Tara and Aum were invited to The Health Lottery Tea Party at The Savoy last month, where they were thrilled to meet ‘X Factor’ judge Simon Cowell and fellow co-star, Ayda Field, at a celebrity star-studded event.
The party was held to celebrate over £100 million raised for local grass roots charities in Great Britain.
For the last two years the Peoples Health Lottery has kindly funded all of our volunteer support work including the role of the volunteer coordinator, our training opportunities and a bit of cake at the coffee mornings.
The investment comes as a result of funds raised through The Health Lottery and has enabled the group to set up as a charity and grow our organisation.
Our volunteer support project aims to reduce social isolation among our families and volunteers and make sure that our volunteers feel confident and empowered to lead the Big Red Bus Club. Like Aum who started volunteering with the Big Red Bus Club and was one of the first volunteers to be supported by the People Health’s Lottery. Aum who is now the volunteer coordinator spoke to a room with over 300 organisations about the work of the Big Red Bus Club.
Two novice cyclists joined Emma Mason and Susie Goss joined veteran Big Red Bike Club cyclists Steve Tull, Jay Masand and Annie and Matt Drewry to undertake our gruelling annual 100k bike ride in aid of the Big Red Bus Club.
Although the amount is still to be counted cyclists have raised at least £2000 this year, with the novice cyclist doing an amazing job of training throughout the year to get ready for the big day. Emma Mason said;
"This charity challenge has been great in terms of raising money for a great cause, building cycling distance, fitness and fun. I've laughed so much and enjoyed exploring picturesque parts of London while getting fitter. A win, win for the Big Red Bus Club and me".
Riders who set off nine hours earlier and had spent just over seven hours in the saddle were greeted by volunteers and their families who welcomed the cyclists home to handmade banners and a well deserved burger. A huge thanks to Sue Christensen the support car driver, Helen O'kelly for the endless supply of brownies and Aum, Cat and Carl who organised an amazing volunteer BBQ.
A great day had by all.
Play Plus had a holiday over the summer but now it is back. Play Plus is a SEND music and arts group, which is funded by Children In Need.
Families are welcome with children under the age of 5 with or without a diagnosis. So come along and chat with a member of the team to see how we can best support you all.
We are open on Mondays (term time only) 10am - 12noon.
Volunteer BBQ party 2018
The party for thank you a lovely volunteers who don't necessarily have time but they have a HEART to helping at The Big Red Bus Club.
The party is on 29th September start at 3pm. Same day with the Bike ride. Another group of a amazing riders who volunteer to cycling 100k to raise money for our club which they will start in the early morning and plan to return and join us at the party.