Sarah Jones preparing for 10k race
A Cerebra slimmer has dropped nearly six stone and is getting ready to embark on a gruelling 10K run in aid of children with neurological conditions.
Sarah Marie Jones started her slimming journey last year and in little over 12 months has lost five stone eleven pounds. Encouraged by work colleagues as well as friends in the slimming group she attends, Sarah gradually began to shed the pounds and see the health benefits that come with losing weight.
“At my start weight, I struggled to do the simplest things,” Sarah explained, “I even struggled to get off the sofa and I knew then that I had to do something about it.” As she started to approach a healthier weight, she started to go to the gym to tone and improve her fitness levels and was offered the opportunity of running the British London 10K on July 13th. “At first I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to run but I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge to prove how far I’ve come,” she continued.
As well running to challenge herself, Sarah is also using the opportunity to raise funds for Cerebra. She is hoping to raise £500 to help improve the lives of families affected by neurological conditions.
You can follow Sarah’s progress and her own frank account of her training through her blog:www.runmyselfskinny.blogspot.co.uk .
If you would like to donate, you can visit her Just Giving site at www.justgiving.com/runmyselfskinny .
Luke Mosley with coral from his shop
Business owner Luke Mosley from Dorset has come up with an unusual way of raising money for Cerebra – by holding a coral auction.
Luke runs The Coral Garden in Poole, Dorset. The business aims to promote sustainable reef-keeping by providing an alternative source for corals and marine invertebrates farmed in the UK.
Luke decided he wanted to do something a little bit different to fundraise for charity after he found out about Cerebra, so he thought he’d auction some of his corals through his facebook page. You can find out more about the coral auction here.
The auction is attracting some interest with one bidder commenting “Cerebra is an excellent charity to support, they help kids with cerebral palsy such as my son.”
All of our services are funded by the public, so this auction, among many other events and activities, is vital to help us keep up our work.
If you have your own idea for fundraising visit our fundraising page today and help us make a positive difference.
Cycling team with Cerebra staff
A huge well done and thank you to the team of cyclists from Carmarthen AFC.
Everyone at Cerebra would like to say thank you to the team of cyclists from Carmarthen AFC for raising over £5000 for the charity!
The team – Anthony Parnell, Ashley Williams, Ceri Rees, Emlyn Shciavone, Moira Gorman and Paul Evans – rode all the way from Holyhead to the finish in Cardiff Bay from Thursday the 26th of June to Sunday the 29th.
Meeting them at the finish line were Cerebra’s CEO Chris Jones, Head of PR & Fundraising Sian Morgan, Head of Parent Support Kelly Gadd and ambassador Sian Taylor with her son Ollie who has Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome and epilepsy.
Ashley Williams and Alfie
The team’s cycle ride is a great example of the kind of thing you can do to raise money for Cerebra. Take a look at our fundraising pages for more ideas.
Thank you again to Carmarthen AFC!
Chris Bennett handing Gareth Owens a cheque
Poole High School have donated an incredible £600 to children’s charity Cerebra.
To raise the money the school held a duet competition at school where 16 teachers were paired with 16 students to battle it out in an X-Factor style competition.
A range of songs from Katy Perry, McFly and Frank Sinatra were sung to varying degrees of success from staff. The staff also made a music video for pupils to watch for ‘What Does the Fox Say’ and students could buy badges to support their favourite teacher in the run up to the event.
The school decided to support Cerebra through contact with local Cerebra Ambassador Chris Bennett. Chris and his wife Hannah are proud parents to Elliott who was born 8 weeks prematurely and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 8 months old.
He is now 2 years old and a very happy, chatty little boy who can’t stop smiling! The family don’t know how much cerebral palsy will effect Elliott’s life and initially found it very hard to come to terms with Elliott’s diagnosis. Cerebra have supported the family as Elliott works so hard to make his own special journey in life.
Everyone at Cerebra is extremely grateful to the staff and students at Poole High School. The money they raised will help the charity to continue making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Angelina Parker, a teacher at Poole High School, along with some of the pupils who took part in the duet competition presented a cheque to Cerebra Ambassador Chris Bennett and the charity’s Regional Fundraiser Gareth Owens on Friday 20th June at the school.
