The George Oliver Foundation

Coronation Anthems Concert in aid of The George Oliver Foundation

A huge thank you goes to The Great Milton Singers for their fantastic concert at Great Milton Church. The choir performed an uplifting selection of Handel's Coronation Anthems, including the memorable Zadok The Priest. The anthems were also complemented by music from the brilliant musicians of wind ensemble Syrinx, playing a fantastic and eclectic range of music. As well as wonderful string quartet Bagatelle treating us to some beautiful pieces. It means a huge amount to have this support for George's Foundation and even more so in a place that is important to all our family. A masssive thank you goes to musical director Kate Billimore and all the brilliant musicians and singers who were part of the event. Thank you!Coronation Anthems Concert in aid of The George Oliver Foundation

Cycling for George's Foundation

A massive thank you goes to Hugh Dixon who completed the epic 150 mile "Coast to Coast" ride for George's Foundation last summer. The ride starts in Cumbria and travels literally up (extremely steep) hill and down dale for 150 miles finishing on the East coast near Whitby. 150 miles in one day! They were riding for 9 hours 27 mins apparently, truly a lot of pedalling... An amazing achievement THANK YOU!

Also pedalling for George's Foundation Emma Cook, Selena Strudwick and Emily Oliver (George's Mum) sucessfully completed 100 miles in the 2015 Ride London 100. The ride started at the Olympic Park, continued out into the famous Surrey Hills (ouch) and back to finish on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace. The weather was much kinder this year but the heat wasn't much fun towards the end, tackling an absolutely packed Box Hill at 70 miles with the sun blazing down took serious effort. They all completed it well within the time limit and it was a proud day for everyone. Thank you all for your support and congratulations everyone! 


Congratulations Jo & Steve!
Massive congratulations to Jo Vaughan and Steve Mack who both completed the London Marathon 2015. Steve zoomed round in an extremely impressive 3hrs42 and Jo steamed past us at mile 25 looking super strong and finished in 4hrs48. A fantastic achievement from both of them! We are very grateful to all of you who have supported them in their brilliant fundraising THANK YOU!

Great Milton Post-Christmas Party

In January 2015 we were delighted to have the support of the people of Great Milton (where Emily grew up) with their annual post Christmas party. They did some fantastic fundraising and apparently the party was a lot of fun, not such a dry January in Great Milton! Big thank you goes to all involved.

Christmas 2014

A huge thank you to Alexis Dixon and Lynne at Papermash, who held a fundraising "wrap party" in December 2014. Raising money and getting your presents wrapped in amazing style went down a treat with everyone involved! 

Ride London 100 miles 2014

In August 2014 Gemma & Guy Foreman and Luke Bristow rode the gruelling Ride London 100, in such epic weather conditions that the organisers were forced to cut the route short (luckily we managed to clock up 96 miles including riding to and from the event though anyway!). Mark and Emily (George's parents) also took part on their much loved tandem. Despite the torrential downpour we all completed the route and the sun even came out for a finish line photo. Thank you to everybody cheering on the day, people supporting us on facebook and for all the fantastic donations.  We are really proud that we did it, thank you! 

John O'Groats to Lands End
Big congratulations and a huge thank you to the intrepid Elliott Sawford and his friends Sam Blackmore and Alastair Yates who decided to forego their summer holiday in 2014 and ride from John O'Groats to Lands End instead! Not content with sunbathing and sight-seeing the team rode 1000 miles in just 9 days without support (i.e. carrying all their stuff with them each day). An amazing achievement! A massive thank you goes to everyone who supported them. 

PPP Bulletin Croatia Ride

Congratulations to the riders who participated in the second PPP Bulletin cycle challenge. The event took the intrepid riders to Croatia where they covered well over 200 miles in four days including the "Hors category"  climb (i.e. steep and long!) up 1760m in Biokovo National Park. Whilst the UK was basking in sunshine the riders battled strong head winds and wet weather. A great achievement by all who took part. The fantastic fundraising by all involved enabled us to support a further project in 2014. Many thanks to PPP Bulletin for choosing to support The George Oliver Foundation. Well done to all and thank you for the fantastic fundraising!

Autumn 2013
Congratulations and a massive thank you to some amazing fundraisers who put in huge efforts for George's Foundation. The 15 strong team from CMS Cameron McKenna including Elliott, Charlie, Selena and James rode from London to Paris in three days, Sue Booker and Guy Foreman ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon, Daisy Griffith completed an epic "Tough Mudder" challenge and Anita Watman put on a fantastic fundraising night in Edinburgh. We are so proud to have all of their support, and a massive thank you goes to everyone who helped them. Congratulations all!

Spring / Summer 2013

Huge thank you to these fantastic fundriasers -


Laura Merten who completed the first ever Ride London 100 in brilliant time despite a crash after 70 miles
Hugh Dixon who rode from London to Paris (just in time for the final day of Tour de France!), Ian Herbert who raced round the St Albans half marathon
Charlie Adams who ran the Stockholm Marathon (in torrential rain!)
Sarah Woods who conquered the Reading Half Marathon

A massive thank you goes to everyone who supported them, we are extremely grateful for all the hard work and training that went into all of these fantastic achievements.

Walking the Ridgeway

In May 2013 George's Grandma Haruyo Oliver, aged 67, walked part of the Chiltern Ridgeway.  She walked for 9 hours, covering 21 miles of the Chiltern Hills. Fortunately the gales only started blowing right at the last minute and most of the time the sun shone.
Thank you Grandma!

