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Guest Blog: Sue from Spurgeons on the Splash & Dash…

​Well as the deadline for signups to this years Splash & Dash event in aid of Spurgeons draws near, today on the blog, we have a guest blog from Sue Dennis to share a little more about the event and how it will support the great work that Spurgeons do across the country…

“As a national children’s charity that supports the most vulnerable children, it’s my job to continuously look for new opportunities and ways to raise vital funds to support the life changing projects that we deliver…

Although we’re a national charity, many people don’t realise we’re based in Northamptonshire, so it’s really important that we utilise all opportunities to raise awareness of Spurgeons as a charity. The more people know who we are and what we do will help us raise our profile and ultimately support more children and families. I’m extremely proud to work for such an amazing charity. In the last year, Spurgeons has delivered over 50 projects and reached out to over 81,000 vulnerable children, parents and carers. Our services ensure vulnerable children and families can access the help they need for a better future.

We aim to help them better cope with their difficulties and provide them with resources and support to find long lasting solutions to challenging problems. We’ve helped people like Jamie… Jamie is a 9-year-old boy who was a young carer with two disabled parents. Jamie managed to attend school, but he was dealing with pressures far above his ability to cope, that left him withdrawn and quiet. No one knew just how much Jamie was suffering with the burden of supporting his parents, and what turned out to be his parent’s verbal abuse of him. As we started to talk to Jamie, we discovered that the day before our meeting, he had tried to kill himself in the school playground. His teacher had found Jamie trying to strangle himself with a rope. Jamie believed his life wasn’t worth living. But we believe he has a hopeful future.
A chance to make history and make a difference
Last year Northamptonshire saw the development of a new multi-million-pound shopping centre, Rushden Lakes. An amazing complex that offers a combination of fashion, food and nature situated beside a scenic lake which is operated by Canoe2 who offer a range of activities on the water. The new complex is only five minutes away from our charity’s Central Office in Rushden. This got me thinking, an opportunity to make history is just around the corner… Since the new complex opened, we’ve built great relationships with both Rushden Lakes and Canoe2. It seemed the right time to take our relationship to the next level.
The next level being the first charity challenge on the lake and the first ever event of its kind for Spurgeons. My vision was to make the event a great success that it would then become an annual event for Spurgeons for many years to come: long after I retire! Thankfully, the wonderful management teams at Rushden Lakes and Canoe2 willingly agreed to my idea. We’ve been working in collaboration for several months to bring together the first ever charity Katakanu challenge on Rushden Lakes. We’re really excited about the opportunities this will bring - not just to the charity – by using the day to build community spirit, have fun and lots of laughs.
My vision is now a reality, the event is now live and we’re in the process of recruiting teams to help us make Spurgeons Splash and Dash a great day for all. We’re looking to recruit a variety of teams to sign up and join us from friends/family, work colleagues/business to sports clubs. We’ve made the process really simple, all we’re asking is that teams: • have a team of six – a team name is also required plus a captain (you need to be 12 and over to enter) • complete our online registration form • agree to our terms and conditions • then away you go, start fundraising for a great cause I’ve been asked a few times about previous experience and the simple answer is no but do bring your ‘A game’ as there will be a trophy for the winning team! Could you be crowned our first ever Splash and Dash champions?! For all information about the event, links to register and links to set up your very own Everyday Hero fundraising page click on the link below.
Go to www.spurgeons.org/splashanddash to sign up now. Family fun on the boardwalks We understand that getting onto the water isn’t for everyone. We would still encourage you to come along and enjoy the day. The teams will certainly need cheering on, plus we have a number of fun activities for children to enjoy. We will also have a selection of local business stalls selling unique items on the Board Walk. Our friends over at local radio station Beat-Route radio will be joining us, helping to commentate on the races and providing music to add what is set to be a great day for all.
We hope to see you all there on Sunday 30th September from 10am – come along and help us raise vital funds to support vulnerable children across England.
Event details: Sunday 30th Sep 18 Starts at 10am Location - The Boardwalk, Rushden Lakes. Allocated parking - Morrisons, Crown Way, Rushden NN10 6BS.

Contact details – Sue Dennis - 07976 811814 01933 412412 sdennis@spurgeons.org

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