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The Arctic Rider Takes on New Alaska Challenge

Gordon Stuart

Gordon Stuart

When Cerebra Ambassador Gordon Stuart first started his Arctic Rider project, he couldn’t have imagined the distances he would cover and the huge amount of money he would go on to raise for Cerebra and other charities close to his heart.

He first started The Arctic Rider project as a way of using his passion for motorbikes to help raise money and awareness for Cerebra, Tiny Lives Trust and One Young World – all of which Gordon is an Ambassador and an avid fundraiser for.

He was soon setting himself motorbike related challenges as a way of raising funds and also keeping his growing army of loyal followers up to date with his exploits through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube .

In 2014, Gordon rode 6,000 miles solo to Nordkapp in the Arctic Circle and back, raising over £5,000 for Cerebra. This first challenge was known as ‘Arctic Ride 2014’.

In 2016, he continued by completing the UK ‘Iron Butt Challenge’, riding the length of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats in under 24 hours. Gordon completed the ride in 18 hours raising over £1,600 for Tiny Lives Trust.

Gordon’s next challenge has been dubbed ‘Arctic Ride Alaska’ – an attempt to ride the length of Alaska from Anchorage in the South to Prudhoe Bay in far North Alaska, deep inside the Arctic Circle. This will require Gordon to conquer the notorious ‘James W. Dalton Highway’, which is often cited as one of the world’s most dangerous roads due to its remoteness, road quality and demanding weather.

The Dalton is a 414 mile stretch of mostly gravel road which was designed as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, which runs parallel to it. It is one of the world’s most remote roads with only 3 towns and 3 fuel sops along the entire stretch.

Gordon is hoping that through this challenge, he can prove that an ‘average road rider’ can conquer the Dalton.

Gordon will be taking on the Arctic Ride Alaska challenge in summer 2018 and will be raising money for both Cerebra and The Tiny Lives Trust. You can donate through his Virgin Money Giving page.

You can keep up to date with Gordon’s progress as he prepares for the challenge through his blog.


Samuel and Angel Bake Some Sweet Treats to Raise Funds

Samuel, Angel and Jacky

Samuel, Angel and Jacky

On Saturday 1st July 2017, Samuel Turner and his friend Angel raised £50 for Cerebra at a fete at Treetops, a specialist school in Essex.

They made some delicious cakes to sell at the fete and even made a very special Cerebra cake which was of course Samuel’s favourite!

Cerebra Cake

Cerebra Cake

Samuel said: “In my heartfelt experience, it’s never a matter about what it means to anyone, this lovely Cerebra cake is not just to raise money for the charity, it’s about hope and capability to show that there are children around the UK that are suffering problems inside and I believe that we should help to find a solution because people might be unaware of the child’s problem.

I’m proud to make this special cake. I think some student and pupils would love the cake I made and me, my mum and my friend Angel have felt the love for being at Treetops School to help Cerebra. This does makes me, my family and my friend Angel feel so special for our great efforts since I started helping the charity at the start of 2017.”

For Samuel’s friend Angel Jolly, it was a life changing activity unlike anything she has ever experienced.

Fete table

Fete table

Angel said: “We all were excited to be at Treetops fate. Once we got there, we all worked hard as a team to decorate our table for the fete. At first, I thought we’re going to sell a lot of cakes. Sam and I wore the Cerebra shirt and Jacky, which is Samuel’s mum was wearing a Welsh t-shirt. Originally, the Cranberries cake went to the Bake-off competition but we didn’t win. In the end, we took part and we are all very happy.”

We’re very lucky to have fantastic fundraisers who are always willing to go the extra mile to raise funds and awareness for Cerebra.

If you would like to find out how you can support Cerebra by holding your own event like this, please contact our fundraising team on 01267 244222.


Barcelona Team Complete Half Marathon

IMG_8538Five members of Fetal i+D team at the University of Barcelona took on the challenge of running the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday February 12th.

The runners are all medical doctors and researchers from the team and work on a daily basis to diagnose and treat fetuses with neurodevelopmental risks. They all gladly offered to run as a way of getting more involved with their community and to support the families and children they usually see in their clinics, in a different way.

Rui V. Simões, PhD, one of the runners and a researcher in the group told us: “This was actually my first half marathon and the motivation could have not been better. I felt very proud to have run for Cerebra. We made it to the finish line and hope that the fundraising does too. Our children deserve it!”

Our thanks go to the whole team for joining us in our mission to help families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together.

You can keep up to date with all of our our website. If you would like to take part in an event that isn’t listed  you can also contact Cecilia Bufton, Events Coordinator on ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 242586.

