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Soapbox Derby Committee support Myeloma UK

Myeloma patient Jane Andrew is a key member of the committee which coordinates fund raising events with the goals of having fun and helping others.

Other News // 27th November 2019

Jane Andrew

Jane Andrew (right) presenting myeloma buddies to Southampton hospital

Jane Andrew was diagnosed with myeloma in 2017 following a routine blood test. Having not felt unwell before the test the diagnosis came as a complete shock to Jane and her family. Following chemo therapy and a stem cell transplant in August 2018, from December 2018 Jane was given total remission, but is still receiving chemo therapy as part of the MUK 9b trial at Southampton Hospital.   Speaking about her journey, Jane said:

“Although I’m not up to full health I’m back to work and walking our dog 2-3 miles most days and back doing things on our small holding. It’s impacted on our lives dramatically, hospital visits twice a week every month. My husband takes the days off from work to take me.  It’s turned our world upside down and it makes you appreciate life even more, nobody knows how long we have.”

Since her diagnosis Jane has continued to work with her husband and friends to raise funds for worthy causes through  The Soapbox Derby Committee, a Committee which coordinates fund raising events for charity with the goals of having fun and helping others. Something which the committee members have aimed to do for the past 20 years. Events that the committee arrange include; the soap box Derby, (go carts racing through the village) Party@ the Pavilion (beer and cider festival with bands) roving feast, wheelbarrow race, and every other year a charity ball is hosted.

“This year we had 330 people at the Ball. It’s an excellent evening. Each year we choose different charities, we have supported Breast cancer, renal failure, pancreatic cancer, movember, we always support Dorothy House as this is our local hospice as well as our local facilities in the village, St Peters church, Holy Trinity School, village hall and Pavilion. This year our charities are Myeloma UK, motor neurone, Dorothy House and the local facilities. So far over the years we have raised around £80,000,  this year our Ball raised £20,000 which will be divided between our chosen charities.”

You can find out more about the events by visiting the Committee’s website at: