Our Fantastic Donors

Over the last ten years, we have calculated that over 850 individual people (March 2018) have donated to the Fungal Infection Trust using our Virgin Money Giving donation facility. There have been over 1350 donations in that time. Hundreds more people have given direct to our fundraisers during the organised events.

Many more have given us donations via cheque and cash, though they are much more difficult for us to count so we cannot quickly come up with a total number going back that far, but it is probably safe to say that total numbers of people who have given to the Fungal Infection Trust exceed 2000.

We are currently receiving over £10 000 per year from personal donations, which is a measure of the concern and commitment to the aims of the Fungal Infection Trust. FIT also successfully applies for grants to support its work from several different organisations every year, but the commitment of the individual people who support us counts for far more than mere funding. Every time someone donates we have another new person who has become aware of our activities and of the need to find ways to better find, diagnose and treat serious fungal infections such as aspergillosis.

The Fungal Infection Trust is a small charity that supports lots of research and ensures that the amount spent on administration is minimised, consequently we employ no staff and operate with the minimum of paperwork. Because of this there may well be donors we have not thanked directly but please be reassured every penny counts and every penny raised is deeply appreciated.

We have considered making a list of donors available on our website so we can confirm receipt of all donations, but we are advised against that due to concerns over privacy. If anyone is concerned about a donation please get in touch at admin@fungalinfectiontrust.org

Thank you

Gemma Cleland – 5k challenge for Fungal Infection Trust

My story

My step-dad Derek Campbell, a 51-year-old non-smoker, was diagnosed last year with a rare and incurable lung condition called Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis.

Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CPA) affects 3 million people around the world, but is very often mis-diagnosed and confused with other health problems such as cancer or tuberculosis. Treatment of CPA is most often using antifungal drugs, which can be effective in limiting the advance of the disease though cannot cure it.

Unfortunately, Derek has been found to have a very complicated case affecting both lungs and it is inoperable. He receives antifungal therapy to try and slow the infection down, but has already found to be resistant to one of the main medications used to treat the condition.

This is why even although I’m not a runner I have chosen this challenge to try and raise funds for the charity FIT (Fungal Infection Trust) on the 11th March 2018, in the hope that with further research and awareness one day a cure may be found. If you can help in even the smallest way it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Gemma

Fundraiser update: Gemma’s run aimed to raise £500 but has managed to exceed their target several-fold. Over £1500 was raised by this event. Many thanks from the FIT to everyone involved. Go here for full details

Fran Pearson’s Fundraiser

Hi, thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

I’m fundraising for the Fungal Infection Trust because, unsexy topic though it is, I’ve been living for the last few years with a condition I had never ever heard of, and I doubt you have either – aspergillosis. Aspergillus is a fungus that’s everywhere but can opportunistically cause allergy or infection to people with some kinds of vulnerability. Mine appears to be genetic, and managing my condition takes about 90 minutes each day, with nebulised medicines and very precise chest drainage physio. Running is my salvation – I loved it anyway but now i do it to keep as well as I can. I’m also very lucky to be well enough to have a good baseline, lots of friends from my Aspergillosis community are less fortunate. I’m also helped by 2 amazing NHS hospitals – Royal Brompton where I am a patient and where i recently spent 11 days having intravenous antibiotics – an occasional hazard of my condition, made all the more hazardous by proximity to the clothes shops of the King’s Road Chelsea. And the Wythenshawe in Manchester which is the national centre of excellence for this condition and where a lot of patient support initiatives are run, which people with aspergillosis anywhere in the world can tap into. So – my life has changed beyond recognition, and some of my future aspirations are a bit in doubt due to this condition, but I’m still here – and thanks to my ultra boost of antibiotics recently, I’m hoping to run 10k. Please donate, as fungal infection is on the rise worldwide – perhaps due to climate change (disclaimer – I’m not 100% sure on that), and it is a scary thing to deal with.

Fran raised an excellent £156 for the Fungal Infection Trust with this event. Go here for more details

Dave MacIntyre’s £1 Fundraiser

Dave MacIntyre’s wife Julie and son David have run an annual fundraiser in aid of the Fungal Infection Trust for several years and 2017 is no exception. Asking for £1 donations in memory of Dave MacIntyre senior who passed away from aspergillosis, they have a target of £500.

Thank you for thinking of the Fungal Infection Trust Julie & Dave.

To donate your £1 go to their Virgin Money Giving page

Soulchoons and Willie Windle Raise £2500

12 hour Soul Music Charity Day, organised by Willie Windle and good friends Soulchoons, on August Bank Holiday Sunday at the Price of Wales Hotel, Southport.

The event raised an excellent £2327.00 from ticket sales, CD’s & badges and a further £175.00 from the sale of FIT Ribbons made by Jill Fairweather.

Total Raised £2502.00 plus online donations

Thank you Willie and friends for all your fundraising work which will now be put to very good use to support one of our research causes.

John Masson Fundraiser in Memory of Steph Smith Raises £850

John Masson held a cycling personal challenge in August 2017 and raised £850 for the Fungal Infection Trust in memory of his niece Steph Smith who passed away suddenly from a form of aspergillosis. Steph would have been 30 on the day of the challenge (August 19th) and is clearly still much missed by family and friends.

This fundraiser is the latest of several run by Stephs family that have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Fungal Infection Trust.

Many thanks for your efforts John, the money will go into our funds to support fungal research.

Read a history of the Steph Smith Fundraising Appeal by clicking on this link.

Z to Z Cycle Team raise £1300 for the Fungal Infection Trust

15 cyclists, led by Darren McNeil travelled through 5 countries in 5 days. The “Z to Z” Tour departed from Zurich in Switzerland on September 9th and ended in Zeebrugge in Belgium via Germany, France, and Luxembourg – a distance of 650 miles.

As part of this challenge, the team raised a highly welcome £1300 for The Fungal Infection Trust as Darren’s wife lives with aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs which is usually incurable. FIT funds research into aspergillosis and these new funds will go towards one of our research causes.

Many thanks to Darren and his incredible team for raising funds during this amazing event.

“Z to Z” 5 COUNTRIES IN 5 DAYS

Darren McNeil is to take on another challenge in aid of the Fungal Infection Trust. In September 2017 he will cycle from Zurich to Zeebrugge across 5 countries in 5 days: Darren comments:

In September I will be embarking on another cycling challenge following on from my Blackpool – Paris, Paris – Nice trips in 2013 and 2015.

This time the 15 cyclists and “our man in ‘avana” will traverse through 5 countries in 5 days.

Our “Z to Z” Tour Departs from Zurich in Switzerland on September 9th and ends in Zeebrugge in Belgium via Germany, France and Luxembourg – a distance of 650 miles.

The trip is a personal experience that I pay for myself but as on previous tours I have set myself the challenge of raising some money for The Fungal Infection Trust  – the charity which funds research into Aspergillosis which is what my wife Lisa suffers from.

With the advent of Brexit the former EU funding that a lot of the research and treatment depended on has been stopped and so any money raised is wholeheartedly appreciated by the trust and by us personally.

Thanks for visiting my page and if you can donate any amount thank you very much.

Darren.

Please support Darren on his amazing 650mile trip by sponsoring him using his Virgin Money Giving page

Good luck Darren!