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Bradley Stoke man’s marathon charity walk to mark employer’s 150th anniversary

Posted on Friday 13th April 2018 at 8:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Neil Thompson and Wayne Carter holding a Cystic Fibrosis Trust banner outside the National Friendly office

A seasoned long-distance walker from Bradley Stoke is to join two friends on a four-day 140-mile challenge to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Neil Thompson has chosen to use the 150th anniversary of his employer, National Friendly, based in Queen Square, Bristol, as an opportunity to raise money for the mutual society’s charity of the year.

He will be joined on the trek, which is scheduled to take place from 16th to 20th April (timed to finish on the actual day of the anniversary), by friends Andrew Bailey and Julian Rigby.

Two years ago, Neil completed the ultra marathon Green Man Challenge around the outskirts of Bristol (45 miles in under 24 hours) with Julian. He followed this last year by joining Andrew on a walk from Bath to Cheltenham (100km in under 24 hours).

National Friendly was formed in Albury, Surrey where the local reverend set up a friendly society to help villagers prepare for the contingency that ill-health might prevent them from working. The Reverend Canon Portal was a keen walker and he and novelist Lewis Carroll often walked the Surrey countryside together.

Now based in the centre of Bristol, what better way to mark the society’s anniversary than to make the physical journey from Albury to Bristol? Better still, the walk hopes to gain publicity and raise money to support research of one of the UK’s most common life-shortening inherited conditions.

The charity was proposed by head of sales and marketing at National Friendly, Wayne Carter, whose own brother and sister died from cystic fibrosis.

More: How to support the walkers via their fundraising page »

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Opticians raise £800 for children’s cancer charity

Posted on Saturday 31st March 2018 at 9:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff standing behind the cake sale stand outside the Specsavers store.

The Specsavers store at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre joined with partner branches in Cribbs Causeway and Filton to raise nearly £800 for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent, as part of the local store group’s pledge to support the charity for 2018.

Staff wore CLIC Sargent t-shirts and the stores were decorated with charity balloons, banners and bunting while collection pots were available for customers to make donations.

Customers and passers-by were greeted with a cake sale, while staff took part in a charity bake-off, in which Katie Perry bagged first place with her carrot cake muffins and Julie Rafferty came second with her chocolate orange cakes.

To help boost the fundraising total, eight-year-old Karolina, whose mum works at the Bradley Stoke store, sold loom bands and other hand-crafted gifts with her friend Anya and raised nearly £30.

Also joining the festivities was Caroline Marshall, a local representative from CLIC Sargent.

“It’s so important for our teams to get behind a good cause and throw every effort into fundraising, and by nominating a charity, we can maximise our efforts,” says store director, Gaurav Patel.

“While CLIC Sargent is a national charity, they also have a presence in Bristol, so there is a local link too.”

“All three store directors will be taking part in a fundraising activity and we will be encouraging our customers to give what they can to boost the total. I will be joining a team taking part in Tough Mudder, Ed Stanleigh has secured a place in the London Marathon and Vivek Lakhanpaul is doing a sky dive.”

More: Ed Stanleigh would welcome support via his JustGiving page »

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Sophie’s year of fundraising exceeds all expectations

Posted on Sunday 28th January 2018 at 4:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell with her prize day awards.

A young woman from Bradley Stoke who suffered from anorexia as a teenager and spent nearly six months in hospital because of the condition has raised nearly £2,000 for Beat, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders charities.

In January 2017, Sophie Mitchell, now 21, set herself the target of raising £500 for Beat through a series of local fundraising events that were planned to take place throughout the year. Come the end of the year, Sophie says she is delighted to report that she has raised nearly four times this amount!

One of the highlights of Sophie’s fundraising year was completing the Bradley Stoke 10k Run in June, in a time of 55 minutes.

This, combined with a cake sale held at the Bradley Stoke Community Festival the day before, raised a total of £146.

Earlier in the year, she had completed a 2km sponsored swim with her friend Reka Goralszki.

The sporting theme continued in August when, with the support of staff at the Bradley Stoke Active Gym, she hosted a charity ‘super fit’ class, raising £181 in just 90 minutes.

In October, Bradley Stoke Community School (previously attended by Sophie) staged a non-uniform day, adding £380.
Other events held in 2017 include quiz nights at Baileys Court Inn and Almondsbury Sports & Social Club, a coffee morning at the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford and a pyjama day at SGS College Filton (where Sophie was studying).

Aside from her fundraising efforts, the year also saw Sophie getting involved in a number of promotional activities in support of Beat and receiving two awards at her college’s prize day.

Spurred by last year’s success, Sophie says she plans to continue her fundraising efforts in 2018. A bag packing day at Tesco and a sponsored skydive are already on the cards for April!

More: Sophie’s reflections on a whirlwind year »

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Fundraising week at Bradley Stoke business raises over £3,000 for local hospital

Posted on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of charity cheque presentation at Paragon Customer Communications, Bradley Stoke.

A recent week of fun and competitive activities by employees of Bradley Stoke business Paragon Customer Communications has raised over £3,000 for two local hospital charities.

The two chosen charities support Bristol Children’s Hospital – The Grand Appeal, which raises funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit; and Above & Beyond, the fundraising organisation for city centre hospitals within the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. They were chosen by the Paragon Customer Communications ‘employee of the year’ Andre Buckley, who made the choice following the excellent care his daughter received at the hospital after breaking her ankle in a netball accident.

Over five consecutive days in September, 220 employees split in to four teams to organise and take part in a wide range of events including raffles, netball matches, cake sales, silent auctions, car washes and chess matches, competing against each other to raise as much cash as possible by the end of the week. By the final day, the efforts of all involved had paid off, and a grand total of £3,455 was presented to the charities who came on-site to receive the funds.

Speaking of the event, managing director of Paragon Customer Communications Chris Walton said:

“This was our biggest fundraising drive to date, so to make such a great amount for these important local charities is really heartening. What’s more, I’m proud they were chosen by our employee of the year, and that our dedicated team rallied behind his chosen causes – we all had fun, but it’s our workforce that made the total possible.”

Paragon Customer Communications are an established local business providing multichannel customer communications for clients both in the UK and Europe, and have UK sites in cities including London, Nottingham and Manchester. As part of the wider Paragon Group, an international organisation present in 12 countries and employing close to 5,000 employees, Paragon Customer Communications in Bradley Stoke today employs 220 people, having more than doubled the size of its workforce since the site was first opened 20 years ago.

Photo (l-r): Catherine Harris (Above & Beyond), Helen Haskell (The Grand Appeal), Susan Evren (Paragon) and Andre Buckley (Paragon)

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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