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.
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.
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!
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.