My first corporate sponsor

Raising funds for charity is really hard work, on top of putting in lots of hours running around in the dark, I’ve been trying to get donations in for Myfanwy Townsend . There is great support from Michelle at the charity, but as a small charity there are lots of things that need doing and not a huge amount of resource to do it. It always amazes me when the statistics around Melanoma are spelt out 

“Today, melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing forms of cancer in the world.  The incidence in the UK has risen by 143% in 18 years, and there is a comparable increase throughout the world, yet still, far too little is known about the disease.  In the 1930′s melanoma affected 1 in 1,500: now it affects 1 in 50.”

Raising money, and awareness is critical to stem the tide on these statistics. I know only too well that early diagnosis and treatment of any cancer is critical. Both my parents would probably have survived with earlier diagnosis of their cancer, and survival statistics today suggest that the treatment would have been more effected too.

I’ve been very fortunate to have some amazing donations from all round the world, and I’m always grateful for any pennies. But I’m particularly honoured to have received my first corporate sponsorship from my cousin in Canada. His company, Simple Intranet has made such an enormous difference, in context £500 in one donation when in the last 15 years the charity has raised £400,000. It is really significant.

Simple Intranet-my first corporate sponsor for Marathon des Sables 2014
Simple Intranet-my first corporate sponsor for Marathon des Sables 2014

Also Chris has pledged that if any new customers of Simple Intranet who quote Marathon des Sables he will donate 50% of the sale to Myfanwy Townsend. Any one need an intranet?

As you can imagine, I want to give some space to the company that put up the money! It is an IT company with customers like clothing companies Patagonia and Diesel as well as NGBs like British Gymnastics and Banks from around the world.

So a quick explanation from Chris about the company and what they do.

WordPress is now used by over 21% of all websites and is far by the leading content management system.  The Simple Intranet suite of plugins lets non-technical users turn a WordPress installation into a private intranet in minutes. Some call it a private Facebook for businesses.  We offer a detailed employee photo directory, online forms, events calendar, activity feed, drag and drop file management and a slew of other features to manage HR functions and internal communications.  Try our free lite version of our Simple Intranet Directory here: and visit our site for the full version here:


And he was also kind enough to give his point of view on my project

Ashley is a extremely determined and hard working family man.  His close personal experiences with melanoma seem to have galvanized his efforts even further towards his goal of running what is arguably one of the most strenuous races around.  If training and hard work brings luck, then Ashley certainly has got the best possible chance at crossing the desert.  I am honoured to support him for a very worthy cause which will benefit generations to come.

With this donation have come more donations to the JustGiving site

I’m still to get a text donation which is easy to do by texting MTRF74 followed by an amount (£1,£2,£5 or £10) to 70070 but I hope that’ll be useful during the 6 day race.

Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund
Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund

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