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BURNS NIGHT 2016
28 January 2016 - 18:00 - 03:00
490 Commercial Rd
Written: 22 July 2015
Endorsed by David Cameron and now in it's eigth year, the Mail on Sunday's Happy list honours 100 people who make Britain a happier place to live. Nominated by members of the public, the list recognises individuals who give rather than take and we are so proud that Jenni Thomas OBE was one of this year’s amazing 100.
Here's what they had to say about Jenni:
'Jenni Thomas - Family supporter
A nurse who pioneered counselling and help for families of children who had died, in 1994 she founded Child Bereavement UK in a bedroom at her Buckinghamshire home. Since then, it has grown, got its own headquarters, and, thanks to grandmother Jenni, helped huge numbers of families.'
The ALMT are so proud to be able to support Jenni in delivering the ALMT bereavement service and we think there's no-one more deserving of such an accolade.
What the Mail on Sunday says about the Happy List:
'This year’s list includes: a foster mum who has cared for over 1,200 children over four decades; a teenage cerebral palsy sufferer who defied the odds to sail the Channel; one of Britain's longest serving Samaritans; a woman who has cleared tonnes of plastic from Britain's beaches; and a farmer so passionate about preserving the countryside he refused an offer of £275 million to develop his land.
These are the smiling faces that truly deserve celebration. And, unlike other lists, the Happy List is not a crass hierarchy but a completely unranked celebration of good deeds, large and small. They are all to be equally applauded. In these disordered times of sharp division, let's salute these extraordinary efforts that make for a better Britain.'
Written: 8 July 2015
Each year at the ALMT Burns Night, our guests are given the opportunity to pledge direct support to our partners. This year, Alive and Kicking, received over £1250 to pay for the production and distribution of footballs in Kenya. Alive and Kicking is an African social enterprize that manufacture sports balls giving children the right to play while providing much needed employment for the local community. In 2013 the ALMT parntered with Alive and Kicking to run a three day football tournament for blind and visually impaired children in Kenya.
Alongside the footballs, an initiative from the FA and RAF means that the children in slum communities in Kenya also receive sporting equipment, so these footballs were given alongside kits, boots etc.
Other balls pledged at Burns Night have been split between the Giraffe Project (http://www.giraffeproject.org/) and Kivukoni School, an international school who will use them in a partnership they have with a charity for disabled children.
It's amazing how far a £15 donation at a charity dinner can go!
Written: 8 July 2015
Just after completing his GCSE's, Billy Hickman, accompanied by his grandad and father, successfully completed his Ridgeway cycle challenge. The 87 mile cross-country journey started at Overton Hill, Wiltshire and ended at Ivinghoe Beacon, Hertfordshire. The terrain was very varied - the Ridgeway runs across fields, along footpaths, through woods and even a golf course and they even had to carry their bikes over several stiles (where the Ridgeway became 'footpath' only)! The final few miles were walked as bikes were not permitted.
Billy raised over £3000 for his three chosen charites and we were delighted to have been one of them alongside 'Blue Skye Thinking' and 'The Cardinal Hume Centre'.
A HUGE thank you to Billy and his family for this amazing challenge.
Written: 24 June 2015
It was an honour to be invited to Nottingham last month to celebrate with the teams of ALMT supported St Ann's and Sneinton Football Club (SAS FC) at their end of season presentation evening.
Highlights for us were definitely being awarded a beautiful photo album featuring images of our journey together and achievements along the way.
It was also a pleasure to be asked to present the award for 'volunteer of the year' to coach Jo who gives up much of his free time to the club and is loved by everyone.
It was an occasion that brought together a whole community and we cannot wait until next year!!!
This has all been made possible thanks to the team at Epic Partners and all the coaches and volunteers at SAS FC.
Written: 16 June 2015
The ALMT Board of Trustees gathered last week and we are delighted to announce our new partners and existing projects achieving amazing things.
Afghan Connection - received year two of a three year partnership to delivery Community Based Education (CBE) in Warsaj district, Afghanistan. The first year has been a huge success with Afghan Connection fundraising to double the ALMT grant and enrolling and amazing 1421 children into CBE, way above the predicted 608!
DOST UK - Having partnered with Dost during 2013-14, we were in no doubt that this organisation is making a huge impact in Pakistan. This year we are providing the funds to enable a day care centre for street children open during the night. This includes security, food and bedding and will prevent up to 240 children sleeping on the streets and living in danger.
Village Water - Village Water improve health and wellbeing through participative hygiene education, basic sanitation and safe water provision in communities, schools and health centres, wherever children spend their days. The ALMT have committed to supporting Village Water delivery this vital service to three schools and communities in Zambia.
New Generation - Burundi is the second poorest country in the World and the ALMT are pleased to be supporting the Road to School Programme. This will include a Street Outreach Worker that will make daily visits to street children in a “mobile safe-space”, a bus owned by the project. Food, uniforms, school fees and a second part-time Teaching and Activities Co-ordinator to double the current number of children in attendance to 80. The provision of a part time assistant and counsellor to increase integration.
Street Child United - The ALMT have supported Team Philippines in the Street Child World Cup for two consecutive tournaments and when we were approached to help them get the Rio for the Street Child Games, we didn't hesitate. We're looking forward to cheering them on in 2016!!
Written: 26 May 2015
We are delighted to announce that after a successful partnership with Footsteps Foundation in 2014/15, Corney and Barrow Bars (C&B) have chosen Siblings Together as a beneficiary of their ALMT fundraising for 2015/16.
