24th May 2018 – Privacy Policy Update, GDPR, And Changes To Our Grant System

Morning all

An earlier blog this week than usual but we wanted to let you know about some important changes to our Grant Scheme and also our updated Privacy Policy in advance of the upcoming GDPR.

GDPR – no doubt you’ve had tons of emails already about this. Data Protection rules are changing and the new laws come into effect tomorrow. We’ve made some changes to our application forms to reflect these new laws, as we have to ask for more detailed consent for the processing of data and be more explicit about how we process your data. All updated forms and the guidance documents underpinning the application process can be downloaded from our website (http://www.campbellstrust.co.uk/how-we-can-help). Please note that all new applications should use these new forms. The new Privacy Policy can also be downloaded from the site and should be read alongside the application forms.

Change to Grant Scheme – this brings us on to a change we’ve had to make to our application system. We’re a very small charity, run by a group of volunteers, and we have been incredibly well supported by an amazing group of fundraisers. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you wonderful cake bakers, cyclists, runners, crafters, golfers…Over the past 6 years we’ve given out almost 1000 grants to eligible children and raised over £100,000. Just brilliant.

However, due to an increased number of applications and limited funds, we’ve had to make a change. From 25th May, families will be able to apply for 2 grants every 12 months. Unfortunately we will no longer be able to accept multiple applications from families with more than one child with a metabolic condition. A maximum of two grants per family will be awarded every 12 months. The Emergency Grant falls outside of this – families can apply for an Emergency Grant if a need arises.

We hope this change will be temporary and we’ll revisit it in the future. We’ve been able to support lots of children and parents over the years and we want to keep on doing so.

Love Bekki and Mark xx


18th May 2018 – Fundraising News

Morning all

Fundraising updates for you. As you probably know, Campbell’s Mummy is running 12 half marathons this year (trying to do one a month) and Sunday saw Bekki run her 5th one of the year. With her great mate and Trust supporter extraordinaire, Andy Radcliffe, she ran the Market Bosworth Half Marathon. Andy kept them running a fast pace and they ran the 13 miles in 2 hours 1 minute. Brilliant stuff – lots more running to come this summer! You can sponsor this Half Marathon Challenge at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yearofhalfmarathons

Another ace Trust supporter, Paul Main, is cycling between Windsor and Bath on 22nd June.It looks to be about 150km, which is quite a ride for one day. Good luck Paul! thanks so much for doing this in aid of the Trust. You can sponsor Paul at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-main

Are you taking on a sporty challenge this summer in aid of the Trust? Let us know about it!

Love Bekki and Mark xx

11th May 2018 – GDPR Update

Morning all. As many of you no doubt know, the rules about Data Protection are changing and new regulations will come into effect on 25th May.

Here at the Trust we’ve reviewed our policies and application processes, and will be making changes. Updates will appear on our website (www.campbellstrust.co.uk) and new application forms should be downloaded from there from the 25th May onwards.

In the meantime, we will continue to work hard to fundraise and support lots of families dealing with metabolic conditions. It’s going to be a brilliant summer of Trust activities again!

Love Bekki and Mark xx

4th May 2018 – Special Auction Item

Morning folks. May the fourth, it is. We’re delighted to bring you, on Star Wars Day, news about a special item donated to the Trust that we hope will raise lots of funds.

The item is a signed pennant from the league winning Leicester City team! If you remember, underdog and complete outside, Leicester City, won the Premiership in 2016, so we feel very lucky to have received a pennant signed by the team. It comes complete with a certificate of authenticity, and was passed to us through a family member of one of the players involved.

We will run an auction for the item, which will close on the last day of the season (when LCFC play against Spurs). It will be run on the Trust’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheCampbellBurnsMetabolicTrust/) and details about how to bid will be found on there. Get your bid in before midnight on the 13th May 2018!

Love Bekki and Mark xx

27th April 2018 – Normal Service Resumed

And…it’s back to being wet and cold. The hot few days we had last week are but a memory and it’s back to woolly jumpers, hot mugs of tea, and definitely no sun cream. Deep joy.

Still, the cold weather is a perfect time to work on crafts in advance of summer fayres. We’ve been very lucky at the Trust to have had the support of lots of talented people, whom have sold home-made goodies and donated their takings to our charity. Here’s a selection of their work:

Let us know if you’re knitting, sewing, baking, painting – anything home made that you are planning on taking to a craft fayre. We’d love to hear from you and would love to share some photos of what you’ve made 🙂

Love Bekki and Mark xx

20th April 2018 – Next Half Marathon

It’s a bit hot, it’s icecream weather (in April!) but the Half Marathon Challenge in aid of the Trust continues. As you probably know, Bekki is running 12 Half Marathons this year to raise funds and takes part in Half Marathon No. 5 next month. She’s signed up to the Bosworth Half on 13th May – not long to go!

This time a special guest will join her – Andy Radcliffe, a great mate and long time supporter of the Trust, will trot alongside her for the 13 miles. He’s super fit but cycling is more his thing, so it’s going to be an interesting run! Andy took part in the Coast to Coast in 2015 and the London to Paris Challenge in 2017, and has been a brilliant fundraiser. He also dared Bekki to take on the challenge so this is her payback!

Looking forward to the next race – hopefully they’ll get a good time and drag each other along!

You can show your support for the Half Marathon Challenge at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yearofhalfmarathons

The fundraising target is £2000 – that will cover 20 grants to families caring for children with metabolic conditions, helping to make their lives a little bit easier.

Love Bekki and Mark xx

13th April 2018 – Food Preparation Grants

Morning all

We thought it would be good to blog about the Food Preparation Grants the Trust provides to families caring for children with metabolic conditions – they are one of our popular grants and we’ve been delighted to help families purchase essential kitchen equipment by awarding them.

Some children with metabolic conditions have to be on strict diets and meals may have to be prepared from scratch. Items such as a breadmaker, blender, mixer, icecream maker can make a real difference in the kitchen, and the Trust awards grants of up to £100 to help families purchase them.

You can read more on our website (www.campbellstrust.co.uk). It’s thanks to our epic fundraisers and supporters that we’re able to help families in this way, and the Trust is really pleased that the grants make a difference. So thank you!

31st March 2018 – Happy Easter

Apologies for the lack of a blog post yesterday. We had friends round for breakfast – there was tea, bacon, bagels, and much chat.

Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend with your families. The Burns kids have already smashed into their Easter eggs – here are 3 half-eaten chocolate bunnies (not for the faint hearted).

Love Bekki and Mark xx

23rd March 2018 – Year Of Half Marathons

Some of you may be aware that Bekki from the Trust is doing a big running challenge this year and running 12 Half Marathons. Last week saw her run Half number 3 – the Loughborough Half is coming up on 8th April, and that will be number 4!

Training is going well, though the old bones are suffering a bit. It’s a bit of a battle on some days but regular doses of coffee and cake certainly help. Good to have running partners as well 😁

Here’s the Just Giving link. 3 down, 9 to go!