London to Paris

Our Very Own Keith Penning is Cycling from London to Paris

We are proud to announce that our very own Keith Penning will be taking part in the London to Paris bike ride on 14th – 18th June 2017. 50 riders, all raising money as part of St Christopher’s 50th anniversary celebrations. (Make a donation)
Keith Penning

 

Although Keith used to ride on a daily basis, he hasn’t done so for a long time. Much to his shame, his bike has been gathering dust and providing a home for various insects and spiders in the garage.

So as you can imagine, it was a bit of a shock when out of the blue our Director Gillian Henderson nominated him.

Having taken part in the inaugural London Surrey 100 in 2013, his first reaction was “of course I will”. Then he remembered the amount of training he had undertaken for the previous shorter ride. This was three times the distance.

Not one to resist a challenge, he focused his mind on the job in hand and put a training plan in place.

With less than 5 weeks to go, Keith is putting time in the saddle, working hard to make this an enjoyable event, not a painful one.

Schedule

Spread over 5 days, the challenge begins early at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham.

Day one:

And they are off, a journey through 95 miles of beautiful Kent countryside.
As they arrive at the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, it’s a trip across the Channel to Calais and their first night of well-deserved rest.

Day two:

75 miles cycling through stunning countryside and quaint villages of northern France. Their route takes them through the historic town of Abbeville. One fateful night during WW2, this town was all but destroyed. The beautiful gothic church was the only building left standing.

Day three:

A more gentle less hilly terrain to transverse. The route follows the river Somme, most famous for its WW2 battle and the thousands who lost their lives. After 70 miles they finish in Beauvais. An ancient city with a few houses remaining close to cathedral that date from the 12th to the 16th century.

Day four:

It’s the final 60 miles through the wonderful French countryside to the finish line in Paris. The cyclists rendezvous in a park north of the city and complete the last couple of miles together. The last leg of the journey takes them along some of the most famous boulevards in the capital. The end is now in sight, situated high above the Paris skyline. It’s time for the celebrations to begin.

Day five:

It’s all over, time for a bit of sightseeing before catching the Eurostar back to London St Pancreas. Once reunited with their bikes they make their relevant ways home. Weary but very proud of their contribution.

Brownhills is committed to supporting our intrepid cyclist in raising the £2,017 sponsorship money.

St Christopher’s Hospice is a charity close to our hearts

Our former Managing Director; Kevin Andrews was supported towards the end of his cancer battle by the incredible team at St. Christopher’s. The palliative care given by the Hospice provided Kevin and his family with great relief in his final days. Kevin unfortunately passed away in April 2013 and since then Kevin’s family and colleagues at Brownhill have continued to support and fundraise for the Hospice, to ensure others are able to have access to the love and care that Kevin received in their own hours of need.
We are absolutely delighted that Keith has taken up the challenge. We appreciate all his hard work and want to wish him all the very best.

We have held events within the office such as a Quiz Night, Cake Sale, Raffle and contributions on Dress Down Friday. Other ideas are in the pipeline.

If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please see our fundraising page

And finally a word from the man himself

“My efforts will hopefully be rewarded with an unforgettable trip
through Southern England and Northern France; taking in some
sights along the way. The end result; apart from the experience
of riding to the Eiffel Tower with a group of 50 other cyclists, all
there for the same purpose, is to raise money for the hospice to
help maintain the fantastic work they do. I am looking forward to
the challenge and hope to make the effort worthwhile with a
decent contribution to the hospice coffers”

For more information on St Christopher’s visit: www.stchristophers.org.uk

GOOD LUCK KEITH

Illustration of Bromley Legend David Bowie.

Bromley Legend David Bowie

This Sunday, January 8th will mark David Bowie’s 70th Birthday. Friends and collaborators of the star are coming together to celebrate as part of a worldwide series of concerts.

Bowie’s birthplace of Brixton will be hosting an evening of wonderful music to celebrate the icon. Taking place at the O2 academy Brixton, fans travelling far and wide will be attending the now sold out concert. Those who are lucky enough to have a ticket will be surrounded by music inspired by and in the style of Bowie. A huge list of musicians will play in tribute to him including Gary Oldman – a good friend of David. Joining Oldman will be former band members of Bowie including Mike Garson, Earl Slick and Adrian Belew to name a few. More special guests are yet to be announced to join them in the celebrations of Bowie’s life.

The show will be presented by Academy Arts and proceeds from the show will benefit Children & The Arts Charity.

Bowie and Bromley

Brixton-born legend, David Bowie moved to Bromley in 1953 where he attended local school Ravenswood in the late 50’s. Having grown up in Bromley the borough holds him close to their hearts.

Children & The Arts

Children & the arts is a charity providing support, resources and access to an inclusive and accessible Arts sector for Children. Working with arts venues across the country providing creative and cultural experiences for children in disadvantaged communities and hospices.

For more information visit their website: http://www.childrenandarts.org.uk/

The Living Years by the London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack. Help us make this UK Christmas Number 1

Christmas Number 1

Help us make ‘The Living Years’ by The London Hospices choir and Paul Carrack UK Christmas number 1 this year.

Today is the big day!

Greetings pop pickers, straight into the charts at number 11 we have a heartwarming single The Living Years by the London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrick.

Help raise funds and make their dream come true by buying or downloading the track and help them get to the No. 1 spot in the charts this Christmas.

At least £1 from every CD and 50p from every download goes directly to the 18 hospices that took part.

Available from;
HMV – CD http://smarturl.it/nfgerp
AMAZON – CD http://smarturl.it/e872qp
AMAZON – DIGITAL http://smarturl.it/ad3krd
iTUNES http://smarturl/it/4sk7sm

Feel that warm glow and feel proud when you hear the Living Years played on Christmas morning that you helped make it happen.

A table setting with roses, tea and cakes for afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea at St Christopher’s Hospice with HRH Princess Alexandra

As a keen supporter, we were absolutely delighted to be invited to Afternoon Tea at St. Christopher’s Hospice in South London on Wednesday 14th December 2016.

Attended by approximately 100 supporters, friends and patients, the occasion was made even more special by the arrival of the charity’s Patron; HRH Princess Alexandra who had been making her annual Christmas visit to patients and their families on the wards. The first cousin to the Queen and soon to celebrate her 80th birthday on the 25th of December, she is a wonderful lady and such a pleasure to speak to.

An absolutely delicious selection of sandwiches, wraps and cakes with fruit juice and tea was served whilst we enjoyed the delightful voices of St. Christopher’s Choir.

During a heart warming speech, we were treated to a video of the new single, due for release on the 16th December 2016 of the Living Years by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrick. It is their hope that they make the Christmas No.1 and we will do our best to promote this on our website and social media. You can help by purchasing or downloading the single from Amazon, HMV and iTunes.

St. Christopher’s already at the forefront of specialist palliative care education for those working in the UK and internationally were pleased to announce their plans to demolish the current education centre which has, unfortunately, become rather outdated and rebuild it with a cutting-edge 21st-century educational facility.

It is their aim not only to educate those working and caring for those with terminal illnesses but to promote the transformation of death, dying and loss through education to the general public.

St. Christopher’s not only want to be part of the community but they want to be there for the community.

“The hospice was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders so that people could die with dignity and without pain. The founder of the modern hospice movement, Dame Cicely changed end of life care around the world and her vision continues to inspire work today”. http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/50years

To mark the charity’s 50th Anniversary there are some very special events planned which include New Years Day parade on 1st January, London to Paris bike ride on 14 – 18th June, Lambeth Tea Party on 29 June and Southwark Cathedral Service on 20th July. They also plan on producing a special commemorative book, a series of podcasts and short films to celebrate their history, break down some myths about hospice care and show the rich diversity of their work, their patients and the people behind St. Christopher’s.

With St. Christopher’s Hospice being our chosen charity of the year we are proud to have sponsored The Classic Car Show in Norman Park in September, entered their “Art for Life Programme” into the Aviva Community Fund for which we are absolutely delighted to confirm that they are finalists; fingers crossed for the 10th of January 2017 http://brownhillgroup.co.uk/aviva-community-fund/

Going forward in June of next year we have our very own Keith Penning taking part in the London to Paris bike ride. Keep an eye out for future blogs on his progress.

It was a very informative and social afternoon and we enjoyed the opportunity of engaging with an interesting mix of people.

Our Chosen Charity – St. Christopher’s Hospice

We are proud to have entered our chosen charity of the year; St Christopher’s Hospice, into the Aviva Community Fund competition. Their Arts for Life Programme is a project of local and national significance, providing those with terminal illnesses access to art therapy to help manage the emotional turmoil of their condition by expressing themselves through the medium of art.

A charity and subject close to our hearts, we are giving you the opportunity to join us in the hope to win vital funds and help make a difference to the community by just taking a couple of minutes to register and vote on the Aviva Community Fund website www.aviva.co.uk/community-fund before the 18th November 2016, where you can read more about this worthwhile cause and the cash prizes on offer.

Vote for St. Christopher’s Hospice here.

Brownhills; proud to make a difference.

Brownhill Insurance Group Sponsor Bromley Football Club & Kevin Andrews Memorial Cup

Brownhill Insurance Group is delighted to announce its continued support of Bromley Football Club for 2016 and into 2017. Having been promoted to the National League in 2015, Bromley FC are looking for another successful season for the 2016-2017 campaign and Brownhill are thrilled to be once again involved with the club.

Brownhill Insurance Group’s new pitch-side signs have been installed this week, in time for Bromley’s fixture with Aldershot Town at the weekend and the third annual Kevin Andrews Memorial Cup next Sunday (8th May).

Brownhills are also happy to be sponsoring the shirts again for the Kevin Andrews Memorial Cup in memory of the late Kevin Andrews – former Managing Director of Brownhill Insurance Group, who passed away in 2013. New Brownhills employee Ben Henderson has for the past two years taken victory (as captain) in the Memorial Cup tournament and is looking for a hat-trick of wins next Sunday. This year the event is raising money for St. Christopher’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.

For tickets to the Kevin Andrews Memorial Cup please visit – http://kamc.org.uk/tickets/

Brownhill Insurance Group 2013 Charity Round-Up

We would like to thank many of our clients for helping us to raise money for charity as part of our recent Christmas Charity Campaign. Rather than send all our clients a physical Christmas card, we thought we would save the trees and instead made a 50p donation to Demelza House Hospice Care for Children (Charity Number 1039651) for every client that clicked on a donate button in our Merry Christmas email to them.

Throughout 2013, we donated prizes to raffles and tombolas and our staff have been busy raising money for Comic ReliefSt. Christopher’s HospiceDemelza HouseThe Maypole Project  and Save the Children by participating in sponsored walks and cheese and wine parties out of work hours, and baking cakes for in-the-office cake sales. We have also donned Christmas jumpers and have held several fund-raising activities in the office.

The Directors additionally support staff in many personal fundraising efforts outside of work for various charities and are proud to have been “highly commended”  as ‘Best Employer and Staff Development’ in the Bromley Business Awards 2013. We were also highly commended in these awards for  ‘Best Business for Customer Service’.

Wishing all our charities and clients a fantastic 2014.

Brownhill Insurance Group Sponsors Demelza House Fundraising Event

Brownhill Insurance Group was pleased to be able to sponsor a special wine evening at Mr Terry & Mrs Julia Atkinson’s home in Bromley, Kent on Friday 11th October in aid of Demelza Children’s Hospice.

The evening, which comprised wine and nibbles with the sale of Demelza Christmas cards, and a raffle, was a great success – raising £1,100 for the charity. Read more

Brownhill Insurance Group Raises Money in Memory of Kevin Andrews

Congratulations to the team at the Brownhill Insurance Group, Bromley, who raised more than £1,500 for St Christopher’s Hospice by holding a sponsored walk of 5.5 miles. It was organised in memory of Brownhill employee Kevin Andrews. Read More..

courtesy of Bromley Borough News