The team at C&B raised an amazing £10,660 last year for Footsteps Foundation by running, partying and collecting Christmas donations from their regulars and they are looking forward to another big year.
Siblings together have been an ALMT partner for over five years. Their work focusses on building new memories and experiences for siblings separated in the care system. Money raised by C&B will help Siblings Together to run more monthly activity days and siblings camps, opportunities for young brothers and sisters to have some rare quality time with each other.
Watch this space for info about upcoming events at C&B.
Written: 20 May 2015
Billy Hickman has set himself the challenge of cycling 87 miles after completing his GCSEs this summer. Alongside his dad and Grandad he will be aiming to raise money for the ALMT, Blue Skye Thinking and the Cardinal Hume Centre.
They will be cycling along the Ridgeway National Trail, Britain's oldest road, from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire.
We're super proud to have been chosen as one of Billy's charities and can't wait to see some pictures of the big adventure.
You can support Billy's journey here
Written: 6 May 2015
The Virgin London Marathon never fails to be an awe inspiring day with over 38,000 runners hitting the streets of london. The marathon finish line is not only the end of a 26.2 mile run, but also the end of months of training, dedication and anticipation. This year, the ALMT were out in force to watch Jane Good, Murray Roos and Mark Braley take on the challenge, and with an accumulated fundraising total of over £35,000, they have made us extremely proud!
If you want to take part in the Virgin London Marathon 2016 for the ALMT the ballot is now open to register online and closes on Friday 8th May at 17:00.
Alternatively, if you think you can raise over £4,500 for the ALMT, get in touch now and we'll reserve you a spot for 2016. It's going to be a big year for the ALMT as we will also be celebrating 10 years!
Written: 21 April 2015
The ALMT were bowled over when we received a cheque for £1000 from Dragon School in Oxfordshire.
Ben Stringer and Charlie Welpton, both in year 5 at Dragon School, were so inspired by the work of the ALMT that they nominated us to receive some of the proceeds raised at the annual Dragon Christmas Charity Sale. Not only that, they pitched for the ALMT and gave a presentation on what we do and why we deserve the funds.
We are humbled and elated to have not only received such a valuable amount of money, but also that we have influenced two very special boys to help other children around the World.
Huge thanks go to Dragon School, all those that gave so generously at the Dragon Christmas Charity Sale and of course to Ben and Charlie who did such a fantastic job of telling the ALMT story!
Written: 24 March 2015
The best person to tell this story is someone who has watched this football club evolve over the past two years, Mick Dawber. This is what he said about this partnership at the ALMT Burns Night supper in February:
'I could quote stats to you about St. Ann’s being amongst the 10% most deprived areas in the country, but stats don’t really paint a comprehensive picture. The reality is that there is some real hardship in our local community, but there is also a strong sense of unity, and a desire to make positive change for the future.
Thanks to the funding and support from The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, SAS FC has grown from 1 team to 8 in just under 2 years, and has a solid foundation to ensure long term sustainability, but we still have a long way to go...We can identify individuals, steer them into football and away from negative life choices. Children as young as 6 are referred to us by the police, as they are associating with young men known to be involved in criminal activity.
We are also working with some of the more vulnerable and needy young people in our community, who have that many barriers to participation that without our assistance, it would be impossible for them to play football. Some of the children that we work with, some as young as 10, are full time carers for family members. This means that they cannot attend matches, as they need to be at home.
With both groups we are starting to see an increase in self-confidence, improved social skills, and a reduction in negative behaviour, both in school and in the community, as a result of playing for SAS FC.'
It's no surprise to us that they are being recognised for the success of what is now a thriving, fun and successful community football club.
Written: 18 March 2015
Written: 12 March 2015
We were delighted to receive this lovely thank you from the children who attend Whitehawk After Schools Club (WASP), a project run by Impact Initiatives in Sussex. The ALMT have supported the project though difficult financial times for the past two years, without this support, the club was facing closure and we're extremely proud to have played a vital role in their survival.
Written: 27 February 2015
The ALMT have three runners in this year's Virgin London Marathon and one of them is pulling out all the stops with her fundraising. Jane Good organised and hosted an amazing party at Bianco 43 in Blackheath last Friday 27th February.
100 fabulous guests arrived to enjoy a marathon themed raffle, drinks and snacks provided by Bianco 43 and to show their support for Jane and the ALMT.
The ALMT were there to chat to guests and we took a couple of snaps while we were there.
You can sponsor Jane here: https://www.justgiving.com/Jane-Goody-Good/
Written: 11 February 2015
Although we were a little late for Burns Night, it didn't stop our piper, whisky drinkers and haggis lovers from joining us at Café de Paris last Thursday 5th February for dinner and a celebration of everything the ALMT does.
We can't wait to update you on the grand fundraising total but for now, here's a few sneaky preview shots from the night.
Thank you to all who attended and all the wonderful suppliers and people who helped make it happen...
