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Cyclists needed for Birmingham to Oxford bike ride.

Posted on 12th May 2014 by · No comments

On 6th July 2014 a group of cyclists will take to the roads and head from Birmingham to Oxford for charity. We have a team of cyclists taking up the challenge in support of Birmingham Settlement. We still have a few places left, so could you be one of them?

Cycling is an excellent way to get outdoors, stay healthy, see the beautiful sights of Oxford and raise money for a local cause at the same time! We will provide you with a free place in the ride, complete the paperwork and pick you up in Oxford to bring you back home – All we ask is that you raise £100 in sponsorship to donate to Birmingham Settlement. It couldn’t be easier, so join Team Settlement today and get on the road!

If you are interested in cycling for us please contact Rob Netherway on 0121 250 0764 or email robert.netherway@bsettlement.org.uk. For other ways you can help please see our fundraising page.

Birmingham to Brussels - On route to Oxford

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day

Funding fair for voluntary and community organisations.

Posted on 16th August 2013 by · No comments

On Wednesday 21st August 2013 from 1pm-3pm we are hosting a funding fair. We are inviting small and emerging voluntary and community organisations in Birmingham – or anyone interested in starting one – to come along to the Centre for the Aston Family (359-361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6NS) to meet funders and find out ways to approach charitable trusts and foundations with funding requests.

This is a chance to find out about:

  • Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation (representative attending)
  • Community First (representative attending)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund (representative attending)
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation
  • Sported (representative attending)
  • And more!

Meet funders, fundraisers and voluntary sector organisations to ask them your questions and find the funding you need for your valuable work!

Please direct queries towards Louise Bunn on 0121 250 0752 or email louise.bunn@bsettlement.org.uk

Terry’s cycling challenge – The finishing line

Posted on 7th August 2013 by · No comments

The following was written by Terry about his cycling challenge.

On the 4th August I attempted to complete 100 miles on my bike around the streets of London and Surrey by taking part in the very first RideLondon 100.

The day started very early as I was up at 4 in the morning to get ready so that I was at the Olympic Park by my allocated time of 5.46. I got ready and set off from the hotel, arriving in plenty of time.

At 6.10 I was ushered into the starting pen with many other nervous and pensive cyclists, eventually at 6.40 we started on the long ride ahead of us. With equal measures of excitement and trepidation I set off on the closed roads of London, heading through east London into the city past the Tower then out of London into Surrey and the infamous Leith Hill and Boxhill before heading back into the city to finish on the Mall facing Buckingham Palace.

Well the day was amazing and I finished. The crowds were amazing and the atmosphere was great, which helped me to get through the tough times. I finished in an official time of 6 hours, 5 minutes and 22 seconds. When you take into account the stops I made to take on food and drinks I was cycling for around 6 hours.

The tough times were made easier knowing that the money raised was going to a great cause and that it will help more people to lead better lives. Thank you to everyone for your support and here’s to next year as I have already entered for 2014 so fingers crossed that I am successful and get an entry. Please see the photos below of my ride.

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day 1

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day 2

Terry's cycling challenge - On the day 3

Terry has raised £415 so far, but it’s not too late to give - We are trying to reach the original target of £500, can you help us get there?

Terry’s cycling challenge – A few days to go!

Posted on 2nd August 2013 by · No comments

The following was written by Terry about his upcoming cycling challenge.

Well it’s now only a few days now until the 100 mile cycling event in London. All the training has been completed, the bike has been serviced and is now ready to go.

When preparing for an endurance event this is the worst part, you know you are ready, all there is left to do is ensure you eat enough to give you the energy to complete the event but I just want to do it know.

I leave for London on Friday, will collect my number on Saturday and be ready for the off on Sunday.

For those of you interested my ride number is 11842, the ride is being televised on the BBC so as I go round I will try to wave.

Thank you to all those people that have sponsored me so far and I will report from London when I have finished with photos from the event.

Terry’s cycling challenge – Warm up in Bakewell

Posted on 24th July 2013 by · No comments

The following was written by Terry about his upcoming cycling challenge.

Well it’s a few days after I completed the Peak District Punisher in Bakewell. I only completed the short course of 40 miles but it still included one hill that had a gradient of 16%, but I survived and live to tell the tale. For those of you who may be interested I completed it in 2 hours 48 minutes, this was a little slower than expected but when taking into account the number of hills I am pleased.

By completing this course it has given me renewed confidence that I can complete the 100 miles in London on the 4th August, especially as the course will be a lot flatter than where I have been training and especially flatter than the Derbyshire Dales.

Well it is just about 1 week to go and I can’t wait to get down to London and underway. I am heading down to London on the Friday to get ready for the event on Sunday 4th August with my ridiculous start time of 6.46 but it will all be worth it.

With this blog I have attached a couple of photos from Bakewell, if you can please sponsor me so that more people can be supported by Birmingham Settlement to lead better lives.

Before:

Bakewell warm up - Before

After:

Bakewell warm up - After

Terry’s cycling challenge – Three weeks to go.

