Its Been a While
Its been a while since I last updated the blog but a lot has gone on, TLC now has its own website and I now have a team supporting me with the social networking sites and any adhoc duties.
Dan completed his SkyDive safe and well and this weekend out Spinnathon takes place at ADSA Sutton. Not forgetting Tanya and Hayleys Ultra Marathon.
Training is going ok for The Virgin London Marathon, had a few injury setbacks bike Mike is helping me along my way.
The most memorable thing over the past few months is my visit to the NSPCC HQ where I met the Managing Directors Peter Wanless and several others who have supported me so far, one being Joanna who is a very inspiring character and we share a lot in common in our love for the NSPCC.
Looking forward to the months ahead, lots going on and loads of people getting involved !!!
Team TLC and other updates
Great few months for us, AFC Liam where victorious in the Special One Cup coming off 6-1 winners against Homies Utd, we raised £4,500 on the day, a little less than last year but still a great success.
Daniel Clarke, Justin Durat & Chris Aquah where given awards for their service to The Liam Charity and Emily Bennet, Francesca Keirnan & Charlie Cox where named our Younger Persons of the Year. Special Congratulations to Graham Powell (AFC Liam Keeper) who was named Man of The Match on the day. We also revealed our new logo which was designed by four students from Wallington County Grammar School.
We now have a fantastic team behind us who are going to help push the Charity work forward and we will finally be launching our new website which we are hoping will be up and running by the end of July.
We have now surpassed the £25,000 (few payments pending) are relying on TEAM-TLC to raise the final the remaining £6,000 to reach this years target of £31,000 before 07.10.13
Its been a while
Slacking a little on the blog, but we have had so much going on its been hard to take a moment out, The Zumbathon was a great success we raised around £400 and it was a fun experience (as a first time zumberer), Gary's comedy night was brilliant so many laughs and Dan Clarke who made his debut stole the show. Tina and Co. from Prestige Nursing + Care raised around £1,400 from there cycle challenge (we are still waiting for Barclays to pay there share).
We finally got past the £20,000 make and in fact to date we have a total of £21,021.15...wow!...what a tribute to Liam so proud of him and all that has been achieved in his honour x
Just over a week until The Special One Cup (how time has flown), so excited this year as we have so much more going on and so many people are getting involved and want to help out; not to mention our new logo being reveal and a guest appearance from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink!
I signed up for the London to Brighton which a few friends from my work are travelling all the way down from Leicester to take part in and am in the ballot with my good friend Tanya to take part in next years London Marathon…. I'm not doing the Triathlon this year but Max has kindly chosen The Liam Charity Fund for his sponsors which is a really kind gesture.
I will of course update everyone after the Special One Cup
First update of 2013!
It’s been a while since I updated the blog; so much has happened in the past few months it been amazing, I have met so many great people in the community who are really doing their bit to support the tribute fund. I have attended a few Sutton Youth Parliament meetings, which is always inspiring and the members are really getting behind our efforts. I have also managed to catch up with everyone from Sutton BNI which is always a pleasure.
We have completed our rebranding and now have a couple of thousand, yes thousand entries for the design our logo competition and have been taking a few assembly’s at Wallington County Grammar school to share Liam’s story and a little about the tribute fund in relation to their anti-bullying campaign
You can now follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/TheLiamCharity and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheLiamCharity
Frans cake sales inspired Julie and Hannah to do their own Halloween on which raised just over £300, Emma from Carshalton College also raised over £100 with her stall and Christian, Daniel & Tom did a 10k run to The London Eye and have raised around £350 – Its really inspiring to see that young people are taking the initiative and getting involved. We have two lots of mufti money also due to hit the account from Glenthorne High and Wallington County Grammar so we are hoping once everything is processed we will reach the £20k mark. We also are firmly involved with the new Sutton Drop In Centre which is due to open in May.
We have also been in contact with a very inspiring NSPCC fund raiser Richard who is running 13 10k runs in 2013, we would like anyone who is supporting us to check out his page on Facebook /13inThirteen and Twitter @13inThirteen.
In the next few months Prestige Nursing + Care Sleaford branch will be taking on a 100 mile cycle and we have a Zumbathon on 9th March and The Special One Cup on 4th May already booked up. Gary has pulled together some great comics and has also organised a comedy night on 19th April – so there is a lot to look forward to, bearing in mind we have a few things in the pipeline which we are waiting on before we reveal.
