What children say…
“It doesn’t matter how big or small your worries are you can tell it in your journal and nobody can look at it except your teacher. Nobody at home is allowed to look at it and you can decide if you want to show anybody else in the class.”
“Dot Com shows you what happens in life and how you can prevent it.”
“Dot shows you how to react when somebody might hurt you.”
Our wonderful Challenge 1000 fundraisers really hit their stride in 2016 and raised a over £50,000 for the Dot Com Children’s Foundation. Fundraising contributes to every journal being subsidised by the charity, free teachers guides, teacher training, Dot Com launches at schools, follow up visits to understand the impact of the programme and in special cases completely funding schools.
A film produced by the Forever Living Starfish Group – please share; All children deserve to be happy. All the children in this video are dancing to what makes them happy.
‘An incredible and brave film’ by One smile at a time
‘The pinned post is my video to help you see why this is so close to my heart…. every single penny I can raise through my efforts i will be massively grateful for…I will be using this page to blog everything I do for this charity and any other I choose to help….
All charities will be hands on charities that progress and work can be seen and tracked.
I also have set up my own challenge to raise money by accepting any challenge that is even to me by ever person that donates to the cause… i will always be happy to provide the just giving link so you can be 100% certain the money is going directly to the charity…
The challenges can be anything as long as it is to make a fellow human smile… and of course the challenges need to be kept clean… i am a mummy to 3 amazing rebels and will not tolerate stupid comments….
I will of course record everything i do.
So far in just a week i have raised £350 through charity car boot sales and a motivational webinar, car boot sales will be done every sunday until the £1000 is met, more webinars are also planned and of course my one smile at a time challenge where i will accept anything within reason.
I plan to carry on the challenge for other charities too and just to make a difference one smile at a time.
Welcome to this page designed to make you smile too as you follow the progress :)”
All at Dot Com were overwhelmed with emotion at this incredible and brave film which is raising money for Dot Com Challenge 1000 please can I ask you all who support us to share this and visit her Facebook page.
“One of the things I hoped to inspire by telling my story is that others would stop being ashamed to show their face. This film means so much to me for this reason you make me smile you are beautiful”. Sharon Evans, CEO
Natasha Jones said’ “The DotCom Variety Show was a huge success…. We raised £1,190 xxx I am sooo very very happy!!” Thank you
How it all started!
Sharon Evans, CEO – Dot Com Children’s Foundation, “Thank you so much for this amazing fundraising night you put on. I love the idea of a Dot Com variety show and it was so touching to see all the fantastic people who performed for our charity.”
Our wonderful Challenge 1000 fundraisers are really starting to hit their stride and are raising money in all kinds of ways in aid of the Dot Com Children’s Foundation.
The amazing generosity of Ollie Burgess, a retired policeman who donated ‘the whole lot’ £1000 at a Forever Event in Croydon.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
Massive congratulations and thanks to Katie, Katia and Patrick for completing the Three Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire, taking on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24-miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent, and they completed it in under 12 hours. Including offline donations they have raised a massive £1700 – many thanks to all of three of you for such a brilliant effort.
Throwing yourself out of a plane!
Many thanks to Francesca and Darren Shaw for raising over £500 in one day in early October… by jumping out of a plane! Well, Darren did the jumping!
You can also view the video in full here. Well worth five minutes of your time!
The sponsorship page is still available below if anyone wants to add a few pennies…
Holding a Treasure Hunt
Raising money doesn’t have to be all about jumping out of planes or running marathons. Many thanks to Julie & Keith Richards for raising funds for Dot Com – the pictures are from Keith’s 75th birthday which they turned into a treasure hunt, lucky dip & raffle for Dot Com!
Completing an Ironman
Massive congratulations and many thanks to Helen Barklam who has completed an Ironman to help raise funds for Dot Com. For those that don;t know what an Ironman is – it is a 2.1 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a marathon, 26.2 miles of running! Amazing. You can read more about the journey in Helen’s blog and also donate to Helen’s Just Giving page here.
Cycling from London to Paris… and back!
