At the end of 2001 we lost one of our most popular members, Dave "Public Enema" Iles, due to cancer, and since then we have tried to raise some money for charities, at first for the Friends of Bristol Oncology Centre and, more recently, for other charities, listed in the column on the left. Below is mostly letters and other messages from some of the charities we have had links with.
Firstly our two main fundraising events this year will be:
* A BLACK TIE BALL on the 17th June 2017 (poster HERE)
* DONATE FOR DAN RUGBY DAY on the 29th July 2017.
See below for more details!
Friends and family of Dan Hickey award their first charity grants in his memory:
A group of voluntary and community organisations have been given the go-ahead for a number of sports and drama projects with local young people, thanks to the Dan Hickey Fund, set up in memory of a young local man who died tragically in a hit and run incident in August 2015.
The Fund's decision-making panel, made up of Dan's friends and family, met in February to review the first ever round of funding applications from nearly thirty groups. The criteria for applying was for youth organisations involved in drama or sport initiatives, helping young people who are 25 years old or younger and live in the local Bristol community. Dan was 25 years old when he died. The panel awarded grants to eight community organisations, totalling more than £19,000 to support inspiring local projects benefitting young people.
The groups receiving the very first grants from the Dan Hickey Fund are:
Creative Youth Network: £2,500 to support disadvantaged young people, who struggle to meet their potential, to develop a 2017 Christmas theatre production. The organisation provides social and emotional support in the form of art based activities in a safe and creative environment.
Four Acres Academy: £2,779 to help fund the school's participation in the Shakespeare schools festival, which includes a drama workshop for pupils to put on a performance at the Tobacco Factory. The students who attend the academy come from Withywood, one of the most deprived wards in the UK.
Henbury School: £2,500 to support pupils on low incomes to take part in a week-long residential performing arts summer camp. The camp culminates in the pupils preparing a performance for the public in which they showcase what they have learnt in drama, dance and music.
Kneehigh Theatre Company: £4,900 will be funding the Kneehigh Rambles Community Tickets at the Bristol Old Vic. It gives community groups and individuals who are ordinarily not able to attend the theatre a chance to experience one of Kneehigh's award winning shows as a VIP, to include a pre-show workshop with the Kneehigh actors. Kneehigh was Dan's favourite theatre company and he took great delight in attending their productions with his family and friends.
· Oasis Academy Brislington: £1,500 towards sports kit and specialist equipment for students to use in the development of their sporting performance whilst part of their netball and rugby academies. The aim of the programme is to engage students and give them a group to be part of, helping them at school and improving their attendance and behaviour.
Off The Record Bristol: £1,500 towards drama therapy sessions for children facing mental health difficulties; by immersing themselves in drama young people are supported to confront and express their emotions.
Tobacco Factory Arts Trust: £1,660 for six bursary places at their Young Theatre Makers' holiday sessions, for young people who do not have the means to otherwise participate in drama activities. The bursaries named the Dan Hickey Bursaries,' will focus on developing confidence, self-motivation, teamwork and creativity whilst also working on theatre-related skills.
Unique Voice £2,267 to support their week-long holiday drama activities for young people in Withywood. The focus will be "New Beginnings".
One of the successful groups, Kneehigh Theatre Company, is planning to use its two grants to open up two of their upcoming Bristol Old Vic shows - The Tin Drum and Tristan and Yseult to around 120 local young people who don't normally have the chance to experience theatre, to inspire them about the arts and to support conversations about the work and how they feel about it.
"It's great that the Dan Hickey Fund is supporting this project", said Kneehigh's Bethany Lyne. "It'll ensure that young people from across Bristol, who ordinarily wouldn't have the chance, can experience live theatre and share in the joy of a Kneehigh show. We're excited at the prospect of bringing our programme to Bristol and working with the young people and community groups there."
Another group receiving funding for a half-term project, Unique Voice, says the grant has already made a huge impact.
"The funding granted by the Dan Hickey Fund has made a big difference to the children who participated", said Cat Sparkes, co-Founder. "Many of the children who are referred to us don't get the opportunity to take part in out of school activities and so, having a fun, creative, and safe place to make new friends and play is not taken for granted."
Children who have taken part in the latest Unique Voice project have written thank you cards and letters to the Dan Hickey Fund. One letter said: "I have made so many new friends [ ] thank you so much, I hope this could happen again."
Dan's sister Lizzie said: "To be able to fundraise at a variety of events with different groups of Dan's friends has given many of us an important focus during this very upsetting time. The events are always highly anticipated and very much enjoyed despite the poignant reason for coming together. Dan's friends and family have appreciated being able to reward organisations with grants that we feel truly reflect Dan's passions and philosophy of life. The process of keeping Dan's memory alive through this fund has been very healing for all involved and this is amplified by knowing the fundraising events we plan are helping others, not just those that knew him. We are all very excited for, and hard at work planning the next fundraising events."
