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Specsavers donates almost £20,000 to Cerebra

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

Staff at Specsavers opticians have helped donate nearly £20,000 to us, following a year of fundraising.

39 Specsavers stores across south and mid Wales joined forces to raise as much as possible in one year for children with brain conditions, and their families.

By organising an array of activities, including bake sales, fancy dress days, cycle-thons and a climb to the top of South Wales’ highest peak, Pen y Fan, Specsavers has donated an impressive £19,121.54 to us.

Neil Robinson, West Wales regional chair for Specsavers said: ‘The support provided by Cerebra is, sadly, much-needed by many families across Wales. During our time working with Cerebra, we’ve learnt the advice and information it provides to families goes far beyond leaflet sharing. It offers practical help and guidance to families to get the financial and social support they so desperately need when raising a child with a brain condition.’

Since its creation in 2001, Cerebra has provided support for families, including Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, a six-year-old with cerebral palsy, who Specsavers helped reach the top of Pen y Fan for the first time during the charity partnership. 

In addition to its support services and research work, Cerebra also has 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.

During the partnership, Specsavers worked with the team at the Innovation Centre to help six-year-old Imogen Ashwell-Lewis, who has cerebral palsy, to climb Pen y Fan for the first time. A group of more than 40 people, including Specsavers staff, army staff and charity workers, helped Imogen summit south Wales’ highest peak.

Neil adds: ‘We’re proud to not only have donated money to Cerebra but create a lasting memory for Imogen and her family. It goes without saying that none of this would have been possible without the commitment of our staff, who have continued to fundraise for Cerebra, and the generosity of our local community for supporting our efforts.’

Terry Osborn, Income Generation at Cerebra, says: ‘It’s been brilliant to have the support of a national brand like Specsavers, and we are very grateful for the help stores across Wales have given to Cerebra over the past 12 months. Caring for children with brain injuries can put an immense amount of pressure on families, but the £20,000 raised will ensure life can be made just that bit easier for those we support.’

James’ trike ride is a winner!

James on his trike

James on his trike

Nine year old James Miles is our latest fundraising Superhero! James raised an incredible £512 for Cerebra so that we can support other children who are living with cerebral palsy.

James spent the summer holidays training for his challenge and, at the end of September, set off on a two mile ride on his specially adapted trike. James showed true determination to complete the ride, which was a huge achievement for him.

His mum Kathryn said “We were overcome by how generous everyone was at the end of last year to enable James to have this fantastic trike and we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, he has loved riding it. But now it is James’ turn to give something back so we are hoping you can help James raise money for Cerebra”.

Gareth receives a cheque from James

Gareth Owens from Cerebra recently paid a visit to a special school assembly where he met James and his mum and received a cheque for a whopping £512.

Thank you James – your support means that we can help more families who have children with a brain condition to discover a better life together.


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.


Small change makes a big difference

Naz and his team

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Mr Nazakat Mohammad on behalf of the families we support.

Mr Mohammad owns the Victoria Fish and Chip Bar in Whitchurch, Cardiff and has had one of our collection boxes since 2010. To date he has raised an incredible £1276 for Cerebra.

He encourages his customers to put their spare change in the collection box and also asks them to donate the compulsory 5p carrier bag charge. The spare change really adds up.

Mr Mohammad explained to us that life was difficult for him and his family when he was growing up and this means that he does as much as he can to support children today.  He helps the young children when he travels back to his home village, as there is no source of support available for them, and he is glad to be able to help a children’s charity like Cerebra.

If you know a business who would like to host one of our collection boxes please get in touch with [email protected] or call us on 01267 244216.

Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas

At this time of the year children everywhere are writing their Christmas lists and are hoping that Santa will leave that special toy for them under the tree on Christmas morning. We can all remember the excitement and anticipation, of wishing for a new bicycle, the latest doll with all the accessories or that must have gadget.  We can also remember the look of sheer delight and smiles on children’s faces when they open their presents and the fun and enjoyment that special gift gives them.

But for families who have a child with a brain condition it’s not that easy or straightforward. Often the cost of giving their child the things that will bring enjoyment, fun and pleasure is too much for them to afford. Gifts that are suitable for children with additional needs to be able to use, or enjoy safely, can cost as much as ten times the price of a regular item. A standard bicycle costs around £200, but for a specially adapted tricycle the price rises to as much as £2500. Remember sledging when the snow came? A conventional sledge can be bought on the high street for £20.  For a sledge safe enough to carry a child with disabilities the price tag is £250.

