£500 donated to the Eden Group, Riding for the Disabled Association

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

This weeks donation goes to the Eden Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association.  They were nominated by the owners of the Howtown checkpoint which is the first checkpoint that the Lakeland 50 runners get to after setting off from Dalemain.

Eden RDA 1aThe RDA horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. They have a network of  volunteer groups which organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people. They have been carrying out life-changing activities for over 40 years with the help of over 18,000 volunteers and instructors.

The £500 Epic Kidz donation has been sent to the Eden Group section of the RDA and it will be used to purchase a new mounting block. The Eden Group have around 20 children from various primary schools who ride once a week in term time together with some older pupils from the local Community College and around 8 adults. The Eden Group try to make the sessions fun as well as teaching them riding skills. All their helpers are volunteers and they are always looking for more people to join the team.

You can find out more about the RDA and the numerous groups around the country, how to get involved or volunteer for them HERE.

 

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£500 Dave Hitchen Grant to Amy Gornall

Amy 2aWe have been following the career of upcoming youth rider Amy Gornall for a few years now. Whilst we have been following her journey, she has been North West Regional Champion twice and represented the North West & Wales. Last year she was aiming to race more on the continent to gain the necessary experience racing in the next tier up from National level in the UK.

This season Amy is looking to defend both her Welsh Time Trial & Road Race Championship titles. She is looking to focus on Time Trials and wants to put a good performance Amy 1atogether for the National TT Championships. Alongside her Time Trial goals, she also wants to race abroad in the summer.

The travel costs alone to get up and down the country and abroad are astronomical together with the added costs of race entries. Epic Kidz has donated £500 to Amy from the Dave Hitchen Fund to help her with her increasing travel costs and help support her race entry fees for the upcoming season.

We look forward to following Amy’s progress.

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£500 donation to Skem Men-Aces F.C.

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation comes from the team that manage the Dockray checkpoint. Dave Ralphs & his Newburgh Nomads keep this checkpoint going throughout the early hours of Saturday morning and they are never without a smile. The Dockray team have nominated the Skem Men-Aces Football Club to receive a £500 Epic Kidz donation.Skem Menaces

Skem Men-Aces Football Club is a football team for people with learning disabilities based in Skelmersdale. The team was formed in July 2009 and already has a squad of over 40 members. The club has had tremendous success since forming. They have featured on TV, local radio and in the newspapers, they won a SILVER MEDAL at the Special Olympics in 2013 and have won many volunteer awards. The Skem Men-Aces team is unique to the North West area and, as a result, they travel all over the country to compete in competitions which has resulted in a very full trophy cabinet. For many of their athletes, the club is the only thing they have in their lives and their smiles after a match is something fabulous to see.

The Skem Men-Aces were completely blown away by the Epic Kidz donation of £500. They are constantly looking for ways and means to find the necessary funds in order to be able to keep this successful football club on its continuing road to success and to ultimately offer each team member new and exciting opportunities that they would not normally get. The £500 donation will be put to great use as the team are taking 6 lads over to Belfast for a 3 day football tournament. Some of these lads have never traveled outside Skelmersdale so it will be a huge experience for them.

Skem Men-Aces have thanked Dave & the Nomads for the super gesture in nominating them and to everyone who has raised funds for Epic Kidz to allow them to receive the fabulous support.

You can read more about Skem Men-Aces HERE.

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£500 donation to The Family Drop In Group

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

The next donation was nominated by Ambleside Parish Hall (affectionately known as checkpoint 12 to our Lakeland 100 & 50 runners). Ambleside Parish Hall nominated The Family Drop In group to receive their donation.

family_drop_in aThe Family Drop In has been running for 1 year now and meets every Monday afternoon from 1-3pm during term time. A team of volunteers give their time to set up at Ambleside Parish Hall, serve refreshments and provide support to local families. There are at least 2 volunteers at each session. The group is attended by around 10 local families with an age range from 0-60 (ish) as Grandparents are just as involved as the Parents.

The group host a number of activities for younger children, some of the favourites being play dough and craft sessions. Alongside these activities the parents are given a chance to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and talk or receive support from other parents & the volunteers. Once a term, a Nursery Assistant from the local school comes to read a story.

The Family Drop In Group have thanked all the people who contributed towards the £500 donation which will go a long way in helping to support the running of the group.

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£500 to the Old School, Buttermere

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

ButtermereOur next donation in our Lakeland 100 series comes from the owners of the Buttermere checkpoint. This little checkpoint is visited by the Lakeland 100 runners over the Friday evening of the race. It is situated in the Old School at the base of Newlands Pass, overlooking Buttermere. The small school had 6 pupils attending in the 1800’s!

The checkpoint owners have asked for their donation to go towards improving access to the Old School. Anyone who has seen this beautiful little building will know that it is situated on a grassy slope which is extremely slippy when wet, especially at night. The Old School want to upgrade their path to the building to make it safer for visitors by installing a path of slate chippings. The Epic Kidz/Lakeland 100 donation of £500 will go a long way towards helping with this upgrade.

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£500 donated to support William Horrocks 12 in 12 challenge

12 months ago William Horrocks decided he wanted to raise as much money as he possibly could for Bolton Hospice, in memory of his late Father, Brian, and his good friends late wife Alison Brady. He decided he would challenge himself to run 12 marathons in 12 months with the aim of raising £2000.

wonka aStarting in January, William, affectionately known as Wonka, kicked off his challenge in Liverpool, shortly following this up with the challenging Grizedale Trail 26 marathon in February. Not being one to pick “nice” marathons, William went on to complete Windermere, Hell of a Hill & Bolton Ironman to name just a few, and his final marathon was in Lanzarote at the start of December.

With the fantastic support of his friends, family and the guys & girls at his triathlon club, Team Deane, William has broken his £2000 target with a total raised to date of £2665.60.

Epic Kidz has donated £500 to support William and Bolton Hospice. Well done on completing your EPIC challenge.

If anyone would like to make a donation and say well done to William on completing his 12 in 12 you can do so via his Just Giving page HERE.

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£500 to the Blencathra Centre

The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the Lakeland 100 donation series has come from The Blencathra Centre who are kind enough to allow us to use their Centre as the base for one of our Lakeland 100 checkpoints.

BlencathraThe Blencathra Centre has a national reputation for fieldwork and was established by the Field Studies Council in 1993. The main building is a former Sanatorium which was converted into the field centre in 1993. The Blencathra Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental educational charity which provides informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore and understand the environment. They are an independent charity that receives no core revenue or funding from statutory sources and therefore rely on fees paid by visitors and on the generosity of donors to finance the activities at the centre.

The Blencathra Centre has been fundraising for a couple of years to have a defibrillator installed. The cost of the defibrillator is around £1600 and they are currently at £800. The £500 donation will be put towards this fundraising cause so that they can get a defibrillator installed as soon as possible. It will be a huge benefit, not only to the many visitors at the Centre but also the many walkers (& runners) who pass by daily.

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