The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys has made an incredibly generous donation of £12,000 towards Cerebra’s Sleep Service through their Stepping Stones scheme.
Cerebra improves the lives of children and families living with a neurological condition through practical support and funding vital research.
One of our most needed services is our Sleep Service. Parents and carers of children with neurological conditions often have to deal with severely disrupted sleep which can make an already challenging situation that much harder.
Cerebra’s sleep practitioners provide families with advice on a range of sleep issues in children such as settling difficulty, night waking, early rising, sleeping alone, bedwetting, night terrors and anxiety.
The generous grant from the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys will enable us to continue funding this much needed source of support and make a positive difference to thousands of families. We are extremely grateful for their support.
The Stepping Stones scheme is one way in which Freemasons in England and Wales support children in their communities who are most in need. You can find out more about the scheme here.
We are delighted to announce actress Samira Mohamed Ali will be an Ambassador for Cerebra.
Samira is an award-winning International Actress and Brands Model who is currently working with many leading global companies. From a very young age, Samira started off as a model and led many high profile campaigns through her entrepreneurial skills. Not only was Samira known as a model, but she was also seen as a strong businesswoman, creating new marketing and innovative strategies for clients within the commercial world.
While she was still modeling, she worked part time for the world’s largest international bank (HSBC), becoming one of the youngest bankers in the UK. At this point, aged just 21, Samira was given her first opportunity to test her presenting skills – interviewing top banking directors and financial executives for HSBC’s Internal Communications Department, a TV channel aired once a week to all HSBC branches across the UK and US.
Samira is currently the Ambassador for FilmInWales and works with the Welsh Government in attracting co-productions and inward investment to Wales from Bollywood and the US. Samira has recently signed as a lead role in a major movie in India and will also star as one of the lead roles for the ‘Dr Who’ movie – the Largest Fan Funded Movie ever in the US at the beginning of 2015. Her performance in Award Winning Molly Crows Movie received great reviews from film critics and the recent premiere gained support from Hollywood Actor Michael Sheen.
Samira has just returned from the US where she was this year’s UK Ambassador for BritWeek Miami and co-hosted the UKTI GALA Awards with Sean Yazbeck and presented the Award to CEO of Brightstar Corp. Marcelo Claure, partner in David Beckham’s new Miami League of Soccer.
The Neath born actress, said “This is a real privilege and honor to have been asked to be an ambassador for such a unique charity. I am very passionate about Cerebra as it does exceptional work with supporting children and their families and I hope it continues to grow year on year so that the service can be offered to more people across the UK”.
On 29th May Samira visited the charity’s headquarters in Carmarthen to meet staff and families who are currently being supported by the charity. Chris Jones, CEO of Cerebra said “Having Samira as our Ambassador will help us raise the awareness of the charity throughout the UK and internationally. It is very exciting to have Samira representing us and especially at our 2014 Awards ceremony in London for the children to be recognized and presented by such an inspirational figure that is also very supportive of us here in Carmarthen. We are very grateful to Samira for committing her time to us in between her busy filming schedule.”
Take a look at a video from the day and find out why our ambassadors are so important to us.
Another Cerebra supported has been counted in!
Another Cerebra supporter has won £1500 in our Count Me In Lottery!
Paul Slade, pictured with his dog Django, one the weekly prize by taking part in our lottery. Every week a new winner is crowned after donating just £1.20 a week.
The money raised through our lottery is vital to supporting children and young people with neurological conditions all over the UK.
Our lottery is the quickest and simplest way to show your support. Just click here to learn more and find out how to join.
A huge well done to Dawn and Martyn for running the Liverpool Rock and Roll marathon!
On the 25th of May Dawn and Martyn completed the Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon, raising over £600 for Cerebra!
Although neither of them had run a marathon before, Dawn decided she wanted to raise money for a charity like Cerebra thanks to her niece Abbie, who has cerebral palsy.
“It’s been a hard long 18 week training slog,” she said, “taking me to places mentally and physically I have never been before.”
It was all worth it in the end, however, with Dawn finishing the gruelling run in just over four hours. The run took them past some of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks with live bands and music helping the runners on their way.
Everyone at Cerebra says a huge thank you to Dawn and Martyn for taking part in the marathon. Every penny raised is vital to making a positive difference to lives of children like Abbie.