Local Supporting Local

Massive thanks to Studio Essence, who raised over £2000 for our charity at a recent event.

This was attended by 2 reps from Somewhere House Somerset

The money raised will provide 100 hours of counselling and support, from trained professionals, to those who need it.

Thanks again to all who attended and donated!

School Talks Return

After a long absence due to the Covid Pandemic, this week we are returning to a local school to deliver an educational talk on substance misuses, the dangers of and ‘what happens if’

It will be frank and honest, with no subject off limits. Sometimes the harsh reality of real life testimony that the students will hear this week, can provide the kickstart for someone to make positive changes in their life, or turn in a different healthy direction

The Next Challenge!

Firstly this is time to say thank you to everyone who supported me on the last adventure and those who were there on the day – The Great Bristol Run, on 25th September 2022 was a truly magical day. It was at times, physically and mentally very challenging but an amazing, emotional, happy day. So many memories created and of course, a ton of money raised and this is, as we speak is helping people in need.

So what next? Well I think it’s time for the next challenge:

Actually this is a dual challenge because those of you who know me, will know that I do not do things by halves.

16th April 2023 Manchester Marathon – 26.2 miles (a full marathon)

14th May 2023 Great Bristol Run (again) – 13.1.miles (a half mararthon)

I have been running now since February 2021. This is something that even I find remarkable that I am able to do. If you look at the evidence? An acute addiction to prescription painkillers, in 2008 lasting 6 years, with 5 knees operations on my right knee after I ruptured my ACL. What followed was chaos and alongside an acute addiction, poor mental health and just not coping with life.

I have been to rehab, the same one that I now work at and I am proud to say this. Did they save my life? Yes, alongside my family. So now it’s great that I get to work at the same place that helped me and support people to turn their lives around, just like was done for me., Paying it forward and all that.

Then there is the charity that I am also on the board of trustees for. Somewhere House Somerset, the beneficiary of this fundraising, that I am a trustee of. I believe in supporting our local community providing counselling and support to anyone in our local area, that needs it, for as long as they need it. What’s more we just ask for people to donate what they can afford to their sessions. If that’s 50p, then that’s ok.

So every penny raised will be going to this amazing charity, again something that I am so proud to be part of. The amazing team of qualified counsellors, volunteers and my fellow board members. We see over 125 clients a week. Fundraising efforts like this will help to continue the work we do.

So about the challenges. A marathon – really I have said to myself time and time again? Well yes, I am going to do this and run 26.2 miles/42.2km around the city of Manchester. Then 4 weeks later, I am returning to Bristol to run another half marathon 13.1 miles/21.1km at the Great Bristol Run. Both physically and mentally, this combined challenge is going to be epic. I know along the way there are going to be struggles, but I just love what running gives me” The freedom, the fitness, the mental health benefits and so much more.

Paula Radcliffe recently said that ‘Everything you want to know about yourself, you will find out during the course of running these 26.2 miles’

So there are 2 challenges, please support and donate what you can afford. You will see me training over the coming months, if you recognise me do say Hi! Yes it might seem a long way off, but the base training is now underway. The fundraising and support, really does make a difference to me.

Support me to run for Somewhere House Somerset and support the community in the process, and in doing so – you may just change someone’s life for the better. Remember every penny raised is going directly to supporting those in need.

Don’t forget to gift aid!

Click here to sponsor me

Rob x

Festive Coffee and Chat!

26th November, save the date! Burnham on Sea Baptist Church, College Street, 11am – 1pm

All are welcome and there will be a number of stalls on the day, as well as festive drinks, food and maybe even a carol or 2!

Do come down and say hello, entry is free and it’s a great place to meet new people and catch up with friends.

Upcoming Coffee and Chats

Dates for your diary!

Upcoming coffee and chats – a chance to come and have a cup of coffee, chat with new people and be a part of wonderful local charity that exists to support people.

A qualified counsellor is always in attendance as is a member of the Trusteee board.

Make a donation if you wish and all proceeds go to supporting those in need.

Burnham on Sea Baptist Church – College Street – Burnham on Sea – 11am-1pm

28th October
25th November – Xmas Special with a range of stalls, xmas themed food and carols

Cheddar Methodist Church – Cliff Street – Cheddar – 10am-12pm

1st November
6th December

Come down and say hi, all are most welcome!

100 Club Draw

We run a 100 club drawer each month. You pay £5 per month by direct debit and choose a number between 1 and 100 (hence the name), then at Trustees meeting we randomly generate a number for the month – this month it’s 68

Sadly no one holds this number currently so we will redraw next month. If you join the game and your number is randomly selected, you win £100!

All other proceeds raised, go directly as ever, to the charity and supporting those in need so it is a great cause to get involved with

Please contact us if you would like to join the drawer

The SWHS Team x

100 Club Charity Raffle

We run a 100 club, which you can subscribe to donate £5 (or more) per month and throw your hat into the monthly draw by selecting a lucky number. One number is picked at random – the winner receives £100

Will it be you`?

Good luck. You can subscribe on the website by clicking on the ‘100 Club Charity Raffle’ tab

What a day…

Last Sunday saw the culmination of a wacky idea some 18 months previously. One of our Trustees Rob, took part in the Great Bristol Run – 13.1 miles or 21.1km round Bristol.

It was a truly incredible day from start to finish, the crowds, the support and the over £3100 raised for the charity.

Rob described it as a “day he would savour forever” and like nothing he has ever experienced before. First 16km went exactly to plan, barring a couple of ‘hold ups’ due to the sheer number of runners!

Last 5km were the toughest, Castle Park Hill at 12 miles comes to mind. Despite the so called ‘wall’ being met, Rob was able to manage his way through this, in fact speeding up on each of the last 5km. The ‘wall’ was met with a ‘wall of noise’ who shouted him down the line

Rob finished in a time of 1hr 45mins and 21 seconds. A lifetime best…a personal best and lots of other bests! It was after all, the first time he had ever attempted anything like this.

The aftermath, relatively unscathed – a few healthy aches, an argument with a toe nail trying to leave its bed but other than that, all good.

So a massive thank you to everyone who supported and made it possible, you all know who you are and on behalf of the charity – to all those who donated, it really has made a huge difference!

The SWHS Team x


Run time..fun time!

This is Rob, one of the Trustees for Somewhere House Somerset. In a few hours time, I will be taking part in the Great Bristol Run. 21.1km or 13.1miles

What started as “something needs to change” during the last Covid Lockdown, has now become way way more than that and a big part of my life. 18 months ago, I could barely run 200metres…and now today I will attempt a rather longer distance.

I have trained so hard, sometimes too much. A few niggling injuries along the way but overall, hopefully I am ready.

Then there is this wonderful charity that I am lucky to be a part of. All funds raised, to date around £2000 (plus gift aid) will go to supporting children and young people in our community. If you haven’t yet sponsored me, there is still time! Click here

Along the way I have been touched by all the support for this. Those closest to me know it’s a big deal for personal reasons – overcoming addiction, a serious knee injury and more. I have been interviewed for newspapers, been on BBC radio and even on the website. Thank you to everyone who has publicised and for those closest to me, for putting up with me!

I have been asked a number of times recently, what is the game plan? It’s really very simple. Don’t go off to quickly. Following that and all being well,. I intend to run as hard as my body will allow me to, for as long as it will allow me to. I am fully expecting challenges both physically and mentally. That is what I signed up for…but above all I intend to enjoy and savour every single minute of it.

If you are wanting to come support this great event – I am in the Pink Wave, setting off around 10.50 and my race number is 11043, should you want to track me on the Great Run App

Plans for the future? If all goes to plan…did someone say the London Marathon?

Rob x

Quiz Night!

Come down and join us at our next Quiz Night – Ritz Social Club, Burnham on Sea 7.30pm on 3rd October.

All funds raised going to the charity and we really enjoy these evenings, they’re great fun. Teams of 6, £2 entry per person. Raffle and guaranteed laughter!

See you there!