Sarah and Annaleigh help support Lucy to the finish line!
We recently launched our Toddle, Waddle, Run campaign as part of the Cardiff Half Marathon, which this year included a toddler dash and mascot race as well as the main event.
On the 3rd October our youngest ever fundraiser, 21 month old Lucy toddled with the best of them and ended up in a very respectable third place. She was helped along by Annaleigh and Sarah – who was herself preparing to take part in the half marathon the following day.
Saturday was also the day of the mascot race where Cerebra’s infamous mascot Sir E. Bear was hoping to waddle to victory. He had been training hard and had his sights set on the win but sadly it was not meant to be and once again, he came last.
Sunday the 4th October was the day of the half marathon itself and Sarah, who is Cerebra’s Trust Fundraiser, did us proud – completing the race in an impressive 02:15:05.
Everyone at Cerebra would like to say a huge thank you to the team for all of their efforts – even Sir E. Bear!
Don’t forget, you can still show your support by sponsoring the team. Just text CERE12 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070. Thank you!
Cerebra’s mascot Sir E. Bear is always ready to fly the flag for us.
In the last few years this brave bear has risen to the challenge and taken part in the Swansea and Cardiff mascot races. He’s done his very best but bears are not built for running and he came last.
This year he has started his training early and we’re going to be following his progress in a series of videos.
We hope you enjoy!
The Swansea mascot race is Sir E. Bear’s first challenge and takes place on 20th September. The Cardiff mascot race a couple of weeks later on 3rd October.
Sir E. Bear needs your help! He’s trying to raise money for Cerebra through his challenges and needs you to sponsor him! Sponsoring is quick and easy, just:
Text CERE12 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.
Ryan draws the winning tickets
On 31st July we drew the lucky winning tickets in our 2015 Summer Raffle draw.
The draw was made by a very special guest – four year old Ryan Hooper, who has Down’s Syndrome. Ryan and his family (mum and dad Vanessa and Simon Hooper and brothers Aiden, Dylan and Taran) recently enjoyed a well earned break at the charity’s holiday home in Pembrokeshire.
Many families with children who have special needs find it incredibly difficult to find a place to go on holiday that caters for their needs. Cerebra’s holiday home, Vallecchia, gives families an opportunity to enjoy a break without some of the difficulties they might experience on a standard holiday. There is a ramped entrance to allow wheelchair access and a large bedroom with en-suite facilities on the ground floor. It also has a multi-sensory room and a soft play area with tactile sensory toys. There is a large garden and a games room in the detached double garage, with table tennis, table football and a pool table.
Ryan’s mum Vanessa said “The holiday was amazing. It was a chance for all of us to spend time together as a family and to get away from the hassle of everyday life. There was plenty of space for all of us and it provided everything we needed. That time together was priceless”.
The Hooper family with Sir E Bear
Ryan loved helping us out with the draw – and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Cerebra mascot Sir E Bear! Our thanks to the family for helping us out.
The raffle draw is an easy way to support the charity, with the chance of winning a great prize. Tickets for Cerebra’s Christmas Raffle will be on sale soon. To get your tickets please contact us on 01267 244221 or email [email protected]
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.
The cast of Cinderella help us draw our raffle winners
Cinderella and her Ugly Sisters helped us draw our winning Christmas Raffle tickets this year.
We recently held our 2014 Christmas Raffle draw at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen with the help of some special friends.
Charity mascot Sir E Bear joined some of the cast of Cinderella to draw the winning tickets, with the top prize winner receiving £5000.
Cerebra is a national charity for children with neurological conditions, helping them and their families through a combination of direct, ongoing support and funding vital research. The charity receives no government funding, relying entirely on the support of the public.
The raffle draw is an easy way to support the charity, with the chance of winning a great prize. If you would like tickets for the Summer 2015 Raffle contact us on 01267 242554 or [email protected]
Our thanks go to the Mark Jermin Theatre Company for their help with the photo shoot.
Sir E. Bear
Cerebra recently held a Christmas Disco at the Broadmayne Village Hall in Dorchester.
Children who attended the event were treated to special appearances from Cerebra’s mascot Sir E. Bear and a very special guest: Santa Claus himself!
Santa made himself busy greeting all the guests to the party and even made sure that every child had their very own present.
As well as being able to show off their best dance moves, there was also a festive raffle and other games.
Cerebra Regional Officer Lilly Fahey who organised the event said: “I’m glad that everyone enjoyed the party and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended.”
You can keep up to date with all of the latest events we are holding on our What’s On pages.
Sir E. Bear and Santa
We get into the Christmas spirit with a Christmas party for special schools in Swansea.
Cerebra recently held a very special Christmas party for children in the Swansea area. Eighty seven children from, Parkland, Gwyresydd and Cwmglas Primary Schools and Bishop Gore joined us for an afternoon of fun and games.
Charity mascot Sir E. Bear dusted off his dancing shoes and showed off his very best moves, much to the delight of everyone who attended.
Santa made time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance and had help from some of his elves to give out presents to all of his guests.
You can keep up to date with all of our latest events on our What’s On pages.
We invited families to take part in an inclusive ice skating session in Bristol.
Families in Bristol recently enjoyed a day on the temporary ice at the At-Bristol Science Centre.
The special session allowed families who are members of the charity to have a free afternoon on the ice in a safe environment with some great equipment including “penguins” and “bananas” that were on hand to make sure there was no slipping, just plenty of sliding!
There was a special appearance of charity mascot Sir E. Bear who braved the ice himself to show everyone how it’s done!
Cerebra Regional Officer Kate Hedger who organised the event was very pleased with how much of a success the day was: “There were lots of smiling faces all around. I’m glad everyone enjoyed!” she said.
Cerebra hold many events throughout the year around the country. You can find out about upcoming events here.
Here are some of the pictures from the day:
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.