We heard about Ashton Hayes Primary School through the legendary Delamere Spartans. The primary school have been undertaking a challenge to get their staff and pupils more active. Without the need for PE kit & trainers, every child and all staff members at the school go out every day into the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. The challenge is not competitive and most children cover a mile each day. It is something that is done separately to the schools PE lessons and is aimed at encouraging and improving the children’s physical, social, emotional & mental health & wellbeing.
Unfortunately, due to the poor weather over the winter months, the 1 mile route that the school had marked out became extremely muddy and was proving to be difficult to walk/run on (plus a lot of unwanted washing).
To avoid the mud, the children were completing a different mile route but this was around a dull & uninspiring playground. The school actively searched for a solution so that the children could get back out into the school grounds again but the solution was going to cost £7000.
The school is now actively fundraising to raise £7000 to create an all-weather path around the school grounds. This will mean that the children will be able to do their 15 minutes of daily exercise every day throughout winter next year, enjoy everything the school grounds has to offer and avoid the boring playground.
Epic Kidz have donated £250 towards their fundraising efforts which currently stands at £1270.00. If anyone would like to donate to this great cause, you can do so via the schools Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ashton-hayes
Leyland Warriors Rugby Club were founded in 1993 and have been based from their current site in Leyland since 2014. Since that time, they have developed significantly, running 18 teams for players of all ages and abilities with hundreds of junior members.
Their most important development was their clubhouse, which was opened in late 2015 and provided their members with sufficient changing rooms and a post match location. In addition, the clubhouse is also used regularly to host primary and secondary school competitions.
In the early morning hours of 11th May, a fire broke out which left the clubhouse gutted and the Rugby Club with a £9000 repair bill. The club vowed to take the setback in their stride, not let the arsonists win and subsequently went on to raise £300 within the first 4 hours of their fundraising efforts. The local community and the rugby community rallied together and the club have, to date, raised over £3500 via their Just Giving page.
Epic Kidz have donated £1000 to Leyland Warriors to help with the repairs to their clubhouse and hope that the clubhouse will be up and running again soon.
We ran a competition recently for a free entry into the Southport Half Marathon & 10k. Our winner Lisa Laforte was overjoyed and then went on to tell us her story. She’s running the 10k to raise funds for ‘cuddle cots’.
Lisa and her partner Mark were devastated when they lost their newborn son Thomas in 2015. Thanks to a “cuddle cot” they were given a few precious hours with him. The cuddle cots are refrigerated cribs that allow stillborn babies to stay with their parents for a while and cost £1600 each.
The Wigan couple are embarking on a number of walks and runs to raise money to provide “cuddle cots” to all grieving parents who need them.
When we heard of the couple and their fundraising efforts, we were immediately touched by their story. As a result we’ve donated £1600 to allow the couple to purchase a cuddle cot. So far the couple have raised in excess of £4400.00 which will help so many other couples.
You can read more about Mark & Lisa’s story and support their fund raising efforts here https://www.gofundme.com/thomass-cuddle-cot-for-wigan
Last year Epic Kidz gave a Dave Hitchen Grant to Savannah Morgan. She started off as a 10 year old in the field of triathlon however soon discovered she had great ability on the bike. She had a go at some local crit races and then the Dolan series and CDNW races. By 2015, Savannah had won the Dolan series, competed in the Youth Tour of Scotland and was picked for the Hoy Future Stars races.
In 2016, 16 year old Savanah wanted to progress to 2-3 day races but was struggling to keep up with the competition due to her lack of a time trial bike. Her family were unable to purchase a TT bike as they had already purchased a road bike for the forthcoming season as well as the race entry fees and travel expenses associated with racing up and down the country.
The Dave Hitchen Fund stepped in and provided a grant to allow Savannah to buy her needed TT bike.
Fast forward to 2017, Savannah has made her road time trial debut in the UCI nations cup at the Omloop Van Borsele in the Netherlands. Unfortunately for Savannah she picked up food poisoning after this stage so was unable to compete in stage 2 after being pulled from the start line due to vomiting.
Savannah says that “the trip wouldn’t have been possible without the Dave Hitchen funding to help with the purchase of the Time Trial bike” and she will keep us all updated with her results and progress in future races.
We first came across Amy Gornall (big sister to Rhiannon from our blog last week) last year. She had been racing on the road for 6 years and had been North West Regional Champion twice as well as representing the North West & Wales. The Dave Hitchen Fund provided Amy with a grant to help towards her travel costs for the upcoming year so that she could continue to race up and down the country and gain enough experience to eventually be able to race abroad.
Amy’s 2016 season started well with some good results but unfortunately it was soon overshadowed by injury. Eventually, by September, she was back on the road to recovery and by Christmas she was back training with endless sessions in the gym.
Amy is now on her 7th season of racing and is riding for Podium Ambition. She is back racing again and wants to be able to race on the continent this year to gain experience riding in the next tier up from National level in the UK. She hopes to ride more races in the European circuit, as well as to perform well in the National Series races.
The Dave Hitchen Fund has given Amy a £500 grant to assist with the ever increasing travel costs of getting up and down the country racing as well as abroad on the European circuit.
You can keep up to date with Amy’s racing via her website http://www.amygornall.com.
2 years ago we were introduced to Rhiannon Gornall. She was 15 years old, studying for her GCSE’s and riding competitively in the North West Road League and the National Series. The Dave Hitchen Fund provided Rhiannon with a £500 grant to help with her travel costs for the year so that she could continue to race up and down the country.
Rhiannon’s cycling has been improving year upon year. In 2016 she raced nationally, on the North West Youth Tour and the Youth Tour of Scotland (where she finished 9th overall).
Her goals for 2017 are to gain experience racing at women’s national level in the U.K. as well as racing abroad. The Dave Hitchen Fund has provided Rhiannon with a £500 grant to help her with the travel costs so that she can race internationally as well as in the U.K.
1st Appleby Scout Group are the friendly faces that feed the Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive riders every March. They have become a regular feature at the Appleby food stop and are getting a reputation for fantastic sandwiches and a mean cup of coffee.
Thanks to the generosity of the Eden Valley Sportive riders, the scouts raised the grand total of £613, almost double the amount that was raised last year.
The scouts rely on this fundraising to be able to keep their group running, take the children on trips and camp, as well as undertaking a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.
Epic Kidz have added a further £613 to the funds raised, bringing the total donation from the Eden Valley Epic riders to £1226.
This is a fantastic amount and it is greatly appreciated by 1st Appleby Scout Group. The group have been in dire need of some new tents to allow the scouts to go camping, attend camps and other overnight activities. The funds raised will allow the Scouts to purchase some brand new tents which will last them for years to come.