All in all things are looking up, I only have everyone who has supported us so far to thank, none of this would have been achieve without your support and we really are changing lives for the better.
Long may this continue
Moving Onward and Upwards
What Have we been up to
As it was well documented in previous blogs, I took part in my Triathlon late September, completing it in just over an hour and ironically finishing in 100th place it was a great achievement and thank you everyone who sponsored me and helped me to reach this goal…next year I will be persuading others to join me in a group event.
We where recognised at the Annual Council Meeting for the NSPCC and ChildLine and represented the charity as one of the 'Honouree Ambassadors' who had the privilege of meeting the Countess of Wessex, and our achievements where included in the quarterly tribute fund news letter.
We where contacted by the Sutton Youth Parliament who's members have been inspired by our work and really wanted to get involved and help, which they have dually done so and we will be organising further meetings to help with our awareness campaign, which has lead on to us being voted charity of the year at Glenthorne High School (Liam's School) and contacted by the head teacher at Wallington Grammar School to support their anti-bullying assembly.
Fran's cake sales are also going well she has now raised nearly £150 for the tribute fund which is amazing as she is baking them all by herself
Prestige Nursing Helping us along the way
Its been a great gesture that the prestige branches are really getting involved and helping out following on from Peterborough's "Donate A Shift" and Newcastle's sales of "FullStop Badges" four more branches have organised their own ways to contribute to the cause:
Jacqui Hicky from Liverpool kindly had a collection pot on her big day which raised just over £100
The proceeds from Leicestershire & Staffordshire's' annual ball with be split between ourselves and Whizz Kidz
Sleaford are in the early stages of organising a sponsored bike ride early next year
Changing for the future
The tribute fund has been busy working hard in the past month re-branding so that we can have a great impact with our venture to support ChildLine's fight to end cruelty to children, we are currently in the process of setting up our own website and ensuring that the ChildLine support line is the main focus of our work - but will now formally be know as "The Liam Charity" and can be contacted via our new email info@TheLiamCharity.org.uk
2 years on x Liam you are still so dearly miss which was evident from all your friends & family who came to see you yesterday x
Your tribute fund was recognised at the NSPCCs annual Council Meeting where I met the Dutchess of Wessex on your behalf & in your memory all your loved ones have raised £14,571.27 in just over 8 months....you should be very proud xXx
Love you always
1st Target Achieved
Today we supassed our £14,000 target which was set in honour of every year Liam graced the earth. xXx
An amazing tribute to Liam and a very proud moment for the tribute fund.
Triathlon & Updates
I have my Triathlon this Saturday, completing it in just under an hour..considering I have a few setbacks along the way (Swim had fell off in the Thames, Bike Chain fell off & Gears got stuck on High) ...and the fact that I nearly never made it thanks to London Underground :-) I was very pleased with the result.
Besides my Triathlon there has been so much going on, Glenthorne students are starting to organise their own way of funding, notably Francesca (13) who has been baking her own cakes and selling them on.
The Tribute fund was also a part of the Save St Helier fun day where I met Emily from the Sutton Youth Parliament and will now bee attending one of their upcoming meetings to meet the team and learn about how the tribute fund is inspiring them.
I met up with the Sutton BNI to update them on the progress which was very nice to see them all again and made a couple of contacts which will be helping with the tribute fund moving forward.
I am also very proud to be attending the NSPCC Annual Council Meeting to find out more about the charity itself and how it wishes to move forward.
It has been an overwhelming day today but many tributes have been made for Liam x
RIP Brother Gone but never ever forgotten x
**Ups and Downs**
The Charity 5-A-Side raised £231.25, both teams from AFC Liam were knocked out in the semis with The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse narrowly beaten by Culvers in the final. We would like to thank Goals Soccer Centre for supporting the event by allowing us to use their facilities as well as donating some raffle prizes to use at a later date.
We had our story feature in Issue 30 (19th July) of Full House which is another step forward to raising the profile of the tribute fund.
Training for my Triathlon is also picking up, after a few injury set backs I am very much confident now that I am ready to take on the challenge, many thanks to Chris Aquah who has really helped me with my swimming in the past few weeks. From this I am still hoping to raise at least £2,500 worth of sponsors for taking part.
