Many congratulations to David Smith for completing the Big Half Marathon in London this morning despite all the weather disruption and uncertainty.
As a frequent visitor to Cornwall, David is raising awareness for the #FINDFINN campaign and The Invictus Trust.
We are so grateful, thank you so much and have a well earned rest!
Many thanks to Ali and Christine and the whole fund raising committee at Pendennis who raised an amazing £2,345 for Invictus throughout the year including a brilliant family day.
Steve was delighted to be given a tour of the yard and receive a large cheque !
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20 brave volunteers put themselves forward 8 weeks ago to learn to dance, raise funds for the Invictus Trust and take part in a ‘Strictly-style’ Grand Final!
So on Friday when the Burrell Theatre, Truro School was packed to capacity, the sparkles were on, the make-up, hair, lights and music were ready…..could they deliver???!!!
A film sent by Craig Revel-Horwood from the BBC show surprised the dancers and made them yet more determined to be A-MAZ-ING!! AND THEY WERE!!!!!!
We were treated to an opening group dance, a jive on a Pulp Fiction theme, followed by all 10 couples dancing for the Glitter Ball Trophy. We saw 3 couples Cha Cha, 3 couples Charleston, plus 2 Paso Dobles and 2 American Smooths. Expert judges, Jason Thomas, Becci Gower, Christine Redfern and Phil Barnet, gave highly professional and technical feedback and then got out their sparkly paddles to score the hopefuls, while they got their breath back! Presenters for the evening, Amber & Laura, both Invictus trustees chatted with the contestants and interacted with a wildly excited audience.
Finally the winners were announced and Adam Hayward and Cara Clemow lifted the Glitter Ball to a roar of approval!! However, the biggest cheer came when the total raised by the dancers, which had been kept secret, was revealed. As well as committing huge amounts of time to the dancing challenge, the 20 dancers had raised an incredible £17,209!!!
Sophia Cowburn, Invictus Trustee, who had been one of the dancers, was full of praise for the whole event which was organised by her parents, utilising the services of Clare Lawrence, dance/fitness teacher, who is setting up a business, Strictlyfundraising, based on the incredible response. Sophia explained that many of the dancers had been friends of her twin brother, in who’s memory the Invictus Trust was set up but that other people who had struggled with poor mental health had also got on board and really close bonds had been formed.
An A-MAZ-ING event! Incredible fundraising! AND hundreds of people talking about teenage mental health! Huge thanks to everyone who supported, sponsored, gave their time and of course, danced their socks off!!
The Cornwall FA Charity Cup is underway and I was happy to go to see St.Agnes play Wendron – it was a tightly fought affair with St Agnes, who are a league lower, scoring first and nearly holding out to the end.
Wendron’s class started to show and they scored just before the final whistle, building on their success to secure the game in extra time.
Invictus will be the recipients of all money raised in all the rounds so please support the games if you can.
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All 20 dancers are now in place and are training hard on Wednesday Evenings, followed by refreshment in the Heron afterwards! The dances have been allocated and the group dance practiced.
It’s even rumoured that some are meeting up for extra practice. As well as the dancing, fundraising is full steam ahead as well…..for more information on the dancers and fundraising please click here
The Final organisation is well underway, four high profile judges have been selected and are sharpening their pencils! The Burrell Theatre in Truro is booked and costumes and shoes being discussed. Tickets for the Final have been offered to dancers first, but when we know how many are available we will make them available as we are aware that a number of you would like to come.
Keep dancing !!
Here are our amazing Strictly dancers…all 20 of them plus Clare and Sian our dance teachers.
They have already done 2 training sessions and the improvement is incredible….if you would like to sponsor them please go to virgin money giving and choose one of the dancers by name….
Mark Norgate and Sophia Rose
Philip Sayers and Tamsin Salliss
Rob Hooper and Tayler Rose
Jake Wellings and Emily Bland
Joel Rose and Charlotte Addison
Andy O’Boy and Charlotte Manuel
Chris Barker and Jo Sodergren
Adam Hayward and Cara Clemow
Brian Milstead and Jenny Phillips
David Oakes and Kaliea Love
They all have a group dance to do and have also been allocated either a Cha Cha Cha, American Smooth, Charleston or Pasa Doble !!
As well as competing in the Strictly Final you can also catch them at the amazing Glitter Ball on Saturday 9th December
Keep Dancing !!!
Tickets are now available for the fabulous INVICTUS GLITTER BALL at £55 a head!
Taking place in the 4 huge, connected, heated Tipis at the Retallack Resort near Newquay on Saturday 9th December from 7pm till midnight.
Dress code is Black Tie and Strictly Sparkles (no need to worry about keeping warm, there are fantastic fire pits in the TiPis and the heat of the dance to keep you warm!)
Champagne reception, 3 course dinner, wine on the table plus a live band.
This will also feature the Invictus Strictly dance-off where you will be invited to vote for the Peoples Champion!
Accommodation is available on site (at special rates) should you require it.
The Invictus Trust is delighted to now be able to offer accredited Mental Health First Aid Youth Training (MHFA) courses at a special introductory rate of only £100 per person for a 2 day course.
Amber and Sharon, both Invictus Trustees and fully qualified, will be running the very first Invictus courses :
Course A Monday 30th October 2017 and Monday 6th November 2017 , or
Course B Thursday 30th November 2017 and Thursday 7th December 2017
Both courses will run from 9am – 5pm at
Flying Start Head Office, 1 Trelawney Road, Camborne TR14 7LN
You will receive a fully accredited 2 day course, the MHFA workbook and gain a comprehensive introduction to mental health awareness from highly qualified instructors.
The actual course price is £300 but is being subsidised by the Invictus Trust to ensure it is accessible and affordable in Cornwall.
Please email email@example.com NOW to book