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Sending a dream that really came true!

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Promise Dreams

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Now that 2015 is well under way it is time to say a very special thank you to all those who have already made the year extra special for children with a dream. Many people made the difficult choice in December about how ‘best’ to send their festive message, season’s greetings and kind thoughts when buying Christmas cards. We asked people to consider whether purchasing endless packs of traditional cards was the only way they can send messages of love and best wishes to those we really care about. That’s how ‘Send A Dream’ came about.

Yet again, we were astounded by the number of schools, shops and businesses that asked us for our huge Christmas card that could be signed for a small donation to Promise Dreams – the charity that actively supports as children suffering from serious illnesses throughout the year.

Charity and Schools fundraising Co-ordinator Lisa Needham said, ‘A huge, heart-felt thank you to everyone who signed our cards. You have made children and families everywhere so very, very happy this year.’

Britons posted around 750 million Christmas cards to family and friends in 2014, according to Royal Mail; and with first class stamps costing 41p and second class 32p, plus the cost of the card in the first place, this is a lot of money that some may feel could be spent in a different, more charitable way. It is a hard choice, as we all love receiving messages of goodwill and we know that cards have a personal value and serve as a keepsake.  However, the ‘Send A Dream’ card campaign touched hundreds of people who thought about it deeply; and demonstrated that it is worth spending time [and a few pennies!] thinking of others possibly less fortunate than themselves in a very special, unique way.

As Lisa explained, ‘The ‘Send A Dream’ card is a simple sceme where we deliver a lovely large Christmas card to anyone who who can encourage others to sign, send a simple greeting and donate as much or as little as they can afford at that time.  Sending a message this way really does help send a dream to a child that needs one!’

Tettenhall Head Teacher Kate Jackson is passionate about the ‘Send A Dream’ campaign and her staff and children at St. Michael’s Primary School all got behind the scheme as she explained, ‘It is very popular with our children who can empathise with other children who are sick and unlikely to have such an active or energetic Christmas as they have. They really dig deep into their pocket money and give with genuine kindness. They make the campaign so special but we know others in the community do so as well. We are fortunate that local shops, big business organisations and of course, ordinary people in the community contribute and care so much about others.’

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Well this Christmas campaign was truly exceptional with the ‘Send A Dream’ Christmas Card raising an incredible £1,740.54!

On behalf of everyone who will benefit from your generosity the Promise Dreams team send you our very best wishes for the coming year and our deepest thanks.

You can help our very special children to get their dream in 2016 by putting your festive message into one of our large Christmas cards instead of sending your own cards to colleagues when it comes to Christmas this year.  Schools, shops, local businesses and even family and friends can get involved and make it a very special Christmas for children who need a little help – just by writing a lovely message and donating some change to promise a dream come true.

If you can help us, we will bring a special Promise Dreams card for you to display and all we ask is that every time someone signs they make a donation to Promise Dreams.  If this sounds like something that you would like to be involved with then please give me a call on the number below.

Please contact us on: 01902 212451 or email: info@promisedreams.co.uk

Promise Dreams
Ground Floor
Edwin House
Boundary Industrial Estate
Stafford Road
Wolverhampton
WV10 7EL

Promise Dreams is a National charity dedicated to helping seriously ill and terminally ill children and their families by turning a very special wish into reality – whether the child would like a holiday, a toy, medical treatment or equipment, house alterations, or even the chance to meet their favourite celebrity!

 

 

Happy New Year Everybody!

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by Promise Dreams

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We wish you a wonderful and happy New Year!

Everyone at Promise Dreams works tirelessly to organise a range of fundraising events from golf days to gala dinners and sponsored fun runs to packing carrier bags at checkout counters.  Staff and volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and quite literally ‘gone that extra mile’ to make sure dreams get delivered.

Children and grown-ups, especially those who are sick and have life limiting conditions, sometimes need help.  They need dreams, and you help make them come true.

To be part of Promise Dreams is special.  Friends are made and families strengthened.  Hopes are raised and dreams fulfilled.  But it is you that make Promise Dreams so special.  You take the time to help where you can and keep in your thoughts, those who need support.

