We are always very keen to help raise funds, equipment and awareness for worthy causes and are currently actively involved with the following charities and fund raising events.
The Purple Ball took place on Weston-s-Mare Pier on October 2nd 2021 and was organised by Tanya Russell, in loving memory of her daughter, Johdi Russell to help raise funds for SUDEP Action.
Next Purple Ball scheduled for 2022, date to be confirmed
Supporting Sarcoma UK and the Teenage Cancer Trust
Described as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of young footballer’s by his Manager’s at PTFC, at just 20 years old he leads the team as Captain due to his passion, natural talent, versatility and intellect, combined with his ability to mentor and inspire the rest of the team!
The middle son of 3 boys to single mum Kim, Nathan is Portishead born & bred and started playing for PTFC at just 6 years old! His talent was clear even at such a young age, so he was soon snapped up by Bristol Rovers where he trained and played before moving on to League Two club Forrest Green Rovers, enjoying two full U18’s seasons before returning back to his roots at Portishead Town.
In September 2020 Nathan was living his life as normal; playing football, working, spending time with his family and beautiful girlfriend Ella and looking forward to his bright future ahead, when suddenly his world was turned upside down with the discovery of a lump under his right arm.
The weeks that followed were a whirlwind of uncertainty and anxiety for Nathan and his family with extensive doctor and hospital appointments, tests and scans until he finally received the shocking and unfathomable diagnosis in December 2020 that at the age of 20, he had a rare, large and incredibly aggressive (grade 4) tumor growing within the tissue of his right shoulder (known as a synovial sarcoma), which would require intensive chemotherapy followed by surgery and radiotherapy.
Naturally this news was devastating, but Nathan and his family choose to focus on the positives; the lump was discovered and diagnosed quickly due to Nathan being proactive and vigilant. This in turn meant that the treatment could start quickly, and the hopeful news is that the type of cancer Nathan has generally responds well to chemotherapy.
Over the past 6 months Nathan has undergone intensive intravenous chemotherapy, painful daily radiotherapy and a 13-hour intricate surgery to remove the tumor.
And all of this amidst a global pandemic which meant no visitors during hospital treatment or recovery, the entire Trueman household shielding/locked – down and a heightened risk of covid19 related complications…..
Due to the nature of Nathan’s cancer, treatment and the recovery time required, he will be unable to work for many months to come. Whilst his employer has generously offered to pay his salary for 3 months which he appreciates greatly, after this point Nathan will have no income and the unnecessary worry of how to meet the payments on his car, phone etc.
https://uk.gofundme.com/f/the-nathan-truesy-truman-20000-challenges has been set up to raise enough money to cover Nathan’s relatively minimal outgoings whilst also striving to smash the optimistic but very achievable goal of £50,000 to support both Sarcoma UK https://sarcoma.org.uk/ and the Teenage Cancer Trust https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/ which Nathan has personally chosen.
Throughout 2021, Nathan’s family, friends, colleagues and team mates will be taking part in various challenges and initiatives in order to get to the £50,000 goal.
For our part we have donated a Porsche Silverstone Driving Experience and have set up a competition for you to enter to be in for a chance to win this amazing prize and help raise funds for this worthy cause at the same time. 100% of the profit will be donated to the The Nathan ‘Truesy’ Trueman £50k challenge.
So please, please get involved and help in any way that you can!
Together We’ve Got This!
Teenage Cancer Trust is a cancer care and support charity in the UK that exists to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13–24. Founded in 1990, the charity’s key service is providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals. It also trains and funds staff who are teenage cancer specialists.
Sarcoma UK is a national charity that funds vital research, offers support for anyone affected by sarcoma cancer and campaigns for better treatments. It is the only cancer charity in the UK focusing on all types of sarcoma.
The UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. Determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.
Cancer impacts your whole life. Penny Brohn are there to help you find ways to care for your mind, body, emotions, spirit, heart and soul.
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SUDEP Action is dedicated to raising awareness of epilepsy risks and tackling epilepsy deaths including Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.