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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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Bungee jump boosts Sophie’s fundraising

Posted on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell at the bungee jump event at Bristol harbourside.Prolific local fundraiser Sophie Mitchell has successfully completed her latest challenge, a 160ft bungee jump at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol, adding more than £200 to the total she has raised for Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorders charity.

Sophie, a former anorexia sufferer, said:

“Never in my dreams did I ever think that I would do a bungee jump, however I must say that it was the most liberating experience of my life and one I will never forget.”

“Beat get no funding from the government, so I want to raise as much money for them as I can. Throughout this whole fundraising journey, my mission has been to show people that whatever your size, personality, background or goals, being true to yourself and owning who you are is the way forward and the only way to living a healthy, happy, successful life.”

Sophie’s next fundraising event is a fun sports day at the SGS College WISE Campus on Sunday 2nd December, incorporating bubble football, table tennis and basketball. Anyone wishing to enter a team or take part as an individual can make contact with Sophie via Facebook: ‘Sophie Mitchell – Anorexia Survivor & Fundraiser for Beat

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 8). 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 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.

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