September 2014 - Ice Bucket Challenge
Ronnie Fletcher and Stuart Watts braved the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' and very kindly donated £25 and £20 respectively to nsif. Thank you both!
September 2014 - Donation by Julie Fice
Our friend Julie Fice, who lives in London, made a generous donation of £20. Whilst she is unable to attend events held locally she made the effort to meet up with the riders at Tower Bridge at the end of the 'Bridge to Bridge' Bike Challenge and we are very grateful for her support. Thank you Julie.
May 2nd and 3rd 2014 - Coast to Coast Cycle challenge
Spirits were high as riders John Pye, Phil Nevet, Ray Lydon, Mark Hiley, Dave Sayers and Ronnie Fletcher, together with the support vehicle crew Nicky Swan (plus badge !) and young Noah set off for Lancaster at tea-time on Friday 1st May. The destination was the Penny Bridge Hotel where after a few Wainwrights the challenge ahead did not seem too bad.
Saturday morning and the weather was reasonable as we set off for Morecambe and a "before" photo at the Eric Morecambe statue on the seafront - Bridlington 170 miles !
Within a few miles of setting off from Morecambe, the weather became cold, wet and unusually the wind was a strong easterly (head wind) and these combined to make riding conditions very difficult. Arriving in Settle, a stop for over-shoes was made before taking on the steep climb out of town which proved to be too much for all but the king of the mountains, Ronnie Fletcher, with each of the other riders being forced to walk at least some of the 20% gradient.
Weather conditions worsened as the many hills were climbed and the miles were clocked up so that we were running well behind schedule and eventually completed the 112 miles to York by 9.45pm on the Sarurday night, some 12 hours after setting off!
A full English breakfast on the Sunday morning was eaten whilst watching the rain teeming down outside, so after fashioning rain jackets from some spare bin bags, we set off on the remaining 62 miles to Bridlington. Despite the bad weather, we made good time and the rain eventually stopped by the mid-afternoon stop in Driffield, with our arrival on Bridlington seafront at 4.15 bathed in sunshine with a welcoming party of family and friends - never have fish and chips (and champagne !) tasted so good.
Despite the gruelling nature of the ride, and a few "never again" moments, this coast to coast was very worthwhile with £1,416.25, (including gift aid) raised in sponsorship for nsif.
Special thanks go to Ronnie Fletcher for organising the ride and drumming up a lot of support, again, for this excellent cause, but thanks also to the other riders and support team who gave up their weekend to take part.
Here's to the next one !
December 2014 - Handelsbanken Hesslewood, Hull
Staff at Handelsbanken, Hesslewood, Hull (where Steve now works) decided to donate to charity instead of exchanging Christmas cards at work. We are delighted that they chose the nsif to benefit from this and a generous donation of £72.30 was gratefully received. A massive thank you to you all!
December 2014 - Christmas Donations
A number of family and friends decided to donate to nsif instead of sending Christmas cards this year. We really appreciate the support from:-
Janet and Ian Huscroft
Alex, Laura and Freddie Lattimore
Kath and Dave Cutler
A fantastic £105 was contributed to help to continue the wonderful work of Professor Raisman. Thank you all for your generosity.
November 2014 - Exxon Mobil
It was an honour for nsif to receive a cheque in the sum of £40 from the estate of the late Mr David Ludford, as instructed by his daughter Janette Needham. Our condolences and thanks to all of his family.
November 2014 - Donations
£20 - Andy and Val
£10 - Ron and Gill Dickinson
£20 - Barbara
£5 - Sylvie
Earlier this year, we put forward the nsif to be one of the three nominated charities for the ASDA green token 'charity of the month' at ASDA Living, Anlaby. With the support of family and friends, nsif won the first prize of £100 ! Thank you to ASDA and everyone who contributed to this success.
October 2014 - Donation Mike Ward, Portable Building Sales Ltd
We are delighted to receive a very generous donation from Mike Ward of £200! We are very grateful for your continued support.
Friday 17th October was the date for our latest Video Horse Race Night, with Supper, Raffle, Auction and Disco. Following our previous two successful Race Nights held at the Hallmark, North Ferriby, we were delighted that our change of venue to Staff House, Hull University was so well received by the 175 guests in attendance. Angela had worked tirelessly for many weeks leading up to the event, securing from supporters and local businesses more than 60 raffle prizes and 9 Auction items, and her organisation of the evening ensured that all ran smoothly. Once again, we were grateful for the services of the "Fab Four" ladies, Helen, Nadine, Pauline and Alison who took all of the bets on the racing and made the payouts to the lucky punters. Big Phil, from R N Promotions, kept the evening moving along and did really well with the Auction (probably a good job that Horse 1 won the Auction Race !). The quality, quantity and service of the supper was first class, so thanks are also due to Jenny, Lynn and staff from the University of Hull, who helped to make the evening such a success. The combined efforts of everyone involved and the great support from all there on the night resulted in the event raising a tremendous sum of £7,682.60 for nsif, including a generous amount of £3,500 from Santander Match Funding Scheme, which takes the total raised by our local branch of the charity to £52,341.03 - all of which helps to further the research work of Professor Raisman and brings a cure for spinal injury a little closer. We are so grateful for the generosity shown and hope that the imminent news of a breakthrough will be just reward for everyone's efforts to date.
Special thanks go to the following sponsors/donors of raffle/auction items - hopefully you will choose to show your support for these businesses:
Napoleons Casino, Hull
Handelsbanken, Hull Hesslewood
The Beech Tree, Kirk Ella
Rebels Smoke House, Beverley
Unique Salons Group (Hessle; Beverley; Cottingham)
JCT 600 Group, Hull
Salisbury Garage, Hull
Brian Fields Family Butchers of Anlaby
Aaron Hair, Main Street, Willerby
The Premier Practice, Willerby
Alexander Hair & Beauty, Anlaby
Palm Springs Health Club, Anlaby
Time Out, LH1, Willerby
Atkinsons Cafe Bar, Willerby
Nuffield Health & Wellbeing, Hull
Toby Carvery of Willerby
Woodys of Anlaby
Tim & Jayne Kitching
Haltemprice Leisure Centre
Costa Coffee Anlaby
Solo Music Cafe, Willerby
East Riding Rooms, Hessle
Ian & Carol Robinson
Orange Blossom, Cottingham
Boots the Chemist, Anlaby
Headfirst, Salisbury Street, Hull
Tesco Express, Willerby
The Village, Cottingham
Mick Jordan Construction
The Hull Foot Clinic
Platform School of Performing Arts
Eastfield and Anlaby Out of School Clubs
Next Generation Bathrooms
Hull Golf Club, Kirk Ella
Grange Park Golf Club, Kimberworth, Rotherham
John Duggleby Homes Limited
Ings Lane Garden Centre, Dunswell
Pasco's of Cottingham
October 2014 - Donation by Joan Burnham
Joan is a regular donor of money to nsif and a long standing supporter of the charity. She very kindly donated a further sum of £50 which was very generous of her. Thank you Joan.
8th June 2014 - Hull 10k
This year, 11 runners made up 'Team Nicholls' for the Hull 10k. We all enjoyed the event despite the soaring temperature! Thank you all for your efforts and your continued support and for helping to raise a fantastic sum of £1747.50!! Brilliant!!
7th June 2014 - Alison Branton - Beverley 20
Our friend Alison took part in an event called the Beverley 20 which is a 20 mile walk, starting in Beverley and finishing at Hessle Foreshore. Alison has been a loyal supporter of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation since the Hull and East Riding Branch was first established and, once again, she chose to raise sponsorship for the Foundation. Thank you Alison for completing the walk in torrential rain!!