The past few months have seen some amazing awareness and fundraising events.
In July, About Time for Lyme had a stall at The New Forest and Hampshire County Show. The show runs for three days and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually from all over the UK. We were totally overwhelmed by the positive response we received from visitors of all ages, and our wonderful volunteers barely had a chance to catch their breath from all the chatting they were doing with people who wanted to learn more. Keen not to scare away the children (or adults) with stories of blood-sucking parasites, we used our 'Instabite' photo frame to have a bit of fun, encouraging people to take The Lyme Disease Challenge (taking a bite out of a lime), while sharing the message of the vital importance of awareness and taking precautions against ticks.
Meanwhile, our 'Tick Tips' talk which was delivered by our co-founder, Kellie, in the Lecture Theatre each day, offered a more detailed look at the problem of tick-borne diseases and how to help protect against them.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to show their support. Special thanks also go to Julian Lewis MP, John Glen MP, Lord Gardiner of DEFRA, New Forest Show presidents Geoff and Judy Morgan, and show director David Humbert, for all their support.
In August, a group of five friends took on the considerable challenge of cycling from London to paris in 24 hours in support of the work of About Time of Lyme and Vis a Vis Symposiums. The group set off from Marble Arch on 18th August and arrived at l'Arc de Triomphe the following morning, completing the 156 mile challenge in 23 hours, 57 minutes in spite of some very challenging weather conditions. An incredibly impressive amount of £5,538 (including GiftAid) was raised, as well as some great awareness on both sides of the channel.
In October, Donna Dickey took on the Cardiff Half Marathon in aid of About Time for Lyme. She completed it in a very impressive time and far surpassed her fundraising target. These funds will allow us to continue to produce our leaflets etc, as well as to develop further awareness and educational materials.
A heartfelt thanks to all who have helped spread the word in the past few months. We have a few more exciting events lined up in the coming months, so keep your eyes peeled. If you wish to hold an awareness event of your own, please do get in touch.