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Six-year old Ollie Oldham has a new bike and will be out and about with his Dad John, Mum Jo, and brother Harry! Pidley Mountain Rescue Team has bought a £570 Mission Piggy Back tag-along trike for Ollie who has Rothmund-Thompson syndrome. The tag-along bike allows the whole family, who are all very keen cyclists, to get out as a family while keeping the very active Ollie safe as he has additional learning and sensory difficulties with limited danger awareness.
An extra shout-out for PMRT supporter Mum Joanne Oldham who is cycling from London to Paris in July to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Ollie has spent a great deal of time at GOSH including treatment and care for juvenile leukemia. If you would like to support Jo please go to www.justgiving.com/jooldham-jamesCopeman-bryant
Gala Night raises £5,000
The 1st Gala Night held at the Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon was a huge success raising a total of £5,000.
Thank-you to everyone who joined us at our Gala Dinner last night at The Old Bridge in Huntingdon. We raised a fantastic £5,000 with the dinner and charity auction - thank-you to all those who bid for the items and congratulations to those who won - pictured is our charity auctioneer from Maxey Grounds in full flow.
Runners raise £2,500
Team Pidley post-race - nearly £2500 raised for the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team. Congratulations everyone and thank-you
Freefall Teddy Bears raises £3,300
Ten parachuting teddy-bears helped to raise over £3,300 for Pidley Mountain Rescue Team.
The annual Pidley International Teddy-Bear Freefall Competition again featured the usual team of dare-devil professional parachuting teddies, sponsored by local companies, jumping from a Cambridge Aero Club plane into the skies over the Huntingdonshire fens, cheered on by nearly 450 supporters.
Some practice is needed by the teddy-bears with one landing on the First Aid tent and another on the bouncy castle. Two teddies ended up in a neighbouring field with another landing in a ditch. Honours went to the Teddy Number 6, sponsored by The Boothman Family, who landed the nearest to the pot of honey.
“I think the teddy-bears spent too much time this summer watching the Olympics rather than getting in shape for the jump-day. They need some tips from Her Majesty The Queen and James Bond,” said Pidley Mountain Rescue Team’s chairman Trevor Peacock.
The funds raised by sponsorship, raffles, auctions, competitions, food sales and kind donations on the day will be used to help adults and children in Huntingdonshire coping with disability or mobility issues by providing specialised equipment.
for to the brilliant Somersham 2nd Brownie Pack for providing vital stretcher-bearer services and first-aid to the teddies as well as Cambridge Aero Club, host farmer Kelvin German at Rookery Farm, and the 2331 Squadron St Ives Air Training Corp who worked incredibly hard, alongside our committee and volunteers, to ensure the event ran smoothly on the day. We also thank the Huntingdonshire Fire Brigade who came along with two fire engines and AAA Inflatables who provided the bouncy castle at very short notice,” said Trevor.
The ten teddy bears were sponsored by:
The Mad Cat Inn in Pidley and The Royal Oak in Warboys, Phebys, Pranduke Kennels, Michael Upchurch & Sons, Pidley Paintball, The Boothman Family, Smart Control Solutions, Thames Laboratories, and Ivo Business Solutions with Teddy Bear No 10 parachuting in memory of John Armstrong.
It’s no picnic for the parachuting
Teddy Bears in training for annual charity jump
Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall Competition
10am, Saturday 1st September, 2012
Rookery Farm Fisheries, Pidley, near Huntingdon
Ten teddy bears are taking inspiration from the Olympic Team GB competitors as they approach the final tough stages of training for the annual Pidley International Teddy Bear Freefall Competition.
The charity jump takes place at 10am on Saturday 1st September at Rookery Farm Fisheries in Pidley, near Huntingdon and is a great day out for all the family; over 500 supporters attending last year’s event.
The dare-devil professional parachuting teddies, sponsored by local companies, will be jumping from a Cambridge Aero Club plane into the skies over Pidley village; each one focused on landing the nearest to the winning pot of honey.
“We’re hoping to top last year’s record-breaking £3,200 raised by our daredevil teddy-bears, alongside the raffles, donations, competitions and food sales at the event,” says Pidley Mountain Rescue Team’s chairman Trevor Peacock. The charity provides specialised equipment for adults and children in Huntingdonshire coping with disability or mobility issues, raising up to £15,000 each year.
“The Competition provides much-needed funds for the Team and is immediately used to help those most in need in our community,” explains John Blundell, who has recently taken on the post of Applications Officer at the charity.
“It’s been a busy year for us with 15 rescues, including specialist devices for children with communication difficulties, trikes and off-roader buggies for kids with mobility problems, our usual mobility scooters and chair-lifts that provide much-needed independence for the older generation, and various sensory devices for children with special needs and autism, including lighting systems and ball blankets.”
