Sothius Lodge raises £1,250 for our charity Dreamdrops
A kind donation of £1,250 was given to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, Dreamdrops, after being nominated by Mark Bramley, as one of his chosen charities of the year.
The cheque was presented by Mark Bramley, Worshipful Master, Sothius Lodge, St Ives, who said: “During my year as Master of Sothius Lodge, Dreamdrops was one of my chosen charities. We raised funds by way of three raffles held after our business meetings and at our annual BBQ.
“We wanted to make a difference and help provide those little extras to children both in hospital and in the community and to help Dreamdrops continue with the wonderful work they do for local children.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “We are truly grateful to Mark Bramley and the Sothius Lodge for their wonderful donation.
“The money raised will be donated to children being cared for in the local community, Holly Ward and the Paediatrics unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. We cannot thank them enough for their support and this donation will help make a stay in hospital that little bit easier and provide much needed support for children being nursed at home.”
Photo: Left to right: Mike Nixon, Charity Steward, Sothius Lodge, Mark Bramley, Worshipful Master, Sothius Lodge, Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops and Gordon Cox, Lodge Almoner.
Dreamdrops donation making a
huge difference to Abbie’s life
Abbie Hall recently received her new trike courtesy of dreamdrops.
Abbie needed the trike to help with her muscles as she has hyper mobile and dyspraxia.
Dawn Hall, Abbie’s mum said; “I would like to say a huge thank you to dreamdrops for funding Abbie’s new trike, she absolutely loves it. This trike will enable Abbie to go out with her sister for a ride and to get some fresh air. She will also be able to get out and about in the nice weather. Thank you all again for your help and support to be able to fund this for Abbie.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “We were delighted to be able to fund the new trike for Abbie, it looks amazing, and I am so thrilled that she is so pleased with it.”
BMRA donates to further support children requiring medical care
Members of the Children’s Community Specialist Nursing Team along with Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops (front right) receive the cheque from Kate Magill (far left) and BMRA President Susie Burrage (front left). The AccuVein can be seen far right.
Following its donation of two children’s vein finding machines for use in the A&E department at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2019, Huntingdon-based British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has made a further donation to Cambridgeshire Community Service’s NHS Trust Specialist Community Nursing service by funding a third AccuVein machine to support practitioners working in the community.
Having first been selected as the BMRA President’s charity in 2019, following the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Susie Burrage, President of the BMRA, decided to support Dreamdrops for a further year.
The money raised was from the proceeds of a raffle held at the BMRA’s Virtual Annual Dinner event in November 2020, an event normally held in person but sadly cancelled due to the pandemic.
The amount was further boosted by an employee of the BMRA, Kate Magill, whose family have experienced the children’s services both at Hinchingbrooke and in the community, when she ran the Cambridge Half Marathon in March 2020. In total £4,511.00 was raised.
Ms Burrage said: “We were so disappointed to not hold our Annual Dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. We were thrilled to be able to hold a virtual raffle, and were humbled that despite not meeting in person, our members were still able to donate generously despite a difficult year for everyone. I am delighted that the BMRA have been able to help purchase three AccuVein machines in the last two years.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “We are thrilled to bits to receive such a generous donation from The British Metals Recycling Association as this ‘cutting edge’ equipment will be invaluable to assist staff who are caring for children in A&E who require cannulation, as well as those who are cared for by the Specialist Nursing Team in the local community. It is extremely difficult to locate veins, particularly in very small children, and having the benefit of an AccuVein (pictured right) to help, will make a significant difference to the experience of young patients receiving treatment.”
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is the trade association representing the £7 billion UK Metal Recycling sector. It has been headquartered in Huntingdonshire at Hinchingbrooke Business Park. Members of the public can use the BMRA website to find a metal recycler: www.recyclemetals.org.
Wonderful day of fly fishing with local children from the Collins Club, Huntingdon
Dreamdrops, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity held their first event of the year to coincide with World Fly Fishing Day on 21 June 2021.
The event was hosted by fly fishing instructors from the Countryside Alliance Foundation – Fishing for Schools Programme: Richard and Philipa Winser of the Eastern Region, Sally Acloque, Sponsorship Co-ordinator for Norfolk and ably assisted by John Clark, Chair of the Hertfordshire MTSFC Fishing Charity with their Schools Liaison Officer, Ginnette Waters.
