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29th Mar

Would you like to find out more about equity release?

We are offering informal discussion events about equity release in Felixstowe.   Do consider coming along.

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20th May

Art for Action secret postcard event on 18 May 2017 – what an evening!

An amazing £12,500 was raised on this one spectacular evening – even more than the 2015 event!  Sincere thanks to all involved – sponsors, caterers, volunteers on the night and of course all of those who parted with their money! The venue, the Tudor Barn, in Belstead, near Ipswich, proved to be an excellent location and worked very well indeed.

The 180 pieces of original art on the theme of “Childhood Dreams and Wishes” gave a colourful display and work was included from: Charlie Simpson, Peter James, Lara James, Peter McCarthy, Tony Lawrence, Maggi Hambling CBE, Jody Cundy OBE, Roy Rodgers, Ryan Barrett and Dale Devereux Barker.

The event was opened by Aiden Mitchell – with help from Mum and Dad, Fleur and Keith.  Aiden has benefited enormously from Art for Action support and assistance, and, as you will see from the photograph, he is a bundle of energy who really enjoys meeting people. Aiden suffered a traumatic birth in June 2014, resulting in him being born unresponsive and needing prolonged CPR.  After 28 minutes Aiden took his first gasp of air. Suffering from hypoxia-ischaemic encephalopathy, Aiden wasn’t expected to survive his first night but he fought through.  Aiden is a bright and happy boy, but he struggles physically and needs lots of additional support.  A year’s UK therapy costs approximately £8,000.  For further information about Aiden visit www.amazingaiden.com.

It is not to be forgotten that all this was in aid of the wonderful charity Action Medical Research for Children, working tirelessly to save and change children’s lives for the better.  Do visit their website – www.action.org.uk.

 

 

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08th Dec

Second secret postcard event on 18 May 2017 in aid of Action Medical Research

Clayden Financial is proud to be co-sponsoring this event for the second occasion.  The similar event last year raised over £10,700 for Action Medical Research, the marvellous charity working tirelessly to save and change children’s lives for the better.  Do visit their website – www.action.org.uk.

Last year 200 postcards were on display by both amateur artists and well-known personalities including Grayson Perry, Maggi Hambling, Tony Hadley, Esther Freud, Peter James, Dame Ellen Macarthur and Anneka Rice.

The organisers are looking for professional and amateur artists, students, photographers and celebrities to create a piece of 8″ x 6″ artwork on a postcard provided by the organisers.  The theme for 2017 is “Childhood Dreams and Wishes”.  Raffle prizes and unusual auction lots would also be very welcome.

If you can help in any way do contact our lady IFA Karen Last by email at karen.last@claydens.com.

You can view a video of the 2015 event by clicking here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOFU2eBwD-k.

 

 

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18th Aug

Clayden Financial trip on the Lady Florence

Our summer staff training session ended with a trip on board the Lady Florence. Leaving from Orford Quay, we traveled on the rivers Alde and Ore with amazing views of the mysterious Orford Ness, and then enjoyed a delicious meal in the elegant cabin at a beautifully dressed table.

The Lady Florence is an historic wooden World War 2 boat – full of style and character.  www.lady-florence.co.uk

 

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11th Aug

Shine Health Advisers’ Virtual Balloon Race – the result!

Shine Health Advisers’ Virtual Balloon Race – Clayden Financial paid for two balloons.  Concerned with the environmental impact of real balloon launches, Shine’s races are now virtual, online and interactive while still promoting the cause and raising money. For a small cost, you can design and back a balloon to travel the furthest in one or more of their races – and be in with a chance of winning a choice of prizes!  Balloons are boosted by on-line activity, for example, sharing on Twitter.

Funds raised from the Shine charity’s virtual balloon races help and support people living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

Unfortunately, our balloons didn’t come close to winning.  Clayden Financial 1 came 1979th (having travelled 672.57 km) and our second balloon came 2119th.  2204 balloons took part.

To sustain life saving and life changing Health Services costs the Shine charity over £180,000 a year, all of which is raised through voluntary sources – Shine’s balloon races make a significant contribution to this every year.

The sponsoring of balloons ensures that Shine is able to continue providing the services and support to children and their families when they are needed most.

Shine’s Health Advisers play an invaluable part in the lives of Shine’s 12,000 members nationally.

Babies born with spina bifida are often very sick when they are first born and the first days at home can be very stressful for parents. Shine’s Health Advisers call on their many years of experience in dealing with families in this situation to re-assure the new parents and “teach” them best practices when looking after their newborn child. The support and comfort they provide is immeasurable as their child will often go through multiple surgical procedures during the first year, something their Health Advisers have experienced on many occasions. They are on hand whenever the parents need them and can provide a lifeline through situations that would otherwise be intolerable.

www.shinevirtualballoonrace.com

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05th Aug

The 1 August 2016 Shine Health Advisers’ Race Update

Our two Clayden Financial-sponsored balloons are 1096th and 1213th out of the 2204 still flying.  Ever so many popped so we are rather lucky particularly since we haven’t done much social media stuff to boost them!  At the moment they are above northern Spain (electronically!)!  If you would like to take a look – or to boost our balloons – this is the link http://www.shinevirtualballoonrace.com/race/shine-s-health-advisers-race/3HEY

To sustain life saving and life changing Health Services costs the Shine charity over £180,000 a year, all of which is raised through voluntary sources – Shine’s balloon races make a significant contribution to this every year.

The sponsoring of balloons ensures that Shine is able to continue providing the services and support to children and their families when they are needed most.

Shine’s Health Advisers play an invaluable part in the lives of Shine’s 12,000 members nationally.

Babies born with spina bifida are often very sick when they are first born and the first days at home can be very stressful for parents. Shine’s Health Advisers call on their many years of experience in dealing with families in this situation to re-assure the new parents and “teach” them best practices when looking after their newborn child. The support and comfort they provide is immeasurable as their child will often go through multiple surgical procedures during the first year, something their Health Advisers have experienced on many occasions. They are on hand whenever the parents need them and can provide a lifeline through situations that would otherwise be intolerable.

Prior to Shine’s inception in 1966 should a child have been born with hydrocephalus this was often a fatal condition. The excess fluid built up around the brain due to the condition caused so much damage that survival was near on impossible. These tragedies are now much less common-place due to the invention of the “shunt”, a small valve inserted into the brain for the purpose of draining off the excess fluid.

However, this hasn’t eradicated the issues completely as the condition can sometimes be misdiagnosed or the shunt can occasionally malfunction.

Shine’s expertly trained Health Advisers work with families and individuals throughout the country to make sure that they are aware of the signs of a possible shunt malfunction, as these can quickly develop into a serious situation. They are on hand to offer medical advice and can advise what to do in emergency situations. Sometimes, in adults, a shunt problem develops more slowly and the adult thinks there is something else wrong – Shine’s expert Health Advisers help detect the subtle signs that a shunt is not functioning and ensure the person gets to hospital fast. In this way Shine’s Health Advisers really do save lives.

Concerned with the environmental impact of real balloon launches, the races are now virtual, online and interactive while still promoting the cause and raising money.

Shine (www.shinecharity.org.uk) was formed in 1966 to support those living with spina bifida.

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22nd Apr

Our stand at the Anglia Business Exhibition was a great success!

Clayden Financial and our strategic partner Ryan’s exhibited at the recent Anglia Business Exhibition at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

The many visitors very much appreciated the beach hut themed stand and the delicious ice creams on offer – particularly the Honeycomb!

Katy Pointer of Ipswich Building Society won the use of a Felixstowe beach hut for a week and a picnic rucksack.

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11th Feb

Clayden Financial Lunchtime Bites seminar at Gotelee Solicitors on 27th February

Clayden Financial held a seminar at The Marriage Hall at Gotelee Solicitors, Ipswich.  Private client and family solicitors from Gotelee – as well as from neighbour Prettys – came along.

Nigel Orange of Canada Life gave a pensions update and Paul Thompson of Canada Life presented on Estate Planning (IHT). Feedback was excellent – both on the presentations, the venue and the delicious buffet lunch!

Gotelee Solicitor Ivana Radovic said further to the Pensions Update:

“I did find it useful, even though a little confusing at times as pensions are quite complex things! But that’s why we can rely on Karen to help us!”

 

 

 

 

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