On Saturday I took part in the Spinathon100 outside Tesco's (A217-Cheam), Cycling non-stop for 6hrs 12mins covering a distance of 125km (1km for every £1 we wish to raise in Liam's memory & 1km for every year ChildLine has been existence). We raised £550.42 (inc Gift Aid) which was far more than anticipated.
I had the privilege of attending the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert on Monday which was an absolute pleasure (not bad for a first concert to go to either).
Had a fantastic time and it will defiantly live in the memory for years to come.
The Tribute Fund will be featuring in next months edition of Full House! the contract has been signed and all information passed on.... So look out for us.
Training is going steadily, I have mastered 2 of the 3 disciplines, so I will be heading to the pool to master the last (and hardest) leading up to the big day on 22nd September … Wish Me Luck!
We have two events coming up at the end of this month we will be once again Buskin with Justin and half way through the following month we have a 5-A-Side organised in Beckenham so fingers crossed we can raise some more funds and keep up the momentum!
**Big Step Forward!**
Our first event was a success, Around 500 people turned up on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we raised in total £4,802.74 for the tribute fund which equates to £6,003.43 for the NSPCC and ChildLine. The feedback from so many has been very positive and Carshalton Athletic FC have invited us back next year and we will be back to try and top this great achievement. Well done to Homies Utd who was victorious by 1-0 on the day.
Massive thank you to so many people:
*Vicky and Mark from the NSPCC as well as Michael (Director of Fundraising from the NSPCC) who presented the winners trophy
*MP Tom Brake who pulled the raffle and presented the runners up medals
*Justin D for sharing his amazing musical talents
*Sheri and Debbie from Destiny Stage School and all the girls who gave a superb half time performance
*Clare and all the staff from Carshalton Athletic FC who worked very hard providing all the refreshments and food for the supporters
*Tom and Michael from Cappagh Group of Companies for Sponsoring the Full Kits
*Jonathan from Prestige Nursing allowing me more flexible hours to attend meetings
*Hussein and Printwell for providing the programs, tickets and banner
*Jacqui from Sovereign motors who sponsored the match and also helped out on the day
*Sarah and Cladish for all the great trophies
*Liam's Friends: Jimmy, Michael, George and Sean who took part in the opening ceremony
*Laurence, Simon, Taylor who also helped with the setting up and running of the day
*The 3 match officials Matt, Dave and Paul
*...and of course all the lads from AFC Carshalton (AFC Liam) and Homies United who took part in the match
A great achievement for all involved on a very special day!
The Time Has Come
Last Sunday Cappagh Ltd had their own fund day and dedicated the funds for the day to the tribute fund which is looking to contribute a further £2,500 to our cause!
And their is just Two more days to go and for the First Major event organised by The Liam Woodley Hearne Tribute Fund which will take place at Carshalton Athletic FC on the 12th May 2012 between 13:00 - 16:30.
The event included live performances from local Musician Justin D, Half Time entertainment from Destiny Dance School, a Raffle pulled by local MP Tom Brake which has a great variety of prizes included (Signed Football Memorabilia, Zumba Lessons, Xbox Games Console…to name a few) and of course the main event - a competitive football match between AFC Liam and Homies United FC
There has also been more great news regarding the tribute fund - The Director of Fundraising for the NSPCC has contacted and told us how inspired he is by our efforts and has asked us to be a part of future events organised by the NSPCC themselves - and will be presenting the winners trophy on the 12th May.
The local Guardian newspaper has also requested to cover the event and has today sent included the tribute fund in its paper which has already raised over £2,350 for the tribute fund and ChildLine.
It is looking to be a promising day suitable for the whole family and with entry just £5 Adult, £3 Child (16-13) and Free for 12 and under (tickets available on the door) it will definitely be value for money not forgetting that ALL the proceeds will be going to a great cause in ChildLine.
Bring on the weekend!!!
Building Momentum - Posted A little Late
The past three weeks have been a very sucessful one for the tribute fund which currently stands at£1,605.50. We are starting to be recognised for all the hard work that is going into our fundraising and awareness campaign, so much that we have been invited to the Queens Diamond Jubalee concerton 4th June which is a great honour to say the least.
I visited the ChildLine head office and had a chance to see first hand the work that goes into supporting the children both through telecom and email, it was definately an inspirational and worth while trip up to London and further emphasised the importance of what the tribute fund is trying to achieve.
