Christmas Newsletter 2018

Funds for Training

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded £3,000 jointly by the iWill Fund in Cambridgeshire and the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire awards scheme. This is to train groups of up to 20 students in the art of leadership so they can run a Power House Games for a local primary school.

We are looking for 10 schools with students in Years 8, 9 or 10 who would benefit from “the opportunity to develop new skills/confidence and to deploy these for the benefit of the community”.  By teaching them inclusive and adapted sports and the leadership skills to deliver a games, we raise their confidence and encourage them to host a games for younger pupils, who may or may not include students with special needs.

 

Ely College

On Thursday 13 December we are starting a new programme with Ely College, focussing on DT innovation for disabled people.  John Willis will share his average day with DT students and invite them in groups to identify one challenge for them to work on in improving how John copes with life.  Challenges might include, how to turn the rear windscreen wiper in John’s car through coping with all zips on his trousers! If there are any schools interested in a similar programme, please get in touch.

 

Justin’s Jaunt

 

Intrepid Justin Ott, fellow ‘incubatee’ at the Future Business Centre and MD of Spark EV – check out their innovative electric vehicles route reassurance app – has completed one half marathon and needs to complete a second to win a bet and ensure a significant donation to Power2inspire.

 

This has been a real challenge to Justin, who is not a real runner, and injured himself in the summer.  Finding a second half marathon proved elusive, so in order to fulfil the bet – his family believed he would never complete two! – we have set up a run with Mr Triathlon himself, Don Hutchinson.
If you fancy a run, and would like to support Justin, please come along – even for part of the trip, which will be alongside the guided busway, starting at 9:30 am on Sunday 16 December from the Future Business Centre, in Kings Hedges Road.  If you prefer not to run, please bring some warm clothes and your voice and support.  And regardless, please donate through Justin’s MyDonate page.

Varsity Matches 2018

Congratulations to Kate Marks and her Women’s team on their victory by the tight margin of 8-5 at Twickenham. Celebrating 30 years of Women’s Varsity Matches, it was marvellous to see them on TV, if it was the Red Button on the BBC.   Commiserations to the Men, who were beaten by a more experienced Oxford team. It was a great spectacle and it shows that amateur rugby still has a place in our hearts.

It was a particular thrill to see players giving their all, whom we had met at the University Rugby Club Power House Games back in September.  That event was such a success we are repeating it in 2019 and the University Cricket Club are in negotiations to have a similar event at the end of next term.

Amazon Smile

 

Give to Power2Inspire through Amazon Smile.  James Powley – rackets expert at Cambridge University Sports Centre and working with us on connecting the University sports clubs to our Power House Games; and Dan of HomeTechWorks, a life saving IT support service that troubleshoots digital home technology in South Cambs.  They have both used Amazon Smile to give – at no cost to themselves! – to Power2inspire.

James said: “It is so easy once you’ve signed up to Amazon Smile, though you have to search for Power To Inspire”. Please join them – even 0.5% counts!

Happy Christmas to you all!

A big thank you at this time to all our volunteers.  If you would like to become involved – maybe you could give a couple of hours at one of our inspirational events – do please get in touch – john.willis@power2inspire.org.uk. There are plenty of opportunities: we will be back at Histon Rec for a second Super Sensory 1K; we will be at Cambridge Lakes for another Festival of Inclusive Golf; or maybe you fancy a Power House Games, as Claudio Talotta of Metro Bank did at Linton Infants.

If you’re thinking of sending electronic Christmas cards this year you can do so through the new Give Cards scheme by JustGiving. It’s the electronic version of buying Charity Christmas Cards from the shops. You pick your card design, choose Power2Inspire as your designated charity and send the cards to family and friends. Click through on the link below to get started. And thank you!