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Charity duo Avril Mills founder of The Dream Factory & Martin Bye Dream coordinator are to take part in Husky Sled Challenge for The Dream Factory
The Dream Factory charity founder Avril Mills and dream co-ordinator Martin Bye are to take part in the ultimate extreme challenge to raise money for The Dream Factory.
The pair want to raise £8,000 by taking on the Husky Sled Challenge in the Arctic which will see them drive a pack of huskies some 156 miles over seven days.
The challenge, next April, will start in Norway and finish in Sweden.
Avril said: "This will certainly test our physical and mental strength in some of the most extreme conditions known to man.
"We will be travelling the distance from London to Torquay in temperatures averaging -20 degrees. This is no ordinary charity challenge."
The fundraisers will have to put up their own tents, cook their own food and look after their team of huskies.
Avril said this is a hands on' extreme wilderness challenge if ever there was one, especially as I don't like the cold, I'm not a fan of dogs and haven't got a clue how to put up a tent!"
Avril founded The Dream Factory in 2008 in memory of her son, Oliver, who died from leukemia at the age of nine.
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Sue Swanson, aged 63, from Wanstead finally managed to secure a place in the London Marathon this year, after several years of applying.
We were honoured and thrilled when Sue selected The Dream Factory as her chosen charity.
Sue's target on her Justgiving Page was to raise the sum of £500, so far she has managed to raise the absolutely brilliant sum of £1,715.50, for which we are truly grateful.
Our congratulations to Sue who completed the Marathon in the totally amazing time of 4hours, 45 mins & 8 seconds.
Charity golf day raises £9,595 for The Dream Factory
A golf day held at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Chigwell, on Friday raised
£9,595 for The Dream Factory.
The Crystal Golf Day was organised by Danny Talbot, director of
Romford-based Crystal Windows and featured a dinner and charity auction, as
well as a round of golf at the Abridge Road course.
Comedian Terry Alderton, who has become a patron of the charity, acted as
MC and auctioneer at the dinner.
Among the items going under the hammer were a signed Tottenham Hotspur
shirt which raised £600 and a golf lesson from PGA professional and The
Dream Factory patron Simon Khan which fetched £500.
A bottle of House of Commons wine signed by Prime Minister David Cameron
went for £150 as the auction alone raised £5.300.
The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "It was a truly amazing day for
the charity and I would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make
the event such a success.
"Special thanks go to Danny Talbot, who organised the event, Terry Alderton
for his great input into the evening for his continued support of the
charity and to the Dream Factory volunteers who braved the cold out on the
course throughout the day.
"Without their support it would not be possible for The Dream Factory to
continue to make dreams come true for children and young adults with
Epping Forest District Council chairman supports The Dream Factory
A cheque for £1,500 was presented to The Dream Factory on Friday by Epping
Forest District Council chairman Brian Rolfe.
The money was presented to charity trustee Linda Clarke at the council's
annual civic awards ceremony held at Gilwell Park, Chingford.
Mr Rolfe has chosen The Dream Factory charity and Chigwell Riding Trust for
Special Needs as his charities for the year.
The cheque is the latest donation made to the charity through the
chairman's charity appeal.
Money raised by the chairman has already paid for Epping teenager Piers
Bloomfield, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and his family to meet West
End musical star Lee Mead, and to be treated to a special meal in London
The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "The support we have received
from Brian Rolfe and the council during his year in office has been amazing.
"Mr Rolfe's fundraising efforts have already enabled us to make a dream
come true (the Lee Mead dream) and now with these additional funds we can
continue to make dreams come true."
NEW PATRON - PGA golf pro Simon Khan
The Dream Factory is very proud to announce our new patron is Epping's own PGA golf pro Simon Khan.
Simon spends a lot of the year on the golf circuit abroad. He has the Dream Factory logo on his golf bag and has just donated £10 from every birdie and has donated £1,970 to help us grant more dreams. He also donated his driver and signed it for our golf day.
mad hatters tea party
For the 4th year running The Dream Factory have been invited to the Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Grovener Hotel London with the London taxi drivers.
VANESSA & JULIA RAISING MONEY FOR THE DREAM FACTORY
Vanessa and Julia Gardezi on the 3 peaks challenge.
EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL CHAIRMAN TO SUPPORT THE DREAM FACTORY
Brian Rolfe, the newly elected chairman of Epping Forest District Council has chosen the Dream Factory as one of his charities which will benefit from fundraising during his year in office. Fundraising events will be held over the next 12 months to support our charity along with the Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs.
Avril Mills said "This is a fantastic opportunity for us, and we are extremely proud to have been chosen, particularly alongside Chigwell Riding Trust, as we have recently granted dreams for some of their children. Having lived in Epping for many years now, it is a great honour for our charity to be supported by my local council."
The Dream Factory granted Yisroel's dream to go to New York to see his penpal. Also we gave him a magnificent trampoline for him and his bothers and sisters to enjoy.