It was lovely to receive this beautifully written letter from Genevieve and to hear all her exciting news. She is certainly working very hard and making the most of every opportunity that comes her way. We were also delighted that she has named her mascot teddy bear “Jemima” and that they wear matching Jemima’s Gift T-shirts to competition venues – We are sure that Jemima would approve of that Genevieve!
….and we hope this will be true for Eliza who has entered the Straford Upon Avon Shakespeare Half Marathon on 26th April to raise funds for Jemima’s Gift. She tells us that, as she will soon be moving to New York to continue her training in musical theatre, her dream is to run the New York Marathon for Jemima too – well that certainly wouldn’t be “Much Ado About Nothing”!
Wishing you every success in all of these exciting ventures Eliza!
Here is Bethany training hard for the Plymouth Half which she plans to run in aid of Jemima’s Gift on Sunday 19th April. Looks like she’s having some fun in the West Country sunshine whilst doing it, although it’s a big challenge alongside her University studies so we wish her every success during training and on the day. Good Luck Beth!
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……