My name’s Kathryn Lumby and I’m swimming the Great North Swim and running the Manchester 10k to raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospice. As some of you will know my family suddenly lost my beautiful sister Anna Louise in November 2007 after a failed liver transplant.
On that dreadful day we were welcomed by Hope House and offered the Snowflake suite as a place to spend some final time with Anna. The Snowflake suite was filled with Anna’s belongings, photo albums, and we listened to her favourite music on her ipod.
Hope House then offered all my family crucial bereavement support, which often turns out to be a lifeline for families torn apart by grief and fear of life without their loved one. Counselling at Hope House is one of the few times when a bereaved family member can say how they feel without worrying about upsetting the family or saying something wrong.
Hope House also opened a door to now very special friends who have shared my families experiences – my Mum especially is thankful for her wonderful friends.
Hope House is such an special charity because it understands that which most of us think will never need to be understood – life without a sister.
If you are reading this and you have all your family members close, please consider yourself blessed and spare a couple of pounds to allow Hope House help those without their loved ones understand something that you don’t have to – Thank you x
Can you help Kathryn reach her target for Anna? Visit her online giving page and show your support today; http://www.justgiving.com/Kathryn-Lumby1
Together for Short Lives is the leading charity for the UK’s 49 children’s hospices. Children’s Hospice Week is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Donations range from £1 to £50 to help children’s hospices perform daily tasks such as changing a child’s drip or providing a music therapy session. Donations will be used to support hospices in your city or county.
100% of the funds raised will be donated to Together for Short Lives for distribution to local children’s hospices through the National Fundraising Scheme, and each will use the money where it’s most needed.
The first three months of the year have been a struggle for us with a shortfall in income of over £200,000 and we need your help. You can help in many ways and although right now donations are our number one priority our latest newsletter featuring Harley and his mum Dawn shows many ways in which you can become involved and make a difference to the families we care for.
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Plucky adventurers Janet Richards and Ann Moody of Ludlow are about to show the region’s youngsters how to put the fun into fundraising.
Janet, 65, and Ann, who is about to turn 75, have both signed up for the Hope House Zip Wire Challenge. On June 2nd they will ‘fly’ 240 metres over the top of the River Severn in Shrewsbury cheered on by their families and friends below.
Ann is no stranger to daredevil exploits, having abseiled 120 metres down the Hawkstone Park monument in aid of Hope House three years ago.
“I’ve been volunteering at Ludlow Hope House shop and with Hope House Friends for nearly five years so when Vanessa asked for any volunteers to zip wire Janet and I decided to give it a go.” she explained.
“It will be quite an exciting challenge because as well as raising money for Hope House it will also be an early celebration of my 75th birthday. I am looking forward to it as I’m sure it will be great fun!”
There are still some places available on the Zip Wire Challenge for any other daredevils who would like to take part. It costs £30 to register and entrants are asked to raise £70 in sponsorship too.
Fundraising Manager Vanessa Thomas said that with 150 people in total expected to whizz over the Severn on the day, it was hoped the event would raise £15,000 for Hope House.
“Shrewsbury-based Select-a-Skip have paid all our set up costs so every penny people raise for the Zip will go directly to enabling Hope House to continue to provide respite care and support and counselling to families with terminally ill children across Shropshire,” she added.
Click here to sign-up online or call our Fundraising Office on 01691 671 671 for a registration form.
Muscle Dreams Porsche Driving Experience programme at Silverstone - THURS 13 JUNE 2013 (incl 1 o/ngt stay at Whittlebury Hall Hotel)
The Muscle Help Foundation is delighted to announce that once again, we are looking to invite nine (9) young Muscle Warrior hopefuls to join our “Petrol-Head Class of 2013″.
This highly personalised Muscle Dreams programme is designed to give young people with Muscular Dystrophy an amazing & unforgettable experience.
Answer the question below and show us (with a max of 150 words) how much of a fan you are in terms of fast-cars, feeling that need for speed and why you should be joining us in June!
QUESTION: Why would you like to be a part of our charity’s 2013 Muscle Dreams Porsche Driving Experience programme at Silverstone on Thursday 13 June 2013?
Should any potential beneficiaries have a learning disability, Mum’s and/or Dad’s and/or brother’s / sisters etc can of course and indeed are encouraged to help with this submission - the more creative and fun the better!
Being able to show just how much of a petrol-head you are, may secure you a place on this special Muscle Dream programme once again hosted by the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone and Whittlebury Hall.
1) Please email your 150 words with your telephone contact details (landline & mobile) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than FRIDAY 26 APRIL (6PM).
