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Latest News
They're back!
The Take That Experience
returns to Blewbury on
Saturday 24th 
September 2022
7.30pm Blewbury Village Hall

Tickets £25 

On General Sale Saturday 25th June

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Limited capacity - avoid disappointment!

Email tonyloytrust@gmail.com for information on early access to tickets.

Thank you for supporting the Trust in this exciting fund-raising event. We look forward to seeing you there!

A 2022 update from Ben...
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Thanks Ben for keeping us up-to-date. It sounds like you have an amazing summer ahead.

 

Last time I emailed these were my words, "As 2022 is approaching, this is the most excited I have been for a season in a long time. Training is going really well and I can’t wait to race indoors in the new year, followed by outdoors in the summer." 

 

Now 2022 is underway I wanted to write to let the Trust know how I’m getting on. I have just finished my indoor season. This was only two competitions but both were significant. In the first one I ran a new indoor personal best over the 800m (1:49.29). The second was the British Indoor Athletics Championships. With it being my second year back at 800m the goal was to go there and just be competitive. Much to my surprise I managed to make the final and then go on to finish 4th! 

 

The Trust played a massive part in this, contributing to race entries and top treatment. The Trust has also helped towards funding a warm weather training trip I have coming up at the end of March to help prepare for outdoors. As a result I would like to say another MASSIVE thank you for the Trust's support, as always it is much appreciated.

Oxfordshire's first Girls Football Club
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Whilst other football clubs may have girls' teams, Blewbury Amazons is the first all girls football club to be established in Oxfordshire and the Trust is delighted to have been able to support the club in its inaugural season.

In a remarkable first season, the club has no fewer than seven teams taking part in the different age groups and divisions of the Oxfordshire Girls Football League.

Named as follows, U12 Assassins, U12 Warriors, U11, U9 Avengers, U9 Gladiators, U8 Spartans and U8 Valkyries, it is easy to see that the girls are keen to live up to the clubs name. In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a race of female warriors and hunters who matched men in physical agility and strength and were noted for their skills, courage and pride.

We wish them all every success.

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Angels Performing Arts off to The West End
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Celebrating their ten year anniversary, Angels is a local performing arts school based in Didcot. Teaching a range of dance disciplines, acro, singing and acting, Angels offers local children the opportunity to find and develop their joy, confidence and ability in performing at local events and in competitions.

However, this summer they have been given the opportunity to attend dance and performance workshops at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London's West End. The children are so excited to gain experience and spend time with professional performers, building their skills, and self-confidence. The fact that they will be able to perform on an actual West End stage is the stuff of dreams. 

Angels is in full fundraising mode. As well as preparing for upcoming competitions and showcases, they are hoping to raise as much of the total cost of the workshops as possible, determined that no-one should be left out and that families should not be burdened with the cost. 

The Trust is delighted to have been able to donate towards this wonderful experience.
 

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Phoebe at The Royal College of Music

Phoebe grew up in North Moreton, attended Didcot Girls' School and recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied classical voice under the tutelage of Jane Irwin.

Throughout her undergraduate study, Phoebe was regularly chosen to represent the RNCM in large-scale performances, gaining operatic experience as Soeur Saint Charles in Dialogues des Carmelites, Nancy in Albert Herring, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Mrs Sedley/Auntie in Peter Grimes (RNCM Scenes and RNCM Conducting Masterclass).

She was also selected as an RNCM Songster and placed on the External Engagements List. In the summer of 2020 she was set to make her professional debut as a Young Artist at Buxton Opera House and in the British Youth Opera chorus. 

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The Trust are very pleased to be supporting Phoebe now, in her postgraduate study at The Royal College of Music in London. She receives weekly vocal tuition from world-class practitioners alongside vital advice and support to advance her career in such a competitive industry. It was lovely to receive news from Phoebe on how her first term has gone.

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I am incredibly grateful for the financial support The Tony Loy Trust has provided me this academic year. My first term of postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music has been a real success. I am relishing the opportunity to hone my craft and collaborate with exceptional musicians and tutors. 


