Some of the amazing things our supporters have done...
London to Brighton Cycle Ride
A huge thank you and congrats to our intrepid team of London to Brighton Bike Riders who cycled a gruelling 54 miles earlier this year to raise money for Family Lives.
We raised nearly 1000 pounds, so all the sore bums were worth it!
Gloucestershire Big Breakfast in association with Gloucester Rugby Club
Family Lives put on the Big Breakfast event in association with Gloucester Rugby Club, Rickerby’s Solicitors and Creed Foodservice, to highlight the importance of a healthy and nutritional start to the day and promote the importance of quality time at the breakfast table in establishing positive family values.
Over 150 teachers from 71 schools in Gloucestershire joined the Gloucester players for a breakfast event at the rugby club, to promote the benefits of a nutritional start to the day and the importance of families sitting down to eat together. The Cotswold Chef Rob Rees was also on hand to demonstrate a range of quick, affordable and healthy breakfast options for families to try out at home.
The teachers were all invited to download a Family Lives Big Breakfast pack, containing themes and ideas for the school and home environment including holding a themed Family Lives Big Breakfast Sports Day and children being encouraged to make breakfast for Mum and Dad at the weekend.
We would like to thank Gloucester Rugby Club, Rickerby’s, Creed Foodservice, Rob Rees and indeed all those who came and made the event so successful.
PWC Community Challenge Event
A big thank you to all the employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers who took part in their One Firm One Day volunteering event, choosing to support Family Lives.
As part of the event, eager volunteers gave up their day to participate in the Family Lives Community Challenge. The challenge was to travel to a designated location in London and distribute leaflets about Family Lives in as many key London locations as possible, with the team visiting the most organisations being declared the winner.
The volunteers were split into three contesting groups- Team Croydon, Team Ealing and Team Barnet. After accepting their mission and instructions, the teams headed to their various target locations. All the teams worked together brilliantly, displaying their commitment and energy to the task at hand by making sure that they visited as many locations as possible.
The places that they visited were extremely diverse- they ranged from children’s centres and local libraries to GP centres and places of worship. All the teams managed to distribute an impressive volume of leaflets about Family Lives and also got a respectable number of organisations to fill out our Family Lives survey.
Congratulations to the winners: team Ealing who won by a margin of 4 locations! Well done to Roland, Nicola, Johanna and Fallon.
Anne Goodwin’s 100 Mile Cycle Ride
Anne was inspired to cycle 100 Miles on the South Downs after she came to Family Lives when her young daughter had to change schools because she was being bullied.
Ann said: 'I am doing this for my daughter to show her that something positive can come out of this, not only are we stronger and more resilient, but by raising money we can also hopefully help other people in this situation, by contributing to the funds that the charity needs to continue its fantastic work. It is our way of saying thanks!
She raised a fantastic £320 for Family Lives, click here to read her inspirational story http://www.justgiving.com/ann-goodwin
Santa Run Christmas
Last Christmas Family Lives entered a festive team of 13 Santas (accompanied by 3 Elves) in the Doitforcharity Santa Run in Greenwich Park, London. There were more Santa outfits and white beards than you could count, and the event was a great success.
At the end of a brilliant, albeit cold day, the total raised stood at over £1800. A massive thank you to Nic, Mark, Chloe, Alicia, Jeremy, Andrea, Rachel, Becky, Mark, Mikey, Sarah, Jonathan, Claire, Matt and Eliza.
Jody Thain’s London Marathon
Family Lives supporter Jody Thain rose to the challenge and ran 25 miles in the London Marathon, despite getting a painful knee injury in the week leading up to the big day.
He still put in a very impressive performance and made it to the finish line, raising a fantastic £1500 for families in crisis as a result. Many thanks to Jody for his dedication and support!
Do you have your own challenge or event idea? No matter how wacky, we’d love to hear from you. We can provide advice and materials to help. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a ring on 020 75533084