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  • 29 Jul 2015
    Supporters of Bath Abbey have a huge task ahead. They are currently trying to raise £4.5 million for their Footprint project, a development programme to repair Bath Abbey's collapsing floor, install an Eco-friendly heating system using Bath's hot springs and create additional space and improved facilities for the half a million people who use the Abbey every year. One fundraising activity that took place was a 140 mile walk from Bath Abbey to Lambeth Palace, The Footprint Walk. The team set off on Sunday the 5th July and arrived in London 6 days later. Katie McGill, Development Officer from Bath Abbey explained that the #LocalHero campaign came at the right time to help promote their sponsored walk.   "#LocalHero seemed like a great way to encourage people to support the walk. It was nice that it didn’t matter how much people gave, just that the more supporters, the better chance we had of winning one of the prizes on offer. It was also perfect timing as the walk was due to start five days after the end of the #Localhero campaign. We had a rush of donations in the last days of the #Localhero competition as people really wanted their donation to count towards our score. It was very exciting to keep checking where we were on the leaderboard, wondering if we would make it into the top 5! It was also inspiring to see all the other brilliant fundraisers raising money for charities all across the country too." Strolling into 2nd Place The team, including the Rector, Edward Mason, Footprint Project Director Charles Curnock, Footprint Appeal Director Laura Brown & Churchwarden Emeritus Jeremy Key-Pugh managed to receive 103 points in the #LocalHero campaign landing them in 2nd place and winning them a £500 prize.  Currently, the team have raised over triple their original target and the total currently stands at £16,537.75, including offline donations, Gift Aid and their prize money. What's the secret to their success? Local support! "We’ve been spreading the word about the walk on our website, chatting to people about it on Twitter and Facebook using our hashtag #footprintwalk and via local media. The team of walkers were interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol, appeared in the local paper (twice!), in local magazines and blogs. We’ve also had lots of encouragement from local businesses, and the walkers friends, family and colleagues." See the team's fundraising page here or find out more about The Footprint Project.
    2368 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Supporters of Bath Abbey have a huge task ahead. They are currently trying to raise £4.5 million for their Footprint project, a development programme to repair Bath Abbey's collapsing floor, install an Eco-friendly heating system using Bath's hot springs and create additional space and improved facilities for the half a million people who use the Abbey every year. One fundraising activity that took place was a 140 mile walk from Bath Abbey to Lambeth Palace, The Footprint Walk. The team set off on Sunday the 5th July and arrived in London 6 days later. Katie McGill, Development Officer from Bath Abbey explained that the #LocalHero campaign came at the right time to help promote their sponsored walk.   "#LocalHero seemed like a great way to encourage people to support the walk. It was nice that it didn’t matter how much people gave, just that the more supporters, the better chance we had of winning one of the prizes on offer. It was also perfect timing as the walk was due to start five days after the end of the #Localhero campaign. We had a rush of donations in the last days of the #Localhero competition as people really wanted their donation to count towards our score. It was very exciting to keep checking where we were on the leaderboard, wondering if we would make it into the top 5! It was also inspiring to see all the other brilliant fundraisers raising money for charities all across the country too." Strolling into 2nd Place The team, including the Rector, Edward Mason, Footprint Project Director Charles Curnock, Footprint Appeal Director Laura Brown & Churchwarden Emeritus Jeremy Key-Pugh managed to receive 103 points in the #LocalHero campaign landing them in 2nd place and winning them a £500 prize.  Currently, the team have raised over triple their original target and the total currently stands at £16,537.75, including offline donations, Gift Aid and their prize money. What's the secret to their success? Local support! "We’ve been spreading the word about the walk on our website, chatting to people about it on Twitter and Facebook using our hashtag #footprintwalk and via local media. The team of walkers were interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol, appeared in the local paper (twice!), in local magazines and blogs. We’ve also had lots of encouragement from local businesses, and the walkers friends, family and colleagues." See the team's fundraising page here or find out more about The Footprint Project.
