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Josh Nurse Becomes an Ambassador

Josh receiving his Ambassador certificate

Josh receiving his Ambassador certificate

Joshua Nurse from Pontiets, Carmarthenshire is celebrating his 16th birthday by becoming an Ambassador for us and drawing the winning tickets in our Summer raffle draw.

15 year old Joshua Nurse from Pontiets is the same age as Cerebra – and we have known and worked with him and his family since he was a baby.  Josh was born with a rare condition called Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. It means that Josh is missing all the connective tissue that links the right and left hemispheres of his brain, which has resulted in Josh having learning disabilities and autistic tendencies.

It took a long time before it was recognised that Josh had a problem, but when Josh was finally diagnosed his parents didn’t know where to turn – until they found Cerebra.

Josh has also been a great help to the charity when we’ve needed him – he has drawn winning raffle tickets presented cheques to lottery winners and posed for photos for charity publicity. He’s attended prestigious events at 10 Downing Street and the House of Lords and was delighted when we nominated him for a Child of Courage Award at the Journal Awards ceremony a couple of years ago – and he won! Josh is such a pleasure to be with and he has touched the hearts of everyone who has met him.

Josh celebrates his sixteenth birthday in August and to mark the occasion we have asked him to become an Ambassador for Cerebra, On 31st July Josh drew the Summer Raffle and was officially welcomed as an Ambassador – as well as enjoying an early birthday celebration with charity staff!

Elaine Collins, PR & Marketing Manager for Cerebra said: “It’s been such a pleasure to have known Josh and his family all of these years and to have watched him grow up – he’s touched the hearts of everyone who has met him. He’s done so much to help raise awareness of our work and we’re delighted to make him an official Ambassador for us”.

You can find out more about Cerebra and their Ambassadors here.

Summer Raffle 2016

Poppy and Rob

On 29th July 2016 eleven year old Poppy Jones drew the winning tickets in our Summer Raffle.

Poppy, who has cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, made the news last month for completing the Cardiff Triathlon with her dad, Rob. The pair completed the challenging course using equipment designed and made by the charity’s Innovation Centre.

The pair have since become Ambassadors for Cerebra and are delighted to be able to help raise awareness of the work the charity does.

Poppy said: “Cerebra is special to me because they help support children like me with brain related conditions. When I was younger I spent a lot of time in hospital. In the past 3 years I have been better and helped fundraise for charity. This year, I did my first triathlon for Cerebra – it was amazing! My type of cerebral palsy is rare so I like to tell people more about disabilities and me. Next I would like to do the London marathon so more people can hear about Cerebra”.

The event was also chance to celebrate Poppy’s incredible achievement at the triathlon where she really did achieve her dream of overcoming all the odds and proving that she can do anything, with a little help. The duo helped to raise an amazing £10,000 for the charity which will be used to support more children like Poppy.

We hold two raffle draws each year with the top prize winner receiving £5000, a second prize of £1500 and a third prize of £500. There are also ten £100 Love to Shop vouchers for the runners-up. The lucky winners from the summer draw have been notified.

If you’d like tickets for our Christmas draw please get in touch with louised@cerebra.org.uk.

Santa draws winning raffle tickets

Santa and his helpers draw the winning raffle tickets

Santa and his helpers draw the winning raffle tickets

None other than Father Christmas and some of his helpers pulled out our winning Christmas Raffle tickets this year!

On 21st December Santa drew the thirteen winning tickets with the top prize winner receiving £5000.  The runners-up won £1500, £500 and ten £100 Love to Shop vouchers.

The lucky winners have been notified.

Cerebra is a national charity for children with neurological conditions, helping them and their families through a combination of direct, ongoing support and funding vital research. The charity receives no government funding, relying entirely on the support of the public.

The raffle draw is an easy way to support the charity, with the chance of winning a great prize. If you would like tickets for the Summer 2016 Raffle contact us on 01267 242554 or louised@cerebra.org.uk.


