If you'd like to hold your own Charity event and help raise vital funds for research into ALK+ cancers, please get in touch via the contact us page.

Fundraising Evenings 

Linda Arnold regularly opens her home for fundraising evenings in aid of ALK+ International. Despite living with her own cancer diagnosis she never tires of putting others first. Lin and her tight knit group of friends have raised thousands to further ALK+ cancer research  - Thank you Lin and friends for all you have done to Further ALK+ research. 

100% of all donations goes directly to vital medical research. 

Coffee Morning 

Margaret Gibbard, mother of co-founder Jamie, held a coffee morning at Hextable Heritage Centre on Saturday 25th November, 2023. 

She raised whopping £665! There was a raffle, a book sale, tea, coffee and a selection of cakes were available and guest appearance co-founders of the charity, Jamie and Cat's son Robin, who sold hats that he made. A special thank you to Margaret and Dave for hosting this event and all those that attended.

Why not support research and hold your own coffee morning in your area?

Petts Wood dad's charity football match 

On 30th of September, 2023, Petts Wood Dads' held a charity football match in aid of ALK+ International and The Spinal Injuries Association. A fantastic day was had by all with a bouncy castle and tuck shop pitchside.

Thanks to all the players who donated raffle prizes and engaged with local businesses to do the same. A brilliant £2705.63 was raised and we are so grateful for the support of New Park Petts Wood FC.


We wish to highlight someone we lost recently, a dear friend to our community who throughout her journey, worked tirelessly to raise awareness, promote research and do everything she possibly could do to help. We miss you Alix Burnard.

Alix was diagnosed, aged 28, with stage IV, ALK+ lung cancer and went through all her treatment lines very quickly. She very sadly passed away 18 months later in January this year aged 29.

Alix's partner Jamie has decided to continue her work. He is now taking a huge step by raising funds for research by taking on a 4x4x48 challenge - Run 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48 hours. You can view his fundraising page here.

We are asking you, our supporters, our community, to help in whatever way you can. The challenge will take place the weekend of Alix’s 30th birthday (28th-30th April). You can help by:

- Donating to help others like Alix by funding research into ALK+ cancers.

- Participating in Jamie's event by running, cycling or walking 4 miles, so he knows he isn't alone and so we know we aren't alone. Share a picture or video with the hashtag #4forAlix tag us and @jamiematthews

- Sharing helps more people see the page and read her story, raising awareness and continuing Alix's legacy 💙

Jamie raised a grand total of £37,416 that went directly to vital medical research into ALK+ cancer.

Christie Rickard , cousin of co-founder and trustee Joanna Jonathan has pledged to walk or cycle 1km for  £1 donated to her Just Giving page, A big thank you to all involved in this amazing gesture #TogetherWe Can further ALK+ cancer research!

£137 was raised by Christie

Knit and Natter at Hadlow Library, Kent,  Charity of the Year

A knitting group of 10+ women that meet weekly at Hadlow library, Kent have very kindly awarded ALK+ International as their charity of the year. 

The Knit and Natter group are a well loved and appreciated part of the community in Hadlow, creating various projects throughout the year including post box covers and window displays. Images to the right are of the ladies knitting and a piece they created called 11 pipers piping.

A total of £627 was raised by the ladies. 

Heather's Tea room

"The Great Brownie Bake Off' event held at Heather's Tearoom, Poole, raised just under £300 which was split between ALK+ International and Children with Cancer. 

Thank you to Leanne and everyone who took part and supported the event. 


In memory of Eric Ballard,  £250 was donated from Jenny and Phill McDermott.

The Station public house in Helmshore, Charity of the Year 

The Station public house in Helmshore, hosted a Charity Quiz Night on 27th January, 2023. The evening was organised by trustee and co-founder of ALK+ International, Joanna Jonathan, and landlady of The Station, Nichola Richmond. A fun night was had by all and was so popular it has been  decided to make ALK+ International The Stations 'Charity Of The Year', hosting a quiz night as a quarterly event. 


The public house also had Four willing participants braving a waxing in order to raise vital funds for our cause. This event was held on Sunday 8th January and saw

Danny Bell get his legs waxed, Neil Ashman and Jonney Kay get their backs waxed and Rob Barcroft have his chest waxed!

Together both events raised £1650! 

A massive thank you to everyone involved and for their continued support.

Bethany's Skydive

Bethany Entwistle took to the skies to jump out of a plane in Dubai in November 2022, to support her sister Harriet, who was diagnosed with ALK-positive lung cancer in May, at the age of 33. a massive thank you to Bethany who raised over £3,000 through out November in aid of vital medical research onto ALK+ Cancer. Thank you Bethany!

