Fund Raising Events - 2010
The regulars of the Blue Anchor Inn at Fraddon, including Adam's paternal grandparents, Pam and Richard Best, and his Great Grandfather Alan Cole, raised £360 from a series of Euchre drives. The card game is very popular with several members of Adam's family, who frequently hustle each other out of a few pence at family gatherings.
Mr Gary Holland celebrated his 50th birthday this year and invited his friends and family to donate to Adam's Fund in lieu of presents. His generous gesture resulted in a total contribution to the fund of £150. We would like to thank both Mr Holland and everyone who helped him support the Fund in this way.
Once again, the Fund received substantial boosts from Pam and Richard Best's bingo nights at the Indian Queens Working Men's Club. These evenings are rapidly becoming a fixture of the Indian Queens Social Calendar. Pam (Adam's paternal grandmother) is constantly encouraged by the local bingo fans to organise another one.
The Ladies Thursday Club from Pool in Cornwall recently held a charity concert at the beautiful Pool Methodist Church, with the proceeds going to Adam's Fund. Although it was too late in the evening for Adam himself to go, his parents and older brother William all attended and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. There were splendid musical performances from the award-winning Illogan Sparnon Silver Band under the leadership of Clifford Bolitho and also from the wonderful Agnes Jane on the organ. David Rashleigh and Gareth Rees delighted and moved us with their fine singing and there were laughs aplenty from Stella Rule with a selection of humorous Cornish stories. The evening was expertly compèred by Graham Carter who rounded off the evening by presenting us with over £400 for the Fund. We would like to thank all those who performed in or attended the concert and the officers and members of the Ladies Thursday Club for their support of Adam. We were particularly touched that they made a separate presentation to William, as Adam takes up so much of our time and energy and inevitably we cannot always give William the time and attention he deserves. William himself was delighted not only with his gift but also with the interval refreshments as, delicious though they were, there were plenty left over and so he went home with a doggy bag fit for the Hound of the Baskervilles!
In April, the Rock Lodge of the Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffaloes made a very generous donation of £420 to Adam's Fund from their 2009 Appeal Fund. The presentation evening took the form of a Casino Night. Although Adam himself was not able to attend (as it was well past his bedtime) several members of his family did and there was a certain amount of friendly rivalry as they placed their bets at the Blackjack and Roulette tables. A particularly keen player was Adam's Great Grandfather, Alan Cole. A long-time member of the RAOB, Alan gambled enthusiastically (some said recklessly) despite being only a few months short of his 90th birthday. However, when the chips were counted at the end of the evening, it was Adam's cousin Patricia who took the family honours.
The members of the RAOB's Towan Blystra Lodge, which is the Lodge of which Adam's Great Grandfather is a member, also made a generous contribution to the fund. We would like to thank all the members of the RAOB both for their kind donation and for making the presentation evening such an enjoyable experience for us all.
In August, the Cornwall BMX Club held a special Challenge Event to raise money for the fund. Teams competed in junior and senior categories in a series of thrilling races at the Blackwater Raceway Track. The overall winners in the junior category were Team Adam (pictured below), managed by Adam's Godmother Heidi Cox, who is a member of the Club. The senior team honours went to the Cornwall Freeriders.
The event and a previous collection at the Club raised the magnificent sum of £450 for the fund and Adam's father, grandfather and big brother William were pleased to be invited to the Club's presentation evening in September to collect the cheque on his behalf. This money has been earmarked for the purchase of a second lycra suit (see 2010 News) as only one is provided by the NHS and Adam wears it all day, every day. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and also everyone at the Cornwall BMX Club, not only for all their efforts in raising money for the fund, but also for making Adam feel so welcome when he comes to visit. He loves going to the Club and watching the races, and he adores riding his own trike around the track (see our 2010 News page for details of Adam's trike).
Earlier this year, we were approached by local fundraiser extraordinaire Emlyn Stone, who offered to raise money through his own fund-raising organisation, Emlyn Stone Fund Raising Account (ESFRAC) to make our back garden wheelchair accessible and to provide a safe outdoor play area for Adam. Adam loves being outside and is often frustrated that he has no freedom outdoors. The garden is currently completely inaccessible to Adam's wheelchair, with many steps, dropped areas and uneven surfaces. When told what Emlyn had offerred to do, Adam said, "That be nice!" With the help of Andy Gribble, landlord of the Red Jackets pub in Camborne, Emlyn organised a number of fund-raising events over the Halloween weekend, including a 20 mile sponsored walk, a childrens' fancy dress party and live music at the Red Jackets. Adam particularly enjoyed the fancy dress party, which he attended dressed as a skeleton (pictured below).
ESFRAC raised well over £2000 with these events and we would very much like to thank Emlyn, Andy, everyone who took part in the sponsored walk, all the regulars at the Red Jackets, all those who sponsored the walkers and everyone else who gave their time, money and support. Not content with having raised the money, Emlyn and his team then set about transforming the garden, with remarkable results - see our 2011 News page for further details.
Just before Christmas 2010, the Adam George Fund received a very generous donation...from Adam George. Mr George, who lives in Nottinghamshire, was amusing himself in an idle moment by searching for his name online (we've all done it!) and came across this website. He contacted us and subsequently made a very kind contribution to his namesake's fund, for which we would like to thank him most sincerely.
The staff, parents and children of Happy Days Nursery at Treloweth in Cornwall very kindly donated the proceeds of their popular Christmas Fair to Adam's Fund, raising a magnificent £827.02.
Adam had a great time at the Fair. He enjoyed the live music, had several goes on the tombola and spent a great deal of time talking to Father Christmas. We would like to thank the manager of Happy Days, Mrs Vicki Roberts-Gill, and all the staff, parents and children for this wonderful donation.