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* * * £10,289 RAISED * * * 100KM WALK IN AID OF THAMES HOSPICE * * *

LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
edited October 2016 in Charity Sales

Two years ago my mum was diagnosed with cancer.  She sat my brother and I down to reveal the devastating news, but it was obvious right?  What else could be so important she needed to sit us down but nevermind, it's just something else you're going to have to get over.  You do with everything else. You're a rock!

Not until my brother asked, "When's your best before date", did it become real.  She crumbled.

The next six months were tough and probably seemed like an eternity to her.  For everybody else they went far too quickly.  She hit it head on in the best way she knew how as this was not going to beat her.  She put on a brave face and rarely revealed to anyone just how much she was struggling with the treatment.  Why worry everyone?  Just two days before the fateful day, it all seemed to be going in the right direction.  It was like I had my 'other' mum back.  Silly me.

Just the following day I had my last coherent conversation with her in the back of the ambulance on our way to Thames Hospice.  She told me how much she loved us and was going to miss her family and friends, especially my kids Joe and Sam.  She was in an extremely distressed state by the time we arrived but she knew what was happening.  The staff were incredibly attentive and caring towards Mum's needs.  If she had wanted a can of Coke or ice-cream (she didn't drink Coke), someone would have raided their lunchbox to see she had everything she wanted.  Anything to make her more comfortable.

On the 23rd January 2015, just 24 hours later, she passed. Gone!

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her. So many memories.  She's everywhere.  My kids will ask me something and I'll remember the exact time and place where I asked her the very same thing as a child.  She was always there for us.  Still is I guess.

Soooo, I'm on a mission to do what I can to raise funds for Thames Hospice that sent her away peacefully.  On the 10th September I embark on a 24 hour, 100km walk she and I talked about two or three years ago. I'm up for a challenge but this seemed so far out of reach I conveniently let it pass me by.  But now it almost seems that she's not going to let me forget about it until it's done and I'm not getting any younger.  Snapping my fibula 3 months ago hasn't helped, learning today there is likely to be an op. on the horizon, but mind over matter, right?  If you would like to sponsor me for my walk or simply make a donation, you can do so at and I will be incredibly grateful.


In addition to all of thaaaat, I have a complete set of DFB Figures that need a home and it occured to me this morning that I could use them to raise some additional funds for the hospice whilst having a bit of fun.  Let's run a small competition with all proceeds going to Thames Hospice.


Tickets are priced at £1 each and will be available from now until midnight BST on Thursday 4th August.

They are available by making a pledge at and sending me a PM with details.

Please be advised that Gift Aid is only eligible to UK citizens making donations.

The draw will take place at 8pm BST on Saturday 6th August.

All proceeds are to go to the Thames Hospice (Charity number 1108298) based in Windsor and I will cover the costs of posting the set to you, wherever you may be.


How it will work:-

Ticket numbers will be allocated and pm'd to all from Saturday 30th July.  In the unlikely event somebody hasn't received their numbers by BST midnight Tuesday 2nd August means something's amiss.  If you send me a pm I'll be able to sort it for you quickly.

Ticket sales close at Midnight BST Thursday 4th August.  Donations received after midnight will not be included in the draw.  Any outstanding tickets will be issued swiftly.

The first winning ticket number will be drawn behind closed doors on Friday 5th August allowing sufficient time for the winner to be contacted and claim their preferred prize from the pot.

If the winner is uncontactable or doesn't respond to my PM by Midday BST Saturday 6th August, they will automatically win the original prize, being the complete set of DFB minifigures.

The winner will be announced at BST 8pm Saturday 6th August after which time we will begin to draw the remainder of the tickets randomly and live, first by prize number picked randomly from one hat, followed by the winning ticket number (or member name) from a second hat.  Should a winner be matched with its own prize, the prize will be returned to the pot and another drawn at random for the already chosen winner.

After all prize lots have been drawn and allocated, I'll draw up a list confirming the results and it will be for the two members (winner and donor) to exchange details for delivery etc. 

Please dig deep, just in case I can't walk and thanks for all of your support.  James.


Due to the generosity within our community, the prize fund has been increased.