Margaret and her team raised over £500 for research at her coffee morning and book stall. Thank you Margaret!

The memorial fund of David Asquith raised £500 to research, I'm sure he would be very grateful to all who donated in loving memory of him. 

Sarah's surprise birthday went off with a smash with £450 raised towards research. Thanks to Sarah and her friends and family who donated.

Annual Rounders Match 

A big thank you to Vicky Perry, Lindy Barrick and friends for designating ALK+ International their charity in honour of ALK+ lung cancer patient advocate Hayley Adams.

At their annual rounders match at Bruce Castle Park in Tottenham N17, they raised £350 for ALK+ International!

"We were all devastated to hear about Hayley's diagnosis and wanted to help," said Vicky.

Their great day was followed by drinks and karaoke at The Bricklayers pub in N17 Tottenham. We are filled with gratitude that these funds will go towards vital medical research for ALK+ cancer patients.

Charity Fundraiser 

On Saturday, 21 May 2022, a charity fundraiser was held at Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club, organised by special friend of the charity, Aeron Charnley. 

The evening included a sumptuous buffet and a raffle full to the brim with top prizes. Live music was performed by rare acoustic which led to a fun filled evening of dancing. 

Aeron and her partner in crime Margaret, put together a fantastic evening in aid of ALK+ International and raised over £4000 for vital medical research.  

Aeron told ALK+ International "The generosity of the businesses that have donated to our evening has blown me away. ALK+ International is a worthy cause close to my heart and I am happy to contribute toward vital medical research to extend the lives of ALK+ cancer patients." 

A massive THANK YOU to everyone that was involved in making the evening a special one. 

Family Fun Day 

Sunday 3rd April saw the first ALK+ International Charity Fun Day, organised by friend of the charity, Kirsty Barnes. 

Kirsty wanted to not only raise awareness of ALK+ cancers, she also wanted to raise much needed funds for all important life saving research. Together with the staff at The Greenfield Pub in Darwen they put on a fantastic day. 

Kirsty says;

"Since meeting Joanna through social media, I just knew this was a charity I really wanted to get behind and support. ALK+ International is an incredible organisation and the fact that 100% of money raised goes to research is truly honourable. This is the first of many fundraisers I'll do for the Charity." 

From raffle, to DJ, kids (and grown ups) sweet cones, football cards and community spirit in abundance, an amazing day was had and an incredible total raised. 

The Greenfield added;

"It's been a privilege and an honour to host the first ALK+ International charity day."

Thank you to all involved in making it a truly memorable day. 

To hold your own charity fun day, please get in contact and we'll be happy to help.

Skydive at 15,000 feet

On 8th April 2022, Kirsty and Maia took to the skies at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster and  jumped from 15,000ft, the highest jump you can do in the UK, in aid of ALK+ International.

Kirsty said:

“I was terrified but there was never a doubt in my mind that I would jump. It was nothing compared to what ALK+ patients face daily and I was honoured to support the charity and do the skydive for ALK+ International.”

Maia added:

“I’ve always wanted to do a skydive and when the opportunity came up to jump for such an amazing cause, I just had to do it.”

The spectator area was filled with family and friends supporting the girls and the cheer when they landed was thunderous. It was a truly wonderful experience, Trustee Jo was honoured to be able to go and support the girls from the ground alongside their families. 

A big THANK YOU to Kirsty and Maia!

If you’re as daring as Kirsty and Maia and fancy doing a skydive to raise money for ALK+ International then please get in touch. We do also have lots of ‘feet firmly on the ground’ alternatives. 


Luna Lash London

Luna Lash very kindly donated 10% of their profits throughout February, which was very generous of them! We look forward to working with them in the future!

Luna Lash THANK YOU!

5K a day throughout February  2022

ALK+ patient Jamie cycled 5K a day through out the month of February and raised over £500 in sponsorship from his colleges at Digital Shadows.  


Quiz Night

Quiz night for cyber security company Digital Shadows held a Quiz night For ALK+ International on 23rd February 2022 and raised over £100!  THANK YOU!

ALK+ 5 for 5

We kicked off our fundraising efforts with the ALK+ 5 for 5 challenge!

We asked people to take part by walking, running, cycling or swimming 5k and donate £5 to our JustGiving page and then to nominate 5 people on social media to do the same.

We had an overwhelming response and raised over £12,000!

This was our first fundraiser and gave us the springboard to launch our charity, 100% of funds raised will be given to research. 

We are very grateful to everyone who supported us by participating or donating. THANK YOU!

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