Fundraising activities continue throughout the year. This page shows what’s been going on during the past 12 months or so. The most recent activities are at the top.
Fancy having a go at fundraising for ICP Support yourself? Here are some ideas!
Afternoon tea in Staffordshire
Our postie, Diane Gurrey, organised an afternoon tea at her home, assisted by her daughter Lydia. Surrounded by pugs and observed by Dave the pony and Buffy the cat, Di raised £370! Special thanks to The Honey Pot Tea Room, who donated one of the raffle prizes.
Someone suggested painting Dave purple and having him as the charity's mascot. (We used Photoshop instead.)
Mint Aero cake
John Lewis Community Matters
Staff at the Tamworth branch of John Lewis voted to include ICP Support as one of their Community Matters charities at the end of 2018. The green tokens dropped in by the store's customers raised a superb £933 for the charity! Here's Debbie Fulbrook, Community Manager of the store, presenting the cheque to ICP Support CEO Jenny Chambers.
Debbie Fullbrook presents the cheque to Jenny Chambers
20 running events in 10 months
Our running manager, Jenny Hastings, set herself the challenge of completing 20 separate running events in 10 months to raise funds for ICP Support – and she's made it! Here's the photographic evidence:
Jenny with all her medals
Jenny’s fundraising page is open until 31 December. Why not celebrate with a donation?
If you’d like to raise funds by running for ICP Support – just one event is fine! – head to our Itching to Run page for more information.
Elle Vie Beauty fundraising evening
Elle Vie Beauty in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, held a fundraising evening on 6 November, raising a magnificent £710!
ICP Support CEO Jenny Chambers was there: ‘It was an amazing night, and I am so very grateful to Sue, Liz, Lesley, Coralie, Chelsea, Abbie and Dawn from Elle Vie who all worked so hard to make it a success. A big thank you too to everyone who attended and supported the event’.
Elle Vie staff with Jenny Chambers
Afternoon Tea with Helen George
ICP Support patron Helen George delighted the guests at our afternoon tea event at the Lanesborough hotel in London, chatting to guests and posing for photographs, along with her partner, fellow actor Jack Ashton. The occasion raised over £2000 for the charity.
The Lanesborough kindly let us have the stunning Belgravia room without charge. The staff and service were superb throughout, and we are hugely grateful to the hotel for their support.
A selection of photographs:
Helen George presents the raffle prizes (photo: Antonina Mamzenko)
ICP Support Patron Professor Catherine Williamson (photo: Antonina Mamzenko)
Helen George speaks to the guests (photo: Antonina Mamzenko)
Jenny Chambers makes her speech (photo: Antonina Mamzenko)
The Belgravia room before the guests arrived
ICP Support Trustee Dr Pete Dixon talking to Helen George and Jack Ashton
ICP Support CEO Jenny Chambers with Helen George
Some of the delicious treats provided for the guests
No fewer than five members of Team ICP took part in the Great North Run on 9 September 2018: Donna Wilkinson, Vikki Meredith, Mark Heath, Carly Evans and Tracy Brown – all of them new to running – took on the famous half-marathon and completed the course raising over £2,650 between them.
Mark’s children were both little itches, but were born 17 years ago, proving that it’s never too late to get involved. Donna didn’t have ICP, but one of her friends did and she decided that she wanted to support the charity. Carly, Vikki, Tracy and Donna all have children under two, so fitting in training was a challenge in itself! And you can read more about Vikki’s story at Chronicle Live.
Donna, Mark and Tracy
Donna and Mark crossing the Tyne Bridge
Vikki Meredith with her little itches
Tracy takes a well-earned rest
Chris Harston kicked off a busy weekend for Team ICP’s runners, taking on the Stockton on Tees 10K on 8 September 2018 and raising over £1,100. He also managed to lose 17 lb while training!
Chris enjoys a beer after his run
Emily Harvey faced up to her greatest fear and raised over £2500 for ICP Support by holding Rosie, a Chilean Rose Tarantula, for over a minute. The encounter was broadcast live on Facebook, and here’s the video (click here if you can’t see it below):
For good measure, ICP Support CEO Jenny Chambers – no fan of arachnids herself – also held Rosie:
Rosie took the whole thing in her eight-legged stride. She was supplied free of charge by Wild Fangs, an educational animal encounters company based in North London. We are very grateful to them for their generosity.
