Watch this space - here we will bring you news and information on #Project Edenside -go to the TAB on the right for more detail on how to “Fundraise”. (Also keep an eye on our social media channels Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIN -give us a like! We even have a dedicated page on Facebook - go follow ProjectEdenside facebook)
12 June - “Here’s one (Jar) I made earlier…..!”
Big thank you in order to Caroline Dodgeon, esteemed Town Clerk for Appleby Town Council. A few days ago she called Oaklea HQ and suggested how about taking a collection ‘tin’ up to Fair Hill as representatives of the travelling community had expressed interest in donating to #ProjectEdenside. Appleby Horse Fair was in full swing - So Caroline got out her best Blue Peter style skills - “here’s one I made earlier” and dashed up to Fair Hill with Gypsy rep Billy Welch with this rather fetching collecting jar!
Caroline; “This afternoon Billy Welch has just dropped off the money he collected on Fair Hill – he apologises that it isn’t more!” It’s a magnificent £242.59 -which when you add on Gift Aid takes it to just over £300. Well done to Billy and all those who gave.
11 June - “Paul & Ted’s big adventure” - one giant step…er paws - for Edenside!
This weekend Durham based Oaklea Team Manager Paul Copley is doing the ‘Yorkshire 3 Peaks’ for #ProjectEdenside. Paul works in our supported living settings in County Durham and aims to do the 3 Peaks over 3 weekends this summer. He will start this Saturday (15 June) by tackling Ingleborough with faithful companion, Ted!
Paul explains; “Ingleborough is without doubt the most popular of all the hills in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s rounded shape and flat top make it one of the really attractive hills in the park.” You can support Paul through his charity page 3 Peaks for Edenside
10 June - “Mud glorious mud nothing quite like it for…..”
Oaklea support worker Viktoria Schaefer has earned a nice warm bath! She competed in the ‘Gelt Gladiator’ challenge at the weekend in Hadrians Wall Country for #ProjectEdenside. So far she has raised a fab £196.25! Viktoria - in between sorting the right wash cycle; “So it’s done. It was brilliant but we are all blooming cold. Can’t wait for a hot bath.” Fabulous effort.
7 June - “And the band played on….” -Diary date - New fundraising concert announced -Appleby Town Band
We are pleased to announce the lovely folks at Appleby Town Band will be holding a special ‘drop in’ concert in aid of #ProjectEdenside on Saturday 22 June.
It will be held at The Appleby Hub Main Hall 1030-1230 -entry by donation and all proceeds go to Edenside. Please spread the word.
Judith Shannon from Appleby Town Band;”This may be the first of 2 gigs for Edenside - Appleby Public Hall have also offered us the Hall for free in September so we’re hoping to do a more formal concert on 28th September -will keep you posted -in the meantime look forward to seeing people on 22 June!”
No need to book JTU - just turn up -simples! Further info email: Judith Shannon
6 June - Earlier journey’s end than expected for one #ProjectEdenside fundraiser
Oaklea’s Andy Cowling has completed the 192 mile C2C trek from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire -raising more than £226+ for #ProjectEdenside.
There’s still time to donate to Andy if you want to - go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyCowling2
You usually need to allow 2 weeks or more to complete the C2C (he set off on Saturday 25th May) and had to slog through some blustery & wet conditions.
Andy: “For the past few days my leg has been really sore, and my knee got injured which made it quite hard on the up/down sections through the last 3 days over the North York Moors. Really enjoyed the hike - and all the people i’ve met along the way. I will be back at work next week and looking forward to sharing trail tales with the adults I support at our supported living house in Consett, Co Durham. I won’t miss the early starts at 5am from the tent though!”
5 June -Cheers all round for fundraisers!
Just an update this morning on Oaklea’s Andy Cowling who set off doing the Wainwright Coast to Coast long distance path on Sat 25 May as a fundraiser for Edenside. He’s now deep into the North York Moors National Park and not far from journeys end at Robin Hood’s Bay. Last night -while taking in well deserved “liquid nutrition” at a local hostelry - one of the joys of fundraising and camaraderie along the trail happened to combine. Andy; “This chap from down south, called Clive, in the Red Lion pub gave me £20 for the Edenside fund.” What a top gesture. Andy’s total so far is now up to a fab £226.25 incl Gift Aid.
