It’s been a good year for the charity – another very successful 24 Hour Inspire event, achieving registered charity status, and forging links with the Snowdon Trust to help us fulfil our education-related objectives. The Board of Trustees has been strengthened with the addition of co-opted members Lee Thompson and John Cockburn, both from the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and the chair and charities officer from the Physics Society, and Mike Weir has joined us and taken over as Treasurer.
As we look back over 2014, our thanks go to all who’ve supported us through the year. To Val for getting us set up and on a sound financial footing, to Mike for taking on the job for the future, and to all of the trustees for their commitment and hard work. To the army of people who made the 24 Hour Inspire happen, the speakers, MCs, ticket sellers, time-keepers, bakers of cakes, those who produced our publicity material, sorted out all of the AV requirements and created a beautiful film of the event, and those who made it possible for Tim’s diary to be published and available in time. To all of the people who’ve undertaken challenges to raise funds for us through the year, the team who ran the Endcliffe Park 10k, those who took part in the Sheffield Half, the Dublin marathon and the Iron Man event. To the Physics Society who organised a pub quiz, and raised £222! To all of those who’ve donated, who’ve bought copies of Tim’s diary, and to Rita for organising the sales and distribution. To Peter Jalowiczor for donated all of the proceeds from the sale of his own book, Forgotten Heroes.
Looking ahead to 2015 we are well underway with planning for the next 24 Hour Inspire on 16-17 April, which will be just as awesome as the previous two! We will be working particularly closely with Rotherham Hospice, Impact Young Heroes, and with the Snowdon Trust. Jez (of John’s Van fame) is planning to run the Brighton marathon to raise funds for us, and there will be a group undertaking the Sheffield Half again, as well as the Endcliffe Park event later in the year.
So, have a wonderful time over Christmas period, and keep your eye out for news of Inspiration for Life here, on our Facebook page and on Twitter, and on the charity website. As always, Tim is our inspiration. Those of you who have read his diary will know how passionately he believed that life is to be lived to the full, that we can take each moment and make the most of it and of ourselves, and that however short or long our lives turn out to be, we can make a difference. And I think he would want this message to go out, at this time of year especially.
Love is something you only fully appreciate when there is a chance it will end, at least in this world, but there is always that chance for everyone, so please make sure the special people in your life know what you feel for them now – and I mean now.
Best wishes to all,
Catherine Annabel (Chair of Inspiration for Life)