    Jul 29, 2015 2368
  • 14 Jul 2015
    June, 88, runs a community group called Singing with Dementia, Salford. This group supports around 65 people per week; People with Dementia and carers can come for respite, support, relaxation and fun. In this interview June reflects on how she learnt to use a computer, aged 79, and how technology helps her run her group. How did Singing with Dementia get started? “We had opened a Resource Centre in Eccles for people with dementia  and their Carers and, whilst it did well, we felt we could do more. After watching a programme on TV in which a musician worked with people with Dementia, I knew I had found the answer. It proved more difficult than anticipated to set up but we eventually managed it. Never in my wildest dreams did I  imagine it would ‘take off’ as it has. We had 16 people come the first day and now have 55 to 65 people attending every week.” How did you get started using a computer? “I already had a Dell computer and was attending various courses but was not very efficient. I decided to change to Apple and take advantage of their 1:1 teaching sessions. I needed to be more proficient and efficient and Apple helped with advice and teaching sessions. I now use my computer all the time for: Communicating with other groups, people interested in funding and every day business Reaching a lot of people- this saves us time and money Researching what’s new in the dementia world, who is doing what and where Filing of all documents - this is very efficient and documents are easily accessible at any time Applying for funding - most donors want online applications Correspondence” What were the biggest lessons learned for you? “Learning a new language and a new skill Realising what a powerful tool my computer is and putting my knowledge to good use to benefit my cause Becoming less worried about breaking my computer Conquering all of the above and then enjoying using my new knowledge to fully benefit my cause. It is a great feeling and worth all the effort. I am always learning as there is always something new in this exciting world we live in”   What are the benefits of using Facebook and Twitter? “It helps us to spread the word to a wider audience and puts us in touch with people doing similar work. People 'retweet' which means that more and more people can see what you do. You get exposure to different groups which normally would not be available to you. It builds a lot of interest - I have had many messages from overseas readers. You can use it to advertise forthcoming events and keeps your work in peoples' minds - this is very important.” So, what next? “Recently, we bought two iPads and I am using them to work with people with dementia as another method of interaction and communication. I am learning as I go along but it is taking off and proving to be another useful method in the art of communication. I download special games and use them as interaction tools - it is an ongoing learning experience!” What advice would you give to someone who is starting off using a computer and the internet?  “Take a knowledgeable person with you when you purchase a computer and buy the best that you can afford. Be certain that the shop that you buy from offers good customer service and that follow up advice is readily available. Have a clear idea of what you want the computer to do for you. Buy or borrow books and read up to increase your knowledge. Seek help and keep practicing until you are familiar with what you are doing. Be not afraid!!” “I would advise anyone to use computers for their charity work. It is an invaluable tool and if I can do it age 88 then anyone can!” To find out more about June's work with Singing with Dementia, go to their new website: www.singingwithdementia.co.uk . To support the work of Singing with Dementia, Salford, visit their Localgiving page: www.localgiving.com/swithdinsalford
    2015 Posted by Cara Sanquest
  • June, 88, runs a community group called Singing with Dementia, Salford. This group supports around 65 people per week; People with Dementia and carers can come for respite, support, relaxation and fun. In this interview June reflects on how she learnt to use a computer, aged 79, and how technology helps her run her group. How did Singing with Dementia get started? “We had opened a Resource Centre in Eccles for people with dementia  and their Carers and, whilst it did well, we felt we could do more. After watching a programme on TV in which a musician worked with people with Dementia, I knew I had found the answer. It proved more difficult than anticipated to set up but we eventually managed it. Never in my wildest dreams did I  imagine it would ‘take off’ as it has. We had 16 people come the first day and now have 55 to 65 people attending every week.” How did you get started using a computer? “I already had a Dell computer and was attending various courses but was not very efficient. I decided to change to Apple and take advantage of their 1:1 teaching sessions. I needed to be more proficient and efficient and Apple helped with advice and teaching sessions. I now use my computer all the time for: Communicating with other groups, people interested in funding and every day business Reaching a lot of people- this saves us time and money Researching what’s new in the dementia world, who is doing what and where Filing of all documents - this is very efficient and documents are easily accessible at any time Applying for funding - most donors want online applications Correspondence” What were the biggest lessons learned for you? “Learning a new language and a new skill Realising what a powerful tool my computer is and putting my knowledge to good use to benefit my cause Becoming less worried about breaking my computer Conquering all of the above and then enjoying using my new knowledge to fully benefit my cause. It is a great feeling and worth all the effort. I am always learning as there is always something new in this exciting world we live in”   What are the benefits of using Facebook and Twitter? “It helps us to spread the word to a wider audience and puts us in touch with people doing similar work. People 'retweet' which means that more and more people can see what you do. You get exposure to different groups which normally would not be available to you. It builds a lot of interest - I have had many messages from overseas readers. You can use it to advertise forthcoming events and keeps your work in peoples' minds - this is very important.” So, what next? “Recently, we bought two iPads and I am using them to work with people with dementia as another method of interaction and communication. I am learning as I go along but it is taking off and proving to be another useful method in the art of communication. I download special games and use them as interaction tools - it is an ongoing learning experience!” What advice would you give to someone who is starting off using a computer and the internet?  “Take a knowledgeable person with you when you purchase a computer and buy the best that you can afford. Be certain that the shop that you buy from offers good customer service and that follow up advice is readily available. Have a clear idea of what you want the computer to do for you. Buy or borrow books and read up to increase your knowledge. Seek help and keep practicing until you are familiar with what you are doing. Be not afraid!!” “I would advise anyone to use computers for their charity work. It is an invaluable tool and if I can do it age 88 then anyone can!” To find out more about June's work with Singing with Dementia, go to their new website: www.singingwithdementia.co.uk . To support the work of Singing with Dementia, Salford, visit their Localgiving page: www.localgiving.com/swithdinsalford
    Jul 14, 2015 2015
  • 26 Mar 2014
    Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    1030 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Borough Bowling Club is one of the oldest crown green clubs on the East Coast, providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for anyone wanting to bowl. The club encourages everyone of any ability to get involved in bowls, providing coaching, training and social opportunities for new and existing members. Pete Charter is Chairman for the club. “Our sport is for people of all ages and ideal for families to join. I’m very passionate about it and it’s part of the local community. Many of them use the facilities and love to watch matches and competitions in the summer”. Like many local clubs, Borough Bowling Club have large maintenance costs to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all. “We are looking to take over the green maintenance ourselves from Scarborough District Council. While we have a good relationship with them, the costs are great and currently costs us over £5000 a year, as well as rental of the grounds” explains Pete. A donation through Localgiving, would have a huge impact in achieving this vision. “Our members work hard to raise money through social events though we need to raise more in order to complete our project.” As Pete points out, the project is vitally important in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the club. “Borough Bowling Club has been there for many years and has become an important part of local area. Not just for members, but for the community as a whole”. The club was able to receive over £4,000 in matched donations following our North Yorkshire match fund campaign, which help greatly towards their yearly costs. Click here to visit their Localgiving page and learn more. 