4 June -No sweat - Oaklea staff go to extraordinary lengths
Carlisle based Oaklea support worker Viktoria is just a few days away from taking part in a big fundraising challenge for Edenside. She’s been busy getting in the ‘zone’ for the tough ‘Gelt Gladiator’ challenge.
She’s just sent us this training shot from yesterday evening. Says Viktoria, “As you can see it’s just turning 9 PM and I’ve been sweating 3 sessions with my YouTube friend Lucy.” And just to prove fundraising isn’t all fun & frolics - Viktoria adds “I think this image is showing better my suffering!
She’s already raised over £176+ for Edenside - and you can track her on her charity page go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ViktoriaSchaefer
3 June -Collecting by Mayoral appointment
We’ve just had 50 bespoke donation ‘tins’ arrive at Oaklea HQ for #ProjectEdenside. They’ve been created just for raising funds for Edenside - a first for Oaklea.
The intention is to use these in conjunction with Mayor of Appleby Jilly Dixon-Dougherty. When we met with Jilly last month it was agreed she will help us distribute these to various businesses in and around Appleby. She has chosen #ProjectEdenside as her key charity challenge for her Mayoral year. Will keep you posted as to when and where these will be distributed in the coming weeks!
30 May -“Chippy off the old block”
Last night Andy got a ‘proper chippy tea’ at Shap Village chippy -huge thanks to Ashley & the team who made a weary hiker very welcome -and much appreciated hot food.
We also met up with him on his “compact and bijou” campsite (a patch of grass the size of his wee tent!) -and brought some yummy treats from HQ - his Regional Manager in the NE, Stella Crennell, let it slip he loves chocolate, cake and peanuts! (Clearly considered part of your 5 a day in the NE!).
29 May - “Walk this way”- Update on Andy’s C2C walk for Edenside
Well Oaklea staffer Andy Cowling is now 5 days into his mammoth C2C trek from Irish Sea to North Sea. He set off in good spirits from St Bees on Saturday (see shot by Lighthouse) but soon hit some ‘liquid sunshine’. Andy (in between wringing out clothes!) “Have had some bad weather and it’s been hard going with wet gear.” Despite this he remains in good form and many will be more shocked at the fact he gets a mobile signal in the central Lakes! Today he is aiming for a stopover in Shap as he heads out of the Lakes and into the Dales.
And by the Wainwright statue!
24 May - It’ll be a walk in the (National) park(s) says Andy!
Earlier in the week we told you about Oaklea support worker Andy Cowling raising funds for #ProjectEdenside. Well the time has come to get those boots on - he’s just hours away from setting off on the world famous Wainwright Coast 2 Coast long distance path tomorrow (Sat). Just interrupted him packing his gear and he says he’s “fully prepared, has lots of dry food packed and in good spirits”. Andy, who works for us in Consett, County Durham, will set off from St Bees on the West Coast of Cumbria tomorrow morning. He intends to mainly camp along the 191 mile long route - which takes just over 2 weeks to do b4 dipping a toe in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay.
If you would like to support his trek - the easiest way to donate is via the virginmoney giving web page we’ve set up - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyCowling2
He’s already raised £200 from local schools, friends, family etc. Great stuff. All the best Andy
22 May - Pleased to meet you!
Oaklea Finance Director Sandy Murray with new Appleby Mayor Jilly Dixon-Dougherty outside Edenside. Jilly has said #ProjectEdenside will be her main charitable cause for her year in office. This is great news - as Oaklea and Jilly will work together on fundraising ideas across the area. We all have lots of ideas….but now need to make them work.
22 May - Saying thank you
Today we started putting “acknowledgement” cards on our #ProjectEdenside fundraising tree - to thank donors. 2 of whom - Nick & Hazel Wardle happened to drop by as their card went up.
