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Seb’s 27 mile walk for Electric Umbrella

 

“Just under 27 miles completed in just over 9 hours and two very sore feet! Having received a video (watch here) last night from Electric Umbrella wishing me well there was no stopping me today! So happy to have been able to contribute something to such a worthy cause! Thanks to all those who have supported my cause and of course to thanks to my fellow walkers featured in the photos!”

Well done and a massive thank you to Seb Bryce whose donations are still coming in thick and fast!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ElectricUmbrellaWalk

Fundraising Quiz Night!

Please join us on Saturday 4 March for our very first fundraising Quiz Night!

All welcome. There will be tables of 8, come with a table or join others to make up a table!

Bar with wine, beer and soft drinks. Raffle too!

Tickets are £12.50 each including tapas.

7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm

St Margaret’s Sports Centre, Merry Hill Road, Bushey, WD23 1DT

For tickets please click here. (50 pence booking fee applies) Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

Thank you for being YOU.

Our members are at the heart of everything we do. It is with enormous pride that we present each one of our amazing 60 members with one of these cards and hand-knitted beanie hats. A small token of love, thanks and appreciation for the contribution of each and every member to the success of Electric Umbrella. We love you all!

The unique beanie hats have been made especially for our members by an incredible team of knit-sters from around the globe. We have had hats from as far as Bermuda! Thank you knit-sters! And an exceptionally big thank you to Jane Gerhard for designing the hats and absolutely living this beanie hat campaign this Autumn!

It does not stop here! We want to thank all those of you that have sponsored the hats and enabled us to exceed our target and raise an incredible £930 for Electric Umbrella. Big love!

For those that are suitably jealous of the beanie hats, you might be lucky enough to bag yourself one, here… in our limited edition hat auction! Happy bidding!

Calling charity knitters to keep the music going!

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An avid fan of Electric Umbrella, has come up with a unique and engaging way of raising money and the profile of Electric Umbrella!

Jane Gerhard has designed a pattern for striking black and yellow beanie hats featuring the iconic umbrella from our logo.

We are releasing the pattern to local knitters and knitting groups urging as many people as possible to get knitting and create as many hats as possible. The hats will then be sold during November and December to raise funds for Electric Umbrella.

It’s a particularly lovely way of raising money as an important part of our ethos is all about co-collaboration and togetherness, and this is yet another way of getting more people involved and engaged in what we do!

The hats will be a valuable addition to our members attire as we go on our busking tour of Christmas markets in December. All sixty members of Electric Umbrella will take part in the busking tour, hoping on and off the tour bus visiting Christmas markets singing songs they’ve written themselves and well known Christmas songs. This year we will be releasing our own Christmas single! The single will be officially launched with a live event at The Horns Pub in early December.

If you are a knitter, or know anyone that would like to get their hands on the pattern and help us by knitting hats, please email mel@electricumbrella.co.uk or call 07452 806517.

Electric Umbrella and Parallel London

On Sunday 4 September, Electric Umbrella took part in Parallel London –  THE WORLD’S FIRST FULLY INCLUSIVE FUN PUSH/RUN & FAMILY FESTIVAL at the OLYMPIC PARK, LONDON!

25 of our members and friends of EU competed in the track events (100m 1k and 5k) wearing yellow EU t-shirts raising over £3500 for Electric Umbrella! In addition, EU then performed during the afternoon at the family festival, and ensured everyone was dancing by the end of our set.

It was a big deal for Electric Umbrella to be so visible and present alongside other significantly larger, older and national disability charities at such a huge event. We are extremely excited to be involved with Parallel London as the inclusive nature of the event fits in perfectly with the core values of Electric Umbrella, and we hope this will be the start of a great partnership.

This new, inclusive event brought everyone together in all our glorious diversity. First-timer and experienced athlete. Young and old.

One of our members was reunited with his electric wheelchair in anticipation of completing the 100m. An electric wheelchair that was locked in storage for the past five years believed to be too cumbersome for daily life. On Sunday, in this electric chair on the 100m course William told us he came alive. He will now use that chair every day. So many lives have been touched and so many memories made. We are all absolutely buzzing for being a part of it.

 

 

EU at Cafe in the Park

On Friday 15 July, Cafe in the Park hosted an evening of live music from EU with a BBQ, to celebrate and raise money for Electric Umbrella.

Not only was this event a complete sell-out (200 people), we had an absolutely fantastic evening and are seriously proud to have such a lovely partnership with such an amazing local business with such wonderful values.

We are extremely privileged and honoured to have the support of Carly and her wonderful team. Absolutely all profits raised on the night totalling just over £1100 have been donated to Electric Umbrella. THANK YOU!!!!