Category Archives: Fundraising

Win Big in Our New Year Bonanza Draw!

Start 2015 with a bang by winning £10,000 in our very special New Year Bonanza draw!

Our ‘Count Me In’ lottery is a great way to support Cerebra. For just £1.20 a week you could have the chance of winning £1,000 every Thursday.

In our New Year Bonanza Draw, instead of claiming the usual £1500, one very lucky winner will be bagging themselves a very nice £10,000 which is sure to put a smile on your face!

Both existing and new lottery supporters will be eligible to win this exciting prize and there is no limit to the number of tickets you can have- you can increase your chances of winning even more by having more than one ticket a week!

Of course, as well as standing the chance of winning yourself, you also help Cerebra to continue with its work and provide on-going, practical support to children and their families.

Without our loyal, regular supporters, we simply wouldn’t be able to reach out to the many thousands of children and families that need our help each year so do something great this year and join Cerebra’s “Count Me In” Lottery!

Joining our “Count Me In” Lottery couldn’t be easier! You can join on our website or call our Lottery Manager Sharon Bowen on 01267 244218.

Can we count you in?

Motorsport Mum Returns to Racing

Maria Brown and her mini

Maria Brown and her mini

Maria Brown raised £1,570 for Cerebra by racing her Mighty Mini after taking a break to look after her son who has cerebral palsy.

Many parents who have a child with a disability will have experienced having to give something up in order to look after their child and cater for their additional needs.

Maria Brown was forced to give up her motorsport career eight years ago when she became pregnant with her son Piran. This sabbatical was only meant to be for a few years, however Piran was born prematurely and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This changed everything and she put her career on hold to dedicate her time to care for Piran. Despite the everyday challenges that Piran’s condition brings, Maria always intended to return to motorsport and is now in a position to do just that.

Before she was forced to put her career on hiatus, Maria very successfully competed in the Mighty Minis national race championship, becoming the first lady to ever win a Mighty Minis race. She later progressed to the more powerful Super Mighty Minis.

Since returning to the sport, Maria has become a qualified ARDS instructor and has worked with Formula Woman assisting female drivers to develop their racing skills. She also writes for Mini World magazine and now that she is once again a prominent voice in the world of motorsport, Maria is very keen to use her skills in order to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and the charities that support those affected by it, including Cerebra.

Maria Brown and her son with Community Fundraiser Sarah Hattersley

Maria Brown and her son with Community Fundraiser Sarah Hattersley

As well as helping to raise awareness of Cerebra and the work we do, Maria has recently raised a fantastic £1,570 through a racing event that she held, something that she is incredibly proud of and is hoping to build upon in the coming years.

In 2015 Maria will be competing with her own Mighty Mini with a view of contesting the championship, and will at the same time be hoping to raise as much awareness of Cerebral Palsy as possible.

The Mighty Minis championship enjoys an abundance of media interest through radio, national TV, local and national newspapers, Youtube, and other web based channels. Mighty Minis has its own program on Freeview television which will air every race in 2015. The championship organisers have also offered to have the press spot light on Maria and her project during the season.

More information about Mighty Minis Racing can be found at www.mightyminis.co.uk.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Fashion Show

IMGP6723 mainEdinburgh Woollen Mill host a fashion show for the charity – with Cerebra staff as the models!

The people of Carmarthen were treated to a fashion show by the town’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill store on 7th October.

The evening was coordinated by the store’s manager Tracey Moore and Cerebra Community Fundraising Officer Allyson Silverthorne and treated eager observers to a preview of EWM’s autumn collection of clothing.

Several members of Cerebra staff took part in the event, strutting their stuff on the catwalk along with staff from EWM. Each budding model had three outfits to show off ranging from smart to casual and Allyson even got to wear clothes from the new Christmas range.

As well as having entertainment for the evening, guests were also treated to cakes and a raffle, prizes for which were generously donated.

