Samuel is our Star Volunteer!

Samuel and Angel

Samuel and Angel

In 2017 we welcomed Samuel Turner to team Cerebra as a volunteer and Samuel, his family and friend Angel Jolly have done us proud!

They have held bake sales to raise both money and vital awareness to Cerebra and have even visited HQ so they could meet Cerebra staff.

Always eager to spread the word about Cerebra, Samuel recently spoke about us in an interview with his local radio station, Gateway 97.8 FM. He has also been doing a lot of fundraising in the run up to Christmas, along with Angel.

Samuel is also extremely creative and has made a number of videos to promote how he feels about Cerebra, including the special Christmas one which you can see below.

To date, Samuel has raised a fantastic £425 for Cerebra but has also been a positive representative for us, receiving praise from everyone he meets whilst in the community.

One lady that met Samuel while he was fundraising told us: “Whilst I was having my lunch with my little girl who is 3 I got chatting to a lovely man called Sam and his friend Angel. He interacted with my daughter and was such a pleasure to chat with.

He told me a lot about your charity and told me about why he got involved. He is an absolute treasure to your charity and explained everything about your charity even quoting your website address. This young man needs to be praised as a lovely person and I wanted you to know you are lucky to have him working for your charity!”

We do feel extremely lucky to have him on board. Thank you for everything you have done this year Samuel!

James’ trike ride is a winner!

James on his trike

James on his trike

Nine year old James Miles is our latest fundraising Superhero! James raised an incredible £512 for Cerebra so that we can support other children who are living with cerebral palsy.

James spent the summer holidays training for his challenge and, at the end of September, set off on a two mile ride on his specially adapted trike. James showed true determination to complete the ride, which was a huge achievement for him.

His mum Kathryn said “We were overcome by how generous everyone was at the end of last year to enable James to have this fantastic trike and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, he has loved riding it. But now it is James’ turn to give something back so we are hoping you can help James raise money for Cerebra”.

Gareth receives a cheque from James

Gareth Owens from Cerebra recently paid a visit to a special school assembly where he met James and his mum and received a cheque for a whopping £512.

Thank you James – your support means that we can help more families who have children with a brain condition to discover a better life together.

 

Cerebra Innovation Centre’s Rocket Shelf Finds a New Home

Eve and her rocket shelf

Eve and her rocket shelf

The Cerebra Innovation Centre recently designed these rocket shelves. This cool piece of equipment was originally designed for a young boy, to help his mum who has to transport numerous medical machines whilst transferring him from room to room.

They were styled to suit a child’s bedroom and be more like a child’s toy rather than looking dull and medical. They feature 3 shelves, space to store an oxygen bottle, a 4 socket extension lead so all the machines are plugged in and you only need one wall socket, and 4 omnidirectional wheels so it can be moved around effortlessly. Additionally, there is ample space to wind wires and store bits and bobs.

Since the team at the Innovation Centre first started making the shelves, there have been many happy children and parents that have benefited from the design, including Eve. She and Dad Steven are currently testing out the rocket shelves and sent us these gorgeous pictures.

The rocket shelf

The rocket shelf

Steven said: “It’s amazing THANK you so much I will send more pictures as we go on amazing.”

Heidi and Tim also had a rocket shelf for their little one Charlotte, and we were so pleased when Heidi sent us in this lovely feedback.

Heidi says “The shelving unit is working out great for us and easily stores all her machinery and medical items, fitting well into the bedroom space.

The fact it is on wheels is great as we have to change her ventilators weekly which means needing easy access to the back of the machines which the wheels and open backing provides for”

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful feedback on our rocket shelves.

 

If our Innovation Centre can help you and your family just get in touch on cic@cerebra.org.uk.