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Britain's Most Inspiring
Fundraiser, in memory of Jane Tomlinson

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2008 Winner

Charity: King's College Hospital Fundraising Appeals

Nicole Dryburgh - Winner

Nicole DryburghReason for nomination:
"Nicole is a totally blind, hearing impaired, wheelchair bound teenager, and has spinal cancer. She is unquestionably committed and relentless in wanting to raise money. Her courage through her own difficulties has been truly inspirational. Despite chemotherapy, radiotherapy and feeling unwell, she has attended every local fundraising event."

Since September 2004 Nicole has raised over £18,000 for the Silver Lining Appeal to equip a neuro-rehabilatation room on the children's ward at King's College Hospital. Read more...

2008 Finalists

Charity: Down's Syndrome Association

Simon Beresford

Simon Beresford and his running partner JohnReason for nomination:
"His approach to fundraising is to put in the hard work training and inspire people to give by doing something that most people think is hard and nearly impossible for someone with Down's syndrome. Simon proves that nothing is impossible."

Simon Beresford is the first person with Down's syndrome to have complete the London Marathon. Read more...

Charity: ActionAid

Adam Chataway

Adam ChatawayReason for nomination:
"Adam is Britain's Most Inspiring Fundraiser because in the face of his worst nightmare he focused on those less well off. He organised over 200 friends and inspired them to turn Vicky's tragedy into a new life for over 200,000 Ethiopians who had to walk hours to collect water."

On October 17, 2006 Victoria Buchanan, 28, was tragically killed while cycling to work at Chelsea Football Club. Over the following 12 months, her fiancée Adam Chataway, 29, raised over half a million pounds in her memory. Read more...

Charity: Isabel Hospice

Barbara Doherty

Barbara DohertyReason for nomination:
"Barbara gives her time generously and engages everyone she speaks to. She is prepared to roll her sleeves up and get dirty but equally at home addressing an audience of corporate high flyers. Her background in nursing and counselling makes her the ideal person to turn to."

Working for 25 years to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Isabel Hospice she has raised over £750,000. Read more...

Charity: Riding for the Disabled

Susie Elliot

Susie ElliotReason for nomination:
"...she leads by example, is an inspiration to all (whatever she's doing), and achieves amazing results. As fellow volunteers said "she makes people want to go with her" - it is this infectious enthusiasm that inspires so many people involved with RDA to achieve great things."

RDA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, providing therapy through horse riding. Susie Elliot has been a fantastic champion of fundraising within RDA for 40 years. Read more...

Charity: The Douglas Bader Foundation

Clare Forbes

Clare ForbesReason for nomination:
"She is an inspiration to others, she has won numerous trophies and awards for being Inspirational and an Achiever. Her aim was to raise 1 million £s by the time she is 25, as her eyesight is deteriorating, and was told she will be partially sighted by then."

In March 2001, Clare caught Meningitis (B) meningococcal with septicemia. She was in a coma for 6 months, whilst in the coma she had a massive stroke, brain hemorrhage, and had both legs amputated below the knee. Read more...

Charity: Meningitis Trust

Brian Jiggens

Brian JiggensReason for nomination:
"He is disabled physically and mentally, and he goes out in all weathers to do voluntary work, he puts others before himself."

Brian is founder and Chairman of the Essex Community Help and Support Group of the Meningitis Trust, he started up this group in December 1991. Read more...

Charity: Jewish Care

Freddie Knoller

Freddie Knoller (left) with Itzhack PerlmanReason for nomination:
"Freddie is an inspiration. An optimist, a person who never takes "no" for an answer, a man who, aged 86, after living through every atrocity of the Holocaust, still travels the UK raising funds for the continued support of his fellow survivors and giving lectures at schools across the land."

A "tourist guide" and pimp for Nazi soldiers in Paris, a member of the French Resistance who was betrayed to the authorities by a spurned lover, and a man who survived Auschwitz - not the usual background for a fundraiser! Read more...

Charity: St Ann's Hospice

Molli Turner

Molli TurnerReason for nomination:
"Whilst living with cancer, Molli has dedicated herself to raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to help as many people as possible, whilst also acting as an outstanding ambassador for the Hospice and providing comfort to patients and families. St Ann's is lucky to have benefited from Molli's support."

Molli Turner is 91 years old and has supported St Ann's Hospice for 40 years, during which time she has lived through breast and throat cancer. Molli has staggeringly raised over £200,000 for the Hospice and was awarded an MBE in 2001 for her efforts. Read more...

Charity: Demelza House

Stephen Young

Stephen YoungReason for nomination:
"Stephen never complained. Not even once. He never said "I wish I'd never started this". He just got on with it. Not every 16 year old can show this kind of commitment and dedication and in a very different way to many other fundraisers."

Just imagine spending 365 nights in tent for charity. That's what Stephen did. Read more...

Britain's most inspiring fundraiser awards ceremony.

About the competition to find Britains most Inspiring Fundraiser

Everyclick has joined forces with Mike Tomlinson and The Sun to search for Britain's Most Inspiring Fundraiser. We know that volunteer fundraisers make a huge difference to charities of all sizes across the UK. This search is about rewarding and recognising them.

Britain's Most Inspiring Fundraiser is being run in memory of Mike's wife, Jane Tomlinson. Jane was a phenomenal fundraiser raising more than £1.75 million for cancer charities through a serious of gruelling physical challenges, whilst battling breast cancer. Sadly, Jane passed away in September 2007, but her family are keen to keep her legacy alive.

"I'm so proud of what Jane achieved. She was just an ordinary woman who made a big difference to the causes she cared about. That's why I'm supporting in its search to find Britain's Most Inspirational Fundraisers - people just like Jane, who volunteer their time and energies to perform vital fundraising.

"We want to keep Jane's memory alive by encouraging everyone to do whatever they can for charity. Even the simplest things can make an incredible difference, not everyone can run marathons but it can be as effortless as switching your search engine."
Mike Tomlinson

Terms and conditions

  • All sections of the nomination form must be completed
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The winning entry and shortlisted award nominations will be publicised
  • This competition is not open to fundraisers for Jane's Appeal
  • Yours and your nominee's details will be used for publicity purposes to support media work for and The Sun. Your story will not be used for any other purpose, and your details will not be passed on without your permission
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  • Entries close on April 18, 2008.
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