Derby Firewalk - UPDATE: Postponed

Unfortunately due to complications, we have had to postpone the Derby Firewalk until further notice. We really appreciate the support everyone has given the event in the past month or so.
We will keep you updated when a new date has been set for the event, so like our Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

Derby Firewalk

A fire walk will see you walking over hot coals at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a case of mind over matter. Think you can handle the heat?

Read on..

Annabels Angels and Pace Derby have teamed up together to hold a sponsored fire-walk event in Derby. It will take place on Saturday 21 June 2014 at 2.00 at the Market Place.

Firewalking can help you realise your potential. It can help you to establish a sense of meaning, purpose and set and achieve your goals.

You’ll receive full training and a health and safety induction beforehand. The event is open to people over the age of 18. Full training and safety briefing will take place directly before the event. It's free to enter for all on the basis that each participant will raise sponsorship with all the proceeds supporting Annabel's Angels.

Simon Hancox of Annabel’s Angels explains: “To be involved in the fire walk is fantastic, it’s a brilliant opportunity for people to try something new, daring and challenging while raising funds to support patients and families living with cancer in Derby at the same time.”

Registration for the event is through LocalGiving - for more details on how to register and to view a disclaimer for the event - click here.

Annabel’s Angels is a charitable organisation aiming to raise funds to increase the quality of life for patients and families living with cancer in Derby.

P.A.C.E Derby (Promote Ability Community Enterprise) is a Community Interest Company which supports people living with a disability by developing their abilities in a creative environment.

We hope to see you there!


Simon Hancox at TEDx Derby

We are very pleased to present to you a TEDx talk in Derby from Simon Hancox, entitled 'My journey of dealing with grief'. The video was recorded live from the event, and features a brief history into how Annabel's Angels began, as well as a powerful message from Simon himself.

To read more about TEDx Derby, an independently organised TED event, visit the TEDxDerby website.

Luke Yates - The Brighton Marathon

Luke Yates is running the Brighton Marathon on 6th April in the name of Annabel's Angels. Here he introduces himself and why he chose Annabel's Angels as his charity of choice for the marathon donations. Over to Luke. "

I'm 40 years old and I'm a full-time professional photographer from Hythe, Kent. I met Denise in a friend's coffee shop, and knew instantly there was something a bit remarkable about her - I then got to know her and found out about her battle with cancer, and how she's helped encourage and support others through her connection with Annabel's Angels.

As Denise enthused about her experiences, her passion and drive for the work Annabel's Angels does soon wore off on me and left me wanting to help too. Cancer is something that affects everybody on the planet in some way, and we've had our own troubles and worries as a family. Anyone's wife, mother, daughter or friend could suffer from cancer, and it can be a lonely, scary business.

So when I got accepted for a place for the Brighton marathon last year, I knew straightaway which charity I should run it for!

Brighton Marathon Luke Yates

Incidentally I never applied for the marathon - my wife (who ran the year before) did it on my behalf in secret and then when I got an email at work, she told me "Now you will know how it feels!"

Training I've been loving at the shorter distances - out in the fields with my music on I have been able to sort my head out on many a stressful day, and taken a real pleasure in the surrounding countryside. As we've approached the longer runs, half a marathon and beyond, my rapidly-ageing body has started to protest. I've had a few illnesses, colds and suchlike which really mess you up, pains in various bits of my body, and more recently I've had some more troubling lower-back issues, which needed to be sorted with physiotherapy.

Thankfully all is looking good now as we approach the final stretch, and I am really looking forward to the marathon experience, as I know the people there are massively supportive and friendly, and the atmosphere on the day is electric!


To donate to Luke and raise funds for Annabel's Angels, take a look at his localgiving page. Oh, and check out his Youtube Channel where he is taking song requests from donors! 

Charity Auction Progress

On 28th November the BBC's James Lewis, twice winner of auctioneer of the year award, will take on the world record for the longest auction ever held by a solo auctioneer, with all proceeds going to charity. Annabel's Angels is one of the lucky charities involved, and we need to donate 150 lots for auction. We are currently about half way there! Support has been amazing, and we'd like to thank everyone who has donated and gotten involved in spreading the word. You are all amazing. But we still need your help! So shout about the auction, speak to business owners and get them involved. The event is getting coverage on TV, Radio and Press so will be an excellent way to promote business and give to amazing causes at the same time.

And a sneak peek at the auction lots: so far we have beautiful oil paintings, a spanish classical guitar, signed Derby County shirt and football, weekend breaks and many more excellent items.

To get involved, fill out an auction lot form available from this page.

James Lewis to Take on World Record

James Lewis, twice winner of the “auctioneer of the year award” is attempting to set a world record by holding the longest auction ever held by a solo auctioneer, in aid of 10 Derbyshire Causes and Charities, of which Annabel’s Angels are one. The auction will take place at the Westfield Centre, Derby on the 28th November 2013 at 6:30 pm and will last a full 24 hours! All the proceeds from the sale of items will be donated to the participating charities.

The auction is to be highly publicised and supported by local press, TV and radio. The auction will be held in the same way as a usual Bamford’s auction; there will be several bidding options including online bidding on The Saleroom.

We are currently looking for businesses to support this innovative fundraising event. We need to generate as much interest as possible and we have a challenging lots target to reach.

Each charity must provide a total of 150 lots. These may be items, services, experiences or talents of any value from £10 to £10,000.00 or more. Vouchers for goods from Derbyshire based traders will be most welcome. In short, we are looking to receive any interesting, useful, valuable, novel or fun items.

