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Help Bilbo Raise Funds for Cancer

£5,586 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 164 people in 2 months
Created November 6, 2018
#Donate4Bilbo

It was with the heaviest of hearts that we had to share the news that our amazing gorgeous Bilbo had been diagnosed with Leukeamia at the end of October 2018.

Read about Bilbo's Journey 

We've been overwhelmed with love and kindness from across the globe, from friendship groups, our family, our colleagues and complete strangers.  So many of you have asked how you can help? Well we've decided to turn this setback into something positive. 

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We will be asking our family, friends and colleagues to donate blood or donate money to a very special charity in Bilbo's name.



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There are two ways you can help us you can donate your blood*or platelets*.  To put into context how important it is to give blood Bilbo had already had 3 units of blood and 4 platelet transfusions in his first week of treatment.

These are really important to Bilbo right now as they are what stop him from bruising under the skin and they stop him having nose bleeds. When Bilbo gets a nose bleed it is very hard to get it to stop. Platelets help blood to clot. Platelet donation is incredibly valuable but not as easy to do. It takes a bit longer but apparently you can get a sandwich which is an upgrade on the biscuit.

Don't forget to share your giving blood selfie on Twitter , Facebook  or Instagram  with the #Donate4Bilbo

*NOTE both links are for the UK if you google Donate blood you will be able to find an equivalent in your home country.

OR you can donate money to Clic Sargent. through this page.

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We've picked this charity because a big part of who we are as a family is about having ambitions, dreams and living for experiences. Clic Sargent support families and young people to get people's life back on track during and after the big C diagnosis.

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. 

"Cancer is shocking, overwhelming, isolating... and completely unfair. Especially when you’re young. It takes over your life. Treatment is gruelling and your ambitions and dreams – education, relationships, career, travel – suddenly seem very far away.

We get that. That’s why CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives. We provide grants and free accommodation close to hospital to help with spiralling costs. Our care teams are on hand to help families with everything from getting benefits to treatment closer to home. And we lobby the government to make sure they get the support they’re entitled to. We’re here to make sure young cancer patients can focus on getting their lives back on track.

And we know everyone is different, so we work hard to make sure our support is given how each child and young person needs it most."

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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Bilbo and the Godber team.

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Update 2
Posted by Kim England-Godber
15 hours ago
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I spent Friday with CLIC Sargent. As donors to CLIC I wanted to share my post and a bit about them. They are such an amazing charity you're money is in very safe hands.

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First Impressions of CLIC Sargent:

I was overwhelmed by the sheer energy, passion and drive the entire room has for supporting and making a difference to young people with cancer and their families. This drive comes from the very top and every leader who spoke, spoke from the heart and with deep rooted passion.

What became clear to me over the day is that the work CLIC Sargent do is not only needed, but really shouldn’t be provided to families by a charity. As you understand more about what they do you realise they are plugging a gap left by our government and lack of funding.

Being part of the day also meant I was privy to just how tough it is to be a charity. They don’t always know how much money will come in from funding. Their strategy is being built on knowing what will come in, what they hope will come in and what might come in. Not an easy task.

And it was super clear that they are managing the precious donations that do come in with care. They are mindful of waste. They constantly seek opportunity and ways to be innovative, so they can continue to advocate and support young lives vs cancer.

I’m in awe of the drive they have, the energy across the room was palpable and there were a number of moments through the day where I was incredibly moved to know there are people commiting their careers to make sure people like us have what we need at the worst possible moment in our lives.

Incredibly humbling.

Full blog: https://godberstravel.com/2019/01/19/clic-sargent-young-lives-vs-cancer/
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Update 1
Posted by Kim England-Godber
2 months ago
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Thank You is sometimes an overused word but from the bottom of our hearts Rich and I would like to express the hugest of Thank You’s to our friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and complete strangers.

The last 3 weeks have been the worst experience of our lives. To say our world has fallen apart is an understatement, however we know that if we’re going to fight cancer head on we have to be positive and give ourselves things to focus on. The blog and this campaign have been really important in channelling our energy into something positive.

We’re continually sharing with Bilbo the outpouring of love for him. And today was a particularly happy moment when we met Alina from CLICSargent and Bilbo showed her the page and was bopping up and down with excitement as he explained we’ve raised money for them.

I know we are biased but Bilbo does have the biggest heart. He’s helped me over the last year with the refugee projects, the Christmas hampers we’ve made for the last few years and today he took his holiday purse with him to donate money for children in need at H’s nursery.

We’re fighting this and we’re so glad to have you all on our side too.

The Godber’s
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£5,586 of £10,000 goal

Raised by 164 people in 2 months
Created November 6, 2018
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CLIC Sargent
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