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Making Christmas Magical 2014

Alfie’s Trust and ASDA partnering again to raise money to purchase toys for the Oncology wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Alfie Gough Trust Christmas Raffle with ASDA 2015Shoppers were greeted at Asda Broadstairs by the cast of Beauty and the Beast Theatre Royal Margate, selling Raffle tickets with The Alfie Gough Trust.

The Fund Raiser now in its 5th year sold over 1200 tickets during the weekend of the 28th November. All proceeds raised were spent on Christmas presents for the Children who were spending Christmas day on the Oncology ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Shoppers flocked to purchase raffle tickets and the response was overwhelming as always showing that the Christmas spirit is really alive in Thanet.

After spending Christmas as a family on the ward in 2009 with Alfie we unfortunately learned first hand that this was to be our last Christmas together. We are well aware that many more families will be faced with this situation.

This inspired us to dedicate one of the charity objectives to ensure that every Christmas is extra special for those on the ward. With support from companies like ASDA it only requires our time to make this a successful annual event.

We will continue to do this every year as well as replenishing the toy room with good quality used toy which we collect on the run up to this event.

Thank you to all those people who took the time to come and speak with us and purchase tickets from us over the weekend and everyone who donated there used toys and helped us clean and deliver them. W£e could not of done this without you all.


Charity Picnic Brings Community Together

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2014

The weather could not have turned out any better as it did in Ramsgate on Saturday 5th July 2014. Just in time for the 5th Teddy Bears Picnic Extraordinaire. This year’s event was a huge success with families flocking from across Thanet with Bears and Picnics to the King George VI Park.
The crowds had visits from Princess Elsa and Olaf the Snowman from Disney’s recent film Frozen. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Peppa Pig, The Alfie Gough Trust Mascot bear Bo Bo and Even Darth Vader paid a visit from the darkside. Kent Kite Flyers provided a fantastic opportunity to Children to parachute teddy bears from the sky.

Other attractions included Horse Riding, a demonstration of life saving skills from St John’s Ambulance, and multiple football tournaments being held courtesy of Margate Football Club and their inflatable football pitch. Reptiles could be viewed for a donation and a display of a Snowy Owl , Harris Hawk and a little owl were all on display provided free of charge. Bouncy Castle, Sumo Suits donated by Atlantis Entertainment and even Balloon modelling along with Arts and crafts and face painting all made up a really fun packed day in the park.

The annual event held in memory of local boy Alfie Gough who sadly lost his life to Cancer aged 2 has continued to live on in his memory keeping a real community spirit of fun and happiness in one of our great parks. The organisers work hard with the support of local sponsors to keep everything at low cost and donations to encourage the picnic atmosphere and to thank the community for all the support that was given to Alfie during his battle with Neuroblastoma. The fantastic news for the charity is that this event has reached a new record raising approximately £7,000 to support other children undergoing treatment for Cancer.

MP Laura Sands visited along with Craig Mackinlay and tweeted “What a great event George VI park 4 Alfie Gough. Go & be truly entertained. Well done all u great volunteers.”

The Event Arena – Had performances of Peppa Pigs tea party, Ramsgate Rockets Majorettes, Thanet School of Dance, Happily Ever After Meet & Greet Princess, and Toddler Time with Sophie from Helter Skelter. Finishing off with story time to end the day before the draw of the grand raffle.

Event sponsors Clancy Docwra, London Array, Southern Water, Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet District Council, Keel and Morrison’s all contributed to the success of the event which has continued to grow year on year.

Dean and Sarah Gough who set up the registered charity in memory of their son Alfie commented – “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of those who attended. It is a pleasure to see returning families every year. It makes us really proud of our son Alfie, when we see so much happiness in the Park we are truly touched. This event could not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors and the fantastic team of volunteers to help us make this a fun and safe event for all those who visit.”

The event organisers would also like to Thank personally:
Clancy Docwra, London Array, Southern Water, Ramsgate Town Council, Thanet District Council, Keel and Morrison’s Local, Happily Ever After, Thanet School of Dance, Imperial presence, Helter Skelter, Ramsgate Rockets, KM charity Team Treasure Chest, Margate football club, Atlantis Entertainment, Nelson’s Riding School, Kent Kite Flyers, Falconry South East, Academy FM, Asda Broadstairs. St John’s Ambulance, Misschilies Photography, Katie Cupcakes and Jerry’s Entertainment for supporting the event.

Unclaimed raffle prizes :
Light blue ticket number 236 – tinker bell book
Light blue ticket number 488 – baby cat teddy
Light blue ticket number 360 – imaginext
Light blue ticket number 557 – super switch book
Light blue ticket number 742 – doctor doll
Light blue ticket number 239- hippo teddy
Light blue ticket number 161- digger land ticket for one person
Light blue ticket number 233 – odd pods halo
Light blue ticket number 539 – cars book
White 313 ticket number – jungle jims 2 passes
White ticket 426 – summer season ticket for lathe barn
White tickets number 377 – Lego set
Light blue ticket number 19 odd pods halo
White ticket number 243 – family swim
Light blue ticket number 480 – who’s who game
Pink ticket number 687- DVD parental guidance
Pink ticket number 69 – DVD wizards of Waverley place volume 2
Pink ticket number 649 – DVD wizards of Waverley place volume 3
Pink ticket number 284- book wizards of Waverley place all mixed up
Yellow ticket number 236- toy digger
Yellow ticket number 265- children’s puzzle
Yellow ticket 343 – cut and style worth £25 for Jo jo’s hairdressers
Yellow ticket 238 – Dora scooter


Mick’s walk from Land’s End to Ramsgate

Raised £1561.00

At the age of nearly 66 years Mick decided that he was going to walk from Land’s End back home to Ramsgate. On the 24th June 2014 Mick took on his route include crossing Dartmoor, the South West Coastal Path, The East Devon Way, The South Downs Way, and part of The North Downs Way – a little over 400 miles in all. Although Mick could’nt complete his walk with just a few days to go, his determination was amazing but having some problems with His foot he just could’nt carry on. Mick still managed to raise an amazing amount for the charity and truly made a difference.

