It’s not every day that a primary school is visited by a Premier League manager and goalkeeper, but that’s exactly what happened at Hawthorn Primary School in Newcastle.
Hawthorn Primary School is situated in one of Newcastle’s most deprived council areas. It was for this reason that they were selected as a school to benefit from the three year In Harmony project. In Harmony is a national project which uses “the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making” to change the lives of children from deprived communities.
Sage Gateshead is leading the project, which is funded by the Arts Council England and the Department for Education.
The pupils of Hawthorn Primary School were able to show their new skills to Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew and goalkeeper, Tim Krul. Pardew said: “It has been an absolute honour to come to Hawthorn Primary School and hear the children perform. The project is truly inspiring and I look forward to hearing more about how the pupils’ music-making develops.”
Read more about Pardew and Krul’s visit to Hawthorn Primary School here or, to help raise money for this fantastic cause, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.
Jock Wright and Jonathan Hansford, founders of Student Adventures, say that “students are some of the most vibrant, can do and open minded people around”. It was this that encouraged them to start their business which aims to assist students to take on fundraising tasks that they might not otherwise have been able to afford.
The idea behind Student Adventures is that students can undertake challenges from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to cycling from Paris to London and they will help them achieve this with more realistic costs and achievable fundraising targets.
With the help of the Student Adventures, students and volunteers have raised over £2 million in the past academic year. It was this, along with the new partnership between Student Adventures and Virgin Money Giving as their official fundraising website, which helped the decision to hold the first ever Student Adventures Awards.
The Student Adventures Awards, sponsored by Virgin Money Giving, will take place at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank, on Saturday 30 November. The awards which will be presented on the night include Best Fundraising Idea, Most Innovative Marketing and Recruitment Campaign, Adventure Leader of the Year and many more.
There will be live coverage of the event, just follow #VMGStudentAwards to find out the deserved winners.
Sporty people are used to getting their pulses racing, some push their heart rate as high as it will go. But for Steve O’Sullivan, his heart rate will be staying firmly under 112 beats per minute, despite cycling nearly 1,000 miles for charity.
Two years ago, Steve had a major heart attack which damaged his heart. Due to this, he must now not exceed 112 beats per minute, but, as Steve says, this has not stopped him being sporty. In fact, this year he raised £800 for charity by completing the BHF London to Brighton bike ride.
Soon, London to Brighton will seem like a ‘cycle’ in the park for Steve who plans to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End on 2 August next year. He will be cycling in aid of two charities, Joining Jack, which raises money for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Coppafeel, whose aim is to raise awareness of breast cancer in the 18-25 age group.
To show your support to Steve and help him smash his fundraising target you can donate here.
Monday night was the 20th anniversary of the Mind Media Awards to celebrate the portrayal of mental health problems in all forms of media.
The evening was hosted at the British Film Institute on the Southbank and was a fantastic celebration of individuals who have helped increase understanding and challenged the stigma of mental health issues.
This is the first year Virgin Money Giving have sponsored the event and it was a great eye opener for us into all the work that Mind and the Media do to help raise the profile for mental health awareness. You can find a round up of the best bits from our trending #VMGMindAwards.
DJ Scott Mills from BBC Radio 1 was the host on the evening. He has experienced mental health problems himself so these awards are very dear to his heart. Plus there was one category he was particularly keen on – Radio.
Scott’s summarised how he felt on twitter @scott_mills Honoured to be asked to host such an event. Some brilliant programme makers, journalists and incredible people.
It was great to see so many inspirational people, including some well known faces, present at Monday nights event. Frank Bruno with his daughter Rachel, Ruby Wax and presenter Matt Johnson attended to show their support. All are big advocates of ensuring mental health problems are portrayed in the right way in the media.
And of course the most important thing to report are the winners! The full list is here so feast your eyes.
Well done and congratulations to all the winners from Monday night, you should feel very proud.
Published November 20, 2013
Virgin Money Giving News
We’ll be carrying out overnight maintenance to the Virgin Money Giving website tomorrow.
As a result the website will be unavailable from 22:00 Thursday 21 November until 06:00 Friday 22 November 2013.
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Our friends at Virgin Money are helping to spread the word about the benefits of raising money with Virgin Money Giving. From time to time, stores invite local and national charities along and explain the processes involved with registering with us.
The latest two stores to get involved are the Liverpool and Morpeth stores. Both are holding events for any charity who would like to register to be able to fundraise through our not-for-profit website. Each event includes a presentation, a question and answer session, some testimonies from charities that are already signed up with us, the chance to book an appointment to learn more and – of course – some refreshments.
The Liverpool store event will be taking place on Friday the 29 November from 10am-12pm at the Liverpool Bid Team, The Commercial District, 76-78 Lord Street, while Morpeth will be holding their event in the store itself on Thursday the 5 December between 6pm and 8pm.
To locate your local Virgin Money store, please visit our Store Locator.
The Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 is Andy Cohen-Wray’s next target and he’s using it to help not only raise money for Mind, the mental health charity but to help himself too. Andy is training to run the 2014 Marathon in memory of his brother Matt, who took his own life in November 2012. ”On the 30 November last year my only and younger brother Matt took his own life. He had recently split from his girlfriend of 12 years and leaves behind his 3 beautiful young children. He was so level all the time and didn’t really show happiness or sadness, there were no real signs of him feeling low. He never said that he felt like he couldn’t cope, it just happened really suddenly.”
This is the second time Andy is attempting the 26.2 mile race. He was set to run it this year but he suffered a sudden stroke two weeks before and was unable to take part. He managed to get back into running again and even won silver medals for 1500m and 3000m at the Eastern Vet’s Track Championships.
Andy, 35, has also been affected by depression throughout his life and has accessed psychiatric support himself, he said “I’m delighted to now be able to run the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on behalf of Mind the mental health charity. Mind does an incredible job reaching out and supporting anyone who needs it.” He has found that exercise and running specifically has helped him deal with his depression.
So far Andy has raised £1908.54 for Mind and his top fundraising tip is “treat fundraising like running, the more effort you put into it the more you’ll get out of it”. His London 2014 campaign begins in just a few days on 17 November, this would have been Matt’s birthday. Andy says; “I hope to make my brother Matt, his children and the rest of our family proud when I cross the finish line in April 2014. I truly thank every single person that supports me through this tough and testing time, both physically with the training and mentally as I grieve a much loved brother.”
You can donate to help Andy reach his target on his fundraising page. Or follow his story at run4matt.com.