As Nikki Rowley, Charity Administrator for Promise Dreams said:

‘A huge thank you for all of your support over the last year. We have seen everything in 2014 from world-famous tattoo artists at the tattoo festival to real reindeer at Leekes’ Christmas weekend. We have bag-packed, gift-wrapped, leaflet-dropped and bucket-collected. We’ve danced around to everyone from Union J to UB40 all while spreading the word about our special charity, and who could forget Walk For Dreams 2014 – the biggest challenge we have ever taken on ourselves. We absolutely could not have done these things without your help and support. We really appreciate you being a part of the Promise Dreams community.’

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The New Year is a time for resolutions and we do hope you will make your continued support of Promise Dreams a high priority.  Until then, our heartfelt thanks go to you.  And of course …

A Very Happy New Year!

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The Lyn Evans Fundraising Award 2013/14

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Promise Dreams

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People become volunteers for many different reasons.  Some find a cause they believe in, some want to ‘put something back’ into the community, others want to ‘discover themselves,’ develop hidden talents or learn new skills.  The latest winner of the Lyn Evans Fundraising Award 2013/14 seems to embody all three!

Claire Felton is a volunteer, well known to the Promise Dreams team; and a regular at most of our fundraising events.

Here’s a little more about Claire …

Claire hails from Willenhall near Wolverhampton and is happily married to Westley and mother to three children, Connor, Becky and Freya.  She has had more than her fair share of health issues, is a diabetic and has a heart condition.  Although she is unable to work, she does have boundless energy and a deep desire to contribute to the well-being of the community.

Her involvement with Promise Dreams began few years ago when she successfully applied for a grant to buy a Wendy house for daughter Freya.  ‘She has hereditary pancreatitis and it does prevent her from leading what many other children would know as a normal life.  She is such a courageous little girl and doesn’t make demands or want for very much at all.  In fact, her dream was her own Wendy house.  Promise Dreams granted her wish and she still treasures that Wendy house with all her heart.  It gets, cleaned, painted and furnished on a regular basis – in fact,  it looks brand new even now!’

With Freya’s dream fulfilled, Claire could be forgiven for walking away and immersing herself in the role of proud Mum looking after the needs of a lovely, busy family.  Not a bit of it.  As Claire explains, ‘I can’t work full time but I wanted to put something back into the community, into the charity that has helped my family so much.  I want to keep active, involved and feel that I am contributing.’

To that end, Claire has stood at supermarket counters packing bags for customers, making tea for volunteers, stuffed letters and leaflets into envelopes, wrapped gifts for Christmas retailers, blown up balloons for major events, laid tables at parties,  undertaken door-to-door collections, played in charity football matches and even organised 43 people to take part in the recent sponsored ‘Walk for Dreams’ charity event in Wolverhampton.  And all the money she has raised goes to the children and families supported by Promise Dreams.

Volunteering is clearly in the blood of both family and friends as her team, ‘Freya’s Walkers,’ consisted of a 64 year old granddad and a 6 month old baby in a pushchair – all dressed as superheroes!

All in all, ‘Freya’s Walkers’ raised £2,700 on the walk for their favourite charity – Promise Dreams.

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‘I felt really proud.  It was overwhelming, such a proud moment.  It was so emotional.  Promise Dreams have supported my family and now all my friends are involved and helping the charity I love.  It’s amazing how Promise Dreams and all my friends are really now my family.’

Claire became a well deserved winner of the Lyn Evans Fundraising Award for 2013/14 at the recent gala dinner, ‘Putting on the Ritz.’  She has given selflessly of her time, her energy and her desire to help others.  She has also learned many skills along the way and feels she is better person for being a volunteer.  ‘It has helped me in a deeper way.  It has shown me that people really care and if we all help each other then the world is a better place to be.  I have learned not to judge people.  Freya has a Wendy house.  It is her hideaway where she can be herself and she knows no-one passes judgement on her.  It gives her safety, security and peace of mind.  We all want that don’t we? Watching her play in peace has given me the confidence and space to do my own thing – volunteer for Promise Dreams.’

