Category Archives: Fundraising

Storytelling evening raises funds

Paul Raven with Box Coordinator Melanie Clark

Paul Raven with Box Coordinator Melanie Clark

A new Carmarthenshire business has raised funds for Cerebra through a series of storytelling sessions.

Tea Traders opened in November in Guildhall Square Carmarthen and started hosting a Cerebra collection box shortly after.

Owners Paul Raven and Nick Lee then decided that they wanted to throw an event to support the charity and came up with the idea of holding a series of storytelling sessions with local storyteller Liz Evans.

Liz led a fun interactive session for children that focussed on local myths and legends. She also took part in an adult’s evening which was based around Celtic legends and local stories.

Both events were a huge success and have helped Tea Traders raise a total of £125.12 for Cerebra so far.

If you are a business, you an find more information about how you can help us by hosting a collection box here.

Samuel cheers buddy to marathon glory!

Dustin with Samuel and his parents and Cecilia Bufton

Dustin with Samuel and his parents and Cecilia Bufton

On Sunday 22nd April, American Dustin Erhardt ran the London Marathon for his buddy Samuel and to raise money us.

Dustin met 7 year-old Samuel through the organisation I Run 4 which pairs runners and special needs children and adults so that the runners are motivated by their special buddies, and the special friends can finally find a way to run even if they can’t literally do so themselves.

Dustin, who lives in North Dakota in the USA explains: “I had the honour of being matched with an amazing little boy named Samuel, who has autism. He has become like a nephew to me and while I was training we exchanged pictures, videos, medals, encouragement and so much more. In training, with every mile that got tough, I knew he was right there with me encouraging me to keep going.

Cerebra has given me the amazing opportunity to meet Samuel and run the London Marathon with him there cheering me on in person. Samuel’s little sister Phoebe has a rare genetic condition and she suffers from epilepsy, autism, delayed speech and a hearing condition. So for me, supporting a charity like Cerebra is not only important for all children it is very near and dear to my adopted family. Together we can bring awareness and support for all of those that live with brain conditions”.

Dustin, Samuel and Phoebe

Dustin, Samuel and Phoebe

Cerebra have supported Samuel’s family and his little sister Phoebe so it was great that Dustin could run and raise money for us.

Samuel and Phoebe, along with mum Gemma and our Events Coordinator Cecilia Bufton waited at the finish line on the day, eager to cheer Dustin on as he approached the end of the gruelling 26.2 mile course.

Gemma said: “Samuel was so excited to be at the finish line to welcome Dustin home.

We’d tied Cerebra balloons to the railing so that he would be able to spot us and when he came round the corner Samuel’s face was a picture! Samuel coped really well with the noise and the bustle – the disabled waiting area was a lot quieter and his ear defenders helped. He really liked watching all the mascots – particularly someone dressed as Big Ben!

It’s been great to finally meet Dustin and we’ve loved having him to stay with our family. We’ll definitely keep in touch. It’s been a fantastic experience.”

Dustin enjoyed the whole experience: “I’m so grateful to Cerebra for giving me the opportunity to run in the London Marathon. On the day it was quite hard – very warm with the sun beating down – and I decided to slow my pace to make sure that I made it to the finish line.  In the end I finished in 5hrs 44 mins.

Samuel and Dustin

Samuel and Dustin

It was an amazing experience – the sights of London, the sheer number of people, and the spectators were incredible, handing out orange slices and chewy sweets for sugar. So many people were running for charity, it was emotional and motivational.

To finally meet Samuel and his family after two and a half years of being in touch was indescribable. They are my family now too. To run for Cerebra and help raise awareness for brain conditions as well as support such a great cause was so motivating for me.”

Dustin has so far raised an incredible £2248 for Cerebra, surpassing his initial target of £2000. You can still donate through Dustin’s Virgin Money Giving page.

Star Volunteers Take on Fun Run

Samuel and Angel after the race

Samuel and Angel after the race

On 24th March our star volunteers Samuel Turner and  Angel Jolly took part in the Brentwood Fun Run to raise funds for Cerebra.

