We are pleased to announce that our chosen charity for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 is The Ethan Maull "Up Yours To Cancer" Foundation.
As a team we will be taking part in various activities in order to raise money and awareness for our chosen charity.
When a family friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Ethan Maull, at just 6 years old, helped his father Darren raise over £4 ,000 for Cancer Research. Darren and his friends, first took on the Yorkshire Peaks and a short time later completed the National 3 Peaks. On the last climb, Ethan joined his father making the final ascent to the top of Snowden , an amazing fete for a small boy!
Just 2 ½ years later, Christmas brought a devastating blow to the Maull family when Ethan, at just 8 years old was diagnosed with a rare form of Osteosarcoma, a children's bone cancer.
A regime of chemotherapy began in the new year of 2013 and Ethan continues to have treatment causing him many unpleasant side effects, yet he refuses to let any of this get in his way and he continues to raise funds for charity.
Having spent so much time in hospital, Ethan has seen first-hand the devastating effects on the children suffering with cancer and the financial burden on their families. Many families have to travel long distances to Nottingham for treatment and the costs of travel and overnight accommodation are a huge strain on their finances and it is these people that Ethan would like to help.
'Billy's House' is a house located close to the hospital where families can stay while their children are having prolonged treatment and a place that they can try to make a home from home while they are there. This is especially useful for the children in the family who need a more normal environment. Spaces at Billy's House are limited and Ethan's ultimate goal is to fund another house for use by the patients and families of ward E39.
From his wish to help others, The Ethan Maul "Up Yours To Cancer" foundation was born and it is through this that he hopes to raise money for the children on ward E39 at Nottingham Children's Hospital and ultimately to fund another Billy's House. Ethan understands that times are hard for everyone and so he wants to raise money through events where people will not only be supporting his charity but where they will also be able to enjoy a good day out.
Sadly on the 4th of May 2014 Ethan lost his fight with cancer. Although this brave little boy is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in his foundation.
If you would like to see what other fundraisers are doing in order to support Ethan's foundation you can do so by following him on Facebook. Click here to find out more. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ethan-Maull-Up-Yours-To-Cancer-Foundation/576338365722850?fref=ts