Author: Gavin Filmer
Published: 13th October 2016

To celebrate the release of the new five pound note, Twitter has erupted with a plethora of generous folk, all willing to part with their first fiver to help their chosen charity. Well, what a great idea we thought! So, as any of you who follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram will have seen, we have joined the charitable folk in #fivergiver

Gavin's #fivergiver story

“I have donated my first fiver to the wonderful Queen Elizabeth Hosipital Birmingham Charity. A couple of years ago a good friend of mine was in a serious petrol fire, which led to him needing weeks of treatment and months of rehabilitation. The QEHB were absolutely fantastic in looking after him and ensuring he had the best chance of full recovery, they really were trully brilliant. Steve then went on to an amazing recovery and ran a half marathon the year after to raise funds for the hospital. Well done QEHB and well done Steve!”

Ryan's #fivergiver story

“My nan first got diagnosed with MS when I was a wee lad. I grew up watching how MS can have an effect on someone and back then the drugs which are now available were not even thought of. My nan passed away in 2006 from the disease, so what better way to spend the first fiver right? My auntie who also has the disease is now under the new medication that the research which charities such as MS trust have helped to develop. MS is coming on leaps and bounds and now drugs on the market can even prolong the early stages of MS, I shan’t bore you with the different stages, however people can now enjoy a “normal” life for a lot longer, which is amazing.”

Helen's #fivergiver story

“Long before I was born, my grandad was diagnosed with leukaemia. Doctors weren't optimistic, but he was made of tough stuff and battled through well into his 70s. He was an amazing man, and I'm so grateful that my brother and I had the opportunity to know him and grow up with Grandad Roy in our lives. Cure Leukaemia funds vital research into new treatments that help to keep people alive and give patients and their families more precious time together. Hopefully, one day in the not-too-distant future, this research will result in a cure and make blood cancer a thing of the past.”

Deep's #fivergiver story

“I don’t really have a story to tell, other than being a dad and supporting anything to do with young children. Therefore, I’m donating my first ‘plastic’ fiver to a charity close to my heart,  Great Ormond Street Hospital – GOSH provide world-class care for its young patients and their families and work hard to pioneer new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses!”

Matt's #fivergiver story

“I donated £5 to Crohns and Colitis org. I’ve been a long sufferer of Crohn’s disease. I was diagnosed in 1987 when I was 10 years old. There is still no cure for Crohn’s disease but i’m hoping with more funding doctors will one day find a cure. I’d like to think that in 20 years time it wont be a big deal to a 10 year old kid diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.”

Mark's #fivergiver story

“I donated my fiver to a good friend who is running a half marathon followed by a scramble run in support of Mary Stevens Hospice who provide care for people with terminal illness.”

Amy's #fivergiver story

“I'm donating my first new fiver to Acorns Children's Hospice - a local charity that does amazing work to support families of children with life-limiting illnesses. I also have a personal link with the charity, as my mum has worked for Acorns for several years.”

Nigel's #fivergiver story

“My boys’ great grandmother was affected by Alzheimer’s disease, so my first new £5 note has been donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. This great charity provides support to people dealing with dementia, helping to keep them connected with those closest to them. It also funds research, raises awareness and campaigns to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.”

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