Claire is just one of dozens of volunteers who make the effort to help others; and the Promise Dreams doors are always open to those who are willing to give as Charity Manager Bev Bird explains, ‘Some people can give a few hours every week, others are only available for a day during the Summer.  It doesn’t matter how much time you give.  What matters is that you give for the right reasons.  We are so very, very fortunate that we have people who answer the call for help on a regular basis but … we do need even more people to get involved.  We organise fundraising events throughout the year but that doesn’t stop people doing their own thing.  They can raise money in many different ways and we will help them start the ball rolling if they just get in touch.  It is easy, lots of fun and very worthwhile.’

We know that Claire has a packed year ahead of her.  She is will be doing the usual bag packing, leaflet drops and getting her team together for the 2015 ‘Walk for Dreams’ but she is also organising a tribute band event in a pub near her home to raise funds for Promise Dreams.

She is a great ambassador for the charity.  She raises money with a smile on her face and fully understands that without the effort of volunteers the world would be far worse off.  ‘You never know what challenges life will throw at you.  You have to rise up to them and overcome them.  That’s what Freya has done and it’s what I aim to do.’

Claire has made a big commitment to Promise Dreams.  She has made a bigger commitment to herself – to help others less fortunate.  ‘The glamour events are great but so are the smaller things Promise Dreams does.  Every penny helps.’

Her acceptance speech at the gala dinner struck a chord with everyone in the room.  It was from the heart.  It touched everyone who understands the challenge that children and families must rise to – and why people need to volunteer.

We wish Claire and her family a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  We also congratulate her on gaining the Lyn Evans Fundraising Award for 2013/14.

It will soon be time to make resolutions for the year ahead and we hope that you will consider helping Promise Dreams in some way.  Being a volunteer is a wonderful gift to the community and needn’t be hard work or time consuming.  Give us a call … we’ll be there for you when you are ready.

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Find out how you can help by being a volunteer with Promise Dreams by contacting us in any of the following ways;

Telephone: 01902 212451

Email: info@promisedreams.co.uk

Postal Address:

Promise Dreams
Ground Floor
Edwin House
Boundary Industrial Estate
Stafford Road
Wolverhampton
WV10 7EL

 

 

Putting on the Ritz!

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Promise Dreams

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There was plenty of glam and glitter last week when Promise Dreams staged their annual gala dinner at Wolverhampton Racecourse with ‘Putting on the Ritz!’

It was exceptional entertainment from start to finish with top recording artists ‘Go West’ headlining the prestigious evening.  Lead singer Peter Cox and Richard Drummie have played live around the world since their first hit single in 1985 and continue with their hugely successful tour playing to packed houses earning their reputation as an outstanding, exciting live act.

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They belted out all of their classics including ‘We Close our Eyes,’ ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ and ‘Call Me’ as well as new tracks from their latest album called, ‘3D.’

They were well supported by Captain Redeye and the Hoods – a band forged in the gin-joints and speakeasies of the UK, and purveyors of highly refined vintage gangster swing!

Two surprise acts took the 400 strong audience by storm – Jess Needham kicked off the evening with her tear-jerking rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and X Factor finalist Chloe Jasmine gave stunning, sultry, jazz-fuelled renditions of ‘Cry Me a River, ‘That Old Devil Called Love’ and ‘Toxic.’

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The evening was compered by our very own local celebrity from BBC Sport, Suzi Perry  – the face of MotoGP, Wimbledon, the London Marathon, Olympics, the Gadget Show and of course, all the televised Formula 1 Grand Prix events.  We are extremely proud of Suzi and her commitment to Promise Dreams; and we were delighted she was able to host our 2014 Gala event – arguably the best we have ever produced.

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Following a drinks reception, foyer entertainment, a warm welcome from Charity founder Suresh Bawa and a delightful dinner, everyone entered into the spirit of the ‘roaring twenties’ and let their hair down by ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz.’  It was a dream evening!

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The gala dinner and dance also enabled Promise Dreams to raise additional funds to help fulfil other dreams – those of children and families who have serious and often terminal illnesses.

As Charity Manager Beverley Bird explained, ‘We appreciate that today’s climate is still very tough for everyone and we value all the support shown this evening.  We are still receiving applications on a daily basis so we are really, really grateful for the many and varied ways in which people help.  I know people will really enjoy the evening and take away some great memories.

