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Poppy Appeal, 2017

The Champions once again knitted furiously to produce poppies to sell to raise money for the Royal British Legion. This is the letter of thanks they were proud to receive:

Dear Mr Midgley,

Thank you very much for your kind donation of £100.00 to The Royal British Legion. We really value your support. 

Over 9 million people are eligible for our support and over 1,000 people call on us for help every day. Your gift will help us continue to provide serving and ex-Service men and women in need with practical, financial and emotional support; as well as campaigning for their best interests.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Rowcliffe
Director of Fundraising
The Royal British Legion


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, 2017

Our Practice Champions busily baked and sold cakes in aid of this charity, so dear to many of us, and raised a tasty £177! A big thank you to all Champions, patients and staff who donated, baked or simply ate cakes for this worthy cause.

Recruitment Drive

We are delighted to welcome 9 new Champions to our team, with more planning to take the training. Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Practice Champion too. For more information contact 01274 425625 or email RidgePracticeChampions@bradford.nhs.uk. Application forms are available via the above contact methods or the practice reception.

Knit & Natter Support

We were delighted to get this lovely letter of thanks for our Knit & Natter group from Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice for their generous £100 donation. Champions Hospice Letter. They’ve been knitting away and selling the fruits of their labour. Well done to all our knitters!

Recycling Point

All The Ridge sites are now a recycling drop-off point for any unused crutches, sticks & frames – we can even take wheelchairs if you’re not sure where else to take them. Have a look at these posters for more information: Recycling poster Drop Off point and Recycling Poster Ridge You will be helping the NHS to save money by returning unused items which can then be passed on to help someone else.

rbl-logo-222  Poppy Appeal

Once again, the Practice Champions did a sterling job selling poppies to patients and staff at The Ridge, raising another £100. We were pleased to receive the following letter of thanks for all their hard work:

Dear Mr Midgley

Thank you very much for your kind gift of £100.00. It will help us continue to provide serving and ex-Service men and women and their dependents in need with practical, financial or emotional support.

The Royal British Legion was first formed in the aftermath of war in 1921. A century on from the First World War, those serving in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families still call on us for help with almost every aspect of daily life. The problems facing First World War veterans when they returned to the UK continue to affect serving personnel and veterans today: whether living with bereavement or disability, finding employment, or coping with financial stress.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, The Royal British Legion can continue to provide much needed help and support to the many thousands who call on us in their hour of need.

Once again thank you for your kindness.

Yours sincerely

Charles Byrne
Director of Fundraising
The Royal British Legion


Children in Need 2016

CHILDREN IN NEED 2016 – A massive “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to the Practice Champions for raising £180.70 at their Coffee Morning on November 18th at our Cousen Road surgery. Their voluntary charity work is a credit to them, and what a worthwhile cause!

FANTASTIC NEWS!!! We knew it, but now the experts at the CCG have confirmed that our Practice Champions are the best in Bradford Districts! We are thrilled to report that they have won the CCG Achievement Award, 2016.

This is a note from one of our GP Partners, Dr Gareth James:

“This is testimony to the fantastic work that they do contributing greatly to our patients and our practice through their regular patient activities, waiting room support, health promotion and ongoing behind the scenes feedback and support. We are so pleased their excellent work has been recognised more widely through this award as the self-giving contribution they make is an example to us and to the wider healthcare community. WELL DONE, and much deserved.”



MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT Coffee Morning, 30th September 2016 – Our Champions once again excelled themselves for The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at our Cousen Road surgery, raising a fantastic £198!!! A big thank you to all of them, and those who helped by baking cakes and attending the event.


RECRUITMENT WEEK STARTED ON MONDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER – Even though it has finished, please ask for details in and around the practice if you are interested in becoming a Practice Champion. There is still an opportunity for you to find out more about what we do and to join us if you think you could help too.

New Activity List

We have recently reviewed all our activities and refreshed the Activity List. Please click here to see what we are offering. Why not come along and give some of our activities a try? We love to see new faces as well as our regulars!

Epilepsy Service

A recent addition for us is helping with the epilepsy support service, BEST (Bradford Epilepsy Support Team). They meet at Great Horton every 4th Monday from 13.00 to 15.00 and provide a chance for carers and members to meet and enjoy activities. If this is something that you may be interested in, please come along. It is a free support service, with tea and coffee provided. We are delighted that Epilepsy Action are also now promoting this service Epilepsy Action. Take a look at their website for more information.

Charity Fund-Raising

Our Knit & Natter group were recently proud to donate £100 to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, which was matched pound for pound by The Sun and Disneyland Paris. This brings our total donations to £1,900 since 2014. Thank you to everyone who runs and attends these enjoyable sessions.

The hard-working Practice Champions here at The Ridge held a Cake Sale and Tombola for Children in Need last year and raised a fantastic £280!







They also joined in with the last World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25th September 2016 and raised over £270 for MacMillan Cancer Support! We all want to thank them and everyone who contributed cakes for their fantastic efforts, as ever. Look out for posters in reception for other charity events.

Macmillan Coffee morning



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