Archive for September, 2015

Donation of a set of stackable cushions to Upholland Library


cushion picEpic Kidz have donated a set of stackable Elmer Cushions to Upholland Library for the use by the children in the library.

The library offers a number of activities such as toddler rhyme time sessions, a reading group and craft sessions.  The cushions will make the area a pleasant and comfortable place to sit and join into the activities or to just stay and read a book.

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£500 to Amy Gornall from The Dave Hitchen Fund

dave hitch fund picAmy Gornall (big sister to Rhiannon from our earlier blog) is 19 years old and has been racing on the road for 6 years.  Throughout the past few years she has been North West Regional Champion twice, represented the North West and Wales and has also achieved a bronze medal in the Junior National Road Championships in 2013 and 2014.

The Dave Hitchen Fund has provided Amy with £500 to help support her aspirations to become a professional road cyclist.

Amy tells us “all the support I get is greatly appreciated. To gain enough experience to move to world level I need to race abroad, which comes at a price. I fully enjoy my cycling. It’s a fantastic way to see the world while competing in an amazing sport, which is growing each year.

You can keep up to date with Amy’s racing via her website



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£500 to Rhiannon Gornall from The Dave Hitchen Fund

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Rhiannon Gornall has been competitively racing for 2 years and enjoys racing on the road.  She is a 15 year old girl who is currently in her GCSE year at school.  Despite the pressures of school and GCSE’s, Rhiannon has been representing the North West this year and is currently leading the North West Road League with only 1 round to go.

She has to travel up and down the county to ride National Series races to include going to the Isle of Man and recently finished 12th overall in the Scarborough National Series Race 2015.

The Dave Hitchen Fund has provided Rhiannon with £500 to help her pursue her dream of progressing through the Junior ranks and the Under 23’s and ultimately to become a professional cyclist.


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Niamha Albones, support from Dave Hitchen Fund

The most recent person to receive support from the Dave Hitchen fund is Niamha Albones, from Anfield, liverpool. IMG_0791Riding for Liverpool Century, Niamha has already proved herself a champion on the road and on the track at the young age of 12 years! This winter she will be racing the North West Cyclo Cross League to further build on her successes in 2016. The Dave Hitchen fund stepped in to supply a cyclocross bike, to help her on her way to great things. Good luck for this winter and the seasons ahead, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about her in the future!! She’s pictured with Jon Cheshire of Formby Cycles who helped us to supply the Specialized Crux E5. Click on the picture to see in more detail!

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£1250 to VCUK from Dave Hitchen Fund

The VCUK Inspire Racing Team was established in 2014 ready to start racing in the 2015 season. The team is now dh1approaching the end of the first season and the journey through the season has been fantastic. Five riders (Daniel Gibson, Tom Ashcroft, Lewis Hartley, Luke Cheetham and Halley Woods) have travelled wide and far competing in youth level Cyclo-Cross, Road and Track cycling events. This year the lads have had many regional wins and placings on the podium and have raced both nationally and internationally in Scotland, The Isle of Man, Ireland and Belgium.

The Dave Hitchen Fund has provided £1250 to send 5 riders to compete in the youth tour of Scotland in April 2016. Team manager Jerrod Hartley thanked Epic Kidz charity and told us: “We are very grateful for the funding received by from the Dave Hitchen Fund and can assure everyone that the funding will be put to good use!” He went further to say “These lads are extremely talented and it’s great that they are given such an opportunity to pursue their cycling dreams!”


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£250 to Hawkshead Christmas Fair

hawkeshead fairThe Hawkshead Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December 2015. It is a well received annual event for Hawkeshead and the surrounding areas. With their famous lantern parade and the traditional carol singing the atmosphere is wonderful and it is very popular for both locals and visitors alike. There are over 50 indoor and outdoor craft/gift stalls, street entertainers, local food and ale, street music all day and a beer festival. There are also children’s entertainers, workshops and activities aimed at children specifically together with the traditional Santa’s Grotto. This year there will also be the addition of a climbing wall together with an ice rink for the children to be able to use.

The money donated by Epic Kidz will be put towards the cost of hiring the ice rink for the fair and will bring a real family, Christmas atmosphere to Hawkshead.

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£250 donated to The Joshua Tree

Joshua TreeThe Joshua Tree is a local charity that is close to the heart of the Delamere Spartans (the wonderful Lakeland 100 Mardale Checkpoint volunteers), and one that a number of runners from their club have supported through sponsorship for their own running events.

It offers support for the families affected by the devastating experience of childhood cancer, it ensures that any child affected by cancer receives support in achieving the best academic, social and emotional outcomes both in and out of the school environment.

The donation of £250 will go towards purchasing new toys and play sets for the children’s playgroup.

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