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As a way to mark my recent achievement of raising a landmark total for the Oxford Children's Hospital - a place that I have been tirelessly raising funds for since I was 14 over 21 years - of over £100,000 raised over my lifetime of fundraising for the hospital, I am going to embrace the madness, and pain, but also beauty of some more lovely and special bodyart to mark the milestone, while also raising money for Play2Give, and commemorating this special lifelong achievement.
The Oxford Children's Hospital is a place that means so much to me. For those of you who don't know my background, I was born at the JR Hospital almost 35 years ago, with a brain injury, and the Oxford healthcare teams at the JR have kept me alive twice over from birth in my childhood, including brain surgery aged 12 in 2001 following a further head injury.
It was my brain surgery that spurred me into wanting to raise funds while at school in Didcot to help raise some money for the building of the Children's hospital. I wanted to raise £500 and this turned into £1000 on Valentine's Day 2003, and the rest is history.
21 years on, and me and the Play2Give charity (which, I proudly founded in 2007 continued my fundraising efforts for the hospital) has seen over £100,095 raised in my two decades of giving, and in total, for me over £450k raised for good causes overall including the value of Christmas presents given out to the less fortunate.
So, to mark my £100K achievement raised for the hospital, it would go amiss not to do something to mark the milestone that can stay with me forever, so, and as a lover of tattoos (I already adorn a special tribute tat on my chest in memory of some loved ones), I am going to go one step further and become 'sleeved' on one arm, incorporating P2G into the design (see picture for an idea of the design) as well as a clock planned to commemorate the time that the lady who was like a second mam to me, died.
I would love to try to raise £500 for Play2Give, in doing so, frm your generous donations to see me sport a sleeve, so that anything after £300 will go into the charity.
The plan.... to start slowly and slowly with a quarter leading to the whole sleeve, hopefully within a year or two.
What better way to mark such a special milestone and achievement in raising over £100K for the hospital that has given me life twice over than with a special commemorative sleeve tattoo for a design I love.
Any donation at all, even just £1, is much appreciated and will make an enormous difference to P2G in changing, transforming, and saving lives as well as you having the reward and pleasure of seeing me sport such a striking and amazing sleeve, to be adored for years to come.
Kind regards, and love, Andy.
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