Play2Give scores a super record total in 2015 and we edge nearer to our £40k goal for the children's hospital; Headway Oxfordshire makes the airwaves as well as a big cheque presentation; all of our events for the early part of this year including a charity footy match, fundraising party and did someone mention doughnuts? And a very sucessful festive feel good fundraising campaign which two Santa's and an Elf helped! 
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Play2Give Newsletter

Issue 13 - Spring 2016: March 2016

Brightening sick kids lives with latest £9k boost

Penny Hambridge, far right, of Chox, and P2G team and supporters cheer for raising over £9,430 in 2015 for the hospital

£13,500 Smashed with Record Fundraising Year! 

What a year.. That was 2015! It was the year that saw us smash new records all round - raising not just the most in our history for the children's hospital but a new record all round for 8 years of fundraising totals, with an amazing £13,532.05 achieved throughout the year!  
We were delighted visit the Children's Hospital in January to present our gigantic £9,439.75 - which was raised through a wide range of events and initiatives last year including a year's partnership with Sainsbury's Didcot which saw lots of innovative and fun money-spinners, as well as our annual kids football tournament last July, teams in fun runs and Monster race, Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2014 and a superheroes themed spinathon!  
In total we have now raised over £45,730 for local causes - with over £36,200 of this to the Children's Hospital edging us much closer to our £40,000 target to name Play2Give's own room on the teenage ward at the hospital.  
With his army of thousands of fundraising friends and supporters since he began fundraising in 2003, Andrew has raised over £50,880 for the children's hospital - which all began at St Birinus School in Didcot as a 14-year old to now with the Play2Give team that is Dale, Teresa, Elaine and Craig.  

Andrew and Headway Make ITV Airwaves

Andrew being interviewed at Headway's centre by ITV Meridian
The online petition set up by our own Andy Baker to help save Headway Oxfordshire from county council cuts, made both the headlines in the Oxford Mail in December, and also on the airwaves of ITV News Meridian in January.  Journalist Kate came to interview both Andy and CEO of Headway, Jamie Miller, at the centre whilst filming tai-chi. Watch the report

2016 Events...

Sat March 19th: Charity Football Match at Oxford City Football Club   We are holding our sixth fundraising party on the evening of April 8th at the function room of Didcot Town Football Club. Tickets, at £4.50 (under 10s free), are now available. With a fantastic disco by Utopia Disco, raffle, and a sponsored donut-eating challenge. More information see poster or click here
Sat April 8th: Play2Give Charity Party at Didcot Town Football Club   We are holding our sixth fundraising party on the evening of April 8th at the function room of Didcot Town Football Club raising funds for Headway Oxfordshire. Tickets, at £4.50 (under 10s free), are now available. To reserve tickets or pay online for your tickets, please email.
With a fantastic disco by Utopia Disco, raffle, and a sponsored donut-eating challenge, it promises to be a fantastic night of fundraising fun!! More information see poster or click here
Sat April 16: Monster Race 2016 at Cornbury Park
The Monster Race 2016 returns hosted at Cornbury Park. We are yet again hoping to recruit a Play2Give team to take on this Monster of an assault course of either 5km or 10km with all proceeds split between our local charities. 

Making Headway's Day with a £1,850 Gift

Jamie Miller, CEO, receives our cheque from Andrew at Headway's annual Christmas party in December
In December Andrew was delighted to present Headway Oxfordshire - one of our main charities - with a cheque totalling £1,850 - the grand amount raised over 2 years through activities such as support through Sainsbury's Didcot and fundraising parties to more. The big cheque was presented in front of over 100 at Headway's annual Christmas party in December. We hope to raise lots more this year for this wonderful cause, which supports so many people like Andrew with brain injuries. 

