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Arts and Crafts and Woolly Hats for charity in Bristol

An arts and crafts extravaganza

The Bristol charity, the Children’s Scrapstore, are hosting an arts and crafts extravaganza at their open day on 24 September, to celebrate the installation of new solar and PV panels on the Children’s Scrapstore’s roof, following a grant from the Low Carbon Buildings Trust.

People will be able to get their hands on mountains of play and craft materials which include everything from foam shapes to foil and fabric. This is normally only available to members such as schools, playgroups, children’s centres etc. but for one day only children and families can take part in free workshops and dig out art and craft bargains to take home.

Activities at the Scrapstore, 21 Sevier Street, St Werburghs, will include:

  • Free workshops (no booking required) with craft experts showing children and families how to make the most out of scrap
  • Bristol Pedal Revolution and Biggles Recycles will offer pedal powered woodwork, whilst whipping up smoothies to wash it down with
  • Bike maintenance and mending with Dr Bike
  • Bristol Bike Project drop point, taking donations of old, unwanted bikes to recondition and re-use

The open day will be held at the Scrapstore, 21 Sevier Street, St Werburghs, BS2 9LB from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 24 September

For further information contact: enquiries@childrensscrapstore.co.uk, 0117 908 5644, www.childrensscrapstore.co.uk

Woolly Hat Day for St Mungos


The homeless center on Jamaica Street, St Mungos, is hosting, promoting and supporting a hilarious hats day on November 4 to raise funds for the charity.

The national homeless charity provides healthcare advice and employment support for Bristol’s homeless and is looking to raise money with its Woolly Hat Day.

Martin Freeman, from Sherlock, and comedian Ed Byrne are supporting this warm-headed day and hope you will too.

For more information and ideas:

Indian food banquet for charity, 5 March, Bristol

An authentic Indian banquet on Saturday, 5 March, will include 12 traditional Indian dishes, entertainment, a cheap bar and over 100 guests in what promises to be a fantastic evening. The social event will also be raising money for research into muscular dystrophy with tickets selling for £25 per head.

Kharum Arshad, and his team from the Bristol and Bath Fundraising Group, have organised the evening in order to raise funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at Oxford University.

Helping to raise funds for this “life-limiting condition” is a personal cause for Arshad  as his younger brother Auzair has the disease which “makes the simplest of tasks like eating and dressing impossible to carry out without care.”

This is a great chance to enjoy a fabulous meal and entertainment while giving something back in return. For more details, use the contact information below, or check out the group’s Facebook page.

There is a raffle for £2 per ticket, with prizes donated by a variety of local companies. Please leave a comment below if you would like to show your support by donating a raffle prize or get in touch with the team directly using the contact details below.

Saturday 5 March 2011, The Elmgrove Centre, Cotham.

Bar Opens at 7pm Seating at 7.30pm. Price per Ticket: £25

Tickets sold in advance. No tickets available on door.

Dress Code: Smart Dress (Indian Attire Optional)

For further information contact Khurm Arshad. Tel: 07920 746058, email: bristol@muscular-dystrophy.org

Thanks to Bristol Bites who recently mentioned this event.

Nick Bridge: The Million Extra Steps

In October 2010 Nick Bridge will be 50 and to celebrate this occasion he will be taking a million extra footsteps in aid of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.

He has already completed over 600,000 steps and ‘just’ has to walk across England from coast to coast starting on the 11th September, to finish his million extra steps on time.

200 miles in 14 days from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robins Hood Bay on the North Sea.

A quotation found on his website is apt not only for his walk but as handy motivation for all:

“One should always have a definite objective, in a walk as in life – it is so much more satisfying to reach a target by personal effort than to wander aimlessly….life without ambition is…well, aimless wandering.” – Alfred Wainwright

You can help him to help thousands of women who die of pregnancy related complications every year. Click on the following link to sponsor his footsteps: http://www.justgiving.com/Nick-Bridge.

To follow his progress you can register your details with his Facebook or Twitter sites.

Every minute of every day, a woman dies of pregnancy related complications, totaling more than 500,000 women each year. In sub-Saharan Africa the chances of dying in pregnancy or childbirth can be as high as 1 in 8, compared with just 1 in 8,000 in western Europe.

The White Ribbon Alliance is trying to change this.

For more information on maternal mortality across the world see BBC Newsnight’s report here or view Lyse Doucet’s award winning film from Badakshan, Northern Afghanistan

Total Completed Footsteps 634,862 – 63% towards the million.

Total raised so far £1190.

Teawithus, Your Charity Cafe On Whiteladies Rd, Bristol

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At the top of Whiteladies Rd, across the street from Kitchens, is a cafe set up by the Welsh charity Tenovus.

All profits from the business go to the charity whose aims are to provide mobile cancer units, fund PhD research and help with cancer treatments and support in local communities.

Tenovus was founded in 1943 by 10 businessmen and has been instrumental in funding research at Cardiff University.

The cafe itself is very pleasant and they offer food, cakes and various beverages. When I asked if they had any herbal teas they directed my attention to a board which had more than a few selections. I chose a honey and rooibos tea, £1.70, and it was brought to my table in a small white teapot. I could have sat and enjoyed it for as long as I wanted. There was quite an unhurried feel to the place.

There were flowers on the big table in the middle and the nine or so other smaller tables had a candle holder and a jar of brown and white sugar cubes. The walls, with their oversized pink flowers on a black background suit the pink wood panelling and the lamps in the corners. Gentle, slow music played while people chatted around me.

A lovely relaxing place for tea and cake and spending some time.

Whiteladies Rd, Bristol. www.tenovus.co.uk

Nepal, an education

Arati is 10 years old, she attends Shree Yagamati Lower Secondary School, and lives in Nepal. £10 would sponsor Arati’s education for an entire month but she is not one of the 80 children being sponsored through Global Action Nepal.

She lives in Kapan Village, Kathmandu, which has a population of 15,340 and where women are nearly three times more likely to be illiterate (2157) compared to men (874).

Arati is one more example of the gender inequality in education in Nepal which was addressed last week (5 April) as the two-day international conference on ‘education, gender and development’ took place. The event was organised by Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) and included research presented by academics from Nepal, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.

Presenting a paper on ‘trends and issues of gender equality in school sector reform in Nepal’, Dr Lava Deo Awasthi, joint secretary to the Ministry of Education, painted a grim picture of higher education in Nepal, particularly that of females. According to the Nepal Labour Force Survey 2008 men outperform women at all ages with only 0.9% of women over 15 years old and over acquiring a degree compared to 3.3% for males. Only 10.4% of women complete some form of secondary education and only 2.9% of women completed higher education. 46.7% of adults never attended school while 10.7 per cent had not completed even primary education.

Dr Rose Khatry, lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, talked about ‘gender mainstreaming and women’s health: assessing maternal mortality as a marker for women’s development’.

At present GAN‘s supporters sponsor 80 children in four different districts of Nepal. The sponsorship scheme costs just £10 per month (33 pence per day – less than the price of the Bristol Evening Post at 38p), and yet provides a child with everything they could need for an education – books, pens, pencils, paper, uniform and much more. The money also goes towards paying for the direct costs of education such as tuition and examination fees.

Change to the current situation is being attempted through small grassroots developments led by charities such as GAN. To provide help and support to children like Arati, I am running the London Marathon and raising £1000 that will go direct to the charity. £10 provides education for one month for a child and any help is appreciated. Please sponsor my efforts and help children go to school and work towards a better life. Visit http://www.justgiving.com/stillawake.