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WBAF volunteer to attend London awards ceremony


WBAF volunteer to attend London awards ceremony

Team London has invited one of WBAF’s family support volunteers to its award ceremony this month.

The Mayor of London, supported by celebrity Team London Ambassadors will be presenting 27 different awards for volunteering at the event taking place on Monday September 14.

Alice Fieldhouse was nominated for an award by Volunteer Manager, Emmanuel Michael who will be accompanying her to the ceremony at The Chamber, City Hall, More London, SE1 2AA. .

Alice is an accountant at Cubitt House, Marble Arch and has recently successfully supported two young boys in taking their GCSEs

The London-wide volunteering initiative aims to “celebrate the impact and diversity of volunteering all across the capital, recognising individuals and teams for the contributions they make to their community”.


Volunteers are backed by thousands of voluntary groups and charities in the capital.

See http://www.london.gov.uk/


Sabrina and Syed in top 3% of August fundraisers



JustGiving has congratulated our two volunteers on running one of the most successful fundraising pages of August 2015.

The online fundraising platform has announced that Sabrina Rebrab and Syed Ahmad’s joint page scored in the top 3% out of 29,475 fundraisers during the month, an amazing achievement.

The pair took part in the 10k Regent’s Park Grand Prix Races in a bid to bring back  our annual trip to the seaside and managed to raise a staggering £3,256.

The money was more than enough to fund the hugely popular trip to Brighton – the only summer break away from London for most of our families.


Day trip to Brighton

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It was buckets and spades at the ready, as well as big smiles, last Saturday, as families and volunteers swapped the London bustle and smog for refreshing sea breezes and some fairground fun.

The WBAF day trip to Brighton was finally able to go ahead after a gap of four years. Massive thanks to volunteers Sabrina and Syed who managed to raise the funds by completing a sponsored 10km run.

65 families went on the trip, along with nine volunteers and WBAF organiser, Emmanuel Michael.

Everyone was in high spirits as we boarded a fast train at Victoria and we were soon in Brighton, making for the beach.

Some of the little ones had never seen the sea before and hopped with excitement when they looked to the end of the road and saw a sheet of blue glistening in the distance.

Then it was paddling, football or just relaxing on the beach with ice creams and packed lunches.

Luckily, the weather favoured us and we had plenty of sunshine throughout the day, as the rain threatened but mainly held off.

We headed off to the end of the pier where Emmanuel managed to negotiate a great price for unlimited rides at the funfair. Must mention the assistant manager of Rides and Sideshow, Rodney Peterson, at Brighton Marine Palace Pier, Madeira Drive BN2 1TW, tel 01273 609361 who kindly gave us such a good deal.

Time passed in a blur as the children shouted and whirled around on the rides until it was time to head home, tired but happy.

Everyone filled out a questionnaire about the trip and all said how much they enjoyed it. They also came up with great suggestions for

next year. Here’s hoping!

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