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Our SMILE books have arrived! How exciting!
Over the last year, lots of people have been telling us what makes them smile. There are stories, photos, pictures, recipes, jokes, and more…with a few famous faces too!
A HUGE thank you goes out to Katie Powell for all her effort and hard work in pulling this project together, and to The Lillie C. Johnson Charitable Trust for making this possible.
For more info on how to get your hands on this beautiful book, get in touch.
We’re thrilled to announce that the Love Leamington Fund are supporting us with a Group Workshop in 2017. More details to follow, but we are so pleased to be supported locally, and to be able to continue our vital work with children, young people and their families within the local community.
Thanks so much, Love Leamington!
A big thanks goes out to Steve Bale and friends who have raised a fantastic £200 for Guy’s Gift in memory of Neil. Steve has been a great contributor to Guy’s Gift for some years, it’s brilliant to have his ongoing support.
Well done to Steve and the lads!
We are thrilled to have held the first of our new Families Together weekends. Our weekend brought families together to take part in activities where we reflected on experiences and shared with others. We also had the opportunity to get outside and challenge ourselves with some of the outdoor pursuits on offer.
We are very excited to be holding our very first Families Together weekend in October. There will be lots of opportunity to remember the special people who have died, and to also have fun and meet new people. We still have a couple of spaces, so if you think this is something you’d like to be involved with please give us a call!
03/08/2016 – Picnic in the Park
On Wednesday 3rd August we held our annual Picnic in the Park. Here are a couple of photos of kite decorating and flying. Pictures and messages on the kites are in memory of someone special.
Euro 2016 maybe over, but we’re still overcome by ‘football fever’ here at Guy’s Gift.
A big thankyou to our friends at Baylis & Harding who sent us this football signed by Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League-qualifying 2015/16 squad. Notable signatures include France captain Hugo Lloris, Welsh hero Ben Davies, and England’s Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Service Co-Ordinator Lisbeth will be deciding what to do with the ball in the coming weeks. Keep a look out for more info!
Supported by Make My Day Better, the charity arm of DialAFlight and the Lotus Group which supports a variety of projects around the world.
Very pleased to have received a donation from these guys. Click on the link above to find out more about their work. Thanks very much.
Join us in celebrating Volunteers’ Week by extending a huge thankyou to all of our fantastic volunteers, past and present! Volunteers bring diversity, ideas and enthusiasm, as well as making a great contribution to our work with bereaved children and young people throughout Warwickshire. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of our dedicated team. Thanks!
We’re thrilled to announce that we have received a very generous donation from Baylis & Harding. The money will be used to fund our part-time counsellor post. Thank you, Baylis & Harding!
Thanks to The Landmark Trust’s fabulous initiative, ’50 for Free’, some of the Guy’s Gift team recently spent a relaxing and rewarding few days staying at Laughton Place in East Sussex.
‘Are You Thready?’ Tea Party – 10th March 2016, White Stuff, Leamington Spa
We had a great time at White Stuff’s ‘Are You Thready?’ tea party in Leamington Spa. Cakes, sandwiches, tea…and 29 fabulous stitched patches entered into the competition. It was a very tough job to choose a winner, but after much deliberation we chose the dogs’ tea party design…bunting, dogs, tea and cake – very White Stuff!
Thank you so much to everyone who created a patch and thank you to the White Stuff team for hosting this wonderful event. All the patches will now going to be sent to White Stuff HQ to be made into a quilt for us.
Drop-in sessions for bereaved children, young people and their families will be taking place at Camp Hill Primary School (Holly Stitches Road, Nuneaton, CV10 9QA) on the following dates:
6th April, 2-4pm
25th May, 2-4pm
29th June, 2-4pm
Do come along and see our counsellors, who will be available to answer questions and offer advice.
For more information, please ring 0845 467 3035.
More Buddy Bears join the Guy’s Gift team
We’re really excited to introduce some new friends.
AirTanker Services, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, has donated 100 Buddy Bears to Guy’s Gift. Each of the bears will now be finding a new home with the children and young people that we support. Leamington Bear and Katie (Guy’s Gift’s Fundraiser) had a great time visiting AirTanker to collect the bears, including a trip on board one of the Voyager aircraft.
Thank you, AirTanker Services!
Jennifer Lee School of Dance
A huge “thank you” to everyone at the Jennifer Lee School of Dance for their recent donation of £2000 which was raised at the school’s annual dance show. The show was a great success and raised lots of money for several charities. Three cheers for everyone involved!
Guy’s Gift Lantern Walk – 13th December 2015, 3.00-5.00pm, Coombe Park, Binley
Everyone had a great time at our annual Lantern Walk. We enjoyed festive drinks and treats whilst making memory stars and then headed out with our lanterns for a walk around Coombe Park to our special memory tree. It was lovely to see so many families – to see old friends and meet some new ones too. A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a special event. A big thank you to Sainsbury’s in Kenilworth too for providing us with refreshments.
Corporal Cup 2015 – 14th November 2015
Friends of Neil Jones, who lost his fight with cancer in June 2010, held a fundraising golf day to raise money for Guy’s Gift.
Guy’s Gift Buddy Bears
We’re thrilled to introduce our new Buddy Bears. Made possible by wonderful donations from both the Lillie C. Johnson Charitable Trust and The Richard Cadbury Charitable Trust, these furry friends will be given to the children and young people that we support.
Now every child that Guy’s Gift supports can hug and take comfort from their bear when they are having difficult days. Not only is a Buddy Bear something tangible that they can hold on to, it also acts as a reminder that Guy’s Gift is always there to support them.
Classical and Modern Dance’s Dance-a-thon – Saturday, 31st October, Warwick University
Dancing for 5 hours, the team of 20 or so dancers raised over £250 for Guy’s Gift.
