Archive for November, 2016

£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.

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http://www.ldsamra.org.uk

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£500 donated to Nothing Is Impossible

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 Dave Ralphs. Dave is the man behind the Dockray checkpoint and it’s team of Newburgh Nomads. Located at the end of the Old Coach Road, Dave’s checkpoint is a welcome sight for the 100 runners and is their last stop before reaching the half way point at Dalemain. Dave has chosen the Nothing Is Impossible Trust to receive his £500 donation.

nothing-is-impossibleThe Nothing is Impossible Project works with vunerable children and children with disabilities and is based from the Mickii Edwards Fitness Centre in Oswaldtwistle. They are a not for profit organisation and all the fundraising they do goes straight back into the project. NII do a lot of work in their local community. They put on free therapy sessions for anybody in the Hynburn area who has addictions and they employ therapists and psychologists to help with this. They also work with disabled children who are overweight, usually children with downs syndrome, cerabal palsey and autism. They do free exercise and conditioning sessions to suit each child’s needs, with some children doing sessions 3 times a week. They also have 37 people with them who currently have or had cancer where they offer free sessions to help try to change their diet to support them during and after their treatment. As well as all this, they also run a gymnastics group for abled bodied children who are disadvantaged or suffer with addictions.

The £500 donation from Epic Kidz will help to fund a trip the NII Project have organised to take a group of disabled and able bodied group of children up Snowden. Without the help of the NII Project, the children would probably never get the chance to visit Snowden.

You can follow the Nothing is Impossible Project via their facebook page and we will update you soon with pictures and news of the children’s trip to Snowden.

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£500 donated to The Brick Project

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 The Endurance Store. Angela & her legendary team run the checkpoint at Dalemain. Located on the beautiful Dalemain Estate, their checkpoint is the half way point for the 100 runners and the starting point for the 50 runners. Resembling a makeshift field hospital and stocked with their famous stash of pick & mix, they look after the weary 100 runners and encourage them out onto the 2nd half of the route towards home.  Angela has chosen The Brick Project to receive her £500 donation.

The Brick is a small project that is heavily supported by volunteers but delivers big results for the community it serves in Wigan. It provides a safe, solid building block for people in crisis to begin to construct a new life and become valuable members of society. The organisation seeks not just to help get individuals and families out of crisis but to transform lives through training and work-experience opportunities that lead to real independence.epic-kidz-xmas-hamper

Epic Kidz have donated £500 to The Brick Project which will be used to supply items for children in their Christmas hampers, such as toys, games, chocolates, clothing etc and will make a real difference to those families that would otherwise not be able to provide such items for their children.

Kathleen Pitt, CEO of The Brick Project has thanked Epic Kidz & The Lakeland 100 competitors for the donation. “This will make a massive difference to the familes that receive one of our hampers, whom, without your generosity would not be able to provide the Christmas every child should be able to enjoy“.

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