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Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in 2016, BBC, Book sale, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Claire Prosser, Fund-raising event, Tom Clabburn

BBC book sale raises £650 for @CRY_UK

CRY, BBBC book sale, December 2016

Left to right, Mariita, Ruth, Jacky and Anne Marie.

A book sale at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House headquarters raised £650 for Tom and Claire’s Fund and CRY.

The event, on Thursday, December 1, the second anniversary of Claire’s death, was organised by her friend and colleague Ruth Akins-Arulanandam.

“We had a wonderful contribution of books from 5Live (Jessica Latimer) and we also had an unexpected top up of from the Victoria Derbyshire show (Monica Soriano),” said Ruth.

“The lovely Lorna Donlon bought in some gorgeous chocolate cakes which were sold within the hour.

“The book sale wouldn’t have happened without Gillian Dear who organised the space and helped collect the books in the lead-up to the event. On the day we had Suzanne Yates, Jacky Hems, Mariita Eager, Anne Marie Ballantyne, Madeline Ferguson, Dhruti Shah and Smitha Mundasad helping to sell as much as they could in aid of CRY.

“It was a day tinged with sadness as it has been two years since the passing of our dear friend Claire. This made us all the more determined to raise as many funds as we could in memory of Claire and Tom.

“It was lovely to spend the day with Claire’s friends and former colleagues, remembering her; she is missed by so many people. The sale came to a wonderful end when we realised how much we had raised in aid of CRY.

“Suzanne Yates also took the opportunity to take the remaining books to Oxfam on Marylebone high street, something Claire used to do herself at the end of a book sale.”

Ellen Clabburn said: “We really appreciate the effort made by Ruth and all those who helped. It was a lovely thing to do as Mum specialised in book sales for CRY. They are such a good way to raise both funds and awareness.”





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Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, BBC, Book sale, Fund-raising event

Christmas book sale success in aid of @CRY_UK

CRY BBC book sale December 2015

There was plenty of interest in the book sale in aid of CRY at the BBC.

A book sale in aid of Tom and Claire’s Fund at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House raised £437 on Tuesday, December 15.

‘It was a day of reminiscing as we all came together to remember our friend and colleague Claire Prosser, who passed away a year ago this month,” said Ruth Arulanandam, who organised the event.

“Many of our colleagues came to donate money in Claire’s memory and to learn more about CRY. Having helped Claire run the previous sales at the BBC, it felt right to carry on the tradition in her memory and, of course, to continue to raise money for the Claire and Tom fund.”

The cake making tradition also continued: “Lorna Donlon made brownies and Sam Upton made some mince pies which were all sold out by the end of the sale,” said Ruth.

CRY BBC book sale December 2015

Brownies and mince pies were also on offer.

She added: “We had plenty of helpers on the day, Isabel Turner and her son Felix, Jacky Hems, Suzanne Yates, Sam Upton, Jane Palmer, and my sister-in-law, Angeline Arulanandam.

“I must also mention those important people who made the sale happen; Jess Latimer at 5Live for collecting the books, Matthew Dickinson and Michael Angelo for transporting the books to London, Gillian Dear and Sue Ellis.”

CRY BBC book sale December 2015

Ruth, centre, with some of the team of helpers.

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Book sale, Fund-raising event

All right on the night in support of @CRY_UK

CRY Xmas night market 2015

Gina Bentley, Anne Marie Reilly and Justine O’Driscoll at the night market.

A bookstall at the Northfields Christmas Night Market in Ealing raised £100 for CRY.

Anne Marie Reilly, who helped to run the stall, said: “People were focused on buying Christmas presents from a range of stalls but being in a good location we were able to grab the attention of customers, some of whom made donations, and also to raise awareness about CRY.

“Our most enthusiastic purchasers of books were older children who were less keen on Christmas shopping! We’d like to thank everyone who bought books, donated or asked about CRY’s work and, of course, we’ve very grateful to Ealing Mums in Business for making CRY their charity for the night.”

Anne Marie added: “Our local MP, Rupa Huq, spent time talking to us and was interested to hear about CRY and we also had a visit from Northfields councillor Fabio Conti.”

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq, a CRY supporter, visited the bookstall.

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq, a CRY supporter, visited the bookstall.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Book sale, Fund-raising event

Night time the right time to buy books for @CRY_UK in #Northfields #Ealing

Night Market 2015

Northfields Christmas Night Market will play host to a bookstall raising funds for CRY at Kingsdown Methodist Church from 6.30pm on Saturday, December 5.

One of those running the stall, Anne Marie Reilly, said: “Ealing Mums in Business have invited CRY to be their chosen charity at this year’s event. Last year they had approached Claire to run a stall but sadly that was not to prove possible.”

Anne Marie explained that along with Claire’s friends Gina Bentley, Justine O’Driscoll and Debbie Young they would run the stall in memory of Claire and to continue her work for CRY.

She added: “It is something we want to do for Claire, who was so generous and supportive of those she knew.

“There’ll be nearly new books on sale for both adults and children. Come along and support us and stock up on reading for the winter days ahead. It will be a lively evening with music, food and opportunities to buy locally produced Christmas presents.”

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Book sale, Brentford, Fund-raising event

Book sale helps to sell @CRY_UK message

CRY, Brentford Festival, 2015

Getting the message across at the Brentford Festival.

The sun shone and the crowds flocked to the Brentford Festival where a book sale in aid of Tom and Claire’s Fund attracted plenty of attention on Sunday, September 6.

The stall was organised by members of Claire’s book group; Anne Marie Reilly, Mariita Eager, Debbie Young, Justine O’Driscoll and Vanessa Boulter.

“We made £330 and, just as importantly, spoke to lots of people and handed out leaflets,” said Anne Marie. “Lots of people of all ages stopped to read the information even if they didn’t buy so all in all it was a very satisfying day.”

CRY, Brentford Festival 2015

Gina, Dave, Debbie, Anne Marie and Mariita.

CRY, Brentford Festival, 2015

Justine, Debbie, Anne Marie and Vanessa.


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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in 2015, Awareness, Book sale, Claire Prosser, Fund-raising event

Stock up on books @BrentfordFest and help @CRY_UK #Brentford #Ealing

Claire and Ellen at the Brentford Festival

Claire and Ellen at the 2014 Brentford Festival.

You can grab some autumn reading from a bookstall in aid of Tom and Claire’s Fund at the Brentford Festival this coming Sunday, September 6.

Members of Claire’s book group, Anne Marie Reilly, Mariita Eager, Debbie Young, Justine O’Driscoll and Vanessa Boulter, are organising the event. Anne Marie said: “Last year for the first time Claire and Ellen had a CRY bookstall at the Festival.

“It was a great success and Claire was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to a new group of local residents and increase awareness about the work of CRY and also raise some money.

“We thought we would like to carry on the event in memory of Claire and to continue her good work for CRY. Do come along and support us and enjoy the festivities.”

The Brentford Festival is a well established annual community-led event with live bands, food and drink, rides, stalls and more. It takes place from 12 noon to 6 pm, in Blondin Park, Ealing. Full details here.

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