Fran Elwell

My Activity Tracking

11
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My target 10 mi

I’m taking steps this June to make an impact!

Our health is being put at risk from air pollution every day.

By cleaning up the air we could…

  • Prevent 36,000 people from dying early every year.
  • Cut annual hospital admissions by 20,000, reducing the burden on our NHS.
  • Reduce asthma attacks and flare-ups.

I’m fundraising for Asthma UK, which supports all those with asthma around the UK, who are affected the worst by toxic air.

Support my challenge by donating or joining Take Steps today!

I have set a fundraising target of £320, to give £10 for each year I have had asthma. My asthma has been mostly well controlled since I was diagnosed around the age of 3/4. 

Unfortunately, since being poorly with a virus October 2020, my asthma has deteriorated. I am now diagnosed with severe eosinophilic/refractory asthma, I am on trial biological therapies and have recently been in hospital following a severe attack. 

I am grateful for the research and support that Asthma UK provide. However, following my time in hospital it highlighted how little in commonly known about severe asthma and action/treatment. 

I hope the money raised can further support this research and awareness 👍💜

My Achievements

Shared page

Self donated to page

Created a Team

Distance travelled 10 miles

Distance travelled 25 miles

Raised £100

Raised £200

Joined a team

Email my MP

Sign a petition

Switched a journey

My Updates

The day after

Friday 2nd Jul
💜The morning after the the month before💜 Last night I did some reflecting on June. ⬆️Highs ▪️Reduced steroid use ▪️7 days without my nebuliser ▪️Walking 10. 53 miles ▪️Raising awareness of asthma and clean air ▪️Raising over £1000 to support future research ▪️Starting chronic condition therapy ▪️Laughing ▪️Accepting the lows and moving forward ▪️Willing to adapt and start to accept help ▪️Having the support of wonderful people ▪️Setting boundaries and removing toxicity from my life - don't got time for that ⬇️Lows ▪️Finding out new triggers = barriers to normality ▪️Possibly stopping driving depending on sleep apnea CPAP treatment ▪️10 miles in a month being a challenge ▪️Filling in a PIP application and realising how much my condition does effect me daily ▪️Not receiving support from places I thought mattered 🌍🌍Ultimately there are amazing people in the world and I am glad to have them in my life 💜💜 🙌Oh and don't worry, donations still being gratefully received until the 18th July😜 https://join.auk-blf.org.uk/fundraisers/franelwell/take-steps-auk Asthma UK #TakeSteps21 #asthmauk

Day 30....The End

Wednesday 30th Jun
Wow For once, I have no words and it's not because I'm breathless 😂 The walk to the pub was 0.79 miles and 0.22 on the way back. I am so grateful for all the support everyone around me has given, you are amazing. Big shout out to my final walk team who had the slowest walk to the pub of their lives, having you join me has meant the world to me and to all of you who were there in spirit (because I have you 1/2 day notice!!) Where the money raised could go.... Part 3 It could also pay for 90 air pollution monitoring kits for placement outside schools and hospitals, collecting the important data needed for fighting for positive change in air quality. Right I'm off to happy cry and nap! 💜💜

Day 29

Tuesday 29th Jun
0.5 miles phew This gives me choices tomorrow, the long or the short way.... I'm doing the long way as it's nicer! Where the money goes pt2.... £1100 could pay for a nurse to answer almost 50 calls on our Helpline, meaning those in need can receive crucial advice and support. When I see this view tomorrow, I will be walking with friends and family to complete what I thought was a completely unrealistic target (thought I'd get it done in the first week!) and have raised over £1000 for one of the most important charities in my life and which has had a real impact on my quality of life. I better rest up, medequip guy has been so now I can nap!!! #asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 28

Monday 28th Jun
0.29 Miles Where the fundraising can go.... 1) £1,090, that could fund 100 days of research into finding treatments for asthma, paving the way for life-changing breakthroughs. If you were waiting for payday to donate, get on it! Final push let's go!!!! Big love, Fran x💜

Day 27

Sunday 27th Jun
0.6 miles!!!!!! Wasn't expecting to go this far especially after my attack yesterday, but the salbutamol clearly got my heart pumping!! Also helped that the man has the day off and the boy wanted to litter pick. Really lovely being out with my boys. Now to neb and get some dinner cooking. Have a great Sunday x

Day 26

Saturday 26th Jun
0.18 Dragging myself to 10 miles. Mood is much better today, think the sun helps. Asthma not the best and my larynx feels like it has been in spasm all day. Managed food prep and some garden jobs so that helped cover my steps. Started to walk in the garden but next doors wood burning pizza oven triggered an attack so I'm following my own advice. Can't control what other people do and need to stay safe with the man at work and the boy in bed so back inside, all doors and windows closed and on the neb watching the footy!!!

