My name is David and I have been supporting PID UK for several years in memory of my friend, Danny.
Danny was an amazing guy. He was a film buff who loved his gaming and football. Everyone loved him and being around him. He was funny, smart, caring, and a great friend, son and brother. He was also easily the bravest person I have met.
After Danny died, I wanted to keep his name alive and create something for his family and friends to enjoy. It was important to me that his family and friends had the chance to get together to remember him. At the same time, we wanted to fundraise for PID UK and raise awareness of primary immunodeficiencies.
I started by organising a five-a-side football tournament. Twelve teams took part in the tournament in December, around the time of Danny’s birthday. It was such a success that we made it an annual event. Each year we raise over £1000. After the tournament we all go out for drinks to celebrate Danny’s birthday.
There are other events that I organise, including an 11-a-side football match in the summer, close to the date of Danny’s death. This raises over £500, which is amazing. A 24-hour charity gaming event with my friend, Robert Spavin, raises money for Cancer Research for Kids and Teens. I also organise a football match in Danny’s name, to raise money for the Manchester Arena bombing victims.
The events I organise are a great way to raise money, but also to get all of Danny’s friends and family together to celebrate his life and remember him. His family, Sue Robinson and Rachel Robinson, have been amazing whenever I have organised an event. They are the nicest people that you could ever meet.
If you are thinking of fundraising for PID UK, organise an event that is fun and which people will enjoy. That way, if your event becomes annual, people will want to join in and support it every year.
Posted July 2020