COSMIC Christmas Cards

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The annual COSMIC Christmas cards are here to get you in the Christmas spirit! We have some wonderful Christmas Card designs which are shown in the images above – they are £4.00 each for a pack of 10 or you can buy 2 packs for £7.00. 

Funds raised through the Christmas Cards will go towards providing essential support to the St Mary’s Hospital PICU, patients and families of critically ill children.

To order your cards today, let us know what designs you would like and you can send in a cheque to the COSMIC Office – Office of Fundraising & Communication, Acrow West, St Mary’s Hospital, South Wharf Road, W2 1BL. You can also pay by card over the phone by calling 02033126175.

It’s been a long hot and wonderful summer at COSMIC so far…

London Marathon 2018

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We kicked off this year’s summer events back in April at the notorious London Marathon – the toughest and most strenuous running event of the year. We had 12 wonderful COSMIC runners who endured months of training leading up to the event and completed the race in such impressive times. The team did an incredible job and not only managed the 26 painful miles, but also raised nearly a whopping £50k for COSMIC. We are incredibly grateful for all their hard work in training and fundraising and had a fantastic day cheering you all on.

Vitality London 10,000

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During May, the Vitality London 10k took place and our fantastic runners ran through the scenic streets of central London. The weather conditions were ideal for our runners who finished the race in incredible times. We thoroughly enjoyed coming to support you all  and want to thank you for your fantastic efforts in both fundraising and training for the event.

Marylebone Fayre 2018

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June events included the 2018 Marylebone Fayre, our third year of being the chosen charity for this wonderful local community event. The weekend consisted of an outdoor Cinema screening of the classic film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ followed by a day of fun, food and music on the Sunday. It was great to see so many of our lovely families and friends join us over the weekend, as well as having the help of our wonderful volunteers. All profits from the weekend were donated to COSMIC, so we cannot thank the organisers, The Howard de Walden Estate, enough for all their hard work and support to us. We had such a fantastic day and it was great to meet so many new faces and raise such significant funds for our ‘Home from Home’ appeal.

COSMIC Walk

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Then the COSMIC Walk, the staple event across the annual COSMIC calendar. There were so many of our wonderful COSMIC families that turned out to join us on the hottest day of the year – 8th of July, to walk the 5k around Paddington and Maida Vale. Despite the heat, we all did it and had a fantastic time catching up with everyone and seeing all the regular and new faces at the walk. The children got to enjoy face-painting, the bouncy castle and summer outdoor games, as well as a fantastic raffle with lots of toys and vouchers up for grabs. All in all it was a very successful event so we want to thank everybody who joined us and helped fundraise.

Duck & Dragon Boat Race

37994175_1801871349894310_5860366816785727488_nCOSMIC Day, the weird but wonderful day! It’s not every day that you see 500 rubber ducks take to the canal and race to the finish line. Hundreds of people packed out Merchant Square to watch the event and cheer on their ducks on another scorcher of a day. Although the wind turned out to be a big obstacle for the ducks at the beginning, they Boatsfought through and one speedy duck won a free Eurostar trip for one lucky winner! The Duck Race was a great success, which was then followed by the Dragon Boat Regatta. We saw groups of Gladiator’s, Vikings, Nintendo characters and more; work in teams to be the fastest boat. 19 teams competed and although it was extremely tight, previous winners the Paddington Pirates (Adam & Eve) regained their crown with the Kingfisher team finishing in a close second. It was such a fun day and was great to see so many teams getting stuck in and battling hard to win the all important Dragon Boat winners title. Thank you to everybody who took part in both events, we raised a fantastic amount and hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

Prudential Ride London 

38085381_10156655405219456_34418227232636928_nThe Prudential Ride London – 100 miles across the sights of London and Surrey, an incredible achievement for our 4 COSMIC riders. Even the torrential rain did not dampen their spirits and all of our riders completed the race in such fantastic times. We managed to see nearly all of our riders at the 90 mile mark and were shocked at how, after cycling for so long; they looked as fresh as a daisy! It was an incredible effort from them all and we are thrilled to have raised significant funds from all your hard work.

Friday Fundraiser – Sean Braithwaite’s Birmingham Half Marathon

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This week’s #FridayFundraiser is Sean Braithwaite, who ran the Birmingham International Half Marathon earlier this month. Sean’s original target was £500, which he more than doubled, raising £1,303.20 for COSMIC!
 
