BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT’S MD raising £10,000 to support The Chartwell Cancer Trust and Charlie’s Wheelchair appeal

Biggin Hill Airport has been a fantastic supporter to The Chartwell Cancer Trust since 2012. We were the airport’s nominated charity for two years, the airport hosted Bobby Beech’s annual Positive Path Annual Event in 2014 and we were fortunate to attend the Biggin Hill’s Festival of Flight with our very own VIP charity marquee for the past two years. Now Managing Director, Will Curtis is undertaking his own personal challenge to raise £10,000 for The CCT and for Charlie’s Wheelchair Appeal on 20th August. He is taking on the Kalmar Ironman – a 2.5 mile (3.8km) swim, a 112 mile (180km) bike ride and then a 26.2 mile (42.5km) marathon run – all running consecutively. Thank you Will and we wish you lots of your luck. Please visit Will’s sponsor page for more information and if you would to support him.


A fundraiser with a difference! This Saturday on 21st May at Warboar Games in Bromley, there is going to be an Imperial Outlanders Star Wars FIRST troop and games tournament in aid of our associated charity CCT Tiger Ward. Imperial Outlanders is a worldwide Star Wars costume club and in keeping with the them, there will be lots of Star Wars items that have been donated for a raffle as well as a 100 person x wing table to game tournament. It is hoped to attract many people to go and see the Stormtroopers in action, maybe join the darkside and have some selfies taken!

This came about when host, Garfy Etherington, was approached by his good friend Szen. Szen’s 12 year old Daughter Annamaria has cancer and is having treated on the children’s Tiger leukaemia and cancer Ward, Garfy met Annamaria last year when he went to visit her in hospital and he said it broke his heart to see such a young soul so ill. So when Szen asked if he would troop for the charity he willingly agreed.

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Chanel Nott, her brother “King Con” and her friend Claire recently took part in the London Spartan Race – a tough 5k race with 20 grueling obstacles – in memory of her lovely Grandad Don Nott.  This was a massive challenge and she says the only racing she usually does is to get to the bar to buy cocktails!  But having some of her Grandad’s fighting spirit and determination got her to the finishing line!   Well done and congratulations and thank you for continuing to support us.




At a recent choir practice rehearsal Trustee Michael Douglas attended, Michael was presented with a cheque for £1,000 collections raised from The Kentone’s events during the course of the year.  This is an addition to the £835 already received from the Christmas Concert in December.   Thank you once more for their continued support.


Supporter Larissa Apsley from the Bromley Childcare Cancer Support Group is organising a second “Swishing” evening at Highfield Infants School, Bromley in aid of the The CCT on Friday 22nd April. This is an evening with a difference! The way it works is that for a small entrance free you bring a selection of very good quality new or hardly worn clothes and accessories to put on show and swap with fellow “swishers”. There is also a raffle and auction with lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs. Last year was an instant hit and great fun. Highfield School were more than happy to get involved once more as Larissa’s daugher Beau attends Highfield School and is currently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia. Doors open at 7.30. For more information contact Larissa at



A big thank you and a very Happy Birthday to Sarah Squires who recently celebrated her 40th birthday at Cherry Lodge Golf Club. Instead of gifts Sarah asked for donations. With the support of her wonderful family and friends she managed to raise an amazing £1700 for The Chartwell Cancer Trust. Sarah continues to support us. She took part in the British 10K London Run last July and plans to run again for us this July, this time with husband Neil pictured below with Sarah and their two children Maisie and Alex. A big thank you to Sarah, her family and friends for such wonderful generosity!

Sarah with husband Neil and their two children Maisie and Alex.

Sarah with husband Neil and their two children Maisie and Alex.


Last June, Zoya Spears (pictured) had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma Stage 2B Cancer on 19 June 2015.  She had just started four cycles of ABDV chemotherapy which was to be followed by radiotherapy.  At that time Zoya had not long had her third child and was on maternity leave with her 3 month old baby Tia.  Her twins Alana and Elise were just 2 year’s old.

