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Local community makes a splash for cash

Posted on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 12:28 pm by SH (Editor)

MS Therapy Centre ' Take the Plunge' event (2019).

Saturday 14th September saw 30 friends and neighbours of the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke “Take the Plunge” into the murky waters of the Portishead Marina. The MS Therapy Centre is a charity that supports people living any neurological conditions including MS by providing therapies and vital support in a friendly and professional environment.

“Take The Plunge” is supported by the charity Newfound Friends, who provide participants with the unique opportunity of being rescued by one of their incredible Newfoundland dogs. Newfound Friends and their members gladly sacrifice their time and expertise at no cost to the MS Therapy Centre, ensuring all funds raised goes directly to the Centre.

Taking part in the event were several members of the Centre, who are each living with a neurological condition. Rhona Murdoch, a member at the Centre explained:

“For a person jumping into the water with a neurological condition, it is not as simple as jump, splash, dog rescue. Cold water can cause your central nervous system to react adversely and go into a form of shock taking several days for a person to recover. It is absolutely amazing what other members will do to themselves for the Centre”.

Amongst the supporters taking the plunge were staff and pupils of Wheatfield Primary, Meadowbrook Primary and Bradley Stoke Community School. The youngest jumper, River Wingate, aged 10, a member of Bradley Stoke Gym Club, won the prize for Best Entry into the water with her split jump.

Take the Plunge is an annual event and next year it’s set to be even bigger as the MS Therapy Centre will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. If you are inspired and would like to help the Centre make an even bigger splash by taking “the Plunge” next year, please get in touch by emailing

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Lions support air ambulance charity

Posted on Friday 13th September 2019 at 9:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of representatives of Bradley Stoke Lions Club presenting a cheque to a member of the air ambulance team.

Photo of Robin Young.

President Michael and Lion Ailsa visited the Great Western Air Ambulance’s new operational base at Almondsbury recently to present them with a cheque for £1,030.35. This amount included £780.35 raised at past president Robin Young’s funeral and a further cheque for £250 donated by Bradley Stoke Lions in remembrance of Robin. Thank you to all who donated money in lieu of flowers – Robin would have been so humbled by this response and so pleased that it went to such a worthwhile charity. It is hard to believe, when you recognise the amazing work the air ambulance does for our communities, that this is still a charity depending on people’s good will to donate. Our thanks to Joe Hughes, their community fundraising coordinator who showed us around the new base and introduced us to some of the crew just before they flew off on yet another mission.

Sadly, we bid goodbye to another Lion, Frederic, his wife Xiying and daughter Sophie, as they set off for Japan where Frederic’s work will take him for the next few years. We wish them well and hope they enjoy Japan.

If you would like to know more about the Lions, please get in touch with the Bradley Stoke Lions on 0845 8336745 or use the number given below. We would love to hear from you.

Lion Ailsa Young
Tel: 07737 10683

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 24). 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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Teenagers complete ‘end to end’ charity ride

Posted on Thursday 12th September 2019 at 8:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of (l-r) Ryan Edwards, Scott Warburton and Alessandro Bufalino at John O'Groats.

Three Year 13 students from Bradley Stoke have completed the “challenge of a lifetime” by completing a 1,000-mile charity cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats (known to enthusiasts as LEJoG) in just 16 days.

Scott Warburton (aged 18), Ryan Edwards (18) and Alessandro Bufalino (17) made the epic journey in July, a few weeks after finishing their final Post-16 exams at Bradley Stoke Community School.

And as if the end-to-end challenge wasn’t enough in itself, the trio chose to eschew the use of high-spec road bikes and complete the ride on folding bikes, thereby making their achievement “as unique as possible”.

Scott and Ryan had some prior experience of long distance bike rides, through cycling the 300 miles from Land’s End to Bradley Stoke back in 2017, raising £1,153 for Cancer Research UK. They chose to raise money for a cancer charity because immediate members of both their families have been affected by the disease.

This time, joined by Alessandro, they decided to fundraise for both St Peter’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK. To date, they have raised an incredible £2,537.50 (including gift aid), meaning that £1,268.75 is going to each charity.

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Charity fundraising target in sight for store staff

Posted on Friday 9th August 2019 at 7:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke mayor Tom Aditya with Food Warehouse staff.

Staff at a Bradley Stoke food store are edging closer to their target of raising £1,000 for a national dementia research charity.

Store manager Simon Lambert and the team at Food Warehouse, located in the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre, have been staging a number of fundraising initiatives over the last few weeks as part of parent company Iceland Foods’ pledge to donate £1 million to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Simon himself, whose elderly in-laws have both been affected by dementia, raised £175 for the charity by running the Bristol 10k on Sunday 5th May, with a further £180 being collected in store ahead of the race.

He was supported in his preparations for the 10k by Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke, who gave him a month’s free membership.

This was followed by a special ‘charity week’ at the store starting 10th June, when staff wore Alzheimer’s Research UK T-shirts and decorated the store with promotional material from the charity. They also teamed up with the neighbouring Willow Brook Harvester business, who donated a free meal for four guests in their newly refurbished restaurant as a raffle prize.

Bradley Stoke mayor Tom Aditya called into the store on 15th June to support the initiative, hear first-hand about the staff’s fundraising efforts and draw the winning ticket in the Harvester raffle.

As we went to press, the store told us they had raised a total of around £750. The staff are now asking shoppers to help them bridge the gap by contributing to further in-store collections over the coming weeks.

Photo: Bradley Stoke mayor Tom Aditya selects the winning ticket in the Harvester prize draw. Store manager Simon Lambert (holding bucket) is wearing his finisher’s medal from the Bristol 10k.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 19). 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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