Will You be Part of Our 50 Schools Challenge?

With more than 500,000 children in the UK living with a brain condition, the chances are that we all know someone whose life is affected by autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome or one of many other conditions.

This September we’re asking for your help to give families the support that they need. We’re looking for 50 schools to join in our fundraising challenge and raise money to help support children with a brain condition.

What will your school do?

Dress down days, cake sales, sponsored events, theme days… The choice is yours!

Win a trip to the House of Lords!

Representatives from the school which raises the most money will be invited to join as at our prestigious Charity Reception at the House of Lords on 26th October. Could it be your school?

To sign up to our challenge contact us at give@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244216.

Cerebra is a charity giving families who have a child with a brain condition the chance to find a better life together. For every challenge, there’s an answer out there. Let’s discover it together.

Sign up to our challenge today!

Staff at Shaping Futures Day Nursery during their dress up day

Staff at Shaping Futures Day Nursery during their dress up day

The first school to join our 50 Schools Challenge is Shaping Futures Day Nursery who held a dressing up day to raise money for us.

Will you be the next school to join the challenge?

Why I Ran for Cerebra by Ben Horne

Ben during the Cardiff World Half Marathon

Ben during the Cardiff World Half Marathon

Ben Horne completed the Cardiff World Half Marathon on 26th March, raising over £150 for Cerebra. He gave us his own frank and honest account as to why he runs and why he wanted to raise money for Cerebra.

“My name’s Ben Horne and I’m a Personal Trainer based in Newchapel, Pembrokeshire. My passion is guiding people to success in the world of physical training and personal self development. I’m on a journey myself, and I’m just so happy to be able to help others along the way.

I have a bug. I was 15 years old when I got ‘the bug’. I wasn’t particularly sporty in school, but discovering a person could overcome great challenges with simple grit and determination sparked something in me that’s never gone away.

I fell in love with physical training and 15 years ago I threw myself headlong into it. It’s been just as much a mental/emotional journey and I think that’s why it’s been so fascinating to me. I’ve seen myself try greatly, fail well and succeed spectacularly. It’s all character building I suppose!

I don’t particularly specialise in running but my philosophy suggests that most healthy individuals should be able to run 13 miles without major problems. I was asked to run for Cerebra late last year in the Cardiff World Half Marathon. My first thought was that this wasn’t a convenient proposition, but as I thought it over I concluded that brain dysfunction was infinitely more inconvenient. My perspective on convenience shifted.

I have a nephew (hello Harvey!) with autism so this was definitely a charity I had a connection to. I knew there were probably plenty of likely candidates out there who would readily run for this charity and it’s work, but that wasn’t the point. I was being asked. Me. I resolved that if anyone should run this, it would be someone well placed to take advantage of their health. I knew I was one of those ‘someones’.

For philosophical reasons, it had become personal. If I turned this call down I felt like I would be forfeiting my integrity. So I agreed to run and I began designing a training schedule to rehearse for the race. I had run a little cross country in school and the opportunity for some longer distance runs appealed to me. Usually my training included short, sharp runs, never usually more than 1-2 miles. And even then, the run would normally be mixed up with weightlifting activities and gymnastics (I do CrossFit for my general physical preparedness).

The weeks passed, the sponsorship money came in and the local countryside lanes became very familiar! Race day came around quickly and I took every opportunity possible to live in the moment, taking in the atmosphere and the experience as a whole. I’d never run 13 miles before. I was relying on the experience and knowledge behind my training to see me through. 90% of my training runs were 4 miles long. Theory said I should manage the distance with relative ease because of the type of training I’d been doing, the lifestyle I live and the ‘barefoot’ style I run with – but the problem with theory is it’s only theory until it’s tested! That test began at about 14:20 on Saturday March 26th.

Well I ran the distance, and the theory was spot on. I covered every mile with a consistent and comfortable pace. My primary objective was to complete the course. My secondary objective was to run at my leisure the whole way. Afterall, I’m not a competitive runner. Just a ‘someone’ with their health. The run was a success and easy enough. The experience was fantastic. I came in in under 2 hours which I’m quite happy with really. I wondered what I could do if I were competitively running!

I’d urge anyone who’s so much as curious to do something like this themselves for charity. To use your body to do some good in this world. And now I’ve archived that half marathon in the mental-vaults of experience hoping to draw upon it in future in my continuing work in helping others achieve their goals.”

To find out more about Ben, check out his website.

