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CAUK Forum 2017 : Art Auction

At the CAUK Forum 2017, we will be holding an Art Auction with paintings by Carolyn Nicholls.

Without further ado, the paintings and auction in her own words;

I can’t run. I don’t fancy jumping out of a plane and cycling makes me dizzy. But I can paint. Painting was my lifeline after my 3rd bleed and consequent brain surgery. My cavernoma was on my speech and language centre (left occipital- just above your ear!) and after my surgery I could hardly read, so I put my nascent novel on hold and sketched, drew and painted to help my somewhat battered brain to heal.

Like many of you, I got so much wonderful help, information and support from the Cavernoma Alliance UK that I wanted to give something back. So I painted four works that could be turned into art cards to raise funds. You will be able to buy them for £2.50 each at local Cavernoma Alliance events and at the York forum in June. All the profit goes to further the work. I have also donated the original paintings to be auctioned to raise more funds and you can put in a silent bid online below. You can own one of these painting to hang on your very own wall or you can form a small group to bid and donate the painting to brighten a venue dear to your heart, perhaps a hospital or doctors surgery.

Please bid generously, bidding is open to friends, family and anyone who is good for the money! Bidding will be via email up until the LIVE auction at the CAUK 2017 forum and closed on that day with the winner being notified if not in the room. If you are not at the forum the painting will be well wrapped and can be sent to you by a courier.

For more information, to view the lovely pictures or to place a bid, see here

Team Squalo, Crossing the Sicilian Channel

Team Squalo

Team Squalo

In July 2016, Team Squalo, undertook the amazing feat of swimming the Sicilian channel raising an incredible £2000 for CAUK, completely smashing the original £800 target! Team members consisted of Florent, Marco, Maurizio, Marc, Clement, and Federico.  Congratulations and a big thank you to Team Squalo. 


Naomi and Kirsty’s Coastal charity walk

Many thanks to Naoe35e9bc3-e701-4430-b81a-d188eda0b45ami and Kirsty for raising over £4,300 (plus gift aid). These fundraising achievements are phenomenal.

Naomi said “At the start of June, I completed a charity walk for Cavernoma Alliance UK with my lovely friend, Kirsty. We walked 40 miles over 3 days covering 3 sections of the Anglesey coastal path, walking from Llyn Rhos Ddu to Trearddur Bay. The weather was glorious and the views spectacular. Over £4000 has been raised from sponsorship, a manicure and raffle evening, and a Crazy Hair Day organised at a junior school. Thank you to all who have supported!”


Blythe’s Skydive

fbbcfe0a-1e6f-4085-9170-30b365266c00On Saturday 11 June Blythe was scheduled to skydive and raise funds for CAUK, unfortunately due to bad weather this was postponed.

Blythe said “After hanging around for over 9 hours at Strathallan, unfortunately I couldn’t jump today, it was too overcast (instead it’s been rescheduled for the last weekend in July. I’m trying to convince myself it’s not THAT long away haha!). But thank you so much for the leaflets and merchandise for the bake sale yesterday, it went so well, better than I had anticipated. I managed to raise over £100 in 20mins which was amazing! By God’s grace I’ve managed to blow my online target to £386, and I have almost another £200 to go online through cash donations & bake sale, which is beyond what I ever exceeded to raise for the Cavernoma Alliance!”

Mount Snowdon climb raises over £4700 for CAUK

Well done to Colin Doak and team for raising over £4700, this is phenomenal! Thank you from all at CAUK.

Here are some words from Colin:

What an adventure! We were not allowed to climb to the Summit on Sunday due to Storm Katie setting in but what we did achieve was all 12 of us and 3 dogs making it to the ridge below Clogwyn Station (about 70% up) and all 12 of us walked back down. Most of you know we took the Llanberis Pass and we experienced heavy rain, 100mph winds, thunder, lightening and MANY hail showers! The best news is we are all in one piece, no accidents and nobody turned back by choice! IMG_1804We are so thankful and grateful for all of your support and of course the amazing sponsorship we have received. It’s quite overwhelming really!! We intend to return to reach the Summit as soon as we can. In the meantime, please know how much it means to me to have brought a little light to what has been a difficult journey of 13 years.”

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Fundraising for Josef Campion

CAUK would like to express its appreciation to Jo Dean, Julie Campion and Faye Dunn who ran the Manchester 10k in support of Josef Campion. Jo commented:

“Josef had his brain surgery in January which was a great success and although he still has 13 cavernomas they are under control. The large one which was bleeding was removed and he is doing absolutely fantastic.

The operation has been life-changing for him and with medication and regular check-ups we hope he continues to be seizure free. He has a long way to go as they are due to start to reduce his medication but we remain positive.”


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Celebration concert in memory of Stuart Carmichael

A St George’s night concert with the Wardle Anderson Band was held at St Andrew’s church, Dearnley Littleborough on Saturday 23rd April. This year’s concert was held in memory of a former CAUK member Stuart Carmichael, who had served the church and its community for over 30 years.

The concert was a huge success raising £600 for Cavernoma Alliance UK. The photos show how much everyone enjoyed the evening.

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Morrisons Foundation awards £5100 grant to CAUK

CAUK has received a £5,100 grant from the Morrisons Foundation to fund the setting up of four regional volunteer self-help groups. The donation was handed over to Ian Stuart, founder and coordinator of the charity by Chrissy Pridice, community champion, at the Morrisons Store in Weymouth, Dorset, on the 8th March.

Ian said “I am very pleased to receive this generous grant from the Morrisons Foundation which will enable the charity to set up much needed new regional groups to provide information, advice and grass roots support for children and adults with cavernoma.”

Morrisons Store Weymouth, Community Champion, Chrissy Pridice said “It was a real pleasure handing over a cheque for £5,100 to Cavernoma Alliance UK. Here at Morrisons we are proud to be able to support our local community. The Morrisons Foundation enables us to support these local companies further. The money from the Foundation comes mainly from the sale of the carrier bags that we sell, which is absolutely fantastic.“

Article by Paul Cooper.


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