It is almost impossible to believe that two years have passed since we lost Jemima. Today is a very sad day, but we take strength from the love of family and friends, and from the knowledge that Jemima had such a positive impact on so many lives. She exuded joy, she taught tolerance and always seemed to notice the best in people, she was full of fun and enthusiasm for every opportunity and she is missed by so many. We are constantly heartened by the wonderful fund raising that is done in her name and by the many exciting opportunities Jemima’s Gift has been able to support. Her legacy, like her smile, lives on.
It was a very special privilege for Jemima’s Gift to be invited to hear Ishtyak and Lubna play the piano in their end of term concert at Christmas. Jemima’s Pops went along and was so impressed by the progress these talented girls had made in such a short time. They have both been learning to play for less than a year and Jemima’s Gift is thrilled to be able to support them. Well done girls, please keep up the hard work!
Jemima’s Gift is delighted to be able to support this wonderful charity which aims to introduce children to the game of tennis. We were particularly moved by the story of the charity’s beginning which you can read about on their website http://www.giveityourmax.org
Jemima’s gift will be used to fund the Give it your Max introduction course at three primary schools in the Swindon area, and to provide a logo banner to let everyone know about the charity whilst the children are learning to play tennis. We think that’s great!
This splendid cycling jersey was commissioned for Jemima’s Gift by Christopher Tong for his “West to East” cycle ride in the summer. Chris and Ceri raised a fabulous £1250 for us then, and have now generously donated one of the two yellow jersies for us to auction in the hope of increasing that total.
The jersey is very high quality and made by Pedalling Squares in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is a size Large and sports our logo on the front and back, with very distinctive blue gingham sleeves and bum pocket! Most importantly, it is signed by several cyclists who took part in the Tour of Britain 2014, including Kristian House.
Tim is prepared to start the bidding at £50. If anyone out there would like the perfect Christmas present for a cycling enthusiast, let us have your bid and we will update the current total here……
This is Genevieve, she is 11 years old and a very talented figure-skater. She is a member of the GB International Development Squad and has been selected to represent GB at the prestigious Challenger series international competition in November 2014. Genevieve is in the top national ranking for her age and the youngest skater in the advanced novice category. Unfortunately NISA are unable to fund the specialist coaching place that has been offered to Genevieve as they are committed to supporting senior and junior skaters aged 13 and over. Genevieve’s mother wrote to Jemima’s Gift for help and we are delighted to be in a position to act as sponsors for her training course, which will prepare her for the competitions in which she has been chosen to skate for Great Britain.
Genevieve has already come up with a very touching idea to raise funds for Jemima’s Gift and will be keeping us up to date with her progress over the next few months. She has a very impressive list of aspirations, culminating in the 2022 Winter Olympics!
We are proud to be able to support her in this way.
Thank you to all our very brave friends and family who chose Jemima’s Gift to benefit from their “Ice Bucket Challenges” at the end of the summer. We received over £300 in donations!
Thank you also to Jemima’s friend Lily, who has been collecting all her 1p and 2p coins for some time and has cashed them in for a £20 note which she has donated in memory of Jemima. This sounds like a much more comfortable activity than pouring ice cold water over your head, perhaps we should all do it over the winter and see how much we can raise!
Once again we have been overwhelmed by your recent offers of support. It is becoming obvious to us that Jemima’s Gift has touched the hearts of many and seems to be growing into a charity with a secure future.
Only this week we have received a cheque from Hardenhuish school which was donated by a staff member in lieu of payment for running an activity day in July, a cheque from Bledlow W.I collected in memory of Jemima’s Grannie, a cheque from Batheaston Brownies following their coffee morning and a letter from The Y’s Men’s Club in Hanham, Bristol informing us that we will be their charity for the coming year. We are so grateful for this continuing support, which is totally unexpected and unsolicited.
We have pledged to spend every penny of donated funds on providing opportunities for children to fulfil their potential in sports, the arts and in education. This promise means that we do all the administration ourselves in our own time, accept favours from friends and family to provide stationary, catering, IT expertise, valuable skills, time and front of house support. We will continue to resist the temptation to spend any charity funds on venues or any other expense, even if it is in the hope of raising more funds. We are now approaching a total fund of £60,000.
Of course the mail bag also contains invoices from music teachers, sports clubs, equipment providers, schools, IT companies and a horse transport provider! It is always a pleasure to sign a Jemima’s Gift cheque, knowing that a child or young person somewhere will be able to do what they dream of doing as a result.
We also receive requests for funding and these are always carefully considered by all of our trustees before a decision can be made on whether the request fits the very specific criteria that the charity has set out.
We want to be sure that the work done by Jemima’s Gift is honouring to Jemima’s memory and in the spirit of living life to the full, just like she did. To all of you who are helping us to do that – thank you!