January 2011: A brief tribute to Julie Beardmore
This wonderful woman came to Star Throwers when we needed someone to help us on the administrative side as we had evolved much faster than anticipated.
Her presence was immediately apparent as she worked to improve the office side. She was highly respected by one and all for her organisation skills, ability to interact with all the volunteers and her humour.
Sadly, she passed away suddenly following a short illness but we will never forget her input to our charity and she was a true Star Thrower.
Thank you to all who attended our coffee morning on Saturday December 4th and we were delighted to welcome Wymondham Mayor, Mr Colin Foulger, who has selected Star Throwers as his chosen charity. It was particularly special, as the premises have been open for just over a year now and we were very pleased and humbled to see so many visitors on the morning.
One very special visitor was Aimee Kitchen, who recently donated £5 of her own money towards the cost of replacing our signs after she read in the local newspaper that they had been vandalised. Aimee, aged 8 from Wymondham, enjoyed having her photograph taken with the Mayor in front of our new signs.
The new signs have very kindly been designed and produced by Chris Bartlett of Bartlett Signs, so many thanks to him.
December 2010: A big thank you to Chris Harvey from Wymondham. At the end of the summer Chris did a bungy jump at the Windmill Pub in Wymondham and has raised just over £200. Thank you and well done!
November 2010: Sally Williams (below) with her two sisters and Mum following a fundraising event earlier in the year. It was wonderful to see the whole family support for each other during Sally’s illness and we will never forget her wonderful smile!
November 2010: Everyone at The Cringleford Singers for their amazing donation of £1000
Jayne Allen runs the Great North Run in 1hour and 49 minutes!
Windmill Surgery Phlebotomist, Jayne Allan completed the great North Run for Star Throwers.
Jayne did exceptionally well in the run although she said that she found the course quite congested in places, which hindered her time. It rained before and after the event but Jayne managed to stay dry during the run.
So far Jayne has raised approximately £70 with donations still coming in. Jayne's next run is the Norwich half marathon (13.1 miles) on Sunday 28th November at the Norfolk showground, starting at 11am. This is a rural 2-lap course which starts and ends at the showground and follows a reasonably flat route through Easton, Colton and Marlingford. She is hoping to improve her time at this run.
Jayne, from Deopham is a member of the Wymondham Running Club and is a keen runner. The Bupa Great North Run is the premier event in the Great Run series and is firmly established as the world’s most popular half-marathon.
Well done Jayne and thank you from everyone at Star Throwers.
Rowathon for Star Throwers Charity
Thanks to Jon Blake of Abate Ltd. in Wymondham who rowed a marathon to raise money and awareness for the cancer care charity 'Star Throwers'. See Jon's video below:
Sky diving Adam jumps from 13,000ft for Star Throwers
On 28th August 2010 Adam Simmonds took part in a sky dive for local cancer charity Star Throwers.
The sky dive took place at Beccles Airfield and Adam conquered his fear of heights by jumping out of an aircraft at 13,000 ft and plummeted towards the ground at speeds of over 120mph! He really enjoyed it and would definitely take part in another jump if the occasion ever arose again.
All for a good cause, raising around £250.00 (not confirmed yet as he is still trying to get the money in!) for the charity Star Throwers. A really big well done and thank you to Adam and everyone who supported and sponsored him, from everyone at Star Throwers.
Alison completes 'The Great East Swim' for Star Throwers
Alison Whitehead from Wymondham braved hailstones and high winds at Oulton Water, near Tattingstone, Suffolk on 19th June 2010, whilst her family nervously watched from the waters edge as several other swimmers got into trouble and had to be canoed back to safety.
Alison completed the one mile swim in 50 minutes and commented, "I can't say it was my most enjoyable swim - however the goal of raising money for Star Throwers kept me going".
To date Alison has raised a fantastic £150.
Thank you Alison - an amazing effort!
Our moped heroes return safely after their massive adventure
Despite a catalogue of breakdowns, some of the country's steepest slopes and increasingly sore backsides, a group of eight friends have succeeded in their wacky mission to drive the length of the UK on their first 50cc mopeds.
Dozens of welcoming banners and smiling faces were on display as the tired gang rode in formation into the car park of The Boars pub, in Spooner Row, near Wymondham, on Friday evening having riden from John O' Groats in five days. In a challenge dubbed The Wrong Way Down, the bikers, all in their 40s and 50s, dared themselves to travel the 750 mile journey on the bikes they first rode as teenagers.
Each had to scour through collectors' websites, eBay and even scrapyards to find their beloved wheels - some of which were in a state of disrepair. Most could not go beyond speeds of 26mph - a figure cut to single figures as soon as they encountered a hill.
