To help inspire you, here are a few examples of how people have recently organised a successful event for Afasic:

Afasic Essex Villages Ride 2015

It was a damp, misty, breezy morning in Essex when the participants of our latest bike ride gathered at Writtle College outside Chelmsford. There was a tea room and loos to make sure that everyone was ready for the challenge ahead.

Our mascot ‘Ted’ hitched a ride with Jonathan and soon after 10.00am the team rolled out onto the Lanes of the Essex countryside and into the drizzle that would continue to fall all morning. Despite this, spirits were high and the miles soon started to whizz by.

After a while the keen ones at the front had disappeared off and even beat the support car to the early refreshment stop in Willingale, whilst the other support car was taking some ‘action shots’ with a camera attached to the outside of the car.

The morning refreshment stop was at Matching Green and the support crew provided much needed hot drinks and refreshments, whilst some riders sought warmth and refreshment in the local pub. Our second support car shepherded one of our riders who had decided to go ‘off piste’ to the meet point, adding a bit more distance to her ride.

It was then a relatively short, and mostly downhill, ride from Matching Green to the lunchtime stop at the White Hart Inn, Moreton where all could get indoors to warm up, dry out and take a break. They looked after us very well, but Jonathan had to replace a gear cable on one of the bikes before he was allowed to have his lunch and a well-earned pint!

Feeling refreshed, and with the drizzle having eased off, the group set off again back towards Writtle on what was a figure of eight route. The quicker riders gave the rest of us a chance to get a head start by very kindly opting to stay in the pub for another drink – well done chaps!

The route took us along some lovely country lanes and whilst there were a few undulations there weren’t any nasty hills, so well done to our route planner Jonathan for that! The afternoon drink stop was at Newney Green, near the Duck Inn. We soon found out how the pub got its name when we saw 3 ducks waddling down the road toward the pub! The group was all together again as we pushed on for the last couple of miles to the finish back at Writtle College. All successfully completed the ride, there were no incidents to reports, not even any punctures to deal with, so all in all a successful ride.

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Well done to all our riders for taking part and for being such a great group of people to ride with. Our thanks go to Barnaby, David, Gareth, Jan, Jonathan, Keith, Lee, Martin, Phil, Sarah and Mark. And of course to ‘Ted’ for all his inspiration along the way!

Many thanks from all the riders to our support crews – the two drivers, Alan and Iwan, navigators Gemma, Hilary, and Doris and not forgetting our 4 legged mascot Charlie the dog. Thanks also to Writtle College for letting us use one of their car parks to start and finish the ride.

Finally a very big thank you to our route setter and inspiration behind our rides – Jonathan Edwards – we certainly couldn’t have done it without you!

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Walk ‘n’ Talk Challenge

walk-n-talkOver the weekend of Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September people organised and took part in various different Walk ‘n’ Talk events all over the UK to raise money for Afasic.

The weather held good and the sun did appear over the weekend for ideal walking conditions.

Well done to all those who took part in a Walk ‘n’ Talk event, we have heard from a few people how they got on so far and hope to hear more about your events and look forward to seeing some more pictures.

Helen Campbell helped to organise an event that included 30 young people, leaders and parents from North Surrey Afasic Friday club, and 3 dogs. “The sun shone in the glorious Surrey Hills, we walked about 2 miles, but more importantly we talked, drank tea and ate cake”.

Rhoda Badge and Abby Gunn organised an event in Stockport with an Afasic parent support group. “We walked 3 miles and found some geocaches on the way, and made our own to mark the event”. They even had Afasic t-shirts printed for the event, with people stopping them on their walk to ask about the charity.

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There is still one Walk ‘n’ Talk event taking place in the first week of October- a speech and language provision in York; with parents, children and staff taking part in the walk. We wish them the best of luck and hope the weather holds out.

Many thanks again to everyone that took part.

The Afasic 100 Challenge

During the 100 days from 21 June to the 28 September 2014, supporters across the country took up the challenge to raise at least £100 for Afasic.

There were various challenges undertaken by individuals; including Tania Hakki who gave up shopping for 100 days, Sarah Hanlon who hosted a cake sale, and Abbey Gersten who also had a cake sale. Alex Kind sold some art and Kiri Burns completed a 10km wolf run (with many obstacles) to raise the money.

We also had a number of schools and speech and language teams taking the challenge up. Sarah Woodhams and the speech and language therapy team in Swindon had a cake sale, a share and donate picnic as well as a walk ‘n’ talk event and raised a total of £195.36. Springdale Junior School had a cake sale and also a sponsored memory game which raised well over £300. Jemma Dunlop and the Cumbria NHS paediatric speech and language therapy team also raised money in a number of different ways; including selling jam, collecting loose change, a bake off style cake sale and someone also donated a festival fee – raising a total of £260. We are also grateful to everyone at Carden Primary School who raised £245.95.

Thank you and well done to everyone who took part in the 100 challenge, your hard work and support really is appreciated.

London Marathon 2014

London Marathon 2014Many congratulations to our ‘Magnificent Seven’ runners who took part in the 2014 London Marathon. Our thanks and admiration go to Charlie Carroll, Lisa Colmillo, Niamh Doyle, Laura Martin, Alexandra Quinn, Sonia Sansom, and Anna Wiggett who all successfully completed this gruelling event on a hot day and crossed the finish line to get their well-earned medal.

Hopefully their aches and pains will have gone and they will be left with some fond memories of their big day. We have raised over £10,000 from this year’s marathon, so many thanks to all of our runners for their hard work on our behalf and of course to their supporters.

Photo: from left to right – Laura Martin, Niamh Doyle, Sonia Sansom, and Charlie Carroll.

Fore! – Captain Ian breaks fundraising target

Ian LevA very big thank you to Ian Lev for nominating Afasic as the beneficiary of his captaincy at the Huntswood Golf Club. Here, he tells you about his year and how he raised an incredible £7,612.18!

“I became club Captain in November 2012. In 2011 I had been diagnosed with Dysarthria, a disorder affecting speech. This made me decide to find a charity that supported children who had speech/communication difficulties to benefit from my year as Captain. I found Afasic and I approached them in August 2012 to be my nominated charity.

When it comes to raising money at a golf club you are very aware that you are asking the same people to donate – so I decided that I needed an incentive to make members part with their cash. I sent out over 150 letters to golf equipment manufacturers and golf courses asking for donations that I could use as auction items or a raffle prizes. In no time at all various items started to arrive!

In the spring I rode in the Captain’s Charity Bike Ride through 32 miles of beautiful hilly Buckinghamshire countryside, winning the cup for the individual who raised the most money. My final event was Captain’s Day when I was supported by Nichola and Mark from Afasic. The day was a resounding success due to the generosity of my colleagues who were prepared to bid £150 for items like a fruit Pavlova!

I want to thank the owners of Huntswood Golf Club for their auction items, as well as those individuals who made personal donations, and everyone else who has supported me – and as I come to the end of a very special year in my life I am delighted to have donated over £7,600 to Afasic.