Day 25

Friday 25th Jun
0.22 miles. Need to get this balance of plans vs. Expectations sorted. Plan Had a lovely day of a walk with a friend then getting some life Admin done and meal prep for the week. Reality Rubbish sleep, aware of breathing stopped a few times. Rubbish PF. Rubbish mood. Cancelled plans. Sleep. Mindset I can't control everything. The boy stayed up later for cuddles and to read to me, plus he did the washing up! Felt a little better so decided to make use of our stupidly long garage and got some steps in, better than nothing. Onwards and upwards

Day 24

Thursday 24th Jun
0.33 Miles Thought might not happen today following my 11.30-3.30 nap. Picked up my prescription then getting to watch the boy at cricket 💙

Day 23 pt2

Wednesday 23rd Jun
0.21 Miles Slept for about 4 hours this afternoon, oops, so decided to see if I could push a little further. Pleased to have managed 0.64 total today. Need to work on my selfie and walking face 🤳😂

Day 23

Wednesday 23rd Jun
0.43 miles including a slope..... I'd call it a hill but it was a slight incline 😂 Wanted to get out first thing then if I can do another walk later then that's a bonus. Just shows how important funding for asthma research is and the impact the treatment can have on daily living and quality of life. Nearly 2 weeks since my biological injection, I haven't needed my nebuliser for 7 days and my Peak flow is a bit more consistent.. well, consistent for me. Things are still difficult and lots of adaptations needed but it's a positive that really couldn't happen without the funding and research that charities such as @asthmauk and @blfuk carry out. 7 days to go, let's do this!!

Day 22

Tuesday 22nd Jun
0.37 miles Quick appointment at RHH, all OK and distance done for today. Might fit in a quick nap before the boy gets home!

Day 21

Monday 21st Jun
0.41 miles Guess what I spent the day doing...... Sleeping 😴 I know, you're as shocked as me 😲😂 The man's day off, I think he was secretly happy about it!! Managed 0.15 dropping off the boy at Beavers, but I noticed my throat getting irritated, I can only imagine by the car fumes on the busy road. Topped it up with 0.24 back near the house, felt much better. May have pushed a bit too hard but every step counts!!

Day 20

Sunday 20th Jun
0.3 miles done. Happy Fathers Day. Got the walk in after doing present deliveries. Nice to be joined by the boy, who kept lapping me and commented that the snail was going faster than me.... It was indeed, but it's journey seemed relatively smaller than mine😂 Also, pretty pleased to have walked without the stick 👍👍

Day 19

Saturday 19th Jun
0.21 Miles Another indoor walk today. No nap so that's progress and currently 3 days without my nebuliser, blooming love my biological. However, bonfires and BBQs kept me in as I could feel my throat going into spasm, bit of rescue breathing and a tonne of water calmed that down. ILO/VCD diagnosis and treatment can't come soon enough!! I didn't take a photo so this is the boy with a watermelon! @asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 18

Friday 18th Jun
0.3 housework miles

Another sleepy day. Had planned a walk first thing but a garden fire near by set me off. 

After my giant nap I got my distance in hoovering and taking all the washing upstairs, I'm so rock n roll!! 


Day 17

Thursday 17th Jun
0.28miles Thursday stroll to the chemist and to the batting cage whilst the boy does allstars

Day 16 Walk and talk 0. 33 miles

Wednesday 16th Jun

Day 15

Tuesday 15th Jun
0.47 Miles in nearly 1hr... This is what happens when you take your sis out with you! Bragging that she knows CPR😉 Thanks for reminding me to breathe-the Tshirt helps😂💜 Lovely walk to the Brook, really peaceful. And yay half way there - 15 more days to go 👍👍💪💪

Day 14

Monday 14th Jun
0.3 miles done. New evening routine of dropping the boy off and having a stroll is really nice 💜 Also a good job as I've pretty much slept all day again! @asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 13

Sunday 13th Jun
0.28 miles! Got them in early with a lovely visit from the fam. Never too cool for a selfie with Aunty Fran, shame the dude was too injured... Sorry about my sons freakishly hard head🤕 Unusually I escaped unscathed! Now to relax in the shade!

