Saturday Night is African Night

EBOLA African Night event poster

The latest news from Yaima Ballester at Dawson Books re fund-raising for Médecins sans Frontières

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Wear Red on the 6th

Fund raising poster for Wear Red on the 6th February

Publicity poster created for Wear Red Day

Bertrams‘ Michelle Ward has news of her latest fund-raising and awareness initiative which is being supported by the whole of Connect Books…

“As you may have seen on TV, the British Heart Federation are having a wear red day to raise awareness of heart conditions [Wear It. Beat It. on February 6th – Ed].  This also comes in conjunction with congenital heart conditions defect (CHD) awareness week on 7th to 14th February.

My aim is to get more people aware of CHD and help raise money for the Children’s Heart Federation  and Heartline. Both are groups for parents who have children with heart conditions which offers support to parents, free wetsuits to keep children warm while swimming, free activity weekends, and a lot more.

Michelle with Kieran on their sponsored walk last year

Michelle with Kieran on their sponsored walk last year

When my little boy was born in 2011 I did not know anything about CHD. He had difficulties putting on weight, feeding and was asleep most of the time. After lots of visits to the Doctor’s and HV I was told that he had colic and was also a lazy baby.

On his 10 week check up we found out that he had a heart condition (Had a hole in his heart and a leaky aortic valve) and was in heart failure, he ended up having  2 open heart surgeries in February 2012.

If I knew about CHD and what to look for I may have been able to get my son’s treatment more quickly.”

Thanks for adding a new date to our Events Diary for 2015 Michelle! We look forward to seeing what you and your colleagues get up to for Wear Red Day next week :)

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Your Events Diary for 2015

2014’s Events Diary was a popular Page last week, so it’s very timely it’s updated now to reflect the key dates for 2015 for many of the popular events you’ve enjoyed and supported in the past.

So whether it’s eating cake, dressing up (or down), or something a little more challenging, there’s bound to be a good cause waiting for your support, which also has a website with oodles of resources you can make use of!

Don’t forget that you can easily find 2015’s Events Diary again, by clicking on the link from the drop-down menu which forms when you hover your mouse on About found at the top of this page.

Note that we’re putting the final touches to the key Flagship Fundraiser and other events for this year, so this Page will be updated as soon as these are announced.

As news of your activities comes in, we’ll also be updating the 2015 Link-Ups Page. This already shows Stewart Mckeown’s support for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Jo Cooke’s for Cancer Research UK as reported in January’s Community Link-Up.

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Joanne’s Running Challenge

Jo's JustGiving page says this is a refreshing and rehydrating beer!

Jo’s JustGiving page says this is a refreshing and rehydrating beer!

We have news of our first year-long challenge for 2015! FSSC‘s Jo Cooke took up running last year and like Mark Tuttle in 2014, has decided to turn it into a personal challenge. Here are her own words about what she’s intending to do…

“Until a year ago I’d struggled to run more than 5k on a treadmill!!  I’m now a proud member of the Stainland Lions Running Club and with their help and some determination I’ve managed to come 3rd in my division for last year – I didn’t realise how competitive I was!!

This year I want to tie in my new love of running with raising some money for a charity that is close to my heart, Cancer Research. In December just past it was the 10th anniversary of my Dad passing away from oesophageal cancer.

As this anniversary came closer I started to think about what I could do to raise some money. I had thought I could do the Great North Run, but entry to this isn’t guaranteed and it is in September. This seemed too far away and it is only one run, then some madness got into my head that I could do 10 half marathons across the year, one to mark each year since my Dad passed away.”

Jo’s plan is to run at least 10 half marathons from January 2015 all the way through to December. We believe January’s is completed already as she was due to run in the Inskip Half near Preston yesterday. Her 2nd half marathon is booked – for 15th February at Liversedge, which is local to the FSSC, and she’s also entered into the ballot for the Great North Run.

