Category Archives: Fundraising

Supporter to scale Mount Blanc for MND Association

I have an obsession with mountains! My partner and I trekked to Everest Base Camp back in 2018 and one day, I would love to have a go at climbing the biggest mountain in the world. I see Mont Blanc as a major achievement as it’s the biggest mountain in Western Europe and a fantastic opportunity to raise as much money for the MND Association as possible. The care my Mum received during her illness was fantastic and I would like to do something to raise money to help others.

In preparation for this I have been training extensively. Trips to the Lake District (and soon Snowdonia) to get some miles and elevation under my belt. Along with lots of cycling, running and a strict diet.

I am travelling out to Chamonix on the 10th September 2020 to spend a few days acclimatising in the mountains.

On Sunday 13th September I will commence the summit phase.

Depending on the weather and conditions I may spend either one or two nights in mountain huts to maximise the chance of success.

If the weather is kind (and my body lets me!) I will either summit Mont Blanc on Tuesday 15th or Wednesday 16th September.

John Higgins.

If you like to find out more or sponsor John on his challenge please visit his Justgiving page –

Westerly Winds Staple Hill: Christmas Concert

Christmas ConcertCome along to St Mary’s church in Fishponds, BS16 2JB on Sunday 9th December at 7pm for an evening of song and music to get you in the festive mood.

Tickets cost £5 per adult and entry for children is free. All proceeds will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) to support the valuable work they do.

Refreshments will be available in the interval for a small donation.

Tickets are available from band members or they can be reserved using the following email address:

The performers on the evening will be:

Westerly Winds: Are a very friendly local windband that enjoy performing a wide variety of music under the leadership of Andy Loveridge. The band is a member of the Avon Wind Band Association (AWBA) and always welcomes new players.

Emma Spillane: Is a classically trained musician, having taken up the piano and violin from an early age. Vocally she has performed with several auditioned choirs over the years, including the Bristol Schools Choir and the University of Kent Chamber Choir in a wide variety of prestigious venues across the UK and Europe. She now trains with Claire Delaney, creator and Producer of House of Broadway, and is enjoying expanding her solo repertoire with mostly classical and musical theatre numbers. Emma also enjoys performing locally with Business Choir.

Avon Harmony Chorus: Are a group of diverse women from Bristol’s original all female barbershop chorus. They enjoy singing barbershop and A Cappella from genres from contemporary to vintage music.

For more information visit the Facebook event page.

WALK TO D’FEET – Badminton

Sunday 2nd September 2018 – 12.00 Noon to 4.00pm

Badminton Estate, Badminton, Gloucestershire GL9 1DD

Join us for a walk through the grounds of the Badminton Estate. Bring your picnic, refreshments we be available, all proceeds going to MNDA Gloucestershire.

  • Treasure Hunt for young explorers!
  • Routes suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Suitable for all the family, pushchairs and children’s scooters welcome. Dogs on leads.

To register via email, contact MNDA Gloucestershire’s: or 01452 311150.

£10 suggested donation (which includes access to the grounds and certificate of recognition). Sponsorship welcomed.

PLEASE PAY YOUR ENTRY VIA: and bring your receipt as proof of entry.

If you have received your entry form in advance please complete in full before you arrive, to save time. One form per family.

Routes suitable for wheelchair users. Suitable for all the family, pushchairs and children’s scooters welcome. Dogs on leads.