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Bath Uni Students launch Olympics Quiz

2020 July 27 by

“We are a group of six MSc Finance students at University of Bath. In order to support the charity, we have decided to do an online Olympic Quiz via Kahoot. The quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions and it will be held on 1st August, 2020.”

How to sign up to the quiz:

Step 1: To enter, please donate at least £2.50 through scanning the QR code on our poster above or by donating via our JustGiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/21julianhouse 

Step 2: Please complete the google form through the Google Forms link: https://forms.gle/b9RPwswM9SX43W5GA 

Step 3: Wait for your Kahoot’s invitation code via e-mails from us 

Step 4: Visit the Kahoot website on 01/08/20 at 13:00 BST and enter the invitation code. 

Kahoot link: https://kahoot.it/ 

Step5: Enjoy your quiz and the top three winners win a prize!

For more information about our fundraising event, such as the tickets for the quiz, please follow us @olympicsquiz__jh on Instagram and we will keep you updated.

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9 year old Phoebe’s 50km sponsored run

2020 June 5 by

Last week, during the half term holidays, local schoolgirl Phoebe Pudsey-Dawson challenged herself to run 50km to support people experiencing homelessness and raise money for Julian House. With an initial fundraising target of £200, Phoebe smashed it by raising an incredible £840 for the local charity.

After hearing a talk at her local primary school in Marksbury about homelessness and how Julian House helps vulnerable people, 9-year-old Phoebe wanted to do something to help the charity during this difficult time. So, she laced up her running shoes and ran every day for seven days to meet her 50km target. She also wrote and delivered a letter to her local neighbours in the village to rally support for her self-organised fundraiser.

Speaking about why she wanted to raise money for Julian House, she wrote: “Sadly, due to Covid-19, charities have lost a lot of money because many fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Their [Julian House’s] work is critical at the moment as they help the most vulnerable people in our society. Self-isolation, social distancing and maintaining safe levels of handwashing is difficult for those without a home living on the street.”

A regular at the Bath Skyline Parkrun, Phoebe wanted to combine her passion for running with helping others, writing: “I am going to run 50 km (31 miles) in seven days. I hope to run between 5 and 7km each day. It would be really nice if you could sponsor me so I can help raise money for the hardworking and caring charity Julian House.”

Her personal letter proved a hit with neighbours and donations came pouring in, meaning Phoebe smashed her initial target to raise £840.

Jess Gay, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser at Julian House said: “I’d like to say a big well done to Phoebe. Not only running everyday for 7 days to reach 50km, but her idea to send a letter to local neighbours was inspired. Her personal letter was beautifully written and her level of compassion for others is incredible heart-warming, especially during these difficult times.

Due to the Coronavirus, the cancellation/postponement of our fundraising events and the closure of all our charity shops has meant we’ve predicted an income loss of at least £200,000. The money Phoebe has raised will be used to help fund our services, like our hostel, domestic abuse refuge and outreach, so we can continue supporting very vulnerable people at this difficult time.”

You can support Phoebe by donating to her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phoebe-Pudsey-Dawson

Or donate to Julian House’s COVID-19 Appeal here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/JulianHouse-CoronavirusFund

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Make a Garden of Hope

2020 May 5 by

Every day at Julian House we support and care for vulnerable men, women and children. Some have been forced to sleep rough, while others have been forced to flee their homes as a result of domestic abuse.

Life can be challenging for people in our care, especially during this uncertain time. But you can help us make a difference.

Help us by making a Garden of Hope and spread some positive messages to the men, women and children in our care. Take a picture and upload it on social media @JulianHouseUK so we can share them with people in our hostel and refuge.

Make a Garden of Hope

Task: Make a Garden of Hope and spread a message of hope to the men, women and children in our care.

You will need:


• Toilet rolls
• Cardboard (you can use an old cardboard box)
• Paints
• Coloured paper
• Pens
• Crayons
• Scissors
• Glue

1) Paint all your toilet rolls green and leave to dry.
2) Using your templates, draw around your flowers, leaves and flower label.
3) Cut out all your flowers and leaves (you may need to ask an adult to do this!)
4) Using all your lovely paint, pens and coloured paper start decorating your leaves and flowers! The brighter the better!
5) Once your flowers and leaves are dry, glue the leaves to the front and back of your toilet roll.
6) Next either glue your flowers to the front of your toilet roll or using your scissors cut a small slit on either side of the flowers and slot them into your toilet roll.
7) Finally write your message of hope on your flower label! Be strong! Be happy!

