A record total raised by one Didcot supermarket, football tournament is another goal scoring success, be ready to get in a spin and pedal power wth a spinathon and upcoming events for the last part of our fundraising push in 2015
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Play2Give Newsletter

Issue 11 - Summer 2015 - August 2015

Sainsbury's Checks Out With Record £4,300!

Andrew Baker, centre, with colleagues from the store at the Children's Hospital in July. L-R: Andrea, Luke, Alex (Deputy Manager) and Veronica
Sainsbury's Didcot donates a record figure

Living well for less... That's definitely the ethos of Sainsbury's Didcot lived up to as they raised a record breaking amount of funds over the course of a year for Play2Give.  

The money, raised as part of the store's '
local charity of the year' scheme, saw an amazing £4,300.64 achieved by the store's colleagues and customers over the course of 12 months from July, 2014.  The achievement was celebrated as representatives from the store who was just some that played their part visited the Oxford Children's Hospital last month to present their enormous cheque for the year to our Andrew, as filmed by That's Oxford TV.  

Deputy manager Alex Falconer, Charity Champion Veronica Dallas and team leaders Luke Norris and Andrea Smith are seen pictured presenting Andrew with their record total - which culminated in a wide variety of events and activities held, both in store and in the wider community such as a sponsored stroll in February which raised over £940!  

The store chose to support P2G last summer and set out on a huge fundraising conquest to raise as much as they could, with activities in-store ranging from collection pots, to ghoulish  Halloween bake sales, to face painting days, raffles at staff parties, bag packing, to a
football match which the staff team lost 20-1 to Play2Givers and 3 of the counters chaps - led by Luke Norris himself - having their heads shaved bald on a chilly Saturday April afternoon to a sponsored stroll - all to achieve this astounding sum which has gone down in the store's record books.

Veronica, talking to the Oxford Mail, said: "It has been a great year and a real joint effort. We chose Play2Give because Andrew was just so passionate, he often came in to do bag packing to raise money and took part in the walks. It's a real fairytale for him as he recently got a job with us and he has raised so much money it's a great achievement."

3 Cheers Sainsbury's for Amazing £4,300 raised in a year!

Football tournament another goal-scoring success

Our annual kids football tournament was another goal-scoring success, with over £5,000 already raised - and there's still more to come!  Our annual tournament in support of the Children's Hospital saw 19 boys teams compete on the 3G pitches at Oxford City Football Club in July. The  day even saw a lifesize furry mascot by the name of Barry Bear join in the fun and 3 teams from Enfield in London travelled down to take part - they alone raised the most money out of all the teams with over £1,500!!  Our raffle was yet another big draw with over £800 raised and yet agian over 30 prizes donated.  The tournaments over  the past 7 years have raised over £33,000 alone for local charities and this year we were grateful to be sponsored yet again by the wonderful Breckon & Breckon and Newbury Building Society.   The victorious winners were Under 10s - Botley Boys and Under 11s - Didcot Youth which was even more bittersweet for the Didcot team as they have never won any other tournament so to win this contest, let alone as a special one for charity, was extra special! 

2015 Events...

Sat September 12th: Paediatric Eye Fund Footgolf Tournament
P2G are delighted to be sponsoring this fun footgolf tournament organised by the Paediatric Eye Fund - one of our partner charities - of which all proceeds raise goes into funding research and revolutionary diagnostic equipment for babies and children with eye disorders. We have sponsored a hole, and besides the footgolf tournament itself, there will also be a bouncy castle and face painting too.  More details
Sat September 26th: Family Fun Day Oxford
After the success of our very first family fun day this month our next event - our Autumn family fun day - organised by Kidactive & Mini Professionals Dance Academy takes place at Oxsrad in Marston on September 26th.  There will be pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, fire engine, police car, dance, wacky games, to much more.  Entry is free, with £1 donations for each activity - all proceeds for the Children's Hospital and Paediatric Eye Fund
Sat September 19th: Charity Spinathon
Join this fun 6-hour organised by and held at Willowbrook Leisure Centre in Didcot with all proceeds shared between our charities.  £5 entry fee per person/£25 for a team of 6. Plus sponsorship.  Includes bouncy castle.  More details
Sat October 3rd: Charity Race Night
Join us at The Marlborough Club in Didcot for this fun night organised by our supporters of the year, William Southby Lodge Harwell. The fun begins from 7.30pm and includes a disco and burger van. All proceeds shared between our charities.  More details

About Play2Give

£39k raised in 8 years!
Play2Give (P2G for short) was set up by Didcot's Andrew Baker in 2007 who teamed up with a small select group of friends to bring a football tournament for charity to life. Since its inception, and now as a voluntary-run fundraising organisation, P2G has proved to be hugely successful and, in particular, over the last 6 years especially, in continually growing and raising more money than ever. Many thousands are raised each year for local selected charities, primarily the Oxford Children's Hospital. The football tournaments have been hailed by past teams as being the 'best tournament for charity in Oxfordshire', which is a real testament to the hard work and effort that all the team put in each year organising these annual events. 
Since 2007 over £39,300 has been raised and donated to these causes to date, with over £34k of this to the Children's Hospital

As of late 2014, we are thrilled to be given the opportunity to sponsor a room in our name within the teenage ward at the hospital.  At a target of £40,000 to achieve this ambitious target, we are only over £5k off this target.  A plaque will then be included on the door in Play2Give's honour.  Please help us achieve this goal, as we continue to raise funds for the very latest medical equipment and facilities for the tens of thousands of children the hospital treat.

P2G also supports Headway Oxfordshire and the Oxford Paediatric Eye Fund. Over the years we have also supported Bone Cancer Research (in memory of Alex Lewis from Wallingford), Footsteps, SpecialEffect and Heads Up amongst others. 
Visit the website for more information and for all the latest news and events regularly updated.

Ways to Donate

Monster Racers Raise a Muddy Good Fortune

 In April a tremendous ten of 10 supporters took on the Monster Race at the beautiful Cornbury Park in West Oxon to raise funds. Between them all ten raised near £1,200 - which has been shared between all of our 3 charities - it was an absolutely great day and a real laugh to see all of our brave intrepid bunch get very ruddy muddy and tackle many obstacles 

Thank-You To...

Cannon Packing & Logistics on Milton Park for adopting to suppport us with a forthcoming 'Christmas' donation to support our work.

Sainsbury's Didcot Charity of the Year Success

As filmed by That's Oxford TV

Show  Your Band Aid

Our bright red wristbands, above, are priced at a suggested £1 donation each. Available in both junior and adult size, all proceeds are donated between the Children's Hospital, Headway Oxfordshire and the Paediatric Eye Fund. Currently available to buy at various outlets in Didcot, currently Newbury Building Society, The Park Club on Milton Park, and Spirit 2 Hair on the Broadway. You can also contact us to buy one, or could you offer to help sell within your shop, gym, leisure centre or workplace? 

Oxford Children’s Hospital:
(reg. charity 1057295 Fund 0555), 
Headway Oxfordshire (reg. charity 299377)
Oxford Paediatric Eye Fund:
(reg. charity 1057295 Fund 2134)

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