Events and Fundraising
We raise funds to enable us to provide practical help and information to people with MND, and to fund research that we hope will develop effective treatments for MND and, one day, find a cure.
We receive no national or local government funding and are entirely reliant on our own fund raising efforts and the generosity of our supporters.
The South Yorkshire Branch fundraising group comprises of a small number of volunteers who organise a range of events for the branch each year. They welcome any help and support no matter how little time you have to spare. Fundraising by others on behalf of the branch is very important and really helps us to respond positively to all the funding requests we receive.
Recent Events & Future Dates for the Diary:
Congratulations to everyone involved in the evening of entertainment and fundraising at Mount Pleasant Hotel Doncaster. Dave Booker joined them for a successful and enjoyable evening, raising funds and awareness. Photos on Flickr as usual.
Congratulations to Hannah Butler who ran the London Parks Half Marathon recently. Hannah supported her mum Carol who was living with MND in Rotherham and she took a team of family and friends down to London to cheer her on. Thanks for the photos for our Flickr albums Hannah.
Thanks to THUGS
Thorpe Hesley Ultimate Golf Society held their annual presentation recently at the Red Lion Hotel in Thorpe Hesley. Dave Booker, Trevor Peacock and Geoff Bland from the branch fundraising group went along again to accept a cheque. Several members of the THUGS team were present as they handed over the fantastic results of all this year’s fundraising events including the Golf Tournament held in September. In total they raised a brilliant £852 which is the highest total so far since they began fundraising for the MND Association in memory of one of their team who sadly died from MND 4 years ago. Many thanks to everyone for all their hard work.
Celebrating 20 yrs of the South Yorkshire Branch.
Our first event was the excellent Bond themed Dinner Dance and a great evening of music, dancing and fundraising was had by all. A brilliant way to kick of our anniversary celebrations.
Saturday 25th November Loxley Silver Band concert. Woodseats Church Sheffield. Tickets £8. Available on the door or contact Michael Hickman 0114 2500078
Pamela does something different! People often wonder how they can make a difference. It doesn’t have to be a big event or a sporting venture. Pamela Hinchcliffe was recently diagnosed with MND and decided to raise awareness and funds by having her hair dyed magenta. That will get people talking Pamela..!
Walk to D’Feet. Doncaster Lakeside.
There was a fantastic turn out for this year’s Walk to D’Feet at Doncaster Lakeside on Sunday 2nd July. The huge stream of boots, buggies and wheelchairs snaked their way around the lake as they all set off on their mission to say “pants to MND” and raise awareness and funds for the local branch. Some people selected to wear their striking underpants on the outside..and everyone was in an MND t.shirt forming a sea of blue at the Doncaster outlet.
Well done to Dave Booker for the great organisation and thanks to everyone who took part and donated money.
Open Meeting. Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
The July weather once again disrupted our Sheffield evening meeting as our guided tour of the gardens had to be abandoned due to the mud and rain.
We did however have a very enjoyable talk and slide show from two of the volunteers who tend the gardens,about their incredible project developing an amazing garden project from scratch in the challenging conditions of the Scottish Highlands.
Thanks to everyone who came along and to Kath and Chris for the lovely refreshments.
Sheffield Half Marathon
Well done to our fantastic team of runners on Sunday 9th April. It was 22 degrees out on the scenic but challenging route, but most people had smiles on their faces and even managed some thumbs up. MND was well represented on the streets of Sheffield and the team agreed that the supporters were great too.
Thanks to the runners, their supporters,and all those people who generously sponsored them.
Bare legs Brian launched his new campaign and fundraiser at the Sheffield Open meeting last December.. Brian will be wearing a Sheffield Tartan Kilt every single day in 2017. His “shorts for a year” campaign raised over £11.000 in 2015 and since the launch his story has featured in both the local newspaper and Radio Sheffield. www.justgiving.com/BareLegsBrian
Tuesday 21st February was the Branch AGM held at Psalter Lane Sheffield. There were no changes to the committee this time, but Mel White and Paul Hebblethwaite gave the meeting a summary of the events and financial activity in 2016. After the business meeting we had a very interesting talk from Irina Vazquez Villase who is a Phd student at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience. SITraN. Irina spoke to the meeting about the scientific poster she had presented at the International Symposium , She shared with us her experience of the event and some of the significant clinical developments too.
We are very grateful to everyone who raises money for the Branch. Many of you choose to do this via your own Just Giving or other online sites. In order to ensure that the money comes through to the Branch, it is important that you please follow these simple guidelines:
1. When setting up a fund-raising page, the fund raiser (that’s you!) can only choose to raise money for charities registered on the online giving website, in our case this is the MND Association.
2. The online site will then send the money to the MND Association national office. To ensure that it is transferred on to the Branch, you need to let our Regional Fundraiser, Mandy Metcalfe know in writing that you want the money to come to the Branch. This can be done by email to email@example.com. Please copy our Treasurer, Paul Hebblethwaite (firstname.lastname@example.org) into your email, so that he can follow-up for us.
Please note that it must be you who makes this notification; the Branch cannot do it on your behalf.
Please email Mandy at the same time as setting up the site, so that there is no confusion or delay.
3. You also need to specify that you are fund-raising for the Branch within the main body of the text on your fund-raising page, when it is set up. This is because, by law, all donors must be fully aware, at the time of giving, if the money they are donating is to go to a specific branch.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to email Paul or call him on 0114 2681441. Thanks for following this process and many thanks for all your support.