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Virgin London Marathon 2019

2019 will see our great friend and supporter Catherine run the Virgin London Marathon in support of MMT, in our only charity place!

A few words from Catherine - Well, here I am again, despite saying I would NEVER run a marathon again!!

So why? Why am I putting myself through another 4 months of winter training, emotional and physical stress when I’ve already completed the London Marathon?

The Muir Maxwell Trust is the only reason why! For 10 years myself and the rest of the Jack’s Belles have been raising money for this very special charity. Of the 100,000 pounds we have raised, 80,000 of that has been for the MMT to support the fantastic work they do for families with children with epilepsy like Jack. Muir Maxwell has Dravet Syndrome like Jack, so Ann and her family have encountered many of the same challenges and stresses that we have. She knows first hand what support families like ours need and I know that every penny we have raised has gone to help so many families.

MMT get one place for the marathon every 5 years so it felt right for me to take up that challenge one more time so I can cross that finishing line for Jack, for Muir and for every other child who lives daily with the horrendous battle that Epilepsy is. As I am writing this I am sat in the hospital with Jack who has had 12 seizures in 12 hours. To watch your child convulsing over and over again feeling helpless and at a loss of how to make it better is something I will never get used to. He is the true hero, I am just taking my strength from him and that will get me through this journey.

You can support Catherine and the Trust by visiting her JustGiving page at:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/catherinebellvlm2019 

Thank you.

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2018

Saturday 17th November 2018, and Jack’s Belles celebrated ten years of fundraising with their ninth Ladies Lunch. We are extremely honoured to be, once again, the beneficiary of this wonderful day of fundraising.

As always this was a glamorous afternoon compered by Jack's Belle, Helen Dentith-Adams whose endless wit and repartee had us in fits of side splitting laughter.

This was truly a family event. Catherine's sister Joanne gave a poignant performance, accompanied by Tony, Jack's Dad on the keyboard, of Rise Up. The room was stunned in to silence as she sang, followed by tumultuous applause and a standing ovation. A further highlight was the band - Electric Boogie Club, Tony's rock and pop cover band. Thank you guys – you rocked! Thank you also to David, Jack’s granddad, for capturing the essence of the day with your wonderful photographs.

As Catherine said on the day “This has been the best event we have ever had” – and it was.

Who knew at your first event ten years ago you would be so successful and raise almost £80,000 for the Muir Maxwell Trust. 

Thank you Jack’s Belles. This is an absolutely outstanding achievement by you all and we are so unbelievably grateful. You have taken the cause and the work of the Muir Maxwell Trust to heart in a way that we never really expected of anyone and we genuinely feel you are consumed with a passion that is utterly inspiring for us all.

One behalf of everyone here at the Muir Maxwell Trust thank you for all you have done for MMT and our beneficiaries.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2017

We were privileged to be one of three charities to benefit from this years Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch fundraising event, which took place on 11 November at The Grand hotel Lythem St Anne’s.

Thank you Jack's Belles and all the wonderful ladies who attended the event for donating £1,000 to the Muir Maxwell Trust.  We are truly grateful for the many years of support Jack’s Belles have given the Muir Maxwell Trust and our thanks to you all for your incredible contribution to our cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2016

It's November and that can only mean one thing, another fabulous fundraising Ladies Lunch hosted by the wonderful Jack's Belles! 

Ann-Marie, MMT's Family Liaison Manager, attended the lunch on behalf of the Trust and enjoyed an afternoon full of fun and laughter with the lovely ladies of Blackpool. 

The afternoon was deeply emotional for everyone who attended as Catherine's husband Tony spoke candidly about their family living with Jack's epilepsy, it was a heartfelt and emotional speech that touched us all. 

We would like to say an enormous thank you to Catherine and her team and to all of those who supported this event raising an amazing £6,110 for the Muir Maxwell Trust. Their hard work will allow us to continue our vital support of families just like Jack's who are caring for a child with epilepsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2015

The glamorous ladies that is Jack's Belles, have once again risen to the occasion and raised an amazing £6,500 for the Muir Maxwell Trust – thank you so much.

My good friend Rose Marie and I had such a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute, from the warm welcome we received on arrival through the entertaining afternoon and the outstanding Brothers of Swing.