This upcoming term, I have several exciting projects and performances. I am particularly thrilled to be performing in the RCM Opera Scenes, as it is my first opportunity to sing in the Britten Theatre. I will be singing the roles of Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring on Friday 4th February, and as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro on Tuesday 8th February.


In the summer term, I am greatly looking forward to performing the role of Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight with the Royal College of Music Opera Studio. The show run begins on Wednesday 29th June, and I will be performing in both casts. 

News from Professional Triathlete Jack 
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We can't help but be impressed by Jack's achievements.
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I’d like to say a huge thank you for your continued support. It has allowed me to compete at a higher echelon of elite triathlon year-on-year, and without your help I wouldn’t be where I am today!

Last year I was able to have the biggest and most successful season of my career, racing some of the best triathletes in the world over middle-distance triathlon. In late 2021 I gained my status as a ‘professional triathlete’ and I was invited to compete in half-ironman races across the globe.

In July I was fortunate enough to be selected for the European U23 Duathlon Championships in which I finished 10th despite a big bike crash!

In September I flew out to Salou in Spain to compete in my first professional middle-distance triathlon race.

I was also selected to race for my first ever French Grand Prix team based in Lyon, Southern France. Racing for them last summer was an incredible opportunity and one I look forward to again this year.

Also looking ahead to this year, I have been given the huge opportunity to go out and compete in the United States in early March. This triathlon format suits me, and I believe it would be a huge platform to excel to the very top of professional triathlon. 

Thank you once again for all the support you have shown me over the past few years.

Thank you for keeping us up-to-date Jack.
All the best for 2022!
News from Ben - England 800m Champion 
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The Trust has been delighted to support Ben over a number of years, watching his athletics career develop and enjoying his success. As always it is lovely to hear from those we support and Ben is no exception. Here is his latest news and like him, we can't wait for 2022!

I would like to say a massive thank you to the Tony Loy Trust for supporting me again this year.  

 

This has been a great year for me. Having moved up from 400m to 800m I was able to become the England 800m Champion which led me to go on and represent England at the Manchester International where I picked up another win. The Trust played a big part in making this happen, helping with treatment, race entry and kit.

 

As 2022 is approaching, this is the most excited I have been for a season in a long time. Training is going really well and I can’t wait to race indoors in the new year, followed by outdoors in the summer.

Piano for St. Birinus School

In 2017 the Trust was able to help with the purchase of a new piano for Didcot Girls' School and keyboards for Sutton Courtenay Primary School in 2019. The Ridgeway Education Trust comprises these two schools along with St. Birinus School in Didcot. Therefore, the Trust was delighted that it could support the provision of a new piano this year at St. Birinus School.

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The School chose to purchase a Kawai K15E upright to replace a very old piano which was a lovely instrument in its time, but no longer suitable for significant regular use.

The piano is used for student practice, classroom ensembles and piano lessons. It is estimated that during a 20-year lifespan, the piano will provide individual piano lessons for around 1000 students, be part of other instrumental/vocal lessons for thousands more and provide inspiration not only for those but for many thousands of students when used during curriculum lessons.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported The Take That Experience - we raised a whopping...

    £1900         £1900         £1900    

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Here are some of the lovely comments we received after our fantastic fundraiser.

Thank you to Sheila and team for putting on a great night with The Take That Experience. We had so much fun.

 

Lots of laughter! Can't remember when I last had the back of my hand stamped! Thanks Sheila, just what we all needed.

 

Such a fun evening! 

 

Thank you Sheila Loy and Blewbury, we had a wonderful time. Blewbury is a special place.

 

Great night, thank you.

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Tickets for The Take That Experience are On Sale NOW!

Tickets for the much awaited tribute band The Take That Experience are now on sale - simply follow the link below and

thank you for supporting the Trust in this exciting fund-raising event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 18th September 2021 - 7.30pm

Blewbury Village Hall - Tickets £25

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The Take That Experience brings you all the classic songs you know and love, from the 90’s through to the present, including smash hits ‘Pray’, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Patience’, ‘Shine’ and ‘These Days’.

The band features a permanent ‘Robbie’ who brings alive songs such as ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Candy’ to an already explosive show. The boys don’t just give you a show you’ll ‘never forget’… they give you The Take That Experience!

The Small Print!

The event is open to adults (18+) and entry is by ticket only.

Tickets may only be purchased online and will be sent electronically via an order confirmation email. You must bring your tickets to the venue.

Tickets cannot be refunded after purchase unless the performance is cancelled.

Upon admission audience members will be hand-stamped to ensure security.

It is not permitted to bring your own drink into the venue. There is a bar.

All electronic devices including cameras and mobile phones must be switched off during the performance.

Please do not attend if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

We advise that audience members are double vaccinated and/or take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours prior to attending.

The wearing of a mask is advisory.

The venue will be ventilated, doors and windows will be open and CO2 levels monitored.

Contact details will be retained for 21 days for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

If you have any queries please email tonyloytrust@gmail.com

Coming to Blewbury - The Take That Experience

The Tony Loy Trust is very excited to announce that the Number One Tribute Band to Take That – The Take That Experience is coming to Blewbury (Village Hall) on Saturday September 18th 2021.

 
Amazing vocals, stunning costumes, electrifying dance routines, The Take That Experience bring you all the classic songs you know and love, from the 90’s through to the present, including smash hits ‘Pray’, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Patience’, ‘Shine’ and ‘These Days’.

 

The band features a permanent ‘Robbie’ who brings alive songs such as ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Candy’ to an already explosive show!

Tickets will be limited. If you are interested in coming to this event and want to join the mailing list for further information – please email tonyloytrust@gmail.com 

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as he begins the 2021 season with continued support from the Trust. Thanks for your news Zak - loving our logo on your suit!

More from Zak
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The season is just around the corner. It's been so good to get back into racing again these past couple of years. After a great 2020 finishing 3rd in my debut season in the British championships, we have joined Binch Racing on board their brand new Yamaha R6. We have had a great first test topping the time sheets in all sessions by 1.6 seconds. My goal is to be crowned British Champion. I would like to thank all at The Tony Loy Trust for your continued support over the years.

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Top Performance from Zak

In a year when much sport has fallen victim to the pandemic, Zak has been fortunate enough to take part in several Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship races and the Trust is delighted to have sponsored him again.

Here he is finishing 2nd at Snetterton back in August, after some impressive finishing places in the free practice, qualifying and warm up rounds too, as he describes below.

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Dear All,

 

Yet another successful weekend racing in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, after not riding this track in three years myself and the team did a great job in adapting the bike to the circuit.

 

FP1 - P1, a great first session, made a few minor adjustments to the suspension mid-session which only made me more comfortable.

 

FP2 - P1, another good session bettering my first session time and setting my fastest lap time around the Snetterton 300 circuit at the time, also giving me a massive confidence boost going into Qualifying.

 

Qualifying - P4, the session started great sitting P2 all the way up until the final lap then dropped a couple places to 4th, not exactly what we wanted but I knew I could go quicker with a new set of tyres on. After qualifying we went on down to Ktech Suspension and got our forks and rear shock serviced as it had been a while.

 

Warm Up - P3, the bike felt completely different, took a few laps to adjust and get the oils working again properly.

 

Race - P2, really happy to get one step closer to the win, the race came all the way down to the last lap. Throughout the race I was still adapting to the newly serviced suspension but it began to feel much better only a few laps in and setting my current PB lap time of a 1.54.4 fastest lap of the race by 0.3secs and faster than the previous year's winners, each lap I would make a gap of a few bike length through the infield but always lose it down the long straights to the new 636 and R6 making it almost impossible to pull away. Overall, great weekend, learnt a lot, can't wait for Silverstone in a weeks time.

 

I would like to thank you all for your continued support over the past years. Sitting P2 in the standings, the championship race is now on!

 

Cheers,

Zak

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🥉Ben takes Bronze!

We recently shared news from Backflip Ben ahead of his trip to Tokyo. Here's the latest from Ben with the chance to see his medal-winning runs.

                                                         *** CONGRATULATIONS Ben on your amazing achievement ***

This was the 4th time I had qualified for the World Championships, unable to compete in 2018 because of injury, I had made the final on both the other 2 occasions. Taking 5th in 2016 and 8th in 2017. This is my final year as a 17-21 aged gymnast, so was the perfect way to exit as I prepare to compete as a senior gymnast in 2020. 

Having already received the news that I am part of the GB Senior Squad for the 2020 season, next up is European Trials in March ahead of a new domestic season. But now for a well-deserved rest and back to University to catch up with my studies. As a final year student, on a 4 year combined Masters in Chiropractic, 2020 will be another busy year as I balance my tumbling training with the demands of the lecture theatre and clinic. 

Thank you once again for being part of my World Age Championship Bronze Medal experience in Tokyo 2019.

This is a huge thank you for your financial support towards my competition in Japan. It has been an amazing experience, capped off with winning a World Age Group Tumbling Bronze medal on Friday morning UK time.

I competed in a strong field, of the top 30 gymnasts in the 17-21 age group, from around the world. I also had the honour of performing in the brand new Ariake Gymnastics Centre in central Tokyo, the gymnastic venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

After an 11 hour flight last weekend, and a +9 hour time difference, the first challenge was to cope with a whole missed night of sleep. By Tuesday's first track session I was feeling a lot better and getting back into my tumbling stride. By Wednesday I had started to get used to the feel of the new track as I warmed up all my competition runs. 

After a day of rest on Thursday,  the competition started on Friday morning. I was drawn in the last group of 3 and had already seen some strong scores coming in. I knew that I would have to perform to my best to reach the top 8 final. I had two strong runs, combining my double somersault ‘transition’ moves in the middle of the track, with a well executed end skill and solid landing on both tumbles. Delivering a combined score of 69.700, just 0.600 off my personal best.  This was enough to top the score board in a very tight qualifying round with only 2 marks separating me from one of my fellow GB gymnasts back in 8th position. We would join a strong field of gymnasts with 2 Russians, 3 Danes and 1 Brazilian completing the line up for the world title. With the scores now back to zero, we would compete from 8th place in qualifying to 1st. I had the advantage of going last in this single run shoot out! 

Tumbling is all about combining the difficulty mark for your run with an execution mark out of 30 for the accuracy of your moves. In the final all gymnasts increased their difficulty tariff from qualifying. I competed my highest difficulty tariff of 8 as I attempted to compete against 2 leading Russians with difficulty tariffs of 9 and 10 respectively. I had already shown the best execution scores of the field in qualifying, but fighting back up to 2 marks would be a tough test. I performed a double somersault twisting transition in the middle of the run and then landed my triple twisting double somersault on the end mat, with only a small step. As I walked back down the arena floor, with my coach Mikey Barnes at my side, I wondered whether I had done enough for a world medal. With a tense wait a score of 34.800 flashed up and I slotted into the bronze medal position, 0.300 from silver and 0.600 from gold! An amazingly close final and I am so pleased to be taking a bronze medal back to GB.

Thank you so much...

A big thank you to everyone who supported The Definitive Rat Pack Christmas Show. We are thrilled with the donation of £6535. Special thanks to The Definitive Rat Pack, all the sponsors and helpers and of course the audience.

The Trustees

Here are Ben and Mia, representing The Tony Loy Trust at The Definitive Rat Pack Christmas Show - giving 'Frank' and 'Dean' a helping hand with the raffle draw.

You can read more about Ben and Mia below and on our archive page.

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Backflip Ben is Back!

You might remember Backflip Ben from 2017...well the Trust is very pleased to be able to support Ben again as he heads off to the World Age Tumbling Championships in Tokyo. Do watch his video, it's impressive stuff! Thank you Ben for writing to us with your ups, and your downs, over the last two years. We're glad you've made such a good recovery from your injury and look forward to hearing how you get on in Tokyo. 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅

Since we last communicated back in 2017 I had, with your help, a very successful 2017 World Championships, finishing 8th in the world in the 17-21 age group. Returning to the UK in late 2017 I prepared well for the 2018 season. Taking Gold in both of the British Championships Qualifiers, I went into the British Finals with confidence. However, a reoccurrence of a previous lower spine injury in the lead up to the finals meant I had to limit my training and left me in pain going into the finals. With great determination I took Gold at the British Championships and went on to gain a place in the GB team for the 2018 World Age Championships in Russia.

Following a scan on my back I unfortunately had to retire from the team and start on further rehabilitation ahead of the 2019 season.

This year has seen me steadily progress, build up the difficulty of my skills and reach some big milestones. I took Gold at both British Qualifiers. I also won the English Tumbling title and followed this up 2 weeks later with the British title, registering a score of 70.3, breaking the 70 point barrier for the first time - a score considered a marker for senior tumblers. I am currently undefeated in GB since the start of the 2018 season.

The reward for my work over the past two years is a place in the GB team for the forthcoming World Championships in Tokyo Japan. I leave for Japan with the British Squad at the end of November for the week long event.

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A Good Season for Mia
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I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the money that the trust gave me, I really appreciate this and it has enabled me to buy new spikes and other kit.

My running has gone well this season and I’ve had some good races and good times throughout various sprinting distances.

Sorry it’s taken me so long to send this but my mum gets excited at events and forgets

Mia


to take photos (so thanks to Del Thrower who took some photos, I now finally have some!).
I’ve got one more competition left this season and then it’s onto more training and possibly cross country over the winter. Thanks again, I really appreciate the trust's support.

Thank you for writing Mia - keep us posted!

Letter from Cameron

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Here's another letter the Trust received recently - thank you Cameron, it's lovely to hear what you're up to and how the Trust has been able to help.

Cameron has just graduated from Read College in Reading where the Trust supported him on a one year Foundation Course in Acting.

 

I would just like to say a huge thank you to The Tony Loy Trust. Without your support I wouldn't have been able to go to this amazing school that as equipped me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to get me into drama school. In September I will be enrolling at PPA (Performance Preparation Academy) in Guildford where I will be training on their BA Hons. Musical Theatre Degree, accredited by De Montfort University. '

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Performance Preparation Academy has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s leading institutes for exceptional performing arts training, with a strong emphasis made on employability and the needs of the profession delivered in a nurturing and supportive environment. Located in the heart of Guildford’s vibrant town centre in state-of-the-art facilities, PPA’s courses in both Musical Theatre and Acting for Stage and Screen offer a challenging, life affirming and inspirational vocational theatre training, where all students are valued as an individual and trained by a dedicated teaching faculty of highly experienced industry professionals. PPA Celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2018' 

I would love to show my support by performing at any events the Trust has organised for example board meetings or fundraising events, as I would love to continue the support the Trust has given me. I am planning to put on a concert of my own and would love to invite the Trust to come and see all the amazing work that I have been working on. 

Again thank you so much for your support, please keep me updated on any events that the charity is putting on. You really do make a massive difference and I can't thank you enough. 

Letter from James

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The Trust loves to receive news from anyone it has supported but to hear from someone, like James, one of the first young beneficiaries, is particularly heart-warming. Thank you James for taking the time to write.

As you know, a few years back The Tony Loy Trust granted me some money towards my further education. This money went towards my books which were essential in my 3 years at University. Since then I have been fortunate to graduate from The University of Nottingham with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. I thought I would let you know where this grant has helped me get to today.   

I have now been working in the NHS for roughly 2 years, and am currently working on the Intensive Care Unit as a Respiratory Physiotherapist in Nottingham. Most people get very confused when I say this, as what does a Physio do on ICU? 

