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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in 2013, Awareness, Fund-raising event

In at the deep end with the ‘Bath Half’

Louise and Ella enter the "Bath Half"

Louise and Ella

University student Ella Brown is tackling her first ever half-marathon next year in aid of Tom’s Fund and CRY.

Ella and her friend Louise Kirk will be taking part in the ‘Bath Half’ – the Bath half-marathon – in March 2014.

Ella, studying Ancient History at the University of Bristol, is a daughter of CRY patron Ben Brown. She said she hoped running in the event would encourage young people to be screened.

“I’ve never run anywhere except for a bus before so this is a pretty big challenge! We’re really hoping we can do everyone proud and complete it, as well as raising money for CRY. It’s a great charity providing invaluable support as well as research into cardiac conditions.

“My siblings have both been screened, and it was an incredibly easy and friendly experience that can give you such peace of mind.”

Anyone who wants to support Ella and Louise can do so via Virgin Money Giving at

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in 2013, Book sale, Claire Prosser, Fund-raising event

Having your cake – and reading with it!

Tom's book sale 2013 helpers

Angelique, Jacky, Ruth, Simon, Vicky and Claire

Claire’s report: Cake and book lovers flocked to our latest sale in aid of Tom’s fund on Tuesday December 3rd. The sale – our 12th – was held at the BBC where I worked full time until March this year.

Start of the book sale 2013

Start of the sale…


Hundreds of books had been donated and West London’s amateur bakers had been out in force too* – with the icing on the cake (as it were) going to these cupcakes decorated with books!

Tom's book sale cupcakes 2013

Yummy cupcakes

As ever these sales take a lot of effort – otherwise I would be organising them once a week! Hugest thanks go first to Ruth Akins who hosted the sale at the BBC and organised all the tables, setting up and teams of helpers. Others who played their part on the day were Vicky Pearson, Jacky Hems, Simon Wright, Sue Ellis, Angelique Halliburton, Lorna Donlan, Phill Thomas, Bridget Osborne, Sam Upton, Elspeth Morrison and Jane Kinghorn.

tom's book sale 2013 load

Lots of customers!

Thanks also go to former BBC colleagues – Annie Flury on Radio Five Live, Gillian Dear on Radio Four and the One Show for their contributions. We couldn’t do it without you!

So the grand total – yes I know you were wondering about that – was a wonderful £834 which will all go to funding screenings for young people in West London.

Keep your eyes on the site for the next sale which will probably be in the spring outside Munsons cafe in Ealing.

*Those bakers in full: Ruth Akins, Gina Bentley, Elin Hale, Faith Howells, Shona MacMillan, Alison Montgomery, Elspeth Morrison, Linda Panzer, Elizabeth Porter, Anne-Marie Reilly, Isabel Turner and Debbie Young.

Ruth and Jacky 2013

Ruth, Jacky and Angelique on cakes

Booksale Angelique 2013

Angelique puts finishing touches to the cake stall


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