In a reflecting mood……

The day has come to let you know that our funds have all been spent! That isn’t quite true in fact, Jemima’s Gift has precisely £1.97 in its account.

Jemima fishing 2011This means that over the past 5 years we have spent almost £70,000 on children and young people to help them to achieve some of their dreams and ambitions in sports, the arts and education, all thanks to the generous support of our friends and family and to the legacy of one amazing little girl.

What an honour and an achievement this has been. It has been such a source of comfort to know that Jemima has been remembered in this positive and honouring way. We love scrolling down through this blog to see all the stories recorded here as a reminder of everything that has taken place in Jemima’s memory.

Of course the story may not stop here. There are plenty of events coming up to raise funds for Jemima’s Gift, none of them solicited in any way by us. Strings Incognito have their winter concert this coming Sunday, The Harmonics are singing in the Bath Christmas market at the weekend and the Shepherd Group Brass Band are holding a retiring collection at their sell out Christmas Concerts, all in aid of Jemima’s Gift.

So we hope that we may be in a position fairly soon to give out some more of Jemima’s gifts, but in the meantime we just want to thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping us to achieve so much for so many amazingly talented, gifted and enthusiastic young people, all of whom are living life to the full, just like Jemima did.

With much love from all at Jemima’s Gift

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Corey competes in Bulgaria

A massive THANK YOU to you all for your incredible support to help Corey to travel to the 25th World Age Group Championships which were held in Bulgaria.

Corey competed as an individual on Saturday in the largest age group of eighty four 15/16 year old boys and then again on Sunday in the same age group in synchronised trampolining.

​There were 938 athletes competing from delegations including the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Spain, Finland, France, England, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania , Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan and the host country, Bulgaria.
Each competition day had both prelims and finals for differing age groups across all four disciplines, Individual and Synchronised trampolining, DMT and tumbling.

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Here is what Corey says about his performance;

“Worlds 2017 was rough to say the least.. unfortunately I crashed in my voluntary routine in prelims for the 15-16’s age group keeping me out of what would have been my 4th individual world final. No excuses and I’m disappointed in myself, but sadly this is the reality of the sport.
As always much love for everyone that’s supported me, especially my coaches, team mates, family and friends for inspiring me everyday, having my back through thick & thin and whom I couldn’t function without.
A big thank you goes out to everyone for your donations to help fund me to be able to compete at the 25th World Age Group Championships. I may not have brought back a medal but I am returning home with many lessons learned and a fresh drive for the year ahead of me!

Until the next one,

thank you

Corey x”

Tennis news from Calder House School

How lovely to receive this email from Sam Hull, who is coaching tennis at Calder House School in collaboration with Jemima’s Gift and Give it your Max!

 So far the project has been a great success with lots of positive feedback from the children and their teachers. Please see what Julie Delahay (PE coordinator at Calder House School) had to say when asked about our work:

‘The children at Calder House School have thoroughly enjoyed their Tennis tuition thus far. In September we welcomed 16 new pupils to the school. Some of whom have never played tennis before. Some of our pupils have really struggled with PE in their previous schools and for others this is the greatest opportunity they have to shine in the curriculum.
All children very much look forward to their ‘turn’ to play tennis with Joe. The children wait with anticipation to see if it is their tennis week; once announced there is much whooping and cheering and a few fist pumps too!

The tuition is giving the children expert coaching, developing their confidence and coordination. As a specialist school for children with specific learning difficulties this has had an enormous impact on an area of the curriculum that the children often find challenging but incredibly rewarding. The children genuinely LOVE it!

As a result of the coaching in school, some pupils have continued to engage with tennis outside of school. One in particular is now attending the holiday coaching and after school sessions that you offer locally. Without your presence in school, I believe this would not have happened.

We can see the significant impact that this is having on our children in all areas of the curriculum. They love to be active and engaged and this has certainly been the case! Long live Tennis at CHS!’

Thank you for agreeing to continue to fund weekly sessions, both myself and the school are very grateful for the opportunities this is giving the children. We hope to have more tennis events in the spring and summer too and to inspire more children to access tennis beyond their school.

Many thanks,

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Tennis fun at Calder House School

Sam Hull

Head Coach

Colerne Panthers on their way to Twickenham!

How about this for some exciting news? Jemima’s Gift is delighted to be sponsoring a special strip for Colerne Panthers to wear as they play at Twickenham this afternoon and then provide the guard of honour for the England vs Argentina match. We are so proud that they will be sporting our logo and very grateful that they have chosen to mention our charity in their programme write-up, which will be distributed to the 88,000 strong crowd of fans.

Here’s what the club’s website says about how this exciting opportunity came about;

“Colerne Panthers under 12’s have been selected to play a match at Twickenham against Drybrook from Gloucestershire as a curtain raiser to the England V Argentina autumn international. The boys will then form the Guard of Honour as the England team enter the pitch and will remain on pitch for the National Anthems. This will be a moment the boys will never forget and who ever thought that the Black strip of Colerne would grace Twickenham and all this will be shown live on Sky TV. The Panthers under 12’s were put forward for this award, without the club having any knowledge of it, by Wiltshire RFU Development Officer Alan Low to recognise the strides that Colerne were making in providing mini rugby and especially taking a team forward from mini to youth rugby for the first time. Alan’s nomination was forwarded to Twickenham, along with others, and we are very proud to have been selected along with Drybrook to represent the South West Division. The Panthers will also be getting a piece in the match programme as well as some pictures”

Jemima’s Gift wishes the young players all the very best for this afternoon, and will be very excited to see the pictures!

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A date for the diary

We are very grateful to Strings Incognito for choosing Jemima’s Gift as the charity for their winter concert. Do come along if you can. The concert will be in Yatton Keynell Village Hall at 7.30pm on Sunday 3rd December. It will be an informal evening of lovely string music in a very relaxed atmosphere with light refreshments. There is no admission charge and all donations will be given to Jemima’s Gift. Hope to see you there! 🎻

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Grateful thanks from Eirini

Such lovely news from Eirini who has made us very proud indeed. Congratulations to her on a truly amazing achievement!

Dear Timothy and Karen Prees and all the trustees of Jemima’s Gift,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to you to let you know that this past weekend I graduated from Oxford with Distinction. I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you, whole-heartedly for your generous financial support to purchase the laptop which I have used to research, study and write. Your gift has been instrumental in my studies and I truly cannot thank you enough for this help. Your words of encouragement and your belief in me and my research have meant a great deal to me, and I hope to one day be in the position to help others as you have helped me………

Allow me to thank you again, from the depths of my heart, for your help. I will continue to work to honour Jemima and her gift with my hard work and perseverance and I hope to make you all proud.

Yours sincerely,
Eirini Diamantouli

Lily and her cello in Italy

This summer Jemima’s Gift had the opportunity to support Lily, a music student at Chichester University, to study at cello school in Italy. Lily says ” I’d just like to thank you so much for helping with my recent trip to Italy. It wouldn’t have been possible without the money I received from you and it was an absolutely incredible experience playing with such fantastic cellists all week! ”