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Aurora Wellbeing Centres awarded Heritage Lottery Fund grant to return heritage to Worksop’s Old Library and Museum

Aurora Wellbeing Centres, a cancer charity, has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project exploring heritage and health, it was announced today. The project aims to return heritage to the Old Library and Museum in Worksop for the first time since 1983.

 

Development funding of £131,300 has been awarded to help Aurora progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

 

This project will create new ways for the people of Worksop and users of the Aurora Wellbeing Centre to engage with the heritage of this 1938 Grade II listed, purpose-built library and museum (the latter closed in the 1980s). The project will renovate this architecturally important building, create new interpretations and return heritage objects and heritage activities to this valued community building.

 

The project will:

• Renovate, conserve and restore a significant heritage building creating a multi-purpose centre

 

• Create a new space within the centre for the people of Worksop to celebrate their heritage including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the stories of the Old Library and Museum .

 

• Develop heritage activity, volunteer programmes and partnerships to significantly broaden opportunities for engagement with local people and users of the centre.

 

• Develop innovative work exploring heritage and health.

 

The restoration, repair and conservation of the locally valued Old Library and Museum building will make a significant impact on the conserved heritage of Worksop, ensuring its use for future generations. The Old Library and Museum was designed in a Moderne style, using Art Deco and Classical elements, by J. Haslam, a local architect. The interior was neatly divided between the museum to the east and library to the west.

 

The development of Britain’s library service owes a lot to Worksop Library. It opened years before the introduction of the 1850 Public Libraries Act which first gave the power to establish free public libraries. During the First World War, books were distributed to branches by the librarian on his motorcycle because of a shortage of petrol. This scheme proved successful and was used in the rest of the county. In 1928, the library became the Worksop Library and Museum but in 1932, it had to close because of flood damage. A purpose-built new museum and library opened in 1938, which is the building that this project focuses on.

 

The museum closed in 1983, and the building finally closed as a library in 2010, when the council began to seek a new purpose for the building. Aurora moved into the building in 2012.

 

Chris Wanless, the charity’s chairman, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The Wellbeing Centre has given the town a central hub for the community, working in partnership with the Local Council, College, Library and heritage partners to provide a wide range of services. Whilst our central commitment remains to support people undergoing their Cancer journey, our location in Worksop allows us to provide a wider range of services and interact and interface with other vital aspects of community, such as heritage and connections to heritage, to improve wellbeing for all.”

 

Debra Fores, manager of the centre, said, “Our services and the daily work of the centre rely heavily on the efforts of our vital local volunteers. Without their efforts, we would not be able to offer the breadth of services we currently provide. The money we have now secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund is crucial to our longer term vision to remain a key service for the locality of Bassetlaw, providing innovative and supportive services to the community. It will allow both the heritage and charitable work of Aurora to grow alongside each other productively and go from strength to strength.”

 

Last summer we honoured to be chosen as the charity for Doncaster Dragon Boat Event.
We are so grateful to receive a tremendous £6177 from The Rotary Club of Doncaster St Georges.
This year you may enter and choose which charity your team would like to benefit from the sponorship you raise.
The event is on 9th July and you can contact John Day on 01302 788464 for more information.
Here is Jackie Simpkin & Ken Weight - Aurora trustees receiving the monies from Doncaster St. George's Rotary Club

At our recent 'Carols & Coffee' in our Worksop Centre on Wednesday 16 December, we had a Christmassy jumper contest.
Little Angel (pictured with her mum and dad Mr and Mrs Hughes) was the stand out winner.
Well done Angel we hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year

 

 

 

Worksop's Prostate Cancer support group

Weekly Friday

Everyone Welcome

Social Prescribing in Bassetlaw
 
If you feel socially isolated, either through illness or personal circumstances, and live in the Bassetlaw community, make an appointment to see your GP, who can refer you to the social prescribing programme. Aurora is a key partner in this initiative and can provide you with a course of Beauty treatments, counselling, Pilates classes or time with a variety of our support or social groups.
 
