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Ivette Landino organised a Zumbathon in Chelsea for STEM4

RUGBY SEVENS:MAY 17th

  • On a sunny Saturday in Mayteams gathered at Wimbledon Rugby club fired up to win the WSM Rugby Sevens tournament.With a wonderful raffle,superb hospitality from Wimbledon Rugby club, sunshine, support,goodwill and competitive spirit,a fabulous day was had by all raising well over £2600 for STEM4. Thank you to Kayley and Ben of WSM for all their hard work in organising the event and to Mick Edmondsen, the venue manager for hosting it and finally Congratulations to the” King Prawns” in their pink attire, overall winners of the tournament.
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SWIMATHON MAY 4th

  • Braving the cold and testing their muscles to the limit, the intrepid Ben Lee and
    Tasmeen Shirodkar of WSM took to the water to compete in a Swimathon.
    Their tremendous efforts raised an incredible £245.
    Well done and thank you to them both.
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BLUEBELL 10K and WIMBLEDON 10K

  • Our fabulous charity sponsors WSM have done it again raising an amazing £230 for STEM4 . Kayley and Jessica of WSM gamely ran the Wimbledon 10K on March 25th and then persuaded friends and colleagues from WSM to join them on May 4th to tackle the Leatherhead Bluebell 10k run.
  • What stars !!! Thank you WSM.

WIMBLEDON 10K  March 25th

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  • Well done and Thankyou to kayley and Jessica!!

BLUEBELL 10K RUN May 4th

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Well done Owens House!!!!

  • A huge thank you to the students (and teachers) of Owens House, Roundwood School who raised £400 for STEM4 and Great Ormond Street Hospital with their Christmas Fundraising events which included Quidditch Tournaments, a Paperchain-a-thon, a Craft-a-thon, Cake Sales, a Winter Market and a Death Run Derby. In addition a room was festooned with snowflakes showing messages of support and positivity. What a fantastic effort!!!

£6,500 Award granted from the Marian Esling legacy Trust administered by Holy Trinity Church

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  • We are delighted to announce that STEM4 has been awarded £6,500 from the Marian Esling Legacy Trust, administered by Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon.
  • This is the third year running that we have been granted an award and we are enormously grateful for the continued support that we have receieved from the Legacy Trust which, this year, will enable us to develop a training programme for health care professionals so that we may expand the number of workshops and conferences we can deliver.
  • On Sunday January 19th we had an opportunity to present to the congregation, church leaders and jugdging panel a display showing how we have made use of prior awards and how we hope to benefit the local communuty going forward. It was also a chance to exchange ideas and share information with other charitable beneficiaries of the trust.
  • This award would not have been possible without an application sponsor so we should like to thank ours, Nicky Moulsdale, for her continued support and interest in STEM4, and the Judging panel for selecting us.

STEM4 wins Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013 for Merton

  • A huge thank you to all our supporters who voted for us to win the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013 for Merton. The Community Fund, now in its second year, aims to help local people make a positive difference in the heart of their community.  This year, over 1,500 community groups in nearly 400 communities across the UK will benefit from a Community Fund Award.  With your help STEM4 received more than 3,000 votes, nearly half of all votes cast for Merton-based charities, winning the first prize of £3,000. This will enable us to produce take-home booklets for our schools and community workshops, covering workshop material and supportive self-help strategies. Special thanks go to Heather Bechman, STEM4’s Fundraising Lead, pictured below on teh left of the picture.
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STEM4 Quiz Night raises more than £2500

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  • A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our first ever STEM4 Quiz Night on November 22nd at the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Wimbledon. It was a great success, with more than 190 people packing the hall, together raising £2880 for the charity. Speaking at the event Dr Nihara Krause, CEO of STEM4 said: “We are very grateful to Heather Bechman and the STEM4 fundraising team for all their hard work in organising such an excellent evening. Thanks also to the many young helpers from Coombe Girls School, Surbiton High School, Ursuline High School, Kingston College, Kingston Grammar School and Esher College who helped to make the event run smoothly, and also to the many local businesses and individuals who showed their support by donating raffle prizes.” Following the success of the evening, we are now looking to make the Quiz Night an annual event in our fundraising calendar.