Kerry and Stuart Dawson hosted Afternoon Tea for ICP on Sunday 5 August 2018 and raised £644.55. Together with two other cheques they had been given this resulted in a total of £2744.55 for ICP Support!
The Dawson family
Ursula Gonthier rann not one but two 10k races to raise funds for ICP Support. The first was in Salford on 3 September 2017, and the second was the Essar Sutton 10k on 17 September.
Ursula Gonthier mid-race
Ursula Gonthier and medal
Great North Run
Four members of Team ICP took part in the 2017 Great North Run from Newcastle to South Shields. Between them, Ian Farn, Jim Johnson, Michael Patrick and Jacqueline Smith raised over £2000.
Santander in Solihull
Christine Gingter held a fundraising day at Santander, Solihill in August. Christine had ICP in her last pregnancy and wanted to do something to support the work of our charity.
As our Founder, Jenny Chambers, lives in Sutton Coldfield she was able to pop in to see Christine to thank her and to wish her luck. Whatever is raised on the day will be matched by Santander, which is wonderful! If the company you work for does something similar do get in touch with us.
Staff at Santander Solihull
Christine Gingter and Jenny Chambers
Fear of horses!
Libby and Barry McAdam have been raising funds for ICP, and have sent us £348.02 with the promise of more to come with a coffee morning in October.
One of Libby’s challenges came from her sister, Nicola, who knowing Libby’s fear of horses challenged her to ride her own ’mahoosive‘ (Libby’s words!) horse, Jess, round the river at Dalkeith Country Park. Libby couldn’t turn down the challenge (and money), so on 26 April she did just this. Libby’s daughter was on hand to demonstrate what to do by getting on her own pony, Mouse.
Military in the Forest
Abigaile Purser ran the Military in the Forest run/hike – 6 km over heather-clad heathland through the Ashdown Forest – to raise funds for ICP Support. She reports: ‘The weather was awful. We had planned to do more than the 6 k but had to stop after 7.5 k as we couldn’t even walk in the rain. Down side to forest run: if it gets wet there is no footing!’.
A marathon a week!
During August, Lianne Kingswood, her son Michael and two other members of her family have challenged themselves to raise funds for ICP Support by walking a marathon a week. Lianne says ‘We came close to losing our gorgeous little boy and feel so lucky that he is okay. We decided that we wanted to do something Michael could be involved in’.
Lianne’s fundraising page is at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/liannekingswood1.
Sweets and cakes
Charlotte Squirrell raised £61 with a sweet stall at her local village fête on 15 July, and her mother Andy Edgecombe raised a further £62 by selling cakes and biscuits at the church toddler group two days later.
The sweet stall
Natalie and Mark Fryer – see the Manchester 10k report further down the page – took the opportunity to raise a further £200 for ICP Support at their daughter Sienna’s christening in July.
Race to the Tower double marathon
The amazing Kim Kenny, who last year ran over 1,000 km for ICP Support, continued her fundraising efforts by taking on the Heineken Race to the Tower double marathon through the Cotswolds on 10–11 June.
Kim Kenny out on the course
Kim Kenny and her little itches at the finish
Great Manchester Run 2017 10k
This year’s Great Manchester Run took place only a few days after the terrorist bomb attack on the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people and injured many more. Once the organisers had taken the decision that the event could go ahead, ICP Support’s four runners – Mark and Natalie Fryer, Jim Johnson and Angela Whitecross – all decided to run as planned, while the charity’s CEO, Jenny Chambers, decided to head up to Manchester to support them, along with webmaster Ian Kingston.
Happily for everyone, the event went off without incident. Jenny and Ian managed to meet up with all four runners before the start, and then made their way over to the finish to welcome them all in. Our runners raised over £1200 between them – a brilliant result.
