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Cerebra to benefit from Co-op Community Fund

Vanessa with Dylan, Ryan and Taran
Vanessa with Dylan, Ryan and Taran

This year we have been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

At a time when funds for charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make real difference.

We are raising funds so that we can continue our work to help families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together. Families who have a child with a brain condition such as autism, cerebral palsy or Down’s Syndrome face challenges every day. Just to learn, play, make friends, enjoy and experience the world can feel difficult, even impossible. But we don’t believe there’s any challenge that can’t be overcome.

Support from the Co-op Community Fund will help us to carry on supporting families like the Hoopers from Kidwelly. For seven-year-old Ryan Hooper and his family, getting a good night’s sleep was a constant struggle until they discovered Cerebra.

Ryan has Down’s syndrome and the condition often causes poor or disturbed sleep, something that affected him and had a knock-on effect on the whole family. When his mum, Vanessa, heard a representative from Cerebra speak four years ago at a local Down’s syndrome support group, she was keen to find out more about how the charity could help her son. Helping him to get a better night’s sleep was at the top of her wish-list.

Vanessa says “Cerebra’s sleep service was invaluable to us. Whenever I called they’d answer my questions and reassure me I could cope. The sleep practitioners helped us countless times and were able to get us into a routine, which gave some normality to our daily life”.

To help raise the vital funds, we’ll be relying on Co-op shoppers. Every time they buy Co-op own brand products they get a 5% reward for themselves, and a further 1% goes to local causes like ours. Co-op members can decide which local group they would like to back by going on-line at www.coop.co.uk/membership. We really hope that people will visit the website and choose to support us.

If you’re not a member and would like to support us, you can join at your local store or online at www.coop.co.uk.

When a community comes together we’re able to achieve great things, so we hope you can help promote our project.

Watch Vanessa explain what it’s like to have a child with a brain condition who doesn’t sleep well:

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Imogen draws our Christmas raffle winners

Imogen with (L-R) our Head of Income Generation Terry Osborn, Neil form Specsavers and CEO Chris Jones
Imogen with (L-R) our Head of Income Generation Terry Osborn, Neil form Specsavers and CEO Chris Jones

We held our Christmas raffle draw on Wednesday 19th December and had a very special guest do the honours.

Seven year-old Imogen has had an impressive year having climbed Pen y Fan with a little help from our Innovation Centre and it only seemed right that she should help us with this very important job!

We were also joined by Neil Robinson from Specsavers, who named us as their charity of the year in south and mid Wales and have done amazing for us over the course of the year.  

We had our giant tombola filled with over 100,000 Christmas raffle tickets that our generous supporters had purchased and Imogen dived right in, choosing the three top prize winners and ten runners up.

The top three winning tickets are below and the rest will be available here soon. Check your tickets!

PrizeWinning Ticket Number
£5,0000801486
£1,5000406934
£5000668630

Making dreams come true this #GivingTuesday

#Giving Tuesday is on November 27th and this year we’re celebrating the amazing work our Innovation Centre do to help children achieve their dreams, however big or small. Children like Imogen, who we helped to achieve her dream of making it to the top of south Wales’ highest peak. You can help us make even more children’s dreams a reality. A gift from you, whether large or small, will make a positive difference to a young person’s life. You can either text WISH07 £5 to 70070 to donate £5, or use the form at the bottom of this page to donate online. Thank you.

Six year old Imogen was born with cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair to get about. She often can’t take part in activities that her friends take for granted. She wasn’t even allowed to take part in her school sports day. Like most children her age Imogen is lively and adventurous and her inability to get involved makes her feel frustrated, sad and lonely.

At Cerebra, we don’t believe there is any challenge that can’t be overcome. When our friends at Specsavers arranged a sponsored walk to the top of Pen-y-Fan, we thought ‘let’s see if we can take Imogen with us’.

Help us work wonders for children this #GivingTuesday

Our Innovation centre adapted a special four-wheeled mountain bike and, with support from a team of volunteers, Imogen showed grit, determination and stamina to make it to the top. The smile on her face says it all.

