It is fun organising events and great to attend and enjoy them. Here are a selection of our recent fundraising activities. Click the item to read more.
Date: February 6th 2021
It was ‘virtual’; it was held in lots of houses; it was on Zoom; and it was great fun !
When you can’t meet in person, you can still meet virtually, and yes, its not the same, but you can still have great fun with your fellow guests !
Here’s what one of our guests said:
‘What a great night we had at the Will Garvey Trust Winter Ball, online, with a good number of friends and supporters.
Kevan and Joanna reminded us why we were there, to celebrate the life of Will, their son, and to update us, on the great work that the team are doing through the trust in Will’s memory.
In between the three courses we played bingo, card games and a raffle. Whilst eating we were entertained by Willfest 2020, remembering real life get togethers, Brew 45, BBQ, live music and fun.
The winter ball was a great success, to be able to dress up, eat, laugh and chat was a really refreshing change.
Thanks for organising and looking forward to next year.’ (Andy & Joanne)
Date: March 1st 2020
We enjoyed the first Quiz Night to be held at the Stute, home of Ilkeston RUFC – and what a night it was!
Despite many of the Stute’s regulars leaving right after the Rugby International had finished (lesson learned there), there were still a few left who joined in with the fantastic turn out of our regulars quizzers.
There was a really good buzz in the room, and being on a Sunday evening seemed to go down well: a great distraction form the Sunday evening blues.
With a fab selection of raffle prizes again, and a couple of card games, we managed to raise £280.00 towards the wellbeing libraries. A fantastic result! Thanks to everyone who came down to support us and thanks to Ilkeston RUFC for hosting us and providing supper, that was very much appreciated..
Date: January 18th 2020
Tom, Felix and Pete completed the Fan Dance, raised over £,1087 for the Will Garvey Trust Foundation and to their great credit, finished third overall. A remarkable achievement, we are so proud of you and grateful for your donation to us.
What are we doing?
We are doing the Fan Dance, which forms part of the UK Special Forces selection in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. Renowned not only for the challenges presented by the gradient and length of the 24km hike, but also the unpredictable and unforgiving weather; the Fan Dance is both a physical and mental challenge.
The team will be completing the challenge on 18 January, 2020, in the depths of the Welsh winter; carrying 35 lbs of equipment, plus supplies and water.
Why are we doing it?
Tom, Felix and Pete all went to the University of Leeds and played American Football for the Leeds Gryphons, where they met and played alongside Will Garvey. Will passed away during the final year of their degrees, which had a profound effect on the entire team. From then on, the Gryphons were determined to raise awareness of male mental health, making sure that nobody felt alone or that they couldn’t talk about the things that were affecting them and their wellbeing.
Over the past few years the Gryphons have continued to preserve Will Garvey’s legacy and have led a series of initiatives to raise awareness of male mental health both on campus and back home. While the group have moved away from Leeds and into different professions, their desire to make a difference has remained. As such, even though they live in different parts of the country, they wanted to get together and complete a challenge in memory of their friend.
Date: November 22nd 2019
Another wonderful quiz hosted by the innovative and teasing Quiz maestro – Kevan Garvey.
A raffle again was held on the night with prizes kindly donated by local businesses (see Our Friends page) and some card bingo games at the end tested the talents of the assembled quiz participants.
Food and equipment was generously provided by our organising team and drinks were available from our hosts – The Smalley Working Mens Club who provide the facilities.
The evening raising £400+ for the charity.
Date: September 29th 2019
One of our amazing supporters, Wayne, woke up one day and decided to join a local couch to 5 K. It was quite a journey, but what a result ! And £470 raised too. Great stuff, Wayne !
Little did he realise that it would lead him to embarking on months of training, come rain or shine, or even snow, around the highways and byways of West Hallam in preparation for the Robin Hood Half Marathon last weekend. Often supported in his training by his wife, Helen, Wayne stuck to his plan and kept us updated with his progress with regular training maps.
On a crisp Sunday morning Wayne set off running confidently with the intention of doing the 13 miles in under 2 hours. He smashed it! 1 hour 57! And he raised £470 for WTF too! A great effort and quite an inspiration. Well done, Wayne.
Date: August 17th 2019
Gameathons are an annual event for Dan Edwards. This year he has raised money for the Will Garvey Trust Foundation and raised a whopping £467 – BIG BIG THANKS Dan !!
Direct from Dan:
I did a 24 hour continuous gaming stream (which I have been doing annually for a few years now, for a bit of fun and to raise money for good causes like WTF).
I did this one at home with a few friends and together we raised our highest ever amount for WTF of £467 and we’re really pleased with this.
We played FIFA, Call Of Duty, Rocket League and Need For Speed mainly (my personal favourite is probably Fifa). A high point this year was realising that we had some viewers on the live stream, who were not family or friends, which hasn’t happened before, so it was nice to speak to different people and see we were actually being viewed.
It’s a bit of slog doing a 24 hour stream, and we hit a bit of a low point 16 hours in, when I realised I’d actually already been up for 25 hours! And this does weird things to your appetite – I’m always hungry – but I didn’t eat at all! But, we had a great laugh and knew that what we were doing was going to make a difference to the lives of young people, and that was definitely worth it.
