A WOKING father still battling back from serious illness has reached his fundraising targets so quickly that he has decided to double his goal.
Trevor Jones now aims to donate £20,000 to the Lions International Blood Research Appeal after the charity helped save his life with priceless support.
Trevor, 58, was admitted to King’s College Hospital in London in June 2012 after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. But with support from LIBRA, wife Julie and the rest of his family and friends, he is on the road to recovery.
His fundraising drive started in April with the aim of supporting others suffering from the cruel blood disorder. Since launching the Trevor Jones’ Fundraising Campaign, he has raised £9,000 – but that’s not enough in the determined man’s eyes.
Knowing that all money raised will be going towards the Haematology Department at King’s College Hospital, Trevor said: “Through my own experience I now understand how important it is that the team at King’s have funds available to cover the cost of laboratory upgrades and equipment so they can provide patients with the best treatments available.
“Funding also enables them to develop new life-saving treatments that will benefit other blood cancer patients across the UK and around the world. I am determined to raise £20,000 and hope that Lions will support me by helping to spread the word.
“Throughout my campaign I am also raising awareness about the need for more bone marrow donors in Britain.
“King’s were not able to find a donor for me here but luckily they were able to source a close match in Germany. Without the bone marrow transplant, I simply wouldn’t be here today. It’s so easy for people to join the
British Bone Marrow Registry and by doing so they could save a life one day.”
Two days to mark on the calendar are when Trevor will host a Festive Fetey Fair and a Magic Supper.
The November 9 fair is being held at the Woking Disability Resource Centre in Old School Place, Westfield Road. The fun runs from 1pm until 4pm with plenty of stalls including a cake stand, tea shop and a children’s craft corner. It is 50p per person to get in, which includes entry into a prize draw.
At the end of the month Trevor’s magic Supper will arrive in Chobham, specifically the village hall in Station Road.
A two-course fish supper will be accompanied by a magician and the show gets underway at 7pm on November 30. Tickets for the meal and show cost £15 per person or £12.50 if booking a table for six or more. To buy your tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07580 818540.
Trevor’s campaign is also hoping to receive a boost of its own from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund. He has been shortlisted for Woking and could be in line for a £3,000 bonus. But the campaign needs backing and Trevor is now pleading for readers’ help in making his new target a reality.
Vote for Trevor by texting VOTE CWTD to 61119 (standard rates; votes can only be cast once). You can also vote online at www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund or by visiting one of the Lloyds Bank branches in Woking and placing a token in the Trevor Jones Fundraising Campaign box.