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Small change makes a big difference

Naz and his team

Naz and his team

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Mr Nazakat Mohammad on behalf of the families we support.

Mr Mohammad owns the Victoria Fish and Chip Bar in Whitchurch, Cardiff and has had one of our collection boxes since 2010. To date he has raised an incredible £1276 for Cerebra.

He encourages his customers to put their spare change in the collection box and also asks them to donate the compulsory 5p carrier bag charge. The spare change really adds up.

Mr Mohammad explained to us that life was difficult for him and his family when he was growing up and this means that he does as much as he can to support children today.  He helps the young children when he travels back to his home village, as there is no source of support available for them, and he is glad to be able to help a children’s charity like Cerebra.

If you know a business who would like to host one of our collection boxes please get in touch with melaniec@cerebra.org.uk or call us on 01267 244216.

Cerebra Annual Quiz Night

Cerebra team

Cerebra team

On 9th June we held our second annual quiz evening at Carmarthen Town AFC’s clubhouse.

The evening was a huge success with teams competing for the coveted title of ‘Cerebra Quiz Champions’ under the watchful eye of estate agent and temporary quiz master Gerald Vaughan.

All of the quizzing subject favourites were covered from sport to entertainment. Some of the rounds had a special twist with one round asking teams to ‘guess the branded product’ and another asking them to guess the Musical from a short piece of music.

It was a closely fought contest with ‘The Red Kite Hot Trivia Peppers’ eventually claiming victory ahead of ‘Let’s Get Quizzical Carmarthen Round Table’.

A delicious supper of pie and mash was followed by a raffle draw and an auction with a huge array of prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

The winning team from Red Kite Solicitors

The winning team from Red Kite Solicitors

The event raised a fantastic £1,800 for Cerebra and the winning team, “The Red Kite Red Hot Trivia Peppers” even donated their £300 winnings back to the charity.

We are really grateful to the local businesses who donated raffle and auction prizes and those who entered teams into the contest. We are also grateful to Gerald Vaughan for giving his time as quiz master and auctioneer for the evening.

Feeling inspired to hold your own quiz? Get in touch with Jess Thomas on 01267 244222 or jessicat@cerebra.org.uk for tips and fundraising materials. She might even let you have a peek at our questions.

Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas

At this time of the year children everywhere are writing their Christmas lists and are hoping that Santa will leave that special toy for them under the tree on Christmas morning. We can all remember the excitement and anticipation, of wishing for a new bicycle, the latest doll with all the accessories or that must have gadget.  We can also remember the look of sheer delight and smiles on children’s faces when they open their presents and the fun and enjoyment that special gift gives them.

But for families who have a child with a brain condition it’s not that easy or straightforward. Often the cost of giving their child the things that will bring enjoyment, fun and pleasure is too much for them to afford. Gifts that are suitable for children with additional needs to be able to use, or enjoy safely, can cost as much as ten times the price of a regular item. A standard bicycle costs around £200, but for a specially adapted tricycle the price rises to as much as £2500. Remember sledging when the snow came? A conventional sledge can be bought on the high street for £20.  For a sledge safe enough to carry a child with disabilities the price tag is £250.

We wanted to share with you the touching Christmas wishes of Lily , a lively, cheerful and caring eight year old girl who is devoted to her big sister, Annie-May. Annie-May was born with massive brain damage. She cannot walk, is non-verbal and requires around the clock care. Her future is uncertain but her family focus on enjoying each and every day, especially Christmas, and attempt to lead as normal a life as possible.

Lily's letter to Santa

Lily’s letter to Santa

At Cerebra we believe in giving families who have children with brain conditions the chance to find a better life together, not just at Christmas but all through the year. By making a donation to our Christmas Appeal you can make a difference to a child’s life and help families find and afford those expensive items that will mean so much to their child.

Your donation will help fund our Innovation Centre who design and produce unique equipment for disabled children, adapting existing products or designing new, bespoke items.  It will help fund our Grant Scheme which gives parents much needed help towards affording equipment and services to help make life easier and more enjoyable, giving disabled children the same opportunities for independence and an ordinary life.

Lily and Annie-May

Lily and Annie-May

We will be able to grant Lily’s wish this Christmas and the family will enjoy a special day together. Your support will mean that we can help more children like Annie-May who need costly, specially made or adapted equipment.

With your help we can create special moments for lots more children like Annie-May and Lily. Please make a donation to our Christmas Appeal today and help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.

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  • Text YULE12 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070
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  • Send a cheque made payable to Cerebra to Fundraising Department, Cerebra, Second Floor Offices, Lyric Building, King Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BD

Tom’s Trike

Tom and his trike

Tom and his trike

Young Tom Hegenbarth from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire has just received his brand new Tomcat trike thanks to Stourport-on-Severn Inner Wheel and Cerebra.