Talk to your GP, who can tell you more about what Aurora can do to help and support you.
 
Alternatively, we have a Coffee and Carols event on 16th December 2015 where there will be refreshment and festive singing, so why not come along and find out more?
Last week The Rotary Club of St Georges presented Jackie Simpkin, vice chair of Aurora with a cheque from this years Dragon Boat Race. The grand total raised from the day was an amazing £12'642 to which Aurora was honoured to receive £6177 with the remainder going to the clubs charities and worthy causes.
We would like to thank the club, DMBC and all 30 of the teams that took part in such an amazing day!
Ladies Afternoon Success

100 ladies attended the first ever fundraising lunch for Aurora Wellbeing Centres last Thursday and raised £1,300 for the local cancer charity. All the ladies enjoyed afternoon tea at Rossington Hall, Doncaster, receiving a welcome drink from local solicitors Atherton Godfrey. 

During the course of the afternoon, Dean Learoyd serenaded the ballroom with his
beautifully soft and strong voice and top stylist Tina Gill showcased local boutique Venezia Designs current collection. In addition to the beautiful clothes Tina demonstrated how you could use one item of clothing in a variety of ways. Taking clothing through from day into evening attire.

 

Lynne Rothwell, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the charity said: “It’s always so humbling to see people gathered together to support the charity, raising such a brilliant amount of money. We are so grateful for the support of these ladies who today have made a huge difference to the lives of local people living with cancer we care and support each year”

 

The ladies who attended the lunch raised money to help men and women affected by cancer and also their carer’s. Anyone with a cancer diagnosis receives a free package of support, holistic & beauty treatments and wellbeing programmes, to help raise their self-esteem and confidence.

 

The lovely staff at Beaverbrooks chose Aurora to benefit from the Beaverbrooks charitable trust. Here is the manager Jules and her lovely staff Emma, Alison, Josh and Dom presenting us a cheque for £1000. We are honoured that you all chose our charity to benefit from your 2015 allocation

A huge thank you to the ladies at Atherton Godfrey who worked so hard in June during their Charity Will Writing month. They raised a magnificent £3300 to donate to Aurora, so we may help continue to support local men, women and carers of anyone with a cancer diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

Crown Hotel Doncaster Business Cup

 

We were honoured last weekend to be one of the chosen charities for this years Crown Hotel Bawtry Doncaster Business Cup.  The cup is in its 5th year and the organisers decided to invite all the chairties back  once again to mark this milestone year.

 

Congratulations to the overall winners Team Moirae who this year beat Team Van Steen  2-1. We would like to thank everyone involved in such a fantastic day raising money for local chairites and in doing so helping us to continue to provide help and support to local people living with cancer.

 

Visit Bawtry Polo Cup

 

We had a record attendance for the 2015 Visit Bawtry Polo Cup. With the Robinsons marquee growing again in size! Another brilliant day and massive congratulations to The Vanilla Rooms who won this year's trophy. We are pleased to announce the raffle winners are

 

1. Nick Bennett - Champagne Hamper - CLAIMED

2. Zoe - Bottle of Champagne - CLAIMED 

3. Nick Bennett - Bottle of Champagne CLAIMED

4. Andrew Bevan -

 

Now to start planning next year!!

Care to Run Results

 

Thank you to everyone who attended this years Care To Run. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did. We would like to thank everyone at Doncaster Athletics Track for their continued support of our charity, in particular Kev Lincoln. We just couldn't do it without you!!