2) Submissions received after this date will NOT be included in the charities final selection process.
3) Minimum age = 10yrs
4) The charity will inform each family by phone within 1 week of 26 April 2013
5) The charity’s decision is final
6) Priority is given to young people who have NOT been the recipient of either a unique Muscle Dream or one of the charity’s Muscle Dream programmes in the last 2 years
For information about filming on the day, group numbers, key criteria and a general experience overview please email email@example.com
On behalf of the Muscle Help Foundation, may we take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!
We look forward to receiving your 150 word submissions no later than FRIDAY 26 APRIL - remember, all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org - best of luck!
Emma Wood is Mum to Rhys, one of the children who regularly attends Hope House hospice, and Lewis, who is a wonderful big Brother to Rhys.
We are absolutely thrilled to say that Lewis has just been chosen by Signal FM for a special recognition award! Emma nominated Lewis for the ‘Bravery Award’ and they will all be going to the Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton next Saturday night for the prestigious awards ceremony.
Emma exclaimed; “I am so proud of Lewis, since he was 8 years old he has made dozens of 999 calls and helped with Rhys’ resuscitation. He has run to neighbour’s houses to get help, once even standing in the snow in his boxers as he ran to the ambulance.”
I’m sure you’ll agree with us that Lewis is more than deserving of this award.
Emma continued; “I feel siblings are hit the hardest when there is a poorly child in the family and I am so proud that Lewis is going to be recognised in this way.”
Well done, Lewis!
(Pictured above are Rhys and his award winning Brother, Lewis)
Have you heard about our Hope House Lottery?
Maybe like Emma Wood, one of our newest members, you didn’t even know Hope House had a Lottery and that it was a great way to support us!
Emma is mum to Rhys, one of the children who regularly attends Hope House hospice, and greatly appreciates the care and support we provide. After seeing our free teddy bear promotion on our official facebook page she decided to join up.
She told us; “It’s a simple, affordable way for me to give to the hospices. I just signed up online and they took care of everything so I didn’t have to worry about it, and yet I know that I’m doing my bit.”
For Emma it’s a long term way of supporting us too. Whether it be long or short term we have various payment methods to make our Lottery work for you.
She added; “I’m so time restricted that I’m not able to take part in fundraising events so this is an ideal way for me to give something back”.
Emma decided to have 2 lines in our Lottery which she says at under £9 is still an affordable amount each month. We were also delighted to hear that after receiving their free teddy bear Rhys had named him ‘Mum’ in honour of Emma – what a sweetheart!
If you can support Hope House in this way and would like the chance to win a cash prize every week, like Emma, you can join online or call our Lottery Hotline on 01691 672 610 for more information.
Ellesmere College once again hosted the annual Midwinter Concert in support of two popular local charities, Ellesmere Friends of Hope House and Ellesmere and District Age Concern Day Centre.
For the third year running, the Porthywaen Silver Band played to a capacity audience of 300 people who helped to raise £1760 for the two charities.
The Porthywaen Silver Band thrilled their audience with a performance full of sparkle and surprises. The band performed a number of exceptional pieces that included a Les Miserable Medley and Famous British Marches.
The Schools Choral Society, conducted by Roger Paul, Director of Music at the School, entertained the audience with a variety of songs.
“The Choral Society really enjoyed singing with the Porthywaen Silver Band last year and everyone was delighted when they agreed to return to the School, giving us the opportunity of performing with them once again” Roger commented
Avril McDonald of Hope House said, “The concert was extremely well supported and enjoyed by everyone. It was a delight to be in the audience for the Porthywaen Band and the Schools Choral Society concert. We managed to raise an extraordinary amount of money and I thank everyone who contributed to the evening”.
Hope House has received a fantastic £4,000 donation from the Harry Tuffins Fun Day, bringing the total donated by the independent supermarket to more than £65,000.
Harry Tuffins, which has shops across the region, has just been taken over by Midcounties Co-operative and we are delighted to announce that the new company has pledged to continue with the annual event.
A total of 190 local groups and organisations benefitted from the proceeds of the 2012 Fun Day, alongside Hope House. This year’s Fun Day will be held on the country park behind the Churchstoke store on Sunday, August 4th 2013.
Pictured at the presentation afternoon are (l-r) Midcounties Co-op Chief Executive Ben Reid, former owners of Harry Tuffins Supermarkets Roy and Ruby Delves and Vanessa Thomas from Hope House.
We are thrilled to announce that Hope House Children’s Hospices has been nominated to benefit from a “Charity Choices” campaign at the Yorkshire Building Society Llandudno branch.
