Fast Hitch Athlete Update – Abbie Dawson

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Last May the Dave Hitchen Fund gave a grant to talented gymnast, Abbie Dawson. Abbie had successfully obtained a place on the Senior Womens Gymnastic Team and went on to represent Great Britain at the European Team Gymnastics Championships in Slovenia last October.

Abbie already has a British Gymnastics gold medal and was hoping to also get a European gold with her team.

Abbie went to Slovenia on 10th October as part of the Senior Womens Gymnastics Team. The team qualified in 6th place overall and made it to the final on 15th October. Unfortunately for the whole team, they didn’t bring any medals home however they did do their Country proud by reaching the finals and competing against the very best teams in Europe. The whole competition was also streamed live as the sport is very popular in Nordic countries.

Abbie’s aim for the future is to qualify for the GB team at the next European Championships in 2018.

Abbie and her parents have thanked everyone for their support. Abbie would not have been able to fulfil her dream if it wasn’t for the support and funding from the Dave Hitchen Fund.

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£615 to the 1st Oswaldtwistle Scout Group

1st Oswaldtwistle Scout Group is one of the oldest Scout Groups in the UK. They are a small but really active troop, taking part in activities such as building go-kossy-scoutsarts, helping out at nature reserves and taking part in pedal-a-thons. They actively fundraise to help keep their scout group going with things like bag packing at supermarkets, recycling and much more. The scout group take part in numerous outdoor activities, weekend trips and will attend camps quite regularly but unfortunately their scout tent has seen better days.

Epic Kidz donated £615 to the 1st Oswaldtwistle Scout Group to allow them to purchase a brand new Troop Tent which will last them for many years to come.

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£500 donated to Broughton Primary School

This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the past few months we have been blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the series has come from Gail, the owner of the Seathwaite Checkpoint, the first checkpoint on the Lakeland 100 course. Gail has chosen Broughton Primary School to receive her £500 donation

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Broughton C of E Primary School is a very small, friendly, caring school based in Broughton in Furness. They have 67 children at the school that are taught in 3 classes. They are currently involved in a massive push to get children more active and leading a healthy lifestyle. The Epic Kidz/Lakeland 100 Competitors donation of £500 will be spent primarily on funding the introduction of a new school project called “Sparkstart 100 mile Challenge”. The challenge is aimed at getting all the children active and completing 100 miles on foot, bike or by swimming. The donation will be used to buy the starter packs, posters and certificates as well as to buy extra resources and equipment to help the children meet the challenge.

Broughton Primary School said “many thanks for the kind donation which will hopefully help build a school of super fit, super healthy children (and parents)”

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£1250 to 1st Grange & Cartmel Scout Group

1st Grange & Cartmel Scout Group is a big Scout Group with well over 100 youngsters aged between 6 and 14 together with a small unit of Explorer Scouts aged 14 to 18. They have 20+ leaders working with the young people and around the same again who help look after all the equipment, maintenance of the scout base, trustees and fund raisers.

Scouting places great store on helping young people become self-reliant. Food is frequently a key part of their activities. Just last month the Scouts turned their Scout Hut into the Great British Bake Off Tent where they made their own cookies, pizza bases, sandwiches, fruit kebabs and much more.

The Scouts also regularly get outdoors hiking or camping as well as overnight stays at places like the Sealife Centre. There is something going on almost every day of the week which keeps this Scout Group extremely busy. Scout 2

Because of the size of the Group, they need to continually invest in equipment as their numbers grow as they are one of the largest Scout Groups in Cumbria.

Thanks to the kind generosity of the Cumbrian Cracker Cycle Sportive participants, the donations at the Scout food stop added up to a grand total of £621.15.

To thank all the riders for digging deep, Epic Kidz matched the riders donation and then rounded it up to bring the total amount raised to £1250. This will really help the scouts keep their equipment working and up to date as well as helping with future trips such as their planned trip to Derbyshire in the near future.

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£500 donated to Great North Air Ambulance

This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the coming few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the series has come from Jane Macauliffe, the owner of the Howtown Checkpoint located on both the Lakeland 100 & 50 course. Jane has chosen the Great North Air Ambulance to receive her £500 donation.

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The Great North Air Ambulance Service operates three helicopters, 365 days a year across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The crews respond to around 1000 call outs each year and there are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics on board the aircrafts who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene. The service is funded by the general public and it must raise around £4.5 million a year to keep their three helicopters in the sky.

You can find out more about the GNAAS, make a donation or get fundraising ideas from their website http://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk. You can also follow their activities on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GNairambulance.

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£495 donated to Oswaldtwistle Short Stay School

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Oswaldtwistle Short Stay School is a school that educates some of the most vulnerable children within the secondary school system. They take on children who have been excluded from secondary mainstream schools, are on the point of exclusion or are unable to attend mainstream schools for medical reasons.

The school was originally designed as a tech college in the 1910s, it then became an annex for the local secondary school and has also been a primary school in the past. Because of the schools design, they don’t have any PE facilities in the school. There is no large gym area or playing field at the school and, as a result, the school has to allocate a lot of their budget towards the provision of PE facilities (in excess of £10,000 per year). The only available facilities the school has is a dining room and a small outdoor playground area which cannot be used often, due to its position and lack of sunlight, as it develops a lot of moss.

Despite the limitations of the building, the school still provides various PE options for its pupils, such as outdoor education, gym, football, badminton, table tennis, swimming etc. They also have two “drop out days” where the pupils are taken off the school timetable to do something that they have never experienced before e.g. walking at Malham Tarn or activity days at Hothersall Lodge. The school is also currently in the process of developing a martial arts & boxing provision for the children and they were in need of equipment to be able to do this. Epic Kidz donated £495 to allow the school to purchase all the required boxing equipment.

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£500 to Lake District Mountain Rescue

This year the Montane Lakeland 100 competitors have raised in excess of £42,000.00 for Epic Kidz. The Lakeland 100 event has a huge and dedicated team of hard working volunteers and this year we have asked all of the checkpoint owners and checkpoint managers from the event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the coming few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by the Lakeland 100 family.

Our next donation in the series has come from Caroline Smith (North Country Leisure). Caroline has managed the Seathwaite checkpoint for a number of years now and it is the first checkpoint on the Lakeland 100 course. Caroline has chosen the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association to receive her £500 donation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe LDSAMRA is the umbrella body for mountain rescue teams based in Cumbria. They have 12 member teams that cover the Lake District and Cumbria and are solely funded by voluntary contributions. They provide a vital service to the whole area whether it be simple safety advice for walking in the mountains to rescuing individuals who have had accidents, often in quite inhospitable and hard to reach places.

You can read about the Mountain Rescue via their website and keep up to date with their daily activities via their facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/lakedistrictsearchandmountainrescueassociation

http://www.ldsamra.org.uk

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