With your help we can make more children's dream become a reality

With your help we can make more children’s dream become a reality

Imogen’s mum, Catherine told us: “Imogen is thrilled and excited to have had this adventure. She’s never been able to do anything like this before because of her cerebral palsy. There have been so many times that she hasn’t been able to join in with physical activities which leaves her feeling left out. Being given the opportunity to do things a child her age should be able to do is a real boost to her confidence and self-esteem. she really is over the moon.

If they can dream big, they can do big - never accept it's not possible!

If they can dream big, they can do big – never accept it’s not possible!

Imogen’s next dream? To become a Paralympian. Watch this space!

#GivingTuesday is on 27th November and you can follow our conversation on our social media – we will be using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Cerebra. We would also love to hear if you will be taking part in any fundraising – be sure to tag us! Please help us to make even more children’s dreams come true this #GivingTuesday.
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Caldicot girl with cerebral palsy climbs South Wales’ highest peak

Specsavers directors, team members and Cerebra staff with Imogen at the Pen y Fan summit

Specsavers directors, team members and Cerebra staff with Imogen at the Pen y Fan summit

Six year old Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, reached the top of South Wales’ highest peak on Sunday 7 October in a specially-modified four-wheeled mountain bike.

She was joined by more than 40 people – including Specsavers staff from South and Mid Wales, charity workers and even army soldiers – some of whom were harnessed to her to help pull and push her along.

Imogen’s mum, Catherine, says: ‘Imogen is so thrilled and excited to have completed this climb. It’s only thanks to the team at Cerebra that she’s been able to have this adventure – she’s never been able to do anything like this before because of her cerebral palsy. There have been so many times that she hasn’t been able to join in with physical activities which leaves her feeling left out. Being able to do things like this is a real boost to her confidence and self-esteem. She really is over the moon.’

The Pen y Fan challenge was co-organised by Cerebra and staff at Specsavers stores in South and Mid Wales, as part of their year-long charity partnership. The opticians are raising funds for the Carmarthen-headquartered charity, which currently supports 4,500 families across Wales.

Neil Robinson, West Wales regional chair for Specsavers, says: ‘Imogen and her family are an inspiration to us all, as are the services and support Cerebra provides to them and many other families across Wales. Watching Imogen complete this challenge is something I won’t forget in a hurry. I’m proud of our staff for giving up their time to help Imogen and the charity achieve something wonderful.

Everyone who took part at the top of Pen y Fan

Everyone who took part at the top of Pen y Fan

‘I’m thrilled we have been able to help raise awareness of the charity’s work, and hope it will lead to more young children with brain conditions discovering ways to live a better life with their families.’

In addition to our support services and research work, we also have an Innovation Centre based within the University of Wales Trinity St David, where bespoke equipment is designed and created, free of charge, to make children’s lives easier.

Imogen’s bike was a specially-modified four wheeled downhill mountain bike, designed and made predominantly for use by disabled people. It was created by Calvin Williams of Project ENDURO – a collaboration between experts at Swansea University, Gower College Swansea and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Project ENDURO kindly loaned the bike to Imogen for the climb and designers at our Innovation Centre made modifications to give Imogen the support she needed. Project ENDURO was supported by AgorIP, based at Swansea University’s School of Management, who are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Terry Osborn, acting Head of Corporates, Trusts and Legacies at Cerebra, says: ‘We’re delighted to have joined the Specsavers team for the Pen y Fan climb. To be able to take Imogen with is us was a privilege and really does demonstrate that we don’t believe there is any challenge that can’t be overcome.

‘The invaluable fundraising support from Specsavers means that our Innovation Centre will be able to help more children to overcome their challenges and discover the world around them.’

This video shows Imogen reaching the top of Pen y Fan:

 

Big Thankxx to TKMaxx!

Terry, Cheryl and Amanda

Terry, Cheryl and Amanda

We would like to say a huge thank you to Cheryl Phillips, the Store Manager at TKMaxx Carmarthen. She applied for a TKMaxx community fund grant for Cerebra and we were given a fantastic donation of £1,000!

Cheryl said: “I’m delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile local charity!”