    Mar 26, 2014 1030
  • 03 Apr 2014
    York Tornadoes, a community-run basketball club, provide a flexible and affordable way to get involved in sport. They aim to give people in their local community a place where they can play basketball in a safe and fun environment. Andrew Johnson, the Coordinator of the club, has seen it grow and develop over the last year and thanks to successful fundraising during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match fund they received over £4,500 to build more teams. “I feel very proud of how the club has come along. It has grown from just 5 players to 120 and we now have people from 11 to 40 years and 10 nationalities represented. I am passionate about making basketball more accessible and more affordable so that people, who had previously given up the sport, can return to playing. The great success we had during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match Fund allows us to further the club’s reach in the future as well as added legitimacy for our cause. The money gained through match funding, will help ease the financial constraints against us and we can expend to build our 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, as well as provide the girl’s team with kits. It will also help towards a much needed minibus for the club. But that is only the start. We want to progress further by currently building links with junior boys and girls sides and a local wheelchair basketball club to ensure that no matter what age you are, you can be active through basketball in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.” Find out more about the York Tornadoes on their Localgiving page
    1286 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • York Tornadoes, a community-run basketball club, provide a flexible and affordable way to get involved in sport. They aim to give people in their local community a place where they can play basketball in a safe and fun environment. Andrew Johnson, the Coordinator of the club, has seen it grow and develop over the last year and thanks to successful fundraising during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match fund they received over £4,500 to build more teams. “I feel very proud of how the club has come along. It has grown from just 5 players to 120 and we now have people from 11 to 40 years and 10 nationalities represented. I am passionate about making basketball more accessible and more affordable so that people, who had previously given up the sport, can return to playing. The great success we had during Localgiving’s North Yorkshire Match Fund allows us to further the club’s reach in the future as well as added legitimacy for our cause. The money gained through match funding, will help ease the financial constraints against us and we can expend to build our 1st, 2nd and 3rd team, as well as provide the girl’s team with kits. It will also help towards a much needed minibus for the club. But that is only the start. We want to progress further by currently building links with junior boys and girls sides and a local wheelchair basketball club to ensure that no matter what age you are, you can be active through basketball in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere.” Find out more about the York Tornadoes on their Localgiving page
    Apr 03, 2014 1286
  • 22 Jun 2015
    Mick Pembleton has held on to the top spot on the #Localhero leader board from day one. His skydive for Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW has, so far, attracted 84 unique donors and raised £1,357 for the charity. We spoke to Mick about his involvement with Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW and how the #Localhero campaign has helped his fundraising.  Why Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW?  Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW train assistance dogs to increase the independence and wellbeing of disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight. Mick first heard of the charity through a friend of his who worked in their offices as well as numerous neighbours who volunteered. He said he was drawn to Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW primarily because they were locally based.   I like the thought that the money raised goes to a small, local charity where it can have a real effect rather than a national one, where the money might get 'lost' amid general costs - this feels much more personal. Mick had been to many previous fundraising events for the charity as well as helping out with moving and collecting donated items from local charity shops. He was already keen to do a skydive, and had one booked in for June. He then had a conversation with the charity about how they were looking for a #Localhero and felt the opportunity was too good to miss; especially as the charities new training grounds are in the hangar of the airport where he will be doing his jump! Mick said on doing his skydive The idea of freefalling is appealing and I've always fancied base jumping and bungy jumping but I am very scared of heights. I can't wait to do the jump but it will definitely be a once in a lifetime thing! How do the charity support you?  Mick told us that Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW have been hugely supportive of him as a fundraiser I really didn't want to go round asking people to sponsor me with a sponsor sheet but with the Localgiving link I could tell people the details then it's up to them if they wanted to go ahead - it doesn't feel like I'm pressurising anyone. Ability Dogs 4 Young People designed and printed some leaflets to give out and have been encouraging people to sponsor me on my behalf. They also put posters up around the airport and given some to some of their supporters to display. They also put details of the jump on their website, Facebook Page and Twitter. The charity invited me to the Training Centre after puppy class to meet all the puppies and volunteer puppy parents and I got to chat to everyone involved and they will all be coming along with the puppies to watch me on the day! Mick is hoping to raise enough money buy a new puppy for the charity and fund its training for the first year I can raise a bit more money and somehow hold on to the top spot on the leader board I might reach £2500 which is exactly half of what's needed so that would fund it's first year with the charity. How has #Localhero helped?  