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Corney and Barrow Christmas capers
31 December 2013 - 00:00 - 00:00
5 Exchange Square
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.