Stem4

Previous Events

ROUNDWOOD SCHOOL DO IT AGAIN!!!

  • Thank you once again to the pupils of Roundwood school who ran a charity week just before Christmas which was jam-packed with fundraising activities and challenges. Over £1000 was raised to be shared between stem4 and the Teenage Cancer trust.Their task has not ended there however,as the pupils and staff plan to continue their fundraising drive by undertaking a miscellany of sponsored challenges throughout the current academic year. Photographs of the event will be posted on the website shortly,in the meantime we should like to send our thanks and congratulations to all the staff and pupils who participated in the Roundwood School charity week.

MARKS AND SPENCER MERTON EXERCISE FOR stem4

  • On Saturday the 10th of October our supporters at Marks and Spencer led by Charity Co-ordintor and Children’s wear Manager Sally Macdonald held an exercise bike and bucket collection event at the front of the store. Thanks to a very energetic team who powered their way through the day over £270 was raised in donations. We are so grateful to our friends at Marks and Spencer, Merton for their continued support.
  • Sally Macdonald,Sayem Nasim and Sema Jawad.

ELEANOR’S CAKE SALE RAISES AWARENESSS AND FUNDS FOR stem4

  • On October 7th Eleanor Chalk and her team, comprising Eleanor herself, Eleanor Burr and Zach Aldwinkle who are in year 11 at the Stanway School in Colchester set up an stall with lots of information about stem4 and spent the day selling cakes and treats to draw attention to mental health issues affecting teenagers.Eleanor’s event was very successful raising over £100 and drawing lots of questions and interest from her fellow students.
  • We are very grateful to Eleanor and her team for this impressive fundraising endeavour.

stem4 INFORMATION STAND at St Matthew’s Church,SW20 ODF

  • On Saturday October 3rd ,St Mathew’s church in Raynes Park held a book sale followed by a Pet Service on the Sunday. stem4 were delighted to be offered the chance to set up an information stand which was manned by stem4 fundraising Volunteer Angelina Skelton. Angelina had the opportunity to chat to the public on both days raising funds and awareness for stem4,in addition we received donations from the general public and funds from the proceeds of the event totalling almost £200.stem4 is enormously grateful to the organisers of the event for this opportunity and thrilled to be able to be present again on November 14th.

stem4 INFORMATION STAND at Marks and Spencer, Merton

  • On Sunday September 27th, 7 enterprising young people form the ” Challenge”( a major provided of National Citizen Service , spent their day manning stem4 information stands, collecting donations and bagging shopping to raise awareness and funds for stem4.
  • They were supported throughout the day by their challenge mentor Emer Clarke and members of the stem4 team,Dr Nihara Krause,Patsy Preece and Heather Bechman. The day was hugely successful with lots of people picking up leaflets and asking questions and we were delighted to have such a willing and professional young team promoting our cause.Huge thanks go to Marks and Spencer in Merton for supporting the endeavour and allowing the event to take place on their premises,(in particular to departmental Managers and Charity Co-ordinators; Sally Macdonald and Sam Hack) and the efficient and highly professional team at “The Challenge” for selecting stem4.
  • Left Image: Ambrozy Boguslawski, Thil Suthakaran, Rishi Ravishangar and Daisy-Rose Davies
  • Right Image: Sunghwan Choi,Emer Clark( Team Mentor), Sally Macdonald( Children’s wear Manager and Charity Co-ordinator) and Arthur Knowles.

WIMBLEDON SCOOTER ALLIANCE SUPPORTS stem4

  • On Saturday July 18th the members of Wimbledon Scooter Alliance held their first charity fundraiser in aid of stem4.It was an enormous success running from lunchtime until late in the evening and raising over £1800 on the day. The event, held at the Leather Bottle in Wimbledon was well supported by both the general public and many of the 50 members of the WSA, who were treated to music from two police bands during the evening, ensuring a lively disco and karaoke. In spite of predictions even the weather was kind and so the delicious barbecue went off without a hitch and was enjoyed by all.
  • Although all members of the WSA were instrumental in the making the day run smoothly, particular credit and our thanks must go to PC Lisa Billimore-Hughes who masterminded the planning and organisation of the day. Lisa and her team, most of whom have full time jobs also dedicated many hours to distributing flyers and leaflets beforehand and enabled the involvement of Barclays Bank as well. Funds raised jointly between by the WSA and Barclays Bank totalled a massive £3099.
  • stem4 would like to congratulate the Wimbledon Scooter Alliance on the success of the day and thank them (and the landlord of the Leather Bottle who allowed the venue to be used for the fun day) for all the hard work they put into to this wonderful action packed, fun-filled event.
  • PC Lisa Billimore Hughes (WSA) & Hayley Barker( Barclays)
  • Members of the WSA

