Category Archives: Charities

British Heart Foundation money raising

London Marathon Runners raise over £4,500 for the British Heart Foundation

Two women from Rushcliffe have joined forces and raised over £4,500 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as they prepare to run the Virgin London Marathon on 28th April 2019.

Frances Elliott and Vivienne Ives both received places in this year’s London Marathon. Aware that places are rare, they were determined that others should benefit from their good fortune and pledged to raise as much money as possible for the British Heart Foundation.

With support of their local David Lloyd club, Fran and Viv have raised more than £4,500 for the BHF’s lifesaving research. Alongside their busy training schedule, they have hosted a range of fantastic fundraising events including a cake sale and quiz night at David Lloyd, collection at their local Morrisons, and collecting sponsorship from friends and family.

Fran said: “Through the amazing work that The British Heart Foundation do, they are giving more people the chance to survive heart disease. My dad was one of those lucky people when in 1992 he had a quadruple bypass after a heart attack, which gave my family an additional 20 wonderful years with him, for which I am so grateful.”

Viv, who is running her first ever marathon, said: “I’m so grateful for all the support and encouragement I’m receiving but would so appreciate donations to benefit the British Heart Foundation, a worthy cause and an incentive to get me round! The more research and development in the treatment of heart related issues is the better for all of us.”

Around 12,000 people across Rushcliffe are fighting a daily battle with heart and circulatory disease. Thanks to the public’s generosity, the BHF is funding research central to discovering vital treatments for people living with these conditions.

Naomi Walters, BHF Fundraising Manager for Nottinghamshire said: “We’re so grateful to Fran and Viv for their incredible support. Their energy and enthusiasm for fundraising alongside their marathon training is nothing short of remarkable. Thanks to Fran, Viv and the generosity of people who have supported them, we’ll be able to fund even more research into heart and circulatory conditions.

Frances and Vivienne are joining a brilliant community of BHF supporters in the West Bridgford and wider Rushcliffe area: The BHF has also recently launched a new West Bridgford Fundraising Group who are supporting the Charity by raising awareness and vital funds in their local community.

The new West Bridgford group are looking for members to join them, so contact Naomi on 07384 257 023 or email if you are interested in meeting new people and powering the BHF’s life-saving research.

To support Fran and Viv, visit their fundraising pages:

To register your interest in joining the new Fundraising Group contact Naomi Walters on

Donate Blood This New Years Eve in West Bridgford

NHS Blood and Transplant are calling for people to donate blood in West Bridgford on New Years Eve.

It is important that blood stocks are replenished over the Christmas period to help in the winter months to come, and you can help to do so. Regular donors are urgently needed.donate blood

The session is running from 09:40 until 13:40 on 31st December and is appointment only. All appointments will take place in Rushcliffe Arena, Off Rugby Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7ER.

To book please ring 0300 123 23 23 or visit

Framework Big Sleep Out

Framework to hold Big Sleep Out at The City Ground

Framework are holding the Big Sleep Out 2018 at The City Ground on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Why get involved?

Rough sleeping is at its highest since the 1990s – with more than 40 people sleeping rough on Nottingham’s city streets alone. Taking part in Framework’s flagship fundraising event is a great way to show you care, learn more and raise vital funds. All funds raised go to tackle rough sleeping in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

It’s a chance for you to challenge yourself and gain a small insight into what it is like for rough sleepers, for whom sleeping outdoors is not a one-off experience.

As always there will be fun activities and great entertainment in store whilst preparing for the night ahead. Prizes will be on hand for the most spectacular cardboard shelters.

Look who’s supporting us!

We are most grateful to two of Nottingham’s leading organisations for generously supporting the Big Sleep Out: a big ‘Thank You’ to Nottingham Building Society for their sponsorship and to Nottingham Forest Football Club for hosting the event at The City Ground. Please join them by lending your support.

How to get involved

We ask all participants to raise a minimum of £50. Securing your place requires a small payment – a non-refundable £10 fee for adults and £5 for people aged 5-15 years.

People under 16 cannot take part individually; responsible adults must complete registration for minors via the form online.

To take part in The Big Sleep Out please click here If taking part in groups a group leader can create a group on the Eventbrite page and invite team mates to register individually online. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Amy Longstaff – / 0115 970 9558 for registration advice.

After you’re signed up, all you have to do is start fundraising! We’ll send you a participants pack with further information on the venue, how to prepare for your night sleeping out, and fundraising tips.

Thank you for supporting Framework.

Specsavers help for heros

Specsavers Tombola for Help for Heros

Specsavers are hosting a tombola in store tomorrow to raise money for their nominated charity, Help for Heroes.

On Saturday 6 August, Specsavers on Central Avenue will be selling tickets to customers and passers-by, with the lucky winners receiving prizes donated by local businesses. Hero the bear will be making guest appearances at various times throughout the day to entertain children. Staff will also be getting into the spirit of the day by dressing up as children’s Disney characters, including Princess Jasmine, Cruella de Vil and Anna from Frozen.

Specsavers children prizes

Businesses in the local area have donated the prizes, which include a mid-week tobogganing session for two at the Snowdome, paintballing at Adrenaline Jungle and tickets for the Theatre Royal in Nottingham. There will also be a children’s tombola, with prizes including Minions toys, chocolate and activity kits.

Specsavers adult prizes

Tickets will be available to purchase from staff at the store and cost 50p or three for £1, with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes.

‘We’re looking forward to dressing up and getting involved with our charity tombola,’ says store director Stephen Rogers. ‘After a customer vote to choose a charity at the start of the year, all the money from our fundraising will be donated to Help for Heroes. We’re hoping that customers and the local community come along and be in with the chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes!’

