St Peter’s High School has had a tremendously successful year on the rugby pitch and 3 teams (year 7, 8 & 10) have qualified for the National Finals, to be played in London this Summer. The year 7 team are playing at Wembley as a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup Final!
All 3 teams are the reigning North West Counties Champions and as a school they are the current National Rugby League School of the Year.
Whilst being delighted with the success, the school have had to raise money to cover the transport, food, accommodation and kit for the children to be able to play in the finals. Epic Kidz has donated £500 towards this to help give the children some great memories that will last them a lifetime.
Bolton Hospice provides specialist care for the people of Bolton who have life-limiting illnesses, and supports their families. Hospice care is not just a building, it is a way of caring for people.
The care Bolton Hospice provides aims to improve the lives of people whose illness may not be curable. They help people to live as actively as possible after diagnosis to the end of their lives, however long that might be and place the highest value on respect and choice.
The team of doctors, nurses and other professional staff provide specialist care and support for local people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, in the hospice and at home. They not only take care of patients’ physical needs, they consider their emotional, spiritual and social needs too. And support families and close friends, both during illness and in bereavement.
Bolton Hospice provides care throughout a patient’s illness, so they achieve the best possible quality of life. This includes end of life care, helping them to achieve a good death incorporating four key principles: respect, time to plan, care and support.
Bolton Hospice is mainly funded by local people. The Hospice relies on the support of local people to raise a staggering £3.4 million every year (around £9360 every day)! A £1000 donation could pay for 62.5 hours of specialist, compassionate nursing care at the Hospice.
Epic Kidz has donated £1000 to Bolton Hospice on behalf of the guys at Greater Manchester Fire Service.
Henrietta Colborne has been cycling since she was 9 years old. She is 10 times National Champion, she has spent 2 years on the British Cycling Olympic pathway, she has won the women’s Tour of Malta, come 7th in European Time Trials, 2nd at Chrono Des Nations, 16th Elite UCI women’s race stage 4 and is the National Junior 10M record holder (20:21 – 8th fastest women’s ride ever). As you can see, the girl has some serious skills!
Henrietta started racing for Beacon Wheelers in 2014 whereupon she progressed to Bontio/Team Jadan in 2015 and then Ford/British Cycling/Isorex & Team Jadan in 2016. Racing for so many teams has helped her get to the races that really matter so she could develop and get the results she needed.
In 2017 Henrietta has been able to base herself in Spain during the winter months so that the British weather wouldn’t restrict her training. She still commuted back to the UK and Western Europe for velodrome racing. Between March & September she is racing for Swabo Ladies, a continental Dutch team and is now based in Holland.
All of the above travelling, training, racing is self funded although she has been lucky enough to secure some David Rayner funding to help financially.
Henrietta aims to progress onto a UCI team in 2018/19 whereupon she will eventually get a salary, equipment support and World Tour race opportunities and her ultimate ambition is to get to the Olympics and become a pro woman cyclist.
When we first heard about Henrietta she was in need of funds to be able to repay her Father for her new race bike. Her old bike, whilst being very well looked after, was very much a ‘weapon of war’ and had been retired to be her training bike. Unfortunately a spot of bad luck hit whilst we were chatting to Henrietta. Her training bike was stolen! Plans changed and Epic Kidz were able to donate £500 to Henrietta to allow her to purchase a new training bike.
We are very much looking forward to watching Henrietta’s cycling career develop. She is definitely one to watch for the future.
At the end of April Epic Events hosted Horwich Triathlon. The event is one of the North Wests longest established races and is a tough little challenge. This year’s event was also the beginning of the Epic Club Championships. A few of you might have spotted their You Tube video where Mr T explained the rules! Together with a huge trophy, the winning club also got to donate £1000 to a cause of their choice. Despite some underhand (or clever) tactics from some of the local triathlon clubs the eventual winner was Tri Preston, a triathlon club based in Preston.
