At the end of 2021, Jayne Denham of Scothern was told by JustGiving that she has one of the most successful donation pages – out of thousands of fundraisers, she has been in the top 5% for all three fundraisers she has undertaken in the last 18 months.
Her most recent fundraising venture, the ‘Adult Elf On The Shelf’, was to raise money for Lincolnshire St Barnabas Hospice Trust in memory of her husband. Nigel sadly died of a rare form of sarcoma cancer in January 2017, only 20 weeks after diagnosis. Nigel’s mother Margaret also died of cancer just 18 months later and they both spent their final moments at St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln with Jayne by their sides in the same room.
Through her ‘Adult Elf On The Shelf’ fundraiser, she managed to raise over £2,700 for St Barnabas Hospice. The month of December saw Jayne pull in a lot of favours which resulted in posing dressed as an elf in the shop window of Anne Summers, at Rand Farm and even on the wing of a Red Arrow jet! Jayne says she never had a plan, she just went with the flow and ended up having a blast raising money and never quite knowing where she would end up posing in her elf costume that day.
This isn’t the first time Jayne has fundraised for a good cause, despite having never run before, during the first lockdown she embarked on a virtual 10K. She raised a whopping £2,750 for the Brain Tumour Research charity.
She ended up raising another £2,600 during February last year by running a campaign called “No F in February” – a whole month where she wasn’t allowed to swear. She documented her story by posting pictures and tongue-in-cheek stories every day of the challenge. Known as the life and soul of any party, Jayne commented, “I’ve done so much healing around grief and losing my husband at 50 years old and I really don’t care what people think of me anymore, and I don’t mean that in an awful way – I just believe that life is all about laughing!”
All her fundraising activities have been showcased both on her personal social media profiles as well as on her Facebook page, Just Jayne – a space for her to show the real side to grief and losing a partner. “The Just Jayne page started about 3 years ago to help people” she explains, “I did a lot of writing around the real things about being left on my own, for instance getting drunk every night when he died and the topic of drinking too much and then even driving, he used to drive everywhere so when I had to drive my son to university I was sobbing I was so scared! – but it’s good to talk about these things we didn’t know we’d have to get used to.” Although Jayne has no immediate plans for more fundraising in 2022, she never knows what the next adventure will be and there is no doubt that her next journey will be one showered with positivity, good fun and making the most out of life. “I move forward with Nigel in my heart and I never know what I’m going to be doing next” says Jayne, “but I feel incredibly humbled to have raised nearly £9,000 to help other people, all while faffing around!” You can follow along with what Jayne gets up to next by following her Facebook page Just Jayne.