53.3 challenges to raise funds for Rosemere

Posted on - 10th November, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Preston News, Proud Preston
The cheque which Joanne will split between Rosemere and another charity

Joanne Rossall completed 53.3 challenges with her friends and family and the fundraising money is set to be shared between Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Blue Skies charity.


Joanne raised a total of £8,284.14 by completing the numerous challenges. She held a driveway cake sale, learned
how to make sausages and organised a ‘soak the teacher’ challenge where she works.

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Her form also completed a sponsored walk to help and Joanne ran .3 of a mile around the school playing field.

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Back in June, under the leadership of Joanne’s 83-year-old dad John Highton, who has since sadly passed away, the family organised a coffee and scone day at Singleton Church.

Joanne’s later father John who helped organise the coffee morning to raise funds for Rosmere

Joanne’s son Harry’s girlfriend Jordan, who plays for Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies Reserves FC, had 53 shots at goal to help raise funds. Their best friend Neil ran 53.3 miles and Joanne and her husband Peter walked 53.3 miles on a Yorkshire Dales sponsored walk. Peter also cycled 53.3 miles.

It was the care and treatment Peter received at Rosemere Cancer Centre for prostate cancer and that John received at Blackpool Victoria Hospital for his cancer that inspired Joanne to undertake her challenges, as a show of appreciation.

Joanne at her bake sale

Joanne said: “Peter received his diagnosis just before the first lockdown last year aged only 55. He underwent surgery at Rosemere Cancer Centre with surgeons using the robotic surgical system bought by Rosemere Cancer Foundation as part of its 20 Years Anniversary Appeal.

“The following month, he developed a kidney infection and became quite ill. There came a time when I didn’t think he would survive. Thankfully, Peter is fully recovered and back at work but when he was ill, we would dream of where we would go in the world if we could.

“We both chose Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. The thought of the trip really kept us going. Hawes is 53.3 miles from the cancer centre so that is why I, Peter, Harry, our daughter Charlotte, family, friends and school have all helped me complete 53.3 tasks for which I will be forever grateful.

“The coffee and scone event was a wonderful day and one that dad took great pride in organising. He also wanted to give back after receiving such wonderful care himself.”

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