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.
Another Cerebra supporter has won £1500 in our Count Me In lottery!
Myra, from Berkshire, is one of our latest supporters to be crowned a winner in our Count Me In lottery.
The Cerebra Count Me In lottery is an easy way to donate to the charity, allowing our supporters to give regular, simple donations to help children with neurological conditions across the UK – whether it’s funding vital research or paying towards direct intervention.
Every week a winner is chosen at random from our lottery members, receiving a prize of £1500.
Myra generously gave back a portion of her winnings, telling us: “It’s only right you should share in my good fortune.”
Everyone at Cerebra congratulates Myra, and all our other winners, and says a big thank you for the continued support.
If you’d like to be counted in follow this link to read more about our lottery and how to join. Make a positive difference today!
Cerebra supporter Diane took on a 177 mile walk to raise money for children with neurological conditions.
Diane’s little boy, Matthew, was born with an extremely low platelet count which, she was told, meant that he would suffer brain damage. Fortunately, a scan after his birth showed that there were no signs and, after two platelet transfusions, he was perfectly healthy.
Realising how lucky they had been, Diane decided to raise money for a charity for children who live with brain injuries and neurological conditions.
Her first fundraising venture saw her take to the Cotswold Way – a 102 mile walk that she finished with her daughter Louise, raising nearly £600. The following year Diane put on a concert with her pupils and managed to raise over £100.
After also taking on the Ridgeway Walk with her daughter, Diane stepped up to the Offa’s Dyke path – a 177 mile trek over the Clwydian Hills and the Black mountains with the support of Matthew and her husband, Martin.
“We love the views and the countryside and the fresh air,” Diane told us. “Even if it is a struggle to get a teenage daughter out of bed on a school holiday!”
Diane and Louise completed the first leg of their journey – 90 miles over the Easter holidays from Prestatyn southwards. They finished off the last 80 miles on Saturday the 31st of May, met by Cerebra’s Sarah Robey at the Sedbury Cliffs.
“Every day must feel like climbing a mountain for those families who struggle with a brain damaged child,” said Diane.
Another happy supporter has won £1500 in Cerebra’s Count Me In lottery.
Mr Wollaston from Essex recently won the £1500 weekly prize in our Count Me In lottery. He told us “I haven’t decided yet what it’ll be spent on, but a holiday is high on the list!”
The lottery is easy to join and costs just £1.20 a week. Every week someone wins £1500. The money raised goes towards paying for direct, on-going support for families of children with neurological conditions and funding important research into causes, treatments and interventions.
If you’d like to learn more about our lottery click here or call 01267 244218. Count Yourself In and make a positive difference today!