This will be a unique fun filled event and we hope you can get involved. Donors will benefit from the publicity surrounding this prestigious event and the inclusion of their logo in the catalogue along with internal advertising at the Westfield Centre to promote your business at a key time in the shopping calendar.

In addition to Annabel’s Angels, the other charities taking part are: Tiny Tim Trust, Victim Support Derby and Derbyshire, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Born Free foundation, Diabetes UK, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, Crich Toy Library, Lion Roar and Derby Air Cadets.

If you think you could help us out, or for more information about the event, please use the contact form from the menu above or download the application form directly here.

James Lewis

Race For Life Derby: Our Story

The Race for Life weekend saw the team spend a great day at Asda Sinfin. We sold lots of wristbands, mugs and t-shirts, and we shook our donation tins as loudly as possible! We took £308 on the day, a fantastic amount of money. The day also gave us the opportunity to talk to customers and promote our group. We'll be back again on Saturday 30 August. This time we'll be bag packing. And so to the Race for Life event itself. Here's a summary of the day from Ali:

It was a pretty overcast and grey start to the day when we made our way to Darley Park in Derby for the home town Race for Life. Dressed in pyjamas and decorative head wear, it didn't take long for us to fit in with the steady stream of women in the uniform bright pinks arriving to battle cancer.
Race for Life is a very emotional day for most participants, for some it's a personal triumph, the first physical challenge after undergoing months of gruelling cancer treatments . It can be a celebration of survivorship of a loved one or sadly in many cases Race for Life participants are raising money in loving memory of the fallen ones. Although women are decked in the bright, fluffy, tutus and tiaras and the atmosphere is light and cheery, the sombre messages pinned to the bright t-shirts mingle with the declarations of war on this vile disease.
This year more than ever I noticed that many people had simply written I am racing for everyone or for a cure. With 1 in 3 of us diagnosed with cancer within our lifetimes, most people will have first hand experience of either a loved one or indeed themselves being diagnosed. For us, it was extremely poignant, a mere 7 months after Annabel's sad departure we were gathered with her close friends and family to remember her and there was a huge sense of pride standing there in our winged t-shirts and wristbands.
Before Simon took to the stage to share his story of Annabel, another group of local women were invited to share their stories from Tesco's, the occasion was overwhelming for some and listening I felt the raw pain and emotion of the story of her friend's struggling with an advanced cancer. Breast Cancer isn't pink and fluffy, it can be debilitating and by sharing stories it helps to provide people with a greater insight to the challenges that being diagnosed with cancer can bring. The one minute silence before the start of race was no doubt filled with silent or whispered prayers to our dearly departed loved ones.
Around 10.30 am, amongst a sea of cerise pink, neon wigs and excited faces, Simon, Will and Sam, Annabel's son's,announced the start of the race with a count down and a fierce declaration of 'Cancer we're coming to get you !!' The sun decided to burst through the earlier haze and beat down on the 4,000 plus women and children as they burst through the start.
To stay it was hot would be an understatement, it was a glorious day in Darley Park and as we made our way around the 5km we were grateful for the shady interludes as a reprieve from the strong rays of the sun. Annabel's Angels home team was a fantastic representation of friends and family, Will and Sam's teachers, some of us has travelled from far and wide. Aberdeen, Folkestone and London Angel's rubbed shoulders and walked beside Derby Angels to celebrate Annabel's life.
There was a huge sense of unity and after crossing the finishing line, there were embraces and celebratory drinks. Whilst walking we chatted and shared stories of how we knew Annabel, wonderful stories of happy times, and the sun shone on us as if Annabel was there walking with us. I've attended a few Race for Life events in the past, but never felt such a welcoming atmosphere as at Darley Park, and we left the park making a commitment that we will all meet up and do this again - this will be an annual event.
Whilst I never had the good fortune to meet Annabel in person it is absolutely clear to see what a wonderful and inspiring woman she was, in fact still is, that she is bringing people together and helping others even now. Annabel we all thank you.

3 more teams Race For Life

This weekend saw 3 more Annabel's Angels teams in Race For Life. First off it was the turn for the team in Middlesbrough headed up by team captain Elaine Johnson.Middlesbrough teamMiddlesbrough 2Middlesbrough 3 Looking good, ladies, and congratulations on raising a mega £500 for Cancer Research UK!

Today it was the turn of teams in Folkestone and Bath. Despite some gloomy weather, our Angels completed the course in fine style. Photos to follow soon! Now we're counting down to the London, Finsbury Park race on Saturday 22nd June and praying the rain will stay away! If anyone wants to come along and cheer us, please do. We would love the support. And don't forget if you want any tshirts, hoodies or wristbands that you see our lovely team members wearing, you can buy them in the Annabel's Angels shop by clicking on the 'shop' tab above.

Annabel’s Angels run in Race For Life

The story of the life and sad death of Annabel Hancox is one that many people can relate to. In a vivid display of support, there are around 60 women running as Annabel’s Angels in over 10 venues in this year’s Race For Life. From Aberdeen to Folkestone, women are wearing their Annabel’s Angels t-shirts and wristbands (and hoodies if the weather is cold enough) with pride as they complete their 5 or 10km challenges. If you see them as they run by, please give them an extra cheer! Many of these women only met Annabel after her diagnosis of breast cancer and knew her as an online friend via the Macmillan forums. Her supportive nature, humour and determination shone through and very strong bonds were formed. Her personality and strength of character is still touching women and is helping to create better support services for those affected by cancer in the Derby area.

If you would like to complete either 5 or 10km in Race for Life as an Annabel’s Angel, please email or leave a message on our Facebook page.

Race for Life Derby