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Gill William's son Oscar and his friend Stanley celebrated their fifth birthday party in December and decided that instead of receiving birthday presents they would donate money to the BTF as his younger brother James was born with hypothyroidism. They managed to raise £100 - thank you so much boys!


Susan Carter gave up presents and asked for donations to the BTF instead.


Jess Ling ran the Windsor Half Marathon in September to raise awareness of thyroid cancer after her step mum was diagnosed last year. She raised a fantastic £440.

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Bridget O'Connor, Local Coordinator for the BTF Nottingham/Derby Support Group, had a sponsored sing with her music tutor James Mills at her 60th birthday on New Year's Day. The night was a tremendous success and raised a fantastic £500 for the BTF and Hypopara (HPTH) UK.

Bridget said: 'By completing our performance we hopefully demonstrated how living with any chronic long-term health condition can have a positive outcome - it is all about you controlling it rather than it controlling you. 'For me personally it was a celebration that after going through neck/throat surgery there has been a positive outcome vocally which has enabled me to follow my passion for singing!'


Maureen Sharp and friends from The Waggoners Folk Singers had a collection for the BTF by singing carols and raised £100.

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Carina Nilsen completed the Great North Run (dressed as Wonder Woman!) in two hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds and raised £120! She was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis and a goitre during the summer of 2012.


Nicola Worrall ran the Blackpool Autumn Breaker 10k run to raise money for the BTF in memory of her mum, Lynda Wolsoncroft, who sadly passed away 18 years ago. Nicola completed the run in 55 minutes and was amongst the top 20 women to complete the distance.


Jill Liddington was presented with a cheque for £500 from Hebden Bridge Rotary Club following her three-week canal walk for the BTF in the summer. This brings the grand total of her sponsorship received to an incredible £3,420. Congratulations and many thanks, Jill!

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Katrina Rutherford and Lorraine Baylis ran the Shanghai International Half Marathon in December and raised nearly £650! Katrina is raising money for the BTF as her niece was born in September with congenital hypothyroidism.

It sounds like the run was definitely an experience! The air quality on the day was classified as 'hazardous' so they were both running in masks along with 10,000 others. Katrina injured her knee half way round and ended up being forced to walk the last four kilometres. She was determined to finish for her niece, however, and will be giving her the medal when she is older.

Lorraine said: 'It wasn't easy - I was nearly trampled by the stampede of runners, and my legs were begging me to stop about halfway, but it was a very memorable experience and knowing that we were doing it for a great cause motivated me to keep going!'

They are now both planning on tackling another run along the Great Wall of China in May to raise more funds for the BTF.

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Sarah Jones ran the Bristol Half Marathon for the BTF in September and raised £135. She was diagnosed seven years ago with an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) at the age of 15