Dan's father, John Hickey, explained the purpose of the memorial fund. "Through the Dan Hickey Fund we hope to support and develop young people through both sport and drama Dan's two big loves in life. Dan was a fun-loving, vibrant individual, but was also very compassionate and inclusive of people who perhaps hadn't had the same opportunities in life."
The Dan Hickey Fund has raised almost £40,000 so far, through a series of fundraising events arranged by Dan's friends and family including a charity rugby match last summer between his old university team at Leicester University and his own Bristol Saracens team, and a Christmas carolling pub crawl along on Bristol's Gloucester Road.
Two more fun and sociable fundraising events are already planned for this year:
Dazzle for Dan, Dinner and Dance (see poster HERE).
If you'd like to donate to the Dan Hickey Fund, or if you've been inspired to get involved with local giving, visit the Quartet Community Foundation website at www.quartetcf.org.uk.
From Cecilia and John "Too Early" Hickey,
A few weeks have now passed since John and I joined you for the hash
followed by annual auction during which you raised a staggering £806 for
Dan Hickey Fund. It is amazing to think that such a pile of tat could
seriously raise such an enormous sum of money, but this came from you
digging deep into your pockets and being supremely generous. As the Hickey family we'd like to say an enormous and heartfelt thank you for this huge
donation and a fun, lively event which we so enjoyed.
Although many of you remarked on our strength and ability to cope with such a social event, we would like you to know how much you have helped by "pulling" us forward. We have managed to get through one year (Lord knows how) but we have, and it is the love and support of those we know that has
helped us to dip into normality again in an effort to move forward.
I know some of you are joining us for the next fund raising event which is the Great Bristol Half Marathon on the 25th of September and, again, we thank you for this. We look forward to seeing you at the event and treading a bit of mileage with you or sharing a few aches and pain stories over a beer afterwards.
In true and simple terms, we thank you for helping us through the darkness and enabling us to move "on on..."
You will all wish to know where your money has gone from our Summer of fund raising via our donations and our auction. First of all, very many thanks to Waynetta for auditing and collecting the initial auction funds (Bravo!) Please see the three following letters:
The first concerns our £85 from the Charity Above & Beyond informing us that our money will go towards Bristol's Oncology Centre via their Golden Gift Appeal.
The second letter is from Avon Wildlife Trust. As Wolfie was instrumental in nominating the Trust at our AGM and we were then given options of what we wished them to do with our £180.75 - the Seed Fund was chosen. This is what Avon Wildilife had to say about the fund:
"We shall be calling on our Seed Fund very soon as we have been awarded some funding for a partnership project that we are running with Buglife, called B-lines. This project will map important wildflower rich areas leading to enhancement of natural habitat that will benefit pollinating insects. Often the Trust has to provide at least 10% to gain access to funding from course such as a lottery or landfill communities fund. We set up a Seed Fund specifically to match-fund larger grants. Therefore, a donation of £180 would then potentially lever in £1,800 of funding for a project.
Note: I was interested to read about the history of the Hash House Harriers. I think I mentioned to you that I took part in one. It was with a group based in Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia. We spent a fun and very hot afternoon running around the paddy fields to the bemusement of the local villagers! Happy days."
The third is from Myeloma UK concerning our donation of £190.75. Those of you still with me will note the discrepancy of £10 from our 50/50 donation to Avon Wildlife Trust. This is because Dingbat, a hasher we had not seen before, turned up on the Sunday as I continued collecting the auction funds and, as he was about to leave, Dingbat came over to me and handed me £10 and said that his wife's mother was battling a blood disorder and he wanted his £10 to go towards the Myeloma UK appeal.
Well done HHHashers!
During 2011 and 2012 The Bristol Hash House Harriers' charity, nominated by Soprano for family reasons, was MyelomaUK, an organisation which attemps to cover every aspect of myeloma, a cancer affecting plasma cells in the bone marrow. This includes information and support, improving standards of treatment and care through research, education, campaigning and raising awareness generally.
Primarily through two Hash-related auctions, over £1,000.00 has been raised for the charity. A letter and two certificates from the charity are reproduced below:
Hash-style runs are usually, but not exclusively, held on public land, footpaths, or roads. No guarantee can be made that this is always the case if, for instance: public footpaths are not clearly marked either in situ or on maps; the ownership of the land is uncertain; any other reason. Each runner is free to decide whether or not to follow the marked course. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure his or her own safety and the safety of others, including non-participants, livestock and wildlife. Dogs are the responsibility of their owners/keepers. Children under sixteen years must be accompanied by, and are the responsibility of, their parents or carers. Each "hash" covers a different location and route, and is run without marshals or other officials. "Hash House Harriers" defines a style of social jogging and is not a legal entity.