Welcome from Carole Harder, Chief Executive

 

We are delighted to announce that we have bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme!

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the shoppers who voted for us in Tesco, we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded £4000.

This grant will go towards buying and fitting a specialist wheelchair accessible roundabout for outdoor play.

“The wheelchair accessible roundabout will enable young people with very complex needs to experience being on a roundabout which they will have not been able to access before. This will provide a new sensory experience and will support the development of each child’s individual communication skills. But most importantly it will be fun!”

Claire Ramsey, Deputy Head at Northern Counties School.

 

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

 

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Organise your own event!

Why not organise your own event?

Lovely people from across the North East are baking, walking, sitting in silence, head shaving, pub quiz-ing, singing, dancing and everything in between to raise vital funds for Percy Hedley!

Let us know your plans and we’ll do everything we can to help you make the most of your fundraising.  Drop us a line to let us know what you are doing, or if you’d like to chat about an idea you have, please call us on 0191 212 7878 or email fundraising@percyheldey.org.uk, and together we will make a real difference to disabled people in the North East.

You can read more about our work and the wonderful people who support us here and don’t forget to send us photos of your fundraising and we’ll do our best to share them on Facebook and Twitter!

The Percy Hedley Ball 2018

We are delighted to announce our ever popular Percy Hedley Ball is returning on Saturday 17 November with a new theme and a new venue!

The Percy Hedley Ball is one of the region’s most popular and enduring charity balls, attracting hundreds of guests each year.  Since it began over 10 years ago, our ball has raised over £1/2 million to support disabled children, young people and adults across the North East.  Each year our guests look forward to being dazzled by the themes of our ball, which have included Arabian Nights, Black & White and Moulin Rouge.

This year prepare to be Spellbound…

Our ball this year is moving across the Tyne (just!) and the Hilton NewcastleGateshead will be our home for an evening of glamour, first class entertainment, and a sprinkle of magic…

Tables are on sale now at  £1,300 for a table of 10, with a limited number of VIP tables at £1,800.  Individual tickets are also available.  If you would like to book your tickets or find out more about the event, please get in touch with Maria

on 0191 212 7878 or email us

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Our 2018 Headline Sponsor:

Simplyheath Great North Run 2019

The Simplyhealth Great North Run – Is 2019 your year?

Thank you to all our amazing 2018 Great North Runners who took part in this year’s event, raising thousands of pounds which will transform the lives of disabled people here in the North East.  We think you are brilliant!

If you are inspired, and think 2019 might be your year to take on the world’s most iconic half marathon, we have just the incentive you need!!

The first 30 people to sign up for the Great North Run 2019 before 30 September will secure their place for the discounted registration fee of just £40.  (Usual price is £55, subject to change by Great Run Company.)

We ask that our #TeamPercyHedley runners pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £300, and we will be here to support you every step of the way with your fundraising and your training,

So why not sign up now for 2019 and become one of our amazing #TeamPercyHedley runners?  Every step you take really will make a difference.

 

We are delighted that, after an amazing year of support in 2018, the region’s leading IT specialist firm ITPS has joined us again as sponsor of #TeamPercyHedley at the 2019 Great North Run. Thank you so much for everything you do for Percy Hedley, we couldn’t do it without you.

 

 

Great North Swim 2019

Great North Swim – Saturday 8 June 2019

Congratulations and thank you so much to our fantastic 2018 Great North Swimmers!

Not only have you achieved something amazing by swimming a mile across Lake Windermere, you have raised thousands of pounds to support disabled children, young people and adults across the North East!

Thank you so much!

If you are inspired by this amazing bunch, why not sign up now for Great North Swim 2019?

Registration is just £35, and we ask our swimmers to pledge to raise £200 in sponsorship so why not take the plunge (sorry) and sign up for 2019 now!

 

Great North Run 2018

Thank you so much to our fantastic #TeamPercyHedley 2018 Great North Runners! You were all absolutely amazing and together haver raised tens of thousands of pounds to support our work!

Below are our photos of the day, and feel free free to share yours with us on Facebook or email them to us at fundraising@percyhedley.org.uk and we’ll add them to the gallery.

Click below to see the gallery:

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Do you remember the amazing Poppy Picture made by Philip and Jessica at Hedleys Able 2?

The artwork, which took 9 months to complete, was won in an auction at the CIPD North East Awards by Formica, who bid £1,000 for it.

This week, Philip and Jessica were invited to visit Formica in North Shields to see their work hanging proudly on the office wall and have a tour.

In a lovely gesture, Formica presented Philip and Jessica with a laminated version of the Poppy picture to take back to Able 2!

Huge thanks to Emma, Michelle and Paul from organising the visit and to the Hedleys Employability team for arranging the auction!

Proceeds from the auction of the Poppy went back to Able 2 to reinvest in the service.

Great North Swim 2018 – sign up now!

Take the plunge and join our team for the 1 mile Great North Swim and help support disabled children, young people and adults in the North East

Date: 9th June 2018

Location: Lake Windermere, Lake District National Park, Cumbria LA23 1LJ

Distance: 1 mile open water (You must be 16 years or over on the day of the event to enter)

Registration fee: £45

Minimum sponsorship: £150

The Great North Swim is an open water swim taking place in the serene waters of beautiful Lake Windermere and is a brilliant challenge for swimmers of all abilities, from first timers to Olympic champions!

Sign up now at: http://www.percyhedley.org.uk/product/great-north-swim-2018/

FAQs can be found at: http://www.greatrun.org/faqs/great-swim

Already have your own place?

If you have already secured your own place in the event, we would love to hear from you. You can easily request a sponsorship form by emailing m.hallett@percyhedley.org.uk. We will be with you every step of the way!

For more information contact Maria Hallett on m.hallett@percyhedley.org.uk

We are throwing the gauntlet down to businesses once again with a special edition of our corporate fundraising challenge, Challenge 500.

To celebrate our 65th anniversary next year’s challenge will be renamed Challenge 650 and see companies given a £650 seed fund. The winner of the challenge is the team that makes the money grow the most!

Businesses can promote their own mini enterprises, hold weekly fundraising events in their offices or with their customers, invest in the Stock Market or even stick their £500 in a high interest bank account if they can find one!

We are encouraging local companies to get involved in what is a proven method of fundraising to help a good cause and a way to build essential working skills and motivate employees.

After six months the companies will hand back the £650 to The Percy Hedley Foundation, plus any other money they have raised by taking part in the challenge.

Last year’s winner were Burnetts Solicitors, who raised a staggering £21,000! Could your team beat that?

To sign up a team or for more information click here.