Carl Orme is based close to Berry’s headquarters in Salisbury and was introduced to us at the end of 2019 by a mutual connection at the Salisbury Football Club. Berry was so touched by Carl’s story, which is becoming more familiar to many of us, that we had to be involved in his fundraising efforts.
Carl almost lost his mother on two separate occasions to breast cancer, initially while he was training as an Officer at Sandhurst and again whilst serving overseas. Having survived, Carl’s mother is now registered disabled and has had skin cancer on two occasions due to the effects of aggressive chemotherapy. To avoid the risk of cancer returning, she had a double mastectomy, a difficult decision for any woman.
Carl has set a staggering target of £20,000 to raise for Breast Cancer Now.
A charity that supports women and funds research into the disease. Berry Telecom has donated £1,000 towards a fundraising event that Carl is organising. Upon deciding to support Carl’s venture, Berry Co-founder Paul Hallam said:
“We were so inspired by Carl’s efforts to support such a worthwhile cause. Carl has a full time job and three children, yet still finds the time to champion this cause and organise these activities. We feel very grateful that we’re in a position to help him, his mother must be super proud.”
The fundraising event will be held at the Salisbury Football Club on 28th February and has an incredible line-up. The Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir (see more at https://www.facebook.com/SalisburyPlainMilitarywiveschoir/) are performing and the Olympian Sharron Davies MBE will be presenting. Carl and the team from Breast Cancer Now will also be giving a short presentation and holding a charity auction. The success of this event depends hugely on the number of tickets sold, so if you’d like to support Carl and enjoy an amazing and inspiring evening for only £30, you can buy tickets here https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8ljSJWlEgBor email Carl on BCN2020Challenge@hotmail.com. You can follow Carl’s progress on his Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/BCN2020Challenge.
In addition to this event, Carl is trying to complete 20 marathon distances by the end of 2020 by a mixture of traditional marathon distances, ultras and a few 1/2 marathons. A tall order for a man who had knee surgery after leaving the army and no longer has cartilage in his left knee and completed his first marathon in September last year.
You may also see Carl on the streets of Salisbury doing street collections, bucket collections in supermarkets, raffles, a brave the shave and is also hosting his own virtual medal with a Seasons theme aimed at getting as many people active as possible throughout 2020.
We at Berry wish Carl the very best of luck with this endeavour and hope the event is a wonderful success.