Stem4

Previous Events

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.

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

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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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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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 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 conference for Students mentalwise = mental cred

  • 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 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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