They were joined by the Director and Fishing for Schools Founder, Charles Jardine; a World renowned fisherman, author and artist.
Richard Winser, Fishing for Schools Lead Coach for the Eastern Region, said: “In order to continue our fly fishing instruction during the last 18 months of lockdown measures, my wife, Phillipa and I stock a small pond, which we use for tuition purposes. It has been a real lifeline, particularly when the schools were closed, many pupils were isolated from their friends and rightly concerned about the global pandemic.”
“We were able to adjust our method of delivery and continue, despite COVID restrictions. It’s been tremendous fun, to quote one participant from a course we ran this year in Norfolk, with Sally, “that was the ‘funnest’ day ever!”
“We are keen to attract other schools in the Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire area, that will benefit from some of the exceptional interaction that Fishing for Schools are able to offer. Despite Charles establishing this over twelve years ago, there are still some schools that are yet to discover and experience this wonderful initiative!”
“We have been in contact with Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops about the phenomenal work the charity does locally. Last year we volunteered to host two days for the Collins Club participants, having worked with many similar groups over the last 14 years and we wanted to provide an afternoon of fun for the children who attend the Collins Club along with their siblings.”
Five children and their families attended the event and the afternoon involved 1:1 tuition with one of the instructors, they had the chance to discuss and learn about fly fishing, artificial flies, aquatic life, the Rainbow Trout that live beneath the depths and all the children including the Mayor were lucky enough to catch a fish!
Charles Jardine, Director and Fishing for Schools Founder, presented certificates to all participants and Councillor Karl Webb, Mayor of Huntingdon presented rosettes.
Cllr Karl Webb, Mayor of Huntingdon said: “I had a wonderful afternoon supporting my mayoral charity for the year; Dreamdrops had organised an event to teach children how to fish. Great fun was had by everyone, and it was lovely to see the children from the Collins Club enjoying themselves. Some children were apprehensive at first but started to beam as they all caught a fish; this was an amazing opportunity for everyone to do something different whilst learning a new skill. I was also pleased when handed the rod and managed to land a fish for myself. Thank you Dreamdrops, this was an experience that the children will remember forever, well done.”
Paula Davis, mother of Summer, said: “Everything was brilliant, well organised and everyone was so friendly and very understanding to the children’s needs.”
Helen Bradshaw mum of Aimee said “Aimee had a blast and she very proudly presented me with her caught fish. We thought the afternoon was really well organised, and we were very impressed.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who gave up their time to come along and provide the children with this wonderful fishing experience.
“The afternoon was a huge success and the children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon learning how to fish and the day ended with a lovely picnic for all the families. These type of experiences offer a wonderful day out for both the children from the Collins Club and their families, we cannot thank the instructors enough for giving up the time to come along and make the day a huge success.”
Local children’s centre to benefit from ‘dreamdrops’ grant
Dreamdrops, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, has been successful in gaining a grant from the Huntingdon Town Council who set aside a sum of money each year which can be applied for by local organisations to directly benefit their area or for some or all the inhabitants.
The funding obtained by Dreamdrops will be used to enhance the waiting area at the Newtown Centre, Huntingdon. The centre is for patients of the Children and Adolescent Mental Health services and the grant will be used to purchase special therapy toys and appropriate plants to make the area more welcoming for the families who attend; the waiting room will be decorated with a jungle theme.
Gemma Balnaves, Service Manager CAMHS Core/Neuro- Central Team & CASUS, Newtown Centre said “Dreamdrops has kindly offered to refurbish the Children and adolescent waiting area at the Newtown Centre, a project which started prior to the pandemic and is now finally being able to come to life.
“Our waiting room is currently very corporate and in need of an update, so this generous offer will allow us to provide a much-needed area of quiet and rest for our families and young people to be able to wait before their appointments. Often the parent and career or young person has some time to wait alone during the consultation, to allow our clinicians the time to spend individually with each family member. Giving a safe and calm space in which to spend this time, will, I am sure be most welcomed by all. The theme and design were selected by our families and young people and we gathered feedback to ensure that any games or gadgets were suggested by the children and young people themselves.
