Thanks for coming along!
Many thanks for coming along!
Friday 26 February 2016, The Octagon in Keighley hosted a fundraising concert for MCF. It was a great night, and a big thank you to Heather, Roger and the Wild Geese for making it memorable!
An actress for 20 years, starring in TV shows like London’s Burning, Ultimate Force, Lip Service and Prey, Heather left her leading role in BBC One drama Waterloo Road in 2014, to fully commit to her flourishing music career.
Over the last three years, Heather has performed four sell out UK tours with her full band as well as four sell-out solo acoustic tours.
Heather will be back on the road later this year with a UK and European Tour performing tracks from her forthcoming EP, ‘Come Home’ which is due for release in the Spring of 2016.
Originally from Bradford, Roger is a blues, jazz and folk musician who has been playing and performing music since he was 17. Roger is best known as a slide guitarist and will be performing a mixture of traditional and original songs.
The Wild Geese
This Bradford band who started performing 25 years ago completed the line-up of this fundraising concert.
New Community Project Launched ….
On 29th October, more than 150 cyclists gave their bikes a free health check at a canal-side ‘pop-up’ workshop in Bradford.
This launch event was run by the The Bikery, a community cycle project based at Incommunities’ Enterprise Hub in Wibsey. It forms part of The Big Bike Revival, a national celebration to encourage more people to experience the joys of cycling.
This project is funded through the Foundation Board – Incommunities’ charitable arm – and the Margaret Carey Foundation.
Experts were on hand to repair bikes, give top maintenance tips and receive donations of unwanted bikes which they could rehome. Free bike lights, and mudguards were also given out.
The Bikery is supported by the Swan Project which runs free courses and activities to promote the well-being of local people.
Anthony Thomson from The Bikery said “The free event was a fantastic success and a great start for The Bikery. We’re excited to be launching more activities over the coming months and we’re offering FREE bike maintenance training now – just get in touch”.
Tudor Trust award a substantial grant …
Tudor Trust have kindly awarded Margaret Carey Foundation a grant of £60k over 3 years. This will make a significant contribution towards covering the costs of running our prison projects.
Notification of the award was received on 19th November. We would like to express our gratitude to the Tudor trustees for their generosity in awarding the grant and recognising the positive contribution that the Margaret Carey Foundation continues to make through its community and prison-based projects.
Bikes get dropouts back to school
Offenders at Lindholme and Everthorpe prisons are influencing high school dropouts in Ghana to go back to school.
The men in our prison workshops have been working hard to restore hundreds of bikes for the Avenues Bicycle Project, who ship the bikes from their base in Hull to communities in need overseas.
A shipment of more than 200 bikes are now being distributed in villages near the Ghana-Togo boundary.
Children who trek long distances to school are top on the list for one of the bikes, all of which are in top working order. One of those who rushed to get registered for a bike was 14-year-old Anita Adjei who quit school two months ago. The form 1 student said, “I asked my father to buy me a bicycle but, he says he has no money, I get tired walking for about 5 miles every day and have lost interest in education.”
At Bodada DA Junior High School in the same district, Haruna Issah 19, a form 2 student had also returned to register after quitting for one term.
Its not just the students – a number of teachers who walk long distances to the school have put in for transfers. Now they have bikes they are reconsidering their request to transfer.
Chris Jarrell, Project Coordinator at Avenue Bicycle Project, thanked the prisoners for their work. “These stories reinforce how important the bicycle recycling work you are all involved in is to people living, working and studying in Ghana.”
Call for NHS to donate wheelchairs for overseas aid
Steven Chandler, Acting British High Commissioner in Fiji, called on the international aid community to remember disabled people in developing countries as he presided over the delivery of a container load of children’s physiotherapy equipment donated by PhysioNet and including dozens of wheelchairs refurbished by offenders at HMP Garth.
Speaking to the Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji, the Commissioner supported PhysioNet’s work to encourage the NHS to pass on more of their redundant wheelchairs. He recalled the triumph of Fiji bringing home the Pacific’s first ever Olympic medal at the 2012 London games. He said “Iliesa Delana’s triumph in the Paralympics men’s high jump is an inspiration to us all.
