The Lieutenant Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder made a splash with TV presenter Gary Burgess and friends today when they launched a cancer campaign with a novel way of raising money – jumping around in puddles!
Jumping in Puddles for Cancer aims to raise £1 million for Cancer Research UK by inviting people to take snaps of themselves jumping in puddles and sharing them online.
The likes of the Lt-Gov, Chief Minister Dep. Peter Ferbrache and Specsavers founder Dame Sally Perkins have already pulled their wellies on and made a splash for charity
The campaign was officially launched today at Government House in Guernsey by the Lieutenant-Governor, with Gary joining from Jersey on video link.
After winning the fight against the disease for many years Gary received a devastating terminal cancer diagnosis at the end of last year.
The fun initiative was inspired by his friend, Guernsey charity campaigner Susie Campanella. After sending him a pair of wellington boots and a poster of someone jumping in a puddle as a birthday gift, she was touched to see the effect the gesture had on him and she decided to turn a rainy day into a hopeful one for people affected by cancer.
Susie said: ‘We are so excited to be launching this campaign right here in Guernsey and are overwhelmed by the support we’ve already received from so many people, both on-island and further afield.
‘Cancer devastates so many lives, it goes far beyond me and my lovely friend Gary, and it needs to be stopped. The only way we can do this is to find a cure and new treatments, we hope that these vital funds raised will go some way to doing just that – while also spreading a little fun during such a challenging time.’
Gary Burgess said: ‘Susie’s gift of wellies was a kindness at a tough time which was all about getting outside and reconnecting with nature. To see that gesture turned into this nationwide campaign is just extraordinary.
‘I may not have long left in this world, but I still have time to don my wellies, get jumping in puddles, and do my own little bit to support Cancer Research UK. I just hope as many people as possible do likewise.’
His Excellency said:
‘Charity fundraising has suffered considerably during the current pandemic, which has had an impact on research into cancer. Jumping in a puddle and donating a pound is an easy and fun way to help turn that around.’‘I wish Susie well with her irresistible invitation to make a splash for such a good cause and hope that it raises plenty of money and smiles throughout the Channel Islands and beyond.’
Bryan Lean, Chair, CRUK Guernsey branch, commented:
‘We raise vital funds to help finance research in Southampton for the benefit of Bailiwick and UK patients. The progress made over the last 10 years has been remarkable with more patients surviving and we have a target of ensuring that at least three out of every four cancer sufferers survive.
‘The impact that COVID-19 has had on our life-saving research and the distressing impact on cancer patients has been devastating. 2020 hasn’t been the year that we thought it would be, but we know we can still bring hope to people facing cancer, and their families – we really are incredibly lucky to have people like Susie supporting our fundraising.’