Thank you to our supporters
Going Green for World CP Day
World CP Day is a global awareness campaign held annually to tackle misconceptions about cerebral palsy and to provide a platform for people living with the condition. We decided to turn up the volume on Birmingham’s ‘Go Green for CP’ campaign this year, partnering up with Cerebral Palsy Midlands to turn the city green and create a week of positive activities to raise awareness.
There was a range of community engagement throughout the week; receiving fantastic support and recognition from The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, spreading the word about cerebral palsy in our local ASDA store, dressing up in green across both charities’ services and lighting up iconic buildings.
Lightwoods House in Bearwood was dowsed in green light throughout the whole week, while Old Joe’s Clock Face at University of Birmingham began glowing green on the day itself, along with The Library of Birmingham’s spectacular architecture twinkling like emeralds in the distance!
The highlight of our week had to be the ‘photo flash-mob’ at Old Joe; around 50 individuals either living with cerebral palsy or with a personal connection to cerebral palsy gathered at the famous clock. We played music, shared stories, met new friends and caught up with old ones, waved our green glowsticks and took some memorable photos at this iconic location – all to represent Birmingham has a place uniting in support and awareness for people with cerebral palsy.
This year our Climb Snowdon team had their work cut out for them. We heard forecasts of torrential rain and strong winds, then faced the ferocious elements for 6 hours up and down the highest mountain in England and Wales. While safe and secure, the team were soaking wet through their waterproofs, rather cold and very uncomfortable. It was a tough day for everybody, even those experienced at hiking and trekking found it very hard work.
Typical of NICE supporters, though, they shifted their perspectives through the harsh winds and tricky terrain. Taking a leaf out of our beneficiaries’ book, they saw obstacles and challenges in their way and pushed through those boundaries to reach the summit. They all banded together and encouraged each other to complete the trek, feeling a great sense of pride to have conquered Snowdon in such difficult conditions.
Most certainly after a hot shower, a warm drink and a hearty dinner, everybody reflected on what they had achieved – facing all the elements and raising a phenomenal £6,542 – all having a spectacular tale to tell.
Come and join us next year for our Climb Snowdon trek! Get in touch with Annie on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and find out more.
Overbury Music Night hits the right note for NICE
Overbury very kindly made NICE their chosen charity for their popular music night they hosted in Saint Pauls House in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Over 260 guests attended from the property sector and danced the night away to Overbury’s house band Ohio and a sting of 14 other budding vocalists and musicians. The night raised an impressive £2,959.58! We are extremely grateful for the funds raised, but also for the exposure NICE received from the event raising awareness of what we do to a local crowd.
In NICE Company
We launched an event which was the first of its kind for NICE, a networking corporate dinner at the Hotel du Vin & Bistro in Birmingham very generously supported by Savills. It was very much a business-focused evening with guest speaker Roger Mendonça, Chief Operating Officer at the West Midlands Growth Company. Roger delivered an engaging talk on the West Midlands making its mark on the world. Refreshingly open and honest in addressing the challenges local businesses face, whilst shining a passionate sense of hope and enthusiasm towards the future of business for the Birmingham area. The evening was hosted by the lovely Sam Mann and finished with a buzzing, fast-paced auction delivered by Andrew Grant. The evening raised a total of £1,875 and received very positive feedback from the guests who joined us.
Know any companies or corporate supporters you could put us in touch with? We would be very grateful for any contacts and connections. If you can offer a helping hand, please contact Hannah on email@example.com
Autumn Wolf Run
13 brave wolves took on the Autumn Wolf Run, tackling obstacles, muddy bogs and lakes and raised £1,808.50 for NICE. Corporate supporters, the Office Agents Society, have been loyal Wolf Runners for some time, and this year we brought together a team from our NICE community to join them. We were joined by local companies, our families and some conductors, too. They raised a brilliant £X for us and we are proud they showed up to face challenges, as NICE families do each day.
Contact Annie on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in the Autumn Wolf Run on 5 September 2020
NICE Heights Charity Abseil
Ten daring individuals across our children’s and adults’ services took on a 100ft abseil over the summer. Based on the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire, participants started atop the iconic viaduct bridge, brushing shoulders with the treetops. It was a daunting drop down; there was a buzz of excitement and nervous amongst everyone.
In true reflection of our positive approach at NICE, each abseiler channelled the belief in their own potential and pushed through any barriers that neurological conditions can place in the way. From shifting bodyweight differently to usual, lowering themselves down from a great height, and making that first move over that edge.
The abseilers raised a brilliant £5,395 for NICE and we are delighted. The display of courage and self-belief, however, was extraordinatry and as a team, the abseilers demonstrated that living with a disability is no barrier to epic outdoor adventures.
Fancy taking a leaf out of their books? Want to keep the NICE adventurous spirit going? Let us know if you’d like to get involved next year. Receiving your expression of interest is absolutely key to us doing it all over again in 2020. Contact Annie on email@example.com
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