Sam Bailey tour raises more than £10,000 for Rainbows

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Fans of former X-Factor winner Sam Bailey have raised more than £10,000 for us by donating at her shows.

In February, Sam announced Rainbows as her charity partner for her 2017 ‘Sing My Heart Out’ tour. At each of the 32 UK performances, there was a collection for our hospice.

Yesterday, (18th) Sam visited our hospice to meet children, young people and staff and present her donation.

Sam said: “I’m so pleased that I have been able to raise £10,300 for Rainbows, the work they do there is just outstanding and every time I visit I feel so proud to be a Patron for them. I had such an amazing time on tour and raising much needed funds for such a deserving charity has been the icing on the cake for me.”

David Strudley, Rainbows CEO, added: “On behalf of everyone at the hospice, I would like to thank Sam for coming along today to present us with the fantastic donation of over £10,000 she raised during her tour. Her support makes such a difference to the children and young people who benefit from our care. Along with all of her fans, Sam is certainly helping to put smiles on lots of faces.”

Lottery Draw Results – 7th July 2017

Drawn Number Win Amount
008425 £ 1,000.00
511229 £ 100.00
060289 £ 100.00
001754 £ 5.00
062352 £ 5.00
030166 £ 5.00
067007 £ 5.00
068368 £ 5.00
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768143 £ 5.00
071286 £ 5.00
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061854 £ 5.00
085227 £ 5.00
036565 £ 5.00
167155 £ 5.00
030200 £ 5.00
056070 £ 5.00
664917 £ 5.00
005021 £ 5.00
784306 £ 5.00
012312 £ 5.00
056165 £ 5.00
792838 £ 5.00
356891 £ 5.00
053954 £ 5.00
015374 £ 5.00
071477 £ 5.00

Happy birthday to Loughborough Rainbows shop

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People in Loughborough joined staff and volunteers at the Rainbows shop to help them celebrate their first birthday today (6th).

The Rainbows shop in Cattle Market, pulled out all of the stops to mark its first anniversary in the town. To celebrate the occasion, a party was held and locals were invited to join in the fun. Rainbows mascot Bow Bear got in to the party spirit and the first 50 customers that made a purchase were given a free cupcake.

To date, the Rainbows Loughborough shop has served around 115,000 people since it was opened a year ago by Neil Back MBE.

Lucinda Hardy, Shop Manager, said: “We would like to thank every single person in Loughborough who has bought something, donated unwanted goods or volunteered their time to help make the store a success. Without your support, we would not be able to keep raising valuable funds needed to run the hospice.

“This first year has flown by and the support of the Loughborough community has been incredible. We have met some wonderful people and it is fantastic to be part of our hometown. Thank you to everyone who joined in with our celebrations.”

Rainbows Lottery Draw Results: 30th June 2017

Drawn Number Win Amount
050677 £ 1,000.00
073119 £ 100.00
691422 £ 100.00
985620 £ 5.00
086409 £ 5.00
449696 £ 5.00
034291 £ 5.00
030277 £ 5.00
026096 £ 5.00
011512 £ 5.00
012165 £ 5.00
557720 £ 5.00
003636 £ 5.00
084022 £ 5.00
272408 £ 5.00
060445 £ 5.00
072033 £ 5.00
923225 £ 5.00
070648 £ 5.00
027754 £ 5.00
028337 £ 5.00
051281 £ 5.00
004780 £ 5.00
082223 £ 5.00
021461 £ 5.00
089409 £ 5.00
020036 £ 5.00
019871 £ 5.00
038140 £ 5.00
190604 £ 5.00
010876 £ 5.00
030237 £ 5.00
107091 £ 5.00

Run, Rosemary, Run!

 

Rosemary WrightA Chester Green Great-Grandmother is lacing up her trainers to take on our Bubble Rush event with 19 members of her family.

For 74-year-old Rosemary Wright, who has run the London Marathon nine times as well as the Edinburgh Marathon and the Great North Run, our Derby Bubble Rush will be a walk in the park.

She said: “I took up running when I was 48 but I have slowed up now and just do 10ks. I did the event last year and I enjoyed it so much, we have all decided to take part. I will always support Rainbows when I can. Rainbows is a wonderful cause and it is nice to be able to help the children.”

On Saturday 8 July, Rosemary will take on our event with 19 family members including her three daughters, four granddaughters, two grandsons and two great grandsons.

Rosemary added: “I hope as many people as possible will sign up to this event. You can just go round and really enjoy yourself.

Victoria Brunt, Events Coordinator at Rainbows, added: “We are so happy to have Rosemary and her family on board. And on behalf of all of the children, young people and families who use Rainbows, I thank them for their incredible efforts.”

The route is wheelchair, pushchair and child friendly. There will be live entertainment throughout the day. Entry is £25 for over 16s, £7.50 for under 16s and under 3s go free.

For more information, visit www.rainbows.co.uk/bubble

Here comes the bride

Lauren Shaw

There will still be tiaras and veils but Belper’s Lauren Shaw is opting for a less than traditional hen party as she takes on the Derby Bubble Rush.

Lauren (26) will be tying the knot with Pete Champion in July at The Ashes Barn, in Leek. In the run up to the big day, Lauren plans to have a spectacular hen party with a twist.