Canaccord Genuity www.canaccordgenuity.com/ * Blackleaf Events www.blackleafevents.co.uk/ * The Famous Grouse www.thefamousgrouse.com/ * Roberta Howett www.robertahowett.com/ * The arty one www.theartyone.co.uk/ * Café de Paris www.cafedeparis.com/ * Astley Clarke www.astleyclarke.com/ * Edward Waites www.edwardwaites.com/ * Ciaran Lee www.ciaranlee.com/ * Alannah Wilkins www.alannahwilkins.com/ * Silvie Wallington www.silviewallington.com/ * James Veale
www.jamesveale.com/ * Folie a Deux www.folieadeuxlondon.com/ * Corney and Barrow www.corney-barrow.co.uk * Superskills Travel www.superskillsexperiences.com/ * Berry Bros & Rudd www.bbr.com/ * Will Ayres http://www.willayres.co.uk * The Hide Bar www.thehidebar.com/ * Pasha Kovalev www.pashakovalev.co.uk/ * The Hawksmoor www.thehawksmoor.com/ * Hiver beer http://www.hiverbeers.com * The Whisky Show www.thewhiskyshow.com/ * Betty Etiquette www.bettyetiquette.co.uk/ * Sweet arrangements www.sweetarrangements.co.uk/ * Mongoose Cricket www.mongoosecricket.com
Written: 22 January 2015
The team at Corney and Barrow (C&B) bars spent December asking customers to add £1 to their bill to support the ALMT and our chosen partner, Footsteps Foundation.
They raised an amazing £5136 so the ALMT gate crashed their managers meeting to pick up the cheque and say a huge THANK YOU!
You can learn more about Footsteps Foundation on the ALMT partner page
Written: 1 December 2014
Corney and Barrow bars accross the City of London will be asking you to add £1 to your bill this December to help the ALMT in supporting charity partner, Footsteps Foundation.
Last year, this amazing incentive raised over £8k for the ALMT and we're hoping to beat the total this year! Get yourself down to any one of the amazing bars, enjoy delicious wine, cocktails and food, and then add just £1 to your bill at the end...it's that easy!
Whether you are looking for a post work glass of wine, an explosive Christmas party or ice skating in Exchange Square, Corney and Barrow can make it happen in style...check out their Christmas info.
Written: 25 November 2014
Mtaala Foundation works with Ugandans to help Ugandans. It's aways nice to receive thank you letters, expecially when they're hand written. Read a little about the Mtaala journey below and find out how the ALMT got involved on the project page.
Several years ago, Alice Wegoye, a retired school teacher and mother of ten, felt she needed to help Uganda's orphans and children affected by war and extreme poverty. So she turned her house into a dorm, gave up her home and her land, and used her tiny pension to begin construction of a school in Kigo, Uganda.
In 2008, inspired by Alice's dedication and vision, the Mtaala Foundation was set up to support and sustain what Alice had begun. in 2014-15 the ALMT are providing the organisation with the funds to cover 15 educational sponsorships. These sponsorships provide a crucial foundation for vulnerable children and at-risk youth who have endured war, the loss of their parents, the HIV epidemic, neglect and extreme poverty. The cost of an education for one year will also benefit the whole school with contributions towards the teachers, food for staff and pupils and accommodation which will create a stronger learning and nurturing environment.
Written: 17 November 2014
We're amazingly proud of our supporters this week as they smash through their fundraising targets.
Simon Martyn and the ALMT are fundraising to produce an educational video to raise awareness about the dangers of water and young children. Not only did we succeed in raising the £35k needed but the video was also featured on ITV Breakfast and national news. The video has also achieved over 9500 views on the ALMT YouTube channel and we hope this figure continues to grow.
Kathya Wright has walked 700km from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela covering around 20km per day. She set off at the beginning of October and we are so proud of her! She took on a real challenge and has beaten her £2k fundraising target.
Written: 12 November 2014
We're very happy to announce another full house for this year's ALMT Burns Night dinner. London's glamorous venue, Cafe de Paris, will play host for the second time in the events nine year history and we can't wait to return to this amazing venue.
We will have two very special guest speakers and a host of treats for our supporters and their guests. We raised over £70k at last year's dinner and we want to raise even more this year.
Watch this space for extra tables added in the New Year!
Written: 20 October 2014
Each year the ALMT face high demand for tickets and tables to the amazing annual Burns Night supper and this year is no different.
We'll be at Cafe de Paris on February 5th 2015 with almost 300 of our favourite people.
We would like to hear from you if you're interested in supporting the event in any way e.g. auction prizes, sponsorship, volunteering...we're open to ideas. We'll always do our upmost to ensure your support doesn't go unnoticed so if you donate a prize/sponsor the event, we'll publicise how wonderful you are to all our supporters.
Get in touch if you think you can help, to buy a table or for more info: email@example.com
Written: 14 October 2014
Having increased attendance to over 115 players in the past year and a half, St Anns and Sneinton Football Club (SASFC) figured it was time they got some style and identity and the ALMT were delighted to step in and support them. Supported in partnership with an ALMT co-funder, we are delighted that the teams have found an identity.
Being part of a team and wearing the team colours is extremely important for the young people who attend SAS FC. Some of the children have never felt accepted, trusted or a part of a team and by stepping into the clubs uniform they are part of a team, an integral part to the match and more than that, they are trusted to keep it, look after it and wear it with pride.
Written: 2 October 2014
In Kathya's words: 'I will be walking about 20k a day, not because I am spiritual, not because I love travelling, not because I need to get fit and especially not because I need to be punished! I just REALLY want to raise funds for the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust ("ALMT").'
You can sponor Kathya here: https://www.justgiving.com/Kathya/
This challenge is not one for the faint hearted and we are in awe of Kathya's bravery!
The walk starts in St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees and finishes about 780km later in Santiago.
Written: 25 August 2014
After a succesful Trustees meeting in July, the ALMT have five new partners to add to the ever growing portfolio of successes. If you didn't receive the newsletter, here's a brief outline of what's going to happen over the next year:
The Mtaala Foundation: After a full year working with Mtaala on their mission and strategy, the ALMT are very happy to provide the organisation with the funds to cover 15 educational sponsorships. These sponsorships provide a crucial foundation for vulnerable children and at-risk youth who have endured war, the loss of their parents, the HIV epidemic, neglect and extreme poverty. The cost of an education for one year will also benefit the whole school with contributions towards the teachers, food for staff and pupils and accommodation which will create a stronger learning and nurturing environment.