Sean was inspired to run after his girlfriend Lizzie’s little cousin Jack was admitted to St Mary’s PICU. He said ” I’m always amazed by Jack’s strength and how much of a fighter he is at the worst of times, and find that strength really inspirational (I mean seriously, I’m just running. It’s not that hard!)”.
 
We also find Sean’s determination pretty inspirational and want to say a massive thank you for helping raise such an amazing amount for the #HomefromHome appeal to help build accommodation for the parents and family of critically ill children being treated on the ward!
 
If you would like to take on a challenge for COSMIC, please do get in touch either by sending us an email at info@cosmiccharity.org.uk, or by calling 02033126175.

Help the Parental Bereavement Bill Become Law

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Earlier this year the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The bill aims to address the issue that there is currently no legal requirement for an employer or workplace to grant bereaved parents of children under the age of 18 any formal and paid compassionate leave.

The first debate for this bill is scheduled in Parliament this Friday and we are asking as many people to write to their MP’s as possible, requesting them to attend this debate. The more who attend the debate and the more likely it will be that this will become law by 2020.

Here at COSMIC, we know just how difficult it can be for bereaved parents to get back into the workplace and how this very particular and devastating kind of loss needs time and work to overcome. We believe that supporting this bill is so important for not only future families from our Unit, but for families across the UK.

If you aren’t sure who your MP is, then you can quickly check by typing you postcode into this website: http://ow.ly/WoRP30fXT92. Additionally, if you would like any additional information about this bill please follow think link: http://ow.ly/WoRP30fXT92

New COSMIC Merchandise – The COSMIC T-Shirt!

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We are very excited to reveal our new COSMIC T-shirts. As you can see, our Fundraising Executive Emily is very pleased with hers!

An easy way to show your #TeamCOSMIC pride, the T-Shirts are made from soft, grey cotton with the pink charity logo printed on the front and and the classic COSMIC star on the back. They come in sizes S-XL and cost £8.00 each. So far we only have adults sizes, but watch this space!

To order yours today, either send the team an email at info@cosmiccharity.org.uk or give them a call on 02033126175.

A COSMIC Thank You to Otto’s Wine Bar!

The whole COSMIC Team would like to say a huge thank you to Otto’s Wine Bar for raising a fantastic £4,000 for our Kawasaki Disease Research Collaboration. The team cycled from London to Paris, starting from Trafalgar Square and ending at the Eiffel Tower 3 days later!

The funds raised by the cycle team will go a long way in helping support our Kawasaki Disease Research Collaboration with the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The Research Project’s aim is to look into the cause of Kawasaki Disease –  a vascular illness that affects, mainly children aged 5 and under, as well as developing a test to get a diagnosis earlier and developing new treatments.

We also have to say thank you to the amazing Joanne McBride and her daughter Freya, who was admitted to St Mary’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit in 2015 and diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. It is because of them that Otto’s heard about COSMIC and our work dedicated to Kawasaki Disease research.

If you have any fundraising ideas or challenges that you would like to do for COSMIC, and more specifically our Kawasaki Disease Research, please get in touch with our team by calling 02033126175 or emailing info@cosmiccharity.org.uk.

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New COSMIC Merchendise!

Our new COSMIC tote bags have arrived! These lovely little bags are helpful for everyday use like shopping and carrying school supplies.

They are made from recycled material and are just £4.00 each which goes to support the PICU, staff and families.

If you would like to order a COSMIC tote bag, please do get in touch by sending us a direct message here on Facebook, emailing us at Emily.Hughes3@nhs.net or calling us on 02033126175.

 

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#FridayFundraiser – Steve Appleby’s Mad Hatter Walk!

This week’s Friday Fundraiser, Steve Appleby completed an amazing 100km walk through Sussex and Kent for the charity. The route started in Canterbury and finished in East Grinstead, a grueling 62 miles completed in just 24 hours!

Steve decided to raise funds for COSMIC after being introduced to the charity through his workplace in 2013. Steve’s challenge has so far raised an incredible £3,945! We are so thankful to Steve for raising such an amazing amount for the charity through his Mad Hatter 100km walk, please help us say thank you to Steve for his tremendous support!

 

If anyone is interested in taking part in a challenge for COSMIC, please email Fundraising Executive Emily Hughes at Emily.Hughes3@nhs.net or call 02033126175.

STEVE APPLEBY