12th January 2018 – Fundraising News

Howdy everyone. Hope your 2018 is off to a great start. Ours is – we’re delighted to bring you some super fundraising news!

Our friends at Whitwick Day Nursery held their Christmas fayre last month and decided to donate the proceeds to the Trust. It’s super kind of them and we’re really grateful.

They raised over Β£300 which is brilliant! Huge thanks to Kerry and all the staff at the nursery, and the generous parents and relatives who went along and made the fare a success. 

Here’s Kerry and the Burns nippers – thanks so much guys!

Love Bekki and Mark xx 


29th December 2017 – Year In Review

Hello all.

Hope you’ve recovered from the excess of turkey and tinsel on Christmas Day and are slowly working your way through the selection boxes. We have a drawer crammed full of chocolate treats – we give it about a week before it disappears. Hope you all had a restful and fun time with family.

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to look back on what has been another epic and rewarding year for The Campbell Burns Metabolic Trust. We continue to be so well supported by our fundraisers – we’re so lucky Our huge thanks to you all, for making this another successful year of helping families care for children with metabolic conditions. You make our work possible and we are incredibly grateful. So, without further ado, here are some fundraising highlights from 2017!

January & November – Quiz Nights at Coalville Rugby Club, make possible by the Quiz Masters and Writers, Matt, and Mark. Special thanks to Claire for putting the prizes together!

March – Craft and Goodie Fayre at Cooper’s Arms in Quesada. Thanks for your ongoing support, Spanish friends!

March and September – the hell of the Devil Mud Run! A brave and crazy gang of people took on the mud run in both March and September, clambering, wading, slithering, sobbing (no? just Bekki?) their way round a 9km obstacle course. LEGENDS.

May – Marisha ran the Baker Hughes 10km in Aberdeen. Go for it!

May – ChurchDown Nursery in Cheltenham held a Summer Fete (firemen turned up, which makes us a little over-excited) and the nursery ladies kindly donated their proceeds. Super kind, thank you.

June – the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra held a concert at Southwell Minster, and invited the Trust to go along and talk to interested attendees about our work. A beautiful event.

August – London to Paris Cycle Challenge! Andy, Mark, Damo, Matt, Shane and Paul (supported by Bekki and Sarah) cycled 300 miles between London and Paris. They endured punctures, blisters, and flapjack that could have powered an Olympic team. A fantastic achievement!

August – the 5th Annual Golf Day at Naunton Downs Golf Course in Cheltenham. Campbell’s Auntie Claire and Chris put on another brilliant day and it was very special. It remains one of the highlights of our fundraising year.

September – our friends in Spain held another golf day, this time at Las Colinas Golf Resort. Looks as though they had a brilliant time and thanks, as ever, for the support.

October – a group of highly-trained individuals took on the Cheltenham Half Marathon again, and a team of mini-supporters ran the Mini Mile as well. Brilliant stuff – a great achievement!

October – a group of courageous kids took on the Devil Glow Run. Awesome stuff!


Looking back over 2017 brings a tear to the eye. It’s been another astonishing year of fundraising and, as always, we simply couldn’t support families caring for young children with metabolic conditions without the efforts of our fundraisers. Events like those above are the reason we can help so many children. YOU guys have made our work possible. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

We need to keep the momentum going – families will continue to face challenges that we can help them with so, if you’re thinking about taking on a challenge, or making a donation, or doing something crafty that might bring in the pennies, we’d love to hear from you. Let’s make 2018 as wonderful as 2017!

Love Bekki and Mark xxx

15th December 2017 – Ok, Show, We’ve Had Enough If You Now

Yep, it’s getting a little tired. Snow is lovely when you’re inside and don’t have to go anywhere, but snow, ice, and freezing temperatures get old very quickly when you have to actually leave the house.

Anyone else? Or just us at Trust HQ not feeling the love for TOO MUCH WINTER?

One fab thing, though, is Christmas and we’ve loved seeing the home made Christmas decorations shared on the Trust’s Facebook page. Lots of glitter and glue being used to bring Christmas sparkle to lots if families πŸ’™πŸ’™

Right, off to put the heating on and switch the kettle on again! Have a super weekend.

Love Bekki and Mark xx 

12th December 2017 – Drum Roll…New Trustee!

Hello all – hope you are coping with the icy weather. It’s a bit hairy out there – take care.

We’re very pleased to bring you some news about the Trust on this cold, Tuesday morning. As a group of Trustees we were recently delighted to invite a Trust member to step up and join the board so…drum roll…without further ado…let us introduce our new Trustee, Sarah Groves.

Many blog readers will recognise Sarah from her involvement in many Trust events over the years. She’s been a key fundraiser for ages and given us invaluable support. From the Campbeltown and Back Again walking challenge last year, to the Ladies Pamper Nights she’s organised, to the bag-packs she’s attended, to the quizzes she’s written, to the support she gave the London to Paris bike team this year – Sarah has been a stalwart and vital part of Trust activities for many years and we’re super chuffed that she’s agreed to become a Trustee. It also helps that she’s one of the most organised people we know (fearsomely so). The only downside is that she doesn’t take milk in her tea, which was almost too much to bear for another Trustee on the board (whom shall remain nameless).

So here’s to a busy 2018 for the Trust and here’s to Sarah, Claire, Chris, Mark, Bekki, John, Marilyn, Tracy, Erol, and all our amazing Members and supporters helping to deliver another year of support to children with metabolic conditions.

Love Bekki and Mark xx

8th December 2017 – Share Your Sparkle

Ho ho ho – the Christmas spirit really has descended. There’s sparkly lights and glitter everywhere – marvellous πŸ™‚

In celebration, we launched our #ShareYourSparkle campaign on Facebook at the start of the month. We did the same last year and it was brilliant. We share photos of home-made Christmas decorations, made by little cherubs, so you can see what artistic and creative Trust supporters we have. Why not get involved?! Send us a photo of a Christmas item (covered in glue, covered in paint – it doesn’t matter!) and we’ll share them online. You can email them to bekki@campbellstrust.co.uk or drop them into the comments below, or share them directly onto Facebook atΒ https://www.facebook.com/TheCampbellBurnsMetabolicTrust/

#ShareYourSparkle – let’s spread a little Trust glitter in the run up to Christmas.

And here’s a photo of Campbell’s Uncle Chris, at work, in his turkey hat. Just because.