Promoting Mental Health in Schools

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  • On 19 November 2013, Dr Nihara Krause, CEO of STEM 4 spoke at the 7th Annual ‘Promoting Mental Health in Schools’ Conference in London, organised by Optimus Education. Her presentation, which was entitled ‘Recognising the early warning signs of depression amongst children and young people – a take-away toolkit of effective support mechanisms’, generated considerable interest amongst the many delegates who attended. Speaking at the event, Dr Krause commented that ‘the vast number of young people with depression make full recovery with the right type of treatment, support and self-help’ and suggested a number of ways to offer early identification and support in schools. The STEM4 stand, manned by Patsy Preece and Natasha Krause, also generated significant interest among the many teachers, school nurses and school counsellors who attended the event.

What Happens Next?

  • Following a successful run of the improvisation comedy show “What Happens Next” during the 2013 Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival, ShatterpointTheatre Ltd have donated £120 to STEM4. Thank you to the cast of the show for drawing attention to the aims of STEM4 through leaflet distribution and after-show commentary and for collecting donations on behalf of the charity.
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Our youngest fundraisers so far …

  • On the August 4th, inspired by watching the “Young Apprentice” on television, our two youngest ever fundraisers, Charlotte Cariaga (10) and Helena Paice (9), cheerfully set up and manned their own stall selling beautifully decorated cupcakes and homemade lemonade. Thank you to Charlotte and Helena for their entrepreneurial skills and wonderful display of cakes which raised £56 for STEM4. What a fantastic effort!
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Wimbledon Half Marathon

  • Emily and Mickey still going strong complete another half marathon for STEM4. Thank you – both of you.
  • To donate click here
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South Downs Marathon

  • On Saturday 8th June a team of runners completed the South Downs relay, half marathon and marathon. It was a special day for Keith Hiley who completed his 100th marathon – and it was celebrated with champagne at the finishing line. This is the third fundraising run for STEM4 that has been organised by John Krause who completed his 92nd marathon on the day.
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Our Spring Ball

  • Our inaugural STEM4 Spring Ball on 18 May 2013, hosted by James Cracknell and Bev Turner, was a great success! Thanks to the generous support of so many local people and businesses we were able to raise well over £15,000.  This will provide much-needed funds to help us extend our education programme, so that we are able to support many more young people, their families, friends and their schools in identifying and dealing with teenage mental health issues. A huge thank you to our sponsors and advertisers, to all those who made donations, gave up their free time to support the event and, of course, to all our guests who attended on the night – we really appreciate you supporting STEM4 and our on-going commitment to improving teenage mental health.
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  • From left: Karin Forbes, former Deputy Mayor of Merton, Dr Nihara Krause, James Cracknell, Bev Turner, John Sargeant, Deputy Mayor of Merton
  • Photography kindly donated by Mel Wilde

Many half-marathons later . . .

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  • Thank you to Emily and Mikey who have raised over £1,100 for STEM4 to date. They have now completed all their target half-marathons despite broken bones and other injuries. But they haven’t stoped there, and are still running for STEM4. Why not join them on July 28th for the Wimbledon half-marathon?
    For details click here.

Falling with style . . .

  • Thank you to Natasha who took to the skies on April 6th and raised £660 for STEM4 at the same time. In her words:
  • “On April 6th 2013 I jumped out of a plane at 13,000ft to raise money  for STEM4. It was a tandem dive so once in the plane I was strapped to my instructor “Ed” ready for the jump. It was  a very tight squeeze in the plane so, although terrifying, it was something of a relief to find myself about to jump. Before the jump I had to hang out of the plane with my legs beneath, the instructor then pushed us out and we accelerated at a speed of 125mph in freefall for about a minute before deploying the parachute. At that point, we were high above the clouds and all there was to see was sunny, open sky. It was an exhilarating and terrifying experience at the same time but all for a very worthwhile charity. I am thrilled to say that In 2013 I touched the clouds and managed to raise £660 for STEM4.”
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A Christmas Concert with Carols