Every year you surpass yourselves and both Rose Marie and I felt so very honoured to be part of this very special day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack's Belles do the Blackpool 10k - 2015

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Jack's Belles are at it again with their phenomenal support for MMT. The 'elite team', that is Jack's Belles, ran the Blackpool 10k for MMT wearing our T shirts & sporting Caley Cupcake on their backs, the face of our Charity Cupcake Challenge.

Well done team Jack's Belles and thank you so much for your continued support.

 

 

 

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2014

We just love ladies who lunch for MMT and Jack's Belles always do this with such style. That said, this year's Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch attended by 180 glamorous ladies in Lytham St Anne's on Saturday 29th November at the Grand Hotel, will be a hard one to beat. 

My huge thanks to Catriona Thomson who volunteered to speak on behalf of the Trust this year. She brought my son Muir and Catherine's son Jack Bell together, both sufferers of Dravet Syndrome, in the theme of girlfriends who provide support to their friends who are mothers struggling to cope with their child's epilepsy. Jack's Belles have watched over Catherine who copes with Jack. Catriona has watched over me and Muir. It was a heartfelt and emotional speech that touched us all. 

A good time was most definitely had by all and £5000 was raised for the cause. 

A heartfelt thanks to all.

 

 

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Jack's Belles Fundraising Ball May 2013

Yes, we truly had a ball on Saturday night at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. With Oompa Loompas and Willy Wonka himself welcoming guests through the Chocolate Factory gates as the bells chimed and the clock struck ten. The Wonka walking stick struck the ground and the small sized, orange complexioned Oompa Loompas surprised us with a fantastic break dancing routine. Tables were littered with goodies of the sweetie kind, including traditional Blackpool rock, not to mention a bit of perfume for the girls and a tipple for their guys.

The Bell of the ball was of course Catherine, mother of 6 year old Jack who has Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Catherine was supported by eight more Bells, all equally as gorgeous and together they delivered an event to be remembered that was a year in the planning. Jack's Belles, as they are known, were honoured by Merlin, the owners of Blackpool Tower who lit the tower orange for the evening in recognition of this special occasion, which was a fundraiser in support of the work of the Muir Maxwell Trust.

Two further highlights that must be mentioned, Catherine's sister Joanne gave her debut solo singing performance, accompanied by Tony, Jack's Dad on the keyboard. The room was stunned in to silence as she sang, with a voice like Adele, her own version of 'Read All About It' by Emeli Sandi.  A silent room burst in to tumultuous applause and a standing ovation followed. What an amazing gift this lovely primary school teacher has! A further highlight was the band - guests then danced the night away to Reever, Tony's rock and pop cover band, with Tony on the keyboard. Thank you guys!

An all-round outstanding evening - and what's more, whilst having a ball, they successfully raised an amazing £12,000 for MMT for which we are shouting out loud an absolutely enormous, enormous THANK YOU!!!

Oh, and MMT founders (us) Ann & Jonny Maxwell had a blast!

 

 

 

Jack's Belles 4th Ladies Lunch November 2012

Jack's Belles dedicated following of ladies who lunch rose to the occasion once again at the Jack's Belles annual Ladies Lunch in Lytham St Anne's, in support of the Muir Maxwell Trust. Funds raised exceeded £4,500 with a further cheque for £689 was presented to Catherine Bell, mother of Jack, by Helen Sargison who recently ran the Blackpool 10k.

Jack, now aged 6, like Muir Maxwell, has Dravet Syndrome and the Bell family continue to struggle with this challenge to Jack's health. The afternoon was deeply emotional for everyone who attended as Catherine led her audience down a memory lane of six years of Jack and his struggle with Dravet Syndrome, a story that has now been shared over that time with all of these ladies who come back every year and show their support. 

This kind of fundraising is invaluable to MMT and so much appreciated by us all. More valuable still is the friendship that has emerged with all of Jack's Belles and our MMT team.

Heartfelt thanks to each and everyone!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2011

Jack's Belles held their annual ladies lunch in Blackpool and broke their record once again, this time raising over £4800. The Trust's founder and volunteer fundraiser, Ann Maxwell had the privilege of witnessing their achievements. The atmosphere was buzzing, full of warm and friendly caring ladies, all friends and family who want to support Catherine and Tony in their care of Jack who has dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. The eleven Jack's Belles, all Catherine's close friends were also in attendance.

Heartfelt thanks to all of Jack's Belles and their supporters for their ongoing commitment and support.

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Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2010

"Catherine Bell and her Jack's Belles hosted their 2nd Ladies Lunch at The Grand Hotel in Lytham St Anne's on Saturday 6th November 2010.