ZAC and JAMES raise £1400 for stem4

  • In a stunning display of endurance and commitment Zac and James braved heavy rain, extreme heat and uphill climbs to cycle the length of the Way of the Roses on to raise funds and awareness for stem4.
    Zac describes their experience;
  • “We started in Morecambe on the west coast and it was raining for most of the day. It was tough as the bike wheels would skid and even James got a flat tyre on the way. However we did eventually make it to Settle by the afternoon. The second day was the hardest day; The heatwave had just started and most of the day was hilly as we were travelling through the Yorkshire Dales. For one section it was a 25% gradient ascent for over two miles! The day was long and hard but we did eventually make it to Ripon. The third day was mostly flat but the heatwave meant that it was 32 degrees Celsius outside. This meant that it was important to wear sunscreen and keep hydrated. As well as this our muscles were aching from the previous two days of cycling and so this made the day particularly tricky. We passed through the city of York and then stayed the night in Pocklington. The final day started with an ascent out of Pocklington but overall this stage was the easiest. The temperature had cooled down to 28 degrees Celsius and our muscles were adjusting and did not ache so much. We were also motivated by the knowledge that we were near the end. By the afternoon we made it to Bridlington on the east coast and this felt extremely gratifying. Overall we cycled the whole distance in just over 24 hours. It was an incredible experience and a great challenge to raise awareness/money for stem4 this way. In total we have almost approximately £1400.”
    We are incredibly impressed by and indebted to Zac and James for this spectacular achievement making them one of the top young fundraisers of 2015.

BARCLAYS BANK STAFF HOLD A QUIZ NIGHT in support of stem4

  • On 17th June Staff members of Barclays Bank branches in South west London held a fundraiser for us.This took the form of a 6 round quiz at a pub in the London bridge area and a cake sale. It was a very successful evening with lots of donations flowing in and fun had by all. Leaflets were handed out and the whole area was covered in stem4 balloons to raise awareness.
  • Our thanks go to Hayley Barker who masterminded the event.

stem4 CELEBRATES ITS 4TH BIRTHDAY

  • Thank you to all who attended the 4th birthday celebration drinks at South Thames College’s Taste Restaurant. It was an opportunity get together, thank our supporters and to review what we have achieved to date. Dr Nihara Krause, the CEO, gave a presentation to explain and describe our educational achievements citing the launch of the Calm Halm App and an astonishing tally of over 60 workshops delivered in the past calendar year,concluding with a thank you to all the stem4 for their contributions to that success.
  • She also talked about our fundraising successes and thanked new and existing commercial and individual supporters for their contributions.
  • The guests then listened to a heartwarming and inspiring speech was made by one of our young fundraisers, 16 year old Hiba Ajaz, who travelled with her mother from Nuneaton especially for us to describe her motivation for involvement and what she and her team had achieved on our behalf at Higham Lane School.
  • Throughout the evening the guests were treated to bubbles and delicious canape prepared by students of the college whose delightful manner and clever creations was a delightful bonus. We look forward to celebrating the next birthday in similar style.
  • Dr Nihara Krause and Hiba Ajaz / Heather Bechman(Fundraising Lead) and Anne Martin(Trustee)
  • Terry and Alison Withers (Admiral Trust) with Juliette Hellman
  • Soibhain Njoku(Schmidt Kitchens Wimbledon), Dr Krause, Ben Lee & Emilie Windsor( WSM),Kayley Hackshaw(BDO)

THE MAY 2015 ZUMBATHON RAISES ALMOST £10,000

  • A massive thank you to Ivette Landino whose drive and flair made this second Zumbathon possible.Ivette did an amazing job of organising the whole event and make things go smoothly on the day by involving wonderful Zumba instructors (Andreina Da Silva,Angela Oliveira,Angisaid Hernandez,Antje Nilforoushan,Dannie Toomey,Jose Betancourt,Sigi Kauntz,Zaimi Williams,and Ivette herself of course), DJs (Mama con Yuka and Carola Aleman) and a number of helpers including special guest Laura Broker. Ivette’s immense enthusiasm was completely infectious attracting a huge and willing crowd of approximately 120 people to this fast paced, exciting and well run event .With pulses racing the dancing continued for a solid 3 hours!!!
  • We are also hugely grateful to TJ Lim without whose promotion of stem4 and a Chance to Play at Unicredit and generous personal sponsorship
    ( which even extended to providing wine and delicious lebanese nibbles for all participants afterwards) this event would not have been possible.
  • Our thanks too must go to UNICREDIT who kindly agreed to match all funds raised by participants with the total shared between stem4 and a Chance to play.We are thrilled that they were keen to support our two charities reflecting a desire to unite with us in the common cause of improving the lives of children and young people at home and abroad.
    Finally we must extend our gratitude to Andres Landino who spent a hot afternoon taking photographs and shooting a video of the proceedings;
  • Watch this space for photos and a video proving that that immense fun was had by all in spite of sore muscles and sweating brows which resulted in funds raised to be split between the two charities of almost £10,000!!!