We also spoke to Mick about the #Localhero campaign and whether he felt it had had an impact on his fundraising event The #LocalHero Leader board has definitely helped in spreading the word - having the possibility of getting an extra £1000 has really inspired everybody. I know the charity has been explaining to people who don't know me that this is a really effective way of donating because their £5 could turn into £1000! So as well as getting support from my friends and family I've had people sponsor me who want to support the charity. It's also been great advertising for the charity to be on the Leader board with Localgiving and being mentioned on Twitter and such. Mick will be doing his skydive on Tuesday 23rd June, help MICK'S BIG JUMP for Ability Dogs 4 Young People win some extra money for Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW and keep him at the top of the #LocalHero Leaderboard. Each new donor = another point in the competition so any donation, big or small, can make a huge difference. Support Mick now:  https://localgiving.com/fundraising/micksbigjump  
    2288 Posted by Fergus Simpson
  • Mick Pembleton has held on to the top spot on the #Localhero leader board from day one. His skydive for Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW has, so far, attracted 84 unique donors and raised £1,357 for the charity. We spoke to Mick about his involvement with Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW and how the #Localhero campaign has helped his fundraising.  Why Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW?  Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW train assistance dogs to increase the independence and wellbeing of disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight. Mick first heard of the charity through a friend of his who worked in their offices as well as numerous neighbours who volunteered. He said he was drawn to Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW primarily because they were locally based.   I like the thought that the money raised goes to a small, local charity where it can have a real effect rather than a national one, where the money might get 'lost' amid general costs - this feels much more personal. Mick had been to many previous fundraising events for the charity as well as helping out with moving and collecting donated items from local charity shops. He was already keen to do a skydive, and had one booked in for June. He then had a conversation with the charity about how they were looking for a #Localhero and felt the opportunity was too good to miss; especially as the charities new training grounds are in the hangar of the airport where he will be doing his jump! Mick said on doing his skydive The idea of freefalling is appealing and I've always fancied base jumping and bungy jumping but I am very scared of heights. I can't wait to do the jump but it will definitely be a once in a lifetime thing! How do the charity support you?  Mick told us that Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW have been hugely supportive of him as a fundraiser I really didn't want to go round asking people to sponsor me with a sponsor sheet but with the Localgiving link I could tell people the details then it's up to them if they wanted to go ahead - it doesn't feel like I'm pressurising anyone. Ability Dogs 4 Young People designed and printed some leaflets to give out and have been encouraging people to sponsor me on my behalf. They also put posters up around the airport and given some to some of their supporters to display. They also put details of the jump on their website, Facebook Page and Twitter. The charity invited me to the Training Centre after puppy class to meet all the puppies and volunteer puppy parents and I got to chat to everyone involved and they will all be coming along with the puppies to watch me on the day! Mick is hoping to raise enough money buy a new puppy for the charity and fund its training for the first year I can raise a bit more money and somehow hold on to the top spot on the leader board I might reach £2500 which is exactly half of what's needed so that would fund it's first year with the charity. How has #Localhero helped?  We also spoke to Mick about the #Localhero campaign and whether he felt it had had an impact on his fundraising event The #LocalHero Leader board has definitely helped in spreading the word - having the possibility of getting an extra £1000 has really inspired everybody. I know the charity has been explaining to people who don't know me that this is a really effective way of donating because their £5 could turn into £1000! So as well as getting support from my friends and family I've had people sponsor me who want to support the charity. It's also been great advertising for the charity to be on the Leader board with Localgiving and being mentioned on Twitter and such. Mick will be doing his skydive on Tuesday 23rd June, help MICK'S BIG JUMP for Ability Dogs 4 Young People win some extra money for Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW and keep him at the top of the #LocalHero Leaderboard. Each new donor = another point in the competition so any donation, big or small, can make a huge difference. Support Mick now:  https://localgiving.com/fundraising/micksbigjump  
    Jun 22, 2015 2288
  • 03 Jun 2015
