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July 2020

SPONSOR TEAM LADYBUGS! Chloe and Stephan are taking part in a triathlon between July 20th and 25th

"Ways to Sponsor" are listed below the pictures

Team Ladybugs, is taking part in a triathlon especially for Kendall & Wall. They have very kindly offered to help our fundraising by making it a sponsored triathlon. Running, cycling, and possibly swimming a long way if it is safe to do so…. So get your wallets out!

Father and daughter duo Stephan and Chloe Couture from Warwickshire, have already done countless miles swimming, biking and running at events across the globe. Chloe’s mother and father Diane and Stephan have always been keen to make sure that Chloe leads as active a life as possible, never letting her Cerebral Palsy or visual impairment stop her from enjoying the thrill of a race.

Chloe and Stephan

How to sponsor
1) You can download the Sponsorship Form. Please round up your friends and family and ask them to be as generous as they can be
2) You can make a donation by sending a cheque to Kendall & Wall or giving us the money on your next outing with us
3) You can donate online at JustGiving

Chloe, who is fourteen, and Stephan have completed over 50 triathlons. Their enthusiasm has propelled them from local races, to national races and to World Triathlon events. This makes Chloe a seasoned traveller. She loves ‘hotels and airplanes’.

It takes a huge amount of preparation, dedication and commitment to be able to compete at any event.

Diane explained to In Touch “disabilities don’t need to have boundaries. We got involved in racing in 2011 initially simply doing running races. After getting the kit to allow Chloe to be towed behind Stephan’s bike we realized she was a speed freak. She was clearly really excited to be out and the faster we went, the more excited she became!

Stephan said “getting involved in triathlons seemed a good idea, but it was the swim part that held us back, so we got in touch with a local open water centre and they were able to lend us a sit-on kayak which Chloe reclined on whilst I swam”. With the help of the safety team Chloe and Stephan took their first swim together. “Chloe’s huge smile and her obvious excitement started us on the journey to where we are today.”Their first event was a 5km Santa Run in Stratford Upon Avon, since then they have completed 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathons and marathons as well as sportive and triathlons.

The first relay triathlon they did was at Eton Dorney in Buckinghamshire. Stephan explained “it was a great experience because there were loads of people there to help anyone with any disability get involved with triathlon”.

Clothing is a really important consideration because Chloe is stationary throughout and therefore prone to being affected by the temperature.” Diane says “they started training in and around our local area. It takes a lot of energy to push Chloe in her race chair but Stephan never gives up and neither does Chloe. Stephan can come back from a training run or a race and be absolutely exhausted but Chloe is already negotiating the next activity and outing”!

Stephan summed up saying “I’m lucky to be able to train and race every day with Chloe; she is the best and toughest training partner in the world. She’s my inspiration. Knowing how much she enjoys getting out and about motivates me to keep going in rough weather and tough races.

The most important thing is to enjoy it! Chloe loves being out and about and lives for her racing. We are delighted to be able to help Kendall & Wall. We all admire the effort that the volunteers put in and the enjoyment their clients get out of all your activities”.

March 2020

It might not seem like it at the moment but spring is in the air! The weather can only improve and we are planning to take advantage of it. Our new programme is out and there are some great trips to be enjoyed. Birmingham and the Black Country feature strongly with trips to Birmingham Cathedral, The Pen museum, a metro trip through the Black Country and two separate visits to Bilston – the market and the craft gallery! We’re also going to the Crooked House at Himley and Mad O’Rourke’s pie factory at Tipton. If you don’t fancy the Black Country there’s plenty more on offer including canal trips, theatre, cinema, stately homes and a Welsh waterfall. For a full list of our outings see ‘Forthcoming Outings’.

We have recently published our second annual report covering the period October 2018 to September 2019.The report sets out our achievements and ambitions. The full report is available in the section ‘Annual Report’

The photos below show some of what we have been getting up to over the last 4 months

An 'angel' in Stafford

Glass blowing in Dudley

Jodrell Bank, November 2019

Trent Cruise, January 2020

Coventry Cathedral, February 2020

Pancake races, Lichfield 2020

November 2019

As usual we have had a very busy, possibly even exciting, few months. We had some great trips over the summer including outings to West Midlands Safari Park, Ashbourne Street Festival, a barbeque at Mike & Kiko’s house, a cruise on the River Trent, two trips to Barmouth, Proms in the Park in Lichfield, Oak House in Sandwell and a treasure trail in Stafford –to name just a few! The photos below show some of the things we get up to on our outings.

West Midlands Safari Park July 2019

Trent cruise August 2019

Barmouth August 2019

Proms in the Park September 2019

Oak House Sandwell September 2019

We have been incredibly fortunate to have recruited a number of new volunteers in recent months. Sarah Bennett, Neil Briand, Mike Dunkley and Andrew Stiles have all joined our happy band as our new volunteers.

It has now turned cold and the winter is almost upon us. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful festive season.

Our winter programme is now under way For full details of all our Forthcoming Outings

March 2019

It’s been a long winter but we have had some very enjoyable outings nonetheless. In addition to the usual Christmas lunches, shopping expeditions and Christmas Fayres we experienced some tremendous foreign food, including a Lebanese meal in Birmingham, a Chinese buffet and a memorable Italian meal in Lichfield. We visited the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank, the needle museum at Redditch, Hartlebury Castle and the BBC studios in Birmingham. There were theatre and concert trips, too: not forgetting film shows held at Mike & Kiko’s house – Dr. Zhivago and The Cruel Sea were incredibly popular.

Our spring programme has now been published (see Forthcoming outings on this website) and some of the outings are proving so popular that we have had to put on additional trips to ensure that people are not disappointed.

We have now completed our first year as a charity and our annual report has been sent to the Charity Commission. A copy of the report will be made available on this website within the next few weeks.

A significant feature of our report has been our success in raising money for the charity. In 2018 we raised more than £8,000 from grants, donations and fundraising events such as raffles, bring and buy sales etc. We are grateful to the following individuals and organisations who have generously given grants or provided goods in 2018 and 2019.

At the time of writing we are selling tickets for our Spring Raffle which will be drawn at our Easter Bonnets lunch on 23rd April. The first prize is a food hamper worth £60 and there are lots of other wonderful prizes. Please support us by buying a ticket.

More great news – we have managed to secure the support of two more patrons:

The Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, has kindly agreed to join us.

Ian was an industrialist whose family business, manufacturing ceramic tableware for the worldwide hospitality industry, has been based in Stoke on Trent since 1800. He was awarded the CBE for services to the ceramics industry in 2002 and made a Knight of the Order of St John in 2017. The Lord-Lieutenant and his wife Jane are hoping to come on one of our outings later this year.

Ian Dudson CBE KStJ

We are especially lucky to have the support of Tony Christie, who is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Lichfield. Tony is best known as a singer and musician but is also an accomplished actor. He has had numerous hits in this country and in Europe including “Las Vegas” and “Is This the Way to Amarillo”. We look forward to seeing more of Tony in the months to come.

Tony Christie

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