Natalie, Mark, Jenny and Jim at the start
Angela and Jenny before the race
Natalie and Mark at the finish with ICP Support balloons
Jim and Mark celebrating together
Rose Westall – cake sale
Rose Westall held a cake sale, raising over £50 for ICP Support...
Rose Westall’s cakes
...but that wasn’t all she did: see below!
Rose Westall – marathon runner
Rose went on to run in the Halstead and Essex Marathon on 7 May. She completed the course in 3 hours 55 minutes and raised over £700. Let’s hope there was some cake left over to recharge her after that!
Rose Westall and medal
Rose Westall on the course
Great Birmingham Run 2017 10k
Five runners – Michelle Berry, Ian Kingston, Dan Marshall, Gerry Urwin and Matt Urwin – ran for ICP Support in this year’s Birmingham 10k. This was the first of five Great Run events that ICP Support has places in this year – if you want to take up one of the last few places (including the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon!) or take part in another running event, visit our Itching to Run page or email Jenny Hastings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Berry, Ian Kingston, Gerry Urwin and Matt Urwin with their finishers’ medals
Dan Marshall and son
Barry Wilton was lucky enough to get a place in this year’s London marathon and decided to run for ICP Support because his partner, Kay Stevens, had ICP. On his fundraising page, Barry wrote that their son Oscar was born 11 weeks premature due to ICP, and without ICP Support’s help he might not have survived.
Barry finished in a highly respectable time of 3:44:16, raising almost £2,500 (including Gift Aid).
Barry Wilton and #LittleItch Oscar after the race
Barry, Kay and Oscar
Lee Valley Velopark half marathon
Al and Cam De Wys raised just over £2,000 (including Gift Aid) for us at the Lee Valley Velopark half marathon on 25 March 2017. An amount like this can fund a stand at a health professionals’ conference where we have the chance speak to hundreds of midwives about ICP. These conferences really help us to make a difference, because we are able to raise the profile of our charity and educate those midwives who don’t know a lot about the condition. Thank you Al and Cam!
Al and Cam De Wys
Multiple event fundraisers
Some of our fundraisers have participated in several fundraising events during the year. Among then are Michael Patrick, who has raised £737.75, and Claire and Robert McNeil, who have raised £1936 plus Gift Aid.
Robert and Claire McNeil
Afternoon Tea for ICP
Catching up with some more afternoon tea fundraising events: Laura Lockwood raised £94 in March; Rachael Brown raised £147 on 11 September; Kerry Holden raised £630 in September; Jenny Hastings raised £400 on 7 October and Chhaya Patel and her colleagues at the Home Office Hendon Data Centre raised £100 at the end of November. Thanks to all!
Claire Dimpfl raised over £2500 at the Tadpoles Nursery School (Chelsea) Christmas Fair on 25 November.
Andy did another of her supermarket collections in November, raising £100.
Tharni Vasavan, a PhD student doing research into ICP, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on 10–16 October, raising £560.
Six runners from Team ICP lined up for the Birmingham half-marathon on 16 October. This was the third Great Run event in which ICP Support had an official presence this year (the others were the Birmingham 10k and the Great North Run), and the combined total raised was over £7500.
Top: Kim Kenny, Rachel Hill, Danielle Kenny; Centre: Ian Kingston, Rachel Hill; Bottom: Michael Patrick, Danielle Kenny, Kim Kenny
The support team: Jenny Chambers and Jenny Hastings
James Southgate and David Swindells raised almost £1000 at the Bristol half-marathon on 25 September. Here they are with their little itches after the race.
3 Peaks Challenge
Staff from PRA Health Sciences took on the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland – in September, raising around £2750.
Great North Run 2016
Team ICP took part in the Great North Run for the first time this year, with six runners tackling the world's most popular half-marathon. All six completed the course, and here they all are with their medals, as well as a few little itches in support.
Top to bottom, right to left: Lily Rose Hunter, Claire and Robert McNeil, Scott and Lindsay Williams, and Kim Kenny.
Man vs Mountain
The indefatigable Michael Patrick completed the Man vs Mountain Challenge on 5 September, running from Caernarvon Castle to the summit of Mount Snowdon and then down to Llanberis, a distance of 18 miles, in quite appalling wet and windy weather.
