A warm welcome to our website and thank you very much for visiting. Below you will find the story of how our charity was started.
Back at the end of August 2016, one of our trustees Ben had a pretty wild idea to raise some money for cancer charities. It eventually took on a mind of its own and caught the imagination and support of many more people than he ever could have hoped for.
The news his sister was battling breast cancer for a second time gave him the impetus to start his own battle and he jumped in with two feet. Ben decided to organise an audacious world record attempt – playing a mammoth game of 6 a side football, non-stop for 36 hours. The event was a tremendous success, raising over £13,000 for MacMillan, Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes.
The amazing effort and accomplishment from all involved with the 6 a side fuelled Ben’s ambition to help. Seeing how people grouped together and offered the players and volunteers the incredible support to get through the 36 hours only made him want to do more.
Fortunately, Ben found four amazing people that shared this passion and crazy dreams. Sitting Lucie, Luke, Dan and Matt down in a room to outline the vision for a cancer charity got exactly the reaction he had hoped for and now as verified Guinness World Record holders there is a tonne of motivation to keep on fundraising and supporting.
Not knowing how the journey will go is daunting, but we know that we are going to give everything we can. As has already been demonstrated, we cannot do this without you and we are grateful to everyone that has supported us on this journey so far.
Kicking Off Against Cancer as a registered charity was set up with one very simple aim, to help those that are affected by this awful disease. Your help will enable us to keep fulfilling our brief and has already helped in a variety of ways. From arranging days out for families to donating toys and games to a children’s hospital.
We believe it is incredibly important for a charity to not only raise money, but to support those that the charity was set up to help. We have experienced that memories made are just as important as the money itself. These can last a lifetime and it is an honour and privilege for us to be able to help make them.
We are incredibly humbled by the people we meet and inspired by the stories we hear and this drives us to keep pushing and to help more and more people. We are also always on the lookout for new causes to help and you are welcome to get in touch to make a suggestion. All causes will be discussed and considered carefully and if within our means to help then it will be done.
Now that you have read more about us, we would like you to join us, so together we can help those suffering from this unbelievably cruel illness and in providing any of your help however big or small, you will always find five people hugely grateful for whatever you can offer! Giving up your time, donating, or just spreading the name of Kicking Off Against Cancer, it all helps. We have many more fun filled events lined up and would love you all to help us grow our charity so we can ALL make a real, positive difference to people’s lives.