Sandy Bear

September 2021

St Oswalds VA School raise £1900 for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity


On the 12th July, St Oswalds VA School ended the 2021 summer term in a colourful and extraordinary way. St Oswalds held their first ever Rainbow Run organised by the Friends of the school. More than £3800 was raised to be split between the school and Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity. It was a very much needed boost for the health and wellbeing of all the children that took part which will also remain as a lasting happy memory for them.

A crazy and colourful event saw pupils run laps of the school field whilst being showered with all the colours of the rainbow. Runners turned up in white t-shirts, colourful accessories and sunglasses to take part. It all kicked off with the part time children running at 11am in their school bubble.  The rest of the school followed in their class bubbles from 1.15pm.

Prizes for the highest fundraisers for individuals and families were donated by Co-op Kilgetty, Clerkenhill Adventure Farm and Frizbee Golf, Heatherton World of Activities, Tesco Pembroke Dock, Indie Burger, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Carew Castle, Andrew Rees’s Butchers, Tees R Us New Hedges and Coppet Hall Paddle Boarding.

Diane James, Chair of the Friends of the school, said, “To see the faces of the children made it all worthwhile.  Pupils had gathered sponsorship from their friends and family and all pulled together to raise in excess of £3800.  We are so grateful to everyone for the part they played on the day. From the generosity of our sponsors Station Garage Kilgetty, Snooty Fox Martletwy, Saundersfoot Rotary club and MJ Parry and Co Ltd of the event, as well as the many businesses who have donated prizes. We were overwhelmed with the amount raised and delighted to surpass our target. We would like to extend a huge thank you to staff, pupils and parents for their hard work during these most strange circumstances”.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear, says “We hold good relationships with the schools within Pembrokeshire and it is extremely rewarding when the children and families work together to raise such phenomenal amounts of money for our charity. I am glad the children of St Oswalds had a lot of fun holding this fundraising event and they should be extremely proud of themselves for how much they have raised. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from St Oswalds VA School.”

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Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity Family Fun Day at Carew Castle

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Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity held their first public event, since Covid-19, on Sunday 29th August. The event ran at Carew Castle which was generously donated by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The day was described as a ‘success’ as the general public, and families of Sandy Bear, thoroughly enjoyed the day.

The family fun day aimed to raise the profile of the children’s bereavement charity as well as trying to raise vital funds for children’s resources. Children, families and young people were able to take part in various craft activities, in the marquee donated by Valero, whilst meeting the staff and volunteers of the charity.

Pembrokeshire’s emergency services and St John’s Ambulance Service attended the day to help educate the guests about the fantastic work they do within the county. There were also many joyful musical performances throughout the day with a choir performance from Artistic Licence Theatre Company, Tickle Tunes and Samba DOC and storytelling from the wonderful Owain Roach.

Hannah Underwood, Charity Coordinator at Sandy Bear says, ‘I am really pleased with how the event went. This was the first ever fundraising event I have organised and it was great to see the smiles on everyone’s faces. I would like to say a huge thank you to those who donated and who we worked with on the day. Mark Everson at Carew Castle supported me throughout the organisation and we also received sponsorship and support from the Port of Milford Haven and Dragon LNG, who are our Charity of the Year partnerships for 2021/2022. I am really looking forward to planning the next event.’

Mark Everson, from Carew Castle and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park says, ‘The Sandy Bear Family Fun Day at Carew went incredibly well. It was a privilege to welcome over 100 children and their families to the Castle. There were so many fun activities throughout the day that our visitors also enjoyed. We are so happy to support Sandy Bear, who are an inspirational charity, and we very much hope to work with them again next year.’

Photography: Gareth Davies

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