“My aim is to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research, I’ve heard recently that as many people survive cancer than die from it now, which is fantastic news. I want you to help me make this statistic even better!  I’ve set up a JustGiving page to make donating easy and I would be really appreciative if you would sponsor me for this really worthwhile cause.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress!!”

Looking forward to hearing how you got on yesterday Jo and good luck for your next half marathon in February!

If anyone is looking to follow in Jo’s footsteps – even if it’s just one half marathon – here’s a useful looking list of half marathons in the UK for you to find one that suits.

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Calling All Cyclists

We have news of our first fundraiser for 2015 and what a corker it is! Stewart McGeoch, Night Manager at Milton Keynes has the details…

“I am planning a cycle ride for September/October 2015. I am putting on a ride for 50 cyclists to raise money for a charity I have recently got involved with.

scottys-little-soldiers[1]It is called Scotty’s Little Soldiers. It raises money for the children left behind by our fallen servicemen and women.

The ride will be from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The route will take 12 days to travel 1000 miles.

If anyone interested if they could contact me.

I am hoping to get majority of the rides costs covered by companies so all money raised will go to this amazing charity. It will be just a small registration fee to cover cost of cycling shirt and a t-shirt.”

That’s fantastic Stewart. Cycling has proved a popular way to raise money with your colleagues in the past, so here’s hoping some of them decide to join you this year.

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More for Wishes

Christmas Jumpers for Wishes for Kids fundraising

Festive Jumpers… and bear

Maria presents Jasper bear to Kinga

Maria presents Jasper bear to Kinga

DMD‘s Maria Hieke got in touch last month with news of her latest activities to support Wishes4Kids.

“On Friday 12th December a few member of the IT Team took part in the ‘Christmas Jumper Day’, each member paid their £1 for the privilege and we managed to raise £6.

Also, on my last trip with the Wishes4kids charity, I purchased a Jasper Harrods 2014 Bear and decided to enter it into a draw to raise some funds for the charity.  The draw took place on Friday 19th December by Sam in the DMD Warehouse and the lucky winner was Kinga Kamionowska from LTN Warehouse Langley. Congratulations!  We managed to raise £95 which I’m sure the charity will welcome.

All together we have collected £101.”

That’s great news Maria, thank you :)

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Tomorrow’s the day…

CLU Awards logo 2014… nominations close for this year’s Community Awards.

If you can’t quite remember all the fabulous activities your colleagues created and took part in last year, our review slideshows will help to remind you! Here they are again:

Remember, Community Link-Up isn’t a complete record of your activities, so there may be an unsung hero or team amongst your colleagues who richly deserve recognition for their efforts last year. Here’s a reminder of the categories:

  • Most innovative fundraising idea (individual or team)
  • Most determined individual
  • Fundraiser of the Year (individual or team)
  • Volunteer of the Year (individual or team)
  • Make a Difference Award
  • The Values Award (open category)

You can find more details in the Awards Brochure and the Nomination form is here.

Don’t forget, the closing date is tomorrow, Friday 9th January 2015. Send your nominations to Laura Smith in Group Communications.

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Review of 2014: Final Highlights

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Our final slideshow of 2014’s highlights featured on Community Link-Up takes us from September through to Christmas’s fun activities.

Thanks for sending your stories and pictures from your fundraising and Volunteer Time last year. They’ve been humbling and inspirational :)

We look forward to seeing more in the coming year. Don’t forget we add a donation of £20 for each blog post we feature!

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Review of 2014: The Heydays of Summer

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The summer months might be the main time for holidays, but you also found plenty of time to get involved in a variety of fundraising and volunteer events. So sit back and view part 2 of our slideshow of 2014’s highlights :)

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Just a Few Days Until…

CLU Awards logo 2014… nominations close for this year’s Community Awards.

You planned and took part in dozens of events in 2014, which all deserve to be recognised. So what are you waiting for? Get nominating!

You can find more details in the Awards Brochure and the Nomination form is here.

Don’t forget, the closing date is 9th January 2015.

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