Well, people had a great time and they all ‘dug deep’ for the charity auction and raffle with everyone leaving ‘Putting on the Ritz’ with that winning feeling.

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Of course, this fabulous evening would not have been possible without the involvement and generosity of all the wonderful Promise Dreams supporters; and the people who work tirelessly to put these events together.

We take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed in someway throughout the past wonderful year.  For their help with ‘Putting on the Ritz’ we must say a special thank you to Alto Digital Networks, Barclays Bank, Brunel Franklin, Chloe Jasmine, Captain Redeye & the Hoods, Coin A Drink, Go West, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Lloyds Bank, Porky, Show Systems, Signal 107, Stageworkz, Steve Bull, Steve Cooper, Suzi Perry and Wolverhampton Racecourse.

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As Bev said, ‘As a charity that receives no Government or Lottery funding, we are entirely reliant on the support and generosity of the public.  This is just one of the reasons why we are so grateful to everyone who is ‘Putting on the Ritz’ and being here to support some very special families.  Please know that your support really will make a difference, and on behalf of all the families that we will now be able to help – THANK YOU!’

If you have any ideas for events or campaigns that you would like to discuss then please contact the Promise Dreams Team.  We would be delighted to discuss them with you.

If you would like to speak to a member of the Promise Dreams team then please feel free to contact us in any of the following ways;

Telephone: 01902 212451

Email: info@promisedreams.co.uk

Postal Address:

Promise Dreams
Ground Floor
Edwin House
Boundary Industrial Estate
Stafford Road
Wolverhampton
WV10 7EL

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Cracker Weekend at Leekes!

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Promise Dreams

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It was a Christmas Cracker of a weekend at Leekes of Bilston recently when the Home Superstore turned into a splendid Santa’s Grotto – complete with hardworking elves, Christmas characters and Santa’s lovable reindeer, ‘Jingle’ and ‘Belle.’

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The Promise Dreams team were there to help staff and volunteers at Leekes who all entered into the spirit of the season and helped raise funds for very special children who need extra support to enjoy life.  Face painting, tombola, cake stands, mince pies washed down with mulled wine and even a hog roast were all their to tempt customers into helping those less fortunate than the rest of us.

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Gaynor Woolley face painting a very happy Holly Robinson aged 5, whilst Leekes Sales Assistant Jen Smart decorates the Christmas tree – beautifully!

Leekes of Bilston have been great friends of the Promise Dreams charity for a number of years and they were clearly determined to give every one a great time – even whilst serving customers to the very best any furniture and home accessories store could offer.  Store Manager Tony Squires [or was it Austin Powers?] said, ‘This is a very special weekend.  My staff team, regular customers of Leekes, people browsing for the first time, families, friends and the local community have all joined together to enjoy some smashing entertainment.  I really must thank all my staff who have entered into the spirit of Christmas and raised lots of money for the charity we all care so much about.  It’s a special event that will help some very special children.’

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PC Ian Probert was born and bred in the Moxley and Bilston area and has served his community for 34 years.  He enjoyed all the festive fun whilst still on duty and even posed for photographs and helped collect coins, ‘It really is a great community.  Good people with big hearts.  They will give their last penny to help a charity like Promise Dreams.’

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse, two Snowmen, A Christmas Tree, a very Big Baby, Snow White, an Easter Bunny, a Bumble Bee, an Admiral, Austin Powers, Poppet, a dozen elves and more Christmas sweaters than you could shake a stick at.  It was really a Christmas Crackers weekend!

Leekes Assistant Store Manager Samantha Woolley made sure everyone had a good time whether they were spending money or just browsing.  ‘Isn’t it great what people can do when they ‘pull together?’  she said.  ‘We have staff and volunteers who have given up their day off to help.  They have made, hired or borrowed costumes and have really thrown themselves into the event.  I have never seen them smile so much.  We are raising money and having a brilliant time doing it!’

