Fundraising news // 1st April 2021
Meet the England Ambassador for our Four Nations, One Team virtual challenge, Rani Ullyett from Kent
Fundraising news // 1st April 2021
As part of our Four Nations One Team Challenge, Rani Ullyett was nominated as an ambassador to represent England. Here she shares her story and why she’s taking on the challenge in memory of her late husband Chris.
“Chris and I were happily married for 20 years and we were blessed to have four children. Chris was a very successful Engineer and always tried to keep active but in 2007 he was diagnosed with myeloma and was taken under the care of Kent and Canterbury Hospital. When he was first diagnosed a Clinical Nurse Specialist gave us the phone number for Myeloma UK and they were able to provide us with so much information and support. I have been a nurse since I was 17 and am currently a Sister in an Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) so I know how important it is to provide accurate and up to date information to patients.
The website guidance regarding his condition was clear and concise but they also helped us with finance information and how we could continue to support our family. Chris always found the website information so helpful and we decided that we wanted to help Myeloma UK as much as we could so we set up a number of fundraising activities. Chris really enjoyed fundraising and making a difference but following two stem cell transplants he sadly passed away in 2016.
I draw inspiration from the strength he had and, in his memory, I continue to fundraise for Myeloma UK. So far, I have done a tandem sky dive, abseiled from the fourth-row bridge, an aeroplane wing walk, and I completed the virtual London to Paris Bike Ride last year. When I heard about the Four Nations, One Team Challenge I wanted to get involved straight away and I feel incredibly flattered to be asked to be an ambassador for England. I love walking, so I’ll be carrying out the challenge through a number of walks, hopefully alongside my friends at a safe social distance. It will just be a great way to keep fit and healthy with a wonderful goal to try and reach.
Since Chris passed away I have learnt a lot about myself and in some instances surprised myself at what I can do. I think what motivates me the most is knowing that my fundraising will help people affected by myeloma. Myeloma UK are so helpful on all levels and they know what needs to be done, so I hope more people can share my motivation and sign up for the challenge to support their work.
If you would like to support Rani during the challenge you can visit her 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.