    A group of 6 employees from De La Rue, Basingstoke are taking on the National Three Peak Challenge this weekend. Currently in the number 2 spot on the #LocalHero leaderboard, can they stay there until the 30th June to win some extra money for Basingstoke Young Carers? This isn't the first time employees from De La Rue have attempted the Three Peak Challenge. The company actively encourage it and allow team members to raise money for charities close to their hearts. Andrea Gibson from the team explains why they chose Basingstoke Young Carers to support. "As a group we were keen to support both a children’s charity and a local charity so we all agreed that this was the group that we wanted to support. For me personally, I undertook a care role for a parent throughout my teens at a time when support groups such as this weren’t in existence, so I am delighted to be supporting the work of this critical charity who offer such amazing support to the many young people who face such difficult circumstances in their day to day lives." Meet the team  I wondered why the group had chosen a Where's Wally theme for the event. They told me, "we considered a number of fancy dress options just for added interest, and thought that there might be some good photo opportunities for “Where’s Wally” and “Where’s Wenda” photos at various points along the route!" The Challenge In the National Three Peaks Challenge, the team will need to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales (plus the travel inbetween) within 24 hours. The peaks are: Snowdon, in Wales (1085m) Scafell Pike, in England (978m) Ben Nevis, in Scotland (1344m) "A couple of team members have done the event before and so know what they are letting themselves in for! However, for us newbies, we are not entirely sure what to expect. Apparently it is the minibus rides between the mountains that are the killers, the inevitable blisters and then the unpredictability of the weather (a couple of years ago the teams had to wade through 3 feet of water just to get back to the minibus having abandoned Scafell Pike)." Are they ready? The group have been preparing by running, walking and the occasional training session up 'Cardiac Hill' in Kingsclere. Trying to fit in training around a busy home life has resulted in some innovative techniques - speed marching with a weighted backpack and step-ups at bus stops. Every little helps! "Whatever preparation we make, I think it is still going to be a challenge, however I am assured that it is a fantastic experience and that walking up Scafell Pike in the moonlight is something not to be missed" --------------------------------------------------------  Top of the peaks!  Well done to the team who managed to reach the top of the three peaks successfully but sadly not under 24 hours due to traffic and a double tyre blowout! "Nonetheless it was an absolutely brilliant experience and memories for life. We encountered all kinds of weather (rain, lightening, horizontal hail and a lot of snow on Ben Nevis) but it was the relentless battering of the wind which made it the most tough." Now you can help Where's Wallys Waifs 3 Peaks Challenge win some extra money for Basingstoke Young Carers and keep them on the #LocalHero Leaderboard! Your donation will help them reach their £1,000 target, plus each new donor = another point in the competition!
    1837 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • A group of 6 employees from De La Rue, Basingstoke are taking on the National Three Peak Challenge this weekend. Currently in the number 2 spot on the #LocalHero leaderboard, can they stay there until the 30th June to win some extra money for Basingstoke Young Carers? This isn't the first time employees from De La Rue have attempted the Three Peak Challenge. The company actively encourage it and allow team members to raise money for charities close to their hearts. Andrea Gibson from the team explains why they chose Basingstoke Young Carers to support. "As a group we were keen to support both a children’s charity and a local charity so we all agreed that this was the group that we wanted to support. For me personally, I undertook a care role for a parent throughout my teens at a time when support groups such as this weren’t in existence, so I am delighted to be supporting the work of this critical charity who offer such amazing support to the many young people who face such difficult circumstances in their day to day lives." Meet the team  I wondered why the group had chosen a Where's Wally theme for the event. They told me, "we considered a number of fancy dress options just for added interest, and thought that there might be some good photo opportunities for “Where’s Wally” and “Where’s Wenda” photos at various points along the route!" The Challenge In the National Three Peaks Challenge, the team will need to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales (plus the travel inbetween) within 24 hours. The peaks are: Snowdon, in Wales (1085m) Scafell Pike, in England (978m) Ben Nevis, in Scotland (1344m) "A couple of team members have done the event before and so know what they are letting themselves in for! However, for us newbies, we are not entirely sure what to expect. Apparently it is the minibus rides between the mountains that are the killers, the inevitable blisters and then the unpredictability of the weather (a couple of years ago the teams had to wade through 3 feet of water just to get back to the minibus having abandoned Scafell Pike)." Are they ready? The group have been preparing by running, walking and the occasional training session up 'Cardiac Hill' in Kingsclere. Trying to fit in training around a busy home life has resulted in some innovative techniques - speed marching with a weighted backpack and step-ups at bus stops. Every little helps! "Whatever preparation we make, I think it is still going to be a challenge, however I am assured that it is a fantastic experience and that walking up Scafell Pike in the moonlight is something not to be missed" --------------------------------------------------------  Top of the peaks!  Well done to the team who managed to reach the top of the three peaks successfully but sadly not under 24 hours due to traffic and a double tyre blowout! "Nonetheless it was an absolutely brilliant experience and memories for life. We encountered all kinds of weather (rain, lightening, horizontal hail and a lot of snow on Ben Nevis) but it was the relentless battering of the wind which made it the most tough." Now you can help Where's Wallys Waifs 3 Peaks Challenge win some extra money for Basingstoke Young Carers and keep them on the #LocalHero Leaderboard! Your donation will help them reach their £1,000 target, plus each new donor = another point in the competition!