Michael at the finish
Ride London 2016
ICP Support Trustee Peter Dixon completed the 100 mile Ride London, raising over £1000.
Cyclists as far as the eye can see
Helen Brooks held her Afternoon Tea for ICP on Thursday 18 August and raised £160 for the charity!
Leeds Tough Mudder
Paul Dowle, John Dowle and Shaun Oliver raised over £1300 – doubling their original target – at the Leeds Tough Mudder in memory of Paul and Stacey’s stillborn daughter Eliza. Here they are in their pristine ICP Support t-shirts before the event...
...and here they are afterwards – original t-shirts prudently kept out of the mud.
Street party ice lollies
ICP Support Trustee Magdalen Rees and her family gave out ice lollies at a street party, with optional donations to the charity, raising £25. As Magdalen pointed out on her Facebook post, that pays for 150 leaflets, which means that our message reaches another 150 women/family members/doctors/midwives.
Dog show cake sale
Michael Patrick sold cakes at his local dog show, raising £230.
Alix Castle and her fiancé completed the Gelt Gladiator (a 10 mile obstacle course near where they live in Carlisle), raising £150. Alix suffered from ICP with her second child, delivered at 38 weeks, healthy and happy, and now almost three years old.
Edinburgh Half Marathon
As part of her challenge to run 1000 km for ICP Support, Kim Kenny took part in her first ever half marathon in Edinburgh on 29 May. Here she is after successfully completing the event in just under two hours.
Manchester 10K Run
Jim Johnson raised £638.75 by completing the Manchester 10K on 22 May.
Kayleigh Sherwin ran the Tough Mudder 5K obstacle course, organised by ITV's Good Morning Britain, on 18 May, raising £300 for ICP Support. The picture below shows Kayleigh being hauled up one of the walls by Richard Arnold.
Moonwalk for Miracles
Laura Penn raised £200 by walking a marathon through London on 14 May.
Mags Barr’s Snowdon Challenge
Mags climbed Snowdon – Wales’s highest mountain – on 14 May in memory of her stillborn daughter Naomi, raising £638.75.
Great Birmingham 10K Run
The Great Birmingham 10K run took place in the centre of Birmingham on Sunday 1 May, and all seven of ICP Support’s group of runners – Jenny Hastings, Roland Hobbs, Meghan Hutchins, Ian Kingston, Michael Patrick, Surraya Sumner and Amy Woolley – completed the race. Collectively the team raised over £1350. Our very stylish shirts were sponsored by Simply Gym. Founder Jenny Chambers kept the team organised on the day and took the photos.
Team ICP will be running in various other events. To enquire about running for ICP Support, write to email@example.com.
Team ICP before the start
Jenny Hastings waits for the run to begin
Amy Woolley and Jenny Hastings with their medals
Ian Kingston tries to keep his hands warm before the run
Megan Hutchins attaches Roland Hobbs’ number
Amy and Jenny even made it into the Birmingham Mail's official results supplement
Anna did a 5K run that raised almost £200 on 2 April.
Afternoon Tea for ICP – Orla McDonnell
Orla held a fundraising Afternoon Tea for ICP and raised £400. She and her husband also made an additional donation of £350.
Catherine Kinder completed the London Marathon in 4 h 56 min 5 s, raising over £1500 – a fantastic effort!
Catherine with her medal
Catherine's London Marathon medal
Rachel Hill raised over £1400 by running the Brighton Marathon – her first – on 17 April. She finished in 5 h 17 min. She's also the first to run in our brand new running shirt, which you can see in the pictures below.
Rachel Hill and friends
Jemma held a coffee morning in March that raised a huge £775. She's also organising a disco on 23 April at which she hopes to bring the total up to £1000!
Some pictures from the coffee morning:
And here's the disco poster:
Victoria has raised £320 through sales of snack boxes at her workplace.
Jenna Hepworth runs Liverpool half marathon
Jenna ran the Liverpool half marathon on 13 March, raising over £320 including Gift Aid. She says: ‘The race went really well, I made it around in 2 hours 12 which I am very pleased with. Such a good feeling to raise money for such a worthwhile charity!’.