 

We are hoping to put a provisional date in the diary for next year and have plans to make it bigger and better!! Congratulations to everyone for your fantastic time and support to helping us to contine to support local people living with cancer. If you still have sponsor money to hand in you can do this at any of our centres. If you want to speak us you can email Emma on fundraising@aurorawellbeing.org ro 07447 414051

Care to Run 2015 - 4th July 2015
 

This year we are once again holding our annual fun run to support local people with a cancer diagnosis. The run is from Doncaster Athletics Track 10am on 4th July and we really hope that you will come along on the day. You can enter online with the following link and you can collect sponsors by requesting an official sponsor form or setting up a BT MyDonate and choosing Aurora as your charity.

https://www.sportsentrysolutions.co.uk/new_race_page.php?recordID=611

Sponsored Walk

This is Sienna today she is walking from her home (Kirk Sandall) to Conisborough. She is hoping to raise £200 to sponsor a scene in this years fasion show, it was all her own idea and we're all so proud of her.

Sienna's mum Karen is in the show, all the models have suffered from cancer and are such an inspiration. Supporting a great charity to help support others with a cancer diagnosis and showing they won't be held down by this disease. Each year they create a fabulous show raising money to put the show on with profits coming to Aurora. This years show is 14th & 15th May and you can get your tickets from any centre.

Sienna were so proud of you..!! Well Done 

Cake Donation

 

Carolyn Jackson who works at Doncaster Royal Infirmary was kind enough to bake this magnificent cake recently. She decided to take it to work and charge her colleagues for a piece. Thank you Carolyn for the donation you made from your cake sales

Yorkshire Caravan support
 
Fancy winning a £100 voucher towards Bawtry Motorhome Hire - why not buy a charity raffle ticket from Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry during the Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry Caravan Show from the 21st - 29th March to be in with a chance!
 
They have a fun day for all the family on the launch day (21st March) and they have very kindly adopted us for the event meaning all proceeds from the raffle will help local people who are living with cancer.

Race Night Success


Atherton Godfrey have been huge supporters of Aurora for over two years so we were over the moon just after Christmas when Jodie Cook, Associate at Atherton Godfrey came to us to set a Race night up. The evening was a huge success and we raised a fantastic £1028 bringing the total money raised to a staggering £10800.73. They have agreed to continue to support us which we are over the moon about and are hoping to take part in this years Dragon Boat race and in June will hold a will writing month which they will donate the proceeds of to Aurora to contact them call 01302 320621

Aurora Charity Shop 
 
Valentines day is approaching and the ladies in our Doncaster charity shop have ensured we have a window to reflect the special season. With a vast range of ladies wear our charity shop on Scot Lane has something for every lady.
Neece shaves her hair for Aurora
 
Neece Francess-Allen decided that she wanted to shave her head to raise money for Aurora Wellbeing Centres. Neece works in our Scot Lane therapy centre and wanted to dedicate her fundraiser head shave, to her friend Ann Holden who has just started her treatment having been diagnosed with cancer.

So Neece said goodbye to her fabulous head of hair when Aurora hairdresser Charlotte and Elite stylist Emma got to work and shaved it all off. 

As we speak the fund has reached over £4000 which is absolutely fantastic and with money still coming in Neece will be helping local people and their families to be supported at a time when they need it the most for some time with the proceeds from losing her hair. 

We would like to thank Neece for her bravery in raising such a fantastic amount of money to help so many people suffering from the side effects of cancer. Also everyone who donated either an auction prize or money for Neece, including Ziniz of Bawtry who very kindly let her hold the event   
Aurora Golf Day - Earlybird Offer 
 
EARLYBIRD GOLF OFFER
This years Golf Day will be held at Rotherham Golf Club on 24th September. For a limited time we are offering an earlybird team entry for £190 per team. To enter please message or contact Peter 07538582434 or Emma 07447 414051 If you or anyone you know would like to sponsor the day please get in touch

Rossington Hall

 

Gary Gee from the stunning Rossington Hall presented us with £3000 from an auction he won at Eastside awards last year. The prize was kindly donated by Doncaster Racecourse, Ziniz of Bawtry and The Crown Hotel (pictured) We were lucky enough to have a look around the gorgeous Hall and it is truly beautiful. Thank you to Gary and his team for having us and for the amazing contribution to help us continue to help local people suffering with the effects of cancer 

Thank you Lindsey

 

A massive thank you to Lindsey..! She raised a fabulous £2207.49 by holding a big 30th birthday party at the end of last year.! She also calls in and uses our Scot Lane centre to pamper herself and support Cancer patients.. A true Aurora star

1st January

 

Could you do with a kick start to the New Year.......
 