Allyson said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended on the day and to everyone who helped to organise the event. We raised £88 for Cerebra and also helped to raise awareness of our charity. A big thank you to Father Pious who allowed us to use St Mary’s Church Hall.”

Nursery Children Become Super Fundraisers

elliott bennett chequeChildren and staff at nursery in Dorset dress up to raise money for Cerebra.

We would like to say a big thank you to staff, parents and children at Scallywags Nursery in Dorset for raising a fantastic £270 for Cerebra.

The children at the nursery had a great time dressing as superheroes and princesses to raise the funds for us.

The cheque was collected by Cerebra Ambassador Chris Bennett whose son Elliott attends the nursery.

Chris is extremely proud of Elliott, who has cerebral palsy.

He said: “We don’t know how much cerebral palsy will affect Elliott’s life, I found it very hard to come to terms with Elliott’s diagnosis but he is working so hard and making his own special journey in life.”

Three Peaks Trekkers Set Off

The three peaks team set off

The three peaks team set off

Cerebra’s Three Peaks Trek team has set off.

The morning of Monday the 18th of August saw Cerebra’s Three Peaks Trek team begin their epic journey to scale Pen Y Fan, Cadair Idris and Snowdon.

The team, Bran Bucca, Ben Jones, Jamie Pitman, Lee Herbert and Helen Woolley, will be walking all the way to their first peak and covering the distance between each one on foot, clocking an enormous 175 miles by the 27th of August.

So far their campaign has raised over £35,000 for children with neurological conditions and they’ll be collecting on the way.

The group have strong motivations for undertaking the challenge. Jamie Pitman said “My sister has cerebral palsy and the work Cerebra does to support children and families is amazing”. All of the walkers are excited about the challenge: “It will be a real test of endurance and bring a great sense of achievement,” said team leader Bran Bucca.

You can support the walkers by visiting their JustGiving page or by getting in touch with Cerebra on 01267 244221. You can also follow their progress on Cerebra’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website.

Big Lottery Fund Boosts Cerebra’s Conference

The Big Lottery Fund has given a grant towards Cerebra’s 2014 annual conference.

Big Lottery Fund logo

Big Lottery Fund logo

Everyone at Cerebra would like to say a huge thank you to the Big Lottery Fund, who have provided a grant of £9,900 towards the charity’s annual conference.

This year’s conference, taking place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Tuesday the 7th of October, focuses on ‘Problem solving’: accessing decent services and support for children with complex needs and their families.

This is a one day conference providing academics, practitioners, educators and carers with up to date, evidence-based information on the commonly encountered barriers experienced by disabled children and their families in accessing their legal rights and practical approaches to breaking these barriers down.

You can find out more about this year’s conference, along with previous conferences, by clicking here.

Thanks to this grant we are able to offer a reduced rate for families and students, and extend our early bird offer to the 31st of August. To book your place click here.

The Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds every year to good causes, including community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment. You can find out more about the Big Lottery Fund on their website.

We would walk 500 miles….would you?

Can you help us reach 500 miles for children with neurological conditions?

The three peaks team set off

The three peaks team set off

We’re issuing a challenge to all of our supporters.

Every year people do all sorts of things to raise money for us and help us make a positive difference to the lives of children with neurological conditions. We’ve had people taking part in a gruelling mud run, a walk along Offa’s Dyke, cycle rides, 10k’s, talent competitions and multiple marathons.

Now we’d like to offer the opportunity for our ambitious supporters to really test themselves: Can you walk 500 miles for charity?

Don’t panic just yet! We’re not asking you to do it all by yourself.

With all the walks, runs, jumps and all sorts of other things people are doing for us, we’ve decided to set our supporters a goal of 500 miles. This means you can do whatever you like – over whatever distance you like – and it’ll be added to our 500 mile total.

So far we’re including a 10k run in London by both staff and supporters and an incredible Three Peaks Trek that will see some of our fundraisers not only walking the Welsh Three Peaks, but also the distance between each mountain, camping the whole way.

