Through our work, we are lucky to meet some amazing people, who go above and beyond to raise vital funds to ensure we can continue our work with disabled children, young people and adults.

We are extremely grateful to each and every single person who has raised money, made a donation or organised a fundraising event in aid of us. Every penny really does count in our mission to improve the lives of those we support and care for.

There are lots of ways people raise money for The Percy Hedley Foundation, but what we really love hearing about is why they do it. In our feature, Fab Fundraisers, we’ll get the story behind their amazing efforts.

Hi,

My name is Jimmy Simpson. I’m 17 and don’t have time to worry about fear. Since birth I have dealt with circumstances which take courage to deal with. I have cerebral palsy which is a physical condition that occurs as a result of brain damage during birth. For me, my condition affects the things others would find easy, but that does not stop me. I’m a thrill seeker and love my life. I enjoy adrenaline-filled activities including zip wires, free fall drops and rollercoasters.

On the 25th of June I am taking part in a 15,000ft skydive in order to raise money for my school. Percy Hedley School has helped and supported me since I was 3-years- old. They have also encouraged me to believe in myself and focus on what I can do rather than what I can’t.

For me doing this skydive is a dream, something I have always wanted to do. The skydive will boost my adrenaline as it will be the biggest thing to date I have done. Allowing me to raise this money will help support me, my friends and the other students at school accomplish our dreams.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story, I would be extremely grateful if you could help me support my school by donating.

Thank you for reading.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jimmy-simpson-1

Hedleys College are the catch of the day!

Hedleys College students scooped the Best Team Award at the Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Cup at Kielder Reservoir this week!

The team were in fine form after their regular Friday fishing sessions with the Angling for All Fishing Club.

They demonstrated fantastic concentration, patience, enthusiasm and teamwork, and they even managed to have loads of fun and catch 10 fish!

 

This haul of fish meant they won the Best Team Award with the highest rod average of 2lb 2oz per student.

It was a very proud moment receiving the trophy from Jack Charlton!

Huge well done everyone!

 

Foraging with Peace and Loaf!

Students from Hedleys College had an interesting morning when they took part in a foraging workshop before half term.

Those who access the practical skills pathway as part of their vocational programme took part and were shown around by Geeta and David from Peace and Loaf Jesmond.

The workshop involved identifying different fresh, locally grown produce in and around hedgerows and woodlands that can be picked and used as part of the menu they offer.

Students and staff had great fun and learnt a lot about the use of edible plants that can be transformed into jams, soups, sauces, cordials, wrappings, beers, wines and many more.

Even the staff got stuck in! Huge thanks to Geeta and David at Peace and Loaf!

Through our work, we are lucky to meet some amazing people, who go above and beyond to raise vital funds to ensure we can continue our work with disabled children, young people and adults.

We are extremely grateful to each and every single person who has raised money, made a donation or organised a fundraising event in aid of us. Every penny really does count in our mission to improve the lives of those we support and care for.

There are lots of ways people raise money for The Percy Hedley Foundation, but what we really love hearing about is why they do it. In our feature, Fab Fundraisers, we’ll get the story behind their amazing efforts.

On the first of June a team from Accenture will take on a 200 mile bike ride from Edinburgh to Newcastle in aid of the Foundation.

Some of the team in training!

The team, who are based at Accenture’s office on the Cobalt Business Park, will complete the journey over three gruelling days.

It isn’t the first time the team have completed a charity bike ride, though, as they completed the Coast 2 Coast last year.

That experience should stand some of the team in good stead going into what it dubbed the Coast and Castles bike ride.

Nikki Best is part of the team and says they hope to better the amount raised last year.

“We are aiming to beat last year’s total raised in fundraising for Coast to Coast and get £5000 in sponsors.

“Accenture chose The Percy Hedley Foundation to fundraise for because of all the brilliant work they do in the area. The amount of support you provide for people with disabilities and their families is phenomenal and we would like you to help you in continuing your great work.

There are 22 of riders involved in this bike ride and it amazes us that we can all get on a bike and ride so easily when there are many who can’t. We wanted to physically challenge ourselves doing 60-70 miles per day over 3 days whilst also helping PHF.”

If you would like to sponsor the team visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AccentureCoastandCastles

A huge thank you from everyone at the Foundation!

Northern Counties School is delighted to learn that number one best-selling author David Walliams has dedicated his latest book to the school.
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The World’s Worst Children 2 is the follow-up to Walliams’ bestseller The World’s Worst Children and includes ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids!
If you thought you had read about the World’s Worst Children already, you’re in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine!
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David is a great friend of the school having visited in the past and both children and staff were over the moon to find out the Britain’s Got Talent judge has dedicated the book to them.
Head of Northern Counties School, Jo Allen, said: “We are over the moon that David has dedicated his book to his friends here at Northern Counties School”.
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Percy Hedley School donates equipment to Uganda

Percy Hedley School has donated some specialist equipment to a charity which helps disabled children in Africa.

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The school donated several items to the Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) in Uganda.

The centre provides specialist rehabilitation for children with disabilities, including physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, and works to empower them to more fully engage with society despite physical or financial constraints.

Since October KCDC has treated 483 children with a wide range of disabilities and provided more than 135 pieces of specialist equipment, including wheelchairs, CP chairs, walking frames and splints.

