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CCPA pop up shop comes to Stafford!
This September CCPA is joining with other charities and organisations across the country in helping raise awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
We’re very excited to announce that we will be hosting a ‘pop up’ shop in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, in Stafford’s town centre, from the 20-24 September.
We are planning a packed five days of activities including business networking, kids crafting sessions, volunteer’s celebrations, all culminating in hosting our Stafford 10k runners on race day on 24 September.
We are inviting everyone to get involved with helping CCPA raise awareness of the impact of childhood cancer on children, young people, parents and the wider family!
This September you and your friends, colleagues and family can become part of TEAMGOLD by wearing your Gold Ribbon, the internationally recognised symbol for childhood cancer, get involved with one of our fundraising events or even host your own!
If you’d like get involved with helping in our ‘pop up’ shop, selling Gold Ribbon pins or hosting your own event then give Rachael a call on 07982 426 142
Local business help CCPA run for gold!
The team at CCPA are thrilled that Stafford based tech business, Hyperlogic Ltd have signed up to sponsor CCPA’s distinctive black and gold runners kit.
All 20 #Teamgold runners taking part in the Stafford 10K later in the year will be now be kitted out with new CCPA technical shirts thanks to the generous support of Hyperlogic. Not only will this help raise awareness of the charity’s work but also help spectators recognise our runners as they run the 10K and so they can cheer them on!
Hyperlogic Director, Chris Watson says “We’re delighted to be sponsoring CCPA’s team running kit. We see our support as being much more than financial and keen to get involved with #TeamGold as they train for the 10K.”
New Swishing event raises over £100
The launch of CCPA’s new fundraising Posh, Party and Prom Swishing raised over £100 when ladies from as far as North Wales came in search of a fabulous party outfit on a shoestring budget!
Held at the Moat House Hotel, Stafford on 5 June the Swishing event saw guests enjoying mini make-overs, facials, manicures and free hair styling. Local businesses including Top Cut salons ensured that the event had a glitzy and glamourous feel.
Rachael Olley, Operational Manager at CCPA explains “The aim of the Posh, Party and Prom Swish was to give our guests a special treat as they discovered their new party outfit on the rails. The money we raised on the evening will enable us to continue to support local families who children have had a cancer diagnosis.”
CCPA’s Annual Conference
“A really good opportunity to discuss ideas on how we can all work more effectively together”
CCPA’s annual Conference gathered our membership organisations and professionals working with charities that share the goal of improving the lives of children and young people with cancer, survivors and their families.
The day long conference on 19 May in Leicester offered delegates a number of different training sessions including learning more about mindfulness, fundraising and using social media. Overwhelming though, was the feedback from delegates that said how much they valued network and meeting other people from charities, both large and small, within the childhood cancer sector.
Rachael Olley, CCPA’s Operational Manager said “It was a fabulous day and the CCPA Board and I got a real sense of the direction we should be heading and our value to our members in enabling them to network and develop.”
Pupils learn about careers in the charity sector
CCPA fundraisers Rachael and Amanda talked to pupils from Weston Road Academy, Stafford, last week about careers in the charity sector.
Year 8 and 9 pupils were able to to talk to employers and businesses from across Staffordshire when the school hosted a careers fair hosted by Your Future Careers Fairs. The event gave CCPA an opportunity to not only talk about the work it does to support families and young people, but also provide information about what its really like to work as a fundraiser.
Rachael said “We were delighted to be invited to take part in the careers fair as many people don’t even realise that working with in the voluntary sector is a career option. We were very impressed with the students we met and the questions they asked us.”
Tesco’s donate gifts for Father’s Day
Tesco Stafford recently donated gift-sets to CCPA which will be ideal for the charity to give to dads this Father’s Day.
Fathers need support when their child is ill. They too need words of advice and practical support at this difficult time. That’s why the donation of gifts from Tesco will help CCPA recognising the role that Dads play in supporting their families and children with gifts on their special day.
Debbie Green from Tesco said “We like to support as many local charities and groups as possible. I meet Rachael from CCPA during a ‘meet and greet’ I arranged. She told me about the charity and why it had been set up. As they are a small charity doing a great job to support the people of Stafford who need their help, I am really happy to be in a position to help.”
Children undergoing cancer treatment at the Royal Stoke Hospital, and their families, will be receiving a special treat this Easter after local Weight Watchers members donated a staggering 64 Easter Eggs to CCPA! Last week our Operations Manager, Rachael, collected them and quickly locked them out of temptations way in her office!
Cheryl Sedgewick, Diamond Leader and Coach Mentor for Weight Watchers said “Our members are always so generous, not only did my group donate eggs but members from other groups run by Amy Blout and Nicky Orton, also contributed. It’s been amazing to see how many eggs have been collected”
Rachael will be visiting families just before Easter to distribute the eggs to children, their siblings and parents. She says “I am really looking forward to taking the Easter Eggs to families – not only will it put a smile on the children’s faces, it will mean the world to our families to know that people care, especially for those whose Easter holidays will be spent in hospital.”
Fathers Day appeal
At CCPA we know that Fathers need support when their child is ill. They too need words of advice and practical support at this difficult time. That’s why this Father’s Day, on June 18, we would like to be able to recognise the role that Dads play in support their families and children with gifts on their special day.
You could either make a donation, helping us purchase a gift or donate items. It could be sports related, something geeky or perhaps a basket of goodies to whip up a delicious meal – we’ll leave that up to you! Give Rachael a call on 01785 283435 or 07982 426 142 to arrange to drop your donation off at the CCPA office.
Posh, Party & Prom swish builds on the success of #swishing4ccpa events
The prom season is almost upon us and for those parents with Y11 or Upper 6 form prom-goers in the house, it’s a costly and, often, a stressful time! Dresses have to be tried on and bought. There is make up and hair to style. And don’t forget the carriage….or limo to be booked!
Following on from the very successful Swishing Clothes Swap CCPA is launching a new event; The Posh, Party and Prom Swish. A glitzy event, it’s the place to find a party or prom dress on a shoestring budget! Read more…
TeamGold runners are super heroes!
Our dedicated #teamgold runners have raised over £1300 (to date) when they ran in the biggest ever Stafford Half Marathon on Sunday 19 March.
Under a cloudy sky our 9 runners lined up at the start line, alongside a record 4000 other entrants, before setting off the 13.1 mile course around Stafford. For some, like Stephanie and Ian, from Stafford, it was the first time they had competed in a half marathon. For others, like Guy from Yorkshire it was a ‘warm up’ run for the forthcoming London Marathon.
A special mention must also go to Lily-Mai, George, Jody and Chloe. With gold super hero capes flying our mini-#teamgold runners took part in the Hereos and Heroines Stafford Fun Run race which consisted of two laps of the town centre. Our little #teamgold fearlessly took on the one mile course to help us raise funds!