NNSC Find their Superheroes

Children in Need superheroes at NNSC

We have some more Children in Need superhero fun, courtesy of NNSC and Lauren Boswell this time :)

Honeycomb on sale at rowan house for children in need

Meanwhile over at Rowan House

They raised a grand total of £36. We also have an update from Tuesday’s report from Newport, where Sue Jagger organised a collection and raised £101.42 from the Nights, Twilight and Operations teams.

It’s been great to see everyone dressed up (or down!) in their costumes this year!

Breaking News: The overall total raised for Children in Need this year has topped £500 :)

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Cakes and Superheroes

Superhero costumes for Children in Need 2014

Spot the Superhero – from left to right we have: Sam Page as Pop Eye, Stuart Birch as Mr T, Shaun Gormley as Superman, Sophie Morris as Lady Zorro and Dawn Addis as The Incredible Sprout

Instore‘s Sophie Morris has the details of their efforts for Children in Need last Friday…

“Just a quick update with how Friday’s fund raising went. A few people dressed up (put on t-shirts to match the theme) and money was raised from the cake sale.

Nearly £40 was raised just from the bakes (I’ll give you the exact amount when I find out). Photos attached – the cakes that went on sale, Shaun Gormley’s little hero action figures, and the fancy dress costumes.”

Cakes and mini heroes for Children in Need

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We’re Making ‘Mogress’

photo of this year's efforts for Movember at Dawson Books

This year’s Movember pinups: from left to right – Mark Cage (Standing Orders Team Leader Dawson Books), Simon Boyd (Bids and Tenders Manager – Connect Books) & Sam Bence (Quotes Team Leader Dawson Books)

It wouldn’t be a proper November without a Movember story! Thankfully Sam Bence at Dawson Books has this year’s hirsute tale…

“The three of us undertook this facial challenge for various reasons. Some would say that it’s because we’re masochistic and enjoy people laughing at us around the office (!) but our underlying reason is to raise awareness and money for the Movember cause.

The craze has swept the world in the last few years and done a huge amount of good in helping men everywhere be more aware of issues such as testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health. We’re very proud to further help this cause from our office in Norwich.

We’re gradually making ‘Mogress’ – as you can see from the picture, but come the end of the month we’ll have fully formed moustaches that anyone from Ron Burgundy to Salvador Dali would be jealous of!”

You can help them achieve their goal by donating to their Movember team page.

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The Pyjama Game

Newport staff bring out their onesies for Children in Need

Newport from left to right Andrew Herbert, Gaynor Scott, Ashley Smith, Michelle Yalland and Vicky Brain.

We have our first reports from this year’s Children in Need!

Not content with just cakes, both Newport and Wednesbury took the opportunity to have a pyjama party to accompany their baked goods!

The combined totals from their efforts is £125.85.

Wednesbury's Pyjama party for children in need

More pyjamas and onesies plus cakes, courtesy of Wednesbury


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Bertrams Gets Scary

Picture of employees in their Halloween costumes

Be afraid, very afraid – the full line up ready to scare you!

Forget Fright Night! Bertrams showed daytime can be just as scary when they held a themed fancy dress day for Hallowe’en - yikes! Frances Plant has the details…

” We were fundraising for Sara Barkham, a long serving employee at Bertrams. Her partner had a kidney transplant recently – at the Renal Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital. The Unit have really supported him and the family prior to the operation.  The recent transplant has gone well.  Prior to that he was on dialysis.

Loads of the library services operations team got involved and the effort that everyone made was very impressive.  It was a very scary floor for the day!  We also had a few people from Customer Services join in as well!!

HR judged a competition for best dressed and chose three lots of winners (they couldn’t decide on a 1st, 2nd and 3rd, so all were equal winners!)

The amount raised was £235.58 and a good time was had by all!

Darren Turner will be presenting a cheque to Sarah Barkham for the unit - a photo should follow.”

Photo of the winning 'scary monsters'

Scary monsters – the winning costumes were: Mr and Mrs Dea’th – Joan Freer and Mike Dea’th, Clown – April Goucher and Zip Face – Rachel Sarsby


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Step Out for the Bath Men’s Walk 2015

Photo of Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice fund raisers

Head of Fundraising for Bath Rugby Foundation Halena Coury and Phillippa Watson, Major Gifts Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care launched the Bath Men’s Walk 2015 last month

Our connection with Bath Rugby Foundation continues! Calling all of our male walkers based in the south-west: Fiona Gilbert – Marketing and Communications Manager – has news of their annual Bath Men’s Walk…

Back for a third year, the popular men only eight-mile walk takes place on Saturday 21st March 2015 and aims to raise much-needed funds for the charities Bath Rugby Foundation and Dorothy House Hospice Care.

The walkers will set out from Dorothy House, Winsley at 1pm for a walk along the Kennet and Avon canal to finish at the Recreation Ground – aka The Rec – the home of Bath Rugby. Their reward? A pie, a pint and the Six Nations clash between England and France on the big screen.

Groups of 12 to 20 walkers who book together will get the opportunity to watch the game in the comfort of their own private box at The Rec or – new for this year – groups of 10 will also have the option to book a table in The Pavilion enabling groups of friends to catch-up post walk whilst watching the Six Nations.

