1610 stirs up £10,000 for Wooden Spoon fundraising pot

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Category: 1610 Trust

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Disadvantaged and disabled children from the South West will soon be enjoying the exciting challenge of Kayaking thanks to a year long charity fundraising drive by 1610 on behalf of Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby.

1610 raised £10,000 for its Charity of the Year, Wooden Spoon to provide six Kayaks and an adaptive rowing skull for the new Centre for Outdoor Activity & Community Hub (Coach) at French Weir in Taunton.

From sponsored Disco spins and 12-hour swims to Dragon Boat Races and Half Marathons, staff and members of 1610 sweated and worked their way during the past 12 months to raise money for Wooden Spoon, which funds projects for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

The leisure trust which manages 18 leisure centres in the South West including  13 in Somerset organised a series of Triathlons and 10K races, as well as numerous exciting sponsored events. In November 2015, two Bridgwater swimmers Greg Kyd and Rich Hill became the first to swim for 12 hours a day for 7 consecutive days at six 1610 swimming pools across the South West. Both men swam 231km the equivalent distance of the English Channel every day for 7 days as part of their Ocean’s 7 Challenge to raise £2500 which was split between Wooden Spoon and the Ichtyiosis charity.

Staff and members also took part in a Retrocise campaign retro- based exercise and activities, Spinathons, Happy Monday fancy dress classes, Quiz nights, Charity football matches and staff faced individual challenges such as Tough Mudder events and John O’Groats to Lands End Cycle.

The CEO of 1610, Tim Nightingale said he was immensely proud of what staff and members had achieved on behalf of Wooden Spoon: “ Once again staff and 1610 members have shown they have got what it takes to raise a fantastic sum of money for such a brilliant charity. I was very impressed by the range of fundraising activities which were involved in particular the Ocean’s 7 challenge which was an astonishing and inspiring effort. I applaud all those who gave up their time to fundraise for our Charity of the Year, Wooden Spoon.”

The Regional Development Manager of Wooden Spoon, David Walmsley said: “We are extremely grateful to 1610 for their support and commitment, and whose generous donation will make a significant difference to the lives of children in Somerset. Through the power of rugby, Wooden Spoon help thousands of disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK and Ireland every year. Rugby drives everything we do by giving us our values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, and 1610 align very well with these values.”

David Reed, Chairman of Wooden Spoon Somerset regions said: "On behalf of the Somerset Committee and myself I would like to say a huge thank you to Tim and all his Team at 1610. Not only for selecting our Charity as their Charity of the Year for 2015 but also for the fantastic amount of money they have raised during the year , our largest single donation received in Somerset. We have been jointly looking at worthy causes where we can apply these funds and have now selected COACH as the successful recipient organisation."

Dave Bullock a Trustee at COACH said. "COACH is very grateful for the 1610 fundraising team completing a series of challenges to raise money for their selected charity - The Wooden Spoon.  We are also very appreciative of The Wooden Spoon nominating us to receive funding.  The grant will enable us to buy 6 sit on top kayaks and an adaptive rowing skull.  This will allow COACH to run a series of sessions for school like Selworthy School and pupils in mainstream schools with special needs"

* Photocall Priory Bridge Rowing, 12pm Friday June 24. Directions; Go down Canal Road (off Priory Bridge Road) in Taunton, after about 300m turn right under some yellow gates into the car park.  At the far side you will see the containers and rowing canoeing base.