They also had an impromptu catch up with Oaklea Ops Dir Alex Wolfenden - she’s project lead on Edenside. Oaklea - simply ever present in the community.
20 May - Taking giant steps - he went that way!
Just updating you - Oaklea support worker Andy Cowling who works for us in a supported living property in Consett, Co Durham is busy packing (& limbering up) - getting ready for his big challenge for #ProjectEdenside this weekend. Andy will be setting off from St Bees on the Cumbrian Coast this Saturday to do Wainwright’s world famous Coast to Coast long distance walk. We’ve set up a web page -If you want to contribute to his mammoth hike and raise funds for #ProjectEdenside - go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyCowling2
Feel free to share and spread the word….every little helps as they say! If all goes well - It takes just over 2 weeks to do the 192 mile (309km) route over to Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast if weather & conditions ok. We will keep you posted on his journey! All the best Andy
17 May - Wow……just wow….the all singing fundraiser raised £1000+!
This from Charlotte Ratcliffe from “Middle Eden Voices” - “Fantastic news - we raised the amazing sum of £1083 at Wednesday night’s concert for Edenside! It was such a brilliant night, in so many ways. Thanks to all for all the support.” Truly magnificent…(Charlotte pictured on right at the event). Appleby based Oaklea Trustee Linda Adey added; “We’re all chuffed to bits.” So are we….so are we
16 May - Raising the roof!
Last night the fab people of”Middle Eden Voices” choir put on a superb evening of music (and food) at a packed Oaklea Appleby Hub.
Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley & Director Sue Green were also on hand to thank everyone for giving up their time & tonsils. Appleby based Oaklea Trustee Linda Adey, who was heavily involved in the event, said: “it was really good to have support from Clive and Sue and for them to see first hand the brilliant job of supporting and facilitating the event that was done by the Oaklea Hub Cafe team… what a great bunch you all are- it’s a pleasure to be able to help raise funds for Edenside.”
Oaklea Director, Sue Green said she reckoned it was the biggest event the Hub had held - packed out -so a huge tribute to all those who made it happen; “The Hub looked amazing - it was probably the most bodies ever in the Hub.”
“Middle Eden Voices” in full voice….
15 May - Tonight’s the night and it’s all in very good taste
In just a few hours time our first proper community led fundraiser for #ProjectEdenside takes place this evening. Sadly you can’t join us as it SOLD OUT last week!
It’s been put on by the smashing people at “Middle Eden Voices & Friends” - a true community choir. We should also give a big thumbs up to the hard working team at the Oaklea Appleby Hub Cafe -they’ve been busy yesterday and today preparing a yummy menu for those attending. Just interrupted Masterchef Patrizia and after some clever diversion tactics managed to persuade her to drop some hints as to the food element on tonight’s menu…”It’ll all be homemade by us - including sausage roll style apple & chorizo rolls, for the veggie option - spinach, feta & mint rolls, plus roast veg couscous, a green salad and for afters - a selection of mini bites like rocky road, flapjacks and tiffin.”
14 May - Encouraging involvement in #ProjectEdenside thanks to new Mayor & team
Oaklea Trust CEO Clive Wigley and Director Sue Green attended the Appleby Mayor making ceremony last week. Sue says it was a lovely event and added; “The new Mayor of Appleby (Jilly Dixon-Dougherty + Deputy Sally Hutchinson) and Town Clerk (Caroline Dudgeon) are keen that individuals and corporate organisations do all they can to make #ProjectEdenside a priority for any fundraising activities this year.” A really great gesture and thank you to the Appleby team for raising the profile of #ProjectEdenside -it is appreciated. Extra thanks to Town Clerk Caroline who sent us this image.
8 May- “Coasting along” - Andy’s stretching out for a fundraiser for #ProjectEdenside
The fundraising efforts are starting to come thick and fast now - our latest intrepid money maker comes from Oaklea employee and keen walker, Andy Cowling. Andy, who works for us at our supported living property at East Parade, Consett in County Durham, is going to be doing the world famous Wainwright Coast to Coast hike in just over a week’s time. He will be setting off from St Bees in Cumbria on Saturday 25 May. Andy; “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. My brother is making me a big banner for my rucksack with the details about #ProjectEdenside on -who knows I might get some sponsors that way as i head East to Robin Hoods Bay!”We will keep you posted on Andy’s journey - esp if you want to donate to Andy - he’s already raised £100!