One of her colleagues said, ‘I want to help children, especially at Christmas.  We have to make sure we do all we can to raise money for Promise Dreams.  We can have a happy holiday free from worry but some Mums and Dads can’t.  After all, it only means giving the loose change in your pocket to make a big, big difference.’  Jason Vassell, Sales assistant at Leekes

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Sharon Goodwin and Alisha Gardner looking after ‘Jingle’ and ‘Belle’ whilst Mel and Jason looked after the mulled wine!

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Once again, Signal 107 Radio were on hand to provide the music and master of Ceremonies Niel Jackson did us all proud – organising raffles, treasure hunts, signing autographs and interviewing a whole host of children’s cartoon characters – all for a truly great cause!

It will have taken a year of planning, dozens of hours organising people, preparing food, making costumes and making sure Santa’s reindeer weren’t double-booked!  When asked why they all do it, last word goes to the Leekes main man Tony Squires, ‘We do it because we can.  We have a fabulous team that has the desire to help others.  Don’t get me wrong, it is really good fun doing things for others but it is hard work at the same time.  I appreciate having a team that knows how to work together and push each other to higher standards – even when putting something back into the community.  Each and every one of them understands what Promise Dreams stands for.  That makes me very happy.’

On behalf of Promise Dreams we want to send a massive thank you to Tony Squires, Samantha Woolley and the entire team at Leekes of Bilston.  Once again, you have done us proud.  The effort, energy and enthusiasm of you gave was above and beyond the call of duty.  You really care about others – and it shows!

Merry Christmas you guys!

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Wolves Legend Launches Christmas Dream Scheme

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Promise Dreams

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With Christmas around the corner it was smiles all round as local legend Steve Bull dropped in to St. Michael’s Primary School in Tettenhall this month. The children greeted the Wolves and England superstar warmly as he launched the ‘Send A Dream’ Christmas campaign on behalf of Wolverhampton based charity Promise Dreams. 

Head Teacher Kate Jackson was visibly thrilled to meet Bully and take part in the Christmas campaign.  She said, ‘This is a wonderful scheme where every member of the community can get involved.  Children and school staff can sign a huge Promise Dreams Christmas card and make a small donation to the charity that helps other, less fortunate children rather than buy lots of little cards that cost a fortune.  We are overjoyed to be involved!’

And the ‘Send A Dream’ launch went down really well with the children too as they gathered around the famous former footballer and patron of Promise Dreams. Questions ranged from ‘how many goals did you score?’ to ‘what will you get for Christmas!’

Steve explained he scored 306 goals in his career with 18 hat tricks and 4 goals at the highest level for England but he also said what he wanted most this year was for every child to have a happy Christmas and receive the very best chances possible in life. It’s why Steve is involved with Promise Dreams.

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Promise Dreams is a National charity dedicated to helping seriously ill and terminally ill children and their families by turning a very special wish into reality – whether the child would like a holiday, a toy, medical treatment or equipment, house alterations, or even the chance to meet their favourite celebrity. This is where the ‘Send A Dreams’ scheme comes in!

Schools, shops, local businesses and even family and friends can get involved and make it a very special Christmas for children who need a little help – just by writing a lovely message and donating some change to promise a dream come true.

We know that every year 1.7bn Christmas cards are sent to people Britain! That’s a lot of cards that cost a lot of money.  The Promise Dreams ‘Send A Dream’ scheme offers people a fantastic choice by asking people to write their message of goodwill in a collective Christmas card which can be displayed anywhere they want.  Each person can make a small donation which will then be spent on giving a truly wonderful gift for a child or family that needs it.

You can help our very special children to get their dream in 2015 by putting your festive message into one of our large Christmas cards instead of sending your own cards. If you can help us, we will bring a special Promise Dreams card for you to display and all we ask is that every time someone signs they make a donation to Promise Dreams.  If this sounds like something that you would like to be involved with then please give me a call on 01902 212451.

Can you help? Call our team to receive your ‘Send A Dream’ card and make Christmas really special this year!

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Please contact us on: 01902 212451 or email: info@promisedreams.co.uk

Postal Address:

Promise Dreams
Ground Floor
Edwin House
Boundary Industrial Estate
Stafford Road
Wolverhampton
WV10 7EL