The Alfie Gough trust would like to thank Mick for his continued support.


Hair and Beard Challenge 2014

The Alfie Gough Trust would like to thank Dean Williams for his amazing support and raising a wonderful £1272.87.
Thank you for your continued support!


Christmas Raffle Asda 2013‏

Alfie’s Trust and ASDA partnering again for the 4th year to raise money to purchase toys for the Oncology wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Over 4 days, fund-raisers of the Alfie Gough Trust and support from the Cinderella cast sold an impressive 1300 tickets to shoppers at ASDA’s Broadstairs. All proceeds raised were spent on Christmas presents for the Children who were spending Christmas day on the Elephant and Lion ward.

4 years ago Sarah Gough, Alfie’s Mum approached ASDA for a donation towards the purchase of Toys and working with ASDA’s Community involvement local lead Kay Smith of ASDA they came up with the idea that ASDA will donate a Television to be raffled in the store.
This year Ryan Day who is now the lead at Asda Broadstairs came up with the idea of donating an Ipad. Shoppers flocked to purchase raffle tickets and the response was overwhelming as always showing that the Christmas spirit is really alive in Broadstairs.

Dean Gough, Alfie’s Father said “After spending Christmas as a family on the ward in 2009 with Alfie we unfortunately learned first hand that this was to be our last Christmas together. We are well aware that many more families will be faced with this situation. This inspired us to dedicate one of the charity objectives to ensure that every Christmas is extra special for those on the ward. With support from companies like ASDA it only requires our time to make this a successful annual event. We will continue to do this every year and Thank you to all those people who took the time to come and speak with us and purchase tickets from us over the weekend.”


Replenish Great Ormond Street Toy Room

Alfie GoughOur appeal put out a request to friends of the charity and using The Alfie Gough Trust media, website and facebook page for donations of good quality used Toys.

The response was overwhelming for the 4th year and we delivered a Van load of Toys to the Toy Room at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Despite the huge donations that go to the Hospital each year, the Toy room only receives a small budget and often relies upon charity shop purchased toys. November was the perfect time of year for this request as many families used the opportunity to clear out some of the unused toys in readiness for the new ones at Christmas.
Some of the unused Toys that belonged to Alfie were also donated it seemed to be the right thing for us to do as Alfie had spent so much time there.


New Morrisons Store Opened By the Alfie Gough Trust

Morrisons new local store in King Street Ramsgate had its grand opening on the 30th September.
The Alfie Gough Trust were asked to officially open the store. Dean and Sarah Gough attended and cut the ribbon and declared the store open at 0830 that day. It was also nice for the charity as founder Dean Gough carried the Olympic torch through King Street in 2012. The team at the Morrrisons local have committed to support the charity at local events in the community.


New Charity Teddy Bears Launched!

Alfie Gough Trust Teddy Bears now For SaleWe have added these great new Teddy Bears to our merchandise which can be purchased at any of our events throughout the year so grab yourselves one of our new Alfie Bears At £8.00.

 


Making Christmas Magical at Great Ormond Street Hospital

For the third year the Alfie Gough Trust teamed up with ASDA’s in Ramsgate and Broadstairs to hold a raffle in store.
The kind shoppers of ASDA participated and £1,177 was raised from the raffle. We used some of the funds to support the Children’s Christmas party at the Rainbow ward Margate and the rest was spent on brand new toys for Christmas presents for the children on the oncology ward at great Ormond Street. This being the ward where Alfie spent Christmas of 2010.

We put a request out for used Toys on Academy FM thanks to Howard Evans and using the social media the charity facebook page. The response from the community this year was overwhelming and we received donations from over 30 families who donated some really good quality used Toys.

Dean and I set off to the Hospital on the 10th December with the kind volunteers of ASDA (Les and Coleen) with a fully loaded van. When we arrived at the Toy room we was amazed with the response the new Toys were hidden away to be wrapped for Christmas and the used Toys were then put straight in to the Toy room. It was really special for us as many of the Children came out from their rooms to come and see all the Toys being put together and unwrapped in the play room. It was a magical experience and one that really makes it all seem worth it. The oncology ward is very personal to us having spent so much time there with Alfie. We know first hand that despite the many donations that go to the hospital the Toy rooms have limited funding and rely upon donations. We work closely with the play specialist of the ward and understand what is required. This year we also used some additional donations to fund items for arts and crafts, and Estrella Events also donated small gifts wrapped for the wards tresure box. It is so important for the Children to have these items available as they spend many hours undergoing treatments and the families need the support to help pass the time they have to spend on the ward.