Summer Raffle 2015 – winning tickets drawn

Ryan draws the winning tickets

Ryan draws the winning tickets

On 31st July we drew the lucky winning tickets in our 2015 Summer Raffle draw.

The draw was made by a very special guest – four year old Ryan Hooper, who has Down’s Syndrome. Ryan and his family (mum and dad Vanessa and Simon Hooper and brothers Aiden, Dylan and Taran) recently enjoyed a well earned break at the charity’s holiday home in Pembrokeshire.

Many families with children who have special needs find it incredibly difficult to find a place to go on holiday that caters for their needs. Cerebra’s holiday home, Vallecchia, gives families an opportunity to enjoy a break without some of the difficulties they might experience on a standard holiday. There is a ramped entrance to allow wheelchair access and a large bedroom with en-suite facilities on the ground floor. It also has a multi-sensory room and a soft play area with tactile sensory toys. There is a large garden and a games room in the detached double garage, with table tennis, table football and a pool table.

Ryan’s mum Vanessa said “The holiday was amazing. It was a chance for all of us to spend time together as a family and to get away from the hassle of everyday life. There was plenty of space for all of us and it provided everything we needed. That time together was priceless”.

The Hooper family with Sir E Bear

The Hooper family with Sir E Bear

Ryan loved helping us out with the draw – and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Cerebra mascot Sir E Bear! Our thanks to the family for helping us out.

The raffle draw is an easy way to support the charity, with the chance of winning a great prize. Tickets for Cerebra’s Christmas Raffle will be on sale soon. To get your tickets please contact us on 01267 244221 or email louised@cerebra.org.uk.



Calling all Carmarthen Quizzers!

QuizzerCerebra are getting ready to hold our first ever Annual Charity Quiz Evening in Carmarthen and we want you to get involved!

Do you think you have the knowledge to be crowned Carmarthen’s smartest? If so then get together a team of five and put yourselves to the test!

The quiz will be taking place at Carmarthen Town Football Club, Richmond Park on Thursday 11th June and will pit teams against each other for the title of “Carmarthen’s Smartest”. As well the prestige that comes with winning, teams will also be competing for a top cash prize of £300 and of course the much coveted trophy!

There will be eight rounds in total on subjects ranging from current affairs to music so there will be something for everyone no matter what your area of expertise may be! As well as the quiz, there will also be an auction and raffle where you will be able to pick up some fabulous prizes.

We would like to encourage local businesses and quizzers to get teams of five together so you can show us what you’re made of! The entry fee is £50 per team and this includes a lovely pie and mash supper courtesy of Hughes Pies. For those who need a little encouragement, there is also a fully licensed bar on the premises.

All proceeds from the evening will go directly into improving the lives of children in the Carmarthen area so there really isn’t an excuse not to get involved.

There is a maximum capacity of 20 teams who can take part on the evening and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so register your team today by calling 01267 244221 or emailing garetho@cerebra.org.uk.

You can register your team here.

Raffle Terms and Conditions

1. Participation in this raffle costs £1 per raffle ticket.

2. No ticket can be sold to, on behalf of, or for a person under the age of 16 years.

3. If a ticket is sold unknowingly to, on behalf of, or for a person under the age of 16, they will be exempt from the raffle and will forfeit the prize.

4. Trustees and employees of Cerebra, and members of their household, are ineligible to enter this raffle. Any tickets bought in the name of Cerebra trustees, employees or members of their household will be rejected from the draw and considered as donations to Cerebra.

5. Monies raised by this raffle will support the general work of Cerebra, Registered Charity No 1089812.

6. Payments for participants in the raffle can be made by cheque payable to Cerebra, credit/debit card or cash.

7. Raffle tickets will be entered into the draw when the whole payment is received.

8. Cerebra accept no responsibility for raffle tickets which are lost, damaged, illegible or from which the prize- winner cannot be identified, or for any technical failure or event which may cause the completion to be disrupted or corrupted.

