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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Hampers Help Air Ambulance Week

Photo of hamper used to raise funds

To support National Air Ambulance Week, 22 – 26 September 2014, The Consortium in Shrewsbury raised £113. There was a raffle of hampers, kindly donated by a local business NTM-LINKTIP-GB-LTD, and wine.

The winner of the Food hamper was Mike Rogers, Outbound Manager with John Miller, Storeperson, taking the Pimm’s Hamper. Mike Price, Overseas Buyer, won a bottle of wine.

There was also a fundraising dress down day on the Friday.

Thanks to Sue Jones for the update.

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More Cake for Macmillan

Rowan House macmillan cakes

What a lot of bakers you’ve been! After Borehamwood managed to scoop everyone last week, we have lots more stories about your support of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Our lead picture shows Nic Hewlett and Laura Smith ready to serve at Rowan House.

At least 8 locations joined in, so we will group your pictures into today’s and further posts for this week. Stay tuned for an update on the fantastic overall total raised this year!

cakes at newports macmillan coffee morningHere’s a smorgasbord of the yummy cakes on offer at Newport posing with Customer Services’ Sarah Melchior. Judy Read tells us a little more about their efforts:

“Staff from all departments joined in.  We held 2 raffles from the pack supplied by Macmillan cancer support.  Rebecca Fletcher in customer services won £20 by guessing the correct coffee cup, and Ian Griffin Newport Distribution Manager won £37.00 by guessing the number of 100’s and 1000’s on the cake.  Everyone enjoyed the cakes and we are now organising a slimathon to counteract the overeating !!”

Overall, they raised £139.59.

LTN DMD Macmillan Coffee morning

Our final update is from LTN/DMD, who held their event on the Friday. Eugene Howson (who you may remember was due to run the Bournemouth marathon yesterday in aid of Macmillan) said:

“We raised £84.75, which IS AN EXCELLENT RESULT. It was good to see all staff appreciating and participating during the day.”

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Volunteer Time Helps With Dementia Awareness

Photo of Age UK volunteer Deb ZazaWe have a great story today about The Consortium’s Deb Zaza who already volunteers for Age UK in her own time as a befriender in the Shropshire area.

Age UK offer a half day Dementia Awareness course for their volunteers. This is important training for many people in all kinds of roles – not just befrienders – as our population gets increasingly older.

The training is only available in work time, so we were only too happy to accept Deb’s application for Volunteer Time.

Deb has written a lovely piece about her experiences as a befriender – below is a sneak peek at an extract from her story. The rest will appear in Connections in November!

“I have no living grandparents of my own and my heart-strings are always pulled when I think of old people alone.  Currently there are 70 people on the waiting list for a befriender in the Shropshire area.

The application was straightforward, forms filled in then an interview which was very informal, informing me of the dos and don’ts and asking me what sort of person I would be happy to visit, male, female? pets no pets!?  I was very honest and I think that was important as I was then matched with someone who suited.

I would recommend this voluntary work to everyone, an hour or two a week to make someone’s life seem brighter is all it takes.

If you are interested in becoming a befriender or in any of the other services Age UK offer I know they would be thrilled to hear from you.”

Posted in Community Volunteering, Volunteer Case Studies, Volunteer Time

Borehamwood’s First

Lots of yummy cakes for the Macmillan Coffee MorningBorehamwood have the honour of being the first this year with their report on their Macmillan Coffee Morning held last week. It wasn’t just about the cake, as Kelly Carey explains… 

Borehamwood Group held a cake sale (50p a cake) for Macmillan and raised a total of £30.

We also did a Spot the Double Shot of Coffee* and Jim Sinden House Manager,  Borehamwood Group won £20 and £20 went to Macmillan.

We also did a Guess how many hundreds & thousands* were on the cake. The answer was 4,856 and the winners were Kelly Carey and Lily Layton, who guessed 5,000. They split £41 and £41 went to Macmillan.

Altogether so far we’ve raised £91.

Great stuff and a superb lineup of scrummy cakes, thanks Kelly! Are there any more Coffee Morning reports and pictures out there for us to drool over?

* Both of these were fun activities provided by Macmillan in their Coffee Morning pack :)

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