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Children In Need

KidsAid is thrilled to have been selected for a substantial award of nearly eighty thousand pounds by Children In Need.

Trustees expressed delight at the award after a rigorous application process.

The sum will help us in our work to assist vulnerable children.

We will announce more soon.

Run in the Northampton Half Marathon for KidsAid!

KidsAid has been invited to take part in the 2015 Northampton Half Marathon in collaboration with Go Beyond Sport. The event which takes place on Sunday 6th September starts at the Guildhall in the town centre and heads off to the surrounding countryside, providing a picturesque backdrop for your run, before finishing in the shadow of Delapre Abbey.

If you fancy the challenge of running the Northampton Half Marathon on behalf of KidsAid, the entry form and details can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact the office at info@kidsaid.org.uk or on 01604 630332.

For more information on Go Beyond Sport please visit http://www.gobeyondsport.co.uk or see below:

Go Beyond Sport is for those people who love their sport and are looking for challenges that offer more variety, but are definitely rooted in competitive athletic sport. 

Our roots are in off road sports. We offer a complete series of Ultra trail runs many of which have become “must do events” in the Ultra race calendar and this year in conjunction with Scott Running. Staying with the off road and trail theme we have developed 2 stunning country park runs which share 10K, Half and Full Marathon options all in beautiful locations. The off road theme continues with a sprint style duathlon which once again is in a fantastic location with fabulous trails.

But we like to provide something for everyone. We are also the organisers of the Northampton Half Marathon and The Pitsford Triathlon, in fact we are a one stop shop for all the races you will ever need.

Importantly, we are a not for profit company founded by Steve Adams who also founded the charity Teach Africa in 2005. Raising funds for good causes is in our DNA and we now work with over 20 charities helping them realise fundraising through sport.

So please, come and join us and take your sports participation to a new level – and why not raise a few pounds for a good cause at the same time. 

 

Students from Northampton High School get underway with their fundraising!

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Students from Artemis House at Northampton High School have raised £56.79 for KidsAid!

The fundraising team asked students and staff to bring in any spare change they had and organised it into the shape of the KidsAid logo. This is only one of the events that the students will be organising throughout the Autumn term in order to raise funds for KidsAid.

Thank you to all who donated and we look forward to hearing about the next events that the students will be holding!

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Passion for pedalling sets new record!

C4C 4 C4C 7 (Jen Blake and Liz) C4C 6 (Sam sees them off)

Northamptonshire’s favourite annual fundraising bike ride has ridden the crest of the cycling wave by setting another new record for those leaping into their saddles!

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which raises money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Northampton charity Kidsaid, supporting youngsters who have suffered bereavement, bullying, abuse or family issues, saw over 1300 riders gather at Lamport Hall on Sunday (21st September) – a twenty per cent increase on the record set last year.

Among those new to both the event and the sport was the ride’s celebrity starter, Northampton Saints’ back row forward Sam Dickinson. Sadly unable to play rugby at the moment owing to a neck injury, Sam has found cycling a great way to keep up his fitness and before firing the starting hooter, told riders that he was looking forward to putting his new bike through its paces; “I feel privileged to be here to represent the Saints today and to keep up a longstanding tradition between the club and this amazing event,” Sam explained to the lycra-clad throng as they saddled up to take on the 5, 25 and 50 mile routes.

“I’m just so impressed to see so many of you of all ages turn out in support of these two wonderful causes and, even though I’ve only been cycling for a few months, I can’t wait to get out onto the course and hopefully catch some of you up!” he said.

Also cycling C4C for the first time was John Walters from Rushden who quickly found a new friend en route “I had no expectations coming into the event but I thought it was absolutely fantastic!” said John.

“Part way in, I met up with a Russian guy called Alex and because we were a similar pace, we took it in turns to take the wind and crossed the line together. It felt like it was my own Tour de France!” he grinned.

Others taking part were three generations of the Lewis family from Yelvertoft, including 69-year-old grandfather Terry, who was riding his ninth C4C, his son Martin and grandson Harry, aged 13, both riding for the third time, and their new recruit, Harry’s brother George, aged 11; “Yet again we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and knowing that we’re supporting such good causes is an added bonus” explained Terry. “My grandsons have already pledged to bring some friends along to ride next year!”

Meanwhile, also keeping it a family affair were Liz Bates from Northampton, her daughter Jen and ten-year-old granddaughter Blake who regularly ride together at the weekends; “We did the five mile route – three times!” revealed Liz after the trio crossed under the finishing arch “Blake has raised an incredible £280 and she says if she practises enough, she may even do the 25-mile route next year. I’m so proud of her!” added Liz.

Speaking on behalf of both charities, the hospice’s fundraising manager John Helm offered his appreciation to all those who’d turned out; “The feedback we’ve had from the cyclists has been fabulous and in such glorious sunshine it seems that people have really enjoyed the new setting and the amazing views across this part of the county.

“So we just want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved, including Lamport Hall for hosting us, our teams of marshals and volunteers, and especially to all 1309 riders themselves who have helped to create another memorable day” said John.

It will be some before it is known if the 2013 total of £52,000 has been bettered but for now, riders are kindly encouraged to collect their sponsorship money as quickly as possible and deliver or send it to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Manfield Campus, Kettering Road, Northampton NN3 6NP, making cheques payable to ‘Cycle 4 Cynthia’.

Photos from the event will be on the website shortly – www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk Meanwhile to pledge your sponsorship or support for next year’s ride, please call the hospice on 01604 678088.

 

Saints’ loss is cycle ride’s gain!

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Last season he helped the Saints to double cup glory from the back row of the scrum but this Sunday, Sam Dickinson will be leading from the front as he gets the riders underway at this year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia! 

You see the Franklin’s Gardens hero is currently out through a neck injury and won’t be travelling to Newcastle with the side as it continues its defence of the premiership title, but instead will be turning to his new found passion for two wheels to support what has become Northamptonshire’s favourite annual fundraising bike ride!

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which is raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Northampton children’s charity Kidsaid, is hoping to attract more than 1200 cyclists to its new venue of Lamport Hall and Sam says that, while he’ll miss the trip up north, he’s delighted to be playing his part back home; “I was at the launch of the event at Franklin’s Gardens back in February and was really impressed by the passion and enthusiasm that seems to be behind this ride” he explained.

“So while I’m of course sorry not to be playing rugby with the other boys, I’m absolutely thrilled to keep up the club’s longstanding association with Cycle 4 Cynthia and hoping that, as well as firing the starting gun, I might even leap into the saddle of my new bike and join the other riders!” he added.

As celebrity starter for the ride, Sam is following in the footsteps of the likes of former Saints captain Pat Lam, singer-songwriter Curtis Stigers , Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley and former England cricketer Allan Lamb, who will himself be back at Lamport on Sunday .

For Sue Bownass from the hospice, news of the two sporting stars’ appearance is a real boost to the big day; “We’re on target for our biggest ride yet and we’re hoping that Sam and Allan’s involvement will encourage even more to turn out and join us for what promises to be another super day!” said Sue.

“And don’t worry if you think it’s too late – it’s not! With distances to suit all ages and abilities and a real family atmosphere, all you need is a bike, a helmet and a desire to show your support for our two great charities, so please come along!” she enthused.

Cycle 4 Cynthia, which is now in its eleventh year, is taking place from 9am this Sunday, starting and finishing at Lamport Hall. It will again offer riders 5, 25 or 50-mile routes around the delightful villages of north and west Northamptonshire.

Entry is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for families. For more information, including details of the routes, entry and sponsorship forms, or to register online, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.com or call Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088. Alternatively, cyclists can turn up on the day from 8am to register and ride!