Ready, Steady, Go Make it Happen!

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Over the past four months, four Blue Badge Guides and two Blue Badge Guides in the making have been training hard and preparing for The Vitality British 10K London Charity Run which took place on the morning of Sunday 10th July.

This was all in aid of the brilliant charity Go Make it Happen, established by Blue Badge Guide Keith Harding in memory of Sam Harding which aims to help young people to achieve their dreams and ambitions in the tourism industry.

After several training sessions that took place in Hyde Park and which started off underneath the gaze of the suitably athletic statue of Achilles, the team was ready to take to the streets of London.

It was eerily quiet and traffic free in central London on the morning of the race (if only all coach panos could be like this!). The team gathered together for our Mr. Motivator style warm up at Waterloo Place right next to the Crimean War Memorial. It was a familiar and reassuring sight especially with the symbolic figure of Victory on top generously handing out the laurel wreaths before the race had even begun.

After the warm up, it was time to head to the start line which was on Piccadilly. The music was pumping, the pace runners were in position, a last minute stretch here and there and we were off! The weather was mercifully cool and the mid-race smattering of rain couldn’t have come at a better time.

It was a huge turnout with an estimated 20,000 runners in all attracted by the chance to run one of the most unique routes in the world and to take in the sights of this amazing city including Nelson’s Column, London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The final stretch took us over Westminster Bridge and back again, a loop round Parliament Square and then onto the home straight down Whitehall with a finish line outside the magnificent Banqueting House.

It was a great day and a stellar effort was put in by all including our lovely partners whose critical support was really appreciated! Thanks to the fundraising work and all of the amazingly generous donations given, the GMIH team managed to raise over £3,000 for this fantastic cause!

Dominic Burris-North, London BBTG

Sam’s Jams and Chutneys

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Meanwhile in sleepy Suffolk, something’s been bubbling in the kitchens of Pakefield. Sue Harding has been busy making Sam’s jams and chutneys. All different flavors are available from Mango to Kiwi. The jars have been flying off the shelves.

Sue is selling them throughout the local area and beyond with a number of loyal customers eagerly waiting the next batch. So far Sue has raised just over £1,000 which is a massive achievement, and great for the charity.

Looks like Sue’s husband Jim may have to come out of retirement to help with the packaging and delivering!

Officially a charity

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GMIH is an officially registered charity and now recognised by JustGiving!

Go Make It Happen is now an officially registered charity (no. 1145369). More news to follow on what this means – but basically we can now get down to publicising and promoting, and looking for beneficiaries, not forgetting continued fund-raising (with the added benefits of charity status).

We have also had the excellent news that our JustGiving charity status has now been approved!

What this effectively means is that not only can we claim back Gift Aid on donations retrospectively, but going forward, fundraising will be more accessible and those partaking in charity events can link potential sponsors directly to their own JustGiving sponsorship page rather than having to collect money the traditional way!

To donate to GMIH – either a one-off donation or to set up a monthly payment – please visit the link below.

http://www.justgiving.com/gomakeithappen/Donate

Maiden beneficiary

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GMIH appoints maiden beneficiary!

Saturday 16th June

The Go Make It Happen project has come a long way in the last six months and in keeping with the tremendous progress made, we are delighted to announce that we have provisionally appointed our first beneficiary of the charity. Full details will follow shortly, with a page dedicated to following our first supported individual appearing soon!

This next phase of the project promises to be a different challenge entirely, but it is due to the huge fundraising efforts of all those involved that we have been able to realise the goal of supporting a young person in such a short space of time, so a huge thanks goes out to each and every one of the charity’s followers!

 

Ghost Bike

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Ghost bike installation –        Sunday 11th December, Holloway Road

A group of about twenty of Sam’s friends assembled on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon to decorate a ‘ghost bike’ as a memorial to Sam at the site of the accident. It was a poignant and moving moment. A splash of brightness and colour.

Happy memories of a great guy, lost, like 16 others this year alone, to the madness of a road system that sacrifices cyclists and a government and a Mayor who seem not to care. Boris, you could at least reply to the letter we sent.