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Local residents in training for 110-mile cancer charity walk

Posted on Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Matt Baggott (centre, with dog) and friends.

A group of twelve Bradley Stoke residents have been wearing out their shoe leather at an alarming rate as they train for a marathon five-day charity walk in aid of cancer research.

They are part of a team of 20 fundraisers, led by local man Matt Baggott, who are planning to walk the 110 miles from the British Gypsum works in East Leake, Leicestershire (head office of Matt’s employer) to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in just five days, starting out on Wednesday 4th March.

By completing their marathon walk, the local fundraisers are aiming to raise at least £5,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The challenge was inspired by the 1985 John O’Groats to Land’s End charity walk undertaken by Matt’s hero Sir Ian Botham, which raised more than £1 million for Leukaemia Research.

Matt says he was moved to embark on a fundraising walk of his own after seeing the lives of his mother and several close friends being affected by cancer.

When Matt first announced his plan to raise money for cancer research by taking on the walk, he envisaged it being a solo challenge. However, family and friends soon decided they wanted to support the cause and they signed up to join him on the walk or help out with planning and preparation (although this may have been after a glass of wine or two, says Matt).

Many of the walkers involved have either suffered from cancer or have a family member who has cancer or is going through a recovery period. Some will be walking the whole 110 miles, with others joining to give support along the route.

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Marie Curie fundraisers looking for new volunteers in 2020

Posted on Saturday 18th January 2020 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of volunteers holding cards which show the amount they have raised since the local group was formed.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is appealing for volunteers to join its fundraising group in the Five Stokes area, comprising of Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke, Harry Stoke and Stoke Lodge.

The group raises funds and awareness in the local area to help support Marie Curie Nurses, who work day and night in people’s homes across South Gloucestershire, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support.

Throughout the year, the group will support Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns, including the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party. They will also help spread the word about Marie Curie by informing people how the charity’s services, including its free Information and Support line, can help people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

Helen Isbell, Marie Curie community fundraiser for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, said:

“Our Five Stokes Fundraising Group meets regularly to plan events and organise fundraising collections. Volunteering is a lot of fun, a great way to meet new people and it’s very rewarding to support such a good cause.”

Anyone interested in joining the Five Stokes Fundraising Group is asked to contact Helen on 0117 924 7275 or email Helen.Isbell@mariecurie.org.uk

• Find ‘Marie Curie Five Stokes Fundraising Group’ on Facebook

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 34). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Mental Elf Run a resounding success

Posted on Friday 10th January 2020 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of runners streaming out of the school en route to the 'North Pole'.

Sunday 1st December saw North Bristol Running Group hosting a fun run in aid of the Mental Health Foundation.

The 6km Mental Elf Run started and finished at Bradley Stokes’s Meadowbrook Primary School. The route took runners through the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve up to Primrose Bridge, where ‘The North Pole’ was the halfway point, and back again. Participants were dressed as Christmas elves and many Santas marshalled the course, providing a fantastic fun, atmosphere for all levels of runners and walkers, spreading lots of Christmas cheer.

Each of the 85 finishers was awarded a wonderful medal designed by Alexander, a pupil at Meadowbrook school.

As well as raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation through the fun run ticket sales, there were hot drinks and homemade cakes to buy, resulting in a total of £1,002 being raised for the charity.

Photo of participants lined up ahead of the start.

Photos: 1 Runners stream out of the school en route to the ‘North Pole’. 2 Participants line up for a photo ahead of the start. [Hi-res versions available on Facebook]

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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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 community@thebrightwell.org.uk

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