Welcome to The George Oliver Foundation.
We are a grant-making charity that has been set up in loving memory of George Richard Namiki Oliver, a little boy who would want other children to have a chance at the love and support that he had.
Each year we fund a range of children's projects with different charities covering health and education in the UK and abroad. We are currently supporting projects with charities including Wellchild, Blue Elephant Theatre and The Big House. You can read more about the projects here.
Cycling for George's Foundation
A massive thank you goes to Hugh Dixon who completed the epic 150 mile "Coast to Coast" ride for George's Foundation this summer. The ride starts in Cumbria and travels literally up (extremely steep) hill and down dale for 150 miles finishing on the East coast near Whitby. 150 miles in one day! They were riding for 9 hours 27 mins apparently, truly a lot of pedalling... An amazing achievement THANK YOU!
Next up Emma, Selena and Emily (George's Mum) are braving the Ride London 100 mile challenge in August. It's no exageration to say we are all terrified! Not least due to the strict 8 hour time limit (that has to include all stops). We are all training hard and will very much appreciate your support when the time comes!
Congratulations Jo & Steve!
Massive congratulations to Jo Vaughan and Steve Mack who both completed the London Marathon 2015. Steve zoomed round in an extremely impressive 3hrs42 and Jo steamed past us at mile 25 looking super strong and finished in 4hrs48. A fantastic achievement from both of them! We are very grateful to all of you who have supported them in their brilliant fundraising THANK YOU!
A massive thank you to everyone who came and supported the Cafe Oliver fundraising night at Conway Hall. Also huge thanks to everyone who bought and sold raffle tickets and all the amazing helpers on the night. We couldn't have done it without you! We were honoured on the night to have the amazing Anna-Jane Casey performing for us, as well as incredible magic from John Bulleid and piano solos from James Hodgson. We are extremely delighted to say we raised well over £7500 which has far exceeded any expectations. Thank you everyone for the fantastic support! You can see all the photos here (photos by Jenny Chaichian)
Blue Elephant Theatre's new "Speak Out" workshop tour is now under way. The team have developed a new workshop style project that looks at difficulties some children and young people commonly face coping with challenging emotions and anxiety. The initial tour has been extremely well recieved in schools with teachers saying how relieved they are for the children to be given an opportunity to look at these issues. Many of the teachers simply do not feel they have sufficient training or resources to work with children themselves in this area. We attended one workshop and it was brilliant to see the level of engagement and enthusiasm from the young people about this challenging subject matter. The tour is running for another month.
We also attended a Sohana Research Fund event recently where the clinical researchers themselves reported back about the fantastic progress that is being made thanks to Sohana Research Fund's relentless fundraising and efforts. Although Sohana's condition is relatively rare the kind of research developments that are being looked into have far-reaching consequences for a great many life-limitting skin conditions, including skin cancer. It was inspiring to see the energy and belief these researchers have for what they are doing and in what they think they can achieve.
The Big House development project supporting young care leavers has also been in progress. We went to see an incredible performance of their piece "Politrix" at Hackney Downs Studios. The piece is based on the stories as told by the performers themselves and their life experiences, linked to their relationships with politics, politicians and the state. It was incredible to see such powerful performances from young people working in this way for the first time in their lives. The performance is one part of the 12 week project that we have part-funded, looking at many different areas for supporting young people making the transition to adult life outisde the care system including nutrition, conflict resolution and employment.
A big thank you goes to the people of Great Milton who supported George's Foundation with their annual post-Christmas party, fantastic fundraising and we heard it was a lot of fun too, thank you! Big thank you also goes to Alexis Dixon and Lynne at Papermash for their brilliant fundraising "Wrap Party", Christmas present wrapping never looked so good (or so fun). Also thank you very much to everyone who supported the George Oliver Foundation Christmas cards.
One To One Children's Fund, South Africa
We are really pleased to have these pictures of the new light delivery vehicle that we provided funding for to support the crucial work of the community health workers in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Ms Liziwe Mbalo (pictured) is the nurse using the vehicle daily to access the communities in great need of her help. Many children here are living with HIV and without proper treatment and access to medical supplies they will not be able to live a full and healthy life. The health workers' roles also include assessment of social situation and facilitating access to education through the broader work of the charity in that area.
Ride London 100 + John O'Groats to Lands End
A big thank you goes to some amazing fundraisers who completed great challenges for George's Foundation. Gemma & Guy Foreman and Luke Bristow rode the gruelling Ride London 100, in such epic weather conditions that the organisers were forced to cut the route short (luckily we managed to clock up 96 miles including riding to and from the event though anyway!). Mark and Emily (George's parents) also took part on their much loved tandem. Despite the torrential downpour we all completed the route and the sun even came out for a finish line photo. Thank you to everybody cheering on the day, people supporting us on facebook and for all the fantastic donations. We are really proud that we did it, thank you! You can see our team fundraising page here.