“On behalf and myself and my CAMHS teams, we can’t thank Dreamdrops enough for their support and patience to bring this project to life.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops said: “Dreamdrop’s main aim is to make a real difference to the lives of local children who are ill, or have significant health needs, and to support their families, both in hospital and in the local community.
“With the money from the Huntingdon Town Council grant we can make the Newtown Centre, a bright, welcoming place for children and their families to visit, and feel at ease.
“A huge thank you to the Huntingdon Town Council for accepting our application and enabling us to move forward with the Centre’s refurbishments; we are sure the Jungle theme will be a huge hit with the children who attend the centre on a regular basis. Work is due to start in the coming weeks and we cannot wait to see the final outcome.”
Buzzy Bee helping local children who are afraid of injections
Buzzy® is a vibrating bee with ice pack wings that decreases sharp pain when placed on the child’s arm or leg to distract them.
Buzzy® uses natural pain relief by confusing the body’s own nerves, thereby dulling or eliminating sharp pain. In the same way that rubbing a bumped elbow helps stop the hurt; or cool running water soothes a burn, Buzzy® bypasses sharp pain.
Maja’s mum said: “Maja is 9 years old and she take injections every week and unfortunately she is very afraid of them.
“Since the nurses and a lovely lady (Mag Hirst, Play Specialist) came to our house and showed and explained how buzzy bee works, Maja stopped being afraid of injections. At each visit she asks to put her buzzy bee on before the next injection.
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to try it.”
Photo: Mags Hirst, Play Specialist and Maja.
Santa Visits St Neots and Hartford
Santa really does exist! St Neots Round Table and the Huntingdon and District Round Table and Santa visited the local Rugby Cub in St Neots and The Barlow Mow in Hartford, to hand over some beautiful wooden boxes emblazoned with our ‘dreamdrops’ logo. These were made specially for us by Lucky Duck Designs, so that we could ensure that the presents destined for The Collins Club families, were handled as little as possible and delivered safely. The weather stayed dry, and each family visited Santa safely and individually. Both evenings were a huge success, and not only was it great fun, but also moving to hear the children chatting to Santa. Well done to everyone who was involved!
A huge thank you to the Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb, who turned out on avery cold night and stayed to help distribute gifts to the children in the Collins Club. Dreamdrops is his charity during his term of office.
A New Christmas Tree for Hinchingbrooke Hospital
As you can see from the photo, we have had a beautiful Christmas tree donated to the charity from Frosts Garden Centre at Brampton. Mike and Wendy put the tree up at the entrance to Children’s Outpatients Reception. Mike put some lovely lights on and I would like to thank Wendy for completing the job by donating some very pretty decorations , thank you!
Photo: Wendy Baker ( DD committee member) with Mike Andrews, vice- chairman
Huntingdon company, Accio Consult and Construct, has kindly donated £2000 to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, Dreamdrops, in lieu of its annual staff Christmas dinner.
Iain Parnell, Finance Manager at Accio, presented Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops, with a cheque and said: “We at Accio had to forego our Christmas party this year, the time we reflect on all the hard work our team has undertaken. As it was not possible this year, our directors gave the challenge to our team to propose where we could donate funds normally set aside for Christmas.
“The criteria was simple, to select two charities where we could inject funds that would make a key difference at the point of donation, it had to be local and it had to be of importance to the team’s values. One of the excellent causes that caught our eye was Dreamdrops and we were delighted to be able to offer our support to this excellent and worthwhile cause.”
Anne-Marie, Chairman of Dreamdrops, said: “We’re thrilled to receive such a generous donation from Accio Consult and Construct.
“It was sad that circumstances meant they were unable to hold their annual dinner this year, but we would like to thank them very much indeed for supporting local sick children instead.
“It is such a kind and thoughtful thing to do, and we are really grateful to them.
Further information about Accio can be found here www.acciocandc.com.
Photo 1 L-R: Iain Parnell, Anne Adamson, Patricia Walsh and Anne-Marie Hamilton
Photo 2 L-R: Anne Adamson and Patricia Walsh
Local Argos and Mayor of Huntingdon donate sensory toys to the Dreamdrops Christmas Appeal
Staff from the Sainsbury’s Argos store in Stukeley Meadows, have kindly donated £300 and toys to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, “Dreamdrops”, along with the Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb who donated sensory toys to the appeal.
