Fundraising Successes April 2023

We want to thank Kulwinder Aujla, Claire Philpott, Andrew Humphries, and Ashleigh Venables for their wonderful fundraising efforts for MDS UK last month. Completing the 2023 London Marathon and Glasgow Kiltwalk (despite the rain!) is truly amazing.

Ashleigh's Glasgow Kiltwalk

Our fundraiser, Ashleigh Venables, braved the rain and joined 13.500 other walkers for a 24-mile Glasgow Kiltwalk on April 30th to support MDS UK, raising over £700 for our charity.  Ashleigh said:

‘It was such a wonderful experience I would love to do it again. Bands played every few miles, Lidl provided great snacks and the cheer squad kept the mood bright despite the rain’  

The Kiltwalk is an annual Scottish event taking place across four cities throughout the summer, offering a variety of distances to cater to everyone. If you would like to join the Aberdeen, Dundee, or Edinburgh walks this summer, follow the link to our Kiltwalk 2023 page for more information.


Kully Aujla, Claire Philpott & Andrew Humphries ran the TCS London Marathon 2023 for MDS UK!

 We are so proud of Kully Aujla, Claire Philpott and Andrew Humphries who completed the marathon with excellent times. Andrew finished the race in 2.48 min while Kully and Claire were very close to each other at 4.21 and 4.19.

Kulwinder Aujla (Kully)

Kully ran the marathon in memory of her mum Joginder Sandhu.

The Marathon fell on the date of what would have been my Mum, Joginder Sandhu's, 70th birthday.  I wanted to mark the date and do something special. 


Claire Philpott

Claire Philpott from Twickenham won a place in this year's marathon.  She came to a Bearcat running club event last year hosted by our patron, Caitlin Limmer and Hugh Brasher, Events director of London Marathon and son of Chris Brasher, co-founder of the marathon and Olympic gold medalist.  Claire had previously entered the ballot 15 times before so was completely delighted when she won the place.  

Claire said:

'Caitlin was the reason I was lucky to be fulfilling a dream last April, it seemed fitting to raise awareness about MDS and hopefully some money to help them continue to support Caitlin and others.' 

Andrew Humphries

Andrew ran the marathon in memory of his grandfather, Basil

Andrew Humphries said: 

My dear grandpa, Basil, lived with Myelodysplasia (MDS) for the last few years of his life. He was a wonderful man who was incredibly sociable speaking to anybody who came across his path, and he would always be able to offer some truly great advice for any problem you might have. I am raising money for the MDS UK Patient Support Group to help this great charity continue their work in raising awareness of MDS.

The great Sir Mo Farah running his final London marathon this year

Thank you 

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our fundraisers. Your hard work and commitment to MDS Patient Support is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference to the lives of those affected by MDS and CMML.

A special thank you also to our patron Caitlin who met everyone at the expo as she worked on the information point and to Russell Cooke and Ashleigh who went to cheer on the runners in the rain.   If you would like to join any of our cheer squads, do please get in touch via It makes so much difference to our fundraisers, to have support on the day as they complete their fantastic challenges.

Although we have not been able to secure places for 2024 we would love for those who join the ballot and get an own place to run for MDS UK.  If you'd like to run for for MDS UK or want ask any questions, please do reach out to our Fundraising Manager, Ashleigh Venables, via email at


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