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Stef is quizzed for Rainbows

Paralympian Stef Reid sat in the infamous black chair for the second time as she took part in Rainbows Mastermind.

In December, Stef featured on Celebrity Mastermind and raised £3,000 us. On Thursday, John Humphrys was replaced by our mascot, Bow Bear, who quizzed Stef on a range of subjects. 

Stef, who appeared on Celebrity MasterChef in 2018, also cooked up some treats as she decorated cakes with her sous chef, Bow Bear.

The track and field Paralympian enjoyed spending time talking to the children and young people who are cared for at our hospice. 

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Dad cycling for perfect Percy

“Our Perfect Percy” Higgins sadly lost his fight for life in September. He was just five months old. 

Now his father is taking on an incredible challenge in Percy’s memory to raise funds for us because we cared for him. 

Percy, of Walcote, was born with a congenital heart defect and an extra chromosome - which his parents, Adam and Sarah, said “made him nothing but extra special.”

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East Midlands businesses and groups help to raise £100,000

Businesses, schools and groups have helped raise £100,000 for us by taking part in our ‘Where’s it Bin?’ scheme.

In August 2015, we launched our ‘Where’s It Bin?’ campaign. During that time, around 260 organisations have taken part, some more than once.

‘Where’s it Bin?’ sees us drop three branded wheelie bins – Barry, Bertie and Betty - to businesses, organisations, schools and clubs for one week. People are encouraged to fill them with bags of unwanted saleable goods for our charity shops. At the end of the week, we collect the bins and all the donations. 

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Foam filled frenzy heads to Nottingham

A foam-filled bubblicious fun event is heading to Nottingham and we have 50 free places to give away.

The 5km multi-coloured bubble frenzy will take over Forest Recreation Ground on Saturday 15 June. Organised by Extreme Adventure, all sponsorship money raised at the event will be for our hospice.

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Voice of Strictly and National Lottery urges people to support us

Alan Dedicoat, the official "Voice of the Balls” and Strictly Come Dancing is encouraging people to snap up the remaining tickets for our 25th Anniversary Celebrity Lunch. 

Alan, whose voice will be recognised by millions in the UK, is the guest speaker at our event on Wednesday 20 March at Welford Road Stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers. 

“You have been listening to my voice for over 40 years,” said Alan. “I am the official Voice of the Balls and Strictly Come Dancing and for many incredible years, I joined the late Sir Terry Wogan on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show. 

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Businesses needed for sports day fun

A school sports day for adults - with inflatables, costumes, foam and water - is coming to Loughborough.

It’s a Knockout will take place on Thursday 4 July and will raise money for our hospice. Based on the popular TV show, the event sees teams rotate through 12 different games, from a banana dash, dinghy derby and a basketball shootout to a costumed chicken run.

We are calling on all local businesses to sign up.

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Leicester siblings getting into the boxing ring for Rainbows

Four Leicester siblings are taking part in a white collar boxing challenge to raise funds for us.

The Myatt family - Louise (32), Laura (30), Joe (25) and Hannah (22) are stepping into the ring at Leicester Arena on Saturday 30 March for Challenge Charity Boxing, which raises funds for our hospice.

Organised by Nathan Leverton and Faisal Nathani, this is the fourth event in the Challenge Charity Boxing series, which has already raised over £40,000 for us.

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70th birthday skydive

Daredevil Lesley Blount plans to jump 10,000 feet from an aeroplane on her 70th birthday and raise money for two children’s charities. 

Lesley, of Wymeswold, turns 70 on April 13 and wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion. Lesley, who will complete the epic challenge in Salisbury, has revealed she is very excited and thinks about the skydive every night before going to sleep.

Lesley aims to raise £1,000 for us because she volunteers weekly at our hospice, and Spurgeons Children’s Charity, where she once worked as a project manager. 

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Rainbows Trustee receives MBE

Anne-Maria Newham, one of our Trustees, has been awarded with an MBE for services to nursing. 

She received the award last week from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year. 

Anne-Maria, of Rothley, has been a Clinical Trustee with us for the past eight years supporting our hospice to deliver the very best care for children and young people. 

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Our team pedals its way to over £5,000

Some of our colleagues have used their pedal power to raise a wheelie amazing £5,200.

Team Rainbows took part in Cyclone24, a 24-hour endurance ride at the Derby Velodrome on Saturday. They competed against 23 other teams and finished a respectable 18th place.