We wanted to share with you the touching Christmas wishes of Lily , a lively, cheerful and caring eight year old girl who is devoted to her big sister, Annie-May. Annie-May was born with massive brain damage. She cannot walk, is non-verbal and requires around the clock care. Her future is uncertain but her family focus on enjoying each and every day, especially Christmas, and attempt to lead as normal a life as possible.

Lily's letter to Santa

Lily’s letter to Santa

At Cerebra we believe in giving families who have children with brain conditions the chance to find a better life together, not just at Christmas but all through the year. By making a donation to our Christmas Appeal you can make a difference to a child’s life and help families find and afford those expensive items that will mean so much to their child.

Your donation will help fund our Innovation Centre who design and produce unique equipment for disabled children, adapting existing products or designing new, bespoke items.  It will help fund our Grant Scheme which gives parents much needed help towards affording equipment and services to help make life easier and more enjoyable, giving disabled children the same opportunities for independence and an ordinary life.

Lily and Annie-May

Lily and Annie-May

We will be able to grant Lily’s wish this Christmas and the family will enjoy a special day together. Your support will mean that we can help more children like Annie-May who need costly, specially made or adapted equipment.

With your help we can create special moments for lots more children like Annie-May and Lily. Please make a donation to our Christmas Appeal today and help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.

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More ways to donate

  • Text YULE12 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070
  • Call 01267 244221 to make payment over the phone using your credit or debit card
  • Send a cheque made payable to Cerebra to Fundraising Department, Cerebra, Second Floor Offices, Lyric Building, King Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BD

Family fun day raises over £300

Poster for the fun day

Poster for the fun day

On 9th August a family fun day was held at Lower Grange Community Centre in Allerton, Lancashire in order to raise money for Cerebra.

The whole event was arranged by parent Rebecca Kent who had very personal reasons for wanting to raise money for Cerebra.

Rebecca’s story started when she went for a scan 19 weeks into her pregnancy. She was told that her baby had Dandy Walker Syndrome, Hydrocephalus and other brain complications.

“I was devastated as he has my first pregnancy.  I named my little boy Joseph George, and 4 days later I gave birth to him. He was born sleeping,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca wanted to mark the 10th Anniversary with something positive that would benefit others. Working with family and friends, she decided to organise a family fun day to raise awareness and much needed funds.

Rebecca really threw herself into the task of organising the day. She spent months writing to lots of different companies asking for donations and roping in as many people as possible!

August 9th, the day of the fun day, also marked the anniversary of Joseph’s funeral and Rebecca felt it was right to hold it on that day.

The day was a huge success with tombolas, games, bouncy castles and plenty of stalls to keep everyone entertained!

The final total raised from the day was £349 and Rebecca intends to bump that total up by doing some more more fundraising through the rest of the year.

A big thank you to Rebecca for her support.

To find out more about what you can do to help raise money for Cerebra, check out our Community Fundraising page.

£10,000 donation in honour of Frankie

Lisa and her son Frankie

Lisa and her son Frankie

Cerebra has just received an unexpected donation for £10,000 from The Wilmington Trust.  And it’s all thanks to campaigning mum Lisa Benson and her three year old son, Frankie.

Lisa told us the story:  “I’ve been fundraising for my son to have ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioural Analysis) for severe Autism since he was 3 years old.

I found it very frustrating trying to get my young son diagnosed at the age of 2, when it was very clear to me he had some severe developmental issues. Once we had finally seen a specialist and had an official diagnosis I started to extensively research my son’s condition to find the best way to reach out to him and understand his world but also improve his life and help him to learn.

Even the simplest tasks like clapping hands and responding to his name were completely beyond his capabilities. I read about ABA being the only (scientifically proven) therapy to have an enormous impact on Autistic children and knew that I had to find a way to cover the costs of this therapy and help my baby.

My son’s father walked out on us when Frankie was around 6 months old and has never supported him financially. As a single parent and full time carer I couldn’t return to work so I had to find ways to raise the funds to pay for ABA and that’s when I started “Frankie’s Fight”, a crowd funding page that I promoted on Facebook. I have to date raised over £14,000 for Frankie to receive private therapy, which has had such a positive impact on him, literally life changing.

