Friends of Yellowman

Supporting people & families with the fight against cancer


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Charity Ball 2015

Due to the success of last years charity ball, the Friends of Yellowman are holding its second charity ball on Saturday 4th July 2015 7pm until 1am at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield.

Tickets are £50 per person, this includes a drink on arrival, three course meal, tea or coffee and half bottle of wine per person.  A standard table will hold ten guests.  However, we can arrange for a limited number of tables of twelve and smaller groups can be accommodated.

There will be a disco, raffle and the main event the Charity Auction

To book a table for this black tie event, email friendsofyellowman@gmail.com with your name, contact number and number of tables/tickets required. 

Or call Fiona 07890 066943 or Joanne 07910 260084

Discounted room prices are available for guests at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria and Holiday Inn Express. 

Tel 0114 2768822 to make your reservation and quote Friends of Yellowman Charity Ball.

The Friends of Yellowman was formed by friends and family of David Middleton (aka Yellowman). In May 2012 David was diagnosed with terminal gallbladder cancer and given eight weeks to live.  

Seeing the pain and suffering Dave was going through, we couldn’t just stand by and watch, so decided to help Dave and others like him in the only way we knew how, by raising money for the organisations which were making the lives of cancer sufferers bearable and searching for a cure.  We raised funds for Macmillan Nurses, Weston Park Cancer Charity and Rotherham Hospice and over the last 2 years we have raised £24,000 for these charities.

Towards the end of his life David was cared for by the Hospice at Home team, which was provided by Rotherham Hospice.  Unfortunately, as Rotherham Hospice relies solely on donations, their priority is to maintain the upkeep and running of the hospice, therefore the Hospice at Home facility is not available to all patients.  The Friends of Yellowman have seen how important and beneficial this service is and we have decided to focus on raising funds to enable more people and families fighting cancer to have access to this method of care.  We are also providing other financial support to the hospice and have recently purchased ten repose mattresses.  These are specialist mattresses which provide the support and comfort for patients suffering with the affects of cancer.

David lost his battle with cancer in August 2013, we want to continue to help other people and families with their fight against cancer and hope that with your support, we can achieve this goal.

 

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Sunrise and Sunset

Firstly I apologise that I have not posted something for a while, but I have been renovating my house which has kept me very busy. I am now getting to the end of it and I know I will need another project to keep me busy —- garden here I come!

What this renovation has done has ‘made’ me get on and do it even on days when I have felt down, the realisation that unless I organise it or do it, then the work won’t get done. I have been lucky and been recommended good builders, plumbers etc and that is all thanks to David, he may not be here in person but he left me with good contacts. Especially the electrician! I have had help from family and friends which has really shown me who I can depend on if I need to.

I feel very lucky to be living here as I can watch the sun coming up from the front windows and it setting at the back, there have been some fabulous colours and it makes me appreciate that I can enjoy something as simple as a sunrise, many people who are battling cancer and other life limiting conditions are living under the fear they may not see the sun rise tomorrow.

David being ill taught me that all you can do is hope the new day brings a good day and one that means you can enjoy time with your loved ones and not feel too ill to enjoy it. It teaches you to live for today and spend time with the people who are important to you.

Friends of Yellowman are still continuing with the much needed fundraising, so if you would like to join the golf day on 8th May, participate in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks the weekend of 5th June or attend the summer ball 4th July just email <a href="https://friendsofyellowman.org.uk/contact-us/&quot; title="Contact Us" for more details.

serenity to change


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FRoY Breaking News

After the success of this years Friends of Yellowman charity ball, which raised almost £8000. We are pleased to announce the date of our Summer Ball 2015.

The Summer Ball will be held at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria on Saturday 4th July 2015.

Further details will follow over the coming weeks and months, if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Charity Ball 27th September 2014

There are only 7 days to go to the Friends of Yellowman charity ball. I can announce are star auction lot is a beautiful house in France for a week.

The house sleeps up to nine people, has a pool and is set in idyllic surroundings near the small town of St Suzanne, in the Pays de Loire.

We also have a house in the Lake District for a weekend, SUFC and SWFC directors box tickets, a Hollyoaks tour, spa experience and private dining packages, so you can entertain in style in your own home.

