currently living with childhood cancer, we would love YOU to take part in Luke’s ‘forever 5km’ of fun!
So how does this work?
With the ever-changing-COVID-restrictions, we feel the safest way to ensure this event goes ahead, is if it is done virtually. Therefore, throughout November, Luke’s birthday month, we would love you (adults & children) to complete a full 5km of fun for Luke. How you do this is completely your choice: by walking, running, cycling, scooting. You could wear rainbow colours, fancy dress, walk backwards, go on roller skates, you can complete it in any way you feel comfortable, BUT, you must, must, must, do it and have fun. You must smile and you must think of Luke.
On a day of your choice in the month of November, you can even spread the 5km over a couple of days.
At a park/open space of your choice.
We have a small number of ‘limited edition’ event medals. These medals will be given to those who look like they have had the most fun, so make sure you tag us (#livelukesdreams) or send in photos!
How do we raise money from this?
We are asking for a suggested donation of £5 per person, when you have completed your challenge, OR you can create your own fundraising page for the event. Donations and fundraising pages can be made/created via this link: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/LukesForever5kmOfFun2020
(At the top of this page is a ‘donation’ button, at the bottom is a ‘fundraising’ button)
Where will the raised money go?
As with all donations Live Luke’s Dreams receives, this money will be spent on children diagnosed with cancer, who are receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street/ UCL and who are under Barnet Hospital’s shared care. Funds raised from this campaign will be going towards our Christmas bundles, going out to children in both hospital and at home. Barnet Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit treats approximately 35-40 children with cancer each year, and monitors over 175 children for long term follow up. By supporting us, you’re helping to keep Luke’s memory alive, and you’re enabling us to offer a tiny little bit of light to these local children and their families, facing the rollercoaster battle that Luke did.
Luke’s forever last birthday was spent in Great Ormond Street, under strict transplant-isolation rules. He spent the morning in theatre, under general anaesthetic, having part of his bone marrow removed, and the afternoon playing with nurses. He deserved so much more from this life. So, this November, for Luke, please get outside and have the fun he can no longer have, get tagging (#livelukesdreams) and help us raise lots of money for children living a life so unbelievably cruel, I hope it’s something you ever only have to imagine.
Good luck to you all!