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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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Happy Days Nursery goes pink for the day

Posted on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 11:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and children at Happy Days Nursery enjoying an activity on their 'wear it pink' day.

A Bradley Stoke nursery turned pink for the day on Friday 20th October as staff and children took part in a number of colourful activities to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Happy Days Nursery, located within the Almondsbury Business Centre off Woodlands Lane, was one of thousands of organisations around the UK that supported ‘wear it pink’ day, an annual initiative promoted by national charity Breast Cancer Now.

The nursery chose to take part because one member of staff is a breast cancer survivor and many of the families whose children attend have been affected in some way by the disease.

As well as dressing in pink, children took part in a number of pink-themed activities including pink painting, pink water play, pink potato printing, pink cake baking and pink dough modelling.

Money was also raised through the sale of crocheted miniature pink ‘love hearts’.

Nursery manager Emma Pearse commented:

“We had such a fantastic response to our Pink Day here at Happy Days Bradley Stoke. All the staff and children dressed up in pink and had lots of fun joining in all our pink-themed activities. A big thank you to everyone who donated the £1 to participate on the day, helping us to raise over £40.”

Photo: Nursery staff (from left) Lynn, Sarah, Maria Assumpta and Teresa join the children in a pink-themed painting activity.

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 31). 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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Coffee morning raises £1,400 for Macmillan

Posted on Sunday 12th November 2017 at 9:25 pm by Nikki Hallur

Photo of Opy Sufinar (centre) with Macmillan representatives Suzanne and Steve Killeen.

A coffee morning organised by local cancer survivor Opy Sufinar and held at Brook Way Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke on 30th September has raised more than £1,400 for cancer support charity Macmillan.

The venue hosted stalls, refreshments and performances; these included stalls for face painting, massage, raffles, a kids’ corner and a performance by the Meadowbrook Primary School Choir.

Opy has been dedicated to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support after her own experience of dealing with cancer. Opy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and she said she valued the support she received from Macmillan since that time. Opy has lived in the area since 2003 and is Indonesian by origin, but she said that having a different background or faith did not present any sort of barrier in the way she was treated by Macmillan; she found she made friends and became close to people within the organisation, who became a source of strength to her.

The first time Opy raised money for Macmillan was at her own home in 2014, when she raised £243. She was unable to do her usual fundraising in 2015 due to an operation she underwent, but again in 2016 Opy organised a coffee morning which raised around £1,300. This year, she has managed to raise £1,420! Opy says she initially got the idea of holding a coffee morning because she knows many people with different skills that they could showcase.

Opy’s husband, Boedy Hartanto, also took part in raising money with a ‘Brave the Shave’ which raised £80 this year, and £130 last year. Opy works at Meadowbrook Primary, and has two children who attend the school. The Meadowbrook Choir that performed at the Macmillan Coffee Morning includes children from Year 3 to Year 6 and will next be performing at Clifton Cathedral on 9th December.

More: Listen to Opy’s BBC Radio Bristol interview »

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Students complete Land’s End charity ride

Posted on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 10:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Ryan Edwards and Scott Warburton at Land's End.

Two 16-year-old students from Bradley Stoke have completed a gruelling cycle ride to Land’s End in order to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Scott Warburton and Ryan Edwards say they encountered some “truly awful” weather during the 300-mile trip, on which they carried all their gear and stayed in youth hostels.

Immediate members of both students’ families have been affected by cancer, which motivated them to embark on the challenge in order to raise money that might help “beat cancer sooner”.

They trained for the trip by cycling to Bath and back, and say they did a lot of research and route planning, considering everything from maps to food.

Their four-day adventure took them across Exmoor and then on to Land’s End via Boscastle, Truro and St Austell.

They encountered heavy rain and strong gusts of wind at some points, especially near the coast at Boscastle, when they had to cycle through the night in order to keep to their schedule.

High points of the trip, aside from arriving at Land’s End and having their photo taken at the famous sign, included exploring Botallack Mine and taking the coastal path from Land’s End to Sennen Cove. Along the way, the students say they enjoyed the sense of independence and speaking to other guests at the youth hostels and hearing their stories.

After returning to Bristol by train, Scott and Ryan had just one day to recover before starting their Post-16 studies at BSCS!

More: "A tremendous test and a truly remarkable trip" »

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