The group's aim was to raise £5,000 for Wymondham-based charity Star Throwers, which helps people affected by cancer by offering them advice on treatments. Once all the pennies have been counted, James Jones, one of the bikers, said he is confident they will have hit their fundraising target.
He said the adventure had been one of the best experiences of his life. “Everyone was always excited. It was probably the best thing I have ever done excluding going away with my family. It was such an experience - the camaraderie and the bonding was great,” he said. “As soon as we set off and you could see these orange jackets in the distance it was so good. People were waving to us as we were going through villages. We were getting so much attention.”
The group had to cope with about five breakdowns a day, from puncture repairs to engine rebuilds. They managed to fix their bikes on each occasion, except on the first day when the engine on Mr Jones' 1969 Puch MS50 died just 46 miles into the challenge. Luckily, they had brought along a spare bike being carried by a support truck, which also held their clothes and food.
Mr Jones said the generosity of strangers they met on the trip had amazed them. “Some people said we were mad. Most people had admiration for us and and the charity we were doing it for. People's generosity was amazing. You'd be chatting for about 10 minutes and they'd be putting £5 or £10 notes in your hand,” he said. The group would particularly like to thank those businesses that gave them help, including ATS Swaffham which provided and replaced a bike tyre for free, Foulger Transport which fuelled the support truck for free and Banham Poultry, which waived the cost of an MOT and service on the truck.
Despite travelling through some of the country's most glorious countryside, one of the best moments of the journey was the emotional reunion with families and friends back in Spooner Row. “It was mindblowing. All the wives had organised banners. It was like someone coming home from Afghanistan. It was very emotional,” said Mr Jones.
All the bikes will now be reconditioned and repainted ready for the group's next challenge, in which they hope to conquer the length of Ireland.
A massive WELL DONE and THANK YOU from all at Star Throwers to all the riders, support crew, families and everyone who has supported and donated to this amazing adventure.
Those still wishing to donate can visit www.wrongwaydown.biz
Words and picture courtesy of the Eastern Daily Press
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Our thanks to Attleborough High School & Sixth Form College
Star Throwers would like to thank all the staff and students at Attleborough High School & Sixth Form College for their amazing efforts to raise £407 for the work that we are doing.
Dr Mannings very much enjoyed taking an assembly at the school to talk about what Star Throwers is doing locally for people living with cancer and we also enjoyed the visit of some of the sixth-formers to our Wymondham centre.
Also, thank you to everyone who has made generous donations (large and small) to Star Throwers over the past few months - every single pound goes to the work that we do and we are so grateful to you all.
Special thanks to:
- Jon Blake, Director of Abate Ltd. Pest Management who completed a Rowathon (26 miles, 385 yards) on a concept 2 rowing machine at the Forum, Norwich on Friday 30th July raising £1,192.
- Peter Williams, who raised £1,123.91 from a vintage farm day on his farm in Wreningham on Sunday, 5th September.
- All at the Windmill Pub in Wymondham who have donated £571.54 from various events including bingo nights and even a sponsored slim by one of their customers!
- Thanks also to everyone who has kindly donated money towards the cost of new signs, following the vandalism to the current ones.
- Those ‘Star Throwers’ who give their time to keep our home warm friendly and positive
- Those ‘Star Throwers’ who help us when we need their expertise – website makers, fundraisers, electricians and handymen.
- Those Starthrowers who donate money to us so we can keep doing those things that make life better for all those who cross our path.
- The many people who have donated help and services to help us get this far. Below are just a few of you, but to everyone a MASSIVE THANK YOU:
Builders: JT Builders
Plasterers: Jeremy Rake, James Collins, John Balls
Plumbers: Shaun Taylor
Electrician: John Barnes
Carpenters and fitters: Tim Martins, David Hastings, Paul Collins and the other Morley guys from Speedwatch, Steve Harris
Kitchen Designers and Fitters: John Blake, Rob Finfield
Wet Room Design and installation: A&S Fenner, Sam and Tim Martins
Wet Room donation: Impey UK Ltd
Painters: Tina Martins, Graham and Donna Warner, MJ Pragnell, Ann Coultas, Tony Sheedy, Maureen Walters, Carol Hammerton, Jane Mannings, Vicky Hastings, Freddie West & Roger Cordy
Door fitter: SAS installations
Window cleaner: Clearview Windows
Landscapers: Young Farmers, Wymondham, Henry Mannings, Alex Morse, Tim Snelling, Sam and Ben Mannings, Joe and Paul Nicholson
Massage Bed: Saffron Housing Trust Ltd.
Utility equipment: Rosedale funeral directors
Website: Initially James Thomson and Paul Dowrick. Site redesign and upkeep: Agile Marketing Ltd.