The Fred Foundation: The Fred Foundation is built on the principle of allowing children with autism to reach their potential. Too many autistic children are being denied the one thing that would make the most profound difference to their lives and to the lives of their families – an individual specialised education programme. The Foundation was therefore set up to help fund education programmes for children with autism and the ALMT have jumped on board to support 10 families over the Christmas period.
Street Child Africa: With the help of an ALMT co-funder, we will be supporting the provision of football coaching and equipment to deter 450 at risk children from drifting to the streets in Lusaka, Zambia. Typically these children live in slums, are victims of physical and sexual abuse, are orphans and do not have a loving family to provide for them. The sessions will also be used as an opportunity to talk to children about issues that affect them and to discuss their feelings and concern to staff who can sign post children to other relevant services run by local partners, such as skills training or informal and formal education.
S.A.U.C.E: S.A.U.C.E. is a Spanish NGO which stands for Solidarity, Help, Hope Joy and Belief. Their goal is to try to answer to the lack of education and health facilities in Cambodia, to support people with disability, to help rebuild infrastructures and to assist the vulnerable, especially youth and women. The ALMT have made a commitment to support 18 girls to be trained in using a sewing machine enhancing their vocational skills. The grant will also provide a sewing machine and a micro loan to enable an income for the girls.
All Ears Cambodia: Fifty percent of hearing loss is preventable. In Cambodia, chronic ear infection is a leading cause, particularly in children. Management of infection is commonly overlooked leading to needless hearing loss and life-threatening complications. All Ears Cambodia combines cost effective primary ear healthcare to prevent hearing loss, with rehabilitative hearing aid fittings for those with a hearing impairment. The ALMT are supporting paediatric clinics that will be delivered daily to detect hearing loss early, provide rehabilitation, and to tackle pre-cursor infection to prevent hearing loss.
To sign up for the newsletter, visit the 'contact us' page and you can view the summer update here.
Written: 12 August 2014
We need your help to not only fund the production of 'The Danger Age' educational video, but also to enable us to keep supporting families in need through our grief support service.
Written: 6 August 2014
Last year, 10 children aged under four died in water accidents in the UK. In a bid to try and reduce this figure, a short film called The Danger Age has been produced by bereavement counsellor Jenni Thomas, in consultation with families who’ve lost children to drowning with the support from the ALMT.
The title refers to children aged between two and four, who are most at risk from drowning. The film depicts three tragedies, all based on real-life events, of children drowning in a swimming pool, garden pond and the bath. These are the most common places for accidental water deaths.
The film was featured on Good Morning Britain and ITV news today where Jenni Thomas OBE and bereaved parents Lorna and Jason Else spoke about the ALMT funded film 'The Danger Age' and highlighted the importance of being espcially vigilant with toddlers around water.
You can view the film here. Please share with as many people as you can and if you would like to support the production of the film and help the ALMT's bereavement support service for the future, please visit the Just giving page.
Written: 3 July 2014
We are looking forward to joining Exclusively Events at their prestigious two day extravaganza, The Elite London, on July 25th and 26th. We'll be hanging out in the family area with photographer Ciaran Lee, a dedicated supporter of the ALMT. You can find out more about the event using the link below.
If you are interested in learning more about Exclusively Events, or The Elite London, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Written: 1 July 2014
The ALMT is matching donations to produce an educational film to raise awareness of the danger of water and young children. We need your support to fund not only the making of this film, but also the ongoing work of the ALMT bereavement support service that supports families and children who have lost a child or sibling.
We need your help: For every £ you donate, the ALMT will match up to £12,500 making your donation twice as valuable. By ticking the Gift Aid box, you are also allowing the ALMT to claim up to an extra 25%, increasing your £ further. DONATE NOW
Find out if your company offers match giving and apply, the ALMT will also match any payroll giving.
This film will be based on the experiences and words of bereaved families of toddlers who have drowned and will be broadcast to a mass audience via television and the internet using You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, parenting networks such as Mumsnet and Granniesnet, and official education, health and safety bodies.
The film is being made with the generous pro-bono time and talents of Jenni Thomas OBE, Brad Williams, senior TV producer and media adviser for the London 2012 Olympics, Simon Walters, award-winning Fleet St Journalist and Caroline Jay, actress and author.
Written: 18 June 2014
This year's beneficiary organisation of funds raised by the amazing team at Corney and Barrow (C&B) is Footsteps Foundation, a super organisation that improves the quality of life for children and young adults affected by neurological disorders, enabling them to receive the intensive physiotherapy they need regardless of whether their parents can afford private treatment or not.
The team at C&B have already raised over £1500 for Footsteps including five fit members of the team running the Bupa 10k last month.
You can find out more about Footsteps Foundation on the ALMT partners page here
Written: 13 May 2014
We're super delighted to announce that not only are seven members of the Corney and Barrow (C&B) team running the Bupa 10K in two weeks, they are running it to raise money for ALMT partner, Footsteps Foundation.