Lisa and Frankie

Lisa and Frankie

I organise sponsored events, race nights, raffles, boot sales and beer festivals in order to get funds but I also contact people I went to University with and other friends and relatives to see if their workplaces can offer us sponsorship or if they can donate prizes…some offices have held bake sales and mufti days for us.

I contacted a friend at Wilmington Trust and he put forward Frankie’s fund for a donation. Because we are a good cause and not a registered charity they were unable to donate any money but they were in the process of choosing some charities to donate to and ask me to supply the names of five charities that help disabled children, like Frankie. They said they would give them £10,000 each in his honour. I received a text two months later from my friend saying my chosen charities had been sent cheques!

I’m delighted that I nominated you. I also nominated Chestnut Tree House, PACSO, Chichester Down Syndrome Support Group and Caudwell Children and all got £10,000. Wonderful deserving charities that are very close to my heart and have all at some point helped a child I know. I was looking for help for my son and although I didn’t achieve my goal, I did manage to get something good out of my efforts and that pleases me”.

We are very grateful to the Wilmington Trust for their generous donation and to Lisa for nominating us.  We wish her and Frankie all the very best.

Cerebra Week 2015 a huge success!

Sir E. Bear posed in front of our information tent

Sir E. Bear posed in front of our information tent

Every year Cerebra holds Cerebra Week in Carmarthen town centre. Over the week we pitch our information tent at Carmarthen’s Merlin’s Walk area and have a great time chatting with the town’s people and collecting money in order to fund the charity’s services.

We made sure that we kept things fun this year by having a number of activities on hand to entertain Carmarthen’s children (and big kids!). One of our most popular activities was our “find the bear” game which saw eager detectives searching for Cerebra bears in shop windows. We also held a daily draw with the prize being family tickets to different local activity each day. Over the course of the week, we gave away tickets to Folly Farm, Xcel Bowl, Laser Station, Anna’s Welsh Zoo, Tenby’s Dinosaur Park and the Gwili Steam Railway. Thank you to all of these attractions for donating tickets.

This year we introduced “Ask the Expert” which saw members of our Parent Support team joining us to answer parent’s questions. Questions ranged from issues to do with sleep to finding out a little bit more about our services and the scheme seemed to go down well with parents.

All in all the week was a huge success. We managed to raise an incredible £1,578.55 thanks to the generosity of the people of Carmarthen, as well as raising awareness of Cerebra.

We have put together a gallery of some of the best pictures from the week:

Fundraise for Us!

If you would like to take on a sponsored challenge or a fundraising event of your own, you’ve come to the right place.

From skydiving to car boot sales, bungee jumps to teddy bears picnics, whatever the challenge or event we would love to hear from you!

Click on the button below and fill out a quick contact form to let us know what you’re doing and to receive one of our fundraising packs.

Skydives, Parachuting & Bungee Jumping 

Want to take on a thrilling airborn challenge?

We are charity partners of Skydive Swansea so if you’ve ever thought of skydiving for Cerebra, we can help!

Not only this we have connections with UK Bungee and UK Parachuting which have various locations all over UK.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please fill out the contact form above or contact our Fundraising Team on 01267 242 586.

Fundraising for Cerebra will spread awareness to families with children with brain conditions of the support we can offer and help us continue to support them in discovering a better life together through our research and information.
Thank you!

Corporate Fundraising

The team from Tribold who raised over £8000 on a gruelling cycle ride

The team from Tribold who raised over £8000 on a gruelling cycle ride

Cerebra is a charity with universal appeal, which is why choosing us as your company’s designated charity will be fantastic for bringing together your staff, making the right impression on your customers and increasing dialogue with other parties and stakeholders.

As a relatively young charity we are all the more committed to offering our new partners something special, a rewarding and sustainable friendship where your organisation will get as much out as it puts in.

Making Cerebra your Charity of the Year is a great way to raise staff morale and get them focused on supporting our work to help children and young people with neurological conditions. Such support enables us to continue making a positive difference by raising valuable funds whilst also raising our profile and generating press coverage and other benefits for you.

There are many different ways you can support us throughout the year from fundraising events to sponsored challenges to team volunteering.

Your company may wish to organise your own activities or you may like us to work closely with you to ensure your staff meet their fundraising potential. We are flexible and happy to work with what suits your company and staff.

If you would like to hear more contact our Corporate Fundraising Team:

01267 244200

Your organisation can help us to support children like Adam and his family: