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Charity Golf Day at Remedy...

Charity Golf Day at Remedy Oak GC
We're delighted to announce that we are again returning to Remedy Oak Golf Club, a firm favourite among our golfing friends, for what will be our 5th charity golf day at this truly magnificent course. Our host, Bruce Woollard,...
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These Boots Were Made...

These Boots Were Made for Walking
For most people, completing a 60km charity walk would probably put them off the idea of doing anything similar for a while. But for Graham Hayes, who completed just that distance when he took on the longest of the ‘Just...
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Rob's Family Fundraiser

Rob's Family Fundraiser
Rob Langman is no stranger to taking on a challenge for Smile4Wessex and had no hesitation in also volunteering his brother-in-law Dave, and nephew DJ, to join him in this years FebBrainairy. They were ably assisted by his two children,...
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Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy

Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy
Having recently undergone surgery for Epilepsy, Kiri MacDonald-Jones bravely agreed to lose her locks for FebBrainairy 2018. Supporting Kiri was her husband Darryl, good friend Helen Webster, who is also a dedicated supporter...
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SPA / Daily Echo Property...

SPA / Daily Echo Property Ball
Huge thanks to all at the Daily Echo / Southampton Property Association for choosing Smile4Wessex to benefit from their annual Charity Ball. It was a great evening and, as the pic below shows, a tremendous amount was raised...
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Linda’s Life Turns Full...

Linda’s Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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BAE Systems Give Auction Winners a Day to Remember!

When Lindsey Marks made the winning bid at the 2012 Smile4Rich Gala Dinner in the auction for a Tank Experience at BAE Systems, she knew she was in for an unusual day out. Together with her friend, Elaine Wilson, who joined Lindsey for the trip to BAE's facility in Telford, they were not to be disappointed.

Lindsey takes up the story....

"We arrived at BAE systems in Telford and were greeted by Mike Harrow ( field support officer). He and his colleague showed us a power point presentation about the work carried out at the site whilst we enjoyed some refreshments. We were then kitted out in steel capped boots and safety goggles ( we looked gorgeous) for a tour of the site where we saw some of the military vehicles that they maintain.

"After the tour we were taken to the test track, where we were given a briefing about the Warrior tank which was going to be the first vehicle we would ride in.  After donning a very attractive paper suit I climbed onto the tank before sliding into the standing position for the journey. I was then given a helmet and told to hang on! We then set off on the test track and did about six circuits reaching a speed of over 40 mph. It was very exhilarating, going forwards, backwards and over a number of bumps. My friend and I then changed places and off she went, she couldn’t wipe the smile from her face!

"Our second trip was in the Challenger 2 tank which although much bigger than the Warrior was very agile and the driver was keen to show us everything this tank could do. Yet again we covered about six circuits of the test track each (I lost count because we were going at speed). After this amazing experience we were treated to lunch before being presented with a photo, certificate and goody bag as mementoes of our day.  As we drove home we couldn’t stop talking about our fantastic day and how lucky we were that we had won the auction lot."

We're delighted that Lindsey and Elaine enjoyed their day, and most grateful for their generous support. We'd also like to thank BAE Systems for agreeing to provide such an unusual and unique experience for our winning bidders, and for giving them a day they'll never forget!