Jenny Hastings completes her 500 km challenge
Jenny Hastings set herself the task of running 500 km – on road and treadmill – to raise money for ICP Support. She’s pictured here (right) just after completing the final 5 km (alongside ICP Support founder Jenny Chambers) at the Coventry Parkrun on Christmas Day. Jenny’s efforts raised around £1500!
Jenny blogged about her progress at I will run 500 km. Injuries, weather, Las Vegas – it’s all there!
Here’s Jenny before her first 10 km run.
Andy Edgecombe collects at Tesco
Andy Edgecombe, her daughter Charlotte, and Andy's friends Jean and Amicie braved the wet and windy weather on weekend to hold a can-collection at Tesco in Sudbury on 13 December. They raised just over £136.
Fireworks from Katie Southgate
Katie Southgate raised £680 for ICP Support at a fireworks display at her local pub on 6 November.
Nicki Speck’s Coventry fun run
Nicki Speck and her children took part in the Coventry Fun Run on 4 October, raising around £300 for ICP Support. Here they are displaying their medals!
Another new book from Amy Sparkes
If you’re looking for a Christmas stocking filler look no further than Amy Sparkes’ new book: Mermaid Legends (writing as Coralie Sparkles)!
Amy is one of our corporate sponsors and has been a staunch supporter of the charity for several years. She’s also had ICP and taken part in the research. Amy will be donating part of the royalties from this book to ICP Support, so not only do you get a great book if you buy it, but you are supporting our work too!
Christina Forss runs Ealing Half Marathon
Christina Forss raised almost £100 by running the Ealing Half Marathon on 27 September.
Emma Goodwin’s mud run
Emma Goodwin and her team who took part in the Hawkstone Follies Mud Run on 20 September. Emma says that they had a great time and in the process managed to raise just under £200 for us!
Alison Fraser runs Cumbernauld 10k
Alison Fraser ran the Cumbernauld 10k on 20 September, raising over £650. Alison is seen here before the race sporting her ICP Support running shirt.
Emily (Hibbert) and Lee Miller raised £300 for us by asking for donations to ICP Support instead of wedding presents.
Amy Sparkes is donating 5% of the royalties from her new book, The Goodnight Star, to ICP Support: http://www.sparkey.org.uk/Books/interview-with-icp-support-2/.
Yvonne Corbishley rode the 50 mile Brighton to Brighton Sportive on 29 September, raising £465 including Gift Aid.
She was also been featured in the Eastbourne Herald.
Christina Lister ran two 10 km races in two countries during August to raise money for ICP Support. The first was the Midnattsloppet in her home city of Stockholm on 16 August and the second the Run Norwich race on 30 August. She raised a whopping £875!
ICP Support Trustee Pete Dixon rode the London 100 bike ride on 2 August, raising £996 for ICP Support.
Laura Lockwood and her sisters took part in the Bath Colour Obstacle Rush on 11 July, raising over £300. See the Wiltshire Times report.
Kerry and her colleagues at Sky walked from the Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies on 30 June, raising £447 plus Gift Aid. If you look closely, you can see them all sporting our new t-shirt!
Shaun cycled from Morecambe to Bridlington (170 miles) on 26–28 June to raise money for ICP Support. He raised £432.50 plus Gift Aid. Here’s Shaun with his fellow riders.
James rode 100 miles for ICP Support and Cancer Research on 21 June (Father’s Day), raising a total of £238 plus Gift Aid.
Charity organised a sponsored walk/raising awareness march around Oxford city centre and its city parks on Sunday 14 June, raising £90 plus Gift Aid.
Karen Cope raised £300 during a Ladies’ Day outing at Worcester Racecourse on 6 June.
Donna is holding a cake sale after baby and toddler song group on 3 June.
Melanie very kindly made a donation to ICP Support in April.
Wendy Marshall held a coffee morning on 14 April that raised £208. Wendy wanted to celebrate the safe arrival of her grandson, Max, born to her son, Dan, and daughter-in-law, Laurie. Laurie had severe ICP so it’s lovely to know that Max arrived safely.