Introducing Neo and Owain

neo and owain

Neo (left) at 10 weeks old and Owain, the little boy he’ll be helping

On Tuesday, Instore‘s Debbie Ferreira-Morgan introduced us to the project she’s been involved with, helping a local family to raise the further £4,000 needed to ensure their son Owain has the help of a support dog.

The pictured very cute Neo has already been with the family for around two weeks, and the fundraising continues, as Debbie explains…

“On Sunday 19th October  we held a fun day at the local park with sponsored dog walks around the park, a dog obstacle course, best dressed dog, cake sale etc. to raise some more much needed money.

At this event we raised £670 towards the 10 week old pup who was delivered last week.”

They have raised  £2,670 so far – more than a third of the dog – which matches the £2,000 raised already by Owain’s family. Further fundraising is in the pipeline…

“Jackie Jamieson (my line manager) has kindly donated a pair of Michael’s signed shorts so we will frame these and sell them.”

Whilst Debbie’s efforts are supporting Owain’s individual needs, you may be interested to know that his dog was found via Service Dogs Europe,  a charity which provides assistance dogs for autism, diabetes, dementia and a number of other conditions.

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A Neo Way of Walking

Sponsored dog walk

Debbie is towards the back of the photo, wearing a green coat and a scarf

InStore‘s Debbie Ferreira-Morgan has news of a sponsored walk she took part in earlier this month…

“I took part in a sponsored dog walk on Sunday 12th October to raise money for a local 4-year-old boy who has autism and requires an assistance dog. We need to raise a further £4,000 as the family have already managed to get £2,000.”

As you can see there were dogs of all shapes and sizes involved!

In our next post we’ll introduce you to Neo, the very cute pup they’re raising the money for and the little boy he’ll be helping.

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Quick Update from Eugene

Eugene Howson photoCongratulations to LTN‘s Eugene Howson who’s successfully completed his latest marathon challenge!

His update on his JustGiving Page says:

“I did it, my provisional time is 3:46:31, It was tough going, a lot of hilly inclines which took a lot of energy. I hit the wall at 22 miles this cost time as I slowed and found it difficult to get back into a smooth rhythm. Brilliant spectator support all the way round.”

Eugene’s efforts have netted £244.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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CRS Link-Up for Stoptober

Stoptober logoThe CRS team at Rowan House have come up with a novel way to Link-Up and fund raise at the same time.

Nikki Taylor, Sharlene Draper and their colleagues have joined Stoptober. This is an NHS initiative designed to help people to stop smoking, but lots of people in the UK (and worldwide) are using it to give up something for October which will benefit their health.

The charity set to gain from CRS’s efforts is Swindon & North Wiltshire Deaf Children’s Society, which is used by Sharlene’s daughter and is proving to be of great benefit to her.

Nikki Taylor explains further…

“Team members are giving up various items for Stoptober from fast food to chocolate, from cake to smoking.

We are showing signs of struggle but are remaining strong.

Sharlene who has given up all sugary foods including sweets, chocolate, cakes AND biscuits says ‘It has been a struggle, especially since team members insist on indulging on all things sweet in front of me!’

Natalie who has given up chocolate says ‘I am dreaming about Double Deckers!!’

CRS members will be roaming the office over the next couple of weeks in order to gain more sponsors, so please donate your change!”

The team’s more than two-thirds of the way through their ordeal, so there’s not much longer to go now. They’ve raised £130 so far and would love your support to help them get through the final few days!

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Megan Tries the Knee Knobbler

Megan Davies and friend after their Nelson Knee Knobbler run across the beach in Norfolk

Megan (left) and friend after the race with no hint of knobbled knees!

Bertrams‘ Megan Davies has given us a super update on her running plans. Sadly ill-health recently means she has had to withdraw from this year’s Saltmarsh 75, but it hasn’t stopped her running activities completely.

Megan explains further:

“I am not going to let me being a bit ill affect my future running plans, so I have signed up to Sri Lanka, which is 6th – 13th March. It’s the first ever multi-stage race to be run in Sri Lanka. I am currently talking to Sarcoma UK, the charity I raise for each year about taking one of their spots in the London Marathon in April too.

Other than that, I have signed up to a 10k run along Horsey beach in Norfolk called the Norfolk Knee Knobbler, which is pretty much all on sand. It’s partially to ease the disappointment of having to curb the longer distances for a little while and partially to support a friend who is training for the Norwich half…although she is a lot quicker than me already! I run for distance not speed, she is the opposite, so we are helping each other improve.”

And then after Sunday’s event she sent in her news from the actual race…

“It was great. We had great weather for it and it was a lovely little course with the majority of it either being run in sand dunes or down by the water on Horsey beach, so we had a good view of the seals swimming close to the shoreline. It was the first of that route to be run, but I’d happily go back again next year.

The attached picture is of me and my friend (who came second female!) celebrating crossing the line with a free cuppa – it was as good a medal as any!”

Good to see ill-health hasn’t thwarted your plans completely Megan, and here’s to a full recovery so you can not only fulfill your revised goals, but also join the Saltmarsh 75 in 2015 :)

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Big Fun in Brum

Birmingham Big Fun Run at Cannon Hill Park

Smiles all round after completing their walk

Hot on the heels of their cake efforts, we have more news from Birmingham as promised!

