Posted on: 04/04/2017 in: News

A huge thank you to everyone who helped support our Easter Raffle last weekend! 

Our charity event was in memory of Marc Edwards, eldest son of Nigel & Sarah Edwards, who sadly passed away in February following his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).

The event was all about raising awareness and funds for two charities that are very close to the Edwards family’s hearts:  Anthony Nolan and Bloodwise.

We are extremely pleased to announce that a brilliant £1067 was raised during the course of the weekend!  £900 of this going to Anthony Nolan through the sale of the raffle tickets and £167 to Bloodwise, raised from the wristbands.

The lucky winner of the Cadbury’s Ultimate Chocolate Hamper was Victoria Mead!  The prize was greatly received and will be put to good use this Easter time!

Trent Valley Kart Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who very kindly helped to support these two great charities.

Nigel and Sarah, along with Marc’s two daughters, Robyn and Taylor and his two sisters, Hayley and Hannah, were all present at the track this weekend and were extremely grateful of your overwhelming generosity and support.  They wished to say these few words to you all…

“In April 2016, aged 43, our son Marc was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and our world as a family changed forever.

ALL is a very rare form of blood cancer that affects the immune system – the body’s white blood cells are immature and they work inefficiently producing lymphoblasts. Marc was a very rare case, he had T-lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) which is very aggressive and progressive.

In January this year, after months of intensive treatment, he got the all clear. He had fought ALL, but we always knew he could.
 A few days later, he became ill and we found out that the cancer had come back, far more aggressive and was untreatable. Marc was not frightened, he was optimistic for what the future held for the rest of the family and he fought until the very end. Sadly, he passed away exactly 4 weeks later, and 10 months since his initial diagnosis.

Marc was and always will be amazing. He encouraged everyone to think about life and how you spend it. Family and friends were the centre of his world. He taught us not to be indoctrinated by what the world think you should be.

As a family we have had some wristbands produced with Marc’s favourite quote – Inside is his name embossed.
  Every donation for the wrist bands will go directly to the Bloodwise charity.   The band is also a reminder of how important life is and how lucky we are to be healthy and living. When you are stressing about work, life, racing or money remember those who are most important to you and how short and precious life is.

We are very grateful to the Team at TVKC for helping us raise awareness and funds for the charities which supported our son. Before this experience, we had never heard of Bloodwise or Anthony Nolan and we feel very ashamed about this. We know that when nothing is going wrong in your life, it’s easy to walk around with your head down thinking “that will never happen to me.” It’s true that it may never happen to you, and we hope none of you have to experience what Marc went through but did you know that you can make a difference and help save someone’s life?

Ways you can help:

*Join the Anthony Nolan register if you are 16-30. By donating your stem cells you can help save someone’s life

*Sign up to be a blood donor if you are aged 17-65


Thank you for taking time to read our story. And remember ‘Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week”  –   Nigel and Sarah Edwards