Community Fundraising


The Amycrofters Folk Dance Group

We are delighted to announce that The Amycrofters Folk Dance Group have nominated Brainwave as their Charity of the Year for 2014. The duo from Honiton have already started fundraising and in December made an incredible £776 from their 3 events; official busking outside our Ottery St Mary and Honiton Shops and a collection outside Tesco in Honiton. This was a great boost to the two shops who have also been running raffles with some great donated gifts from the band. With more events planned, please keep up to date on their website The photo shows the band with some of the staff outside the Brainwave Shop in Honiton.

Outside Honiton Brainwave Shop. Amycrofters Band with Manager Diane Wood & Volunteer June Holloway.


Aviation CARE



There is nothing like a bit of a challenge and the team from Aviation CARE like one of those. So it was that around 30 intrepid cyclist set out on a speedy cycle ride from RNAS Yeovilton to Lymington in the New Forest – with one mangled bike but, thankfully not a serious injury to the rider – they arrived tired but positive. A number of them had to remain positive as the next morning they were running in the New Forest Half Marathon. In high temperatures for the time of year, they battled to the finish line. Having raised over £7000 for Brainwave in the process they have, once again, lent considerable support to us for which we are so very grateful. A presentation was made to SW Community Fundraiser at their aircraft base in Yeovil.


James Leighton-Burns Photo



ACG Toughmudder



A BIG thank you to Karen, Laura, Allison, Debbie, Ronnie, Myles (The Thunder Squirrels) from Accident Credit Group for completing the Toughmudder and raising £1127.50 for Brainwave.








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Highlanders take on the Tough Mudder What do you get if you cross Total Wipeout, Gladiators, Scottish weather and the Special Forces? You get TOUGH MUDDER SCOTLAND 2013. Add into the mix some hardy highlanders who all want to support two fa…ntastic charities and you have a group of Ullapool’s finest heading off to Edinburgh on the 24th of August to participate in what event organisers describe as: PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST EVENT ON THE PLANET. Tough Mudder is ” A hardcore 12 mile obstacle course designed by the Special forces to test each contestants all round strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie. Only 78% of contestants successfully complete each Challenge, made up of 25 military based obstacles including ice water, electrocution, fire, underground tunnels, 12 foot walls, lots and lots of MUD, and much much more. The challenge is a group effort where team work means everything and completion time means nothing… IF YOU GET TO THE END YOU HAVE DONE WELL! Mudder is no ordinary event: it pushes participants further than they have ever gone before, makes them find out what they are made of and calls for mental grit and sheer determination. But why are they doing it? It’s a great opportunity to raise some money for two very important charities that support friends and families in the Ullapool area. LUPUS UK and BRAINWAVE. These charities help people who’s daily lives can parallel the skills required for Tough Mudder. So in support for not only the team heading off into mudfields but for people in your community we ask you dig deep. Unfortunately there is no way to set up a justgiving page that splits the money equally between 2 charities so we ask that you try and split your donation by visiting
You can also text donate either £1,£2,£5 or £10 using your mobile phone To donate to Lupus text-              MUDR60 £5 to 70070 To donate to Brainwave text-     MUDR50 £5 to 70070 Taking part are: Christopher Urquhart (tanner) ,Sean Stewart, Andrew Inglis, Daniel Farquhar, Kyle Maclean, Matthew Haughey,Chris Morrison, Eoin Fyfe, Darren Gordon, Kate Forsyth, Struan Macrae, Dara’ McAllister,Matt Edwards, David Mackay, Levi Douglas, Danielle Douglas, Craig Mackay, Dan Connel, Adele Mackenzie, Jamie McFadyen. If your still not convinced check out the videos on Toughmudder’s website to see what our daft lot have signed up for. Best of luck to the whole team! To find out more about Lupus UK and Brainwave: Pictures courtesy of Steven Gourlay Photography Article by Kirsten Maclennan






Matt Wyatt JOGLE 2013 (2)




Matt Wyatt who raised £625.00 for Brainwave from his John O’Groats to Lands End Cycle Ride.  Read his story here.