9. Thirteen raffle tickets will be drawn randomly.

10. The 1st ticket number drawn will receive £5,000 holiday vouchers or £5,000 cash alternative.

11. The 2nd ticket number drawn will receive £1,500.

12. The 3rd ticket number drawn will receive £500.

13. The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th ticket number drawn will receive a £100 Love to shop vouchers.

14. There will be no alternatives to the runner up prizes.

15. The result of the raffle draw is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

16. Winners will be notified by post, email or telephone no later than two weeks after the draw date. A list of winners will also be published at Cerebra.org.uk two weeks after the draw date. Please keep the ticket number as proof of purchase.

17. Where Cerebra is unable to contact a prize-winner so that a prize remains unclaimed for six months following Cerebra’s first attempt to notify the prize-winner, Cerebra may apply the prize as it sees fit, including by re-offering the prize in future raffles.

18. All winners are required to co-operate with Cerebra’s right to publish their win as and where deemed appropriate.

19. Cerebra is registered with the Gambling Commission to operate this raffle, license number 000-005059-N-100360-003. This license is issued under part 5 of the gambling act 2005, and is valid from 1 January 2009.

20. If you or a family member feel that you are experiencing problems with gambling, you can seek advice and support from Gamcare on 0845 6000 133 or via their website gamcare.org.uk.

21. You can request additional raffle tickets by email, louised@cerebra.org.uk, by phone, 01267 242554 or by post, Cerebra Raffle,Cerebra, 2nd floor offices, Lyric buildings, King street, Carmarthen, SA31 1BD.

22. If you would like more information on raffles and lotteries please go to gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

23. In the event of an error, howsoever caused, whether a printing error or otherwise and whether obvious or otherwise, which affects the competition in any way; the organisers reserve the right to administer the game as though the error never occurred. Where the organisers deem it appropriate and/or feasible Cerebra will notify entrants of the error.

24. Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in the disqualification of the entry. Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entry at their absolute discretion.


Take part in one of Cerebra’s raffles and you could be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes! We hold two raffles every year and you can enter yourself or get friends and family involved. Entering into our raffles couldn’t be easier!

The next raffle is our Summer Raffle. Tickets are £1 each.

  • 1st prize – £5,000
  • 2nd prize – £1,500
  • 3rd prize – £500
  • 10 runner up prizes of £100


To request your raffle tickets please contact us on 01267 242554 or info@cerebra.org.uk or press the button below.

Pupils Rally Together to Fundraise

Staff and pupils at Redland High School for Girls in Bristol have raised money for Cerebra with a week of fundraising activities.

Cerebra was nominated by one of the pupils at the school after a relative of theirs received a specially adapted trike which was funded by us. This personal experience helped to spur on fundraising efforts which were organised by the school’s Chestnut House.

Pupils held cake and jumble sales, raffles, guess the teddy competitions and the pupils’ favourite – non-uniform day.

In addition to these activities, one pupil, Danielle Beach, also decided that she would go the extra mile and do a 54 mile cycle ride! In doing so, she contributed £155 to the final fundraising total which was an impressive £989.18.

Cerebra would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved with fundraising for us.

If you would like to find out how you can something similar to support the work Cerebra does, please contact Allyson Silverthorne at allysons@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244222.

Ugly Sisters Draw Raffle

Cinderella panto cast

The cast of Cinderella help us draw our raffle winners

Cinderella and her Ugly Sisters helped us draw our winning Christmas Raffle tickets this year.

We recently held our  2014 Christmas Raffle draw at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen with the help of some special friends.

Charity mascot Sir E Bear joined some of the cast of Cinderella to draw the winning tickets, with the top prize winner receiving £5000.

Cerebra is a national charity for children with neurological conditions, helping them and their families through a combination of direct, ongoing support and funding vital research. The charity receives no government funding, relying entirely on the support of the public.

The raffle draw is an easy way to support the charity, with the chance of winning a great prize. If you would like tickets for the Summer 2015 Raffle contact us on 01267 242554 or louised@cerebra.org.uk.

Our thanks go to the Mark Jermin Theatre Company for their help with the photo shoot.