For a three week period from 1st until 23rd February 2013 members of the Society and the general public will be invited into the branch to vote for a local charity (from a choice of three) to receive a donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation – one voting form for each visit. The charity with the most votes will receive a donation of £500, the second £300 and third £200 – guaranteeing that the three local good causes will receive support of the Charitable Foundation.
When visiting the branch we ask that you please vote for Hope House Children’s Hospices!
Help us to win first prize!
Not satisfied riding the length of the UK, Europe and indeed the USA back in 2008, GM Fundraising have just launched their latest charity adventure. ‘Hope 66’, which is sponsored by Mighton Products Ltd, will take a team of cyclists along the iconic Route 66 in the USA.
On 30 August 2013, 15 riders and 6 support crew will start their 14 day adventure from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California on a 2,616 mile exploit. The riders will be faced with 100 plus mile days in the saddle, the Arizona desert where temperatures will be well in excess of 40 degrees and the torturous climbing of the southern Rocky Mountains.
This latest adventure has been supported by Mighton Products, without whom this fundraising effort would not be possible. This latest GM Fundraising challenge was launched at the Manchester Velodrome, home to British Cycling on 20th September, 2012.
Like every GM Fundraising challenge, each rider and member of the support team will be funding the entire trip themselves, ensuring that every penny raised goes directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices. Over £850,000 has now been raised, with the aim to reach £1million within the next 18 months.
Riders will be tasked with a rigorous training programme that will include a training camp in the Spring in Mallorca, where riders will be in the saddle for up to 6 hours each day. Riders have already invested in new equipment and in a new fitness regime to cope with the demands of the ride.
Mike Derham, chairman of Mighton Products comments: “We’re delighted to support Hope 66 and to provide the platform for the team to achieve personal goals and more importantly raise much needed funds for a very worthy cause. While not cycling myself, I will be very much a part of the support crew.”
Gary Morton, founder and chairman of GM Fundraising concludes: “I would like to say a big thank you to Mighton Products and the team at GM Fundraising for putting this ride together. The hard work now starts and as ever, we look forward to the wonderful generosity of the industry for such a worthy cause.”
Visit the GM Fundraising Just Giving page;
Hope House Children’s Hospices is set to receive over £20,000 from ITV’s Text Santa.
The 2012 Text Santa raised over £5.2 million which will equally benefit six UK charities including Together for Short Lives, the leading charity for UK children’s hospices. The funds raised for Together for Short Lives will support 49 children’s hospices across the country including Hope House Children’s Hospices.
Simi Epstein, Director of Fundraising, commented: “We are thrilled that the funds raised from Text Santa will benefit children and families from all across Shropshire, Powys, Wrexham, Cheshire and North Wales supported by Hope House Children’s Hospices. We are just one of the 49 children’s hospice services to benefit from the money donated by ITV viewers which will help support thousands of families caring for a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.”
Over 5 million viewers tuned in to see the entertainment extravaganza which took place on Friday 21th December. The show featured ITV’s best-loved presenters introducing star guests, live performances and special mini episodes of ITV’s biggest shows. The appeal was presented by Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield, Christine Bleakley, Paddy McGuinness and Together for Short Lives Patron, Holly Willoughby.
For more information about Text Santa visit www.itv.com/textsanta
The pupils from Moreton First designed their own Christmas cards last year and for those wishing to purchase the finished product, a small donation to Hope House was added to the cost of the cards.
Pictured above is Hope House Area Fundraiser Paul Coope, Emma Vivian (Year 5), Holly Longfellow (Year 2) and pictured with his Christmas card design is Charlie Miller (Year 1).
Well done everyone!
We were lucky to have a visit to Hope House of Dame Trott, King Eric and other cast members from Jack and the Beanstalk, this years Theatre Severn Pantomime.
Dame Trott (Brad Fitt) and King Eric (Eric Smith) wanted to come out to Hope House and spend some time relaxing, joking and drawing with the children. We all had a great morning with them and everyone enjoyed the fun and costumes.
This is the second year that the Panto cast have been to visit and the second year that they have raised money for Hope House during the run of the Panto. The cast raised over £4,500 for Hope House this year!
Over 150 people dressed as Santa took part in Nantwich Festive Fun Run to boost funds for Hope House on Sunday 9th December.
They took a dash from the town square, down Pepper Street, along Beam Street and then back up High Street to the finish line where they received Chatwins mince pies and medals.
First past the finish line was Elliot Moore, 20, from Nantwich, a criminology student at Hull University.
