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Summer’s News From Care for Kids

The summer school holidays are now upon us and we can hardly believe it’s August already. We’re still as busy as ever, working hard to fundraise and raise our profile locally to support North Devon families. Last month we hosted our virtual 10K, which was a great success. We also completed phase one of our latest transformation project at NDDH. Read on to find out more and take a peak inside the refurbished Cubicle 4.

Here's what we've been up to:

Care for Kids Virtual 10k

On 5 July, 129 runners took to the streets of North Devon and beyond for our virtual 10k!

The virtual event replaced our annual Barnstaple 10km race, which normally attracts about 400 runners and raises up to £8,000. Local runners helped us raise just over £1,120. This will help us to continue providing financial support to the families of children with life threatening illnesses.

Simon Scotthorne was the fastest finisher, with a time of 39:58. Ashley Jewell took second place at 40:20. The fastest female was India Cook from Team Hot Cross Run, who finished with a time of 48:17. She was closely followed by Vicci Greenaway, who completed the race in 48:51.

Team Marrow won the title for fastest team and Fremington Trailblazers were crowned the biggest team. Thanks to all the teams who took part, including Hot Cross Run, Just Jog Bideford, Team Torridge and Vegan Titans.

You can find the full results here.

Watch our video of the Care for Kids Virtual 10K - can you spot yourself or someone you know?

CAF funding success

We’ve been successful in our bid for Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) funding! Earlier this month we received a £3,000 funding boost from CAF, which is a charity organisation and a champion for better giving. For over 90 years it has helped donors, companies, charities and social organisations make a bigger impact.

The funding will help us with our charity running costs, allowing us to continue our work supporting North Devon families who have a child with a life threatening illness.

This will relieve some of the pressure we’ve been feeling over the last few months and help us concentrate our efforts on fundraising for local families.

Andrew Butler’s solo channel swim
Earlier this month, this incredible man attempted a solo channel swim on behalf of our charity, Ronald McDonalds BristolKidney Research UK and The North Devon Wave Project.

Although Andrew didn’t quite reach French shores because they drew too close to the Calais ferry lane, he made a valiant attempt swimming over 15 hours and through the night to raise funds for the charities who have supported his little granddaughter Rosie.

We are so proud of Andrew and deeply grateful to him for taking on such a difficult challenge on our behalf.

Andrew has almost reached his £8,000 fundraising goal. Can you help get him to 100%?!
Sponsor Andrew

Our latest project - Cubicle 4

As well as helping local families with sick children in North Devon, we also support the Caroline Thorpe children’s ward at NDDH with enhancement projects. We’re really excited that our latest project to transform another individual room on the ward is now well underway. 
After months of fundraising, planning and a slight delay due to the current situation, we’ve completed our cubicle 4 transformation project. It’s looking fantastic and we’ve already had some great feedback from local families using it.
We’ve just completed the project by adding some digital art to the walls, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s a massive improvement on the previous plain magnolia walls.

Thanks to The Morrison’s Foundation, North Devon and Torridge District Councillors and our local fundraisers for supporting this project.

Normally we would have an opening ceremony to celebrate the completion of a project, but in these difficult times we’re not sure how, when or if this will happen. We’ll keep you posted!

Welcome Jo

Please join us in welcoming new Ambassador, Johanna Greenaway, to our team. Jo has been a long time supporter of Care for Kids, and she is daughter to Fran, one of our trustees.

If you’d like to get involved in supporting our charity, either formally or informally, please take a look at the volunteer pages of our website or email jacky@careforkidsnorthdevon.org.uk.

Sign up for Prudential My RideLondon

Register for the world’s largest free festival of cycling and raise money for Care for Kids!

As the Prudential RideLondon cycling event is cancelled, this year they are opening the event up to everyone to help save UK charities. Take on one of three distances or set a target of your own and make a donation to a local charity of your choice (us!). Then hop on your bike, trike, scooter, skateboard (basically anything with wheels) and pedal your way to victory!

More information is on our website.
 

Great North Run is cancelled, but you can do go solo

One of our lovely supporters, Becky Brennan, has signed up to complete the Great North Run solo. As this year’s Great North Run has been cancelled, Becky decided she still wanted to take part somehow and raise funds for Care for Kids. The GNR solo asks participants to log 40 runs in the run-up to the date the Great North Run should have been taking place (13 September). This is in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the event.

You can help by sponsoring Becky. We’ll also be putting together a fundraising page and team of runners to take part in the Virtual Great North Run, which is a half marathon on 13 September. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more details as they are released.
 
Sponsor Becky
Kid's 5-a-day challenge
The Colman family set up a fundraising challenge page for us, encouraging friends to post pictures of their kids eating their 5-a-day and donating £5 to Care for Kids. Such a great idea! So far they have raised £165 including gift aid.

Fancy taking part? Go for it! Click on the image and it'll take you to the Virgin Money Giving page.

Can you help?

Donate, share, show you care

There are many ways you can help, even if you don't have much time or money to spare. Sharing our posts on social media is a really simple way of spreading the word and reaching out to people who may not know about our charity. 

Here are some ways you can help:
Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.
Best wishes, the Care for Kids team.
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