The cheque was presented to Terry Osborn, our Acting Head of Corporates, Trusts and Legacies and Amanda Tapp, one of our Fundraisers.

Cara smashes duathlon challenge

Cara Readle

Cara Readle

One of our Ambassadors, Cara Readle, recently completed a duathlon and raised over £500 for Cerebra!

This was a particular challenge for Cara as she was born with Cerebral Palsy, but she has never let anything stand in her way!

Cara’s duathlon saw her embarking on a 5km walk on a treadmill and a 5km cycle on a static bike. Initially the challenge was set to take place over the course of a day at Xcercise4less gym in Swansea but Cara did a fantastic job and managed to complete the entire challenge in just a couple of hours!

Cara said: “I set out to do something that I knew I would find very challenging but I wanted to challenge myself in order to raise money for Cerebra.”

To date, Cara has raised over £500 and you can still donate through her Just Giving Page.

If you feel inspired and would like one of our fab new fundraising packs just get in touch with us on [email protected]

Watch Cara reach the 4K mark on the treadmill:

Cara draws winning summer raffle tickets

Cara with CEO Chris Jones and some of our fundraisers

Cara with CEO Chris Jones and some of our fundraisers

On 25th July actress Cara Readle, who is one of our fabulous ambassadors, drew the winning tickets for our summer raffle.

Cara is currently in training to complete a duathlon challenge for us so Cerebra staff got into the spirit of the occasion and dressed up in their best workout clothes!

We hold two raffle draws every year, a summer and a winter raffle. You can find out more information about our raffles including how to purchase tickets and past winners here.

Cara to take on duathlon challenge

Cara Readle

Cara Readle

Swansea born actress Cara Readle, famous for her role in ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’, will be taking on a duathlon on 20th August to raise money for Cerebra.

The 27 year-old, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, has been an Ambassador for us for several years and has never let anything stand in her way. Back in 2014, she completed a 2 mile walk in Mumbles from Black Pill to Verdi’s – a huge achievement.

As well as having many acting credits to her name already, Cara also graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with first degree honours in Performing Arts.

Cara’s latest challenge will see her embarking on a 5km walk on a treadmill and a 5km cycle on a static bike, all taking part over the course of a day at Xcercise4less gym in Swansea.

Cara said: “I have set out to do something that I know I will find very challenging but I wanted to challenge myself in order to raise money for Cerebra. It may take me all day, the walking will be the hardest part for me but I will compete it. I have started training for this and I have lots of support!”

Cara took time out of her busy training schedule on Wednesday 25th July to draw the winners for Cerebra’s summer raffle. Cerebra staff got in to the spirit of the occasion by dressing in their best workout gear!

You can sponsor Cara through her Just Giving page.

Take the Challenge – Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K

Sheffield 10k

Join Cerebra at the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K. Staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council, this 10K has a fantastic course right through the heart of the Steel city. Book a place now and together we’ll help families that include children with brain conditions find a better life together.

Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Registration Fee: £10.00
Minimum sponsorship: £50.00

 

If you would like a Cerebra guaranteed running place please click below to register. Entry is just £10.00 with a minimum sponsorship of £50.00.

Have you already secured your place through the race website?
Click the button below to let us know about it so we can support you! You will not be required to raise a minimum sponsorship, just raise as much as you can!

About the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K:

Entry:
– Entrants must be 15 years or over on event day
– Run For All encourage people of all abilities to take part in the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K. Please contact us in advance with any specific requirements and we shall do our utmost to cater to these.

What’s included in your race entry:
– Chip timing – and a text at the finish, if you register your mobile number
– Finisher’s goody bag with post-race treats
– Quality tech T-shirt
– Exclusive medal
– An experience to remember!

Key Timings:
07:30 – Race office, baggage store and assembly areas open to participants
09:10 – Mass warm up
09:30 – Race starts

Cerebra support:

Join Team Cerebra with your own place or one of our guaranteed places and we will support you all the way!

• 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!
• And most importantly- unlimited email and phone support and advice from our fundraising events team.


We can’t wait to have you on Team Cerebra!
If you have any questions, email us at [email protected] or call us on 01267 242 586.