  • Christmas was celebrated by STEM4 with our annual Concert in St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon Village. The Vasari Singers were back by request and again performed a variety of beautiful seasonal music. We all joined in with some well-known carols and readings were given by Rose Harvey from Ursuline High School and STEM4’s Patsy Preece. Mulled wine and Serena’s celebrated mince pies were enjoyed in the interval – where we were looked after by a willing group of volunteers. Thank you to all sponsored us, advertised in our programme and helped us on the night. Happy New Year!
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STEM4 conference for Students
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  • A really successful mornings work! Hosted by Ursuline High School on 5th October, 130 students from eight schools attended – and addressed the importance of good mental health: Is it as important as our physical health? What do we need to tell young people about their mental health? How do we tell young people? Where is the best place to go to for advice or for help?

Winner – Merton Business Awards

  • On the evening of Wednesday 26th September, three of the Tustees of STEM4 attended the Merton Business Awards, held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in Wimbledon. This prestigious event was attended by over 200 guests, representing a broad range of businesses and organisations based in Merton.
  • STEM4 had been shortlisted as on of the six finalists in the Commitment to the Community category, sponsored by the Wimbledon Guardian. As a relatively new charity, hopes were not high for a win on this occasion, so the possibility of a commendation was deemed to be a worthy potential result.
  • It was, therefore, with great pride that those present heard the announcement that STEM4 had been judged worthy winners of their category; the judges spoke warmly of their appreciation of our work and its importance in the local area.
  • Dr Nihara Krause and Anne Martin accepted the trophy on behalf of STEM4.

STEM4 conference for School Leaders

  • STEM4’s first Conference for School Leaders brought together a range of educational professionals from a variety of schools representing both the State and Independent sectors.
  • Delegates heard from three keynote speakers (right) who each struck a chord with their audience, stimulating discussion and questions in a fairly tightly packed programme.
  • Each speaker acknowledged that mental health issues have increased significantly amongst young people and that some local services are struggling to cope with the number of referrals. It is therefore more important than ever that schools are able to recognise problems early and to be innovative and creative in their response.
  • Young people need to be able to talk about who and what they are, as high levels of resilience are asked of them in the modern world. Activities and interests, positive peer relationships and emotional resilience can be ‘protective’ for teenagers.
  • Openness about mental health issues in schools is an important factor in their success at managing problems when they arise.
  • Delegates were given copies of more detailed information and guidance from the speakers in the field of mental health policy and practice in their Conference pack, on a memory stick. It is hoped that this information will inform decisions about individual school strategies.
  • In addition, a ‘STEM4 Standard’ (for the management of mental health issues) was created, covering the areas:
    • How students are monitored
    • Who has responsibility
    • Action framework
    • Time frame
    • Training

STEM4 First Anniversary

  • One Year Old already! And we’ve achieved so much … but this has only been possible because of all the support we have received. On 14th June we marked the occasion. Nihara Krause and Anne Martin updated everyone on what’s been going on; Serena was her usual organised self with the catering and Georgina and her team of helpers made the evening run really smoothly.
  • And we would also like to extend a big thank you to Mel Wilde for coming along with her camera. She has written about us on her blog – why not take a look! Click here to read
  • See more pics on Flickr 
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Discovering the World of Rug Design. June 2012

  • Our thanks go to Debbie Blott for generously hosting an interesting evening with rug designer, Tania Johnson. Tania gave an excellent presentation introducing us to the world of custom, contemporary, hand knotted rugs. Tania uses combinations of Himalayan wool, Chinese silk and pashmina  in intricate design all hand-knotted by Artisans in Nepal to exceptional ethical and quality standards. Annie Armitage, a photographer who specialises in Urban teenage photographs also contributed her services to a competition on the night. Debbie generously hosted the event and all proceeds were donated to STEM4, an amazing £541.