Altogether these two alone add up to 230 miles – which means we only have 270 miles left to reach our 500 goal!

So now it’s down to you. What do you fancy doing that can add to our total? Your own 10k challenge? Or maybe a marathon. Perhaps even a sky dive. You can walk, run, jump, swim, skip, cycle or anything else. Just let us know how far it is your going and how much you raise doing it and we’ll add your numbers.

Get in touch with our community fundraising team and let us know what you’re doing:

Allyson Silverthorne (allysons@cerebra.org.uk) on 01267 244 222

Sarah Jones (sarahj@cerebra.org.uk) 01267 244 222

Or let us know on Facebook.

Get your friends and family involved and we’ll include their mileage too – the more the merrier!

We’ll keep you updated through our news page, as well as Facebook and Twitter. Don’t be shy – like or subscribe and keep us up-to-date on your own progress. We love to hear from you and you could even end up with your own article.

By helping us reach 500 miles you’ll be raising vital funds for children with neurological conditions like cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and ADHD, making a real difference to lives all over the UK.

Mud run for charity

Successful mud runners receive their medals

Muddy but happy!

On Sunday the 18th of May Caroline Davies Glanville and friends tackled the Pontargothi Mud Run to raise money for children’s charity Cerebra.

Caroline and her group faced a gruelling obstacle course in the May sunshine, jumping fences, navigating a course of tires, slogging knee-deep in swampy ponds, leaping gates and fences and trudging between trees.

The track saw Caroline and hundreds of other runners emerge muddy but accomplished at the end, ready to have their photos taken after proving themselves brave enough to battle the challenge.

The Pontargothi Mud Run is just one event organised by Back 2 the Trenches, who offer other courses throughout the UK. You can find out more on their website: www.back2thetrenches.co.uk.

You don’t have to submerge yourself in muddy waters to raise money for Cerebra – you can do anything to help us make a positive difference! Contact our Community Fundraising Team on 01267 244222.

Cerebra Week 2014

Cerebra mascot with fundraisers

Sir E Bear joins in the fun

We are holding our annual Cerebra Week in Carmarthen from 21st to the 26th of July.

This year a team from the charity will be in Merlin’s Walk from 10am to 4pm each day and will be joined by 2420 squadron of the Whitland Air Cadets.

There’ll be lots of activities to keep the children entertained including a treasure hunt, find the teddies competition, face painting, guess the number of sweets in a jar and a chance to meet Cerebra mascot Sir E. Bear.

Every year the charity holds Cerebra Week in Carmarthen to raise awareness of the charity and the work we do. All the money raised goes towards improving the lives of children with neurological conditions throughout the UK.

So if you’re in the area please stop and show your support.

Raft Race to Raise Awareness

The raft being constructed

The CIC team building the raft

On Sunday 20th of July a team from children’s charity Cerebra will be taking to the waters of the river Towy to raise money for children with neurological conditions in the Carmarthen Raft Race.

Bran Bucca, Ben Jones, Jamie Pitman, Lee Herbert, Amy Jones and Amy Watler-Thomas from the charity’s fundraising department and Ross Head and Dan Cuthbertson from their Innovation Centre will be sailing on a raft put together by the Innovation team.

Cerebra’s Innovation Centre, based at the University of Wales Trinity St.David in Swansea, adapts and designs specialist equipment for families who wouldn’t normally be able to afford or even find what they need.

Some of the most successful designs of the CIC team in the past include trikes, writing slopes, trolley seats and, most recently, an adapted fish tank that meant a little boy with Down syndrome could safely watch his pet fish.

The Innovation Centre is just one of many services Cerebra provides, funded entirely by generous supporters. The charity also gives direct, ongoing help to families and funds important research into conditions.

The raft race will start at 12:45pm, with teams from all over competing as part of the annual river festival. Come along and support Cerebra – keep your fingers crossed for our team!