If you have had cancer and haven't accessed your free Aurora Colour Analysis Consultation, call our Scot Lane Salon and book your personal appointment.
Appointments available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through January.
It's a great lift , a fun experience and will give you that boost we all need after Christmas...
What can you expect from a colour analysis consultation?
Knowing what colours suit you can dramatically influence the way you look; it will not only help your complexion look its best but it makes shopping and dressing easier. Colour Analysis involves an assessment of your hair, skin and eyes to determine which colours are most flattering to you and which colours to avoid.
If we get this right you should benefit by;
  • take the guess work out of colour choices
  • discover alternatives to black
  • look younger and more radiant
  • even out skin tone and define your features
  • tailor your make-up for your skin tone
  • coordinate your wardrobe
  • increase your confidence
  • achieve new looks and combinations
  • make shopping trips more efficient and less stressful

This same personal service is available to our supporters for £15.00, so treat yourself and the double benefit is whilst it will give you a great lift, you are supporting a cancer patient to have the same treatment for free.

Winners Win Christmas On Us - 24th December 2014

 

Mr and Mrs Smith were thrilled to win this years annual raffle. They won everything they need to have a fabulous Christmas Day for the price of a raffle ticket!! The prize included.. Turkey, Vegetables, fruit, Christmas tree, Wine, Lager, Champagne, Gateau, Centrepiece, Chocolate, presents and more!!! Congratulations on your win we hope you enjoy your prize and thank you for your support

Win Christmas on Us Raffle Winners
 
1st Prize - Christmas on Us - 1535
2nd Prize - Crown Hotel Dinner Bed & Breakfast - 2803
3rd Prize - Crown Hotel Dinner Bed & Breakfast - 2905
4th Prize - Aladdin Cast - 1620
5th Prize - Cream Tea @ Clumber Park Hotel - 0617
6th Prize - Sweet Tree - 1835
7th Prize - Sweet Tree - 1513
8th Prize - Dick Whittington - 3023
9th Prize - Sunday Lunch for 4 at Ye Olde Bell - 2556
 
Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket this year. We hope you have a very merry Christmas..! 

Message from Aurora Wellbeing Centres new Chairman

 

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Aurora Chairman and thank our wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to support the charity. I will be holding sessions across the organisation over the coming months which will give all volunteers the opportunity to meet with me and other Trustees.

 

I intend to send out regular Newsletters to keep people up to date with the charities developments and utilise the website to share regular updates and key messages.

 

The AGM is planned for 28 January 2015, 6pm at Mexborough and I hope to see staff and volunteers at the event.

 

I would like to send Seasons Greetings for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

 

 

Chris Wanless

Chairman

Santa Dash -  

Our fabulous supporters turned out once again this year all wearing Santa suits to help raise funds for local people with a cancer diagnosis. Our Worksop centre was busy all day with people in the centre visiting Santa, browsing the stalls and grabbing a cup of well earned tea after the run twice around the canche park. The event raised over £1000 for Aurora and we all had a great day 
 
 

Atherton Godfrey

 

For two years the fantastic staff at Atherton Godfrey have supported Aurora. This year has been no exception and in addition to attending many of our events this most recent donation from their Christmas raffle, takes the grand total to £9626..!!! An absolutely fabulous amount of money, which has enabled hundreds of local people suffering the effects of cancer to access our support free of charge.. on behalf of those local people thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Ladies at Wheatley Golf Club 

 

Val Picket and the ladies at Wheatley Golf Club chose Aurora as their charity of the year. Raising a fantastic £500 during the year we visited the fabulous club and they presented us with £500. Thank you for your amazing support ladies

Worksop College

 

Last year Worksop College held a Summer Ball and Aurora is very lucky to of been chosen as the charity for the event. The night was an amazing and a huge success. We are very grateful to all the staff, pupils and everyone involved in the night for raising the fantastic £5000 for our charity

TK Max

Thanks to Tracey Cain and colleagues at TK Max who nominated Aurora to be considered for their community funding for Local  charities award.
 
