Fundraising for Matthias

15 March 2012
Nicol raises money for Children with Cancer UK in Matthiass memory
Matthias had been battling with a very rare tumour for two years. His aunt and uncle, Nicol and Jez Beard, set about some serious fundraising to help children like Matthias.

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Nicol tells their story:

It wasn’t supposed to end like this
Matthias George Barker 23rd January 2001 - 23rd December 2011

The plan was that Matthias would be in the swing of a full recovery laughing shouting and screaming for joy, proudly sat on the grandstand at the finish of the London Marathon 2012 as he waited and watched in hope to see if she really would do a rolly polly after 26.2 miles at the finish.

That was his little challenge to his aunt.

Matthias fought a very rare tumour
The way Matthias faced living with cancer and the challenges that brings to a 10-year-old will remain with us all
for ever. He is a true hero to us.
Matthias had fought a very rare tumor for two years. He underwent extensive chemotherapy, becoming one of the characters loved by all at the the Royal Marsden.

He also had radiation/proton therapy in America. His mum, dad and three younger brothers packed up home and went away for four months. They left behind all that was familiar to them to support Matthias and keep him with the people he loved the most.

Matthias's battle came to a peaceful end at Shooting Star Chase Hospice on the 23rd December 2011. A month to the day before his 11th Birthday.

The way Matthias faced living with cancer and the challenges that brings to a 10-year-old will remain with us all for ever. He is a true hero to us.

Nicol and Jeremy BeardMatthias inspires our fundraising
So 26.2 miles - the greatest race on earth - and raising £5,000 became the focus of a group of wonderful friends of ours both near and far.

Here's some examples of what we did:

  • Chichester Lazybones Car Boot
  • Coffee and cakes sold in staff rooms
  • Christmas cards not sent, the money going into the fund instead.
  • Cooked a curry and charged friends to eat it.
  • Held a party for 80 at our local pub, with live music played by Matthias’s granddad and friends.
  • The Great South Run - my husband, Jez, pretended to be an athlete ... at least for the first three miles.
  • Parachute Jump - Ian Misselbrook, a firefighter Jez used to be on watch with, dedicated his parachute jump to Matthias and Children with Cancer UK and raised over £500!

I completed the Virgin London Marathon and we have raised over £8,000!

And we are still fundraising in 2014!
At the not so young age of 45 I’m taking on 23 challenges throughout 2014.

My challenges start and end with a pre- Christmas dip, marking Matthias’s anniversary on 23rd December 2013 and 2014.

I am not a natural runner or swimmer, but I will be running, swimming, kayaking (hopefully), walking and cycling 23 events.

The number 23 is a very important number for us - both happy and sad - but infinitely memorable.

Please support my 2014 challenges

Visit my fundraising page

My Facebook page is Nicols Challenge 23 for Children with Cancer UK.

Helping children like MatthiasMatthias Barker
Although our fundraising efforts cannot help Matthias - we want to help children like him, and families like ours, to have the care they need and the facilities that may make life a little easier when faced with, living with and coping with childhood cancer.

Supporting Children with Cancer UK will do that.

Thank you
Nicol, March 2012, and updated in March and December 2013     

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