Sams 15B415 in aid of Myeloma UK

My name is Sam and I am 14 years of age. I am doing a fundraiser called 15B415 to support my mum who has Myeloma which is an incurable blood cancer. She was diagnosed 12 years ago (only 34 years old) in 2009 and was only given an estimation of 2-5 years to live. She was afraid she was never going to see me or my sister go to high school. Now I am in year 10 and my sister is in year 11. What a way we have come. We are going through a hard time at the moment as my mum relapsed and has had to go back onto chemotherapy and had her second stem cell transplant in September 2020.

About 24 months ago my mum decided to do a fundraiser for Myeloma UK to add to the £125,000 we’ve already raised. I want to help her reach the £175,000 mark! I am going to do this through my #15B415 challenges.

Thank you so much to those who have already helped with my challenges and donated to my just giving page.

This page is where I am going to update my progress on how much of each challenge I have done and what company/ who has helped me complete these challenges. You can also donate to support these challenges by clicking below:  

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So far I have raised £8,027 – far more than the £500 I had originally wanted to raise! Here is how I’m doing with my challenges so far – please read on and let me know if you can help with any! I’ve got until August to try to complete them.

*** COMPLETED 13 out of 15 Challenges! ***

Challenge 1.Get 15 signed objects from famous people that I can auction for the charity.    15/15

  1. Worcester Warrior signed shirt (Framed) donated by Josh Walters.
  2. Signed Dame Sarah Storey cycling shirt donated by Dame Sarah Storey herself.
  3. Greg Wallace signed book donated by Alison and Henry Mason.
  4. Jimmy Connors signed DVD donated by Dick Stockton.
  5. Signed ball by Andre Agassi donated by Dick Stockton.
  6. John Newton signed Top donated by Dick Stockton.
  7. 2 signed photos by Rory Best donated by Mark Bryan
  8. Signed ball from West Bromwich Albion donated by Jane Bailey
  9. Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter signed Nike jumper
  10. Signed cricket bat by Alastair Cook donated by Jane Rigby
  11. Signed VHS video from Mapp & Lucia – season 1
  12. Signed Lions Rugby Shirt (2009) by Gareth Edwards’s
  13. Signed First Edition of ‘Sons of God’ by Gordon Doherty and Simon Turney
  14. Signed copy of Love After Love by Ingrid Peraud
  15. 3 x Signed LPs by Robert Plant

Challenge 2. Read 15 books before I’m 15 – I don’t read very much!  19/15

  1. Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4
  2. Adrian Mole aged 14 3/4
  3. Thirteen
  4. Wizards of once
  5. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone
  6. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
  7. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
  8. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
  9. Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
  10. Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
  11. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
  12. Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
  13. Small Steps
  14. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse
  15. One of Us is Lying
  16. Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief
  17. Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters
  18. Percy Jackson & the Titans Curse
  19. Percy Jackson & the Battle of the Labyrinth

Challenge 3. Teach 15 people who are unaware of what myeloma is, what it is.  19/15 ✅  

  1. Josh Walters
  2. Charlie Parry
  3. Isobel Pottenger
  4. George Vickers
  5. Joe Clarke
  6. Julie Mole
  7. Charlotte McAuslan
  8. Kevin Little
  9. Katherine Eastham
  10. Rachel Gwilt
  11. Claire Evans
  12. Jo Roberts-Hill
  13. Claire Crowley
  14. Sarah Herbert
  15. Claire Caffers
  16. Bethany Whitehouse
  17. Natalie Price
  18. Stella Gavriel
  19. Paul Tot

Challenge 4. Get 15 people to do a challenge for/with me – let me have some ideas!!  2/15

1.Mum (Deb Gascoyne) – asked friends to donate instead of cards/present for her birthday.

2. Alexia Bath gave me some great art work for auction.

Challenge 5. Bake (or get donated) and sell 15 cakes to raise money   0/15

I’ve had a few promises for this challenge for when I do it.

Challenge 6. Meet 15 different Youtubers and get at least a selfie with them (it would be amazing to feature in a video!!).   1/15

  1. New Dram Drinker

Challenge 7. Run 15km in 2 days.    1/1

I’ve completed 7.8km two days in a row!!!

Challenge 8. Persuade 15 different businesses to donate at least £15.   15/15

Challenge 9 (Completed). Sell 15 roses in aid of myeloma UK.    16/15

Thanks to all the teachers at my school (Haybridge) for buying 16 roses in total and raising over £130!! Also a big thank you to Deb at Crystal Flowers in Wordsley, for donating the roses and showing me how to make them look so great.

