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Students Raise Funds With Performance

A group of second year BA Acting students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David recently held a week of fundraising activities to raise money for us.

The group held a number of fundraising activities over the course of a week including bake sales and a raffle but the main event was a performance which included singing and acting – and plenty of fun!

Our Events Coordinator Cecilia Bufton, who attended the event said: “It was a lovely night of singing and acting and I was glad I could come along and enjoy it!”

The event raised an incredible £429.61 for Cerebra and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making the evening such a success!

If you would like to find out how you can get involved with fundraising contact Cecilia at [email protected] or call 01267242586.

Here’s a video of one of their performances:

Strictly Come… Tea Dancing!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have been forced to postpone this event. Thank you for your interest.

On Friday 18th March Cerebra will be holding its first ever Tea Dance at St Mary’s Church Hall in Carmarthen.

We have enlisted the help of Pam Hopkins from Ultimate Ballroom who will be offering one-to-one tuition in a variety of dancing styles including Ballroom and Latin.

If you have never danced before, don’t worry! Pam’s hands-on tuition means that it will be a fun event for anyone of any ability.

There will also be refreshments on hand for when you work up a sweat dancing!

The event will start at 2pm and go on until 4pm.

Tickets are £10 with all of the proceeds coming to Cerebra.

If you would like further information about this exciting event, please contact Jessica Thomas on 01267 244222 or [email protected] or use the contact form below.


Swimming with Sharks for Cerebra!

Leon in the shark pool

Swimming with sharks

13 year old Leon Crawley from Taunton in Somerset recently took a deep breath and plunged into a pool of sharks to raise money for Cerebra.

Leon, a pupil at Heathfield Community School in Taunton, said: “I wanted to do something to make a difference in someone’s life and I wanted to challenge myself.

I had to have some scuba training at the aquarium before I could get in the tank with the sharks. I really enjoyed it but was a bit nervous about what would come next. I was one of the first in the tank and as I got into the water I could see lots of different types of fish. It was a bit scary when a two meter long shark started swimming straight towards me!

Doing the dive was cool but raising money was the best bit. I kept checking my JustGiving page to see how much I had raised and read the messages I was left by donors. I’m really pleased and I’m looking forward to my next challenge”.

The swim took place at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire and so far Leon has raised almost £250 for the charity. If you’d like to donate please visit his JustGiving page.

If you’d like to challenge yourself to raise money for Cerebra then please get in touch with us on [email protected]

Cerebra Week 2015

Cara Readle with the Cerebra Fundraising Team

Cerebra Fundraising Team

Cerebra will be holding its annual awareness week in Carmarthen town centre from 27th July to 1st August.

This year a team from the charity will be in Merlin’s Walk from 10am to 4pm each day and there’ll be lots of fun activities, games and competitions to keep the children, and the whole family, entertained. There will also be the chance to meet Sir E Bear, the charity’s giant teddy bear mascot!

Anyone who stops at the Cerebra stand and has a go at one of the games will have the chance to be entered into a free prize draw to win family tickets to local attractions such as Folly Farm, the Gwili Railway, Dinosaur Park and Manor House Wildlife Park.

Allyson Silverthorne, Community Fundraiser at Cerebra, said “Our Cerebra week in Carmarthen is one of the highlights of our year – it’s always a lot of fun and it’s so lovely to have the chance to chat to people about the charity’s work. If you’re in the area please stop and say hello”.

The charity is very grateful to the management and shops at Merlin’s Walk and to the local tourist attractions for their support.

Alissa completes her 10k challenge

Proudly showing her off her medal

Proudly showing her off her medal

We are delighted to let you know that on 12th July Alissa Elsaesser successfully ran the British London 10K in aid of Cerebra.

Alissa was an absolute star on the day and loved the cheers and support from the crowd. She even achieved her ambition of crossing the finishing line ahead of her dad, Alex.

Alissa running in the London 10k

Alissa in action

Alissa was born with Down’s Syndrome but that has never held her back and she is always eager to help those in need. This is one of the reasons that she has decided to take on this challenge; to help children with neurological conditions across the country.

Her fundraising total is steadily climbing and she has now managed to raise well over £3,000! If you would like to donate you can do so by calling 01267 244221 to make a donation over the phone, or through her Just Giving page.

Alissa would like to thank everyone for their support and donations and for their kind messages of encouragement.

Cara Readle

Cara Readle with the Cerebra Fundraising Team

Cara and the Fundraising Team (Cara front right)

Talented young actress Cara Readle from Swansea works with us to help raise our profile and funds for the charity.

Born with cerebral palsy, Cara has had a successful acting career. She is best known for her role as Layla in children’s TV show The Story of Tracy Beaker and has also appeared in Zig Zag Love and Casualty.

More recently Cara has worked with BBC Ouch! to share life experiences about her disability. She has also starred in the BBC Wales series Baker Boys.

Cara has thrown herself into helping us fundraise, taking part in community collections and organising her own sponsored walk along Swansea seafront.

“I am now 21 years old. I have had mild cerebral palsy from birth. I have been acting in TV and Film since the age of 12 in which I found what I love to do. I hope to carry on my acting career and I am determined to succeed without letting anything hold me back. Cerebra is a great charity which is very close to my heart. They do great work which I love to support and get involved in!”Cara Readle

We Want You…

Sarah Hattersley and Pamela Smith on the far right

Sarah Hattersley and Pamela Smith on the far right

Would you like to have fun while raising money for a great cause? Come and be part of our team and make a difference in your community.

We have two Community Fundraisers based in Leeds – Sarah Hattersley and Pamela Smith. These two lovely ladies organise lots of exciting events in the area throughout the year and would love for you to join them.

Last year Pam and Sarah did lots of bucket collections in many of your local supermarkets which help to raise awareness of Cerebra as well as raising vital funds without which we could not continue to help families.

As well as collecting, Sarah and Pam have also attended festivals and fun days such as the Penistone Show where they enjoy soaking up the atmosphere as well as selling crafts hand made by Sarah herself.

Sarah said: “We already have lots of exciting dates lined up in our calendar – the only thing that can make it better is you! If you can spare an hour or two to join in the fun and help out at collections, music festivals, runs and races, dinners and balls and athletic days, we’d love for you to join us”.

If you, or someone you know would like to help out or have an idea for an event then please get in touch with Sarah at [email protected] or on 07580 796615.

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.

Three Peaks 2014

The team reach the top of one of the peaks

A photo at the top!

A team from the DVLA in Swansea will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Cerebra.

Jason Thrupp, Noel Husband, Stephen Hartnoll, Matthew Bromham and Andrew Jones will be tackling the UK’s highest mountains – Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.

Their challenge starts on Friday 4th of July at 5pm when they set off from Swansea, ending Saturday 5th of July at 5pm. They’ll be joined by their driving support team of Ian Irvine and Peter Truscott-Stroud.

The DVLA boys have already completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge last year, scaling Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan.

The team have a real challenge on their hands, with Snowdon measuring 1085m, Scafell Pike 978m and Ben Nevis reaching 1344m – all to be completed in 24 hours.

Everyone at Cerebra wishes the DVLA team good luck.