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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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Local MP to run Bristol half marathon in aid of children’s cancer charity

Posted on Monday 11th September 2017 at 1:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti is supporting CLIC Sargent

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti writes:

Next weekend, I will be running in the Great Bristol Half Marathon. Over the years I have run this half marathon several times, as well as the London Marathon, to raise money for charities such as Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Blesma, The Julian Trust and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. This year I am hoping to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent are a fantastic charity, who do amazing work within our local community. They are almost entirely reliant on donations from the public to fund the range of services they offer, which aim to support families from the initial diagnosis through every stage of treatment. Each family receives a unique experience tailored to their individual needs by CLIC Sargent’s specialist care team, who are there to help, support and guide anyone who requires their help.

CLIC Sargent are looking to build on the work they already do and have set the following aims to achieve by 2025:

  • Deliver the right support for everyone – at diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment has ended
  • Provide more support for those who are bereaved because of childhood cancer
  • Open more CLIC Sargent Homes from Home , close to specialist hospitals
  • Spread the best practice they’ve established in nursing
  • Offer easily available financial support and welfare advice
  • Increase income, in partnership with their supporters

To achieve this, they will need an increase in their funding and I would like to play a small part in helping them achieve their targets.

If you would like to support CLIC Sargent, then please donate via my JustGiving page.

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