Both Aurora and Firefly were nominated and everyone at the Doncaster store were delighted when their head office considered both charities to be worthy of a cash donation.
 
This means a lot to Aurora as we are well aware just how many requests a company like TK Max receive from local charities. The national company policy is to rotate their support annually in favour of Cancer Research UK and Comic relief.
 
Tracey was delighted to hear that at least 20 local people with a cancer diagnosis will be visiting one of our centres thanks to their £500 donation.

New Beginnigs

 

For as many years as we can remember Neil and his very dedicated team at New Beginnings have organised a charity day in aid of Aurora. From sailing down DRI to boating round Hatfield marina they have done it all!! This year was no different and they organised a Carnival at Sandall Park. The day itself was a slightly soggy one but they still raised a brill £268.73!! New Beginnings on Balby Road, Doncaster is such an inspiring facility and we believe Doncaster is lucky to have it

Royal Bank of Scotland

 

Neil Smith of Royal Bank of Scotland, Doncaster held his first dinner dance last month and donated the proceeds between us and Doncaster Childrens Hospital. The event was a roaring success and great fun was had by all. Neil called into our Scot Lane centre for a coffee in SW1 our newly opened coffee shop and presented us with this cheque.. thank you Neil, you did great and sounded like you thoroughly enjoyed the event and organising it 

Lorraine

Lorraine (centre) works at the Three Horseshoes in Auckley, last month she held a race night, organised single handed at the pub and raising £2000 she donated half to Aurora and half to Doncaster Cancer Support Group. Thank you so much Lorraine for all your hard work and for the good things that the money will do to help local people and their families living with cancer
 

Tickhill Riding Club

 

This August Tickhill Riding Club held their annual charity show. They raised £3100 and we are delighted to say chose Aurora as their charity for this years funds.  Pictured are Jill Bradley (Aurora Macmillan hub) Derick Brookfield (club president) and Margaret Shaw (Committee member) Thank you for your donation

Halifax Bank

 

Halifax bank employees in Worksop once again supported Aurora at a race night last week. Raising over £2000 on the night it takes their total to over £7000 for 2014. Without their continued support we cannot continue to provide local people with a cancer diagnosis, free support when they need it most.... Thanks to Rebecca and her team

Christmas will come early

 

Christmas will come early for someone tomorrow night at the Aurora Comedy & Casino night at the Mount Pleasant Hotel. Thanks once again to Robinsons of Bawtry who have donated a fabulous Mulberry bag from the Bayswater collection. Many local people will who have a cancer diagnosis will be able to visit one of our centres free of charge thanks to his generosity.Our picture shows Laura and Russell presenting us the bag in the store, which you may find 2 South Parade, Bawtry

Well Done

 

Doreen + Clare Rigby rasied £1800 for the Aurora Centres through making the unique Dammit Dolls

Doreen was diagnosed in January 2014 was given a Dammit Dole when she was attending Weston Park Hospital Sheffield. Doreen wanted to give something back to Aurora in thanks from the care she received.

Doreen heard about Aurora by looking at a leaflet whilst attending the Jasmin Centre at Doncaster Royal Hospital. Doreen daughter Clare works for Doncaster Bassetlaw Hospital.

Thanks to the tremendous donation 72, local people who have been diagnosed with cancer can visit the Aurora Centre free of charge. Aurora would like to thank Doreen and Clare for what they have done for us.

 


Beaverbrooks

 

A massive thank you to Beaverbrooks for raising £440.