Tom has Alfi’s syndrome, a rare condition causing poor balance and co-ordination, low muscle tone, epilepsy and learning difficulties. He also has scoliosis and has rods to support his spine. Cycling is one safe activity that Tom can do but he has never had his own bike until now.

The trike was funded by a generous donation by Stourport-on-Severn Inner Wheel and a grant from Cerebra.  The Inner Wheel have been fundraising for Cerebra over the past 12 months – they arranged a concert with local singer David Lawrence and young duo Lady and the Sax as well as an afternoon tea. Over the year they raised £1000 which they donated to Cerebra with the request that the money be used to help a family in the West Midlands area.

The family are very grateful for the donation and the grant which made Tom’s cycling dreams come true. Tom’s mum Judith said: “It is so wonderful to see him able to exercise more independently and to cycle alongside his brother – your gift is a gift for the whole family. Thanks again for your hard work and generosity”.

Tom added: “Thank you so much for helping me get my bike. It’s really cool and I like to go on it lots. It’s yellow which is my favourite colour”.

You can watch a short video clip of Tom enjoying his new trike here.

If you a part of a group that would like to fundraise for us please get in touch with us on 01267 244221 or give@cerebra.org.uk. Your support really does make a difference to families.

Like to run? Why not run for Cerebra

Cecilia Bufton

Cecilia Bufton

Hello. My name is Cecilia Bufton and I have just started in the brand new role of Events Co-ordinator at Cerebra.

Cerebra does some fantastic work supporting children and families who are living with neurological conditions, but we rely on the generosity and commitment of our supporters to fund everything that we do. Each year lots of people up and down the country put on their running shoes and challenge themselves to raise money for the charity – and every penny they raise is vital.

I’m looking for people to join in with everything from fun runs to half and full marathons and the gruelling, but great fun, challenges such as Tough Mudder to raise awareness and funds for Cerebra. I will be here to support you, give you guidance in fundraising, provide all the resources you need and even cheer you over the finish line!

To tell you a bit about me, I actually worked at Cerebra about seven years ago as a telephone fundraiser. I left to go to university, but never forgot what I experienced as a friendly charity doing some great work to help families in need. I can simply say that this role is perfect for me and finding a job that has the potential to give you a great purpose and happiness is rare to come by.

So whether you’re a keen runner already or if you have never run before but would like to start, why not have fun, get fit and support Cerebra at the same time. Please get in touch or pass this information on to friends or family and let’s make a difference and keep fit in 2016.

You can contact me on:
Email: CeciliaB@cerebra.org.uk
Tel: 01267 242 586
Mobile: 07580976497

I look forward to hearing from you.

Family fun day raises over £300

Poster for the fun day

Poster for the fun day

On 9th August a family fun day was held at Lower Grange Community Centre in Allerton, Lancashire in order to raise money for Cerebra.

The whole event was arranged by parent Rebecca Kent who had very personal reasons for wanting to raise money for Cerebra.

Rebecca’s story started when she went for a scan 19 weeks into her pregnancy. She was told that her baby had Dandy Walker Syndrome, Hydrocephalus and other brain complications.

“I was devastated as he has my first pregnancy.  I named my little boy Joseph George, and 4 days later I gave birth to him. He was born sleeping,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca wanted to mark the 10th Anniversary with something positive that would benefit others. Working with family and friends, she decided to organise a family fun day to raise awareness and much needed funds.

Rebecca really threw herself into the task of organising the day. She spent months writing to lots of different companies asking for donations and roping in as many people as possible!

August 9th, the day of the fun day, also marked the anniversary of Joseph’s funeral and Rebecca felt it was right to hold it on that day.

The day was a huge success with tombolas, games, bouncy castles and plenty of stalls to keep everyone entertained!

The final total raised from the day was £349 and Rebecca intends to bump that total up by doing some more more fundraising through the rest of the year.

A big thank you to Rebecca for her support.

To find out more about what you can do to help raise money for Cerebra, check out our Community Fundraising page.

£10,000 donation in honour of Frankie

Lisa and her son Frankie

Lisa and her son Frankie

Cerebra has just received an unexpected donation for £10,000 from The Wilmington Trust.  And it’s all thanks to campaigning mum Lisa Benson and her three year old son, Frankie.

Lisa told us the story:  “I’ve been fundraising for my son to have ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioural Analysis) for severe Autism since he was 3 years old.

I found it very frustrating trying to get my young son diagnosed at the age of 2, when it was very clear to me he had some severe developmental issues. Once we had finally seen a specialist and had an official diagnosis I started to extensively research my son’s condition to find the best way to reach out to him and understand his world but also improve his life and help him to learn.

Even the simplest tasks like clapping hands and responding to his name were completely beyond his capabilities. I read about ABA being the only (scientifically proven) therapy to have an enormous impact on Autistic children and knew that I had to find a way to cover the costs of this therapy and help my baby.