Download Your Flower Template here.

Enjoy!

Donate

After creating your flowers, please considering making a small donation to our Emergency Fund to help keep our life saving services open.

A big thank you to Kate Woods Crafts for helping us with this idea and developing and creating the flower template.

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20 Unique 2.6 Challenge Ideas

2020 April 17 by

The 2.6 Challenge is a national challenge organised by London Marathon Events, The Great Run Company, Human Race and parkrun to help raise money and support UK charities during the Coronavirus crisis. It launches on 26 April, the original date of the 40th London Marathon.

The idea is simple: come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to help to support your charity of choice.

This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Just get thinking of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26th April. 

You can sign up to support Julian House

Running maybe the obvious choice, but your challenge ideas don’t have to stop there. We’ve created a list of 20 unique challenges to inspire anyone and everyone to get involved. Tag us on social media @JulianHouseUK to share your ideas.

20 Unique Challenge Ideas

For the sporty

  1. Complete 26 press ups/sit ups everyday for 26 days
  2. Walk 26,000 steps around your house and garden in one day
  3. Use a skipping rope to skip for 2.6 miles
  4. Create an assault course in your garden with 26 obstacles. Challenge your family to take part
  5. Climb 26,000 ft on your staircase, that’s 10,400 steps!
  6. If you have a football net try and score 26 goals in a row

For the creatives

  1. Write a 4 line poem everyday for 26 days
  2. Create a time lapse with your camera over the course of 26 days
  3. Draw/paint a picture everyday for 26 days
  4. Build a den/shelter in your garden in 26 minutes
  5. Learn and create 26 new origami shapes
  6. Find and take a photograph of 26 different natural things in your garden (i.e leaves, animals and flowers)

For the kids

  1. Do a sponsored silence for 2.6 mins everyday for 26 days
  2. Juggle for 2.6 minutes
  3. Build 26 different lego structures
  4. Wear a hat all day for 26 days
  5. Record yourself doing a daily dance for 2.6 minutes

Extras

  1. Give up your favourite food for 26 days
  2. Concoct and eat new sandwich fillings everyday for 26 days
  3. Create a YouTube channel, and post a new video everyday for 26 days. It could be about facts, how to videos, or just a vlog.

Sign up

It’s free to sign up and support us. Sign up here

Create your Just Giving page, select Julian House as your charity, plan your challenge and start promoting it amongst friends, family and colleagues.

Need extra help or ideas?

Email Jess on jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk or call on 07939055432

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Join us for The 2.6 Challenge

2020 April 17 by

Join us for The 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April 2020 and help us raise much needed funds to keep our services running.

Sign Up Here

What is it?

The 2.6 Challenge is a national challenge organised by London Marathon Events, The Great Run Company, Human Race and parkrun. It launches on 26 April, the original date of the 40th London Marathon.

The idea is simple: come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to help to save the UK’s charities.

This is a challenge for all ages and abilities. Just get thinking of an activity based around the numbers 26 or 2.6 and complete it on or from Sunday 26th April. 

It could be something as simple as running 2.6 miles, 26 minutes of yoga, or juggling for 26 minutes – or on second thoughts, maybe just 2.6 minutes! 

Why?

With so many fundraising events being cancelled or postponed, the national challenge aims to help charities raise vital funds during this really difficult time.

At Julian House, we’ve had to cancel or postpone all of our pre-existing fundraising events. All of our charity shops and bike workshops have closed, and we’re expecting a loss of £200,000 in income because of the virus. This has a massive effect on how and if we can keep our life saving services running.

Help us keep them open. Take part in the challenge, choose us as your charity, raise funds and feel good knowing you’re helping us support the vulnerable men, women and children experiencing homelessness and escaping domestic abuse during the Coronavirus crisis.

Sign up

It’s free to sign up and support us. Sign up here

Create your Just Giving page, select Julian House as your charity, plan your challenge and start promoting it amongst friends, family and colleagues.

Track and share on Strava

Join our Strava Club to track and share your challenge with us and fellow supporters.

Are you a business?

Download this marketing toolkit to help you promote your challenge.

Need extra help or ideas?

Email Jess on jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk or call on 07939055432

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9 year old takes on Easter cycle challenge

2020 February 28 by

9-year-old Chloe Smart from Westbury has organized her own sponsored cycle challenge from Westbury to Bath to raise money for local men and women suffering from homelessness.

The challenge, which is taking place on Tuesday 7th April, will see Chloe and her dad getting sponsored to cycle 25 miles from Westbury White Horse to Julian House’s Bike Workshop in Bath. Along the way, she’s also bringing a bundle of Easter egg donations to give to Julian House and to put a smile on the faces of men and women staying in the charity’s emergency access hostel on Manvers Street.

Chloe, on a practise bike ride.

By growing up around Bath, Chloe has noticed the increase in men and women sleeping rough and wanted to do something to help. After hearing about Jamie Theakston’s Bike Britain Charity Challenge on Heart FM, Chloe wanted to do something similar to help those less fortunate in her local community.

In preparation for the challenge, she said: “I’ve never cycled that far before, so I’ve been practicing cycling along different routes and increasing my distances.  I’ve also been finding out about Julian House and what they do so I can do a presentation at school to raise awareness. I hope to raise around £200 as I would like to provide a warm meal for 30 people, and a bed for the night for someone.”

Chloe and her mum Claire.

Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay said: It’s brilliant to see Chloe organising her own event to raise awareness and funds to help local men and women suffering from homelessness. Everything she raises will help us support people off the streets, into a safe home and back into education, volunteering and employment. One of the best ways we do this is through our Bike Workshop and our Build a Bike course, so it’s pertinent that Chloe’s cycle challenge ends there. We wish her the best of luck on her challenge.”

To find out more about her challenge and to sponsor Chloe visit her Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chloes-cycle-to-bath

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Charity trekkers summit Kilimanjaro

2020 February 25 by

On the morning of Wednesday 12th February, a team of local supporters from Julian House reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.  Along the way, raising a significant donation towards the charity’s work.

The challenge, which took five days in total, saw the group ascending the equivalent of 4.4 times the height of Ben Nevis and trekking across some of the most spectacular and varied landscapes on Earth. From Kilimanjaro’s rich montane forests filled with amazing flora and fauna, across its other-worldly high-altitude desert, past Kilimanjaro’s cathedral high glaciers, before reaching the crater’s rocky rim and summiting the iconic snowy Uhuru Peak, 5896 metres high.

Jessica Gay from Julian House led the group: “The team did amazingly well.  It was tough.  Although we had great weather, the cold on the way up and on the summit was bitter.  However, our stormy practice weekend in Brecon helped, plus sharing all the experience that we’ve gained from previous treks on the mountain.  An unforgettable experience for everyone and a great boost to Julian House from the sponsorship raised.  Well done all.

A big thank you also to Executive Jet Support for sponsoring the challenge and to Nationwide Bath, Royds Withy King and other local businesses for supporting their colleagues on this epic trek.”

Julian House has been organising the event for 20 years and has built up an impressive track record of getting its teams to the summit.  Preparations normally include a training weekend in the Brecon Beacons and thorough briefings about what to expect from the extreme altitude and how to cope with the inevitable effects.

However even with the best preparations in the world the vagaries of altitude and how it affects each individual means that it is by no means guaranteed that everyone will cope.  The fact that all 11 of the group made it to the crater rim of the dormant volcano was quite an achievement – with 10 making the extra two-hour traverse around the rim to the absolute summit at Uhuru Peak.

Because access to the mountain is strictly managed, plans are already in hand for the next trek which is likely to take place in the autumn of 2021. Register your interest early here, or by contacting Jessica on jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk.

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Young friends take on Bath Sleep-Out again

2020 February 6 by

On Friday 6th March, Ben Ashman and Ruby Roberts from Paulton will be returning for the second time to take on the 11th Big Bath Sleep-Out.

The pair will help raise vital funds to support local men and women suffering from homelessness.

After taking on Julian House’s challenge last year and raising over £250, the pair are returning with their mum, Helena, to sleep out again for one night in Alice Park to help support the growing number of men and women suffering from homelessness across the local area.

Of her involvement in the event, 10-year-old Ruby said: “I like helping people and I feel that people don’t realise that homeless people are just as important and special as we are.

“Last year I found sleeping out fine but obviously I only did one night, and the weather wasn’t actually too bad.

“By taking part before, it has helped me explain to others how lucky we are to have a roof and walls every night.”

Last year, the charity provided life-changing support to over 1,400 vulnerable individuals who were suffering from, or at risk of, homelessness across Bath, Bristol and the South West.

Without support like Julian House, the life expectancy of a long term homeless person is just 45 years.

Event organiser, Jessica Gay, said “Everyone who has done it before will tell you what a memorable experience it is. It’s a challenge for sure, but one that will see Ben and Ruby making a real tangible difference. We’re so pleased they are returning to support us again.”

“Of course, no-one is under any illusion that spending one cold night in Alice Park could possibly come close to the stark reality of being homeless and sleeping on the streets.

“People taking part in the Big Bath Sleep-Out may be cold and a little wet. However, the next morning people taking part can go home, have a warm bath, a cooked breakfast, chat to family and friends about their experience or just catch up on lost sleep.

“The big difference for people who are forced to sleep rough is that they don’t have that option.”

You can support Ben and Ruby and the charity by donating to their Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helena-roberts6.

The charity is inviting people across Bath to join Ben and Ruby at its 11th Big Bath Sleep-Out for a truly memorable experience with family and friends.

You can sign up to the event for free at www.bigbathsleepout.co.uk or by emailing Events Organiser Jessica Gay via jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk.

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Good luck to our Kilimanjaro Challengers

2020 January 24 by

In exactly two weeks times, 11 local men and women will be embarking on the trip to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa all in aid of Julian House.

For months, they’ve been training and fundraising as hard as they could, all with full time jobs, families and Christmas in the middle.

The team, made up of two men and nine women, will be climbing the mountain across three and a half days, camping in tents on the way up. Their ascent will take them across Kilimanjaro’s rich montane forests filled with amazing flora and fauna, across its other-worldly high altitude desert, past Kilimanjaro’s cathedral high glaciers, before reaching the crater’s rocky rim and summiting the iconic Uhuru Peak, 5896 metres high.

They will descend over the course of one and a half days before reaching the bottom and returning home for a well deserved rest.

It’s a huge feat and the team have been working incredibly hard to get prepared. They’ve done amazingly well and we’re wishing them all the best for their trek.

If you’d like to register your interest for our next Kilimanjaro trek, please do so here: https://www.julianhouse.org.uk/support-us/fundraising-event/kilimanjaro-challenge.htm

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Prize for top fundraiser at Big Bath Sleep-Out

2020 January 24 by

In 2019, we saw some top-notch fundraising at the Big Bath Sleep-Out. 10-year old Will Back raised an amazing £2,500 with Maria Kestell being not far behind on £1,845.

Thanks to everyone who attends and everyone who raises funds we’re able to do so much more to support the vulnerable men and women within our care. It means we’re not only able to provide essential housing, clothes, food and care, but continue supporting them on their journey to education, volunteering and employment.

At this year’s Big Bath Sleep-Out, happening on Friday 6th March at Alice Park, we thought we’d celebrate our top fundraisers by awarding prizes to those best in category. 

There are three prizes up for grabs:

  • Top corporate/community group (Prize to be confirmed)
  • Top family (Prize to be confirmed)

You can sign up to the Big Bath Sleep-Out for free here and start your fundraising journey. It makes for an incredibly memorable experience with family, friends or colleagues and directly supports those forced to sleep out every night with no choice.

For any fundraising tips and ideas please contact Jess on jessica.gay@julianhouse.org.uk

Good luck everyone!

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Game for good this November

2019 October 8 by

This November, we’re calling on board game fans to join us for our first Bath Board Game Day, taking place on Sunday 3rd November. This one day only ‘pop-up’ event will see hundreds of families, friends and board game enthusiasts gaming for a good cause in the auditorium of Komedia, Bath.

Gamers, new and experienced, can choose to come along for the whole day or pop in for a few games and will have the opportunity to play lots of different games suitable for all ages, including big blockbuster hits, classics and indie gems. Whether it’s a quick and playful game of bluffing and laughter or a lengthy game full of strategy and skill, there’s something for everyone.

Asmodee donated these amazing games!

Bath Gaming Group have kindly offered to support the event meaning there will also be avid game hosts on hand to help novice participants work through the rules and instructions. There’s also an exciting 9-hour ‘Hive’ challenge that will be live streamed on the day for people to get involved in and a ‘board game bundle’ raffle – making ideal winnings for the upcoming festive period. 

Event’s organiser Jessica Gay said: “Bath Board Game Day is Bath’s very own ‘pop-up’ board game café. It’s all about having fun with friends and family for a good cause. You can feel great knowing your ticket is contributing to Julian House and all the work we do to support vulnerable and socially excluded individuals. It’s a chance to be part of something bigger and join us in our mission to alleviate homelessness in and around Bath.”

Tickets to be purchase in advance, here.

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Keith smashes skydiving target

2019 September 10 by

About a month ago, we shared a story about Keith. Keith suffered with drug and alcohol addiction for 22 years, spending his life trapped between sleeping rough on the streets and prison.

Growing up on a one of the toughest council estates in Bristol, he saw his descent into crime, alcohol and drugs as inevitable. People close to him became a victim of his addition. At points, his family were forced to call the police and even take out a restraining order. For years he was completely absorbed by a life of crime and drugs.

Before & after recovery.

Read his full story here.

After facing his problem and accepting help, Keith made an incredible recovery and has since been using his experiences to help others facing similar problems at Julian House and similar organisations like DHI.

On top of that, on 31st August, he completed a 15000ft skydive with his good friend Jer Palmer to help raise much needed funds for our charity and to raise awareness about the complexity of homelessness.

Keith (Left) and Jer (Right)

Of his challenge, Keith said: “You may wonder why I’m doing a 15000ft skydive for the homeless? Before Julian House gave me the opportunity to work alongside some of Bath’s most vulnerable clients, I was one of those socially excluded people, trapped in a cycle of addiction, homelessness, and institutions. I didn’t see another way out other than death. Luckily, I was gifted with recovery and this is my way of giving back to society. There are many reasons why people become homeless and I have worked with some inspirational people who just needed that break in life. Through organisations like Julian House, these men and women get the opportunity to change their life around. 

Ready to go!

Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and members of the public, he smashed his target of £200 and raised £475! Well done Keith.

That’s a huge amount that will make a big difference to the lives of people we support. It could pay for two new starter packs to help an abused mother and her children into new accommodation. After escaping domestic violence, many come into our care with very few provisions. So each starter pack makes a big difference in helping them get settled.

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Bluefield’s 160 mile bike challenge

2019 August 21 by

On a late train home from London, a joke was made about Bluefield staff cycling between its Bristol and London offices instead of the usual commute. Little did the staff realise this joke would provide the inspiration for the ‘Bluefield Charity Cycle Ride’.

Braving the route of just over 160 miles (with a few extra due to navigational issues) across two days, 17 staff members completed the cycle from the Bristol to London office. After five months of vigorous training, the cycle ride brought plenty of laughter, tears, bruised legs and shared memories.

Staying motivated throughout their intensive training proved tough. But it was the knowledge that they’d be helping Julian House and its two other partner charities that kept them going.

When asked why the Bristol team wanted to support Julian House they said the sense of community that Julian House helps to build made it an easy choice. Inspired by its work with the homeless and socially excluded, Bluefield say they hope that the money raised will support the critical services provided by Julian House. So far the team has raised over £300 for Julian House, with more coming in. 

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From street to sky: Keith’s skydiving challenge

2019 August 5 by

Keith Hathway is skydiving for Julian House at the end of August.

During 22 years of drug and alcohol addiction Keith spent his life trapped between sleeping rough on the streets and prison. Hit by a family breakdown and the death of his daughter, his road to recovery was tough. But with the help of local homeless and addiction recovery charities, today Keith is four years clean and in full time employment and working as a relief worker at Julian House in his spare time. He now uses his own experiences daily to help those around him.

But that’s not all. At the end of August, he’s doing a 15000ft skydive to help raise much needed funds for Julian House and to raise awareness about the complexity of homelessness.

Since the age of 15, Keith was in and out of prison. Growing up on a one of the toughest council estates in Bristol, he saw his descent into crime, alcohol and drugs as inevitable. People close to him became a victim of his addition. At points, his family were forced to call the police and even take out a restraining order. For years he was completely absorbed by a life of crime and drugs.

Before & After: Keith struggled with drug addiction for 22 years before becoming sober.

But with the help and support of local charities like Julian House, he was able to detox and recover. “I’ve now been clean for over four years, since the 20th December 2014,” Keith says proudly. It’s a date that never leaves you.

Of his challenge, Keith said: “You may wonder why I’m doing a 15000ft skydive for the homeless? Before Julian House gave me the opportunity to work alongside some of Bath’s most vulnerable clients, I was one of those socially excluded people, trapped in a cycle of addiction, homelessness, and institutions. I didn’t see another way out other than death. Luckily, I was gifted with recovery and this is my way of giving back to society. There are many reasons why people become homeless and I have worked with some inspirational people who just needed that break in life. Through organisations like Julian House, these men and women get the opportunity to change their life around. Please help me help them. Pennies or pounds, it does not matter as it all adds up.”

Keith is hoping to raise over £200 and is currently at £145. Please support him and donate to the challenge by visiting his fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/keith-hathway4

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Feilden Clegg crowned Brain of Bath 2019

2019 July 8 by

Julian House Brain of Bath winners 2019

The 4th July 2019 saw the Brain of Bath celebrate its 20th anniversary event and what an event it was. Held in the stunning Bath Assembly Rooms, this year saw 17 local businesses batting it out to win the coveted Brain of Bath title.

While competition was tough, there could only be one winner and with only four points in it, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were crowned victorious at the end of the night.

A huge congratulations to the team and all of the other teams who took part. After 10 rounds of some very tough quiz questions including a country and capitals round and a smells round (always a favourite,) the scores were incredible close. There were less than ten points between 1st and 5th place.


Position
Team NamePoints
1Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios224
2Thrings220
3Pearson May217
4Fidelius216
5City Financial Planning215

 See the rest of the scores here.

We hope everyone enjoyed the night and a big thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who acted as our runners and markers on the night. We really couldn’t have done it with out you. Likewise a big thanks to Priority IT who adjudicated and totted up the scores and of course to Bel Mooney, our very own quiz mistress. She really lifted the room and helped ensure everyone had a fantastic time. 

Of course, the aim of the event was to raise much needed funds for Julian House and its services. So thank you to everyone involved and to our sponsors Deloitte. The raffle also raised an additional £440 and our auction an additional £735. A special thanks to Bath Building Society, Bath Golf Club, Mulberry and Iford Arts for donating these auction prizes

So quiz fans, until next year! 

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Local man running 100 miles for Julian House.

2019 April 9 by

Army veteran and local businessman Mark Hewett has set himself an ultimate challenge this year. If one marathon wasn’t enough, he’s also running a 20-mile hill circuit, a 10km race and three Half Marathons all to raise vital funds for local charity Julian House.

Having travelled all over the world with the British Army, Mark (now Head of Organisational Dexterity at Capgemini Invent) and his family finally settled in Bath nine years ago. After his children spotted a flyer for the Julian House’s Circuit of Bath walk last year, the whole family decided to take part enabling them to find out about the charity and its services.

“My 2019 Running Challenge is a continuation of this.” Mark said. “Julian House does incredible work looking after those far less fortunate than us, and importantly to us, in our community. It’s not just ‘giving out’ but providing a ‘hand up’, making the help they provide self-sustaining. I see this as a way of giving back to the city which has welcomed us and allowed us to make a home for the first time.”

After having already completed his 10K race and the Bath Half Marathon, Mark’s currently in training for his next two half marathons and the Two Tunnels Marathon in August.

“Marathon training starts in earnest next week and I want to continue to push myself to improve my times – but also to continue raising funds”, Mark added. “This is quite literally a marathon not a sprint and I have a JustGiving page open all year to encourage people to donate for any/all of the races. I’d love to get to 90 mins in my next two Half Marathons (I’m running the same course twice to try and set this), and I’m targeting 4 hours (3 1/2 in my wildest dreams) for the Two Tunnels Marathon in August. I’m rounding off the Challenge in September coming back to the Circuit of Bath – and running the 20 miles rather than walking it – which I did with my twin sons (then 11) last year.”

Since launching his challenge, Mark’s not only raised a fantastic £610 but also hit some personal bests along the way.

“I have set some targets along the way: Running every day in January (to shake off some cobwebs) which netted 261km; training hard for the first couple of races through February (despite the snow and a slight mishap with a manhole cover a week before my first race!) As at today, I’ve hit 651km this year; I’ve set 1km, 5km, 10km and Half Marathon PBs; and lost 12kg in weight (being dry New Years to St Patrick’s Day certainly helped there).”

Senior Community and Events Fundraiser, Jessica Gay, added: We’re delighted that Mark has set himself this challenge to raise funds and awareness for Julian House. He proves what someone can achieve when they put their mind to it. Everything he raises will be going to support our vulnerable and marginalised clients and help them build independent, sustainable and more fulfilled lives. Thank you, Mark.”

To find out more about his challenge and to support Mark, head to his fundraising page: Hewett 2019 Challenge.

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New champions crowned Brain of Bath

2018 July 12 by

Once again participants in one of Bath’s longest running charity events delved into all sorts of interesting whiffs as they competed for the coveted Brain of Bath trophy.
The temperature may have been a bit sultry inside Bath’s Historic Assembly Rooms but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the teams who took part the 20th Brain of Bath competition in aid of Julian House.

In addition to an amazing range of subject matter covered the participants were also entertained by behind the scenes snippets from one of the regions best known news presenters, Will Glennon.  Just to emphasise the dynamic nature of his job, Will had to dash to the event from Salisbury where he had been reporting on the rapidly developing poisoning incident.

After 120 questions the eventual winners were City Financial Planners. Just two points behind were former winners of the event, BMT.

Cecil Weir,  our Fundraising Director has been organising the event for 17 years: “It is one of the most popular fixtures in the Julian House calendar.  The atmosphere is terrific and although by its very nature it is competitive, it’s competitive in the right way.  The banter is fantastic and participants get to show off snippets of knowledge.

Will Glennon was a terrific quizmaster and adding some extra colour to the evening with his insights into the role of the 21st journalist and news presenter.  And of course everyone went away some amazing nuggets of information such as what causes the sting in nettles and the correct word for a fear of heights!”

The inaugural Brain of Bath quiz night in 1999 was the brainchild of a small group of Bath businessmen.  They were concerned about the problem of homelessness.  It had three main objectives: to raise funds for Bath’s main local homeless charity (Julian House), raise awareness of the difficult social issues surrounding homelessness and provide support for a dedicated research project at the University of Bath. Originally the event took place in the main sports hall at the University of Bath and teams competed for the title of Brain of Bath and the impressive Waterford Crystal trophy.  Since then the venue has changed to the elegant surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.

Long time supporters of Julian House, Deloitte, were the main sponsors.  The final amount raised from the event is likely to be around £10,000.

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33 Miles for Julian House

2017 December 3 by

Josie, volunteered at our Charity Shop in Frome for 2 years before becoming the Manager of our Trowbridge Charity Shop, and now she is running 33 Miles to raise money for Julian House.

She said:

“While I was working in the shops I learned so much about the work Julian House do and it made me want to raise money for them, I decided to do the Imber Ultra Marathon and am hoping to raise between £300 and £500. I am coming back to running from a leg injury but it wont stop me.”

The Imber Ultra Marathon is a 33 mile trail race that challenges it runners to some tough off road terrain.

We want to wish Josie good luck with the run and all her fundraising!

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Domestic Abuse Service Christmas Party

2017 November 21 by

Julian House provides high quality refuge accommodation for survivors of domestic abuse; in 2017 Julian House became the sole provider of refuge accommodation across B&NES, we also provide the Freedom programme, which is for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

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Volunteer with us this saturday.

2017 October 25 by

Park in the Dark is a family friendly Halloween and (quiet) firework celebration from 4-8pm this Saturday 28th in Alice Park.

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Circuit of Bath Walk 2017

2017 September 27 by

Congratulations and thank you to the 500 walkers who took part in the Circuit of Bath Walk on Sun 24 Sep. It was a wonderful day and luckily the rain held off!

 

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Brain of Bath 2017 winners

2017 July 7 by

The temperature was very sultry inside Bath’s Historic Assembly Rooms but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 21 teams who took part the annual Brain of Bath competition in aid of Julian House.

In addition to an amazing range of subject matter covered the participants were also entertained by showbiz snippets from one of the nation’s favourite actresses, Stephanie Cole OBE. There was the famous smells round which had noses twitching and a ‘where were they born’ set which presented a few surprises.

After 120 questions the eventual winners were St James Wine Vaults, long time supporters of Julian House and regulars at the popular fundraising fixture. Just two points behind were former winners of the event, Thrings.

Cecil Weir, Fundraising Director at Julian House, has been organising the event for 16 years: “It is one of the most popular fixtures in the Julian House calendar. The atmosphere is terrific and although by its very nature it is competitive, it’s competitive in the right way. The banter is fantastic and participants get to show off snippets of knowledge.

Another great feature of the event is the quizmaster or in the case of this year, quizmistress. Everyone has been entertaining but Stephanie Cole was tremendous – very witty and she shared some great anecdotes from her day job.

The inaugural Brain of Bath quiz night in 1999 was the brainchild of a small group of Bath businessmen. They were concerned about the problem of homelessness. It had three main objectives: to raise funds for Bath’s main local homeless charity (Julian House), raise awareness of the difficult social issues surrounding homelessness and provide support for a dedicated research project at the University of Bath. Originally the event took place in the main sports hall at the University of Bath and teams competed for the title of Brain of Bath and the impressive Waterford Crystal trophy. Since then the venue has changed to the elegant surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.

Long time supporters of Julian House, Deloitte, were the main sponsors. The final amount raised from the event is likely to top £10,000.