Ollie Birch-Hampson went completely above and beyond for Dot Com by cycling from London to Paris… and then all the way back again. And what’s more, he did it in the space of three days! Understandably there wasn’t a lot of time for stopping to take photos, and apparently the weather wasn’t that conducive to beautiful scenic shots, but here are a couple of shots he took once he got to the Eiffel Tower.
Ollie’s Just Giving page is available here – great work Ollie, thank you!
Wingwalking on a bi-plane!
A massive thank you to Nikki Frankum who bravely climbed aboard a bi-plane and wing walked her way to raising money for Dot Com! Nikki has so far raised over £850 and if you’re impressed by the pictures and the video below, please feel free to pop over to her Justgiving page and give her the odd penny or two – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nikki-Frankum
Cycling from Edinburgh to London – DONE!
Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Ken Hutcheson cycled solo from Edinburgh down to London, arriving on Monday the 29th August. In Ken’s own words…
Day One was Edinburgh to Darlington through the Scottish Borders & Northumberland and God, it was a tough first day. I have never seen so many hills. That said, 134 miles completed.
Day Two took me from Darlington through York to Scunthorpe. This was pretty straight forward, thankfully no hills… The only issue was heavy rain and a spate of front wheel punctures. Another 97 miles under the belt.
Day Three was the longest, 144 miles from Scunthorpe to Bedford and it proved to be tough, especially the last 45 miles from Peterborough when a storm moved in and flooded the roads. That said it was great to sleep in my own bed.
Day Four and the final day was a relative sprint of 58 miles into central London. I had set out from the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and I wanted to officially finish at the Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross although I cycled on from there to meet up with my wife Rachal & daughter Isabella at our Baker Street showroom.
Many thanks for being an absolute star Ken and raising nearly £3000 as I type. You can read Ken’s updates and donate here…
Charity Family Fun Day
Many thanks to Jenna and Mark Riddulph for hosting a Family Fun Day in aid of Dot Com on Saturday 20th August. Despite the inclement weather which meant most activities had to be moved inside, a great day was had by all and over £700 was raised for Dot Com. Many thanks to both Jenna and Mark for all your efforts and hard work…
Teresa Clark and friends held an amazing charity ball to raise funds for Dot Com. As you can see from the pictures below it was a very glamorous affair, attended by Sharon and Neil Evans from Dot Com. Teresa explained why she wanted to raise funds for the charity:
We were first introduced to the Dot Com Foundation at the Forever Success Day in February. Because of my background I felt compelled to raise money for the charity. Unfortunately as a child, my three siblings and I were placed in a children’s home and then as teenagers we were placed into a permanent foster care home, due to our parents behaviour; both are alcoholics. Having the Dot Com Children’s Foundation programme in place growing up as children may have been extremely beneficial because of our situation. The thought of even helping one child from raising money for this incredible charity gives me such a warm feeling and I’m sure this is only the start of my support towards this amazing charity…
Sam Davies and Toni Hall raised over £450 in just one evening by hosting a Fashion Show. They baked scones and cakes and even managed to get the local co-op to donate some jam and butter! The Event was held at The John Fretwell Sporting Complex in Sookholme, many thanks for letting Sam and Toni have the room for no charge! The evening began at 6.30, with the fashion show starting at 7.30, organise by a company called Colours, who specialise in helping groups fundraise. There was also a cake sale, a chance to buy some fashion themed goodies as well as a rather lovely display of Dot Com Journals… Many thanks for all your hard work Sam & Toni!