Footsteps Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for children and young adults affected by neurological disorders, enabling them to receive the intensive physiotherapy they need regardless of whether their parents can afford private treatment or not. Since the charity was founded in 2008, they have provided financial assistance to over 150 individual children accessing over 500 hours of therapy at the Footsteps Centre. Children who were never expected to walk have taken their first steps. Others have developed independent life skills through their improving levels of confidence. Furthermore, the therapy has a roll-on effect, noticeably impacting on the lives of the child’s parents, siblings, carers and teachers
For financial year 2013-14, the ALMT will be supporting Footsteps Foundation with money raised through the C&B partnership.
Written: 17 April 2014
Danny Carr completed the Virgin London Marathon in 5 hours and 24 minutes last week and raised an amazing £9326.25 in the process! Danny has endured months of training, early nights and blisters and we hope it was all worth it!
Each year, ALMT supporters rise to the Marathon challenge and each year, we are blown away by the generosity of their friends, family and colleagues in their sponsorship!
We have five places for next year's event so please contact email@example.com for more information.
Written: 2 April 2014
'Throughout the last four terms my class have been involved in the CSC programme with Kajetan Wandowicz teaching them.
Whilst in these lessons, my class have been completely engaged and motivated into playing chess regularly in and out of school.
Although originally some children found it hard to access some of the lessons due to limited knowledge using coordinates, I have found they have gained a lot in this aspect of mathematics and furthermore it has helped develop and aid their understanding during our class mathematics and ultimately their individual progression.
This year I have found my class completely emerged into mathematics and as a result of their chess lessons and class maths lessons simultaneously I have seen maths have the highest progress than that of any other subject we have been learning.'
Kirsty Miller from Year 4
Written: 31 March 2014
The 2014 Street Child World Cup, organised in association with Save the Children, exploded into life this weekend with the official opening ceremony enjoyed by a capacity crowd at the Lonier Maracanã, Rio, Brazil.
The ceremony featured music performed by the Rio de Janiero British School Orchestra, appearances from star footballers Gilberto Silva and Luis Boa Morte, and messages of support from Pope Francis and Prince William the Duke of Cambridge.
You can catch up on all the action by following the Street Child World Cup website where there are regular updates, score tables, videos and images being updated all the time. You can also help raise awareness of the event by tweeting #IamSomebody or by following the SCWC on Facebook or Youtube.
Street Child World Cup on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StreetChildWorldCup
Written: 4 March 2014
A brave Deutsche Bank employee is taking on the London Marathon for the ALMT on 13th April 2014.
Unfortunately ALMT Trust Director Silvie Wallington had become injurred and will be deferirng her place to next year.
Check our their fundraising pages, sponsorship goes to the ALMT!
Written: 19 February 2014
Carnival, capoeira dancers and cocktails, another amazing line up for guests at this year's ALMT Burns Night.
The Partner for this year's event was Street Child World Cup who are currently just weeks away from hosting exactly that, a Street Child World Cup in Rio! Partnering with street child organisations around the World, the Street Child World Cup believes that 'this is more than a game'.
Burns Night has raised over £65,000 for the ALMT and Street Child World Cup and some of the funds will be used to support the Philippines team which was sponsored by the ALMT back in the Durban World Cup in 2010.
We are delighted and grateful to all our guests who not only bid in the auction, but also pledged their support directly to some of the ALMT's partners!
Here's to next year!
Written: 11 February 2014
Danny Carr, Shilpa Kapur and, ALMT Trust Director, Silvie Wallington are all donning the lycra for this years Virgin London Marathon.
All our runners are marathon newbies and are looking for all the support they can get. Check out their fundraising pages below and, if you can, sponsor them to help them over those final few miles!
Written: 13 January 2014
When a child dies, particularly if that death is sudden and unexpected, there should be provision for the parents to take paid time off work. While many good employers offer compassionate leave, there is no statutory right to leave and this campaign aims to introduce four weeks of paid “bereavement leave” for parents. The change could be made in the forthcoming Children and Families Bill anticipated this Parliamentary session.
Have you been affected by the lack of statutory bereavement leave? Please conact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story and fight the cause.
Written: 6 January 2014
During the month of December 2013, Corney and Barrow (C&B) staff in 11 different Corney and Barrow bars were asking their customers to add £1 to their bill as a dontation for the ALMT. They have raised an amazing total of over £8250 and we'd like to say a massive thank you to the team at C&B and all their customers who have helped to make this a Christmas to remember.
Written: 20 December 2013
The ALMT office will be closed from Monday 23rd December 2013 until Monday 6th January 2014.
Have a wonderful Christmas break
The ALMT X
Written: 18 December 2013
Corney and Barrow (C&B) began their Christmas fundraising campaign just 18 days ago and have already raised £5335 for the ALMT by encouraging customers to add just one pound to their bill! With 13 days still to go until the New Year, we can't wait to find out the final total!
It feels like Christmas has come early! THANK YOU C&B
Written: 17 December 2013
Read about our latest newsletter and find out what we've been up to!
Written: 27 November 2013
When a child dies, particularly if that death is sudden and unexpected, there should be provision for the parents to take paid time off work. While many good employers offer compassionate leave, there is no statutory right to leave and this campaign aims to introduce four weeks of paid “bereavement leave” for parents. The change could be made in the forthcoming Children and Families Bill anticipated this Parliamentary session.
Written: 26 November 2013
If you haven't heard about it already, we're supporting the Songwriting Charity's Bully Beat programme.
Bully Beat has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious antibullying message.
The three key messages are: Looking out for your peers, particularly the most vulnerable; how to report worries, and keeping yourself safe. The more we talk about it, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes. When you transform those messages into song, they are amplified and all the more impactive. Every workshop produces a song that every child has contributed to. It is written, rehearsed and recorded on the day, uploaded and available for free to download, that very evening.
