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Red Boots Ball
Saturday 30th September
Last year’s Red Boots Ball was held on Saturday 30th September 2017 at the iconic ICC, Birmingham with over 270 guests in attendance, many from the Midlands Business Community.
Through the raffle, auctions and sheer generosity of the Red Boots Ball guests, an amazing £35,528 was raised for NICE, Centre for Movement Disorders which is a lifeline to people with life-long conditions such as Parkinson’s when they literally have nowhere else to go or turn to.
The Ball is not only a means to raise funds but helps us tell the local community about our services so we can help more people with movement disabilities achieve a better quality of life.
On behalf of the 400 families we support, thank you to all those who supported this event including all of our sponsors.
Midlands OAS member races to bring in £1,700 for Birmingham charity
Cameron Thomson, Senior Surveyor with the Birmingham office of Cushman & Wakefield and OAS Midlands committee member, has completed the gruelling Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham, collecting £1,700 in sponsorship in aid of NICE, which includes fund-matching by Cushman & Wakefield.
Cameron’s epic undertaking consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of cycling and a 26.2 mile run, which he completed in 14 hours and 40 minutes despite suffering a hamstring injury in the immediate run upto the event.
NICE is a truly remarkable charity. Having seen first-hand the work that they undertake at their Red Boots School in both the childrens’ and Parkinsons’ classes and knowing that I was helping to support these services was a great motivation.
Five OAS Wolves also participated in the Wolf Run trail/wild/mud run on Sunday 3rd September. The course was a testing 10km cross country run over cross country terrain including river and bog crossings, various strength and climbing obstacles and a 150m waterslide.
Huge thanks to Jon Ottewell (Savills), Joe Shorney (Savills), Alex Tross (LSH), Harry Young (Cushman & Wakefield) and Cameron Thomson (C & W) – the OAS ‘pack’ who conquered the course.
Matt Joyner, set himself the #OrlOrNothing challenge to raise funds for a friend’s daughter who is helped by NICE.
Orlaith has severe hypotonia (low muscle tone) which affects her gross and fine motor skills such as sitting up and walking. She has weekly sessions at NICE & with this support she is beginning to make progress and build muscle strength. The next goal we are working on is being able to sit unassisted.
This challenge was not for the faint hearted, and involved four half marathon’s and a tough mudder, finishing with the Venice Marathon on Sunday 22nd October. In total he has raised an amazing £3,330 which will be split 50/50 between NICE and Orlaith’s family.
Community Award Grant
NICE benefits greatly from Community Award Grant
NICE has been extremely fortunate to have been awarded a thrilling £25,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). As part of their Tercentenary Fund and to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry in England, £3 million of charity funding was awarded to 300 nominated charities. Following a public vote, we were delighted to receive £25,000 from the MCF, through donations and funds raised from Freemasons in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire. Thank you for your support and to everyone who voted for us!
The grant will help fund our Milestone Club and Red Boots Nursery, which form our Early Year’s services for toddlers and very young children below the age of five who were born with a form of neurological physical disability, such as cerebral palsy. All of the grants and donations we receive towards our Early Years services help keep these free of charge for our families, continually helping their child develop skills early on in life, which proves to be vital towards their overall development.
Further details regarding the MCF can be found at www.mcf.org.uk
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