Problem Solved

 

Many thanks to First 4 Magnets Tuxford for kindly donating £80 of industrial magnets that allowed us to fix our banners up to the metal frames at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre at Worksop

Movember - 28th October 2014

 

Last November Keith Brough & thirty co-workers from Doncaster cables raised a fantastic £1042 and donated 50% to Aurora Wellbeing centres and 50% to Firefly during Movember!

Could you take part in Movember this year for Aurora? You could raise money online or contact us for a sponsor form. We would love to see before and after pictures too. Email your photos to fundraising@aurorawellbeing.org

& She Knows & Robinsons


For the third consecutive year shop & She Knows in Bawtry called on local ladies to donate old and unwanted bras for ‘bra bunting’ that was hoisted in the town over the weekend.

The boutique in The Courtyard, Bawtry, came up with the way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness month by stringing the unwanted bras together to create the bunting.

Boutique owner Emily Harbon said: “Lots of businesses in Bawtry really get behind this event and are kind enough to have our eye catching pink collection bins in their establishments.

“It gives ladies plenty of opportunity to donate their old and unwanted bras and make a very worthwhile contribution to this fantastic cause.”

Players from the Dons and Doncaster Rovers were on hand to assist this year, following in the footsteps of Cook Islands Rugby Team who helped while they were in town in 2013.

Rebecca Dickenson, chairwoman of Bawtry Retail Association, said: “We hoped that ladies from Bawtry and the surrounding area would take the opportunity to tidy out their underwear drawers and donate their bras that no longer fit or were just past their best to this amazing event, and they did.”

The bras from the bunting will now be donated to an overseas charity for ladies to wear or sell.

 

'South Yorkshire Times'

Fashion Show Extravaganza

 

This year we raised £17'500 at our annual fashion show extravaganza. We really appreciate the continuous support of Perry's, Wheatley Hall Road and the dedicated Aurora supporters involved in making this event a success year on year, helping us to share the Aurora love.. If you would like more information about Aurora's services or want to talk to us about holding an event please contact us at fundraising@aurorawellbeing.org

Alan Leonard


Thank you to Alan Leonard who organised the recent Capitas Got Talent. He raised a massive £5,150 for Aurora Wellbeing Centres, this money will help us to continue to support local cancer patients and their families. Thank you Alan we really appreciate all your hard work.
Alan has also confirmed he will be holding the event again next year on the 29th August... so please save the date x

Paula and Adam

Paula and Adam very kindly donated us £601 which they raised in lieu of wedding presents at there recent wedding. Congratulations on your wedding and thank you for choosing Aurora to support.

Walkers Club Tea & Cake


Aurora welcomes walking party for lunch in the Wellbeing Centre, Worksop. The walkers enjoy scenic walks across Bassetlaw and are great supporters of the centre and visit regularly.

Bawtry Polo

 

Thanks to the Bawtry retailers who again chose Aurora to support at their annual Polo day! We really appreciate your ongoing support.... Looking forward to next year.

Elaines Poem

Last year you may remember the following poem from Elaine, we’ve been in touch and not only has she sent us another poem, but she is in the process of writing a book about her cancer journey.You will be happy to hear that she is doing really well, Elaine says….‘I am doing really well nowthank you. It was a year yesterday since my double mastectomy and my scars have healed amazingly well.  I am hoping to have a reconstruction next spring to complete my battle and finish 'on top'.I finished chemotherapy last July. Now I have a full head of hair. It has grown back thicker and a lovely texture. It is so healthy and shiny. I have lots more energy which I regained bit by bit by taking my German Shepherd for longer and longer walks each day. I have started line dancing again so I am getting lots of exercise now.It has been a long hard battle but I got there in the end. It has changed my outlook on life, I appreciate things more and I make more time for things I enjoy’



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Below are a list of useful links;

Macmillan

 

Doncaster Council

Cancer Buddies Scheme

Prostate Cancer

Support

Dial Doncaster

Disability Support

Breast Cancer

Support

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