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News Round Up – We’ve been Busy!

A message to our supporters

As the current “lockdown” draws to an end , we thought it was an appropriate time to bring you up to date with what’s been happening over the last few months. First of all a massive thank you to everyone who has donated. Whether that has been in support of a fundraiser, via one of the lockdown events or an ad hoc donation, you have made everything we have achieved possible.

Keith Passingham at the start of his first Seven Wonders Challenge

Our main event was the FLF virtual relay for Southend area running clubs, which was a great success with 390 runners raising c£2,200. Southend AC were the narrow winners from Leigh on Sea Striders and Pitsea RC. We awarded the winners a portable defibrillator for them to have available at their run meets etc.

Rhys Gillard receives a portable defibrillator on behalf of Southend AC

At the beginning of our financial year (November 20) we set a fundraising target of £10,000 which we are close to achieving already. It was also our intention to ensure that we, at the very least, agreed enough grants to match that sum. We are delighted that we have actually surpassed that objective as we have agreed 20 grants to date totalling c£11,200. These grants have been to Running , Football, Cricket, Basketball, Fishing, & Martial Arts clubs in the South Essex area as well as to local Event organisers in support of medical facilities. We have provided funding ranging from the purchase of kit for youth teams to providing a number of new portable defibrillators. Hawkwell Junior parkrun and Meridian Kung Fu have benefitted from such.

Annette de Florinier of Meridian Kung Fu Thorpe Bay receives a portable defibrillator

Additionally a few weeks ago we were delighted to support Run Free Official as sponsors of their 20 team Football tournament in aid of South Essex Mind.

BKS Reserve Team, participants in the Run Free Official Tournament, wearing their new kit

We have been supported by some other magnificent personal challenges. Annette de Florinier of Meridian Kung Fu Thorpe Bay did a virtual cycle in the Southend area, which was the equivalent of the distance from Westcliff to Ben Nevis. Julia Elston of Flyers Southend is running 53 miles during July in memory of her father. Between them they have raised over £1000.

We are grateful to a number of runners who are taking part in this October’s London Marathon and are raising funds for us. We will keep you posted on their efforts.

Thanks again for your support, we can’t do it without you. Looking forward, Covid restrictions allowing, we have three quizzes planned and don’t forget our Chairman will be completing his fundraising challenge!

Thanks once more for your support and please continue to do so!

The Trustees

Annette Completes Cycling Challenge

Congratulations and a very big thank you to Annette de Florinier of Meridian Kung Fu Thorpe Bay. During June, Annette took on the daunting challenge of cycling the equivalent distance of Southend to Ben Nevis (500 miles). Annette cycled this distance around the Southend area, maybe you spotted her on her travels!

Thank you so much on behalf of all the trustees of the Finish Line Fund. We love that having by received a portable defibrillator from us, you will be helping other organisations to benefit too.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/annette-de-florinier1

Meridian Kung Fu receive Portable Defibrillator

This afternoon trustee, Anne Purdham, presented Annette de Florinier with a portable defibrillator for use in her classes as an instructor at Meridian Kung Fu. Annette teaches in various locations in the Southend area.

Annette said “A big thank you to the Finish Line Fund for fully funding this portable defibrillator which can be used for both adults and children. I hope that we never need to use this, but it is very reassuring to know that this extremely valuable life saving piece of equipment will be part of our 1st Aid Kit for every lesson. Thank you 😊🙏 Sifu Annette”

The Finish Line Fund is delighted that Annette is fund raising for us by cycling the distance from Westcliff to Ben Nevis during June. Annette’s Just Giving page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/annette-de-florinier1

Inter Club Relay

A massive thanks to everyone who supported the charity in the Virtual relay.
390 runners covering 1,345 miles and Southend AC coming out on top.
We are overwhelmed with the support and will update with a final fundraising total in due course and also detail where our latest grants have been donated too.

Thanks again to all of our wonderful supporters.

FINISH LINE FUND VIRTUAL RELAY FOR SOUTHEND RUNNING CLUBS – SATURDAY 10TH APRIL

We are pleased to announce that we have had a great response from Southend area running clubs to this event and are looking forward to providing runners with the opportunity to both compete for their clubs and in turn support the charity.

Given the success we had in defibrillator installations in 2020, we thought it appropriate to award the winning club with a portable defibrillator, for use at their runs and events.

Runners will run in half hour slots from 8am to 6pm in a Covid friendly manner with the winning club being determined by a combination of the average distanced travelled and number of completed runs.

Benfleet RC, Flyers Southend, Hockley Trail Runners, Leigh on Sea Striders, Pitsea RC, REDs, Southend AC and South Woodham Runners have all confirmed they will be taking part.

If you need any further information, please contact you club representative.

Good luck to everyone taking part.

New Merchandise Store

The Finish Line Fund’s new merchandise store is now up and running with orders already being placed.

If you fancy a swanky new shirt, snood or a snazzy umbrella (other items are available) click on the merchandise tab and have a look.

Thanks to Carly at Dandelion Prints for producing our items.

FINISH LINE FUND 2020 REVIEW

It was a busy year for the charity in 2020.

Despite Covid 19 severely restricting live fundraising event opportunities, the Charity was successful in exceeding its fundraising budget of £13,000 set in April 2019 for the period to 31st October 2020. Many thanks to everyone who contributed and made that happen.

This success was due in the main to the extremely successful use of online campaigns via Just Giving.

One of these, a marathon campaign by one of the trustees has raised c£3,000, whilst a specifically targeted campaign to raise funds for a defibrillator for East Beach, Southend-on-Sea raised c£1,500

In early 2020, the Charity agreed to work with Southend Council to raise funds for the installation of two defibrillators on Southend-on-Sea seafront. These being two of the first three installed anywhere on the seafront.

Installation was completed at Jubilee Beach in July 2020 and East Beach in September 2020. These being full public access facilities, making the seafront a safer place for locals and visitors alike.

Additionally, the Charity has provided a defibrillator for a local race organiser to use at their events and has also agreed a strategy to focus on funding similar facilities for other clubs within the area where applicable.

A number of grants were made to race organisers and clubs for equipment and to cover the cost of medical facilities at events. Given the pandemic, some of these grants will roll over into 2020/21.

In addition to the provision of three defibrillators as detailed, another key achievement was to fund the set-up costs (£3,000) of a second parkrun in Southend-on-Sea at Chalkwell Beach. This successfully launched in March 2020, being attended by 953 runners during the first three weeks, before the lockdown struck.

2021 has already seen us agree four more grants to local sports clubs and we reiterate once more how grateful we are to all our supporters.

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