If you would like to bid on these or any of our other auction lots please email friendsofyellowman@gmail.com and leave you name and number and we will call you back.

Happy bidding.


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Completed the Tour de Yellowman now what’s next?

I am so proud and in awe of what the 6 friends of Dave achieved, day one was particularly hard with Zack deciding when he eventually got to Pately Bridge that he wasn’t cut out for this and was going to sell his bike! The spirit was amazing and even following in the car was an effort and the car laboured on most of the hills (seemed more like mountains!) but they were all still smiling, if a little achy. After a rest on Saturday evening, Sunday dawned with a trip to repair a couple of the bikes. The chains had struggled with the steep hills once fixed, off they set in good spirits putting all the pain of day one behind them. Day three took us through the Yorkshire Wolds and it was a much pleasanter ride with fewer hills. There were yellow bikes everywhere and even though we knew it wasn’t specifically for us it did make us feel special!

Apart from everyone giving up their weekend and their energy, the logistics of this were made easier because of the generosity of Enterprise who donated the van for free, to transport all the bikes and equipment. We are very grateful to them and to Martin who drove and supported the riders all the way.

Ready  ......

Ready ……


DSC_4242 and they are off!
Zack and Dec - "I wouldn't have got through it without the camaraderie and the banter"

Zack and Dec – “I wouldn’t have got through it without the camaraderie and the banter”


Mark - "it was a great weekend real team effort"

Mark – “it was a great weekend real team effort”


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=”Julie and Steve always smiling -"The whole journey was awesome and exciting, yet humbling. We feel extremely proud to have contributed to raising money for the hospice along with our cycling comrades.
Liz at the finishing line still smiling -"It was a truly exhilarating, but humbling experience that we'll never forget.  Our inspiration came from the great man himself - Yellowman aka Dave Middleton and his fund raising efforts while battling cancer.  We were motivated by the support we were given both before and during the ride and the fact the efforts were for such a great cause.  We laughed our way through the 3 days and supported each other.  It was a real team effort.  Well done everyone lets start planning the next one! Liz at the finishing line still smiling -“It was a truly exhilarating, but humbling experience that we’ll never forget. Our inspiration came from the great man himself – Yellowman aka Dave Middleton and his fund raising efforts while battling cancer. We were motivated by the support we were given both before and during the ride and the fact the efforts were for such a great cause. We laughed our way through the 3 days and supported each other. It was a real team effort. Well done everyone lets start planning the next one!


The finishing post and still smiling - what a wonderful team

The finishing post and still smiling – what a wonderful team

For me the weekend gave me more than I could have expected and despite the sat nav being relegated to the boot after getting me lost, it is the first time I had been away from home without David and the camaraderie and the laughter was so uplifting for me and I can’t thank everyone enough for giving up their time and putting them selves through what I would describe as torture to achieve what they have. They are all stars, thank you.

We are still collecting sponsor money for this event so there is still time to donate,you can donate via Just Giving . They have worked so hard for every penny raised and it will go to Rotherham Hospice to help those that have an even tougher battle – cancer.

Thank you to all those who have supported us so far we are extremely grateful, as are the hospice, and it means so much to know that this is all for such a worthy cause. Thanks again.


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One sleep to Tour de Yellowman!

It might be 3 weeks to the Grand Depart, but for 6 friends of Yellowman it is 1 sleep until the big event. We will be leaving tomorrow morning at 5.30am to travel to Morecambe for the start of our tour! Please help support the riders by passing on the links to this site and help us to raise as much as we can for Rotherham Hospice. Zack will be pedalling every mile of the total 170 miles for his dad, I’m sure he would rather he was able to send a card and share a beer with him but sadly that can’t happen. In all his life I am sure he has never done anything this tough for his dad on Fathers day, as I am sure very few of us will have.

I will be keeping Facebook and Twitter up to date and hopefully signals permitting sharing photos of the ride.

Thank you to all who have donated on Just Giving and through the direct donations, please continue to support the riders and ask your friends, colleagues and families to do the same. The chances of you knowing someone who has had or is suffering with cancer is high and I am sure if a friend or family needed the special support provided by the hospice you would hope they could access that support. However this is only possible if they raise the funds to keep that support and care going. They are not Government funded, so every penny raised is important to the Hospice and the people they care for and support.