The prizes now available are:-

1 - Complete set of 16no. DFB Minifigures
2 - #5002943 Winter Soldier  @Pitfall69
3 - #71001-7 Bumblebee Girl cmf   @Lego_Star
4 - #5004077 Target Minifigure Gift Set  @iso3200
5 - #30605 Finn (Force Awakens deluxe exclusive)  @Bendybadger
6 - Polybag Lot 1 (5no. polybags)  @sonatine01
7 - Polybag Lot 2 (5no. polybags)  @sonatine01
8 - #5002943 Winter Soldier, a #8028 TIE Fighter and a #71012-5 Genie cmf   @Snowhitie
9 - #5002122 TC-4  @Lobot
10 - #DCSHDVD4 LEGO Justice League Gotham City Breakout Blu-ray with Nightwing minifigure  @adiemc
11 - £10 credit (inc. shipping) in 'Central Bricks' Bricklink or Brickowl store  @Calv
12 - #3300014 2012 Christmas set 
13 - #sw097 Chrome Stormtrooper @Dexscotland
14 - #40140 Flower Cart polybag  @Brickedin
15 - #40079 VW Camplin Van polybag  @Lego_Star
16 - #5004419 Classic Knights set  @TheOneVeyronian

.....and MORE!  (69 lots)

Full list of prizes (69 lots) found at:-


  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Well that was a nice surprise to wake up to.  :)

    And there was me thinking I'd be better off selling and donating the money.

    A massive thank you.
  • bandit778bandit778 Member Posts: 2,397
    The best of luck with your endeavour.
    Wonderful cause.
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    edited July 2016
    Oh my.

    Very much appreciated mate.  Thank you.  So two prizes for two winners?

    I had considered adding another little something to the pot myself but thought I'd save it for slow day .  :)
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
    I hope he won't mind me saying this but even though you don't know Legoboy, your kind words and support will mean a lot to him. That's why the like. Sorry to hear about your friend. At any age, cancer takes them far too young.
  • scrumperscrumper Member Posts: 317
    Good luck on the walk and the fundraising.
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Much appreciated Calv. :)
    Calv said:

    Good luck with the walk and all the best. Lets hope for another Billund visit :-)

    I have very fond memories of that weekend.  Really hope the BS staff can pull off another visit.

    That was such a heavy weekend, wrong on so many levels in part.  I'm laughing in my head as I write @princedraven.  So funny.

  • CalvCalv Member Posts: 904
    I'm not sure what we were laughing about in that photo but it made me smile when I saw it tonight. Looks like that was at the Monday lunch in downtown Billund? Nice to see the others catching up on Brickset on their phones! Great photo whoever took it.
  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 101
    Wishing you all the very best! Sent you GBP5
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    edited July 2016
    Legoboy said:
    Ben, I've sent you a pm.  Thank you.

    Frances, that's a very generous offer, thank you.  How you know about my mum's garden is a mystery to me.  Dad (70) hires somebody to ensure it continues to look just as she left it.  I was playing catch with Sam in their garden a couple of weeks ago and grabbed this picture.

    Everybody that has sponsored me or bought raffle tickets, thank you.

    What a truly beautiful garden - just sent a little something your way.  This is a fantastic thing you are doing.
  • DexscotlandDexscotland Member Posts: 11
    just sent £5 via Paypal.
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Excellent work @Dexscotland.  Thank you for your donation and also your generous prize offering.  Good stuff.
  • Russell844Russell844 Member Posts: 2,482
    5 tickets bought. Mom, dad, and grandpa all left us due to cancer.
  • BEEKUZZBEEKUZZ Member Posts: 127
    Sent £5 via Paypal from US.  My dad had hospice his last month with ALS - 2010. Can't believe how much time passed since it seems like just yesterday.  
  • brickedinbrickedin Member Posts: 574
    and obviously buy some tickets.......
  • LegoboyLegoboy Member Posts: 8,827
    Good effort you two.  Thank you. 

    VW Camplin van?  Really?
  • Lego_StarLego_Star Member Posts: 2,144
    Lol, what can I say, I liked the play on words. ;o)

    Possibly another cool prize would be a Friends poly entitled "James gets a post challenge pedicure" but that one isn't available yet, ssssssshhhh! ;o) so CAMPLIN van it is! :o)
  • sklambsklamb Member Posts: 516
    I've bought some tickets (or so I hope)--what an excellent cause!
  • jmeninnojmeninno Member Posts: 1,213
    Just attempted to send 5 GBP your way.  Cancer has greatly affected my family.  I wish you the best of luck with this raffle!
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