Challenge 10. 15 lots of 15 push ups in 1 day.   0/15

Challenge 11.  Play 15 different sports.   14/15

  1. Taekwondo at TAGB Wyre Forest
  2. Muay Thai Kickboxing at Rob Locks Martial Arts Academy
  3. Football with West Hagley
  4. Skateboarding
  5. Juggling
  6. Cycling (DofE bronze & Silver)
  7. Running
  8. Boules
  9. Mini golf
  10. Basketball
  11. Netball
  12. Go-karting
  13. Tennis
  14. Tabletennis

Challenge 12. Get 15 famous people to tweet about my challenge.   8/15

  1. Nigel Owens
  2. Chesney Hawkes
  3. Ed James
  4. Lisa Ray
  5. Marianne Keys
  6. Adil Ray
  7. Pat Sharp
  8. Dick and Dom

Challenge 13. (Completed) Don’t speak for fifteen hours.   15/15 ✅

It was really hard and my family gave me forfeits afterwards for every time I had spoken.

Challenge 14. Sell 15 things to do with Myeloma UK (trolley key rings, car stickers, t-shirts, face masks (£7) etc..)   21/15

  1. Trolley key ring x13
  2. Car sticker x 8

Let me know if you would like anything like this – I have trolley keyrings (£1) and car stickers (50p) and can get other things too like cycling vests

Challenge 15. Try 15 different foods I have never tried.    21/15

I’d love to try some really unusual things for this challenge. If anyone has restaurants / shops that sell strange things/ non kid foods that they think would be a challenge for me, I’d love to give it a go!

  1. Physalis donated by Jayne & Nigel Wilkinson
  2. Duck
  3. Jackfruit
  4. Kracklin Kamut
  5. Macadamia nut protein bar
  6. Kidney
  7. Scallops
  8. Samphire
  9. Angel Delight
  10. Zebra Burger
  11. Crab Meat
  12. Wild boar meatballs
  13. Pork scratchings
  14. Polenta
  15. Quinoa
  16. Kangaroo Sausages
  17. Llama steak
  18. Vine leaves
  19. Cottage cheese
  20. Artichoke
  21. Oreo chocolate egg

Challenge 16. Get 15 prizes for a raffle. If anyone out there is willing to donate a super first prize I will get proper raffle tickets and publicise your company!!! 16/15 ✅ While I’ve got my 15, any more prizes will only help me to hold a more successful raffle so please just let me know if you can help.

  1. AP Torch Donated by Tools R Us
  2. Ravel Watch Donated by Tools R Us
  3. Gumy Olive Black Ear Phones Donated by Tools R Us
  4. AV Portable Bluetooth Speaker donated by Tools R Us
  5. Bottle of prosecco donated by Nigel and Jayne Wilkinson
  6. Bayliss & Harding body wash and hand cream donated by Elaine my dinner lady
  7. Nip & Fab hand & pamper kit donated by my dinner lady
  8. Measuring cups donated by my dinner lady
  9. Cheese forks donated by my dinner lady
  10. Electric blanket
  11. Unicorn toy donated by the Benbows
  12. Cookery book donated by the Benbows
  13. Pocket money toys donated by the Benbows
  14. Set of cards donated by Hilary Terry
  15. Va Bene vouchers donated by Va Bene Restaurant in Hagley
  16. Prosecco donated by Nigel Wilkinson (no2!)

Challenge 17. Get 15 cracking prizes that I can auction!! 18/15

  1. Tiffany clock – thanks to Dom and Sally who re-donated this despite successfully bidding on it at a previous event
  2. Malmaison London – 3 course meal with wine
  3. Malmaison Oxford – Overnight stay with B&B
  4. 3 original paintings by Alexia Bath
  5. Overnight B&B Stay & Golf at Telford Hotel
  6. Original Canvas by Hilary Terry
  7. Limited print by David Sims
  8. Hotel chocolat box
  9. Microwave and toaster
  10. Beautiful Windmill Birdhouse made by Eddie Gascoyne
  11. Stolen Goat Voucher
  12. Bouquet of Flowers from Crystal Flowers
  13. Celebration Cake by Cakes by Laura
  14. Patchwork Quilt by Carole Porter
  15. Personalised Family Tree by Handmade Gifts by Jane
  16. Blurays thanks to Anthony & Nicky
  17. Sweet Hamper by Chris, Jenny, Hugo and Darcey
  18. Tom Tom by Jane Rigby

Plus all of the items signed in Challenge 1

Challenge 18. Cycle 15km in an hour 1/1

I did this on the 26th March with my mum and friend! I might keep trying to do 15 miles in an hour but I’ve ticked this challenge!

Challenge 19. Spend 15 hours on the xbox✅