We wish every success to our half-marathon runners this morning. Philip Styles, Bill Clark and Chris Bevan are all running the Bath Half Marathon for Jemima’s Gift and we are very grateful to them all for their very brave efforts. Be assured that we will be thinking of you, and wishing you Godspeed.
Today we have been reflecting on the first year of Jemima’s Gift. Although such a sad and difficult year in so many ways, running Jemima’s Gift has been a real inspiration for us and for our supporters. We have been able, with the generous help of friends, colleagues, family and many people whom we had not met before, to spend over £33,000 in gifts to enable children and young people to get the most out of life.
It is a real comfort to think of all the music, sport, activity and learning which we have been able to facilitate, not the mention the new friendships kindled and the sheer fun of getting out and doing something new.
In the next few weeks we will let you know about some of our recently promised gifts; a beautiful white double bass for a young and very talented musician, a suitable alto sax mouthpiece and a supply of reeds for a music student aspiring to a career in music, IT equipment to provide learning support to a child entering secondary school and finally, something that we only dreamed we might be able to achieve; a bursary to enable a child to attend Calder House School. I think we all know what Jemima would think of that!
One of the most inspiring aspects of Jemima’s Gift has been watching so many of you think of ways in which you can fund raise yourselves, and in doing so discover hidden talents and abilities. In particular we congratulate the new runners who are about to compete at half-marathon level, all those who will sing in a full choral work for the first time next weekend, the sky-divers, cake-bakers, cyclists, patch-work quilters, actors, singers, music-makers, long-distance walkers and many, many more.
There are so many events coming up too. We are honoured to benefit form Bath’s Midsummer Ball in June, Annabel will be running a twelve-hour music marathon in August and we have just found out that in March and April we will be named as one of Asda’s “Green Token Charities” in a local store! We never anticipated such a success with Jemima’s Gift, but then we never anticipated being in this position at all.
Jemima had many gifts, her sunny smile lit up a room as soon as she came into it, she was always cheerful, always loving, always caring and ready to put the needs of other ahead of her own. She never wasted a moment, but filled every day with fun for herself and those who were lucky enough to know her. Now she has left us with this gift, the gift of sharing something of that love and joie de vivre with others. Thank you for helping us to do just that.
The donations have started arriving Naomi, so you can be sure that your efforts are already making a difference to children who need financial support to make the most of life. Thank you for your support and we wish you the very best for the big day.
It is very impressive that so many people are prepared to take up a challenge like this to support us in our work to get children and young people out there doing fabulous things. We are constantly amazed by the commitment and determination shown, and the money that is raised as a result. If you would like to start running – check out the NHS Change for Life “Couch 2 5K” app for your ipod or iphone!
Or if running doesn’t appeal, maybe you could think about other ways to get up off the sofa and do something fun and different to help us to raise money to help children to get the most out of the arts, sport or education. You’ll be glad you did!
Colerne Parish Church are holding a “Come and Sing” event in St John the Baptist Church on Saturday March 1st.
Rehearsals start at 2pm and there will be a performance for friends and family at 6pm.
Faure’s Requiem is an exquisitely beautiful choral work and a particular favourite of Karen’s. If you would like to join in please let Reverend Dr Janet Anderson-Mackenzie know by ‘phoning 01224 744458 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be helpful for her to know which voice you would like to sing – soprano, alto, tenor or bass. It will also help to know numbers so that there will be plenty of cake for the tea-break!
There will be a retiring collection in aid of Jemima’s Gift, for which we are extremely grateful.
Many thanks to Celia Mike for organising such a great event in aid of Jemima’s Gift last Sunday.
Children in Colerne entered 19 home made puddings into a very high standard competition. There were first and second prizes for under 9′s and over 9′s along with a tasting competition for the competitors whilst the highly qualified judges made their decisions.
Jemima’s Gift provided a very competent panel of judges; Tim, Olivia, Annabel & Sam. They embraced their role with diligence and a degree of relish, looking for style, originality, design and, of course, taste.
In the end the decision was unanimous and prizes were awarded for an exquisite lemon roulade, a very beautiful star shaped raspberry yoghurt dessert, a raspberry meringue and a treacle tart (judged by Sam to be “exceptionally good”, and I’m told he is an expert!).
All in all everybody had a wonderful time and apparently all the competitors were given a spoon and let loose on the puddings after the judging, which is why there was not even a spoonful left for me!!
I am sure that Jemima would have thought this a perfect way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon – well done to all you budding bakers, and of course to Celia too.
We are delighted to announce that Jemima’s Gift has been chosen to benefit from this wonderful charity event to be held in Bath this summer.
Many thanks to Michelle Creed for thinking of us. It will undoubtedly be a splendid evening, beginning with a torch lit reception around the Roman Baths followed by a sumptuous meal in the famous Pump Rooms and accompanied all evening by fabulous live music by talented Bath musicians.
We are very honoured and so grateful for this support, thank you.