I attended the Sutton BNI meeting and met some very kind local business men and women who all contributed to the tribute fund box that was share round. I also made some new contacts which will help our future events and to establish the tribute funds name to a wider audience.
Prestige Nursing's Sleaford branch has joined Peterborough and Newcastle in pledging an event in aid of the tribute fund, they are going to organise a coffee morning with a raffle in the coming months. Another event has been added to our Schedule on 26th May; a Spinnathon outside the local Tesco's supermarket which is an epic 8 hour cycle with teams of 4 cyclists having 2 hour stints and still a couple more carboots this weekend and next....and of course our first major event the upcoming football match on 12th May.
Training for my Triathlon is going well to, I am starting to combine cycling and running which I have covered the full distance but am hoping to improve on the time before adding the swimming to the trio of diciplines.
March - A Very Busy Month!
March has been a very busy month for us, we became one of the Charities of the Year for Prestige Nursing + Care Ltd and the Cappagh Group of Companies Ltd, both of which will be working to help raise money on behalf of the fund. 2 local schools, Glenthorne High and Stanley Park kindly invited us into their schools and have offered their full backing by helping with our campaign to raise money, but more vitally by raising awareness of what ChildLine provides for children and young adults in their hours of need.
Our events are up and running we have managed to get everything arrange for the Charity Football Match on 12th May at Carshalton Football Ground whilst meeting a lot of kind and generous people along the way. Around 200 tickets have been sold to-date raising round £800 on their own, adding that to the £500 players donation and £100 from a match sponsor, the event has already raised £1,400 and this is sure to rise leading up to the event." <br /><br />Some of the staff at Prestige Nursing + Care at Peterborough branch have kindly offered to donate one shift to the tribute fund which is looking to bring in around £500-£800 and our Newcastle office has been selling NSPCC badges and will be organising an event when they relocate to new offices in Sunderland. Our first Car boot was a success, a small local one at Morden Primary School which we raised £55.00 whilst spreading the word of the tribute fund and ChildLine, we aim to do at least two more in the month of April which are slightly bigger. All in all it has been a great success and the more people involved the better, check out for the updates as I will be keeping you all updated in the coming weeks of what has been going on and the future events
I am alsp very proud and honoured to say that we have been invited to the Queens Diamond Jubalee concert on the 4th of June which will take place in Buckingham Palace...
The Only Way Is Up!!!!
Things are really starting to pick up with the Charity Football Match...Cappagh Public Works have provided a kit for both teams and Sovereign Autos have kindly made a donation so that we can have the best quality footballs on the day...
Bit of a setback regarding the Triathlon I have a slight tear in my right forearm which means I will be out of training for a couple of weeks..But will still be hitting the cardio...
Meeting MP Tom Brake this week too and heading into Stanley Park High School Busy Busy Busy...!
OPPS !Its been a While
It was a year and a half ago this week, still a raw feeling, but it is making me more determined to reach the target
Been very busy organising the events and have met so many nice people along the way and were only just getting started. So much support is being given and we look sure to reach our target in good time *touch wood*
Glenthorne High School and Cladish sports have joined our list of growing supporters...
Training is going well - even though visual it has not taken shape yet, physically Im feeling much more fitter and fresh but still a long way to go Meeting Local MP Tom Brake for a training session in a couple of weeks....wish me luck!!!!
Sponsored Football 12th MARCH!!!!
Great News!!! We have now secured a venue for the sponsored football Match...Carshalton Athletic FC have kindly offered their facilities on 12th May to stage the event. The stadium also has a Bar and Food Stand which will be open on the day for Attendees to purchase drink and food during the match.
Triathlon 22nd SEPTEMBER!!!
The 'Zone Fitness Academy' have generously provided me with full access to their excellent training facilities and expert advice, to help me prepare for my Triathlon....
Thank you for the support
A big thank you to all the support given since the fund was created, it may not seem it ,but there is allot of things in the pipeline, training is going ok, been taken over by lots of planning but will be increasing the intensity over the coming weeks...We are also now on Twitter and Facebook, where our events and ongoing can be followed in more detail.
Training has officially begun
Big thank you to Jay Jay 316 for doing my personal training program (free of charge may I add) now its time to put the work in...also to Denise Dixon who has pledged £10 standing order until we reach the 10k target as well as Prestige Nursing who have agreed to sponsor £250 upon completion of my triathlon....the ball is now rolling!!!