Joe Spratley at the finish





Joe Spratley who has raised £4788.46 for Brainwave by completing the John O’Groats to Land End Cycle Ride in July.








Andrew and Tilly Scott (2)




Andrew and Tilly Scott following Andrew’s participation in the BUPA Great Edinburgh Run.  Raising £1140.00 for Brainwave.











Louis Newbury-Smith



Louis Newbury-Smith at the London to Brighton Bike ride he took part in for Brainwave in June 2013 raising £786.10 including Gift Aid in the process.








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Rudy’s Ramblers raised £2823.13 from their Caerphilly Challenge on the 11th  May 2013.







Dragon Boat Race



High Access triumphant following their participation in the Dragon Boat Race 9th June 2013.







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Gerry Gould South East Community Manager receiving £1557.00 from Rosemount Financial Solutions








2320 cheque from BDC Chairman Cllr Lynette Bowers-Flint 2



Gerry Gould South East Community Manager receiving £2320 from the Chairman of Braintree District Council








Toughmudder to use



Congratulations to the guys who took part in the Toughmudder for Brainwave and have raised £2458.75 including Gift Aid.  Roland C, Chris M, Roger K, Chris B, Matt B, Rob C and Niall H







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Just John Tribute Night

The Just John Tribute night raised £548.60 for Brainwave.  In the photo people can be seen enjoying the meal and ambiance.




Stockbrook Golf ClubStockbrook Golf Club

A big thank you to Stockbrook Golf Club for the very kind donation of £5,343. 17.  Gerry Gould can be seen here with past Captain Ron Theobald at the official cheque presentation.




Sellafield Ltd

SellafieldA big thank you to Sellafield Ltd for raising £12,042 for Brainwave during the last year.  The staff at the Sellafield, Birchwood site have been busy baking, selling cakes and books and holding collections for the Charity. The funds raised will be used to support the North West Centre in Birchwood Warrington.





Three Peaks ChallengeBen Nevis snowfield - JF (1)

Birchwood Shopping Centre, in Warrington  took part in a Three Peaks Challenge and raised fund to sponsor a child on the Brainwave Programme.  Thanks to Gary Jones and all the team that took part.




30TH Anniversary Open day 2012JF Centre opening

During 2012, the year Brainwave celebrated it’s 30 years, the NW Centre marked the occasion with a new Sensory Garden.

The garden  was officially opened by Mr William Lees, the High Sherriff of Cheshire and Pam Betts from International Nuclear Services with  her team of staff volunteered constructed and designed the garden for Brainwave.





Marie’s Jump

Marie Moxley raised £230.00 for Brainwave from her Bungee Jump on the 24th November 2012.







James Pares from Bridgwater rode from Taunton to Bridgwater and then Ran to Cannington!  15 year old James from Bridgwater came to the Centre and presented his £104.00 sponsorship to Paul Smith, SW Community Manager.






Wellington School raised £531.55 for Brainwave from their 30th Anniversary Concert for Brainwave.








Paul was delighted to attend a presentation at Teign Valley Golf Club just before Christmas where the Men’s Captain, Dave Shipp, ended his year by presenting a cheque to Brainwave for over £1800; a fantastic result from a great year of Club activities. Paul thanks all those who had helped achieve such a great total and assured all that the money would be well spent by the Charity.


WELLINGTON ARTS ASSOCIATION – Many thanks to all those who supported the Wellington Arts Association who kicked off Christmas well and truly with an excellent night of Christmas entertainment. Special thanks to Rosemary Savory who organised the event which raised over £500 for Brainwave. Thanks also to Branston Potatoes who donated an excellent hamper or the raffle!





We are here to help you make your event successful and fun. Please contact us on :
For the South West: Paul Smith on 07725 956015 or
For the South East: Gerry Gould 07725 956014 or
For the North West: Joanne Freeman on 07872 411580 or
Good luck with your fundraising!

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