You can find out more information about how you can take part in an event for Cerebra on our Run for Cerebra page or you can contact Cecilia Bufton at ceciliab@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 242586.

Group of Runners get Ready for the Cardiff World Half Marathon

Neil, Emyr and Aimee with Sir E. Bear

A group of runners from Carmarthen are getting ready to take part in the prestigious Cardiff World Half Marathon on Saturday 26th March.

The event is special because it is the first time the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships have been held in the UK since 2009 – when Birmingham hosted the event. The fact that the race is once again coming to the UK is huge because it means that some of the world’s top athletes will be on our doorstep. It also means that budding runners can test their skills against the likes of Mo Farrah.

Cerebra are very proud to have a group of seven runners taking part in the event in order to raise money for the charity.

Neil Lightfoot, Jorge Collings, Ben Horne, Emyr Evans, Jacob Booth, Aimee Booth and Nick Bates will all be dusting off their running shoes and hoping to make it around the 13 mile course – all while raising money for Cerebra.

Ben said: “When I heard that Cerebra needed representation for the Cardiff half Marathon in March, I felt some personal responsibility to answer the call. I’m not a dedicated runner, but I’m ready, willing and able, and I’m already preparing for this race. I’m going to run simply to represent Cerebra and support their work.”

If you would like to sponsor one of our runners, you can do so by clicking on one of their names above or you can donate on our website or by texting CERE12 and the amount you want to donate to 70070.

Can you help?

Here at Cerebra we’re always looking to recruit budding fundraisers to help us fund our vital services.

We receive no Government funding – relying entirely on the generosity of members of the public to come up with ever changing new and exciting ways to raise money.

With your help, we have already made a difference to the lives of children like Tom, who without his Cerebra grant, would not have been able to do something that other children take for granted – ride a bike.

As well as funding grants for specialist equipment, Cerebra has also provided practical support to families such as Caroline and Dylan’s. With your support, our Sleep Service was able to give advice that finally allowed the whole family to get a decent night’s sleep.

We have been blown away by the amount of support we have received over the years and love the new and creative ways you guys come up with in order to raise those vital funds.

Leon in the shark pool

Swimming with sharks

Thirteen year-old Leon Crawley didn’t want to do a run – he went one step further and swam with sharks!

Grandmother Winnie Forsdike, who had just celebrated her 72nd birthday, took a dip in the freezing cold North Sea on New Year’s Day – raising an impressive £1,400.

The only limit is your imagination so whether you want to challenge yourself with a run or do something a little out there, we want to hear from you!

You could put on a bake sale, shave your head or put on a quiz evening – anything that will get your friends and family involved!

For all the support you need to help us, contact Jessica Thomas on 01267 244222 or jessicat@cerebra.org.uk.

Download our fundraising A – Z below for more ideas.

Fundraising A - Z

Get Active for Cerebra

We have guaranteed places in some of the UK’s best runs so get active and join us today. From fun 5K’s to marathons, obstacle races and even races abroad. Join Team Cerebra and help us support families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together. We will provide you with:

  • Useful tips, support and resources to fundraise
  • A Cerebra running vest or t-shirt for those muddier challenges
  • A Facebook Cerebra running group to encourage one another and exchange tips
  • Meet and greet at selected events – and a cheer over the finish line!
  • Get involved and run for Cerebra!
  • And most importantly- unlimited email and phone support and advice from our fundraising events team

If you already have a place in a race and would like to fundraise for us, please click on the button below to register and we will send you your free running vest and any materials you need. This requires no minimum sponsorship – just raise as much as you can!

If you would like to book one of our guaranteed charity places please check out our categorised listings and click on the button below. Everyone can get involved with low-cost sign up fees and sensible pledges.

Spartan Race
Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Sheffield 10k 10K
Rough Runner
Half Marathons
Full Marathons
Obstacle Challenges
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Collection Box

Lynn Palfreyman and Betty Blyth with Box Co-ordinator Melanie Clark

Could you help by becoming a collection box host like Lynn and Betty?

Lynn Palfreyman and Betty Blyth have just retired after running a small shop on a campsite in Burton Constable, Yorkshire since 2000. In that time, they have raised close to an incredible £30,000 for Cerebra – mostly from collecting spare change!

We recognised this fantastic achievement at our reception at the House of Lords.

Our collection boxes can hold up to £50 in small change – enough to fund a session with a Sleep Practitioner.

If you can help us raise a little which can do a lot please give a home to one of our boxes – contact 01267 242587 or use the contact form below.


Contact Us - Collection Box


Your support will enable us to help children like Jacob: