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Four Nations, One Team Challenge ambassadors: meet Jonathan Kitching

Meet Scotland Ambassador for our Four Nations, One Team virtual challenge, Jonathan Kitching

Fundraising news // 7th April 2021

“I currently live in Aboyne, Deeside and am now retired after serving 36 years in the world of Local Authority Outdoor Education.  As a dad to Isla and Calum and husband to Dale, I like to lead a pretty active lifestyle walking, in my canoes or kayaks, and on my bike.

I was diagnosed with myeloma in August 2015 and following a course of Chemo therapy, I underwent a Stem Cell Transplant March 2016.  In February 2020 my haematology consultant and I decided that in order to counter my reawakening myeloma after four years dormant I should start a new chemo trial with a view to a second stem cell transplant in September 2020.

Unfortunately, the pandemic shelved those plans, so we decided to undergo a radiotherapy course instead on a plasma growth that was developing in my pelvis and see what happened. The growth started to disintegrate, the pain receded and I was able to start getting fit and strong again. By August I felt well, fit and strong so I decided to put that feeling to good use and start fundraising for Myeloma UK.

Jonathan Kitching

Jonathan Kitching

The Four Nations, One Team challenge is a wonderful way to get fit and raise vital funds for Myeloma UK, and I’ll be supporting everyone who is able to get involved. The impact my diagnosis has had on me is life changing and I work quite hard at it not changing my family’s lives, who are so supportive. Myeloma UK have also been a great support and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to sign up for the challenge to help fund their work.”

If you would like to support the challenge you can visit our Just Giving Page.

Take part in our Four Nations, One Team challenge and go the extra mile to help us create a hopeful future for our myeloma community.

If you would like to get involved you can sign up to complete a 100km distance around England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, on our exciting virtual platform, between 1–30 April. Whether you like walking, running, swimming or cycling – or all of them – you can complete the distance however you choose.

Complete the challenge on your own, as a family or with friends. You could challenge loved ones who don’t live nearby to complete the distance and see who finishes first. There is a £10 registration fee for each route and we’d like you to raise £100 sponsorship to create a hopeful future for our myeloma community. You will have access to our virtual platform where you can track your progress around your chosen route and get exciting milestone alerts. You can also see others taking part in the challenge.