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These are some of the fundraising activities people have carried out to show their help and support.

 Piano recital

In March 2009 Marina Primachenko, a brilliant concert pianist and friend of the Fund, gave a beautiful piano recital which raised in the region of £1,000.


Running for Jimmy

Desmond Reid, one of our staunchest supporters, and the former Administration Officer of the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation), ran 26 miles around Clapham Common on the 22nd April 2007. Des has raised nearly £4,000 for the fund doing this run which is very much appreciated.

Des says "Jimmy was always good to me and we became friends. I really want to help as much as I can"

Des has done it again, another splendid and generous effort. On the 3rd of February 2008 he ran the Half Marathon in Watford and raised almost £1,600 for the Fund.

Walking for Jimmy

In June 07, Pauline Grant, a former President of Unison completed the South Downs Way Walk (106 miles) from Eastbourne to Winchester in aid of two charities, The Jimmy Knapp Cancer Fund and The Martlets Hospice.

Pauline remembers Jimmy Knapp as President of TUC, singing at the Musicians' Union (Keep Music Live) Reception  '  You take the high road I'll take the low road and I'll be in Scotland afore ye'  and the new General Secretary John Monks sang  Frank Sinatra's ' I did it my way'.

Pauline raised £1,033 for the Fund


Pedalling for Jimmy

Lol Bishop, a member of the RMT union cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats and back - a total of 1,900 miles in 31 days to raise funds for the cancer fund set up in memory of Jimmy Knapp former General Secretary of RMT and President of Unity Trust Bank.

Lol raised thousands of pounds for the Jimmy Knapp Cancer Fund set up following the death of Jimmy in August 2001.

When Lol returned from a sponsored bike ride in aid of Multiple Sclerosis in August 2001, he heard of Jimmy's death and decided to undertake a sponsored ride in aid of the Fund. He commented: "Jimmy did great things for the RMT over the years and was very well respected within the trade union movement. This newly formed charity really serves as a tribute to a good man and deserves to succeed, and if I can help in any small way then I will feel satisfied that my venture was worthwhile".


Running for Jimmy

Mike Smith of the TUC Secretary's Department ran the 2003 London Marathon in support of the Fund.

Thanks to the generosity of unions and TUC staff and the persistence of TUC driver Mike McGowan who must have travelled at least the marathon distance chasing sponsorship, the total raised exceeded £1,500.

Mike said: "I have never previously made a big effort to raise money for charity, but the JKCF is such a good cause and so many people are willing to give that I thought I should put something back"