Newsletter No. 4 – May 2017

It has been a busy six months for Allegra’s Ambition and we are very grateful to all of you for your continued interest and amazing support.

From Allegra

We are delighted that we have identified a number of projects that fit with our aims and criteria that will be delivered by our partner charities.  All the initiatives we are supporting benefit the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in our communities and they all have a focus on engagement with sport and/or nature as part of the remit.

We are continuing to work with Ebony (http://www.ebonyhorseclub.org.uk) – a riding centre in Brixton.

In February, we were invited there to meet HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, Ebony’s President, who was visiting the Club and of course Allegra’s Paddock.  It was a very special day.

Building on the success of last year’s event, we are repeating our Ebony Day on Monday July 24 at Herriard Park. We couldn’t host it without the support of Hampshire Hunt Pony Club and so many of you who donate your time, energy & ponies.

Allegra’s Ambition Athletics Day – In April, we sponsored an athletics taster day at the King’s Park Stadium in Bournemouth. Initiated by Ian Kennedy of Wimborne Athletics & organised by Allegra’s aunt, Georgina – children from secondary schools in the local area attended to find out more about athletics and try out different disciplines. We were incredibly lucky to have Rachel Morris, a double gold medal winning Paralympic athlete (in 2 different disciplines) join us for the day. She brought her medals for everyone to feel & admire & gave an inspiring talk to us. Thanks to everyone who helped especially Hayley Gaj – who taught Allegra at St Swithun’s – and Allegra’s fabulous friends who joined us bringing their energy and enthusiasm as well as all the athletics coaches & sports students from Bournemouth University.

CHICKS – Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (http://chicks.org.uk).  We are very excited to be funding an Allegra’s Ambition week in July at CHICKS providing a holiday for sixteen Hampshire children at one of their amazing centres.  The holidays are run by a team of experienced youth workers with additional support from a number of volunteers.  We are thrilled, in addition, that some of Allegra’s friends have volunteered for Allegra’s week and look forward to hearing all about it.

Volunteering at CHICKS is open to everyone over the age of 18 – a week’s volunteering is 5 days & 4 nights & qualifies for DofE – no skill or training is required. 

Youth Options (http://www.youthoptions.co.uk) is a Hampshire based charity that run a number of projects that support Hampshire’s most vulnerable young people.

We have sponsored the training of four youth workers and provided the equipment to enable them to deliver a creative Bushcraft skills programme for young people at their new Riverside project.  Allegra would have loved it.

Carneys (http://carneyscommunity.org) – The recent success of Anthony Joshua is a reminder of the transformative power of sport, in his case boxing.

We have partnered with the inspirational boxing charity Carneys, who work with at risk and vulnerable young people in South London, to enable them to promote their club at a number of outreach community events to raise their profile and encourage as many young people to come along and participate as possible.  Maybe there will be a future Olympian among them.

These partnerships are just a beginning and made possible by your generosity.

For Allegra

Huge thanks to everyone who has been involved with any aspect of Allegra’s Ambition over the last few months.

Your support means so much to us and to our family.  As always many have gone above and beyond and we value every contribution big or small – volunteering, participating, coming up with ideas, fundraising etc.

We are so proud and grateful to:

  • Vere Whittome, Ali Revell and Kit Robathan for running the Blackpool Marathon and to Georgie Revell who ran the London Marathon on the same day.  Georgie reported that she thought of Allegra every step of the way and that it kept her going.  It was an incredible feat by you all…..bet you can’t wait to do it again next year!
  • Max and Grace Joliffe – Allegra’s young cousins who ran their first 5k & 10k respectively & were supported & sponsored by family & friends.
  • Ruth Warwick, who looked after Allegra when she was young, and has so generously embraced Allegra’s Ambition, fundraising for the second year, this time taking part in Glasgow’s KiltWalk in a fetching pink kilt.
  • Jack Polhill, Madeline Goodlad, Dan Makharinksy and their friends who raised £1,600 at Edinburgh rag week hitchhiking to Paris.
  • Lucy Schryver, a friend from the HH Pony Club, cut off 14 inches of her hair for the Little Princess Trust & raised an incredible £561 in sponsorship.
  • Honor who raised £13.50 selling Allegra’s Ambition wristbands – if anyone would like wristbands please get in touch.
  • Honor’s friends Anna and Holly who so thoughtfully and generously donated their pocket money.
  • Julie Montagu – organic food writer and yoga teacher extraordinaire – who organised a fantastic Pink Ladies Grease yoga night at Triyoga.
  • Hattie Lees at Sherborne School for Girls raised £130 from selling house trackie bums in Reader Harris. • Winchester College has raised almost £1,500 for Allegra’s Ambition during this year.
  • The Marmalade Nursery Schools in London has adopted Allegra’s Ambition as their charity for this year & we have been stunned by the generosity of this parent community.    

    About Allegra

Allegra would be leaving St Swithun’s this June. Her optimism, energy and enthusiasm meant Allegra never turned down the chance to try a new experience or challenge. To honour her memory this month St Swithun’s have asked girls and their parents to challenge themselves, to do something different, something new, something difficult to #livelikeleggs.  We would love it if as many of you as possible try this yourselves and let us know how you get on. There is a new bench to remember Allegra in the Cathedral Close in Winchester.  It is in a quiet, sheltered spot against the Cathedral wall, just after you come through the Inner Close from the West door.

Thank you to Winchester Cathedral for enabling this to happen.

Please do go and spend some time remembering her there if you are in Winchester.

If any of you are thinking about fundraising for Allegra’s Ambition please do get in touch either via email info@allegrasambition.org.uk or on Facebook.  We are always excited to hear about what you are all doing and happy to support in any way we can.

#LIVE LIKE LEGGS

#livelikeleggs

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