2nd was Alex Cartney, 24, from Northwich who works at ROI in Nantwich.
3rd was Chris Devaney, 30, Barclays Bank worker, from Middlewich.
Liz Southall from Redshift Radio compered the proceedings and the crowds welcomed a surprise visit from Stoke City player Ryan Shawcross, a big supporter of the charity.
Pictured above; Ryan Shawcross, seen with his two children, scored a hit with the crowds. Pictures courtesy of Pure PR Solutions.
Two hospices in the County of Conwy have received donations from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, totalling £4,118.
Worshipful Brother Brian Goldsmith of the North Wales Freemasons presented cheques recently to St David’s Hospice Chief Executive Alun Davies and Ty Gobaith Fundraising Manager Sarah Kearsley-Wooller.
Freemason Brian said: “Every year Freemasons all over the country work together to provide funding for hospice services. The care provided by our local hospices is exceptional, but financial support is fundamental to ensuring a continued good service. We recognise the vital role hospices play within our community – and that is why we are so happy to continue with our support in 2012.”
Alun Davies, Chief Executive: “Once again, St David’s Hospice is very grateful to the Masonic Charities. The very generous contribution this year will go towards furnishing costs of a new bedroom in our Hospice redevelopment.”.
“We are so grateful for their continued support of our work at Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice and for their generous donation which will enable us to provide special care to life-limited children & young people from across North Wales” added Ty Gobaith Fundraising Manager Sarah Kearsley-Wooller.
Pictured above; W. Bro Brian Goldsmith of the North Wales Freemasons presents cheques to St David’s Hospice Chief Executive Alun Davies and Ty Gobaith Fundraising Manager Sarah Kearsley-Wooller.
Visit The Freemasons’ Grand Charity website at www.grandcharity.org
A massive thank you to Abi Baur, Al Johnson, Juliet Johns and all who recently organised the Big October Bash which raised a wonderful £1,200!
Abi & Al are two members of the live band Monsta-Ball who wowed guests with a brilliant set.
The BIGGER OCTOBER BASH will be taking place in 2013, make sure you ‘like’ the Monsta-Ball facebook page or visit their website for updates! You can also see all the fab guest and band pictures from this year’s event.
Pictured from right to left; Hannah Griffiths of Hope House, Abi Baur and Juliet Johns.
Folk festival supports Hope House to the tune of more than £6,000
Visitors to Shrewsbury Folk Festival have helped to raise a record total for Hope House’s Music Therapy Service from this year’s event.
The festival, which takes places over four days during the August Bank Holiday weekend at the West Mid Showground, has raised more than £27,000 over the past five years.
This year organisers donated £4,000 from ticket sales and a bucket collection outside the main music marquees raised £1,404. Donations from the hospice stall at the festival collected £523 and payments for mobile phone charging amounted to £524.
Festival Director Alan Surtees said he was delighted with the ongoing support of festival goers.
‘We have a wonderful four days of music every year and I’m glad that we able to help children with life limiting illnesses enjoy music too through our support.
‘This year we introduced a mobile phone charging service and decided to donate the profits to Hope House which proved very popular. We are always looking at ways we can support Hope House and the wonderful work it does.’
Hope House Fundraising Manager Vanessa Thomas said: ‘Music is a huge part of life at Hope House and benefits the children in many forms, from sessions with our music therapist, to singing along to favourite tunes; from toddlers banging drums to teenagers laying down tracks. Music brings pleasure to everyone and is a lovely way for children to make themselves heard.
‘We’re really pleased to be a continuing part of the festival and want to thank everyone who has supported us with a donation.’
Tickets for the 2013 festival, to be held from August 23rd to 26th, are on sale now; www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Thanks to everyone who attended Ty Gobaith’s Winter Wonderland event at the Quay Hotel, as their generosity culminated in £35,000 being raised towards the work at Ty Gobaith – the only children’s hospice in North Wales.
Such a wonderful sum was raised because of the generosity of so many supporters – Stena Line’s headline sponsorship, Quay Hotel’s support & guidance in all the planning & preparation, Mad Sound who provided all the magical lighting for the event, Blahdblah who designed all the invitations, programmes at no cost and everyone who attended who gave so generously on both the Noisy & Silent Auctions.
This significant sum will really help Ty Gobaith in providing our special brand of care for life-limited children and young people, together with essential practical support for their families.
Fancy dressing as an Elf, or a Christmas Pudding…now here’s your chance!
Join this year’s Ty Gobaith Festive Fun Run on Sunday 16th December 2012 at 11am along the Llandudno Promenade. It costs just £5 per adult, with children free! Call 01492 596 581 or sign-up online.