Day 12

Saturday 12th Jun
0.1 miles 🙄 2 small walks - 1 doing the hoovering and 1 pottering in the garden. Hopefully I'll start to pick up the steps again next week, trying to listen to my body which is mostly telling me to sleep 😴 Glad to have had my biological injection yesterday but I forgot how it throws me for a few days after, much better than the alternative though! @asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 11

Friday 11th Jun
0.27 miles. Used my visit to hospital to get my steps in. Had my 5th biological treatment and saw the consultant. Gutted to find out that I have sleep apnea, so hello CPAP and goodbye driving. Hopefully see SLT shortly to check out these vocal cords. Slow and steady 💜 #TakeSteps21 @asthmauk

Day 10

Friday 11th Jun
0 miles completed today as I slept for most of it. Hopefully just the aftermath of a course of steroids and antibiotics. @asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 9

Wednesday 9th Jun
0.3 miles done. Decided to get out early and whilst I felt a bit stronger. Bonus if I can do more later @asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 8

Tuesday 8th Jun
0.32 miles done. Split over 2 walks. 1st around the garden at G&Gs, the 2nd my first time around lidl! Treated myself to a sandwich 😂 I love my grandparent's garden, lovely to actually take my time and appreciate the beautiful flowers 💐

Day 7

Monday 7th Jun
Eventually did over my daily target so made up a little for yesterday. Lovely to be out in our fab village for a stroll this evening and with lovely folk 💜 Also, #switchedajourney, normally would have driven home then driven back to collect then home. Instead we had a lovely walk 💜 @asthmauk #TakeSteps21

Day 6 ✅

Sunday 6th Jun
Day 6 asthma fatigue + steroids + antibiotics have caught up with me today, so a little 0.1 around the garden this evening while the boy plays. @Asthma UK #TakeSteps21

Day 5

Saturday 5th Jun
Lovely walk with my parents and the boy. He got to show off his new @asthmauk Tshirt! 💜💜💜

Day 4.. Done!

Friday 4th Jun
Yay target met for the day, plus got to see my rhubarb, mint, strawbs and raspberries working hard!! Also, just spotted that I've hit the £1000 mark argghh!!! Thank you all so much for your support, through sponsorship, kind words and encouragement and people wanting to find out more about asthma, big love 💜💜

Day 4

Friday 4th Jun
Day 4. Stuck in waiting for medequip delivery so went for a walk in the garden. 0.1 miles /5 circuits of the garden covered. Definitely need to break it down today not feeling 100%. Will try and do more later..... With my walking stick!!! 👩‍🦯

Day 3

Thursday 3rd Jun
Got it done early whilst the boy swims and it's a little bit cooler. The difference a high dose of steroids and antibiotics will do for my distance and pace. Quick neb in the car then home 👍👍👍

Day 2

Wednesday 2nd Jun
Yay met my target 0.30miles. Typical asthma day, my attack on Monday has come back to annoy me so quick visit for spirometry and walk to the pharmacy has got me to target today.... Now steroids and antibiotics for tea !! 💜

Day 1

Tuesday 1st Jun
First walk 0. 23 miles in 12 minutes. Pretty pleased with that, especially the day after an attack. Found out yesterday that we I have a new trigger.. Wood fires, so this summer is going to be fun! Right, now to rest and get some shade, have a great day!

Colouring sheet 3

Friday 21st May
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Colouring sheet 2

Friday 21st May
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Ollie has made a decision....

Thursday 20th May
So the boss has spoken and told me to double my target. As the 6 year old is the boss, I have done as instructed.


Edit - that was smashed quickly, thank you. He's now suggested either £150 million or £1000. Let's start small(er) 💷😍

So please keep on sharing and donating and educating, because 6 year olds can be scary!! 

F x 💜💜

Target!

Wednesday 19th May
I'm lost for words, and not because of the whole asthma thing!

I am blown away by the kindness and support of all my friends, family and the community. 

I am so determined to do this walk and to continue to fight for clean air and more support and awareness for lung conditions ❤️❤️💜💜 

Thankyou, F x

Colouring sheets

Tuesday 18th May
Save and download and colour in. I'd love to see them 💜💜x

Halfway

Tuesday 18th May
Oh. My. Goodness.

I know amazing people who are kindly supporting me through fundraising and sending messages of support.

I can't explain how much this means.

I haven't fundraised since I did a sponsored silence in Year 6, so it's all very new.

I am really looking forward to getting out for my 0.3 miles a day, hopefully I can do more, but I'm being realistic about my condition.

Thanks again ❤️❤️ F x

Planning

Thursday 13th May
So, I have set myself the target of walking 10 miles in June. Works out around 0.3 miles per day/536 metres. I'm hoping this will be my minimum covered but would be really pleased to achieve this.

