Dress Down and Brownies Bring in the ££

Brownies Collage

Louise Blake brings us further news from Children in Need 2015, with pictures of some very tempting baked goods…

“On Thursday and Friday last week Reading Customer Service team held a dress down day and bake sale (made with the kitchen aid I won from the PMP birthday competition ;) ) to raise money for Children in Need.

The pictures are of the brownies I made; they were salted caramel and milk chocolate and caramel and white chocolate.

In total we raised £46.45!”

That brings our Children in Need totaliser up to £180.31 for 2015 – Ed :)

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Pudsey’s Superheroes Make Their Appearance

Children In Need

Dressing up for Pudsey: Angie Westley, Josh McDowell, Sue Onions, Helen Reid, Beth Baka, Tracey Jones, Lynn Steadman and Katie Cubbin

West Mercia Supplies added dressing up to their cakes in support of Friday’s Children in Need.

They also made sure Pudsey Bear was well represented amongst their film, comic and story book heroes!

They raised a total of £87.86, which makes our Children in Need totaliser stand at £133.86 for 2015 :)

Superhero Liam

Home-made super hero Liam sampling the cake!

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Borehamwood’s Food Day

Borehamwood Children In Need 2015 Collage

Once again Borehamwood are quick off the mark to reveal their scrummy results for Friday’s Children in Need.

Both sweet and savoury palates were catered for on their Food Day, with lots of tempting treats on offer at £1.50 a plate [a bargain! – Ed]

They raised £46 to help this year’s record-breaking event :)

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Last Call for Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child logoCan a simple shoebox change someone’s life? Yes it can…

This year Rowan House are taking part in Operation Christmas Child,  a fantastic initiative that sends shoeboxes of gifts to children all over the world.

Organised each year by the Samaritan’s Purse, a non-profit Christian organisation, the shoebox appeal gives joy to suffering children, where without them Christmas might not be so magical.

It’s surprising how much can be crammed into a shoebox that’ll make a difference – small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, or small items of clothing or jewellery. They’re the kind of items we might put into a Christmas stocking, but placed in a more robust container for the longer journey they’ll undertake. This guide shows what is – and is not – acceptable.

The boxes are coming in already and NB tomorrow  (Tuesday 17th November 2015) is the deadline if you haven’t sent yours in already. Sam New and Laura Smith will then send them on their merry way!

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All Set for Children in Need?

Web Banners 160x600px (1)-page-001Children in Need has proved a popular event in the past, so we’re sure 2015 is no exception!

Whether you’re having a cake sale, dressing up/down for the day, or using the quiz available on the website, we’d love to see and hear your stories.

Or perhaps you’ve taken part in the Children in Need ramble already and have a tale to tell?

We’re standing by for your news and hope to share the overall total raised with you next week. Remember, we have £20 to donate for each blog post published!

Posted in Charity Fundraising, Children in Need


DSC_0139Where’s our scariest location? Bertrams are claiming the crown again this year after their recent extravaganza for Halloween! Gemma Keys reports…

“The Library Services department had a very successful Halloween to raise money for the charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.  There was a great atmosphere where lots of members of staff dressed up, decorated their work areas and ate a lot of sweets!

In total we raised a massive £260! Dawson’s Team 3 won top prize for their team effort as the Addams family and the zombie brides won top prize on BLS.

Other prizes were given also given out and we really appreciate everyone’s effort to make the day such a success. We are looking forward to next year when we hope more departments will join in the fun and raise money for a good cause.”

Betrams at Halloween

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Movember With a Twist

Cycle helmet, check. Early 'tache growth, Check. Paul Flurry is shaping up well for his Movember challenge.

Cycle helmet, check. Early ‘tache growth, check. Paul shows he’s shaping up well for his Movember challenge.

Movember’s proved a popular fundraiser in the past few years. For 2015, The Consortium‘s Paul Flurry is set to prove there’s more to his challenge than growing a moustache…

“I plan to complete a personal Duathlon of running 10 kilometres immediately followed by a minimum 50 mile cycle ride. Fitness being considered I plan to attempt to extend this to 100 miles.

During the last 3 years prostate cancer has had a huge impact upon my family. We thought the worst was behind us but life’s not always that kind. After losing my wife’s Father and then her brother being diagnosed and treated all looked good. Then her brother announced he was being retested and is currently under close observation.

I suffered a serious cycling accident in April this year when a van took me off my cycle and I am still being treated by doctors for ongoing issues.

Until 2 weeks ago I had not rode a bike since the accident so taking on a challenge is primarily for charity but also a personal motivation as I refuse to lie down and simply give in.

Please help support me and the nominated charities by sponsoring me in this challenge. This year all the money collected by myself will be split 50/50 between the Movember * charity and Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA). I have chosen to split the money collected with the WAA as had my accident been any worse I may well have required their assistance.”

Good luck Paul, we look forward to hearing about and seeing the progress with your ‘tache and Dualthlon efforts!

* = the link goes to the Movember’s moustache page instead of the usual Home page as this year there’s an annoying flashing set of images shown on the Home page – Ed

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Jo’s Update: 9 Down…

Crossing the Tyne Bridge on the Great North Run

Crossing the iconic Tyne Bridge on the Great North Run

FSSC‘s Jo Cooke brings us the latest news from her half marathon challenge…

“Hi there…

Wanna see my medal?

