Margaret Stevens, BTF member, who donated £132.27 after organising two coffee mornings at her home to raise funds and awareness.


Val Ellison, former BTF trustee and BTF Local Group Coordinator in Wales, who has finished her Captain's year at the Abergele Golf Club.

Val writes: 'My Captain's year has come to an end and I am delighted to tell you that I raised £1,535 for the BTF. We held various activities such as raffles, a 'slimathon' last winter where everyone paid £1 per week to see who lost the most weight, and one lady kindly hosted a meal - for which we each paid a sum of money - before we all went to see Calendar Girls. I missed out on the final fundraising effort because it had to be cancelled due to the weather, but I'm pleased we managed to raise so much, and I am delighted to have done what I could to help. Keep up the good work!'


Colin Thompson,  Landlord of The Radnor Arms, Llowes, Herefordshire, who holds a charity supper with raffle each autumn and divides the money between three or four charities. he has kindly donated £160 to the BTF.


Bridget O'Connor, Notts/Derby local coordinator who sent £45 to the BTF. The funds, which were raised in a raffle and from the sale of Bridget's book Hisham's Envelope, were shared between Hhypoparathyroidism UK and the BTF. Bridget would like to thank friends and colleagues for their support.


Gary Mawdsley completed the Great North Swim on 18 June and raised £290. Gary says, "I completed it in a good time - 31 minutes and 35 seconds. I came 1077th out of 10000 - a great experience!"


Linda Somerville also took part in the Asics British 10K London Run to raise money for the BTF. She says 'I decided to run for the British Thyroid Foundation as I have hypothyroidism and when I was diagnosed about five eyars ago, the BTF was the best source of information I found.'


BTF were also represented in the Asics British 10K London run by husband and wife team Richard and Simey Coombs. Simey says, 'In 2007 I found out that I had a thyroid problem. After two years of treatment, things were under control. I found lots of help and advice on the BTF website and wanted to do something to help give a little back to say thank you.'


Fiona Riley, whose emplooyer HSBC gave £200 to mate her fundraising efforts. Fiona is a BTF telephone contact and reviews documents.


Ellie and Morgan, who generously decided to ask for donations to charity instead of presents to celebrate their recent birthdays. They raised £117 for BTF in honour of their brilliant friend and piano teacher Patience, as well as £80 for the West Midlands Air Ambulance. Well done girls!


Eleanor Temple, BTF trustee, organised a donation drive and auction at the Fourth Annual Ladies Lunch for insolvency solictors, barristers and practitioners and rasied over £4000 for the BTF. We were delighted to include in the auction a botanical print on canvas, first of a limited edition of 650 fine art prints of 'Peacock Butterfly on Apple Blossom' by Anna Knights.


More than £530 was raised at our Open Garden event at Waddow Lodge, near Clitheroe, Lancashire. The event was hosted by former BTF trustee Peter Foley and his fiancee Liz Dean to raise fund for the BTF Thyroid Eye Disease project.


The Harrogate Stray Ladies (the BTF HQ team) opened the Big Summer Walk with their walk on 21 June 2011.

Janis Hickey, Cheryl McMullan, Donna Reed, Jennifer Linley and Nikki Brady chose a walk around the woods and parland of Harrogate.

In Suffolk, BTF member Glenda Shepherd organised a walk around the pecturesque village of Walsham Le Willows. Taking part were Susan Richardson, Clare Higson, Flossie and Melanie Mills, Glenda and Phill Shepherd, Anna and Matt Shepherd, Judith Taylor and Adam Ingram. 

Glenda says "Really enjoyed the day! Thanks to everyone for taking part and raising money for the BTF. It looks as if we raised about £365"


Stefanie Williams, who raised £2000 so far from her fundraiser and sales of her CD. She writes,

"The night of 27 March was a great succes, pulling over 90 people into the Italian restaurant La Trattoria, in Talbot Green, South Wales. The night was full of music, laughter and dancing. The evening also included a raffle and Grand Auction. All prizes were donated by businesses large and small ranging from local boutiques to large companies, like Coca-Cola.


Jennifer Linley, BTF staff, organised a Pampered Chef party at her local village hall on 2 June. All commission on sales plus entrance fees and reffle ticket monies were donated to BTF.

Jennifer says, "The evening was a success with much swapping of ideas and recipes, friendly chat and food and we raised £238.50 for BTF. Now that's what I call a good night out!"


Emmet Hynes, who completed the Manchester 10k run on 15 May.

Emmet says, "I had a very good race and turned in a time of 50 minutes and 11 seconds, which by my standards is good! My daughter Jode has a thyroid disorder and she is the reason why the BTF was my chosen charity."

Emmet raised a total of £220 for the BTF.


Matt Broom, who took part in the Great Salford Swim and Great North Swim and raised £330 for BTF.

Matt says, "The Great Salford Swim went well. I managed to beat my previous personal best of a mile and dipped under the 26 minutes at 25:57. Pleasing, especially as the water was only at 14 degrees!"


Amanda Bristow, who took part in the Shetland 'Simmer Dim' Half Marathon on 26 June.

Amanda was diagnosed with hypothyroidism three years ago. She, along with another runner, won the frist prize medal for fastest ladies' team. Amanda raised £250 for the BTF.

Amanda said, "I finished much faster than I had hoped - although I was very worn out afterwards! I was very pleased with myself and looking back how far I have come recently I wanted to run for the BTF to prove that you can still push yourself to do things you had never imagined, even if you have thyroid issues."