    Jun 03, 2015 1837
  • 22 May 2015
    Melanie Jeffs knows first-hand how important Nottingham Women's Centre services are for women seeking a safe and supportive environment.  "As the Centre Manager, I see the impact that we make every day. Our strapline is 'Helping women achieve amazing things' and I truly believe that we do this - and I decided to do some amazing stuff myself to demonstrate it." Providing this support costs money but it really does change lives Nottingham’s Women Centre has been running for 41 years and offers services from child care to counselling, basic skills and person wellbeing courses to help women achieve their aims in life. However, providing this support comes at a price which is why fundraising is so important to keeping the charity running. “It’s an experience I’ll never forget” The adventure pushed Mel to her limits to support the centre’s services which she believes can change lives. In August, she trained for only 8 weeks before stepping into a boxing ring. She then faced her fear of heights by abseiling down a 80ft high bridge in October and to top it all off, in November she jumped out of a plane!  Mel raised a whopping £2,147.23 for the centre after her stunts, which exceeded her £2,000 target.  "The money has gone towards turning a store room into an additional office for our mental health project ‘Renew’ (previously we had 21 different staff and volunteers juggling two desks and computers!!!) and also a small hardship fund to enable women to access childcare and/or counselling either free of charge or at reduced rates." Click to see brave Mel's fundraising page - 'My Year of Adventure for Nottingham Women's Centre'
    1607 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Melanie Jeffs knows first-hand how important Nottingham Women's Centre services are for women seeking a safe and supportive environment.  "As the Centre Manager, I see the impact that we make every day. Our strapline is 'Helping women achieve amazing things' and I truly believe that we do this - and I decided to do some amazing stuff myself to demonstrate it." Providing this support costs money but it really does change lives Nottingham’s Women Centre has been running for 41 years and offers services from child care to counselling, basic skills and person wellbeing courses to help women achieve their aims in life. However, providing this support comes at a price which is why fundraising is so important to keeping the charity running. “It’s an experience I’ll never forget” The adventure pushed Mel to her limits to support the centre’s services which she believes can change lives. In August, she trained for only 8 weeks before stepping into a boxing ring. She then faced her fear of heights by abseiling down a 80ft high bridge in October and to top it all off, in November she jumped out of a plane!  Mel raised a whopping £2,147.23 for the centre after her stunts, which exceeded her £2,000 target.  "The money has gone towards turning a store room into an additional office for our mental health project ‘Renew’ (previously we had 21 different staff and volunteers juggling two desks and computers!!!) and also a small hardship fund to enable women to access childcare and/or counselling either free of charge or at reduced rates." Click to see brave Mel's fundraising page - 'My Year of Adventure for Nottingham Women's Centre'
    May 22, 2015 1607
  • 22 May 2015
     "...and who are you riding for?" When Tony, an experienced long distance cyclist decided to cross the pond and ride through the mighty USA, all his friends where asking him "...and who are you riding for?". Having previously only thought of his trips as holidays, he thought this was a good opportunity to fundraise for charity. "This time I knew with an expedition across a continent that I would be out of my comfort zone. With so many miles, deprivation and effort it seemed a good enough reason to tempt my friends to part with some cash." "I felt strongly that the folk who often have to sacrifice their lives to caring are truly heroes" Acknowledging his luck in being healthy and comfortable in life with few caring responsibilities for older relatives, he was attracted to York Carers Centre. The charity support people who subordinate their own time, money and ambitions to look after their loved ones. A proud Yorkie, he was also encouraged by the fact it was a local charity and that any money raised would stay in York and his community would benefit.  "I contacted the charity and was invited to meet some of the staff. I became even more enthused after talking to to the magnificent Sharron Smith and we then talked how we might plan and promote my ride to maximise any money raised." "It was a fabulously long ride, it had deserts, mountain ranges, forests, prairies and rivers as sights to see." Cycling accross America was always on his "bucket list", intrigued by the parts of America that you don't normally get to see. He experienced; bible belt churches, endless pick up trucks and farmers, the small town America of hamlets, Kentucky coal mines, vineyards, fruit orchards, Amish buggies, British ramblers visiting National Parks, irate blue collar Harley Davidson riders giving the finger, packs of dogs and every different version of a cheese burger!  "It was the time of my life and I found the different America I was searching for. I rode 3,900 miles at 73 miles a day. I felt that my relationship with the charity was quite close as I knew many of the staff. I also felt that climbing off was never an option as I had to ‘deliver’ the dosh! They invited me to a staff meeting after the ride and personally thanked me for my efforts - I was very grateful." York Carers Centre told Tony that £1000 would be tremendous. Well, Tony raised double that amount, a fantastic £2,078.05! Well done Tony for making it across America in one piece and of course for raising such a huge amount. A note from York Carers Centre "At times when it has become increasingly difficult to raise funds for charitable work and when there are huge demands on public services and finance York Carers Centre were thrilled that Tony Ives chose to raise funds to help our organisation. We were further surprised and delighted by the substantial sum Tony raised and this will be used to directly support carers with responsibilities for those suffering from substance and alcohol misuse and mental health problems.We are very grateful to Tony who set himself the daunting task of cycling across the USA and extremely proud of his own personal achievement in helping us."  Find out more about Tony's incredible journey on his blog or take a look at his very successful fundraising page 'Follow Your Arrow USA 2014'        