7 May - Finely tuned
Just a reminder -it’s just over a week until the Appleby Hub hosts a special evening of food and music to raise funds for the development of Edenside. “Middle Eden Voices” will be performing at an informal Social Evening of Food and Songs. Leader of the Choir, Barbara Gilbertson said: “We are so pleased to be able to help with this fundraising event for #ProjectEdenside. This cause is close to everyone’s hearts in the choir, and to be able to help raise funds for these plans is an honour.” A limited number of tickets are still available for the fundraising event on Wednesday, May 15 from 1830. As well as the choir, other musician and acts will be performing at The Hub. Supper is included in the price of the ticket, and there will be a bar available. Tickets £10 - must be purchased in advance from Appleby Hub, or from Charlotte 017683 52108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you can see practicing underway at Lowther
3 May - Fundraising made easy…If you need motivation for your fundraising efforts -follow Viktoria’s lead
You will recall in the past week we told you about Carlisle based Oaklea support worker Viktoria Schaefer and her foray into #ProjectEdenside fundraising.
Well hats off to Viktoria - we only set up her virginmoneygiving.com page for Edenside a few days ago and already she has brought in £135 - in fact a brilliant £146.75 once you add on the Gift Aid. Her target is £250 and the event’s not until June! What a fab effort - if you want to do something for #ProjectEdenside but not sure how - gives us a shout and we will help wherever we can T: 01539 735025 E: Contact Oaklea
3 May - Chalking up a result
On Wednesday our #ProjectEdenside Fundraising Tree really started to take on a ‘leaf’ of its own…now we have got our chalkboard up to give an update on funds raised so far as we head to that £250k target. Big thanks to Simon Davies who pops in to add that extra flair to the writing on the board -really appreciated.
Board now in situ as you can see. The Appleby Hub team will update this as donations come in (hint hint)
2 May - Networking for the cause
Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley busy spreading the word about what Oaklea Trust does at the Appleby Rotary Annual Charter Dinner. Clive was invited to do a presentation - including our plans for the former Edenside care home. The evening went exceedingly well by all accounts (Rotary member Barry McKay said it was quite a ‘performance’!) - Clive can be seen with Mary Bradley, District Governor of Rotary District 1190 (Cumbria & North Lancs). Thanks to Rotary member Nick Stanley for providing these convivial snaps.
Clive was able to show the possible options drawn up by our architects Day-Cummins
1 May - In fine voice -are you?
Charlotte Ratcliffe from Middle Eden Voices choir has just sent us this despatch from the musical frontline: “We’re busy rehearsing for our #ProjectEdenside fundraiser, and we’re really looking forward to sharing an informal evening of music with anyone who would like to come along to Appleby Hub on Wednesday 15 May at 6.30pm. As well as the choir, other music and acts will be performed. Included in the price of the ticket will be a fantastic supper provided by The Hub’s amazing cook, Patrizia. There will be a bar too! Tickets (£10) must be purchased in advance from Appleby Hub, or from Charlotte 017683 52108. email@example.com. As you can see Patrizia and Lara from the Hub are already in the “mix”.
1 May - Turning over a new leaf!
Our Fundraising Tree has taken another leap forward thanks to Marie, Sylvia & Brenda -they started making the leaves from felt with support from local artist Debra. The leaves will represent milestones reached in our challenge to bring in £250K
As you can see it’s really ‘branching out’ now….
26 April - #ProjectEdenside Steering Group meeting update
Architect Phil Brooks from Kendal based Day-Cummins joined us this morning to feedback all the comments made by those who attended our public meeting on the evening of 3rd April. Phil spent time talking through all the views aired through the ‘focus group’ tables. We really appreciate your input in helping shape our plans. These will inform the submission to the Eden District planners in the coming weeks.