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Events - 2015

Two of Adam’s best friends, Thomas and Edward, have quite literally used their heads to raise money for Adam’s Fund – by having their hair shaved off.  The boys, aged 11 and 8 respectively, came up with the idea themselves.  Having shunned as much as a trim for over a year, they both sported a fine set of locks but on hearing that Adam would probably need a new wheelchair after his spinal surgery (see 2014 News), they volunteered to be shorn to raise money to help buy one.
   

Edward (left) and Thomas (right) having their haircuts

The boys' selfless act raised a splendid £450 for the fund and we would like to thank them and their family for such generosity.

 

The good ladies and gentlemen of St Keverne in Cornwall made a much appreciated donation from the proceeds of their regular Euchre evenings.  Euchre is a very popular card game in Cornwall, with leagues and tournaments regularly held around the county.



On Saturday, 19 September 2015, a sponsored bike ride was held to raise money for Adam's Fund, specifically with the aim of helping towards the purchase of a new powered wheelchair for Adam (see Latest News for details).  Adam's Godmother, Heidi Cox, organised the Ride For Adam, a 22 mile bike ride from Portreath to Devoran and back again.  A previous ride, organised by Heidi in 2011, raised more than £2000 for Adam's Fund, which helped fund the height adjustable sink which enables Adam to wash his hands independently.

Ride for Adam Starting Line Up - 19th September 2015


Conditions on the day were excellent and over twenty riders took part.  Adam and his family were there to start the ride officially, which Adam did via a mighty blast on his whistle.  One rider, Andy Green, captured the ride on his helmet camera and has posted the footage on YouTube.


A group of younger riders also took part via a shortened route (Scorrier to Portreath).

The ride was a huge success and raised over £4,000 for the Fund.  We would like to thank everyone who took part, helped with the organising or who donated to one or more of the riders.  Our thanks also to the West Briton newspaper, whose publicity resulted in further donations.


During Redruth’s annual Pasty Festival, which celebrates the tradition and appeal of the Cornish Pasty in all its forms, the staff of Warrens Bakery held a collection for Adam’s Fund.  Warrens Bakery is renowned as the oldest Cornish Pasty producer in the world, having made pasties since 1860.  Their collection was held in partnership with Greens Newsagents in Redruth and the Illogan Church Tea and Toast Club.  Illogan Church has a special significance to Adam and his family as it was there that his parents, Rachel and Paul, were married and where subsequently Adam was christened.

Adam and his parents, with Alicia and Daniel at Warrens Bakery


Adam and his parents were presented with a cheque for £900 at the Warrens Bakery in Fore Street, Redruth, after which there was really only one way to celebrate – with a batch of Warrens’ award-winning pasties and other goodies.  We would like to thank everyone at Warrens, particularly Redruth store manager Anne Measures and her staff, and everyone at Greens Newsagents and Illogan Church, as well as, of course, all those who contributed to their collection.

Angela Stevens has once again been busy on behalf of the Fund, holding a very successful cake and coffee afternoon and raising £600.  We are very grateful for her continuing support.

We were delighted recently to receive a cheque for a £200 contribution to the Fund from the St Day Line Dancers.  Adam’s mum Rachel met up with the group to receive their donation, but was disappointed that because of her bad back, she was unable to join in the dancing!

 

 

The Dancers regularly donate to worthy Cornish causes and indeed, on the very evening that we received their donation, they also made a £200 donation to Cornwall Blood Bikes (which explains why there is a motorcycle in the picture!).

 

The Fund has also received a generous donation from the Plymouth and Truro District Branch of the Oddfellows Friendly SocietyThe Oddfellows is one of the largest friendly societies in the country and is over 200 years old.  Membership is open to all and the Society provides its members with care advice and support as well as opportunities to join together to enjoy social occasions and to make new friends.  We would like to thank them for their kind contribution.

On Saturday 28 November 2015, Adam and his parents were invited to B&Q in Pool, where the staff had chosen Adam to be the beneficiary of their Fun Day fund raising activities.  B&Q’s customers were greeted at the store’s entrance by Star and Abi, the tallest elves you have ever seen…

Adam, with Mum Rachel, Pam from B&Q and world's tallest elves

 

The tombola offered a chance of prizes ranging from aprons to B&Q gift cards while face painter Joanna Blake created a succession of beautiful and intricate designs for the younger visitors – we particularly liked the unicorn.  Branch Manager Paul Rodgers explained to us that although they are a large national company, B&Q actively encourage their branches to support local causes and we would like to thank Paul and all his staff for their fantastic efforts to raise money for Adam’s Fund.