Samuel and Angel have done lots to help Cerebra since they first starting volunteering for us, from holding bake sales to placing our collection boxes in local businesses. But they decided they wanted to try a new challenge – that’s when they decided to take part in the Brentwood Fun Run.

The event, part of the Brentwood Half Marathon, was originally meant to take place on 18th March but had to be postponed because of snow. Not to be deterred by the weather, Samuel and Angel finally managed to complete the race the following week.

As well as raising money for Cerebra, the pair each had very personal reasons for rising to the challenge. Samuel was honouring his best friend who sadly passed away in 2009 and Angel was running for her brother Connor who has Cerebral Palsy.

The pair have a Just Giving page through which you can show your support.

Take on the Challenge – the London Triathlon

London Triathlon

Join Team Cerebra and take on the A J Bell London Triathlon the largest triathlon in the world! We have places in all distances and waves. Book a place now and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Date: Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th August 2018
Registration fee: £100.00
Minimum sponsorship: £150.00

 

If you would like a Cerebra guaranteed running place please click below to register. Entry is just £100.00 with a minimum sponsorship of £150.00 to cover our costs. For the relay race, three people count as one place and registration fee. Please get in touch using the details below for more information.

Have you already secured your place through the races website?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you! You will not be required to raise a minimum sponsorship, just raise as much as you can!

About the A J Bell London Triathlon:

Attracting over 11,000 participants and 30,000 spectators each year, this iconic triathlon has become a must-do event in the sporting calendar. With a variety of distances, routes and wave categories to choose from, the event caters for athletes of all levels; from first-time triathletes to Olympic champions, everyone is welcome at the AJ Bell London Triathlon.

The AJ Bell London Triathlon takes place at the ExCeL Centre, Royal Victoria Dock and has a unique urban route, that allows participants to swim, bike & run past the iconic landmarks of our capital.

Cerebra support:

Join Team Cerebra with your own place or one of our guaranteed places and we will support you all the way!

• Useful tips, support and resources to fundraise
• A Cerebra running vest or t-shirt for those muddier challenges
• A Facebook Cerebra running group to encourage one another and exchange tips
• Meet and greet at selected events – and a cheer over the finish line!
• And most importantly- unlimited email and phone support and advice from our fundraising events team.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!
If you have any questions, email us at enquiries@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 242 586.

Take on the Challenge – Leeds Half Marathon

Leeds Half Marathon

Join Team Cerebra and take on the Leeds Half Marathon, a beautiful summer’s day event and one of Yorkshire’s most popular charity road runs. Book a place now and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Date: Sunday 13th May 2018
Registration fee: £20.00
Minimum sponsorship: £100.00

 

If you would like a Cerebra guaranteed running place please click below to register. Entry is just £20.00 with a minimum sponsorship of £100.00 to cover our costs.

Have you already secured your place through the races website?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you! You will not be required to raise a minimum sponsorship, just raise as much as you can!

About the Leeds Half Marathon:

The Leeds Half Marathon, celebrating its 33rd outing this year, is firmly established as one of the highlights of Leeds’ sporting calendar.

Around 9,000 signed up for last year’s event enjoying its challenging course, enthusiastic crowds and fantastic atmosphere.

With its city centre start and finish, the Leeds Half Marathon brings excitement, colour, crowds and a great atmosphere to the heart of the city. A mass warm up ensures that everyone is raring to go and the race gets underway at 9.30am on The Headrow next to Victoria Gardens.

Cheering crowds line the route as runners head to the finish in Cookridge Street alongside the showpiece Millennium Square, which is a perfect venue for our event hub. Passing through the finish area you’ll collect water and an energy drink to replenish and rehydrate, and your finisher’s goody bag to showcase your achievement.

Along with baggage store and toilets, the square is the location for the charity village. There is an array of restaurants, cafes and bars in and around Millennium Square making it a great place to celebrate your achievement with family and friends.

Cerebra support:

Join Team Cerebra with your own place or one of our guaranteed places and we will support you all the way!

• Useful tips, support and resources to fundraise
• A Cerebra running vest or t-shirt for those muddier challenges
• A Facebook Cerebra running group to encourage one another and exchange tips
• Meet and greet at selected events – and a cheer over the finish line!
• And most importantly- unlimited email and phone support and advice from our fundraising events team.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!
If you have any questions, email us at enquiries@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 242 586.