    1606 Posted by Steph Heyden
  •  "...and who are you riding for?" When Tony, an experienced long distance cyclist decided to cross the pond and ride through the mighty USA, all his friends where asking him "...and who are you riding for?". Having previously only thought of his trips as holidays, he thought this was a good opportunity to fundraise for charity. "This time I knew with an expedition across a continent that I would be out of my comfort zone. With so many miles, deprivation and effort it seemed a good enough reason to tempt my friends to part with some cash." "I felt strongly that the folk who often have to sacrifice their lives to caring are truly heroes" Acknowledging his luck in being healthy and comfortable in life with few caring responsibilities for older relatives, he was attracted to York Carers Centre. The charity support people who subordinate their own time, money and ambitions to look after their loved ones. A proud Yorkie, he was also encouraged by the fact it was a local charity and that any money raised would stay in York and his community would benefit.  "I contacted the charity and was invited to meet some of the staff. I became even more enthused after talking to to the magnificent Sharron Smith and we then talked how we might plan and promote my ride to maximise any money raised." "It was a fabulously long ride, it had deserts, mountain ranges, forests, prairies and rivers as sights to see." Cycling accross America was always on his "bucket list", intrigued by the parts of America that you don't normally get to see. He experienced; bible belt churches, endless pick up trucks and farmers, the small town America of hamlets, Kentucky coal mines, vineyards, fruit orchards, Amish buggies, British ramblers visiting National Parks, irate blue collar Harley Davidson riders giving the finger, packs of dogs and every different version of a cheese burger!  "It was the time of my life and I found the different America I was searching for. I rode 3,900 miles at 73 miles a day. I felt that my relationship with the charity was quite close as I knew many of the staff. I also felt that climbing off was never an option as I had to ‘deliver’ the dosh! They invited me to a staff meeting after the ride and personally thanked me for my efforts - I was very grateful." York Carers Centre told Tony that £1000 would be tremendous. Well, Tony raised double that amount, a fantastic £2,078.05! Well done Tony for making it across America in one piece and of course for raising such a huge amount. A note from York Carers Centre "At times when it has become increasingly difficult to raise funds for charitable work and when there are huge demands on public services and finance York Carers Centre were thrilled that Tony Ives chose to raise funds to help our organisation. We were further surprised and delighted by the substantial sum Tony raised and this will be used to directly support carers with responsibilities for those suffering from substance and alcohol misuse and mental health problems.We are very grateful to Tony who set himself the daunting task of cycling across the USA and extremely proud of his own personal achievement in helping us."  Find out more about Tony's incredible journey on his blog or take a look at his very successful fundraising page 'Follow Your Arrow USA 2014'        
    May 22, 2015 1606
  • 18 May 2015
    Each year on Shrove Tuesday, the little town of Olney in Buckinghamshire is invaded by women and their frying pans for the world famous Olney Pancake Race. This year Julie, who now lives in Olney, decided she wanted to take part in this old tradition while raising money for FACES who provide practical and emotional help to families. "I wanted to raise money for a local charity that would benefit children and families and I decided FACES would be ideal. I am a paediatric nurse and the work that FACES does would very much benefit many of the people I come across." The tradition dates back to 1445 when a local woman who was making pancakes preparing from Shrove Tuesday, heard the "Shriving bell" signalling the start of the church service. Frying pan still in hand, she ran to the church, skillfully tossing the pancake to prevent it from burning while still dressed in her apron and headscarf - wonderfully modelled by Julie on the right.  "I was amazed by the response and support I received. I set out to try to raise £100 so to raise more than £700 (including offline donations) was fantastic!" And the money raised... Wendie from FACES (Family and Children's Early-help Services) explains, "we were delighted when Julie approached us and said she would like to raise funds for FACES. We are a local independent charity and all the money that is raised goes directly to families and their children when times are tough for them. Julie did an amazing job and raised a staggering £700 for us and although the money is fantastic, an added bonus was that she helped us to raise our profile. The money Julie raised has been put aside to pay for a daytrip for our most deprived children, many of them have nothing to look forward to in the Summer holidays. Paying through Localgiving was such an easy way for Julie and FACES to promote the event on our social media sites, it was easy to post a link and take donors straight to our page. Julie is our hero and we are so very grateful to her." Visit Julie's page - 'Julie's running the Olney Pancake Race for FACEs!' 
    1490 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • Each year on Shrove Tuesday, the little town of Olney in Buckinghamshire is invaded by women and their frying pans for the world famous Olney Pancake Race. This year Julie, who now lives in Olney, decided she wanted to take part in this old tradition while raising money for FACES who provide practical and emotional help to families. "I wanted to raise money for a local charity that would benefit children and families and I decided FACES would be ideal. I am a paediatric nurse and the work that FACES does would very much benefit many of the people I come across." The tradition dates back to 1445 when a local woman who was making pancakes preparing from Shrove Tuesday, heard the "Shriving bell" signalling the start of the church service. Frying pan still in hand, she ran to the church, skillfully tossing the pancake to prevent it from burning while still dressed in her apron and headscarf - wonderfully modelled by Julie on the right.  "I was amazed by the response and support I received. I set out to try to raise £100 so to raise more than £700 (including offline donations) was fantastic!" And the money raised... Wendie from FACES (Family and Children's Early-help Services) explains, "we were delighted when Julie approached us and said she would like to raise funds for FACES. We are a local independent charity and all the money that is raised goes directly to families and their children when times are tough for them. Julie did an amazing job and raised a staggering £700 for us and although the money is fantastic, an added bonus was that she helped us to raise our profile. The money Julie raised has been put aside to pay for a daytrip for our most deprived children, many of them have nothing to look forward to in the Summer holidays. Paying through Localgiving was such an easy way for Julie and FACES to promote the event on our social media sites, it was easy to post a link and take donors straight to our page. Julie is our hero and we are so very grateful to her." Visit Julie's page - 'Julie's running the Olney Pancake Race for FACEs!' 
    May 18, 2015 1490
  • 18 May 2015
    A big congratulations to Nicky who walked the length of the North Downs – 125 miles from Farnham to Dover – in sections over the year. As a mild sufferer of ME, she wanted to raise funds for her local support group, Richmond and Kingston ME Group, who have around 160 members, many of whom aren’t able to come to the meetings.  “Whilst I am fortunate enough to be able to work part-time and lead a fairly active life, many of my fellow sufferers are housebound or even bedbound with virtually no life beyond the four walls that surround them.” She managed to raise £965.01, almost doubling her £500 target, which will go towards reducing the isolation that some of the worst case sufferers experience. The self-help group send out a quarterly newsletter, operate a telephone helpline and host an email chat group so that housebound members can stay included and supported through the activities. What will the money go towards? “Richmond and Kingston ME Group are delighted and proud of Nicky’s achievement and we are putting part of the money raised towards an ME Question Time on October 3rd 2015 organised with the ME Association to give members a voice who are too ill to speak for themselves. We would like to put the remaining money towards an emergency fund we hope to set up to support any members who are in extreme need though this is still at the planning stage.” Linda Webb If you want to find out more about the Richmond and Kingston ME Group please visit their Localgiving page here. Go one step further and become a fantastic fundraiser like Nicky, click here to set up your page. Also visit Nicky's page 'THE NORTH DOWNS CHALLENGE'    
    1544 Posted by Steph Heyden
  • A big congratulations to Nicky who walked the length of the North Downs – 125 miles from Farnham to Dover – in sections over the year. As a mild sufferer of ME, she wanted to raise funds for her local support group, Richmond and Kingston ME Group, who have around 160 members, many of whom aren’t able to come to the meetings.  “Whilst I am fortunate enough to be able to work part-time and lead a fairly active life, many of my fellow sufferers are housebound or even bedbound with virtually no life beyond the four walls that surround them.” She managed to raise £965.01, almost doubling her £500 target, which will go towards reducing the isolation that some of the worst case sufferers experience. The self-help group send out a quarterly newsletter, operate a telephone helpline and host an email chat group so that housebound members can stay included and supported through the activities. What will the money go towards? “Richmond and Kingston ME Group are delighted and proud of Nicky’s achievement and we are putting part of the money raised towards an ME Question Time on October 3rd 2015 organised with the ME Association to give members a voice who are too ill to speak for themselves. We would like to put the remaining money towards an emergency fund we hope to set up to support any members who are in extreme need though this is still at the planning stage.” Linda Webb If you want to find out more about the Richmond and Kingston ME Group please visit their Localgiving page here. Go one step further and become a fantastic fundraiser like Nicky, click here to set up your page. Also visit Nicky's page 'THE NORTH DOWNS CHALLENGE'    
    May 18, 2015 1544