Super Dragons at the South Downs Marathon. June 2012

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  • On Saturday the 9th June, six employees from Diespeker Marble Ltd gathered together to take part in the South Downs half and full marathon. Held on the undulating slopes of the South Downs this is a challenging run. John Krause, Managing Director made this his 79th marathon completing the 26 mile course, with a knee injury in 3 hours 50 mins. Antonio Paolino aged 66 ran his first half marathon completing the course in just over 2 hours. Jose and Bruno also ran their first half marathon and they also organised a ‘Super Dragons’ relay Team, comprising several family members and friends. Andy Brady, factory foreman also ran his first half marathon and Steve completed part of the relay team. You can see a couple more pics of the team on Flickr.
  • “It was a pleasure to run for such a great charity – everyone enjoyed the experience and have already committed themselves for next year, running again for STEM4. Muscles are a bit sore but every single pain was worth it. We are already working on the next marathon (which takes place before the South Downs) and we will continue to support STEM4. Many thanks to the STEM4 team for being there and to cheer us up at the finishing line! Best regards and thank you from the ‘Super Dragons”.Jose Rego

Malta Marathon

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  • Thank you to all of you for your fantastic support! A wonderful but exhausting weekend was had by all walkers, runners, sandwich makers and supporters. The STEM4 team ranged in age from 19 to 78 – with two competitors coming in first in their age group. 
  • Three STEM4 members, the founder Dr Nihara Krause, trustee Anne Martin and design consultant Amanda Berry took part in the half marathon. Two more – Serena Cottrell and Liz Scalzo were there to rally the troops – and keep them well nourished after they crossed the finish line.
  • In true spirit of STEM4, nine runners were under the age of 21. The youngest man to complete the full marathon was Andrew Hadley, who came first in his age category. The youngest to compete in the half marathon were Anna Berry, Lily Krause and Rosie Adkins (all 19). Natasha Krause and Georgina Berry also ran making it five ex Wimbledon High School girls.
  • eugene-1Our thanks to Eugene Cariage who raised over £3000. This was Eugene’s first half marathon which he completed in excellent timing – the achievement made even more worthy by the fact that it was a challenge he set himself after having given up smoking. The picture shown was in Torino, Italy, 2006 “I was asked if I wanted to be a torchbearer and run a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay before the 2006 Winter Olympic Games – it’s my Olympic moment!”
  • Also thanks to Anne Martin, a trustee of STEM4, who raised £2,100 in the half marathon walk. Anne is a lawyer and the whole Martin family have been very involved in their contribution to STEM4.
  • And thanks to John Krause for organising us all (John ran a personal best at 3hours 11 minutes – putting him in the elite runner category) and to his assistant Katerina for sorting out all the administration.
  • As soon as we know how much money you raised, we’ll let you know . . . watch this space. And if you’d like to see the team in action you can see more pics on Flickr.

Carols by Candlelight

  • St Mary’s in Wimbledon Village was the venue for STEM4’s carol concert on 12th December. It was incredibly well attended despite the rain (we had hoped for some seasonal snow!) and, judging from the feedback, it was a great success all round. The Vasari Singers performed a variety of seasonal music, with everyone joining in for some well-known carols. During the interval we enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies (thank you Serena).

Thank you for your support – we raised £3,898.

  • We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who made the evening possible: In particular, Coombe Residential who generously sponsored the concert and to Reverend Mary Bide and the Church Wardens for the use of the Church. And to our advertisers: Wimbledon Orthodontics; The New Malden Diagnostics Centre; and BDRC Continental.
  • Also, our thanks to Gemma Malley, the award winning author, for reading so beautifully – and of course to Patsy Preece from STEM4 as well.
  • And to the Vasari Singers for sponsoring the organist and for making the evening so special.
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Clothes Sale raises £440

  • I raised £440 by holding a clothes sale at school. Through a contact of my mother, I was given a large amount of clothing from Topshop. I arranged with school to set up a sale during lunchtime. I had to organise the stock and price the clothes. I advertised the sale at school by designing and printing flyers to give to each class. It was a great success and I am hoping to hold another clothes sale in the future.

Launch party

  • On Wednesday 15th June 2011, the launch party of STEM4 saw over 100 people gather to demonstrate their support and find out more about our exciting initiative. At this very successful event, Dr Nihara Krause outlined the aims and purposes of the charity, Patsy Preece spoke about how we hope to involve schools and Anne Martin explained various ways in which those present might help support the venture. In addition to the three trustees, two young people: Maddy Thimont-Jack and Joe Stone commented on their own experiences in supporting friends faced with different challenges and the need for teenagers to have access to the right kinds of information at the right time.