Written: 25 November 2013
For the third year in a row, ALMT's very special charity partner, Corney and Barrow, are going to be working hard over Christmas raising valuable funds for the ALMT and our partners.
Customers visiting any of the Corney and Barrow Bars will be given the option to add £1 to their bill. Every single pound added will go to the ALMT! Enjoy delicious drinks, amazing food and exceptional service knowing that you are helping the ALMT with every bite!
Find your nearest Corney and Barrow bar now: http://www.corney-barrow.co.uk/bars/locations/
Check out the Corney and Barrow Christmas party pack: http://www.corney-barrow.co.uk/assets/uploads/CB_Chritsmas_Pack_2013.pdf
Written: 20 November 2013
Here's a little teaser of what you can expect from Burns Night 2014. Just check out some of the fabulous sponsors so far!
Written: 23 October 2013
The ALMT has committed funding to the following partners for 2014 and we can't stop talking about it!
AfriKids - as a long term partner of the Trust, the ALMT will be supporting 150 children in Ghana with education materials and their families with healthcare and goats for rearing to help create a new stream of income that will go towards paying schooling costs in the future.
Lotus Outreach - Now in it's third year, the ALMT is assisting another 65 girls in Cambodia to receive residential housing and educational scholarships.
Chess in Schools and Communities(CSC) - with a mission is to improve children's educational outcomes and foster their social development by introducing them to the game of chess in primary schools and inner city communities, the ALMT is proud to be supporting the expansion of the programme in Bristol.
Wallasey Sea Cadets - Wallasey Sea Cadets offers young people fun activities whilst achieving qualifications based on a nautical theme and the ALMT are helping them continue their hard work by providing the funds for new rigging, a trailer and TV's.
Written: 14 October 2013
We have sold out of tables for the ALMT and Street Child United Burns Night 2014. If you would like to be on a reserve list for a table, please contact email@example.com.
With carnival colour, capoeira dancers, cocktails and a Brazilian vibe, Burns Night 2014 is going to be a great warm up for the Street Child World Cup in Rio!
Learn more about Street Child United: http://streetchildworldcup.org/
Written: 3 October 2013
Join us in celebrating Burns Night 2014 with carnival, caipirinhas and fiesta!
The ALMT are partnering with Street Child United for this year's party. They have inspired 20 grassroots street child projects across the world to take part in the Street Child World Cup in Rio, Brazil, in 2014 and we want to help them all get there!
Tickets are available for tables of ten at £170pp, £1700 per table, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table.
Dress code: Lounge suits and cocktail dresses *****When: 23rd January 2014*****Where: The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA*****Time: 18:30 – 01:00*****
Written: 25 September 2013
Kent online published a fantastic story about the Song Writing Charity's Bully Beat programme which has recently started in the Kent district of Swale.
The Song Writing Charity Founder, Nathan Timothy, summed up the ALMT funded project by saying:
“The idea is to get children across the country talking through a regional and national network of song, promoting positive anti-bullying intervention."
“The more we talk, the stronger the anti-bullying message becomes."
“And when you transform those messages into song, they are amplified all the more.”
Written: 11 September 2013
The season has started in style for St Anns and Sneinton Football Club (SAS FC) with a brand new kit!
Written: 19 August 2013
Corney and Barrow (C&B) in Exchange Square are hosting the ‘C&B Duck Derby’ on September 4th 2013. The waterfall becomes a frantic and competitive duck race and for each entry, the ALMT receive some of the proceeds! This year, the ALMT and Corney and Barrow have chosen Peckham Shed as the beneficiary with money raised. The total will help us to support Peckham Shed in delivering their outreach programme in 2014.
It is £5.00 per duck to race in the event, there are several different heats and then a final race with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
It will run from 12.30 – 2.30pm and is a fun and ingenious way to raise money for the ALMT and a good excuse for everyone to have a mingle!
Written: 29 July 2013
You can now view the most recent set of ALMT accounts and our wonderful annual review. Simple visit the About us page or download it here.
Written: 24 July 2013
We're delighted to announce two brand new partnerships this month with ACE Africa and Alive and Kicking. The ALMT Board also made the decision to continue supporting Siblings Together in delivering their amazing Monthly Activity Days, bringing siblings separated through the care system together.
ACE Africa: In the rural communities where Ace Africa operates, children are exposed to a challenging environment in which to develop. Problems facing these children include but are not limited to; being orphaned, living below the poverty line and inability to access food, education and medication as well as being forced to engage in child labour to help the household out of poverty. Girls frequently are absent from school during menstruation, and as a result miss one week in four, seriously hampering their learning in school.
Through funding from ALMT and the Mac Bevan Foundation, 240 vulnerable children will be provided with a school uniform who would otherwise not be allowed to attend school. The result of this is improved enrolment, attendance and retention in school, leading to improved academic standards. 1000 girls will benefit over a year from a monthly supply of sanitary towels, providing them with the opportunity to be in school month round.
Alive and Kicking: Operating as a social enterprise, Alive and Kicking uses sustainable business practices to meet the charitable objectives of generating employment for adults, providing balls for children and educating young people about preventable disease.
Working with the ALMT, Alive & Kicking will run a series of coaching sessions and sports tournaments for visually impaired children in Kenya. Alive & Kicking are in a fantastic position to develop this initiative, being experienced in organising football tournaments and already making specially designed balls that contain ball bearings and allow players to rely on sound rather than sight. The project will provide visually impaired children with access to organised sport, giving them confidence, self-esteem and a feeling of solidarity, as well as three days of enjoyment.