Children’s Activity Day
Cindy Rowland organised a wonderful Children’s Activity Day in Clacton recently. With visits from clowns, characters from Frozen and even some birds of prey, the day was a great success and raised over £400 for Dot Com. Our CEO and COO Sharon and Neil attended and as you can see from some of the pictures below had a great weekend down in Clacton on Sea. Many thanks Cindy for all that you are doing…
I Want to Ride my Bicycle…
On 31st July, Dot Com’s very own Rob Phillips and his brother Neal tackled the Prudential Ride London 100 mile cycle sportive through the streets of London and Surrey. As one is a runner and the other not accustomed to exercise it was a real challenge but the day was made easier by knowing they were raising money for such a great cause. In the end, they raised just over £1,060 for Dot Com, not bad for a day’s work…
Charity Hair Cutathon
On the 27th of June Kat Massey held a charity hair ‘cutathon’ where she cut as many people’s hair as she could in one day for free – all she asked for was a donation to Dot Com. They also baked cakes and held a raffle to raise funds. Kat raised over £475 on the day, many thanks… Her next mission is a party night with a live band, curry and a disco in October – good luck in reaching your target.
Dot Com Variety Show
On 21st July, Natasha Jones held a Charity Variety Show in aid of Dot Com in Bath. There was a show followed by a raffle, pictures are coming soon so keep an eye out here…
Dance the Night Away
On Friday 2nd September, Bobby Soni is hosting a party at Bushwhackers in Birmingham where he’s inviting you to ‘Dust Off Your Dancing Shoes For The Charity Fund Raising Event Of 2016’.
On Friday 2nd September 2016 (11pm–5am) The HOUSE OF SOUL event is taking over The Business Quarter at Birmingham’s premier after club Bushwackers, to raise £10,000 for the Dotcom Children’s foundation. Bringing you the best in Funky House, Old School Garage and Soulful vibes and a spectacular line up of some of the Midlands best DJs and the chance to get down and boogie (or just sit at the bar and chat) with likeminded/positive people! More details on the Facebook page
Climbing Mount Snowdon
Jason Yates, Sarah Aspinall and the rest of their team climbed Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain Wales as part of their Challenge 1000 fundraising efforts. As you can see in the pictures below, they looked resplendent in their purple Dot Com t-shirts. If you are doing a similar challenge and want to stand out from the crowd, let us know and we can provide you with t-shirts.
If you are inspired by their efforts, you can still sponsor them here
Sailing on the Seven Seas
Debbie and David Phillips were looking for a challenge for this year and decided to enter the Yachting Monthly Triangle Race which is held every two years and starts and finishes in Torquay. It is a two handed race covering approximately 620 miles with 3 legs. The first is Torquay to Kinsale, then Kinsale to Treguier, then Treguier back to Torquay.
Like many others, they were inspired by the work of the Dot Com Foundation and are looking to raise £1000 – you can sponsor Debbie & David here.
Hiking from Lands End to Paignton
Andy Colley and friends Tiffany Field and Paul Applegarth walked the 220 miles from Lands End to Paignton in six days, raising funds along the way for both Dot Com and the Macmillan Foundation. As you can see from the pictures below, they had lots of fun on the walk and the total raised as of 24th May stands at £450. You can read more about their journey in the media, when they were interviewed for the Torquay Herald Express and you can donate at their walkingtoawareness Just Giving page. Many thanks Andy, Tiffany and Paul for all you are doing.
Andy and team are soon to embark on their next adventure, kayaking from Birmingham to London along the length of the Grand Union Canal – good luck with the challenge guys.
Donating Her Profits!
Sarah Chaloner who is a Forever Business Owner is donating all of her profits to Dot Com to enable her to hit her Challenge 1000 target. Sarah is a very passionate supporter of the charity and speaks very eloquently in this online video she has posted about why she is supporting Dot Com.
Holding a Race Night
Fiona Ives and friends held a Race Night to raise funds for Dot Com. Watch the video below to see how much fun was had by all and stay viewing right to the end to see how much money they raised. Thank you Fiona, you’re a star!
Don’t forget, every £1000 raised enables the Dot Com Children’s Foundation to provide free resources and the necessary training for 180 children to follow the Dot Com programme.
Holding a Fantastic 80s Party
Jason Ward organised an 80’s charity night, at The Rose and Crown in Thurnby. He raised just over £900 on the night for Dot Com and personally rounded it up to £1000.
Jason commented, ‘Thank you again for all your continuing support! Life isn’t always about taking, it’s about giving back to those who need help – and when you are in the position to change people’s lives, your life feels more complete!’