My son’s father walked out on us when Frankie was around 6 months old and has never supported him financially. As a single parent and full time carer I couldn’t return to work so I had to find ways to raise the funds to pay for ABA and that’s when I started “Frankie’s Fight”, a crowd funding page that I promoted on Facebook. I have to date raised over £14,000 for Frankie to receive private therapy, which has had such a positive impact on him, literally life changing.

Lisa and Frankie

Lisa and Frankie

I organise sponsored events, race nights, raffles, boot sales and beer festivals in order to get funds but I also contact people I went to University with and other friends and relatives to see if their workplaces can offer us sponsorship or if they can donate prizes…some offices have held bake sales and mufti days for us.

I contacted a friend at Wilmington Trust and he put forward Frankie’s fund for a donation. Because we are a good cause and not a registered charity they were unable to donate any money but they were in the process of choosing some charities to donate to and ask me to supply the names of five charities that help disabled children, like Frankie. They said they would give them £10,000 each in his honour. I received a text two months later from my friend saying my chosen charities had been sent cheques!

I’m delighted that I nominated you. I also nominated Chestnut Tree House, PACSO, Chichester Down Syndrome Support Group and Caudwell Children and all got £10,000. Wonderful deserving charities that are very close to my heart and have all at some point helped a child I know. I was looking for help for my son and although I didn’t achieve my goal, I did manage to get something good out of my efforts and that pleases me”.

We are very grateful to the Wilmington Trust for their generous donation and to Lisa for nominating us.  We wish her and Frankie all the very best.

Cerebra Week 2015 a huge success!

Sir E. Bear posed in front of our information tent

Sir E. Bear posed in front of our information tent

Every year Cerebra holds Cerebra Week in Carmarthen town centre. Over the week we pitch our information tent at Carmarthen’s Merlin’s Walk area and have a great time chatting with the town’s people and collecting money in order to fund the charity’s services.

We made sure that we kept things fun this year by having a number of activities on hand to entertain Carmarthen’s children (and big kids!). One of our most popular activities was our “find the bear” game which saw eager detectives searching for Cerebra bears in shop windows. We also held a daily draw with the prize being family tickets to different local activity each day. Over the course of the week, we gave away tickets to Folly Farm, Xcel Bowl, Laser Station, Anna’s Welsh Zoo, Tenby’s Dinosaur Park and the Gwili Steam Railway. Thank you to all of these attractions for donating tickets.

This year we introduced “Ask the Expert” which saw members of our Parent Support team joining us to answer parent’s questions. Questions ranged from issues to do with sleep to finding out a little bit more about our services and the scheme seemed to go down well with parents.

All in all the week was a huge success. We managed to raise an incredible £1,578.55 thanks to the generosity of the people of Carmarthen, as well as raising awareness of Cerebra.

We have put together a gallery of some of the best pictures from the week:

Cerebra Week 2015

Cara Readle with the Cerebra Fundraising Team

Cerebra Fundraising Team

Cerebra will be holding its annual awareness week in Carmarthen town centre from 27th July to 1st August.

This year a team from the charity will be in Merlin’s Walk from 10am to 4pm each day and there’ll be lots of fun activities, games and competitions to keep the children, and the whole family, entertained. There will also be the chance to meet Sir E Bear, the charity’s giant teddy bear mascot!

Anyone who stops at the Cerebra stand and has a go at one of the games will have the chance to be entered into a free prize draw to win family tickets to local attractions such as Folly Farm, the Gwili Railway, Dinosaur Park and Manor House Wildlife Park.

Allyson Silverthorne, Community Fundraiser at Cerebra, said “Our Cerebra week in Carmarthen is one of the highlights of our year – it’s always a lot of fun and it’s so lovely to have the chance to chat to people about the charity’s work. If you’re in the area please stop and say hello”.

The charity is very grateful to the management and shops at Merlin’s Walk and to the local tourist attractions for their support.

Fundraise for Us!

CyclathonIf you’re passionate about raising vital funds for children with neurological conditions, you’ve come to the right place!

There are lots of fun and exciting ways you can raise funds for Cerebra. From abseiling to Zumba our supporters raise money for us in all sorts of ways.

Maybe you would like to organize an event to bring your friends, family and local community together? Maybe you have a spare hour or two to help with one of our organised collection days or would like to organise a fundraising day in your own area? If so we can help by supplying t-shirts and literature. We’re here to help you help us.

We are charity partners of Skydive Swansea so if you’ve ever thought of skydiving for Cerebra, we can help!

To let us know about the event you are planning, please email us so that we can offer you all the support you need.

If you would like to help us but not sure how, download our “Fundraising A-Z”  below for some interesting ideas.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and welcoming you on to Cerebra’s team!

For more information please contact Fundraising Team on 01267 244221.

 

Fundraising A - Z

 

Your support will enable us to help families like Bethany’s: