Business 365 Issue 10

Not all of us are made of stone

We recently held one of our outdoor fundraising events, Granite Mann 2021 – the islands only off road triathlon. We had nearly 125 people take part, swimming in the Cringle reservoir, mountain biking a technical trail or running through the plantation.

Some people chose one of the disciplines as part of a team, some two and some all three. The reservoir was a balmy 14.4 degrees. We couldn't have asked for a better day for the event as it started  a little chilly, perfect for all those taking part in the off road activities then warmed up later into the morning with a lovely autumnal sun cheering all the participants and supporters on.

So many people were involved with the event, from the team at Bikestyle who checked in the bikes for us – to the kayak group, Paddle Boards, who ensured the 400 metre lake swim was safe and enjoyable experience. Winners won and teams completed the challenge. We raised around £8,000 from the event and have to say a special thanks to our sponsor Browne Craine & Co who have supported Granite Mann over the last three years; with-out such sponsorship this event may not take place and it certainly wouldn't raise any funds for the charity.

It was such a lovely day and event, I was surprised to hear myself say "I should take part in this next year". Maybe I will, but not all of us are made of stone.

There was a special atmosphere around the event for us that some might have missed on the day and those who weren't there wouldn't know about. It is to do with one of the families we work with.
The Children's Centre is a charity whose sole purpose is to help children, young people and families who fall between the gaps in other provisions. We have nearly 30 years' experience working in this way. We provide support where families need us. We help children with their challenges where other providers are unable to. We find solutions to problems that we perhaps don't like talking about. The root causes of the issues we address come from all sorts of factors such as poverty, social isolation, additional learning needs, bullying, health challenges and domestic abuse.

One of the families we have been working with, their oldest child has been selectively mute for over a year. We get a lot of children with selective mutism coming to The Children's Centre, a severe anxiety disorder that if untreated can carry on into adulthood. It's worth googling the condition if you are interested. One of the significant issues of the condition is how much it impacts relationships with immediate family. The young person in question has a 6 year old sister called Amelie. For most of her talking life she hasn't had a strong bond with her older brother as they haven't really talked. Until recently. As a result of our work the young person in question has started talking. We were thrilled that he engaged in a full conversation with other young people at the farm last week – unaided by us and unprompted.

Amelie decided she wanted to do something for the charity and with the incredible support of her mum and dad, challenged herself to walk 100 miles over the summer as a sponsored walk. As it happened Amelie completed her challenge on the same day as Granite Mann. We invited the family along to start the event – personally I was thrilled to see her older brother there as well. He has made such incredible progress since working with us, with these funds and ongoing donations we can continue to support more children.

Amelie set herself a target of £400 which she has already broken but if you felt you wanted to support her 100 mile walk, she has a Just Giving page. It explains a little more of her story. 


How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week