Come dressed as your favourite Christmas character – Christmas Tree, Snowman, Rudolf – whatever you like – or call in to one of the Ty Gobaith shops in Bangor, Llandudno or Mold to buy your Santa suit!
Pictured above are the Ty Gobaith Fundraising team warming up for the event, in outfits very kindly loaned by Maskerades Wales!
This year we have chosen to include a few changes – the one-mile Festive Fun Run starts AND finishes at the Cenotaph end of Llandudno Promenade, so for the first time all our spectators will see both the start and the finish from the warm-up fun right through to the medal ceremony!
We are so grateful to Abbeyford Leisure for their generous sponsorship, which will ensure the event raises a significant sum towards our care for life-limited children and their families who visit Ty Gobaith – the only children’s hospice in North Wales.
We are delighted to be able to tell you that Hope House Children’s Hospices were selected as one of the winners of the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund and have received £5,000!
The Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund provides much needed funding to organisations working locally to inspire and support young people. Lloyds Banking Group colleagues nominated over 1,400 organisations to be considered for the award. For each of the 66 Evening Celebration Sites of the Olympic, four projects from each community were shortlisted and profiled, giving them great exposure in their local community. Organisations worked over the Summer months to generate support from the public, who voted at the Evening Celebration events, online and via SMS. Over 200,000 members of the public showed their support by voting for the shortlisted organisations and two organisations from each of the 66 communities have been awarded £5,000 each. A total of £660,000 of funding has been awarded.
We’d just like to say a huge thank you to Lloyds Banking Group and to all our fabulous supporters who took the time to vote for Hope House Children’s Hospices – thank you!
Our Corporate Challenge encourages employee team building and innovation with a difference!
Each year we lend local businesses £50 and ask them to grow it into a sizable donation for the hospices – contact your nearest Fundraising Office today if you’d like to get involved.
This year’s Ty Gobaith Corporate Challenge saw 25 companies raise an amazing £23,000. They included Farm and Pet Place who raised over £5,000 across five branches with a sponsored walk, a sponsored leg wax, car boot sales and a walk up Snowdon.
The Hope House Corporate Challenges included the Along Came Baby shop in Chester which sold selected lines of stock for the hospice raising £500, and the Castle Country Club, Shrewsbury which arranged a 12 Hour Exercise Marathon for staff and members raising over £2,200 (pictured above).
Thank you to everyone who took part!
Santa will be touring the region appearing at Festive Grottos in aid of Hope House and Ty Gobaith.
November 24th onwards – Snowdonia Nurseries, Glan Conwy
Every Saturday & Sunday from 24th November until Sunday 23rd December, between 1–4pm – Jackson’s Garden Centre, Dyserth
December 7th – Oswestry Christmas Live, Market Hall
December 1st & 8th – Bodnant Garden Nursery, Llandudno
December 15th & 16th – Asda Shrewsbury
December 17th – Tesco Shrewsbury
December 18th – Sainsburys Shrewsbury
December 19th – Sainsburys Bridgnorth
December 19th – Shrewsbury Market Hall
December 20th – Morrisons Shrewsbury
December 22nd – Shrewsbury Market Hall
For times and up to date information please call our Fundraising Offices.
Have you and your work colleagues decided not to send Christmas cards to each other this year?
If so, why not take advantage of our bright and festive Christmas Tree Poster which enables you to send a greeting to everyone at work while making a small donation to Hope House Children’s Hospices.
We will supply a free poster and sheet of bauble stickers – simply stick the poster on the wall with a pot nearby for donations and leave colleagues to fill in their messages.
Last year local companies raised over £7,000 which kept us in nursing consumables at both hospices for over 6 months.
The children joined the nation recently in wishing Queen Elizabeth II all the best during her Jubilee Year.
They made a beautiful Congratulations card decorated on the outside with Corgis and on the inside with painty hand prints and photos. Even Bill the PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog joined in the fun by adding his paw print!
We were all so excited to receive a letter from Buckingham Palace saying that the Queen loved the card and was delighted by the children’s good wishes.
Fancy dress was the order of the day when children, families and staff gathered at Ty Gobaith for an afternoon of fun and games.
Pirates and superheroes took part in treasure hunts, cup cake decorating, planting pots, pamper treats, balloon animal making and even got to meet birds of prey. There was a chance to learn ‘Boccia’, a paralympic sport similar to bowls.
A wonderful day was had by all and it was lovely to see so many families coming together. We hope it is something we can repeat in the future, ordering the sunshine first!