“But for every medal-winning para athlete, there are millions more in the world who are often hidden from view and forgotten. The British Minister for International Development Lynn Featherstone wrote recently that: “the awful truth is the aid community has also in large part forgotten disabled people. I do not know whether it is because it is too hard or other priorities win the day. But we all must do as we would be done by. Over one billion people
– 15% of the global population – have a disability and there is a direct link between disability and poverty. Indeed, disability has a greater impact on access to education than gender or household economic status”.
PhysioNet is one of Margaret Carey Foundation’s charity partners. It was set up in 2005 after Peter Thompson’s visit to a children’s home in Sarajevo, in Bosnia Herzegovina in 2004 where he was asked if he could help find special needs equipment for the children there. Since then, the PhysioNet team of volunteers have helped provide physiotherapy equipment to disabled children in Eastern & Central Europe and in developing countries round the world.
PhysioNet has a close working relationship with Margaret Carey Foundation, taking almost all the 296 wheelchairs refurbished by prisoners at HMP Garth over the past three years and delivering them to people in need in Fiji, Democratic Republic of Congo, Samoa, India and South Africa.
Helping offenders work to help others
Thanks to funding from Northern Rock Foundation and the Monument Trust, Margaret Carey Foundation is now helping more prisoners than ever before, getting them to work to help people in need all over the world. More than 70 prisoners a week are working on our projects, learning good work habits and skills.
Prisoners are recycling and restoring discarded bikes in five prisons:
- Everthorpe, near Hull in East Yorkshire
- Haverigg, in Millom, Cumbria
- Northumberland, in Morpeth
- Garth, in Leyland, Lancashire
Prisoners are repairing electric mobility aids and gaining certificates in Portable Appliance Testing in one prison:
- Kirklevington, near Cleveland in North Yorkshire
Prisoners repair wheelchairs in one prison
- Garth, in Leyland, Lancashire
Every project is a partnership between the prison and our charity. The prison provides the workshop space, workbenches, any available tools, and an instructor. Margaret Carey Foundation encourages all prisons deliver vocational qualifications associated with mechanical skills. Some institutions deliver literacy and numeracy learning pods in conjunction with the workshop to reach offenders who otherwise will not attend a classroom and we have found this to be very effective.
£600 raised at benefit concert
Music-lovers from the Bradford area raised £600 at a benefit concert for the Margaret Carey Foundation. The Steeton Male Voice Choir headlined the concert which also featured Luke Jackson and the Manchester Airport Choir.
The 80-voice Steeton Male Voice Choir recently won the Leeds “Choirs Rock” competition, and last year performed at both the Rugby League World Cup Final at Elland Road and at the World Club Championship at Headingly. They performed a mixed programme of traditional, classical and modern music.
Luke Jackson was described by Mike Harding as “a great singer, a great songwriter, and a really commanding presence.” Nominated for both the BBC Young Folk Award and the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent, Luke has just released his new album, More Than Boys, to outstanding reviews.
TV audiences saw the transformation of 30 baggage handlers, air traffic controllers, fire service and security staff from Manchester Airport into a polished choir under the direction of Gareth Malone in the BBC series, Sing While You Work.
Prisoners help Ugandan youngsters
More than 100 bikes restored by prisoners at HMP Liverpool and HMP Everthorpe have been donated to an orphanage, a primary school, a hospital and a hospice in Uganda, thanks to our partners at BeCycling Africa.The bikes were originally donated by individuals in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire and by Rotary Clubs across the country and taken by us to our workshops at the prisons.
Garth Prison Inmates and MCF Help Get Tonynanook Mobile Again
Disabled Lancashire pensioner Tonynanook Kulurachi has had her life transformed after we were able to present her with a wheelchair handbike to replace her old mobility scooter. Tonynanook contacted us when her scooter broke down, leaving her house-bound at her home in Warrington.
Fortunately we had just the thing she needed, thanks to our Garth Prison workshop in Leyland. The handbike was just one of a number of cycles and wheel chairs donated to us each year that are refurbished through our prison engineering workshops schemes.
While a lot of the cycles and wheel chairs we refurbish are sent around the world it was great on this occasion to be able to help someone in the local community.