Captain Imogen and her brave triathlon crew!

Captain Imogen

Captain Imogen

The Cerebra Innovation Centre design team will be embarking on a triathlon adventure this year with their very own triathlon pilot, Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, in charge! Their first target is the Swansea triathlon on 20th May.

The team met Imogen a few years ago when they designed and made a beautiful tiny wheelchair that allowed her to move around her home and play with her brothers and her toys. The additional independence it gave her was amazing, as was the friendship they developed with Imogen and her family.

Now 6 years old and having been turned away from many sports due to her cerebral palsy,  Imogen leapt at the chance to pilot the CIC crew.

While the Innovation Centre team have learned lots about triathlons through designing and making the equipment for Poppy a couple of years ago, they’ve never actually competed in one! So this will be a chance for them to put their own equipment to use.

The bright idea came from Ross Head: “When we thought about finding a triathlete/pilot for this year, I just mentioned that maybe we should start a team and the guys agreed – which I had not expected! That was the day Team Cerebra was born!

“Dan is a strong swimmer and surfer so it made sense that he would swim and tow Captain Imogen in the boat. Gerallt loves cycling and is keen to tow Imogen to victory. Of all the sports I do, running is not one of them. So I’ve taken one for the team and am learning to run, training on the streets where I live until I am fit enough to venture further afield”.

The Innovation Centre Team

The Innovation Centre Team

“I am super excited to dust off my speedo’s and swim with Imogen and the team. But I need to get practicing as my swimming skills have been replaced with a belly. To the pool I go! We’re really looking forward to it, and I think we stand a good chance at winning!” (Designer Dan)

We’re looking forward to following them on their journey to glory and hope that Imogen knows what she’s letting herself in for!

If you would like to show your support to the team, you can donate by texting CICT18 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070 e.g. CICT18 £5 to 70070, or by visiting their Just Giving page.

Countdown to Marathon Glory!

Dustin

Dustin is running the London Marathon in April

American Dustin Erhardt is making his final preparations for this year’s London Marathon on 22nd April. Everyone at Cerebra will be cheering him on as he runs to raise money for Cerebra and to raise awareness for brain conditions.

Through the group I Run 4 Dustin has been partnered with a buddy who cannot run himself because of disability.

Dustin explains: “I have had the honour of being matched with an amazing little boy named Samuel, who has autism. He has become like a nephew to me and we have exchanged pictures, videos, medals, encouragement and so much more. In training, with every mile that got tough, I knew he was right there with me encouraging me to keep going.

Cerebra has given me the amazing opportunity to meet Samuel and run the London Marathon with him there cheering me on in person. Samuel’s little sister Phoebe has a rare genetic condition and she suffers from epilepsy, autism, delayed speech and a hearing condition. So for me, supporting a charity like Cerebra is not only important for all children it is very near and dear to my adopted family. Together we can bring awareness and support for all of those that live with brain conditions”.

The day will be particularly special for Dustin as he will be meeting his buddy Samuel for the first time. Samuel is so excited that he will be there with his family on the day to proudly watch Dustin cross the finish line.

“I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they’d give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.”

Dustin is currently at 96% of his fundraising target and it would be great if he could reach it during his trip to the UK. You can support Dustin through his Virgin Money Giving page.

The Conquest 5K Inflatable Challenge

The Conquest is unable to proceed with their events as planned. If you have booked a place, they will be in touch shortly to arrange a refund. 

We are charity partners for The Conquest – a seriously bouncy inflatable obstacle challenge!

We have 6 GIANT inflatables that will challenge anyone! You can run, walk or jump over our inflatable obstacle course.

If you have never run any sort of 5k before, give this a go! It’s NEW, It’s a CHALLENGE, but more importantly, It’s FUN and all proceeds are being donated to Cerebra.

Our Obstacle Course has everything. It’s designed to be physically challenging but also loads of fun. Run your way through, up and over the inflatables.

Suitable for beginners, novices and fitness enthusiasts alike, you can choose to put whatever you want in to the course as you go around.