Stamp collection auction
We are very grateful to George's Grandpa Richard who donated the proceeds from the auction of Christopher Lytle's stamp collection. Christoph, also known to the family as Tacum, was Richard's life long best friend and Emily's Godfather, he passed away in 2012.

Second Hand Sales
A big thank you to Rowena Barney who donated proceeds from several second hand and car boot sales in 2012/13. Great work Ro!

Rhoda's Retirement
In 2013 we were kindly supported by Rhoda Pearman and her lovely friends who made generous donations to mark the momentous occasion of Rhoda's retirement from her 48 year career flying with BA. The event was celebrated with a wonderful cruise down the Thames in Henley and a great time was had by all.

CMSCameron McKenna Fundraising Night at 100 Club
In 2013 we were honoured to be part of an incredible fundraising night organised by a fantastic team at legal firm CMS Cameron McKenna. The night took place at London's iconic 100 Club with an awesome line up of three bands who rocked the capacity crowd until late. Including CMS's very own "Nasty Stragglers". A big thank you goes to all involved.

An Evening of Opera

In July 2012 Natalya Beam kindly organised a fantastic Evening of Opera in aid of George's Foundation. We were absolutely honoured to have five wonderful singers putting on a highly entertaining evening. Natalya Beam, Rachel Taite, Rhys Bowden, James Donald-Adkin and Andrew Robinson generously give their time and energy to make this a huge success. We were all delighted by beautiful renditions of classic moments from many operas including the Marriage Of Figaro and La Boheme. Hopefully an event to be repeated some time in the future!

Opera Evening

Richmond Park Marathon 2012 - congratulations Kevin!
In May 2012 Kevin Phelan ran the Richmond Park marathon in support of George's Foundation. The marathon involves both track running and several hills, though apparently the beautiful scenery does help! Kevin was also battling with achiles tendonitis at the time and still completed the course. We are really grateful for the support - thank you Kev!

London Marathon 2012 - congratulations Sam!

We were honoured to have Sam Bradshaw fundraising for The George Oliver Foundation in the 2012 London Marathon. He completed to course in a brilliant 4hrs 11 and although he has already sworn "never again" we hope it was worth it! Thank you Sam.

Paris ride - 24 hours on a bike...  - thank you Alex!
Mark first met Alex Kim when they were both riding from John O'Groats to Lands End in 2010. So we know he's in great shape, but riding to Paris in 24 hours could test even the strongest riders! We hear it all went well and we are very grateful for all the fundraising - thank you Alex!


London Marathon 2011 - Congratulations Beth and Andy!

George's Foundation was lucky enough to have two brave runners fundraising for us in the London Marathon on 17th April 2011. Beth Pattinson and Andy Harrow both completed their first marathon and we are honoured to have their support. Andy was also running in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and in memory of his father. It was amazing to be cheering them on and spot them both at mile 25. Congratulations to both you on you on this fantastic achievement!



Brighton Marathon 2011
On 10th April 2011 George’s Uncle Stuart ran the Brighton Marathon jointly in aid of George’s Foundation and The ACE Centre, a fantastic organisation that works with disabled children in Oxford. Stu is 44 yrs old and 15 stone so even though he has previously conquered numerous “iron man” and similar events, he said this was by far his biggest challenge ever! Congratulations Stu!



Barnes Green Half Marathon
In freezing December 2010 courageous Emma Cook ran the Barnes Green half marathon in aid of George’s Foundation. She was nearly stopped by a recurring ankle injury but managed to get fit enough to go the distance. Congratulations Emma and thanks to everyone who supported her!



Nabarro team ride - Sheffield to London
On Friday 3rd Sept a team of intrepid cyclists who work together at Nabarro began a three day ride from their offices in Sheffield to their offices in London, riding in aid of George's Foundation. They rode over 90 miles each day and arrived all in one piece ready for work on Monday morning! A fantastic achievement and we are very proud to have their support.

David Thomson, Three Peaks 24 hour Challenge

On 4th Sept 2010 David Thomson, George's uncle, took on the notorious Three Peaks Challenge. He sucessfully scaled the three biggest mountains in the UK - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis - completing the whole challenge within 24 hours. The combined distance of the climbs is 26 miles and each peak is over 1000m high. A really fantastic achievement, congratulations David!

Alastair Morduant, "O Till O" challenge, Sweden
On 6th Sept 2010 Alastair Morduant took on the huge "O Till O" Challenge in Sweden, in aid of George's Foundation. The challenge involves running 54km across 19 islands, including swimming the distances in between the islands, a total of 10km open water swimming. The sea temperature is around 11 degrees so competitors are advised to where merino wool vests and socks under their wet suits. You can read Alistair's own account of this gruelling challenge on our Facebook page here>
An inspiring achievement, congratulations Al! 


Chris Williamson, London Triathlon 2010
On Sunday 8th August Chris Williamson took part in the London Triathlon. He completed the olympic distance in a fantastic time of 2 hours 45 mins, covering a 1.5km swim, 40km cycling and finishing with a 10km run! We are extremely grateful to Chris and all his friends and family for their generous support. Congratulations Chris on a brilliant achievement!



Meg Wildey's Great London Swim
On Saturday 3rd July 2010 Meg took part in the Great London Swim in aid of The George Oliver Foundation. The one mile swim took place in the Thames at London's Docklands and has apparently been described as 'a giant washing machine....'! Meg completed the swim in a fantastic time of 37 mins and we are very grateful for her generous support.

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