Mission Firefly: Ramblers raise more than £2,600 for charity with Snowdon hike

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A group of ramblers put their best feet forward to raise thousands of pounds for a Doncaster cancer charity with a trek up one of Britain’s highest peaks.

12 walkers from Thorne Ramblers scaled the Welsh peak – also known as Yr Wyddfa which is more than 1,000m high and is the highest mountain in Wales.

The group, dubbed The Crazy Dozen, have raised more than £2,600 for Doncaster charity Firefly Cancer Awareness and Support, which the Doncaster Free Press has teamed up with for a huge fundraising campaign.

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A group spokesperson said: “This charity is especially close to the heart of Janice, one of our walkers.

A group of ramblers trekked up Snowdon to raise more than £2,600 for Firefly.A group of ramblers trekked up Snowdon to raise more than £2,600 for Firefly.
A group of ramblers trekked up Snowdon to raise more than £2,600 for Firefly.

"Janice sadly lost her husband to cancer and she will be forever grateful for the help and support of Firefly.

“Bev, one of our other walkers, has a close friend Jacqueline that uses Firefly to get to her to her hospital appointments and would be lost without the service they provide for her and the local community.”

Meanwhile, money has been coming in for our ambitious appeal to raise £25,000 to buy a new vehicle for the charity.

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Your Doncaster Free Press is counting on you, our readers, to dig deep and support the organisation which provides vital transport for cancer patients across Doncaster and beyond with our Mission Firefly campaign.

Just scan in the QR code to make your donation to our Mission Firefly appeal.Just scan in the QR code to make your donation to our Mission Firefly appeal.
Just scan in the QR code to make your donation to our Mission Firefly appeal.

Founded in 2006 by the late Denise Dunn following her own cancer battle, the Firefly Express provides FREE transport to local cancer patients and their families across the city to regional treatment centres using a team of volunteer drivers.

But delivering such a vital service doesn’t come cheap – and that’ why we are calling on you, our readers, to back our fantastic fundraising campaign.

And we want you to tell us all about what you are doing to raise funds too!

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We want to raise a whopping £25,000 so Firefly can purchase a new, second hand vehicle to add or a replace a vehicle in its fleet and keep its much-needed and essential service running.

The number to call if you want help and support from Firefly.The number to call if you want help and support from Firefly.
The number to call if you want help and support from Firefly.

Drivers work hard – and the vehicles work even harder, clocking up thousands of miles each year, zipping patients and their families across the region for treatment.

The project, now in the hands of Denise’s partner Ian Bacchus and friend Paul Taylor following her death in 2014, is determined to keep its fleet of vehicles running – and our campaign aims to boost their service even more.

Ian, known as Chewy, said: “The Firefly Express vehicles provide free transport to local cancer patients and their families in the borough of Doncaster to regional treatment hospitals, using our fantastic team of volunteer drivers.

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"We currently have a fleet of 12 vehicles to cope with the ever-increasing requirements.

"Firefly help local people in their time of need, making a difficult time a little easier.

“Firefly is about life – living it to the full, and enjoying every second of it.

"We want to remove the stigma and embarrassment of personal cancer problems in young men and women, giving them the confidence to communicate with friends, family and health professionals should the occasion arise.”

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He added: “Using our personal experiences, we are determined to change the journey for cancer patients while raising awareness, particularly amongst young people, to spot the signs before it advances.”

We want to raise enough cash so Firefly can purchase a new or replacement seven seat vehicle to keep the trips up and running, with the vehicle fleet doing as much as 6,000 miles a week.

A huge team of 70 volunteer drivers can carry as many as 80 patients a day – and a dedicated maintenance team make sure the vehicles are kept in tip top shape. Trips from Doncaster head to treatment centres in Sheffield such as Weston Park, The Royal Hallamshire and Northern General – with drivers whisking patients from their doors straight to the hospital, before returning them home afterwards.

For more information about Firefly and all the great work they do, visit https://www.firefly-support.co.uk/

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If you want transport to your cancer appointment, this is the number to call.

All you have to do is scan in the QR codein this story to make your donation and get the ball rolling on our campaign to buy a new vehicle for Firefly.

So get scanning, get donating and do your bit to help support our campaign and a fantastic Doncaster charity.

And if you are organising a fundraising event, please contact our campaign reporter Darren Burke via [email protected] and we’ll give you a shout out to your fundraising efforts.

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