This year 180 ladies attended the afternoon which started with a champagne reception, followed by a 3 course lunch, raffle and silent auction. The room looked stunning in pink and white, and all guests received a handmade cupcake to take away.

The afternoon was again compèred by one of the Belles, Helen Adams, who used her skills as a Brownie leader to keep the ladies entertained and in line! Catherine gave a very emotional speech about living with Dravet Syndrome and what she hopes for Jack in the future. Paul Stone who is the Director of Flight Operations at Catherine's place of work was the speaker for the afternoon.  He showed some hilarious clips of the Marines on a training exercise and also how his family deals with his wife Rosie working in Afghanistan as part of the Territorial Army.

A final surprise at the end of the afternoon was from Jackie Adjety, a friend of Catherine's family, who presented a cheque to Catherine for the MMT for just over £1000. The money was raised by Jackie by successfully completing a sponsored climb up Mount Kilimanjaro!

In total, the ladies raised a staggering £6,000 during the afternoon - beating last year's total of £3,500 by a long way!! It was a highly emotionally charged afternoon, with lots of tears and laughter - and a huge success!"

Thank you Catherine and Jack's Belles

 

Jack's Belles Ladies Lunch November 2009

Catherine Bell and her team of 'Jack's Belles' decided that raising over £10,000 for MMT this year wasn't quite enough of a challenge for them and so they, (and two new team members!) set to planning an elegant ladies' lunch at The Grand Hotel in Lytham St. Anne's for 28th November 2009.

They were joined by 150 guests who enjoyed a champagne reception and fabulous three-course meal.

The Belles managed to secure some fabulous prizes for their Grand Auction, including a helicopter trip for two around the Lake District, a hamper full of gorgeous Clarins products and a luxurious spa day!

Catherine gave a very moving speech and her sister Jo read a poem with strong emotional resonance for the team, 'Welcome to Holland', which talks about the experience of raising a child with a disability.

The afternoon was compared by family friend who kept the guests entertained while Edward Thistlewaite a Detective Inspector with Lancashire Police spoke warmly about the work of the Belles and shared some hair-raising stories from his time on the force!

The ladies raised a magnificent £3,500 on the day.  Everyone at MMT is enormously proud of the team and we would like to extend a huge thank you to absolutely everyone involved.  The contribution made by our loyal community fundraisers is vital and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

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Jack's Belles Masquerade Ball May 2009

Jack Bell is 22 months and suffers from uncontrolled epilepsy. He started having seizures at just a few months old and despite trying numerous epilepsy medications, the seizures are still not controlled. At present he is having up to 10 seizures in a day. All the tests so far have come back clear, and he has now been tested for Dravet's syndrome, his parents Catherine and Tony are anxiously waiting for the results.

In order to do something positive, Catherine has joined together with a group of her friends (known collectively as ‘Jack's Belles'!) and is arranging a number of fundraising activities for MMT, including a Masquerade black tie ball on the 16th May 2009. Already the support has been tremendous and Jack's Belles have had promises of flower arrangements for all the tables, favours for each of the 180 guests and raffle prizes including a BMW pedal car and a top of the range BMW for a weekend, all from local businesses in the Blackpool area. The tickets sold out in just 5 days!

Catherine told us, "Unless you are living with the condition on a daily basis I don't think you can appreciate the stress of daily life. My eldest son Oliver who is 5, is witnessing Jack's seizures and having to deal with them as a normal part of his life. It is heartbreaking to see him stroking Jack's hair during a seizure and we can't do anything to stop them. We need to raise awareness and support each other and do all we can to make our children's lives better."

 

 

 

Update - August 2009

Catherine and her team of 'Jacks Belles' arrived in Edinburgh on 24th July for a well deserved weekend break at The Balmoral Hotel.

Before the relaxing could begin the girls wanted to present Ann Maxwell with a cheque for the combined total of all of their fantastic fundraising efforts.  They have managed to raise an absolutely amazing £10,000 this year and they have no plans to stop anytime soon!

There are plans afoot for a ladies lunch later in the year and running vests have been purchased for the Belles brave enough to tackle the Great North Run in September.

We would like to say an enormous thank you to Catherine and her team and to all of those who supported each of their events.  Their hard work will allow us to continue our vital support of families just like Jack's who are caring for a child with epilepsy.

Catherine and Jack's Belles Present Ann Maxwell With their Cheque