Generous prize donations have been given by:

•    Snowdome – A midweek tobogganing session for two
•    Force 10 Paintball/Adrenalin Jungle – VIP booklets for free entry for up to eight guests for a day of paintball
•    Holme Pierrepont – Two hour E Combat Battle session for ten people
•    Rollerworld – Two free entry passes
•    Nottingham Playhouse – Two complimentary tickets
•    Specsavers – Voucher for one free pair of designer frames up to the value of £149, including single vision lenses.
•    Escabeche – Menu Del Dia for two
•    Fitness Space – Five free personal training sessions
•    David Lloyd Fitness – 14 day family pass
•    Annies Burger Shack – £10 gift voucher
•    Elizabeths Cakes – A cake
•    Savoy Cinemas –Two tickets
•    Caffe Nero – VIP drinks voucher
•    Boots – Giorgio Armani bag, Givenchy bag, Dior cosmetic bag, Giorgio Armani perfume set, Jimmy Choo cosmetic bag
•    Theatre Royal – Tickets
•    Oliver Bonas – £20 gift card

For more information pop into Specsavers at 25-27 Central Avenue, West Bridgford, NG2 5GQ, call 01159 694 830 or visit

Charity gig at the Britannia Boat Club

The Britannia Boat Club on Trent Bridge hosts it’s annual charity gig this Saturday (29th November). The Terminal Five Experience will take to the stage around 10pm and will be supported by Fraud Squad (8.30pm).

Doors open at 7.30pm and entrance costs £7.50. The gig is in support of School for Parents, the Trent Academies Group, Maggies and Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. For tickets contact or call 0781 3331901.

Terminal Five Experience and Fraud Squad play the Britannia Boat Club on 29th November 2014

Terminal Five Experience and Fraud Squad play the Britannia Boat Club on 29th November 2014

West Bridgford dads to complete three peaks challenge in memory of friend

By Peter Richardson – West Bridgford Dad

On waking on the morning of July 11th 2012, I checked my phone for any new messages that had come through during the night.

I was expecting some work related news – but was not prepared for the most profoundly brave and emotional text I have ever received. Nor am I, or the four other friends who woke in similar fashion to read the message that morning, ever likely to receive one of its kind again.

Our friend Tony Walshe had battled with a particularly rare and aggressive form of cancer called synovial sarcoma for nearly a year and, feeling that his life was coming to an end, wanted to pass on several messages to us whilst he had the chance to do so.

I won’t divulge the exact contents of the text; that will remain private.

Suffice to say that the recurring theme of Tony’s last thoughts were of love for his family and happiness at the times he had spent with them. Tony passed away the following morning, just 40 years of age and having led a previously fit and healthy life.

At Tony’s funeral, we discovered from his family that before moving to West Bridgford he held a deep passion for hill walking. It seemed appropriate that to remember Tony for his bravery in illness and camaraderie with us in life, we should embark on a challenge in keeping with his interests.

West Bridgford Dad's 3 Peak Challenge

We decided to undertake the Three Peaks Challenge in July of this year, on the anniversary of his passing, July 12th.

Our only remaining issue (apart from the usual fitness challenges that this will represent for a group of forty-somethings with an interest in beer and curry), was which charity to raise money for.

We eventually decided on the Willow Foundation. They provide special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds and their families, offering a break from the realities of their diagnosis and treatment. For Tony, they provided positive memories that were of comfort to him in his final weeks and that his family will cherish forever.

We are proud to sponsor this charity and in so doing remember our great friend, Tony.

If you would like us to help raise money for the Willow Foundation and sponsor Team Tony Walshe in their 3 Peaks Challenge please visit our donation site at

You can also follow us on Twitter @TeamTonyWalshe and Facebook: Teamtonywalshe

Air Ambulance to open new shop

Your local Air Ambulance, the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, is opening a new Charity Shop just off Trent Bridge in West Bridgford to raise funds to help save lives in our communities and volunteers are urgently needed to run it.

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

The shop is a large, newly built premises and will sell furniture, lighting, pictures and other household goods. LNAA Nottingham Shop Coordinator, Cadi Lambert, has grand plans for the shop. “This is the first time we have gone into the furnishing market and the emphasis will be on top quality goods” said Cadi. “We are planning the layout to look like a true Furniture Showroom with only the very best of donated furniture and household items being offered for sale. Delivery can also be arranged for a small fee to cover the cost of fuel and staff time. Any donations of furniture and household items to sell in the shop will be welcome and if items are large I can arrange collection free of charge”.

It is hoped the new shop will be open in early April but that is dependent on people coming forward to volunteer their help in the shop. “All Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance shops are run by volunteers and that means the profits go directly to our service” commented Lynn Jones, Nottinghamshire Volunteer Coordinator. “For a shop of this size we will need about 30 volunteers and hope the people of West Bridgford and surrounding areas will come forward and donate their time, maybe a day or even a few hours a week, to help make this shop the success it deserves to be”.

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

The helicopter and crew are on call every single day of the year airlifting people of all ages including babies and young children. Averaging 4 missions a day, they attend everything from road traffic accidents, industrial and sporting accidents, serious illnesses and people who are injured in inaccessible places. The helicopter is kitted out with the latest medical equipment and carries two highly trained flight paramedics and often a volunteer Doctor as well.

Each year it costs the Charity £1.7million to provide this vital, life-saving service and with no Government or Lottery funding it relies on donations of money, goods and time from the people of Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire to keep the helicopter operational.

“Our volunteers are highly valued members of our team and their contribution is vital in helping raise the necessary funds to keep the helicopter operational. If you are interested in volunteering at the new shop please do get in touch” added Lynn.

For more information about volunteering please contact:

Lynn Jones on 0115 941 2255 and press option 1. Alternatively email

If you have any donations for the shop please contact:

Cadi Lambert on 0115 941 2255 and press option 2. Alternatively email