Trevor reminds everyone that the parachuting teddy bears need plenty of encouragement from the crowd. “Please come along bringing your own well-loved teddy bears as supporters and to take part in the ‘Best Dressed Teddy Bear’ competition. Gulliver, our giant straw teddy-bear, returns to greet visitors as they arrive and Bomb Disposal Teddy Bear is returning, and needs plenty of help in defusing a package using our giant wire buzzer game,” he says.
The Somersham 1st Brownie Pack will again be providing stretcher-bearer services and first-aid to the teddies and thanks also go to Cambridge Aero Club, host farmer Kelvin German at Rookery Farm, and the 2331 Squadron St Ives Air Training Corp who will be helping the event run smoothly on the day.
Somersham Carnival 2012
We were at Smersham Carnival on the 23rd June, supported by the Pidley Male Voice Choir who sang for the crowds.
Pidley Ted was very popular, making lots of friends.
The Race night at Pidley Village hall in aid of the Pidley Mountain Rescue Team was a great success with everybody having a wonderful time whilst raising £145.00. Out thanks to the organisers George, Roy and Jacky for their hard work and to John our compare for the evening. Congratulations to all the winners especially our best jockey for the night CJ.
Mad Cat music day
Thank you to the Mad Cat Inn in Pidley for organising a charity music day on Saturday 21st April. The photo shows the entire organising crew (to many to name) so our thanks to them all and all who attended to make the day such a success.
Waitrose Huntingdon donates £510
In January Waitrose selected Pidley Mountain Rescue Team as one of their worthy causes for their Community Matters scheme. Waitrose customers had to select their prefered cause by voting with counters, which when counted gave us £510 from the £1000 donated to the three causes for the month.
Thank you to Waitrose and all the customers who voted for Pidley Mountain Rescue Team.
Photo caption: PMRT's chairman Trevor Peacock, Annie Gault, Lawrence Giddings, Francis Mizuro and Martin Phillips received the cheque for £510 from Waitrose Staff.
Lakeside Lodge Golf donates £1,200
Lakeside Golf Club in Pidley has raised over £1,200 for Pidley Mountain Rescue Team. Club Captain and Lady Captain Dave and Elaine Ottley handed over a cheque of £1137.26 in a presentation evening at the Club before Christmas, and has since raised a further £71.60 making the final donation figure a fantastic £1,206.86. Pidley Mountain Rescue Team was the Golf Club's featured charity in 2011.
Thank-you to all the members, office-holders and staff at Lakeside Golf Club for their generosity.
Photo caption: PMRT's Francis Mizuro and chairman Trevor Peacock receive Lakeside Golf Club's donation from Club Captain and Lady Captain Dave and Elaine Ottley.
Teddy Bear parachute jump
A team of parachuting teddy-bears has raised £3,200 for local charity Pidley Mountain Rescue Team.
The annual Pidley International Teddy-Bear Freefall Competition featured ten dare-devil professional parachuting teddies, sponsored by local companies, jumping from a plane into the skies over the Huntingdonshire fens.
Each teddy was focused on winning the pot of honey and cheered on by 450 supporters. Honours went to the final jump of the day with Teddy Number 10, sponsored by The Powell Family, landing nearest to the prize.
“We had a fantastic day and the funds raised by sponsorship, raffles, competitions, food sales and kind donations from our supporters will be used to help adults and children in Huntingdonshire coping with disability or mobility issues by providing specialised equipment,” said Pidley Mountain Rescue Team’s chairman Trevor Peacock.
Last year the charity 'rescued' 15 people living in the Huntingdonshire area, from a 4-year old’s first trike to encourage movement and independence through to a mobility scooter for a 90-year old. As well as the Freefall Competition the charity raises money through donations from organisations, companies and individuals, membership and other community events.
Click below to view the video of the day:
“Our thanks go to the brilliant Somersham 2nd Brownie Pack for providing vital stretcher-bearer services and first-aid to the teddies as well as Cambridge Aero Club, host farmer Kelvin German at Rookery Farm, and the 2331 Squadron St Ives Air Training Corp who worked incredibly hard, alongside our committee and volunteers, to ensure the event ran smoothly on the day,” said Trevor.
If anyone would like to contribute to the work of Pidley Mountain Rescue Team the charity has a new text donation line. Please text ‘PMRT44£10’ to 70070 to give £10, or any other full pound amount up to £10.
The Pidley Village Hall and Social Club welcomed the return of the Climbing Boy back on the bell tower thanks to George and Brian from Pidley Mountain Rescue Team. The original Climbing Boy blew off the bell tower a couple of years ago after many years of guarding the Club from its roof.
Cheque presentation at the Mad Cat
Pictured - Bill Hensley – Secretary and Mike Nixon who was the Lodge Master 2009/10.
The Masons handed a cheque for £1750.00 raised over the twelve months when Mike Nixon was Chair of the St Ives Lodge of the Masons.
The Masons raised the money through raffles, social events etc but mainly from within their own members.
Mike Nixon chose the PMRT to benefit from his time as Chairman because of the work we do within our local community.