Archive for September, 2016

£500 donation to The Island (York)

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.

The next one of our Lakeland 100 related donations comes from Tim Taylor (aka Mr Chia Charge) who not only supplies the Lakeland 100 runners with chia seed filled flapjack goodness but also runs the checkpoint affectionately known as Howdy Town (Howtown). Tim has nominated The Island to receive his £500 donation.

The Island has been operating since August 2007 and offers support to vulnerable 8-13 islandyork-picyear olds in York who are struggling to cope at home, school or in the wider community, or who are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives. The Island links these young people with volunteer mentors whom they meet with on a weekly basis over the course of a year. The mentoring allows them to develop a supportive, ongoing relationship whilst providing them with the undivided attention they need to increase their confidence and self-esteem. They participate in recreational activities and help the children to move forward in their lives.

The £500 Epic Kidz donation given on behalf of the Lakeland 100 competitors will go towards supporting The Islands two clubs (North & South Island), enabling them to buy equipment and games for the children/young people to enjoy whilst attending the clubs.

Read more about The Island at http://www.theislandyork.org

Follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheIslandMentoring

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£500 to The Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust

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.

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The third donation in our series has come from The Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust who look after the Lakeland 100 checkpoint based in the tiny village of Boot. This checkpoint is located by a beautiful watermill which has been in existence for over 3000 years. The mill had been a working mill right up until 1930’s when the then owner, Ned Bibby, died aged 78. His daughter installed a small generator and closed the mill doors, leaving everything intact. It is believed that this act actually helped preserve the mill as a piece of working history. The mill was subsequently bought by the County Council, conserved and opened to the public in 1976. 30 years later The Eskdale Mill and Heritage Trust was formed by local people in response to the proposed disposal of the watermill by the Council in 2006. The Trust is run by volunteers dedicated to the mills continued operation.

Volunteers help give guided tours around the mill and one of the ambitions of the trust is to train more volunteers in a whole range of skills to keep the mill open for the future.

Epic Kidz have made a £500 donation to the Trust to support their hard work in keeping this beautiful hidden gem working for future generations.

You can read all about the Trust and the mill HERE.

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£500 to Vale of Lorton Community First Responders

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 Lakeland 100 donation series has come from the team who are responsible for the day to day running of the Buttermere checkpoint. The little white hall is a much welcome sight to the Lakeland 100 runners after they have struggled and conquered Black Sail Pass, usually in darkness. The team have requested their donation goes to the Vale of Lorton Community First Responders Group.

The CFR Group has been runnicfr-pic-2ng for over 10 years. Over the past couple of years the Group have been actively fundraising to install public access defibrillators in their local areas. The concept is based on the premise that modern defibrillators can be used by anyone, not just by trained paramedics. The Group also provide training on using the defibrillators and CPR to anyone in the Valley who is interested so that they can help not only someone in Buttermere but also anywhere around the country.

Having already funded and installed two public access defibs in Buttermere and Loweswater over the past two years, their current project is to install one in Lorton. They are working with the Community Heartbeat Trust and it will be the last one installed in the area under their auspices. The new defibrillator will cost £1850 to purchase and install and the £500 Epic Kidz donation will go towards this. The defib should be up and running by the end of October, following which the Group aims to provide training sessions for anyone who would be interested.

You can read more about the CFR Group HERE

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Niamha Albones kicks of the CX season with a win

Back in September 2015 the Dave Hitchen Fund gave a grant to 12 year old Niamha Albones so that she could get a cyclocross bike ready for the 2015 winter league. Niamha had already proven herself a champion on the road and track and was riding for Liverpool Century.

Niamhniamhaa is still going from strength to strength and has opened the new cyclocross season with a win at Hoghton Tower last weekend. The course was brutal and unforgiving. The race was tough but Niamha worked hard. Despite coming off on a tarmac corner, she swiftly remounted still managed to finish 1st girl in the under 14 category.

Niamha is definitely one to watch for the future!

The Dave Hitchen Fund was established to help support talented athletes within the North West with the potential to compete at an elite level in their chosen sport. In particular, the fund supports those families who do not have sufficient income to cover things like event entries, race equipment, travel expenses, training costs etc.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a grant from the Fund please send a written application by email to epickidz@epicevents.co.uk

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£500 to St Benedicts Hospice/Marie Curie Cancer Care

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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.

We are kicking off the first of our Lakeland 100 related donations with the legendary Sunderland Strollers who man the Wasdale checkpoint, also known as the Stroller Disco, a late night secret club for Lakeland 100 runners. Their dedication to their checkpoint theme knows no bounds and they get better every year.

The Strollers decided to undertake a huge challenge to celebrate their Stroller member/Olympic GB marathon athlete Aly Dixon heading to the Rio Olympics. They decided to raise money for two charities close to their hearts, St Benedict’s Hospice (based in Sunderland) and Marie Curie Cancer Care. strollers

The Strollers decided that on the 26.2 days before and leading up to Aly’s race 226 teams would cover 26.2 miles to support her and raise funds for their chosen charities. Aly would then finish off with the final marathon at the Olympics.

They have raised in excess of £3000 and are hoping to ultimately break the £5900 mark.

Epic Kidz/The Lakeland 100 competitors have donated £500 to support their efforts and wish them all the very best of luck in reaching their fundraising target.

You can follow their fundraising HERE and find out more about them HERE.

 

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£1000 to The Exchange Creative Community

The Exchange Creative Community are a not for profit company based in Morecambe. They aim to provide opportunities for people to try new things, connect with others, enjoy their surroundings and become an active part of the local community. They also seek to promote local talent by selling locally made art to help raise funds to deliver creative workshops which are free to access for the local community.

Epic Kidz have donated £1000 to The Exchange so that they can run a drop in based ek-picworkshop each month, providing a regular creative opportunity for the community where participants can take away something that they have made. Similar to the bug making, jelly fish and fish on sticks workshops that can be seen in the blog on their website ( http://www.theexchangecic.co.uk ) these proposed workshops will be fully accessible and engaging for all members of the family.

The added exciting and quite special part for The Exchange moving forward is that they plan to use imagery of the creations made in these workshops to launch The Exchange CIC product range. The ideas are things like a limited run of tea towels, bags or screenprints inspired by the ‘fish on sticks’ artwork and a run of tin mugs or stickers with images of the bugs on. These products will then be available to purchase online and in their gallery/gift shop with profits from all sales going back into the organisation and likely creating more workshops! Above all, and most importantly, people accessing the workshops and purchasing said gifts get to see the creations transformed and the legacy of the project live on.

Find out more about the work that The Exchange do via their website and facebook page:

http://www.theexchangecic.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/exchangecic

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Photograph credit: Johnny Bean @BeanPhoto

 

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£250 to 1st Sedbergh Scouts

sedbergh-scouts1st Sedbergh Scout Group is part of the Kentdale District and was established in 1973. The group have headquarters in the picturesque town of Sedbergh.

The group currently has a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop. They have a mix of boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 14 together with an active group of volunteers and leaders to help run the group.

The scout group is extremely active and have taken part in activities ranging from helping to build a beacon at the top of Winder Fell for the Queens 90th birthday to developing their nautical skills on the open water. They volunteer at numerous events to include the local Sedbergh Gala which takes place in May every year.

As well as keeping active in the outdoors the scouts also attend organised scouting camps to meet other scouting groups from around the country.

The donation of £250 from Epic Kidz will be used to help fund their scout camps and outdoor activities.

 

 

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