Are you up for a challenge?

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you may well remember hearing June talking to various people from REACH, a Nottinghamshire charity dedicated to helping local people with learning disabilities live happier, healthier lives in their community.

With centres in Southwell, Newark and Mansfield along with two Flower Pods in the district, its team does this by running courses, social activities, holidays and best practice projects to find new solutions to problems and also offers quality one-to-one care support through Reach Learning Disability Care CIC.

With several fundraising events on the horizon for the coming months, the team certainly has a busy summer ahead…

And fundraising director Julia Sandhu will be live in the studio next Sunday morning to share all the details!

Maybe you fancy taking the plunge of a tandem skydive over at Langar Airfield in a couple of months’ time?

Perhaps you’re a runner who’s up for the challenge of the Newark Half Marathon in August?

Or is raising money for REACH through October‘s Virtual London Marathon more your cup of tea?

Julia will have information about these and other fundraising events on the summer and autumn programme when she takes to the mic just after 10.10am next weekend.

So make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening on the apps or online to Put On Your Sunday Best from the very start of the show and find out how you can get involved…

And in the meantime, if you want a few more details about the events and how to sign up for them, just follow this link

Have a heart

Did you hear Phil talking to Lucy Millard a couple of weeks ago about a major new fundraising campaign that’s just been launched by one of the best known – and best loved – charities based here in Newark?

If you missed it, don’t worry – her colleague Katherine Wright will be on the phone next weekend, this time to June on Girls Around Town, explaining just how you can keep Beaumond House in your heart…

As part of the campaign, Kat and the team will be working hard over the coming months to fill the hospice garden with little blue hearts.

Made by potter Karen Chesney of Norwell, they’ll be mounted on steel stems and put on display in the garden. Each heart will carry the name of the loved one being remembered, just like the one in the picture of four-year old Evie above, dedicated to the hospice’s former director John Oldham.

Their aim is to have 1,000 hearts in the garden by the autumn, after which they can be collected by the donors to keep, and the first orders have already started to arrive.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am next Sunday to find out how the campaign will help Beaumond House continue to care for more than 550 patients and their families every year…

And how you can support them in their work if you have a heart dedicated to the memory of someone special in your life.

Photograph by Claire Andrews, Little Posy Photography

One donation, twice the impact!

If you were listening to last Sunday’s show, you’ll have heard Christine Daniels talking about REACH Learning Disability‘s new project, Flower Pod Newark

Something else she mentioned during her phone call to June was The Big Give Christmas Challenge, an annual fundraiser which this year runs from midday on Tuesday 1 December to midday on Tuesday 8 December.

Make a donation between these two dates and and whatever you give will be doubled – what a great way to help a local charity, don’t you think?

The team at REACH is hoping to raise £20,000 during the seven day appeal, which will then be doubled to £40,000 and go towards its My Place Online project, providing online learning and social activities to people with learning disabilities and their family carers in Nottinghamshire.

Your donation, however small, will help them reach that goal and get them on the way to supplying this valuable support to their clients.

Find out how to do it through The Big Give Christmas Challenge here

But don’t forget – you need to do it between those two dates in order for your donation to be doubled!