The charity relies on fundraising or donations to continue its work – Percy Hedley School was only too happy to help, donating standers, chairs and walkers as well as an all-terrain buggy, walking sticks, leg gaiters and books.

The school also handed over books, splints and orthotic equipment donated by Peacocks Medical Group in Newcastle.

The donation was organised by Special Support Assistant Allen Harrison and he said: “It is fantastic to know that children on the other side of the world will benefit from this equipment. We hope it can make a real difference in their lives.”

Rosie Brister from KCDC said: “The large amount of equipment donated by Percy Hedley School will have a massive impact on the lives of some of the children currently accessing KCDC.”

Congratulations to Northern Thunder Powerchair Football Club, who were crowned champions of the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership at the weekend!

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Thunder went into the final weekend of games knowing a couple of wins would bring the title back to the North East and they did it in style winning all four of their games.

We are extremely proud of this fantastic achievement and are already looking forward to next season when we hope the team can retain their title.

Players Sam and Ed now turn their attentions to representing England at the Powerchair World Cup in Florida in July.

Well done to everyone involved!

Fab Fundraisers: Taking on Tough Mudder for Josh

Through our work, we are lucky to meet some amazing people, who go above and beyond to raise vital funds to ensure we can continue our work with disabled children, young people and adults.

We are extremely grateful to each and every single person who has raised money, made a donation or organised a fundraising event in aid of us. Every penny really does count in our mission to improve the lives of those we support and care for.

There are lots of ways people raise money for The Percy Hedley Foundation, but what we really love hearing about is why they do it. In our feature, Fab Fundraisers, we’ll get the story behind their amazing efforts.

Peter’s Story

This July fundraiser Peter Milne will take on Tough Mudder Yorkshire to raise money for the Foundation.

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Tough Mudder is a 12-mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag participants out of their comfort zone by testing physical strength, stamina, and mental grit.

Peter has never run that sort of distance before, but he has plenty of inspiration to get him through the gruelling course.

Peter’s nephew, Josh, 4, is autistic and started at Hedleys Percy Hedley School in November 2016. He has been inspired to raise money for the Foundation having seen the impact attending the school has had on Josh.

“Ever since Josh joined Percy Hedley School he is a much happier boy,” Peter explained.

“He’s learning more and he’s just enjoying life more. Percy Hedley does an amazing job and the family is very grateful for the help and support Josh receives at school.

“We have seen a real difference since he started so I wanted to do something to raise money for the Foundation.”

Peter is no stranger to running through mud having been part of the Officer Training Corps, but admits to never having run as far as 12 miles before.

He said: “I wanted to give myself a fun and exciting challenge and Tough Mudder is one I’ve been thinking of doing for a while now.

“I’ve never done a 10-12 mile run before, though, and I’ve done no training whatsoever. I play football once a week and that’s about it!”

If you would like to support Peter please check out his Virgin Giving Page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterMilne

Northern Thunder Powerchair Football Club has received a huge boost ahead of next season thanks to Newcastle law firm Bond Dickinson.

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The Hedleys Sport outfit were delighted to receive a donation of £1200 from the Quayside-based firm, which will be used to buy new kit for next season.

Northern Thunder play their final games of the season this weekend when they hope to reclaim the Muscular Dystrophy National League title. They sit five points clear at the top of the table with four games to play.

It’s been another successful season for the team, who will have two representatives playing for England at the Powerchair World Cup in Florida in July.

Sam Smith and Edward Common are top scorers for Thunder this season and hope they can make it a league and cup double.

Asmah Baig, Community Relations Programme Manager at Bond Dickinson, presented a cheque to the team along with Hedleys Employability Manager Christine Shanks-Brownlee at their training session on Monday evening.

Staff at Bond Dickinson, who employ over 500 people in the North East, raise money throughout the year doing various activities and have already supported The Percy Hedley Foundation with donations to Hedleys College and Hedleys Employability.

Furthermore, the firm has also supported work placements and supported students doing a Toolkit for employers, which involves looking at documents, such job specifications and adverts to make them easy to read.

Michelle Strong, Head of Community and Enterprise at The Percy Hedley Foundation said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous donation from Bond Dickinson.

“Their support is greatly appreciated and will enable us to buy new kit for our very successful Northern Thunder team. Our thanks go to Asmah and all the staff at Bond Dickinson for this amazing support.”

Northern Thunder is part of the Foundation’s Sports Academy, based at Percy Hedley School in Killingworth.

For more information visit: http://www.percyhedley.org.uk/adult-services/hedleys-sports-academy/

We would like to say a huge good luck to Carolyn, who is taking on the London Marathon in aid of the Foundation on Sunday.

Carolyn is a seasoned runner having completed a number of half marathons in the past, but she has never tackled a marathon before.

She said: “I wanted to challenge myself and what better way than to run a marathon ‘once’ and I really wanted to run London. I got a place via my running club ballot and will take my place on the start line with over 35,000 other runners this Sunday.”

Growing up, Carolyn volunteered time and raised money for children with disabilities in the North West and now has friends who use the services provided by The Percy Hedley Foundation.

“It was the ideal choice for me (to raise money for),” she said. “I’m also keen to raise money for a local charity where the support benefits the local community.”

Already, Carolyn has raised a staggering £800 and hopes her total will increase in the coming days.

Huge good luck from everyone at the Foundation Carolyn and thank you for #MakingADifference

If you would like to support Carolyn please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caro-the-arrow