Along with 11 friends and her five-year-old daughter, Mischa, Lauren will take on our Derby Bubble Rush at Markeaton Park on Saturday 8 July.

The dental nurse, who works at Derwent Street Dental Practice in Belper, said: “It was my idea to do this for my hen party as I am a keen runner and so is my daughter. I have never done anything for Rainbows before but it is such a worthwhile cause. Any children’s charity is fantastic and all of my hens are really supportive because they know what it means to me. I really hope other people will get on board and join us at this fantastic event.”

Last year was the first time the event had been held in Derbyshire and more than 1,600 people took part running through colourful stations of frothy bubbles.

Victoria Brunt, Events Coordinator at Rainbows, added: “We are thrilled to have Lauren’s Hen Party taking part in this event and we hope they will inspire other people to sign up too. You don’t have to run. It’s not about speed or fitness, it’s about celebration, having fun with friends and family and raising a smile, and sponsorship, for Rainbows.”

The route is wheelchair, pushchair and child friendly. There will be live entertainment throughout the day. Entry is £25 for over 16s, £7.50 for under 16s and under 3s go free.

For more information, visit www.rainbows.co.uk/bubble

Lottery Draw results: 23rd June 2017

Drawn Number Win Amount
032514 £ 1,000.00
051012 £ 100.00
083920 £ 100.00
576239 £ 5.00
059563 £ 5.00
048222 £ 5.00
060031 £ 5.00
005804 £ 5.00
031220 £ 5.00
068508 £ 5.00
004313 £ 5.00
606201 £ 5.00
549237 £ 5.00
061234 £ 5.00
037318 £ 5.00
363905 £ 5.00
068855 £ 5.00
642607 £ 5.00
356141 £ 5.00
012434 £ 5.00
471287 £ 5.00
056471 £ 5.00
037128 £ 5.00
009461 £ 5.00
189211 £ 5.00
058192 £ 5.00
065282 £ 5.00
008096 £ 5.00
026271 £ 5.00
059550 £ 5.00
060356 £ 5.00
069246 £ 5.00
080414 £ 5.00

New CEO for Rainbows

David Strudley

We are delighted to announce we have appointed a new Chief Executive – for the next 18 months, David Strudley will head up the our charity.

With a wealth of experience having worked in children’s services for over 20 years, including 10 years as the CEO at Acorns Children’s Hospice, David will lead Rainbows forward with its new three-year strategy.

David (69), from Worcestershire, retired from Acorns in 2016 but since March, has been working part-time at the hospice as interim CEO alongside Mandy Ashton OBE.

He said: “Rainbows is the most wonderful charity, so much so that I was convinced to come out of retirement to take on this position. During my time at Rainbows, I will have the strategy firmly in place ready for a permanent CEO to take the reins in 2018. The job of finding our next CEO is a big one and we must ensure we find the right person for this crucial appointment. I will also be helping to recruit new Trustees to Rainbows.”

Later this summer, we will launch a new strategy which will transform the ability to provide a choice of care to life-limited children and young people across the East Midlands and support for their families. Our hospice building will remain at the centre of everything we do, but staff will be able to take more of our care out to communities in parts of the region that find it difficult to access the facilities at the hospice.

David, who is Chairman at Together for Short Lives UK Transition Taskforce and is researching a book on children’s hospices, added: “The next three years are really important for Rainbows. The most challenging element is the sheer geography of the East Midlands. There are so many families out there in the more remote parts of the region that find it so hard to access our services and we want to eradicate that.

“I began my journey in children’s hospices in 2003 as CEO at Naomi House in Hampshire. When I first stepped through the doors, I didn’t know what a children’s hospice was or what to expect. But immediately, I thought this is where I want to spend the rest of my working life. I felt the same at Acorns and now at Rainbows.

“At Rainbows, there is a wonderful sense of care that isn’t being provided by any other means, it is a truly magical place. So if I can do what I do for another of couple of years, it will be brilliant end to a very rewarding career. Then I will finally retire!”

Mandy Ashton, who has over 37 years of clinical experience working in health care, will continue to support us working alongside our Director of Care, Amanda, on the hospice’s care agenda.

It’s anchors away for Rainbows staff taking on Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge

Rainbows Dragon Boat team

Staff from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People are ‘All aboard’ and ready to take on the Nottingham Riverside Festival Dragon Boat Challenge.

Pictured in their ‘training boat’ at the hospice are (l-r) Holli Sheahan, Andy Lupton, Alex Johnstone, Tom Stanyard and Matt Winn – who are all part of the crew ‘Big Bow’s Buccaneers’.

The boat was made by 18-year-old Murad Hussain, who has a rare, genetically inherited neuromuscular condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has been visiting Rainbows for many years.

Rainbows is the official charity partner for the event, which takes place on the River Trent at Victoria Embankment on Sunday 6 August. Up to 50 crews from across the East Midlands are expected to row the 200m course. Last year more than £20,000 was raised for Rainbows.

For more information and to enter a team, contact Gable Events on 01780 470718 or visit www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/nottingham

Winning Lottery Numbers 16th June 2017

Drawn Number Win Amount
045570 £ 1,000.00
572948 £ 100.00
043714 £ 100.00
070062 £ 5.00
065177 £ 5.00
807234 £ 5.00
016682 £ 5.00
047434 £ 5.00
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