Big congratulations also go to the intrepid Elliott Sawford and his friends Sam Blackmore and Alastair Yates who decided to forego their summer holiday and ride from John O'Groats to Lands End instead. Not content with lying around on a beach the team rode 1000 miles in just 9 days without support (i.e. carrying all their stuff with them each day). An amazing achievement! Thank you so much to everyone who supported them. You can read about how they got on via our facebook page here.
Project Funding 2014/15
We are currently supporting projects with these organisations below -
- Support for the Wellchild “Helping Hands” project which carries out vital home improvement in the homes of seriously ill and disabled children.
- A new “Speak Out” project with Blue Elephant Theatre, working with young people and schools to look at the issues they are commonly facing coping with mental health and emotional challenges.
- A funding contribution for the next phase of clinical research for Sohana Research Fund, looking into new treatments and ultimately a cure for children suffering with Epidermolysis Bullosa.
- A self-development and support project to help new young care leavers make the transition into the next stage of their lives, run by The Big House, a charity exclusively dedicated to providing support for this group of young people.
- A new light delivery vehicle for the Programme Coordinator and Community Health Workers working for the One to One Children’s Fund project in South Africa supporting children with HIV.
We know that each of these projects is run by excellent and dedicated people, bringing help directly to where it is desperately needed. We are really proud to be supporting each of them. You can read more detail about all of these on our projects pages.
Thank you for all your support, that is what has made all of this possible.
PPP Bulletin Croatia Ride
Congratulations to the riders who participated in the second PPP Bulletin cycle challenge. The event took the intrepid riders to Croatia where they covered well over 200 miles in four days including the "Hors category" climb (i.e. steep and long!) up 1760m in Biokovo National Park. Whilst the UK was basking in sunshine the riders battled strong head winds and wet weather. A great achievement by all who took part.
The fantastic fundraising by all involved enabled us to support a further project this year. We are delighted to be able to support the great work of Re-Cycle, a fantastic charity working to support disadvantaged children and their famlies in Uganda. They provide reconditioned bicycles as well as bicycle maintenance training in areas where the main accessible transport is walking, completely transforming people's lives and the potential of their situations.
Many thanks to PPP Bulletin for choosing to support The George Oliver Foundation. Well done to all and thank you for the fantastic fundraising!
Sick Children's Trust new "Home from Home" completed
In 2014 Sick Children's Trust completed their latest development providing vital accomodation to parents of seriously ill children. The existing SCT "home from home" facility supporting Sheffield Children's Hospital was regularly unable to meet demand and was oversubscribed by more than ten families in need each night. The mayor of Sheffield opened the new "Magnolia House" facility and each year it will benefit over 350 families, enabling them to stay near their child at a crucial time. The George Oliver Foundation contributed funding for one bedroom in the new facility (pictures below), we are really pleased to have been able to support this important development.
Mark's Fundraising Challenge - 12 bikes in 12 months...
From April 2013 to March 2014 Mark (George's Dad) tackled a new challenge for George's Foundation, he rode from London to Brighton every month but on a different bike each time. The bikes included a BMX, a Brompton, a recumbant and a "Boris bike". The final ride to bring the total to 12 was a tandem ride with Emily. The pictures below are of the 12 bikes and the 12 times Mark got to Brighton Pier!
A massive thank you goes to everyone who rode with Mark and everyone who supported him along the way. You can read all about the adventure and see more pictures in Mark's blog here
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs / "100 Hills for George"
In 2012 Mark Oliver became the first person ever to complete Simon Warren's "100 Greatest Cycling Climbs". It was a year long challenge to cylcle up all 100 hills in the book from the Scottish Mountains to the South Downs. It was as much of a logistical challenge as it was a test of stamina, with Emily, dog Hobbs and later on George's sister Mila, along for the ride.
Simon Warren's second book "Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs" is now available....! According to the author (pictured with Mark below) Mark was officially the first person to complete the book within a year.
We celebrated the end of the challenge with a group ride up Swain's Lane in Highgate where Simon Warren kindly joined us.
You can read Mark’s blog about the big adventure here www.100hillsforgeorge.blogspot.com
You can also see our photos of it all here
A massive thank you to everyone who supported Mark's efforts!
George changed our lives forever and we hope that together we can all help change other people’s lives in his name. Thank you for your support.
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