The role involves getting patients back to their functional baseline after a long period in hospital, weaning patients from mechanical ventilation, interpreting chest X-rays and blood gases of the acutely unwell patients, and helping treat respiratory failure using airway secretion clearance techniques and certain machines to help re-recruit lung tissue which may be collapsed.

The job does unfortunately come with a lot of unsociable hours, involving weekend working and being on-call for emergencies throughout the night. However, I really do love my work and feel very passionately about what I do. 

Without the support from The Tony Loy Trust during my academic years I may not have progressed to where I am today, so I just want to say a massive thank you for your generous contribution!

 

Kindest regards,

James Thwaites    

Congratulations Del on completing the Snowdon Triple Challenge!

What a feat.

Please see below for more information on Del's preparation over the last few months and it's not too late to support him and donate to the Trust - just click on the Donate button opposite!

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All money raised by Del will be donated to the Trust. He has set up a Virgin moneygiving page where you can find out more and support Del by making a donation directly to his chosen cause.

Please give whatever you can. Del was a good friend of Tony's and is, therefore, looking to raise as much as he possibly can to support the work of the Trust set up in Tony's name, to encourage young people in the Arts and in Sport. 

Thank you so much Del - loving the t-shirt too!

Tickets still available, but not many! Contact us now at definitiveratpackblewbury@gmail.com

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Christmas

All profits from this event will be shared between the Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Fund, The Tony Loy Trust and other local causes.

The Definitive Rat Pack and their wonderful Christmas Show come to Blewbury

for two nights only on Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th 2019.

We welcome the original West End cast - Stephen Triffitt – Frank Sinatra, Mark Adams – Dean Martin and our very own George Daniel Long – Sammy Davis Jr. The Rats will be accompanied by a six-piece live band and a female guest singer.

There is a two-tier price package:

Premier Package - At a table, free glass of fizz, canapes, free programme. Tickets £65 per person.

Limited Package - a small number of chairs around the venue – free programme. Tickets £35 per person.

The only way to get tickets, which are limited due to capacity, is by contacting us at definitiveratpackblewbury@gmail.com

The Trust has just heard Beth's fantastic news - she's in Switzerland and has been selected by GB Snowsport to represent GB at the weekend’s OPA Games (the European U18 Championships), AND the races are doubling as the test event for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games! Go Beth! We wish you all the best. ⛷

Thanks too for keeping us up to speed with other things you've been up to...night skiing in France and using February's snowfall in the UK to fit in some practice in the fields above Blewbury!

Congratulations Beth!

Del's Triple Challenge - 11th May 2019

Much of the Trust's news is about the young people it has helped to follow their dreams. However, none of that would be possible without your kind donations and the generosity of people like Del, raising money to continue the work of the Trust.

All money raised by Del will be donated to the Trust. He has set up a Virgin moneygiving page where you can find out more and support Del by making a donation directly to his chosen cause.

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Please give whatever you can. Del was a good friend of Tony's and is, therefore, looking to raise as much as he possibly can to support the work of the Trust set up in Tony's name, to encourage young people in the Arts and in Sport. Good luck Del, we shall be rooting for you.

Not averse to pushing himself, Del completed the London to Brighton (75 miles) Off-Road Bike Ride, in his 40’s and looking for a similar challenge in his 50’s came across the Snowdon Triple Challenge.

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He's training hard, walking on The Downs and cycling along local highways in preparation for a 10.5 mile cycle along the shore of Llyn Padam (Llanberis Lake), swapping his bike for his boots and the 9 mile ascent and descent of Mount Snowdon before finally completing a 2.5 mile kayak across Llyn Padam.

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In this age of electronic devices, Del is also using this challenge to encourage his children to spend more time taking part in outdoor activities and keeping fit.

He's even roped them in to part of the challenge! After seeing him off at the start, Del's family are going to trek up and down Snowdon, hoping to meet Del at the summit and then rescue him at the end of the kayak.