So, if you like your Muddy Racing, an Inflatable Run fanatic or you just like Fun Runs, this is the Obstacle Course to take part in and best of all, you’ll be doing it to help Cerebra.

Can you conquer The Conquest?

You can find out about all the latest Conquest events here.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Take on Britain’s biggest celebration of cycling for Cerebra and follow in the tracks of the Olympic greats by taking part in this London 2012 legacy event. Prudential RideLondon- Surrey 100 is a traffic free, hundred mile ride through central London and the Surrey Hills. Book a place now and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Date: Sunday 29th July 2018

Registration Fee: FREE

Minimum Sponsorship: £400

 

If you would like to apply for Cerebra’s guaranteed place in the event, please click on below to register.

Deadline for applications is Monday 7th May 2018

Have you already secured your place through the race website?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you! You will not be required to raise a minimum sponsorship, just raise as much as you can!


About the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100:

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100 mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at London 2012 Olympics, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved. The Prudential RideLondon- Surrey 100 finished on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclist’s race in the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic on a similar route.

The public ballot entry system for the 2018 Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 has reached its capacity of 80,000 entries and is now closed. However, Cerebra has one golden ticket to give away to someone who would like to take part and represent the charity and help us make a difference.

Cerebra support:

Join Team Cerebra with your own place or one of our guaranteed places and we will support you all the way!
• Useful tips, support and resources to fundraise
• A Cerebra running vest or t-shirt for those muddier challenges
• A Facebook Cerebra running group to encourage one another and exchange tips
• Meet and greet at selected events – and a cheer over the finish line!
• And most importantly- unlimited email and phone support and advice from our fundraising events team.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!
If you have any questions, email us at enquiries@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 242 586.

Triathlon, Cycling & Swimming Events

triathlon

Check out our guaranteed charity places we have secured in Triathlon, cycling and swimming events. If you would like to join Team Cerebra please click on the button below to book a place and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Have you already secured your place in a race?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you!


Events we have guaranteed Cerebra places in

 

UWTSD Swansea Triathlon Sprint – Sunday May 20th (750 m Swim/20 km Bike/5 km Run)
Registration Fee: 40.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

The Wales Triathlon Middle Distance – Fishguard, Sat June 16th (1.2 mile Swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 mile Run) Registration Fee: £100.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £100.00

The Wales Triathlon Sprint Distance – Fishguard, Saturday June 16th (750 m Swim/13 mile Bike/3 mile Run) Registration Fee: £30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Gower Triathlon – Port Eynon, Saturday June 30th (1500 m Swim/37 K Bike/10 K Run)
Registration Fee: £30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Fancy Dress Tri – Port Eynon, Saturday June 30th (400 m Swim/ 16 km Bike/ 5 km Run)
Registration Fee: £20.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Long Course Weekend – Tenby, Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July (2.4 mile Swim/112 mile Bike/26.2 mile Run) Registration Fee: £175.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £100.00

Zone 3 Wales Swim – Tenby, Friday July 13th (Swim 2.4 miles or 1.2 miles)
Registration Fee: £35.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Cycleguard Wales Sportive – Tenby, Saturday July 14th (Bike 112 miles or 66 miles or 45 miles)
Registration Fee: £35.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

London Triathlon – Saturday August 4th – 5th.
Registration Fee: £100.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £150.00

Saundersfoot Triathlon Sprint – Saturday September 8th (750 m Swim/20 km Bike/5 km Run)
Registration Fee: 30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00

Mumbles Triathlon Middle Distance – Mumbles Bay, Saturday September 29th (1.2 mile Swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 mile Run) Registration Fee: £70.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £100.00

Mumbles Triathlon Sprint – Mumbles Bay, Saturday September 29th (750 m Swim/32 K Bike/5 K Run) Registration Fee: £30.00 / Minimum Sponsorship: £50.00


Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 

Sunday 29th July 2018

Registration Fee: FREE / Minimum Sponsorship: £400.00
We have one place to give away to someone who is a keen cyclist and would love to support Cerebra. Please click on the link for more information and to fill out our Prudential Ride London place application form.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!

If you have any questions, email us at enquiries@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 242 586.