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Nursery supports local foodbank charity

Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018 at 8:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff from Ambourne House delivering food donations to the foodbank,

This year, Ambourne House Day Nursery has chosen to focus its fundraising efforts on a local charity, North Bristol Foodbank, writes deputy manager Jenni Greenow.

Over the summer, we held a family fun day where we raffled off prizes donated by companies within the local community. We have also held non-uniform days where staff have donated food items or money towards our charity.

Between the staff and families, we raised an incredible £180, which we used to donate over three trolleys of food items. North Bristol Foodbank were overwhelmed with the donation and, along with us, would like to thank not only all of the companies who donated raffle prizes, but also all of the children, parents, families and staff who helped us raise such a fantastic amount for this cause.

Photos: L-r: Jenni from Ambourne House and Matt from North Bristol Foodbank with food and toiletry items donated by the nursery; Tracey with more donations.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 36). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Anorexia survivor set to stretch fundraising efforts to new limits

Posted on Saturday 6th October 2018 at 10:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell with her prize day awards. Photo of fundraiser Sophie Mitchell, pictured following her charity head shave.

Sophie Mitchell, a young woman from Bradley Stoke who suffered from anorexia as a teenager and spent nearly six months in hospital because of the condition, updates us on her extraordinary programme of fundraising activities for Beat, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders charities.

After a successful couple of years fundraising, 2018 has been the best one yet. So far, I have held more bake sales, bag packing at Tesco, Spin/Boxing & HIIT class at Bradley Stoke Leisure centre, 15,000ft sky dive and a head shave. The latter, on 6th April at In Trim hairdressers (within Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre) was my ultimate favourite because it represented so much and reached out to a lot of people to the extent where it got picked up by ITV News on Good Morning Britain! I also was invited onto BBC Radio Bristol to talk in more detail about my story and continue to raise awareness for what is a life threatening mental illness.

Not only is hair loss a symptom of anorexia and one that I wanted to highlight, but also I wanted to show people that the way you look shouldn’t determine how successful you are in life. Our beauty within is what’s more important and if we put our minds to it, we can achieve anything without feeling insecure, worthless and burdened by the pressure of society’s expectations.

But it’s only going to get bigger and better, starting with my next event, a 160ft bungee jump at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol on 28th October. Bungee jumping teaches you to face your fears, live in the moment and take that leap of faith knowing that everything will work out in the end. That is the message that I want to get across to everything that I cross paths with, along with raising awareness for eating disorders and inspiring sufferers to believe that recovery is possible and so worth it.
I am super excited for this one and I hope to reach out to as many people as the head shave. I am welcoming anyone and everyone to come and watch me so please contact me via my Facebook page if you would like to do so.

More: Fundraising target upped to £4,000 »

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Danni and Tillie’s fundraising summer

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 2:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Charity fundraisers Danni Bray and Tillie Morris. Charity fundraisrs Danni Bray and Tillie Morris at the Pretty Muddy Race for Life.

Two young women from Bradley Stoke are undertaking a series of charity events to raise funds for Cancer Research after one of them had both her grandmas diagnosed with the disease.

Danni Bray and her friend Tillie Morris, who both work at Bradley Stoke Pharmacy (on the site of Bradley Stoke Surgery, Brook Way), kicked off their ‘fundraising summer’ by taking part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k on The Downs in Clifton on Saturday 30th June.

One of Danni’s grandmas had a brain tumour and, although treatment was initially successful, the disease later returned and she sadly passed away. Her other grandma (‘Nan’) has recently had treatment for melanoma, and following a quick diagnosis and surgery, is hopeful of a more positive outlook.

Speaking about her motivation for embarking on her fundraising campaign, Danni said: “Cancer is attacking my family and now I am determined to fight back!”

She added that she sees the fundraising campaign as a positive way to channel her (and her family’s) grief and frustration.

Tillie said: “Danni is my best friend and what her family is going through seems so unfair. Cancer is affecting families all over the world, therefore, I am joining her fight against this horrible disease!”

more: Events planned include charity head shave and tea afternoon »

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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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