Wow… 9 down, only one more to go!!

So since my last update, I had to drop out of the Halifax Half due to injury which was a shame as it was local to me, but I needed to make sure I was fit for the big one, the one I’d been looking forward to all year… The Great North Run!!

So my 8th Half was the Great North Run*… what a fantastic experience, I absolutely loved every single minute of it!!  I wasn’t fully fit so knew it wasn’t going to be a personal best but I just wanted to get round. My time was 2:23:46 which considering my calf protested at 5.5 miles and I had to hobble jog round the remaining 7.5 miles, I was more than happy with.

And here's another one

And here’s number 9

My penultimate Half was at Worksop… a real treat this one as the majority of the run went through the National Trust’s Clumber Park.

It was a gorgeous day so the autumn colours were fabulous…  I had a 4 week rest from running so went in with fresh legs and just the intention of finishing without getting injured, I managed this in a time of 2:04:46…”

To recap on Jo’s runs so far:

  • Jan 18th –  Inskip – 1:58:17
  • Feb 15th –  Liversedge – 2:04:08
  • Mar 29th  –  Liverpool – 1:58:44
  • Apr 26th – Blackpool – 1:56:59
  • Jun 14th  – Liverpool Rock n Roll – 1:56:13 [latest PB – Ed]
  • Jul 19th   – Lytham Windmill – 1:58:51
  • Aug 9th   – Isle of Man – 1:59:17
  • Sep 13th – The Great North Run – 2:23:46
  • Oct 25th – Worksop – 2:04:46

“My final Half is the Lancaster 3-1-5 which will is on the 6th December… I think fate had a hand in this one, as this will be the 11th anniversary of when my Dad passed away. Now if I hadn’t got injured I would have completed my 10th run yesterday… its almost like it was meant to be… :)

As ever, a big thanks to all of those that have donated so far; with your generosity and support I’m at a fantastic £1,414. My original target was £1,000, which with your help I’ve gone over but it would be great to get to £1,500… come on, it’s 10 half marathons!!!”

Here’s Jo’s JustGiving page for those extra donations.

Good luck Jo, you’re almost there…

* = Did you know the Great North Run is the world’s largest half marathon?

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Get Pinky

Get Pinky 2015

In the pink from left to right: Helen Reid, Hannah Skitt, Jayne Fitzsimmons, Kirsty Haddock, Josh McDowell, Beth Baka, and Wendy Elson

West Mercia Supplies went a whole different shade in support of Breast Cancer Now last Friday. Breast Cancer Now is the largest charity dedicated to raising awareness and research funding following the merger of the Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer charities.

Friday was designated Get Pinky day, one of the main focus events for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Staff wore something pink and there were plenty of pink cakes to tuck into. They raised a grand total of £40.14.

Get Pinky 2015 cakes

I like the look of that Battenberg cake!

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Bowling Along for Charity

Amigos bowling night

Left to right are: Jenna Wilson Connect Group PLC Secretary to CEO Support Manager and Group Strategy Director, Russell Riggs Amigos captain, and Jo Young Fundraising Manager, Wiltshire Sight

Rowan House‘s Jenna Wilson has fantastic news of last Monday’s (5th October 2015) charity bowling night…

“I organised  a charity Bowling night along with Amigos Swindon (a blind and partially sighted bowling team) and Wiltshire Sight (a local charity that supports people living with sight loss) at Tenpin Swindon for colleagues, friends and family.

There were 24 filled lanes of teams ranging between 3-6 players making a total of 119 people all ready to take on the two game challenge all hoping to win prizes for:

  • Top Team
  • Top Male
  • Top Female
  • Top Junior (under 16)

Victorious on the night were:

  • Top Male – Chris Taylor – 318 total points
  • Top Female – Hayley – 210 total points
  •  Top Junior – Nathan Williams – 177 total points
  • Winning team – Maggie’s Minions – 1530 total points
Amigos bowling night in action

A busy time at the bowling lanes

Russ Riggs, Amigos Swindon’s captain said:

“Losing your sight can mean a loss of confidence and people can withdraw and become isolated, part of what we do as Amigos is to offer some small part of preventing that.

To everyone who came along to the event on Monday, Wiltshire Sight and Swindon Amigos would like to say a huge thank you. It was great to see the support of family and friends. We hope the evening gave people the opportunity to understand what Wiltshire Sight and Amigos are trying to do locally and we are humbled and grateful for your support.

Looking forward to next year and would be great to see Smiths News back on the leader board…come on guys you need to practice!”

To finish off the night there was a great selection of raffles prizes up for grabs including: Samsung Tab4, One4all gift card, Weighbridge Brewhouse meal voucher and Wyvern theatre tickets

The total funds raised so far is nearly £2,000, with the amount still rising!

Thank you all so much!”

Editor’s note: this isn’t the first time we’ve featured the Amigos bowling team. You may like to see them in action here in 2011 and here in 2012 :)

AND this year’s event also made the local paper!

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