Kirsty Luckham, Manager at Argos, presented Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of “Dreamdrops” with the gifts and said: “Sainsbury’s Argos are running a nationwide campaign called Brightening a Million Christmas’ which involves all stores making donations to local organisations and charities in their communities.
“Our store decided that we would like to donate our budget of £300 to Dreamdrops. It’s a charity that we have supported in previous years and as our store has now permanently closed, it felt a fitting way to end our time in Huntingdon by helping out a local charity. We know that many of our colleagues and customers support this charity and we wanted to play our small part.”
Anne-Marie, Chairman of “Dreamdrops” said: “This is such a wonderful gesture from the staff at Sainsbury’s Argos. The amazing generosity of everyone will give the children that we support a wonderful Christmas Day, and we cannot thank them enough for their kind donation.”
Mayor of Huntingdon Cllr Karl Webb said: “Dreamdrops are my charity during my term of office, and we have collected some sensory toys to go with the donations collected over the past few months. I was pleased to present Anne-Marie with these toys for the Christmas appeal.”
Photo 1 L-R: Annie Halliday (Trading Manager, Sainsbury’s Argos), Anne-Marie Hamilton (Chairman of Dreamdrops), Christine Luckham (Dreamdrops Committee member), Kirsty Luckham (Manager at Sainsbury’s Argos), Ian Jones (Trading Manager, Sainsbury’s Argos) and Cllr Karl Webb (Mayor of Huntingdon)
Wonderful generosity helping to support disadvantaged children in the community
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, Dreamdrops, has recently donated nine iPads and a laptop to the Huntingdonshire Community Group’s Covid-19 Response team to help disadvantaged children and young people in the community.
The group`s founder Cllr Patrick Kadewere said “We are very grateful to the Dreamdrops charity for their generous donation, we have been working with many vulnerable families throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and a problem we found during school closures was a lack of access to technology. This donation will assist local children to improve in their education and access their homework easier. We have liaised with Mr Bennet, Headteacher of St Peter’s School in Huntingdon, who have identified students in need, for these iPads to be donated to.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “This donation will help benefit local children and give them the lifeline they need to stay in touch and interact with their school, particularly if we have another local lockdown. We cannot thank everyone enough for their kind generosity during such a difficult time.
“A special thank you to Mick Marks and his team, I-Dash, Eaton Socon and Daniel Shortle, Lion’s Den Computers, St Neots for cleaning and refurbishing the iPads and laptop ready for children to use.”
Mayor of Huntingdon Karl Webb joined representatives for Dreamdrops and Huntingdonshire Community Group for the handover of theses devices and said “Dreamdrops is my chosen charity for my Mayoral term. It is a real pleasure to work alongside Dreamdrops and Huntingdonshire Community Group`s Covid-19 Response team in supporting local families during these unprecedented times. My thanks go to the generous members of the public for donating these devices, you are truly amazing in your actions, a real example of community spirit.”
Photo L-R: Cllr Patrick Kadewere, Mike Andrews (vice-chairman of Dreamdrops), Christine Luckham (Dreamdrops Committee member), Karl Webb (Mayor of Huntingdon) and Mayoress of Huntingdon, Hilary Meers-Webb.
Coronavirus Rotary Grant helping to support autistic children in the local community
Dreamdrops has received a kind donation of £300 from the Rotary District 1070’s Coronavirus Grant Scheme. The application was made for us by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, working with five other local Rotary Clubs – Huntingdon Cromwell, Kimbolton Castle, Ramsey, St Neots and St Neots St Marys.
This has enabled the charity to buy age-appropriate activity packs for local children and their families being supported by dreamdrops.
The packs include colouring books, colour felt tips pens for the older children, dot to dot books for younger children, sticker packs, arts and crafts, doddle magic books, story books with puzzles, bubble wands and fun pads. The parents have also benefitted by receiving adult colouring packs for de-stressing, calming and relaxation, hand repair cream and face moisturiser and relaxing aromatherapy candles.