Date: July 20th 2019
Vicki Brown, local Forever Living agent, invited WTF to host a ‘pamper party’ the proceeds of which would be donated to the charity. We didn’t hesitate at the prospect of raising money and enjoyed the first one so much we’ve arranged others since!
Vicki is awesome at making you feel at ease and never makes you feel under pressure to buy any of the natural aloe vera products. At our pamper party we each tried the products on ourselves, effectively having a full facial. My skin definitely felt 100% better afterwards.
Since then, Vicki has also donated sales of Forever Living’s hand sanitiser to WTF as well.
Date: March 29th 2019
Thank you for your support at the WTF quiz – £396 raised – fantastic !
Kev’s (almost) legendary quiz was back! He delivered the puns. He’s so bad he’s (almost) quite good. Where Mastermind meets Pointless meets the Teletubbies.
A great night was had, pitting our brains against the best West Hallam’s got. We laughed a lot, and helped to raise £396 for a local charity that wants to improve the lives of local young people.
Every penny counts and goes to the charity. (We want to train mental health first aiders and trainers so we can go into schools and begin programmes of early intervention. This will help us help prevent suicide in young people).
Date: February 13th 2019
Oh what a night! Our first Winter Ball just could not have been any better. A packed out room, in Marriott Breadsall Priory’s Pavilion Suite, delicious 3 course meal served by attentive staff, games to play, competitions to win, spot prizes, a raffle and to finish it all off, a DJ whose music filled the dance floor late into the night. And we raised £1750 for the charity !
A competition to design each table’s centre piece was hotly contested, with each designed around one of Will’s favourite things (Nottingham Forest, Harry Potter, Glastonbury, Science, Board Games, Lego, American Football, Comedy, Guardians of the Galaxy). Guests voted for their favourite and the winner was…Guardians of the Galaxy, a huge papier-mâché creation of Groot!
Key note speakers, Joanna and Kevan, Will’s parents, explored the impact of suicide on the individual, the family and the community and reaffirmed their commitment to creating talking communities, (through WTF) where everyone, male or female, young or old, rich or poor, feels able to talk about how they feel, and to ask for help without fear of judgement.
Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel, was the perfect choice to hold the Ball: Will had worked there since he was just 16, mostly in the restaurant and then later in the bar. He loved it there and made some great friends. It’s also where Will’s dad worked before Will was born, and where Will’s parents held their wedding reception, in the very same Pavilion Suite. There is now a plaque in the staff room and flowers are placed there every year on Will’s anniversary. It has a special place in Garvey hearts.
Date: December 6th 2018
Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Hope Walk for Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide). We were really lucky with the weather, again, this year: beautiful clear blue sky and warm autumn sunshine.
It was a little different this year and our 13 mile walk took us in a loop from West Hallam to Ilkeston, then onto Heanor, through Smalley and Stanley Common and finally, 13 miles and 4 hours later, back to West Hallam.
Our walk took us through busy streets giving us the opportunity to talk to passers-by about our key message – why talking fixes! It gave us all an opportunity to talk too, in an environment where we feel safe to share our thoughts and feelings without fear of recrimination, discrimination or judgement. It was only too evident to some of us that walking and talking is simply one of the best ways to see an immediate improvement in our sense of mental wellbeing. Being outside, even when we least feel like it, helps us connect with nature, gets our bodies moving, and if we’re with someone else, gives us an outlet for our thoughts and feelings; all part of the highly recommended 5 steps to Wellbeing.
Please look out for the Hope Walk next year.
Date: December 6th 2017
On a miserable Saturday morning in October a motley crew of walkers set out on an epic walk from West Hallam to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground to raise awareness of Papyrus’s helpline for young people who are struggling and need support, advice or help.
Purple t-shirts and banners ensured high visibility along the main roads of the 16 mile route to the City Ground. Most of the walkers were also lifelong Forest fans, like Will, our son who died by suicide in 2016, and whose death has inspired our participation in the Hope Walk. Once they’d arrived, a great goal from Eric Licah warmed the walkers up and secured three points against local rivals Burton Albion. Nottingham Forest had also kindly included a preview of the Hope Walk in their match day programme at the last home game. Everything we do helps raise the profile of mental health, normalising the reality of challenging times and fluctuations in our sense of well-being. Increasing visibility also means that we are able to signpost people more effectively to services they need
Date: December 6th 2016
PAPYRUS is a suicide prevention charity.
We joined them in the Hope Walk because our son Will, died by suicide in May this year, and we wanted to show everyone who might have depression or anxiety, or might be struggling in any way, that there is hope and there is help.
PAPYRUS is a suicide prevention charity; a community of people, some of whom have been bereaved by suicide, some of whom have their own mental health challenges and some of whom simply want to make the world a better place for everyone.
We decided to join thousands of others across the country in October who were walking for hope and who were walking to prevent suicide with Papyrus.
We walked 16 miles from West Hallam to the City Ground along the major routes into Nottingham, ensuring our visibility so that the Hope Line number would be seen by the highest number of people. The weather was very kind to us: a warm autumnal sun shone along most of the route, and was very welcome during our stopover in Wollaton Park. Our final destination was the Anniversary Wall at the Trent End of the City Ground where Will has a brick. This is the entrance Will would enter the City Ground on match days and was a fitting way to end the walk.
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