Written: 2 July 2013
The British summer made a very welcome appearance at last weekend's Dynamos Day 2013.
Coaches from Downley Dynamos Junior Football Club have been working hard for months, organising a presentation day with a difference. There was no shortage of things to eat, drink and play with cake stands, a bar and even a coconut shy! The highlight of the day was the mascots race featuring Harry the Hatter from Luton FC, Harry the Hornet from Watford FC and Bodger from Wycombe Wanderers. The mascots displayed agility during the weave, precision in their goal scoring ability, and expert skills at attempting to trip their opponents! Harry the Hornet took the crown and helped the ALMT raise over £150 as the pubic placed bets on their favourite.
ALMT founder Nick Lawson became auctioneer for the day with the star lot, a Manchester United 2013 squad signed football, selling for £450!
The ALMT loved meeting the Downley community and this is definitely a day we won't forget in a hurry. We're counting the days until next year!
Written: 22 June 2013
Kuldeep Gill overcame a old knee injury to complete this epic journey and raised almost £2000 for the ALMT in the process. His photo does all the talking as he completed the 300m cycle under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, on Saturday 22nd June.
Our huge congratulations Kuldeep!
If you have been inspired by any of the challenges taken on by ALMT supporters, get in touch and we can work out a challenge that's right for you email@example.com
Written: 19 June 2013
They braved the weather, the lack of toilet facilities and one another’s constant company, and raised over £4000 in the process! We are so amazed and proud of the team and only wish we had more room for photos. Annabel Bosman sums up the experience:
'...despite all the blisters, damaged limbs and fatigue the general consensus was that we enjoyed it in an odd sort of way and I did overhear someone discussing next year (I ignored him for now!)'
Written: 13 June 2013
Alex predicted his training would be miserable but having completed the Blenheim Triathlon in a great time he can't stop talking about his experience! He completed his swim in 00:13:53, his cycle in 00:43:16 and his run in 00:26:29, with a final time of 01:32:11.
Alex talks about his experience:
'The start of the swim was SO atmospheric. One moment there are two hundred identically coloured green swim hats bobbing in the water. The next moment, looking forwards over the course, the air fills with flailing arms and foam. SO memorable. I could go on and on...'
Alex has raised over £750 for the ALMT and it sounds like this might not be his last challenge!
If you're interested in taking part in an event for the ALMT please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Written: 12 June 2013
4,000 cyclists pedalled through London overnight on 8/9 June supporting over 200 charities; Seven of those cyclists were raising money for the ALMT!
Mel Harwood and Gemma Bowman from Corney and Barrow took off from Crystal Palace and have described the event as an 'amazing experience'.
Nick Lawson, Martin Leeper, Andy Watts, Jon Dickingson, David Chapman and Justin Lewis all started the challenge from Alexandra Palace at midnight and tweeted their journey across London.
Combined, the seven cyclists raised over £2,200 for the ALMT and we can't wait until next year. If you're interested in taking part in 2014, please contact email@example.com
Written: 9 June 2013
Sunday June 9th saw Rachel Riley, Chris Kamara and Stacey Solomon stand face to face with a giant coin drop on ITV's Tipping Point Lucky Stars. The aim of the game is simple, answer questions to have a shot at knocking coins into the prize bin. Presented by Ben Shepard, the show saw Rachel fly into the lead as Chris Kamara failed to win any money and Stacey Solomon was penalised for a couple of wrong answers.
When it came to the crunch however, Rachel was unlucky with the way her coins landed and Stacey went through to the final where she took home the £20,000 jackpot for her charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Before the coins let her down, Rachel had breezed through most of the questions and had managed to bank an amazing £2600 for the ALMT! Thank you Rachel for being such a sensational ambassador for the ALMT!
Written: 5 June 2013
As well as the eight brave cyclists taking part in Nightrider this weekend and the nine climbers tackling the three peaks on June 15th, this month still has more to give.
Alex Hickman will be taking part in the Blenheim Triathalon this weekend and in his own words: 'The training is going to be miserable but it will be a bit easier if I know that I'm rasing a few quid and I imagine you'll be thrilled to know that I'm going to suffer some discomfort. The ALMT is a very efficient charity so I'm thrilled to be swimming, cycling, running for them.'
Kuldeep Gill is gearing up for the London to Paris cycle on June 19th. The ride is almost 500km long and Kuldeep has covered all the costs for taking part in the event meaning that every single penny raised will come directly to the ALMT.
Written: 22 May 2013
These fearless challengers will attempt to climb the highest mountains of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.
Ben Nevis (1,344 m or 4,409 ft), the highest mountain in Scotland
Scafell Pike (978 m or 3,209 ft), the highest mountain in England
Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa (1,085 m or 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales
The total distance walked is estimated at 42 kilometres (26 mi) with a total ascent of 9,800 feet (3,000 m).
Stephen Green, Joe Knight, Annabel Bosman, Corin George, Matthew Garnham, Pritee Jilka, Damien Crommie and Daniel Bellamy have three weeks to prepare themselves for this momentus challenge which will take place on June 15th. They are all raising money for the ALMT and you can sponsor them here
Written: 20 May 2013
One of the ALMT's youth ambassadors, Tom Eaton Turner, contacted Lots Road Auctions while volunteering for the ALMT during his Easter holiday. We were delighted when the auction house offered to feature the ALMT on their newsletter.
The ALMT are developing the Youth Ambassador scheme. Volunteering for the ALMT can contribute towards the Duke of Edinburgh award and with events and partners to visit throughout the year, being a youth ambassador is a fun way to get involved.
Written: 7 May 2013
On June 8th at around midnight, 4000 cyclists will be hitting the streets of London, covering 100km to raise money for charity. Amongst them will be 11 ALMT supporters who have been training hard and are taking on the challenge to raise funds for the Trust.
Nick Lawson, Martin Leeper, Jon Dickinson, Jamal Shoukry, Justin Lewis, Andy Watts and David Chapman represent one of the ALMT's fearless teams. They will be starting their pedaling marathon from Alexandra Palace.
Gemma Bowman, Kirsty Butterfield and Mel Harwood are going above and beyond their management roles at Corney and Barrow(C&B) by giving it some pedal power starting from Crystal Palace. C&B continue to amaze with their dedication to the ALMT!
There are still a few places remaining if you would like to take part in Nightrider 2013 and raise money for the ALMT. Register here.
Written: 21 April 2013
What a day for the ALMT, the Virgin London Marathon followed by some excellent television in the shape of channel 4 game show, 5 minutes to a fortune celebrity special. Raising money for the ALMT and Rethink Mental Illness, Rachel Riley and Russell Kane joined forces to face the hourglass of tumbling pound coins in a brain battle to win money for charity!
Rachel faced 4 rounds of nerve wracking mental challenges to get Russell into the final when they stopped the clock at £18,200, an excellent total!
Rachel Riley, ALMT ambassador, is a dedicated supporter of the ALMT and with her support we have been able to help thousands of children and young people around the World! THANK YOU Rachel and Russell for coming together to raise money for two amazing organisations.
Written: 21 April 2013
The sun showed up today to support the 36,000 runners in this year's Virgin London Marathon. Among them were five people who have worked tirelessly in raising money for the ALMT over the past 4 months. Tor and Logie Fitzwilliams, Jonathan Barnett, Rich Herman and ALMT Founder Nick Lawson have collectively raised almost £50,000!
Tor and Logie have pledged their fundraising to supporting the ALMT Grief Support services while Jonathan, Nick and Rich will work with the ALMT in directing their donations to various partners throughout 2013 and beyond.
You can still sponsor them on their incredible achievement by visiting their fundraising pages.
Written: 9 April 2013
Every year the ALMT hosts a flamboyant, fun and fantastical Burns Night Supper. For 2013, we thought we'd do something very special. As guests were entertained by Rachel Riley and Comedian, Patrick Monahan, they had the opportunity to pledge funds to directly benefit some of the ALMT's partners.
The benefitting partners are:
Afican Village School Fund (AVSF) - ALMT supporters pledged money to cover the cost of calor gas for over a year at the AVSF kitchen, integral to sustaining their feeding programme.
Lotus Outreach - Guests pledged enough money to purchse over 10 bicycles for this innovative programme providing transportation for girls in Cambodia to attend school.
St Anns and Sneinton Football Club (SASFC) - The club now has the funds to buy trophies for an entire season!
Siblings Together - Generous donors pledged funds to cover the cost of tents and equipment for the annual Siblings Camps, week long holidays bringing siblings separated in the care system together.
Mac Bevan Smile Fund - This ALMT initiative is now able to support an extra World Care Patient in this partnership with Operation Smile. The Fund exists to support those with facial deformities too severe to be treated at Operation Smiles regular clinics.
Peckham Shed - Thanks to Burns Night, Peckham Shed are able to provide sign language training to volunteers and purchase sensory materials for their workshops.
Written: 21 March 2013
Introducing opportunities with the ALMT to co-fund, volunteer and get involved. We have two new partnerships and the grand revealing of the Burns Night photo album!
Written: 15 February 2013
Corney and Barrow, Mason's Avenue donned their sombreros and offered customers 2-4-1 margarita's to launch their new refurbishment and raise money for the ALMT.
Customers donated £10 each to take part in a hot chicken wing eating competition. Not to be outshon, Nick Lawson stepped up to the plate and put on a sterling performance, narrowly missing out on the crown and coming second.
The night raised over £250 for the ALMT! Another great event from the C&B team!
Written: 1 February 2013
This Wednesday 6th February, the Trust will host a very special reception at the House of Commons celebrating its collaboration with Jenni Thomas OBE and Caroline Jay on a new publication, 'What Does Dead Mean'. The book uses the questions children ask about death and dying and will play a key role in the development of the Trusts grief services currently offered.
Written: 30 January 2013
Burns Night 2013 hosted by Cafe de Paris was a night for two great organisations to share delicious food, crazy cocktails and cringingly funny comedy from Patrick Monahan. Long term ALMT supporter Rachel Riley also took to the stage to host a fun quiz. Guests enjoyed a wonderful three course meal served up by Cafe de Paris and amazing bubbling cocktails from ALMT charity partner, Hire the Barman. Truffle trees garnished the tables and guests were invited to take a box home at the end of the evening. Each year, Burns Night acts as a unique platform to showcase the ALMT's achievements throughout the previous year and it never fails to inspire, invigorate and interest our VIP guests.
Watch this space for photographs from the night and our final fundraising total.
Written: 30 January 2013
A representative from Lotus Outreach in Cambodia and the programmes manager from the Cambodian Women's Crisis Centre organised a full itinerary for the ALMT to visit the girls the Trust is supporting through the GATE programme. GATE stands for, Girls access to education, and the ALMT has supported the project for two years. The grant provided by the ALMT supports scholarships and residential housing for girls in 3 areas of Cambodia who would otherwise be at risk of trafficking, abuse and forced labour.