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Brain of Bath 2017 update

2017 May 4 by

QUIZZARDS TAKE AWAY COVETED TROPHY AT FAMOUS QUIZ EVENT

Now in its 19th year the Brain of Bath is a popular fixture in the corporate calendar.  Last year’s winners were a group of media and finance professionals who entered under the banner of “The Quizzards of Odd”.  Not only could they spot the difference between cumin and garam masala in the unique smells round, they also knew a little bit about 20th history and movie characters.  They and the other 21 teams had a great evening in the elegant surroundings of Bath’s Assembly Rooms – a marvellous networking opportunity and a chance to show off nuggets of interesting knowledge.

Hot on the heels of the Quizzards were previous winners BMT Defence Services and architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley.  Big thanks also to the event sponsors Deloitte.

This year’s event takes place on Thursday 6th July, 2017.  Keeping the teams in order and acting as quizmistress will be one of the nation’s favourite actresses, Stephanie Cole.

Further details from cecilw@julianhouse.org.uk

 

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Fun run makes a colourful splash

2016 October 5 by

750 people took part in our second Julian House Colour Fun Run, which was once again held in the beautiful Oldbury Court Estate.

We were blessed with glorious weather all day as the fun runners ran, walked and skipped around the 5km course whilst getting splashed with brightly coloured paint!

Lots of happy faces raising money for Julian House. Big thanks to all those who took part, cheered on the runners, volunteered to help make the day such a great success and fundraised for Julian House.

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Dom Joly Adds Extra Chuckles to Grand Quiz

2016 May 18 by

Dom Joly

TV personality, journalist and comedian, Dom Joly, is well known for his quirky humour and hidden camera show, Trigger Happy TV. However on the 30th June he will be adding another starring role to his long list of successful performances when he acts as quizmaster at the annual Julian House Brain of Bath quiz event.

Up to 25 company teams will compete for the coveted title of Brain of Bath champions for 2016. This is the 18th event and organisers are hoping that the traditional atmosphere of genial competition will carry on under the watchful eye of Dom Joly.

Cecil Weir has been organising the event since 2001 and is delighted that the busy comedian was able to support the event; “Although by their very nature quizzes are competitive one of the great things about the Brain Bath is that the teams participate in a fun and light hearted way.”

“The number one goal of the evening is to raise funds towards the work of Julian House but along the way there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy yourself at the same time.”

“I’m sure Dom will help us to achieve that and perhaps share some snippets of what happened behind the scenes when he was in the Australian jungle with Ant and Dec – or the out takes that didn’t get aired on Trigger Happy TV.”

“Such events are vital to an organisation like Julian House. Homelessness is not a fashionable cause and we have to work very hard for a disproportionate amount of our income. However once we have an opportunity to involve companies in our work and dispel some of the myths attached to homelessness, gaining further advocacy is not normally an issue.”

The event will once again be sponsored by long time Julian House supporter, Deloitte.

Companies wishing to join the fun on 30th June should contact Cecil Weir on 01225 354652 or email cecilw@julianhouse.org.uk.

Kindly supported by

Deloitte

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Join the Masato Homeless Beanie Campaign!

2015 October 8 by

Masato beanie

Julian House has been chosen as one of 6 charities and projects around the UK to work with London based, designers, Masato London in their Homeless Beanie Campaign.

Every time someone buys one of the special Beanies (retailing from £15-£18), Masato will donate either a Beanie or £5 (the net profit). At the end of the campaign the donated Beanies, or the accumulated £5’s, will be split between the 6 charities.

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The social media campaign launched on World Homeless Day and ends on January 31st 2016. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, get behind the campaign and spread the word – these will make perfect Christmas gifts as well as helping some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in Bath.

For one day only, Masato will be having a stall at Bath Artisan market (Sunday 13th Dec) and Julian House will receive £5 profit from every Beanie sold on the day so come along and say hello.

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Julian House Super Sunday!

2015 September 30 by

Well done and thank you to the 1000+ supporters who took part in the Circuit of Bath Walk and The Colour Fun Run at Oldbury Court Estate.

Both events were always intended as fun ways to support the charity’s work, but with fantastic weather and a massive turn out in Bath and Bristol, a great time was definitely had by all.

Circuit of Bath Walk

The Colour Fun Run

Well done to everyone who participated and to all the volunteers who helped with the logistics.

Special thanks also to Sanlam for sponsoring the Circuit of Bath Walk.

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