SPONSORED WALK (6 miles)
My name is Kaisia Burris and I am Devante's cousin. A few of his school friends came up with the idea to do a sponsored walk from Lyndon School in Solihull to Birmingham Children’s hospital to help raise money towards Neuroblastoma research.
Because children were involved it had to be during the day and to ensure we never missed out on any schooling Friday 3rd April 2015 (Good Friday) was the date chosen.We had to meet at the school and register for 10:30am in order for the walk to begin at 11:00am.
My Dad and I arrived at around 10:45am and at that time there were already loads of people standing around taking selfies.The weather wasn't looking too good but everyone was in good spirits and ready to do the 6mile walk. There was a total of 75 people of all ages, the youngest being 6years old and the oldest being 60.
My Dad and I walked alongside of each other and en-route people wear cheering, beeping their car horns as they passed, encouraging us to go further, which made it more fun and exciting.Devante's mom wore fancy dress as Hello Kitty in order to make it more difficult. It was an amazing group effort from everybody and there was definitely a high sense of achievement that day. read more
Jack & Tom Bake Off Cake Sale
Fun Day May 27 2013
On Monday 27th May 2013, Dee’s Trust held our first charitable event; a family fun day for all. We envisioned our first event to bring all ages and the community together in order to launch the trust website and awareness of our mission ‘To inspire before we expire! Raising Awareness of Neuroblastoma & making dreams come true.’
With your overwhelming support as a community we raised a phenomenal £ 1054.65;
The day was blessed with good weather, a good atmosphere and good music. We had a range of activities keeping the young ones (and older ones) captivated and entertained for hours on end. Activities included face painting, bouncy castles, party games, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling, raffle and so much more!!
We also had special appearances from Peppa Pig, Hello Kitty and Bob the Builder!! The smiles and laughter from the children (and some adults) proved they were a big hit with the crowd.
Friends and local businesses also had stalls and entertainment making the day the success that it was. ‘Mr NK’ and the ‘3T’s’ kept the younger audience entertained outdoors with their array of party games, fun and excitement. Whilst, Steppaz took centre stage indoors, they treated the crowd to show stopping dance performances to an amalgamation of hits that we hear on the radio today.
We would like to thank EVERYONE who came to our event as the turnout was amazing and far exceeded our expectations! Additionally, to all those that have donated with monetary donations, gifts and/or their time we truly appreciate it. Without everyone’s support this family fun day would not have been possible, so once again thank you from the depths of our hearts.
Devante, hope you are proud of our community effort, this is the first of many. Keep smiling and ‘OBEY’ the cause, love Dee’s Trust Crew xxx
Stanville Garden Project
At Stanville School Devante held a very special place in the our hearts of both pupils and staff at Stanville School, we wanted to dedicate a memorial to him so that memories of his time with us would stay forever. We decided to ask his friends who came to Stanville with Devante, now at Lyndon, if they had any ideas of what they would like us to choose. They went away to think and came back to say that they had come up with the idea of a bench, however they didn’t think that this was quite special enough!
With this idea in mind we then searched the internet and came across a website called Forestcrafts. They had a range of seating and a section that caught our eye was headed up ‘Fun Guys’, these were specially crafted wooden seats with a smiley face carved into them. The boys looked at the website and really liked the seating and said that these seemed very appropriate as essentially Devante was a fun guy…however they wanted more! “Do you think they’d be able to do a Snapback hat?” they asked. We approached Forest Crafts and asked if they could do a bespoke version of their Fun Guy seating with a hat. We told them about Devante and they were incredibly helpful and said that it would be a pleasure for them to do this for us. Devante’s friends and all of the staff and children from Stanville were delighted with the memorial when it was delivered in March. It now takes pride of place in our Sensory Garden at Stanville and will be talked about for many years to come.read more
McGrath Snowdon Trip
Whilst there is much to be said for personal achievement there is often far more to be said for gaining that achievement as part of a team especially when the effort to succeed is in the name of a worthy cause.
With that spirit in mind a group of us from McGrath & Co decided that we would undertake a challenge befitting of Dee`s trust. Having decided that we would invite people to sponsor us we needed an event that was sufficiently challenging to promote interest in the cause. It was decided that we would attempt to climb mount snowdon which at 3560ft (1085m) is the highest mountain in England and Wales and by no means an easy walk. On Saturday 29th June 2013 our group assembled outside Birmingham Magistrates Court to board our minibus to Wales. We had decided that we would climb Snowdon via the Llanberis path, which although not the most technical route was a long one being a ten mile round trip. So just after 9.00am we arrived in the town of Llanberis and having set off on foot up the very steep road leading to the start on the actual track to the summit we soon realised that reaching the top would not by any means be easy. Having reached the path it would be fair to say that it started off steeply and soon became a long hard slog which showed no sign of ending. Worryingly it is not even possible to see the summit for most of the climb up to it. However after a few difficult miles the summit becomes visible on the skyline and being able to see it gave us the motivation to keep going and reminded us of the reasons for doing the walk.
With the summit beckoning we pushed upwards and some time later we all made it to the summit feeling both relief and a sense of accomplishment. Having made it to the top we were able to take in the spectacular views. Having then all made it back down safely we were left with a group sense of achievement worthy of the cause for which we had undertaken the challenge. Many thanks to all those who offered support and sponsorship which helped to make the day worthwhile for ourselves and more importantly for Dee`s Trust. Having completed our challenge plans are already being considered for our challenge for next year.