Posted on 19th July 2013 by · No comments

The following was written by Terry about his upcoming cycling challenge.

Well its now less than 3 weeks to go until the event in London where I am going to be cycling 100 miles.

I have been spending my time clocking up the miles, last weekend I completed 56 miles and the Sunday before that I completed 81 miles in 5 hours and 20 minutes. The worst part of the training is the early starts so that I can get out and be back in time to spend some time with my family at the weekends but it will all be worth it in the end.

I am now in the process of getting ready for a cycling event in Bakewell, Derbyshire on the 20th July. I am taking part in the Peak District punisher, which is a cycling event over 3 different distances across the hills of the peak district. I am completing the shorter distance, which is 40 miles. This will enable me to practice my start routines and ensure all my kit and bike are ready for the big weekend in London, which is 2 weeks later.

The purpose for taking part in the RideLondon 100 on the 4th August is to raise much needed funds for Birmingham Settlement so please sponsor me and I will work hard to complete the course.

Terry’s cycling challenge – The beginning.

Posted on 9th July 2013 by · No comments

Terry's cycling challenge

The following was written by Terry about his upcoming cycling challenge.

Those people that know me will be fully aware that over the last few months I have spent a lot of time on my bike, this is due to a mad moment back in October of last year. It was way back then that I entered the RideLondon 100 a cycle sportive around the lovely streets of London and Surrey. The ride takes place on the 4th August and I have to complete 100 miles. At the time I entered I thought a 100 miles on a bike isn’t that far in the grand scheme of things and it isn’t if you say it quickly. We are now 4 weeks away and suddenly that moment of madness is becoming reality, especially when I realized that my start time is 6.46 in the morning, so please think of me as you get up that morning I may already be a long way into the ride.

As you can imagine when you spend a lot of time on your bike you have plenty of thinking time. One of the things that I have contemplated a lot is should I complete the ride for charity. The decision was finally made when I contemplated a situation I have recently been involved in. Through my work I meet a lot of people and every now and again someone has a profound effect on you, and I have recently had one of those moments. Someone I have been working with asked me to help them with a problem they were having with their benefit claims. I won’t bore you with the details but just let it be said that this person was facing the full brick wall of bureaucracy that can get thrown at you when dealing with a government department. As well as trying to help him I referred him to Birmingham Settlement’s money advice team. The money advice team were great in helping them and after a lot of barriers and hurdles the situation is better. It was while reflecting on this I decided to raise money for Birmingham Settlement, without their kindness, professional support and expert knowledge a lot of vulnerable people in Birmingham would be a lot worse off.

So please when you think of the madness I have undertaken also think about those people who need our support. I know that I will go through some bad patches on the 4th August but one thing that will keep me going is the reminder of why I’m completing this ride and also the inspiration of the person I have recently been fortunate to meet. They have been through a lot and yet they can still approach life in a calm and positive way, knowing what I know I am not sure I would or could.

I am going to be updating this blog on a regular basis so please watch out for the ramblings of a mad man and if you can spare just a few pounds all donations will be gratefully received, please visit my fundraising page at http://is.gd/terryschallenge or click here to download a sponsorship form.

100 mile cycling challenge!

Posted on 9th July 2013 by · No comments

On 4th August 2013 a man called Terry is cycling 100 miles in a single day to raise money that will help Birmingham Settlement deliver money advice to people facing financial hardship, which continues to affect thousands of people across the city. The ride will start at the Olympic Park in London and go south to Surrey before returning to London and finishing on the Mall. It is now just four weeks until Terry’s challenge begins and yet he still has a long way to go in training and preparation, with many difficult days ahead – Please sponsor him to make it all worthwhile. You can sponsor Terry online at http://is.gd/terryschallenge or alternatively click here to download a sponsorship form.

Listen to why Terry thinks this cause is so important here:

Terry will be blogging on Birmingham Settlement’s website as he trains for the challenge so check back for updates on his progress.

 

Furniture and electrical goods at Shirley shop.

Posted on 10th April 2013 by · No comments

The Birmingham Settlement shop in Shirley (209 Stratford Road) now sells small pieces of furniture and in the near future will begin selling electrical appliances. Come along for a great bargain, and if you have any spare goods that you don’t need anymore (such as chairs or lamps) then bring them into the shop for us to sell. Money raised from Birmingham Settlement’s charity shops supports the delivery of our services in Birmingham, so being a customer or donor of our shops will allow you to invest directly back into your own community.

Shirley shop window September 2012

Opus Restaurant fundraising event.

Posted on 15th March 2013 by · No comments

Gastro event at Opus Restaurant

On 12th March we held an event at Opus Restaurant in partnership with the Gastro Card and Kitchen School to raise funds for our work. The event was an enjoyable lunch that helped us to network with local businesses and spread the word of our services and what we do, while also raising some money for Birmingham Settlement. In total the event raised £600. Thank you to everybody who took part. For more photos of the event please click here to visit our Flickr page.

Opus - 09-05-2013 - £600