After celebrating their win all evening, Tri Preston eventually decided to support two causes which are close to their members hearts. The first cause was Cluster Headaches. Around 0.2% of the population suffer from Cluster Headaches and it is a lifelong condition which, at present, is incurable. The pain involved is probably one of the most painful conditions known to humans. A £500 donation was made to Ouch UK.
The second cause was the National Autistic Society. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people and how they experience the world around them. Again, a £500 donation was made to the National Autistic Society.
The Epic Club Championships will be run every year in conjunction with Horwich Triathlon and we are very much looking forward to making many more great donations in the future.
The 2nd Seascale Scout Group are a group catering for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the age of 6 -14 in Seascale & the surround areas of West Cumbria. They are an ever growing group of fun and enthusiastic youngsters who, like most scout groups, are always trying new activities whether they be land based or water based, heading off to camp or honing new skills.
The 2nd Seascale Scouts joined Epic Events at their recent Sportive, the Lakeland Loop. The guys and girls manned the food stop at Stanton Bridge, a stones throw away from their headquarters. Anyone who was on the sportive will remember these guys. They didn’t stop running about all day, making sure that all the riders were fully stocked with water, sandwiches, cake, tea/coffee and made sure that they all got a cheer or a round of applause as they set off to tackle the last few hills.
All the Lakeland Loop riders donated generously to the Scouts on the day and the Scouts raised a grand total of £250. Epic Kidz has donated a further £250 to the 2nd Seascale Scout Group to match the efforts of the Lakeland Loop riders and the money will be put to good use by the scouts with the numerous camps organised over the summer months.
The Phoenix Youth project is a modern, forward thinking, engaging and exciting Youth Work Project, working with marginalised and disadvantaged young people aged 8-19 in the deprived areas of Cleator Moor, Frizington and Moor Row in Cumbria.
Annually, the Project works with over 500 different children and young people. They aim to raise aspirations, develop positive behaviour, encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce crime, discriminatory and anti social behaviour.
They are the only dedicated youth provision for 8-19 year olds in the area and thus their work is vital to the young people and the wider community.
During a session, the children get involved in a number of activities. They can use pool tables, table football, table tennis, air hockey, computer consoles, karaoke and various board games. There are also talks about the issues that affect the younger generation such as alcohol and drug use, sexual health and they also offer accreditation such as the Duke of Edinburgh and ASDAN Awards.
The group is funded by donations from various companies and the donation from Epic Kidz of £250 is greatly appreciated and will be put to great use in helping to fund the numerous sessions within the project as a whole.
To find out more about the Phoenix Youth Project, check out their website HERE.
Last weekend was the start of the Epic Lakes Swim Series. The series started off with the Ullswater Epic Swim, based from Glenridding in the Lake District. It was a lovely sunny weekend and with over 500 swimmers on the day, the atmosphere on the field was fun and friendly.
The day wasn’t all about swimming, we also organised a family fete to help raise money for the local primary school in Patterdale. There were “traditional” races such as Welly Wanging, Egg & Spoon and 3 Legged Races. They was a tombola, a coconut shy and a fabulous cake and refreshment stall.
The fete was extremely well supported by all the swimmers and their families and thanks to their generosity and enthusiasm, we raised a grand total of £1500 on the day. Patterdale School are extremely grateful to all the swimmers who supported the fete, got involved in the games, sampled their cakes and helped to raise such a fantastic amount.
In addition to the Patterdale School fete, the Ullswater Swim was also supported by the 2nd Penrith Scout Group. The scouts joined us again for a second year and brought a great group of children over to get involved in helping out the swimmers with timing chips and handing out medals. The children all had a great day supporting the swimmers in their achievements. The 2nd Penrith Scout Leader did mention that most of them had spent all of their pocket money on the coconut shy during the day though!
The Scouts are currently fundraising to be able to purchase a new set of tents. Their old set of tents are quite tired are no longer fit for purpose and they hope to replace them ready for the summer camp season.
Epic Kidz has donated £500 to the 2nd Penrith Scout Group to help them with their fundraising efforts so they can take the group camping this summer.