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Chingari celebrates Eid and Rakshabandhan

Aug 14 2014 by

Children at the Chingari Rehabilitation Centre in Bhopal celebrated Rakshabandhan and Eid last week, with members of their families and  staff at the clinic.

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Children celebrating Raksha Bandhan and Eid with their families and friends

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu Festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters; the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister like protective relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated. Celebrations started with a small speech by Shankar, Shadab and Vidya (Community health workers) explaining the messages and significance of Raksha Bandhan and Eid to the children. This was followed by a small inspiring speech from Apa and Didi (Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla).

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Girls at Chingari tie Rakhi’s to boys wrists to symbolize their love and prayers

 

The girls at Chingari then tied Rakhi’s (sacred threads) onto the hands of boys, symbolizing a sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. Afterwards children and mothers hugged each other and greeted Eid. An open house dance followed where the children danced to some of their latest, favorite Bollywood songs.

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Children at Chingari dancing and celebrating Raksha Bandhan and Eid

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Mat & Dom’s Robin Hood Marathon 2014

Aug 14 2014 by

Mat and Dom from Lewes Athletic Club are running the Robin Hood Marathon at Nottingham on 28th September. They’re both raising money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal, having previously ran for the BMA in the Brighton Marathon for the last 3 years.

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Mat and Dom

Why Nottingham? Well, in February of this year, half way into training for his 5th consecutive Brighton Marathon, Mat was falsely diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome (Sudden Death Syndrome) and was told he could never run again. 2 months later he was given the all clear, but he had missed the Brighton Marathon. Knowing he was desperate to run a marathon this year, Dom said he would join him in an Autumn marathon. For Mat and Dom the Robin Hood Marathon looked like such a great race, so both signed up.

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Mat and Dom running in the 2010 Brighton Mararthon

RH Marathon Mat & Doms Robin Hood Marathon 2014 bhopal medical appealEveryone at the Bhopal Medical Appeal is hugely relieved for Mat and wishes the best of luck to him and Dom with their training. Hopefully we’ll see them back running in the Brighton Marathon some time soon.

If you would like to sponsor Mat and Dom you can do on their JustGiving page here.

If you are interested in running for charity and would like to help raise money for the Bhopal Medical Appeal please get in contact with us here or call us at 01273 603278. We currently have places in the 2015 Brighton Half Marathon, 2015 Brighton Marathon and the 2015 British London 10km.

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Garden Sale for Bhopal raises over £800!

Jul 30 2014 by

A long serving supporter of the Bhopal Medical Appeal held a Table-top Garden sale at her home in Stroud on the 19th and 20th of July to help raise money for the clinics in Bhopal. Olivia Dell, who has been involved with the Bhopal Medical Appeal as a generous supporter and friend for many years, has previously held pop up shop sales and workshops. Olivia also sells peg dolls from her own world textiles and folk art business with the proceeds of the peg dolls going to the BMA.

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Despite the rain on Saturday, many still made it to the sale, with Olivia stating that ‘All money’s raised were given with a kindness of spirit – often in excess of the prices’. People also donated items for her to sell including antiques, books, vintage clothing and jewelry, and with the success of this event Olivia has said that another sale might be on the cards, potentially in Stroud town centre.

The Bhopal Medical Appeal would like to say a big thank you to Olivia and all those who helped and turned up to her event. A grand total of £840 was raised, this money will help to provide health care and change the life of someone who really needs it.

If you are interested in holding an event for the Bhopal Medical Appeal this year, whether its a garden sale like Olivia’s, a curry evening with your friends or a bake sale in your community, please contact us here or on 01273 603278 and let us know. We would love to help and can provide posters, flyers, banners and help with publicising your event.

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Thanks for having us!

Jul 18 2014 by

In February this year representatives from the Bhopal Medical Appeal came to our school and gave a very interesting presentation about the Bhopal disaster. They also offered two places to work at the Bhopal Medical Appeal office in Brighton during our school’s work experience week.  Having been inspired by the work they do – raising money for the Sambhavna and Chingari clinics in Bhopal – we decided we’d like to spend our work experience week with them.

Today is our last day at The Bhopal Medical Appeal office and we’ve had a great week. One of the projects we were working on was extending a school outreach scheme by writing to various teachers from schools in the Sussex area to offer the school the same presentation we were given earlier this year. During this project we used and learnt many new and different skills including collecting information for a database, letter writing and graphic design.

In the last week we have also written several articles for this website, designed a promotion leaflet and of course done some good old fashioned filing!

We’ve both had a great time and think that we will be taking away lots of new skills that will be useful for working in a professional environment in the future. The week has also helped us shape our ideas for what we might like to do as a career after leaving school.

We would like to thank everyone at The Bhopal Medical Appeal for making the week enjoyable and educational and we think that anyone coming here for their work experience next year is incredibly lucky to have such a good placement!

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Last day of work experience

 

Megan and Tristan

Year 10 Dorothy Stringer Students

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The Bhopal Medical Appeal at the Backwell Festival

Jul 17 2014 by

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At the Backwell Festival

Last Saturday (July 12th) the Backwell festival took place and we were proud to be there as the international charity for the festival. Around 500 people turned up and the day was a lovely family event that was increadbly well organised. The organisers and the crowd  very friendly and we felt honoured to be part of the festival this year.

There were two main stages at the event hosting some great local musicians. The highlight of this year’s festival included the fantastic Celestine, and a headline act – who bought the festival to a rocking high – Doreen Doreen. The organisers of the event really made us welcome and it was great to have been given a platform on one of the stages for one of the charity’s representatives, Tim Edwards, to give a talk about the Appeal.

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Celestine, one of the leading events at the Backwell Festival

 

 

 

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Congratulations to our 2014 10km runners

Jul 15 2014 by

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Our wonderful runners chilling out after the race.

Congratulations and thank you to those who ran the British London 10K on the 13th of July on behalf of the Bhopal Medical Appeal. It has been 30 years since the disaster and the run helped us raise over £4500 so far, which is a great start, but with quite a lot more still to come in this looks like it will be a great result for us!

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One of our runners in action

The event turned out to be a lot of fun for all those participating on this beautiful day (although a bit on the hot side). 23 people ran this year and got to run through the country’s capital, passing some of its most amazing landmarks en route. Sticking to tradition, the runners had a picnic of beer and curry in Hyde Park where they got to relax after running 10K in a sweltering heat.

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Runners – see times below.

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Like the idea of running for Bhopal? We would love to hear form you! We have places for next years Brighton Half Marathon on February 25th and for next years Brighton Marathon on July 12th. Call us on 01273 603278 or email us at admin@bhopal.org.

 

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Bright Blue Yoga supports Sambhavna’s Yoga Therapy

Jul 10 2014 by

Bright Blue Yoga supports Yoga Therapy and Women’s Health in India

Georgina Bassford runs yoga classes in the Bath area for adults, pregnancy, postnatal mothers and babies, toddlers and preschoolers under the name of Bright Blue Yoga. Georgina is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher and offers hatha yoga classes designed ti improve physical and mental well being. She also has specialist training and experience in antenatal yoga and holds classes to help the pregnant woman prepare for  labour whilst keeping as healthy and relaxed as possible during the pregnancy.

Recently, Georgina has been introduced to the incredible work that the Sambhavna Clinic carries out using yoga and has been inspired to set up her own ongoing fundraising campaign for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. In Georgina’s own words:

“I’ve always wanted to support a charity through my yoga practice and business and have finally found one that really resonates with me. I hope it will with you too. I am only just starting out, in June 2014, on my fundraising journey for the Bhopal Medical Appeal, and hope that over the months and years you will support me in funding their amazing and important work in a variety of ways…”

Our heartfelt thanks go to Georgina for her commitment to our appeal and to the work of the Sambhavna Clinic.

You can visit the Bright Blue Yoga site here and, if you live in the Bath area, then why not consider taking some classes with Georgina.

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