Santa Lee and Elf Andy Spread Christmas Cheer to CHOX Youngsters

Andy and Lee outside CHOX as Santa arrived to dish out goodies. Picture courtesy of Kaelum Neville - OUH Media Office
On December 23rd Lee Crook of Sainsbury's Didcot dressed as Santa whilst embarking on an epic 6-hour sponsored stroll through fields. Lee set off just after 6am after completing his nightshift.
Lee undertook the walk to raise funds for the Oxford Children's Hospital after supporting Play2Give in coming up with this festive feelgood campaign called Sleigh2Give.
After trapsing through the fields with a sack hurled over his book Lee arrived at the Children's Hospital just after 12pm to an Oxford Mail photographer and met his helper Elf, aka Andrew Baker, and together they with Santa Paul Tucker handed out donated gifts of presents from generous supporters (3 sackfuls in total) to children on the wards - many of whom recovering from brain surgery - but the good news is a lot of the children had left to go home in time for Christmas! We have plans to make Sleigh2Give and the toy appeal an annual campaign - and Lee and Andrew are already thinking up ideas for this year's festive campaign. 
Santa Lee handing out a gift to a patient on Robin's Ward. Picture courtesy of Kaelum Neville - OUH Media Office
The OX5RUN 2016 - Sunday 17 April - Run five miles raise big smiles for the Oxford Children's Hospital.

About Play2Give

£45k 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: the Oxford Children's Hospital & Paediatric Eye Fund and Headway Oxfordshire. 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 £45,730 has been raised and donated to these causes to date, with over £36,200 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 now only just £3,500 away from this target.  Please help us achieve this goal and very special legacy, as we continue to raise funds for the very latest medical equipment and facilities for the tens of thousands of children the hospital treat.

Our other main charity we support is Headway Oxfordshire. Over the years we have also supported the John Radcliffe Paediatric Eye Fund, 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.
Dale, Andrew, Teresa - the original trio

Ways to Donate

Get Your Sweatbamd

P2G Sweatbands at £2 suggested donation.
We have our very own branded sweatbands available - these were debuted last summer at our kids football tournament. They are available at a suggested £2 donation for charity. Please email if you would like to purchase any, or if you are able to sell any in your workplace, school or college. 

2016 Events...

Sat May 7: Oxford Fun Run 2016
Join The Ploddering Play2Givers team in the annual Oxford Fun Run around the beautiful surroundings of Oxford University Park and help us raise funds for Oxford Children's Hospital & Headway. Last year our team raised £160 between them! Interested? Read more
May 14/15th: Rough Runner Oxfordshire
Fancy being part of The Play2Givers in this fun gameshow inspired course called Rough Runner? It merges distance running (anything from 5km up to 15km) taking on obstacles - not just regular, military-style obstacles though - these are inspired by game shows loved such as Taekshi's Castle, Wipeout, Gladiator, Ninja Warriors and more! Whetting your appetite? Read more
Sun May 22nd: Charity Adults Football Tournament Sponsored by G Austin Brickwork
An adults football contest to raise funds for Headway Oxfordshire brain injury charity and the Oxford Children's Hospital. Adult teams of 10 (8 a side). Email for more

Thank-You To...

The Park Club on Milton Park  for their continuing support
Billy Collins, above,  of Sainsbury's Didcot who began a sponsored slimathon in January. The money he raises for the Children's Hospital through P2G will be donated to Robin's Ward at the hospital as his son George was treated there so brilliantly for meningitis. 
....And to Lee Crook also of the store for raising a magnificent £200 for Play2Give which will be donated to the Children's Hospital. This was part of his sponsored walk proceeds. 
The team at Cannon Packing & Logistics on Milton Park near Didcot for their amazing generosity at donating a wonderful £500 - as part of their Christmas donation scheme.
And to punters at the bar at Didcot Town Football Club for raising £13.40 in a tin over the past few months
And for the £100 donaton received from Didcot First as prize money from our BACA win in November

Oxford Children’s Hospital:
(reg. charity 1057295 Fund 0555), 
Headway Oxfordshire (reg. charity 1156538)

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