The aim for 2015 is to double the number of walkers this year to a whopping 700, so it would be great if Community Link-Up readers can help them out!  Bath Men’s Walk is perfect for men and boys who fancy a not-too-strenuous walk along the canal, followed by a great pie and a pint (or two) and a game of rugby. With an ‘unofficial’ pit stop or two along the way, it’s a great way to get a bit of exercise, have lots of fun and enjoy watching a hard-fought international match with some of your mates.

Both charities rely on the support of the local community by participating in sponsored events to be able to continue their vital work.

  • The Bath Men’s Walk is open to men and boys, aged 12 years or over on the day of the event. The entry fee is £22; in addition, all walkers will be expected to raise sponsorship money or make a personal donation in lieu of sponsorship (suggested minimum £50 / under 18s £25).  Entry fee includes a T-Shirt.
  •  For more information and registration have a look online or contact the hospice fundraising team on 01225 721 480.
  • If you do decide to take part, there is a publicity poster available for you to download.
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Rob’s Volunteer Time Update

Rob Giles on gate duty

Rob is the leader with the bright yellow coat at the campsite gate

Newcastle‘s Rob Giles has shared some of his pictures from his various Scouts activities over the past year. You may remember he was using his Volunteer Time to help out at the 5th Jarrow Cub Scouts in June. He’s sent in a selection from this and more recent Halloween activities.

Volunteer Time activities with 5th Jarrow cub scouts

Looks like they had a brilliant time!

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Working to Stop Ebola

Photo of the sales stall which helped raise funds for Medecins Sans Frontieres

Yaima Ballester at Dawson Books has been in touch with news of her involvement in an amazing fund-raising activity. I’m sure the crisis that is Ebola can’t have escaped anyone’s notice, so Yaima’s story is also a very topical one.

“We are a group of concerned citizens who decided that the Ebola crisis was a very serious and urgent problem and decided to act even before the current level of public alert became obvious.  We were aware of the excellent work that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were doing in providing facilities in West Africa to combat the epidemic, so thought they should be the recipient of our fund-raising efforts.”

So they decided to run a stall at The Forum in Norwich on 3rd and 4th October selling books as part of Norfolk Black History Month.

“We publicised our participation in the market widely and were even featured in the Matthew Gudgin programme in BBC Radio Norfolk.  The result was an overwhelming response by the public.  On two days of selling books and cakes we raised nearly £1700).  An additional £850 was raised through a JustGiving page.”

Since then, Yaima and her fellow fundraisers have had a thank you tweeted via Médecins Sans Frontières:

You can help Yaima’s efforts by donating to the group’s JustGiving page. Note that they will also be having another stall at the beginning of December in time for Christmas.

“Unfortunately the disease keeps growing exponentially and the situation is still critical so we have decided to continue our fund-raising efforts.  We have been given the opportunity to participate in another market in The Forum as part of the Norwich Global Village Market.”

And there’s more:

“We are currently trying to organise a much bigger event, as we see a need to raise the bar substantially in our fund-raising efforts, given the exponential growth of the disease and the untold misery to thousands of African families this is causing.  This would be a day of Christmas Shopping as part of the StopEbola/Norfolk campaign.

Our idea is to get as many as the Norwich businesses (shops/restaurants) participating and to create very wide publicity of the event (TV, radio, newspapers).  The shoppers will know that while doing the unavoidable Christmas shopping they will be contributing to a good and urgent cause.  This would have a very positive reaction, as our previous efforts were met with an incredible positive reaction from the Norwich public.

The businesses that participate will agree to donate a very small percentage of their takings on that day to MSF.”

What a fantastic effort Yaima and I hope you get plenty of support from Community Link-Up readers. Fingers crossed that all goes well with your stall plus the wider Christmas shopping initiative and we look forward to hearing more!

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Stand By for Children in Need

If the embedded video doesn’t work, you can view it here. It’s just under 2 minutes long.

Children in Need has proved a popular event, so we’re guessing several locations will find the perfect excuse to be #TheBaker hero for this year fundraiser on 14th November!

Rowan House are getting into gear already by recruiting a crack team of Baker Heroes for their cake sale and inviting everyone to dress as their favourite Superhero on the day (as long as external visits and customer facing activities allow)!

There’s also the opportunity to vote for your favourite cake on the Children in Need website. The link takes you to the page where you can download publicity posters and a donation form which enables the inclusion of Gift Aid in your cake sales.

As ever there are plenty of other ideas for taking part – going #BearFaced is new for this year. Dare you ditch the makeup, add a bear paw print to you face (available at Boots for £1) and post a selfie to the Children in Need website?

Selfie or not, we’re standing by to receive your photos and add them to Community Link-Up. We’d also like to know which cake disappeared the fastest to be crowned your location’s favourite!

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A New Term for Stickability

Stickability logoToday sees the launch of a new term for Stickability with Redland and St Paul’s primary schools in Chippenham ready to join our exciting programme!

Over the coming year we’re planning to extend Stickability’s reach into other schools in the south-west, to help children aged 9 and 10 with their learning skills via a unique blend of classroom and outdoor activities plus those all important stickers!

volunteering with Stickability at Westbury Junior School

Tina Lawes with the children at Westbury Junior School last year

The involvement of Bath Rugby Foundation and the enthusiasm of our staff volunteers are key to this programme’s success.

If you’d like to take part, all that’s needed up front is your smile as full training is given throughout. Note that involvement in the Stickability programme counts as a Volunteer Time activity. Please contact Laura Smith for more information.

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