Jake’s campaign expands …

Earlier this year, Jake Bishop lost his much loved grandfather, Adam Reay, to cholangiocarcinoma just a month after diagnosis. This was a great shock to the family because, as Jake explains, “There was almost no sign that he was ill and he was still an active and caring grandfather.”

Since then, and despite his young age, Jake has been determined to raise the awareness of cholangiocarcinoma and to raise funds for AMMF in his grandfather’s memory. He has already taken part in the Sherborne Triathlon and organised a fundraising cycle ride from London to Paris which he undertook with his cousin Imogen and other members of his family – raising a substantial amount of funds in the process.

Jake is a student at Sherborne School in Dorset and has now continued his campaign of awareness raising and fundraising by putting AMMF forward to become the nominated charity of his boarding house, Harper House – and we are delighted to learn that AMMF has indeed been selected!

This means, over the next three years, every eight weeks or so there will be a collection in Sherborne Abbey for AMMF, and the charity will be supported at various house charity events such as their Burns Night Dinner.

Sherborne School prides itself on promoting ‘personal development’ amongst its students – so that each will believe they matter not just because of their exam results but as unique individuals capable of growing in spirit, making responsible moral decisions, and playing a full part in society. Jake would seem to be the perfect example of this in action, showing courage and determination in working to find the positive in his family’s great loss.

And he is certainly following in his beloved grandfather’s footsteps who, as Jake explains, “… always loved to help others.”

Thank you, Jake and Harper House for this support.  We’re certainly looking forward to news of your fundraising efforts over the coming months …


September 2013