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Bradley Stoke nurse set to embark on 24-hour charity run

Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 5:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Steve Wiltshire in running gear.

A Bradley Stoke man who works as a nurse with children’s ‘hospice at home’ charity Jessie May is taking on a 24-hour running challenge to boost funds and raise awareness of the charity.

Steve Wiltshire, 30, is one of the Jessie May Nurses who provides vital respite support to families caring for a terminally ill child in their own homes.
He has worked in the Jessie May Care Team for over two-and-a-half years and is now combining his passion for his job, and for running, and tackling a gruelling 24-hour run to raise money for, and awareness of, the Kingswood-based charity.

On 19th July, Steve will travel to Walton-on Thames to take part in the Conti Thunder Run. He aims to raise £3,000 – the cost of running the charity for one day – and has so-called his fundraiser The Difference a Day makes’ to reflect the importance of at-home support for families caring for a terminally ill child.

Steve said:

“As a Jessie May nurse, I understand the enormous difference Jessie May’s support makes to families with a terminally ill child. The families the Jessie May nurses support are all incredible and I know how important it is that we are there to help. Many rely on our respite visits and emotional support and have said they’d now be completely lost without us.”

“This is why I want to help raise money for Jessie May – I have seen the impact we have on families first-hand. The challenge that I have decided to undertake is to run as many 10km laps as I can in 24 hours through the 24 Hour Conti Thunder Run. It’s pretty extreme!”

“I know caring for a terminally ill child is an exhausting, 24-hour task; physically and emotionally. This 24 hour run is quite symbolic of the 24 hour care the children require and I hope by completing the 24 Hour Thunder Run, it inspires people to talk about Jessie May, and why our support is vital to families, and make a donation through my fundraising page if they can.”

“If I raise money for Jessie May during this day of non-stop exercise, it could make a difference to not just one day, but many days, for many families who need that extra bit of support.”

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Local opticians raise thousands for children’s cancer charity

Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 6:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Specsavers staff hold up cards showing the amount they have raised for CLIC Sargent.

A busy year of fundraising by the staff of three local optician stores has seen children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent benefit from a donation of almost £7,000.

The teams from Specsavers stores in Bradley Stoke, Cribbs Causeway and Filton came together to nominate CLIC Sargent as their charity of the year for 2018. In a bid to raise as much money as possible, staff worked tirelessly, taking part in challenges and hosting events throughout the year.

Activities included team members taking part in a sky dive, a store director running the London Marathon, a team braving a Tough Mudder obstacle course, a static spinathon and events being held in store, such as staff bake-offs, cake sales and raffles. The cumulative total of £6,870 was announced at the Specsavers’ Christmas party, where staff celebrated their efforts alongside CLIC Sargent representative Caroline Marshall.

“Some of the activities have been pretty tough – it’s been a real team effort from everyone and it’s safe to say we’ve all thoroughly enjoyed the fundraising,” said store director Gaurav Patel.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be donating such a great amount to CLIC Sargent. We couldn’t have reached this total without our hard-working and committed members of staff, and our thanks extend to the incredible communities surrounding all three stores, who always get behind us when it comes to fundraising.”

CLIC Sargent provides practical, financial and emotional support for children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia. The charity believes that children with cancer have the right to the best possible treatment, care and support throughout their cancer journey and beyond. To find out more about the charity, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

The participating Specsavers stores are located at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke; The Mall, Cribbs Causeway; and Church View, Filton.

Photo: Specsavers staff show amount raised for CLIC Sargent (l-r): James (optometrist), Maria Matuszak (manager), Sue (receptionist), Julie Rafferty (PR coordinator), Gaurav Patel (store director) and Donna (optical assistant).

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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GB Olympian supports Aldi store’s charity efforts

Posted on Saturday 9th February 2019 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Team GB modern pentathlon Olympian Sam Murray (fourth from left) with staff of the Aldi store in Bradley Stoke.

Aldi’s colleagues and customers in Bradley Stoke received a special visit from Team GB athlete Sam Murray after topping the supermarket’s charity cycle-athon in the South West.

Colleagues at the store cycled more than 250km in the weeks before Christmas to raise money for Aldi’s charity partner, the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Their endeavours helped raise nearly £1,000 and modern pentathlete Sam Murray was on hand to help them celebrate.

The pre-Christmas fundraising push was part of Aldi’s five-year partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust to raise £5 million in an effort to ensure no young person faces cancer alone.

Speaking about the visit, Sam Murray said:

“It’s been great to spend time in store today and with the community that has supported this activity. The huge distance cycled by the team here goes to show that a bit of healthy competition and a good cause can help to achieve big things.”

Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said:

“This fantastic effort raised more than £75,000 across the UK for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We are proud to support the work that the trust does across the country, and we look forward to continuing our fundraising in the new year.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust works in partnership with the NHS to provide highly-trained expert staff and specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK. The charity is there at every stage from diagnosis, through to treatment and after treatment. It also brings young people with cancer together so they can support each other.

Photo: Sam Murray (back row, third from left), pictured with staff of the Aldi store in Bradley Stoke.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 11). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Nursery’s virtual ‘Rickshaw Challenge’ brings in £300 for Children in Need

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 8:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a member of staff on an exercise bike, surrounded by other members of staff and children.

Happy Days Nursery in Bradley Stoke took it upon themselves to raise money for BBC Children in Need by conducting their very own version of the ‘Rickshaw Challenge’, emulating the official BBC ride made by six young people who cycled from Calais to Salford, a distance of 423 miles.

Between Monday 12th and Friday 16th November, Happy Days Nursery hosted a stationary exercise bike in their reception area to help them ‘cycle’ the equivalent of 489 miles, representing a virtual journey that started at the group’s Swindon nursery and finished at their Falmouth nursery, visiting all 21 of the company’s nurseries along the way.

The miles were clocked up not only by the staff of the local nursery, but also by several parents, and even some of the group’s head office staff who travelled up from Cornwall to support and take part.

Working within the childcare sector, the staff and the management team within the nursery say they are always keen to support any event that will raise money to support children’s wellbeing across the globe. Speaking to the Journal, Jen Kilbride, nursery manager and Stacey Bailey, deputy manager, expressed how thankful they are to everyone who helped complete the challenge.

Through donations in the nursery and via an online Rickshaw Challenge donation page, parents and staff at the Bradley Stoke nursery raised £337 for Children in Need.

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 31). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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