September 20th saw Connie Boothe, Ann Marie Winston and Kieran Sheridan line up for the Big Fun Run at Cannon Hill Park. This is a 5 kilometre event held in Birmingham with the aim for participants to have fun with no time pressures involved and for them to raise money for a number of charities.

The team elected to support Queen Elizabeth Hospital‘s Cyberknife Appeal, part of a £6.5 million appeal the hospital currently has for its cancer treatment provision. On their appeal website the hospital explains what a Cyberknife is used for:

“The Cyberknife machine is a robotic system that offers radiation surgery on tumours that were previously inoperable or would cause a lot of collateral damage to patients.

An example of the type of treatment that Cyberknife will be used for is treatment of tumours on an optic nerve. Conventional radiotherapy would cause damage to both eyes, blinding the patient. Conventional surgery could sever the optic nerve, causing blindness in one eye, but Cyberknife can treat the tumour whilst leaving both optic nerves intact.”

The weather may have been dull, but Connie, Ann Marie and Kieran still had a great day and raised £1,000.

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A Final Cake Tally

Photo of Birmingham's welcome cupcakes for Macmillan

What could be better for our final Macmillan Coffee Morning report than Birmingham’s welcoming cupcakes? :)

We’ve saved the best for last! We had not 8 [as originally reported - Ed] , but nine locations send in pictures from your Macmillan coffee mornings. Here Birmingham have done us proud with lots of cakes and smiling faces all round as Kevin Davies reports…

“The event was held on Wednesday 24th September and the total raised was £180.39.

The organisers and volunteer waitresses were, Joanne Bennett , Teresa Hughes, Connie Boothe , Ann Marie Winston and Marzena Mlezcko, some of which appear in the photos.

Special thanks to all the above as well as the kind staff who donated cakes. A great day, well organised and  a lot of money raised.”

Thanks for getting in touch Kevin! That’s not all the news from Birmingham this week folks, so stay tuned to find out more.

In the meantime, here’s a final look at Birmingham’s participants and yummy cakes plus the news that a magnificent total of £1,528 was raised for Macmillan through all of this year’s coffee mornings. That’s up on the total raised last year :)

You clearly like your cake!

Photos from Birminghams Macmillan coffee morning

A fantastic spread – love those pinnies and the trolley service!

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More Cake Please!

Selection of cakes to raise money for Macmillan

What a lot we got! Here’s the latest selection of cakes brought in for Macmillan’s Coffee Morning. This fine setting appeared at Bertrams as Eleanor Gotts reports…

“We had many cakes donated by members of staff (as you can see!) and a huge turn out during breaks and lunch. We have raised £169.70 so far for Macmillan and are still counting the final pennies!

I think the star of the show was Matthew Plane’s Cranberry Red Velvet cake (pictured top right) which went within minutes. We were also extremely grateful for the help from our volunteers Sharon Denby and Liz Bramble, who spent time manning the stall.”

Macmillan coffee morning at Southampton House

Southampton‘s pictures show it wasn’t just about the cake on September 26th. There is also the opportunity for some shared time over a cuppa as well as helping to clear those plates of scrummy cakes! Organiser Lynda Patience roped in Alicia Alexander and Steve Shuker to act as servers on the day.

Lynda also held another Macmillan Coffee Morning the next day at home with family and friends. She explains why:

“Father passed away last year of Cancer, and the Macmillan Nurses were marvellous, they were godsend not only to my father, but to my mother and the family.”

Lynda’s efforts raised £150.

We have one more Macmillan Coffee Morning special to go! Tune in next week to find out more, plus the overall total raised this year!

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Futsal Memories

After last week’s match report, it’s time for the traditional ‘action replay’ from the Futsal tournament. Here’s a selection from the photos taken on the day…

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It’s Cake – With a Difference

Cakes for macmillan fundraising Newcastle‘s Customer Service Assistant John Burns decided to organise a coffee morning with a difference! Ian Rothwell reports…

John was keen to support Macmillan and took it upon himself to support and organise the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 26 September.

Rather than just standing in the canteen, John decided to take the ‘coffee and cakes’ to the masses and dressed up as Mrs Brown went round with a trolley serving the teams in Newcastle House.

A great effort by John and everyone enjoyed the ‘ moment ‘ !!

Around 60 staff joined in and John’s efforts raised £199.

Elsewhere, The Consortium‘s Trowbridge and Shrewsbury locations also held Macmillan coffee mornings. Sue Jones tells us what happened at Shrewsbury…

Shrewsbury coffee mornings

Consortium cakes for macmillanThe Macmillan Coffee Morning was again a great success with cakes galore, plus fabulous pastries, pakoras and samosas.

Ali Wright, pictured [above - Ed], did a very impressive Macmillan logo on her Torta Santiago.  Everyone tucked in and donated to this worthwhile cause raising a total of £134.

A big thank you to everyone who brought in goodies.

The picture to the left shows the scrummy looking cakes on offer at Trowbridge, made by Pamela Raymond-Heath.

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