Picnic in the Park -Wednesday, 5th August, Coombe Country Park
It was a great day. We were joined by several families and it was a very sociable and laid back day. We flew kites, went for a stroll around the park and enjoyed a picnic together. The weather was perfect—sunshine, but with just enough breeze to send our kites soaring into the clouds. Everyone agreed that it was a very worthwhile day—with a chance to have fun, talk about their experiences and ask the team questions.
We’re thrilled to have been awarded a grant from the Harry Payne Fund. The grant will be used for Family Days at Coombe Country Park in Binley. Family Days are important part of the work we do – giving bereaved families the opportunity to come together, share their experiences and remember the person who has died.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been granted funding from the Heart of England Community Foundation. The funds (from the Coventry Building Society Charitable Foundation Fund CWS) will go towards one of our 2016 group therapy programmes – giving bereaved children the opportunity to build their self-esteem, meet others who are in a similar situation and to reflect on their experience of losing a loved one, so they can move forwards and reach their full potential in life.
‘The Longest Day in Golf’
On 5th June, Steve Bale, Steve John and Karl Lees (pictured) set themselves the challenge of playing the longest day of golf – starting at 4.30am and playing until their last putt at 8pm. They walked over 20 miles, took over 52,000 steps, played 361 shots and as a result, raised over £600 for Guy’s Gift.
A huge thank you to Steve B, Karl, Steve J and everyone who supported them from all of us at Guy’s Gift.
‘A Day to Remember’ – held on 1st May, this was a day when we invited everyone to remember a special person who has died. All of the resources we put together for this event can be used at any time of the year and can be found on the ‘Remembering Someone Special’ page of our website.
We’re very excited to announce that a Guy’s Gift fundraising pack is now available. Go to the ‘Support Us’ page to download a copy.
New group sessions were held on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th March 2015 at Rugby College.
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Lantern Walk – Sunday, 14th December – Coombe Country Park, Binley, near Coventry
Our annual Lantern Walk was a great success. Everyone enjoyed meeting new friends, catching up with old ones, making memory stars and walking through the country park by lantern light to remember those who are no longer with us. A huge thank you to everyone who came.
Group therapy sessions were held on 2nd and 9th December.
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A new group therapy programme started, with sessions held on 11th and 18th November.
Leamington Bear joins the team - Tuesday, 28th October
Leamington Bear has joined Guy’s Gift as our official mascot and ‘buddy bear’. He was donated to us by Diana Arseneau-Powell and her family. To celebrate Leamington Bear’s new role with Guy’s Gift, his friends at White Stuff in Leamington Spa (where Diana is one of the team) organised a special day for him. Diana and her friends from the Spa Strummers played their ukeleles and sang to customers all day. There was even a raffle, with customers asked to guess how many sweets were in the jar. Leamington Bear will now be joining us at future Guy’s Gift events, including Family Days and Lantern Walks. Hooray!
Top of the Pots – Wednesday, 9th October – White Stuff, Leamington Spa
We were thrilled to be a part of White Stuff’s event that saw jams and chutney being brought into White Stuff stores all over the country. The aim of it all? To raise money for the charities that White Stuff supports and also find winning recipes that will be featured in a charity book this Christmas. We had a great day out at the Leamington Spa store – chatting to customers, raising awareness of Guy’s Gift and also helping to sell the special jams and chutney that White Stuff had produced for the occasion. The winner of the best jam or chutney in Leamington Spa was Julia Lane’s Crabtree and Rosemary Jelly – congratulations Julia!
Picnic in the Park – Tuesday 12th August 12pm-4pm – Coombe Country Park, Binley, near Coventry
It was lovely to see so many familiar faces at our Picnic in the Park. Everyone’s kites took to the skies after having had messages and memories written on them. The afternoon proved to be a big success. Everyone agreed it had been lots of fun and also a good opportunity to meet other families going through similar experiences. Parents and grandparents chatter, children laughed and played, kites flew, picnics were enjoyed and a good time was had by all!
March – May 2012 – Volunteer Training Course took place.
Our annual Lantern Walk took place at Ragley Hall, Alcester.
PomPom Christmas Trees – thanks go to one of our Volunteers for the idea, and also for her terrific organisation of such a successful fundraising event.
Jackie Potter, one of our Bereavement Service Managers, won the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Award for the West Midlands – more details available here: http://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/community/town_s_own_digital_hero_helps_youngsters_dealing_with_loss_1_3318469
Warwick University’s Mixed Hockey Club supported our work during the University’s RAG Week by dressing up in drag for an entire week – including during their lectures and seminars – and raised a terrific £1490.75 in the process. Many thanks to all participants for their support. Looks like it was a lot of fun!
Saturday, 26th November – Karaoke at Alcester Unionist Club.
Waitrose in Kenilworth supported us through their “Community Matters” scheme.
Volunteer Training Course.
Two very successful Family Activity Days took place.
Volunteer Training Dates for 2011 - 12th February, 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April 2011.
Our annual Lantern Walk was held at Ragley Hall, Alcester took place on 12rth December.
September 2010 – Waitrose Alcester Store Manager Peter Falcini presents Guy’s Gift Volunteer Grace with a cheque for £448.
“Strictly Come Dancing” – Stratford College. Many thanks to Stratford College for raising funds for us at this very successful – and very enjoyable – event.
Christmas Quiz in conjunction with HSBC raised over £1,000 in total. Many thanks to the HSBC team, Coventry & Warwickshire.
Our first Lantern Walk took place at Ragley Hall.
Our first fundraiser! We had two runners in the Stratford Big 10k Run. Many thanks to Laurie and Sammy!