Chris Tong is a friend of ours, and of Jemima’s, from Colerne Amateur Operatic Society. Here is what he has to say about his latest challenge;
“At the end of June, Ceri and I will be embarking on our “Side to Side” cycling challenge; a 420 mile route from St David’s, Pembrokeshire to Lowestoft, Suffolk. With our kit loaded in panniers, we will travel to Milford Haven and complete the short cycle to St David’s, before turning around and spending the next week pedalling across the country to raise money for two charities, both of which have huge personal meaning to us.
Ceri will be raising money for Alzheimers Research UK in memory of her Grandfather and Godfather, who both suffered from the dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, investing around £6.8 million annually in world-class research. Every £20 that she raises will fund vital reasearch to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. The charity also campaigns for increased support and awareness of dementia research, and works with policy makers to push the case for investing in dementia research to help the hundreds of thousands of people living with dementia in the UK today and for future generations.
I will raise money for Jemima’s Gift, which was set up by the Prees family in Colerne in memory of their 10 year old daughter, Jemima, who was tragically killed in a skiing accident in February 2013. All the money donated to Jemima’s Gift will go towards providing opportunities for other children towards achieving their full potential – in sports, the arts and in learning activities.
We will be doing the week-long ride totally unsupported. We’ve planned our routes and have been training in earnest, any money we can raise will not only fund vital dementia research and help to improve children’s lives, but will also spur us on during the hardest parts of the ride.”
We wish Chris and Ceri every success for their ride, we are so grateful for this demonstration of solidarity and support, thank you.
We were so delighted to receive news over Easter that Annabel’s fellow pupils at Hardenhuish School, Chippenham, had chosen Jemima’s Gift as one of the charities to benefit from their annual fund-raising week. Their activities included a cake-sale, Easter egg hunt and a FIFA tournament and they will be able to make a very impressive donation of £900.
Mr Waldron, school parliament co-ordinator, wrote to us to say how much the charity meant to so many pupils at Hardenhuish. We are deeply moved by this and very grateful for their support. Thank you to all those involved.
Karen and Annabel really enjoyed visiting Jem at Widbrook Equestrian Centre this morning. Here is a lovely photo of a Poppy on Jem, it was great to see him jumping with Poppy and with Tilly. We couldn’t believe how much he has improved since he arrived almost a year ago and it was lovely to see him giving so much pleasure to the young riders.
If you would like to see Jem in action, visit Karen’s Facebook page. Karen is hoping to start having riding lessons with Jem very soon.
Today we celebrate Jemima’s birthday, we miss her so much every day but we are so very grateful for the precious time that we had with her. Annabel has made a beautiful cake and we are excited to be visiting Jem, our Riding for the Disabled horse, as he competes in a show-jumping event. The day will be one of happy memories, sadness, and much joy. Thank you for all of your love and care, and for the donations in honour of Jemima’s birthday.
Everyone loves to receive letters, and at Jemima’s Gift we are no exception. It is so heart-warming to open an envelope and find a cheque raised in memory of Jemima and know that we can use it to help another child to explore a talent or dream. Just as special are the lovely thank you letters from children and young people whom we have supported. This fabulous card, received on our first anniversary, is from Alex: an aspiring music student who needed help with a new saxophone mouthpiece and a supply of reeds. We hope he will be very successful in his career, he certainly deserves it with hard work he is putting in!
Particularly touching are the letters from three children who will be able to join their friends on the annual school ski trip next spring, something which would never have been possible without help from Jemima’s Gift. What a privilege it is to be able to make these things happen, and how thrilled Jemima would be.
This gorgeous quilt and matching scatter cushion was made by Colerne Crazy Quilters as their annual charity quilt and designed by them especially for Jemima’s Gift. The quilt measures approximately 5 feet by 4 foot 6 inches, so would be perfect for a little girl’s bed. If you would like to make a bid for this beautiful quilt, let us know by emailing Jemimasgift@gmail.com. We will let you have regular updates on how the bidding is going.
Be warned though, Annabel and I have rather fallen in love with it so there is a reserve price!
We are thrilled to be supporting Rosie and her pony, Frankie, who will be competing in junior show-jumping events this summer. Rosie is 15 and has trained Frankie herself, following nearly losing him to a vey nasty bout of colic. They have only just reached this level of competition and as Rosie will be 16 later this year, this is the last season that they will have the opportunity to participate in junior events. We are thrilled to be able to help with the cost of transport to and from events, and are very much looking forward to hearing all about their adventures!
Good luck Rosie!