So annoying how this blooming asthma has affected Mrs "10,000 steps a day" Elwell. So I'm taking each day and each step at a time, F x

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Emiko Imai

Go for it love you xxxxx

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Laura Cantwell

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Lizzy Crane

Go Fran!!xxx

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Anonymous

Wishing you all the best with your 10 mile challenge Fran, you’re amazing! ❤️❤️❤️

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K & K

Good luck Fran, great cause. Get well soon. From K & K.

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Anonymous

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Jen And Pip

Well done Franny, sending love xx

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Matilda Elwell

Well done lovely, what a fabulous achievement! You are amazing 🥰😘 Lots of love Til & Eddie xxx

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Matilda Elwell

Good luck Fran, really proud of you xxx

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Mavis Lloyd

Hi Fran, Such a worthy cause, wish you every success Love Mavis and Dave xxx

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Margaret Bennett

So proud of you Fran - good luck :-))

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Claire Green

All the best Fran! You can do it! Lots of love- The Greens

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Mary Roberts

You are amazing

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Ruth & Nick

Go sis go!!!

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Shannon Wentworth

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Lisa Ansell

Something very close to my heart, in memory of my mom and for you Fran 😘. Xx

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Jess & Tom

Good luck lovely. Lots of love x

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Ann Majeed

You’re a warrior Frankie All my love and kisses xxxxx

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Carol Wootton

Well done Fran, and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Richard Dando

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Harpreet Nijjar

Keep it up!

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Carolynn Hutcheson

Good luck for your walk Fran love from Carolynn Kevin & Aimee x

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Peter Bennett

A great cause!

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Mark C

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Marianne O'neill

Keep going Fran! Wonderful thing to do, you have our support x

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Hannah Tranter

Go Fran! 💗

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Jim & Mel

Good luck Fran !

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Nicola Cooper

Congratulations what an amazing achievement !!

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Jo Hobbs

Go Fran!!! :-)

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Fran Elwell

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Pam Corns

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Emma Varty

Great work Fran - hope you’ve got a nice treat planned when you hit your goal!

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Gaynor

Well done Fran

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Alexandra Weaver

Well done Fran on raising so much money for a great cause. All the best for the walk, and we hope you are doing well. AAA & N xxx

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Maureen Frizzle

Great effort Fran

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Jennie Groves

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Vanessa Maher-smith

Good luck!!

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Andy Walling

Sorry to hear you’ve not been well. Good luck with your efforts. All the best.

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Louise Bennett

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Amy Barr

You are amazing Franbam and I wish you the very best of luck - keep us posted! x

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Nikki Eadie

Best wishes Fran. You can do this 😀

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Kathryn Elsby

Well done Fran, you got this! xx

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Jill Bent

Well done Fran. Hope you’re ok. Miss you xxx

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Suzy

Go Fran! Love The Lowes xxx

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Rach, Elk & Beth

Good Luck Fran & wishing you well. X

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Vicki Wootton

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Emma Garland

Good luck Fran... you can do it!! Emma and gang xx

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Biffa

Such a fantastic cause, Good Luck Fran!!

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Jade Sorrow

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Michelle Owen

Good luck Fran! x

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Jess

Incredible Fran. Xx

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Helen Beeaton-may

Congratulations!!!! Xxx

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Helen Reed-owen

Well Done!

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Peter Bennett

Well done, Fran, a great cause, glad to get you over the £1000 mark!!

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Vicky Bratt

Go Fran, what a fab thing you are doing xx

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Freda

Good luck with your walk best wishes Aunty Freda

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Julie

Many congrats Fran on the amazing amount you have raised towards your Take Steps walking challenge,well-done Love and best wishes from Julie,Andrew,Cary and Sophie Xx

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The Needhams

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Esther

Well done you!!! 😘😘😘 love to you and my favourite little dude!

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Helen Whittaker

Good luck xx lots of love

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Jenny

Keep going lovely- you are doing great and raising money for a great cause xxx

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Well done Fran x

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Miss Vicky

Well done Fran! Oliver has got a supermum!!

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Donna

Well done Fran. X

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Rachael Reed

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Melanie Sellman

Good luck xx

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Jemma Nash

Keep it going Fran! Well done x

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Kate Cole

Well done Fran x

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Matt Clarke

YOU ARE INSPIRING MANY WITH YOUR STRENGTH AND DETERMINATION - SMASH IT FRAN!!! 💪🏼

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Charlotteaston Aston

Go girl superstar xxxx

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Jen

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Lois Boote

Well done Fran! xx

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Anonymous

This is a brilliant cause. Happy to donate and support Thank you Fran!

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Hannah E

Go Fran!!!

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Jo Lyubovnikova

Keep going Fran! 💪

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Emily Aston

Go Fran! X