Music Marathon raises £2500!

Thank you to everyone who took part in Annabel’s Music Marathon, which was so successful and raised a fabulous total. So many people played, sang, served tea and cakes, baked, donated raffle prizes, acted as guides and stewards, provided technical support, washed up, ferried their children back and forth, and applauded enthusiastically.


It was so nice to see friends and families catching up and enjoying all the amazing music, several people told us that they had intended to pop in for an hour or so and had such a lovely time that they went home to rearrange their day so that they could come back and by the end of the day we could hardly find seats for everyone!

The biggest vote of thanks must go to Annabel for her vision and organisation skills, she has had many requests to do a repeat performance and turn the concept into a regular event. There is also talk of a Music Marathon 2014 CD, which would be fun.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the day was seeing the talent of so many children and young people together in one place for such a celebration of music. Music is incredibly therapeutic and brings people together in a very special way. Many people commented on how much opportunity there was available in the area for children and adults to get involved in ways that they had not considered before. Corsham Windband has certainly gained a few new members as a result and we hope that others will have been inspired to dust off those instruments from the attic, join a choir or CAOS or just get together with friends to make music.

Jemima’s Gift is delighted to be supporting five individual children to continue their instrumental lessons in the coming academic year, as well as many other projects in education, sport and the arts. Do let us know if we can help you to fulfil your dream too.

Annabel in the Bath Chronicle!

Around 100 people will take part in a 12-hour musical marathon to raise money for Jemima’s Gift, a charity set up in memory of ten-year-old Jemima Prees.

Jemima, from Colerne, died during a family skiing holiday in Austria in February last year after she lost control on the ski slope and crashed into a tree.

Money from the musical marathon, organised by her sister Annabel, will fund activities or equipment to help children to reach their full potential.

Annabel, 16, has booked a wide variety of musical acts, including the Colerne Military Wives Choir and Mount Zion Church Choir from Hullavington.

Dad Tim Prees will play as part of the Marshfield Brass Band and Annabel plans to play the oboe or piano.

Jemima’s Gift has raised more than £50,000 so far.

Annabel said: “Jemima was an enthusiastic person and did everything she could get her hands on.

“She would have been excited about the event, she had a real love for life.

“Everyone else in my family was doing things to raise money for the charity because it was very close to their heart.

“I decided that I really wanted to do something and I thought I would use my skills in music and organising.”

Jemima, a pupil at Calder House School, played the euphonium for the Corsham Wind Association, who will also perform on the day.

The event, in Colerne Village Hall, begins at 10am on August 30 and finishes at 10pm.

Staff from the Fox and Hound will provide a bar from 6pm to 10pm.image

Tickets are £5 and are available on the day.

Grateful thanks to all our supporters


Thank you so much to Michelle Creed and her team of organisers for their kind donation following a spectacular evening at the Bath Midsummer Ball. It was lovely to join you and we are very grateful for the very generous support.

We continue to be overwhelmed by the support shown to Jemima’s Gift. It is such a privilege to be able to use your financial gifts to ensure that children are able to pursue their dreams in sports, arts and education.

Special thanks to Sarah Rigden, who has asked the Royal British Legion to make a donation in lieu of a fee for playing the Last Post at commemorative services for WW1 in Colerne. You will be able to hear Sarah and her cornet in action with Marshfield Brass Band on Saturday.

imageDavid and Gina Brierley had a very successful day of fundraising with tea and cakes and rides on their wonderful miniature railway. We know that several railway enthusiasts travelled some distance to be with them and a lots of fun was had by all who took part. Thank you so much to them for the amazing amount of money raised.

We are grateful to Cardiff Whitewater Centre for their donation of £1100 collected by paddlers towards Scott’s adapted bicycle.

Thank you also to those of you who just give a gift when you see us. It is always very touching to know that you are thinking of us and willing to support us in this practical way. You know who you are.

We were very moved that Sue Butler, aided by the Bledlow WI, held her annual fundraising garden party in aid of Jemima’s Gift and raised a very generous donation of £340. Thank you so much Sue.

imageMany thanks to Chris and Ceri who recently brought us the envelope of cash collected after their mammoth bike ride. It amounted to over £1200!

This level of support enables us to do fantastic things for children who need financial assistance to enable them to take part in opportunities which would be impossible otherwise. Together we are living every day to the full. Thank you x

Don’t forget your Quilt Raffle Entry!

imageThis beautiful quilted bedcover will be raffled at the Music Marathon on Saturday. Envelopes will be available for you to enter on the day, or you can pop a pound coin into a sealed envelope, write your name and “Jemima’s Gift Quilt Raffle” on the outside and hand it in at Colerne Post Office, or put it through our door.

Good luck!

Countdown to Annabel’s Music Marathon


Only 2 weeks to go until the big day! Annabel has been very busy organising this fabulous event with 12 hours of continuous live music starting at 10am on Saturday 30th August. It will take place in Colerne Village Hall and entrance will be £5 for adults to come and go as you please all day!

As you can see there will be something for everyone so come along and have coffee and cake with Colerne Military Wives Choir, lunch with Marshfield Brass Band or afternoon tea with The Rock of Life Gospel Choir and Rock Band. In the evening there will be a bar and music by CAOS , Corsham Windband and Stuart Rolfe’s band to finish with a flourish at 10pm.

Refreshments will be served all day, any donations of cakes or savouries will be gratefully received. There will be hot beef rolls supplied by Doncombe Beef at lunchtime too!

Entrance is free for children so we hope they will bring their pocket money for a lucky dip, kindly donated by Annabel. Mrs B has promised a beautiful cake for a “Guess the Weight of the Cake” competition and of course we will be drawing the lucky winner of the Colerne Crazy Quilters quilt at the end of the day.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has offered their services to Annabel, always free of charge, in order to make this event happen. We have been astonished by everyone’s generosity and willingness to help out in any way that they can. This will mean that every penny of your entrance fee and the price of tea and cakes will be a donation to Jemima’s Gift. 

Looking forward to seeing many friends and family on the day!

News from Frankie and Rosie

imageHi Jemima’s Gift.

Recently Frankie and I competed at Rectory Farm in Gloucestershire for BSJA. We did a lovely double clear in the BN to get 3rd place in a competitive section. We then jumped another speedy double clear in the Discovery which put us into first place, but were then knocked down out of the prize money and rosettes by the last few competitors.

We also competed at Summerhouse in Gloucestershire a few weeks before. Unfortunately Frankie doesn’t like this venue very much as we have discovered in the past, which resulted in an elimination in one class at the last fence and retiring in another.

Our next couple of events are Welsh Home Pony International in a couple of weeks time at the David Broome Event Centre, and Trailblazers championships the weekend after at Stoneleigh.

Thanks once again for your continuing support allowing us to compete as often as we do,


And speaking of cycling………

We are thrilled to have been able to provide this adapted bike for Scott and his family. Scott has cerebral palsy and loves getting out and about with his family, particularly when it involves going fast! This specially adapted bicycle and chair will enable the whole family to go on bike rides together, and can also be used as a running chair so no excuses now Dad! imageScott and his Dad try out the new bike


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