Leading up to her diagnosis, Zoya had noticed, while she was pregnant, a painful lymph node between her neck and collar bone. She treated these painful lumps with painkillers and was prescribed antibiotics until Tia was born.  She then started to have night sweats and so returned to her GP who swiftly sent her for a chest x-ray. Zoya was referred to The Princess Royal University Hospital’s Chartwell Unit which revealed low white cell counts.  A biopsy and PET scan revealed tumours around her neck and collarbone and a larger tumour in front of her heart.

Zoya and her husband were so distracted by the diagnosis, treatment, a new born, juggling housework and children that they stopped keeping track of finances and soon began experience financial difficulties especially when it came to childcare whilst she was having treatment.

We were approached by the Unit to see if there was anything we could do to help them financially during her treatment and, fortunately, we were pleased to be able to.

Zoya explained “The support provided by The Chartwell Cancer Trust relieved a lot of the pressure and stress my family and I were experiencing when we discovered my diagnosis. It meant I could focus on my treatment and recovery. I didn’t realise how expensive having cancer could be and completely underestimated the impact it would have on us financially. We were reassured by having ongoing support and advice when we needed it the most. I’m unsure what we would have done without their support.

The doctors and nurses at Chartwell were also amazing and I was always surprised that they remembered my name and actually took time to sit and talk to me about my treatment and concerns”.

Zoya is now looking forward to getting healthy again and wants to support and give something back to The CCT.  She is taking part in a 10k Adrenaline Rush obstacle course in May.  Visit if you would like to support Zoya.

Zoya has now finished treatment and although hasn’t quite got the all clear (YET!), she is well on the road to recovery and plans to return back to work in April.

We wish you and your family well Zoya from everyone at The Chartwell Cancer Trust  XXXX

Zoya Spears on the road to recovery

Zoya Spears on the road to recovery





Our lovely young supporters, Noah, Molly, Ethan and Freddie are back again taking part in the Brighton Youth Race this Sunday 28 February. These guys raised almost £800 for The CCT last year and it has become an annual tradition for them to get up at the crack of dawn and run along the Brighton seafront for The Chartwell Cancer Trust – hopefully in the winter sunshine.

We wish them lots of luck and we know their biggest supporter, Grandad and Trustee Michael Douglas will be there to cheer them all on! If you would like to support them, you can visit:

The Brighton Youth Running Team for The CCT

The Brighton Youth Running Team for The CCT


“Direct Line Group in Bromley showed support for The Chartwell Cancer Trust by holding a mega raffle at Christmas to raise funds for the much needed new facilities for the CCT Tiger Ward, the specialist children’s cancer unit at the Woolwich hospital.

The Charity and Social Committee at Direct Line Group were able to secure donated prizes from local retailers with the top prize of a holiday in a villa for eight people helping ticket sales.

Claire Foster, member of Bromley’s charity and social committee, said: “The generosity of colleagues helped us raise more than £2,000 for this great cause, including a contribution from our community cashback award scheme. We are very much looking forward to working with Chartwell during 2016 and already have colleagues signed up for the Skydive in April, four pictured below.  We are also hoping to have representation at the 10k run in July as we have lots of keen runners onsite.”



Thank you to our wonderful marshals for their help and support last Sunday 21 February at the Catford Cycling Club’s Annual Hell of the Ashdown Cycling Sportive. This is the Club’s world famous event and Kent’s premier test of Bike and Rider – to hell and back!! This year was a brand new 100k route starting from Coombe Bank School taking in great roads and climbs of Kent. Conditions are really tough, and not just for the cyclists, as some marshals are placed in quite remote areas. This year lovely marshals included: Stacey Brown and Paula Cook (pictured doing a marvelous job!); Dave and Jackie Apps; Graham Figg; Ed Land; Nicki and Dan Sheridan; Kevin Kingshott; Mike Mason; Lewis McKae; Sam Ansell; Mark Bourne; and Tony Reilly. We love you all!!

Thank you also to the Catford Cycling Club for continuing to support us. As a result of our marshals’ brilliant efforts they will be sending a significant donation to The Chartwell Cancer Trust.

Paula Cook and Stacey Brown doing a great job as marshals!

Paula Cook and Stacey Brown doing a great job as marshals!

Sam Ansell and a very cold Mark Bourne!

Sam Ansell and a very cold Mark Bourne!

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