Part of the grant will go towards providing one of the family’s with a SensaHut – a perfect sensory haven indoor tent, where a child can explore ‘glow in the dark’ resources, and retreat from the stresses of daily life for a while.
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops said: “A huge thank you to everyone at Rotary District 1070, I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity in enabling us to provide these care packages for our families who are struggling to cope with all the additional stresses during the current lock down. The gifts that you have enabled us to purchase will make a huge difference to not only the children, but will also be a tremendous help to their families during this time.
“My sincere thanks to David Cozens, President of the Rotary Club of Huntingdon, Assistant Governor, Gloria Haywood from Rotary District 1070 and Mike Andrews, Vice Chairman of dreamdrops for their involvement in making this all possible.”
Assistant Governor, Gloria Haywood from Rotary District 1070 said: “The Rotary Clubs in Huntingdonshire have always had a supportive, close and very caring interest in dreamdrops and the fine work that is achieved.
“It is wonderful that the gifts recently provided can be enjoyed by families impacted by the Corona virus.”
Sisters Lily, Daisy and Rose Bell are now 15 days into their tremendous fundraising walks in aid of dreamdrops.
Sianade, the girls mum said: “The girls are now 15 days into their walk and they have really enjoyed being out in the sunshine and the rain! On Rose’s best day she did 5.5 miles and the girls did 11! But most days Lily and Daisy do 5 miles and Rose does between 3 and 4. So far they have raised £459 and would love to reach £500, I am so proud of them.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops said: “A huge thank you to Lily, Daisy and little Rose, we cannot thank them enough for the amazing effort they have put in to raising money for dreamdrops.
“The money will be put towards helping sick children who are being cared for at home or in the community, making their lives a little easier during stressful times and what better time to be helping local families.”
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause visit Lily, Daisy and Rose’s Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lilydaisyrose.
Sisters Lily and Daisy are walking 5 miles every day for a month and their little sister Rose, who is only 2, will be walking 2.5 miles. What a fantastic effort from the whole family!
Mum Sianade said: “We are raising money for dreamdrops as they have helped us so much; they have taken the girls and their brother Shay (who has special needs) on day trips, to Christmas parties and provided us with treats to keep us entertained during the Coronavirus lock down, as well as their ongoing support.
“Daisy had lots of time on Holly Ward from being a new born and now has community support through dreamdrops, so we wanted to help them to help more families like us.”
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lilydaisyrose
Photos: Lily, Daisy and Rose
Wonderful fundraising news for our national and local NHS Staff
Singer / songwriter Matt Hoy is kindly donating 100% of his royalties from his song “Happy” to the NHS. You can download the song from here: https://twitter.com/MattHoyOfficial/status/1244984494832201729 #NHSThankYou #NHS @MattHoyOfficial 🙏❤️
Dreamdrops, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust charity have also been contacted by several members of the public wishing to show their gratitude to staff who are going above and beyond both in the community and our local hospitals to ensure their patients and service users continue to receive high-quality care during this unprecedented time.
Please be aware that the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic concert due to be held on Saturday March 28 has now been cancelled.
Olmo Lounge raises funds for local children’s charity
The wonderful staff from the Olmo Lounge in Huntingdon has raised nearly £1,000 for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, ‘dreamdrops.’
The Olmo Lounge is a new neighbourhood café bar on Huntingdon High Street. The lounge is committed to engaging with the local community and as part of this they wanted to connect with a local charity, which strikes a chord with their team and customers, to support their efforts and raise funds.
Kylie Knipp, General Manager said: “We wanted to raise money for a local charity and were keen to support dreamdrops, who are such a worthy children’s charity.
“We raised the money by donating 50p from every burger and 10p from every coffee sold in the first month of trading. We had a great first month selling 2,576 coffees and 1,367 burgers! We hope the money raised will benefit the charity and look forward to working with the charity in the future.”
Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops said: “We are so grateful to everyone at the Olmo Lounge, in particular Kylie, for raising such a large amount of money for our charity. We are thrilled that they chose dreamdrops and the money will be used to help support children and their families in the local community.”
For further information on how you can help raise funds for the charity please visit
www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops
Photo: Kylie Knipp, General Manager of the Olmo Lounge and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops.