CP Teens UK turns 7
October 16, 2020
Today, CP Teens UK turns 7-years-old!
Founded in 2013 by Ellie Simpson at 18-years-old, she had an 'idea' to connect youngsters with Cerebral Palsy and to share opportunities. It took off immediately and with its unique approach of 'for young people with Cerebral Palsy by young people with Cerebral Palsy'.
4 years later in 2017, CP Teens UK became a fully registered charity. Shortly after it was recognised by the Prime Minister (then Theresa May) with an award recognising its "outstanding contribution to the lives of disabled youngsters".
CP Teens UK provides 'help, hope, inspiration and friendship' to youngsters with Cerebral Palsy and similar physical disabilities across the UK. CP Teens UK exists to make sure that no physically disabled youngster feels alone and to provide them with a voice.
2020 has been a strange year for everyone, but we thank everyone for their continued support. Because of your continued support and donations we have been able to continue to work with youngsters remotely throughout COVID-19, providing activities, virtual events, packages, social outlets, much needed friendships and more.
Exciting things are ahead in year number 7!
Thank you Mama Boss!
October 11, 2020
The CP Teens UK #NoBangs Bonfire Night has been so popular that we doubled our capacity for this virtual event and filled it in just 48 hours!
CP Teens UK would like to say a massive thank you to The Mama Boss Shop who not only came to the rescue to enable us to double our capacity for postal pamper packs, they also:
- Gave a unique bulk discount to send the packs out to youngsters with Cerebral Palsy across the UK
- Are giving all CP Teens UK service users 10% discount on the hot chocolate pamper packs if you missed out on signing up for the event. Please message CP Teens UK for the discount code
- Are doing a special charity pamper box in aid of CP Teens UK with £1 from every box sold being donated
How kind! Thank you so much to The Mama Boss Shop 😍❤️
Check out The Mama Boss Shop:
World Cerebral Palsy Day 2020
October 05, 2020
Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day!
1 in 400 people have Cerebral Palsy in the UK.
Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term referring to a lifelong condition effecting movement and coordination as a result of a brain injury before, during or after birth.
Today we celebrate everyone with Cerebral Palsy. The young, the old, the boys, the girls, the men and the women. The students, the workers, the athletes, the bloggers, the campaigners, the writers, the grafters, the models, the game changers, the office workers, the teachers and the never give uppers. The artists, the mathematicians, the designers, the trial blazers, the retail assistants, the scientists, the coaches and the computer whizzes. The party animals, the dancers, the jokers, the stars of the show, the actors and actresses and the musicians. The film lovers, the comedians, the singers, the organisers, the fashionistas and the innovators. The list is endless!
Today we celebrate everyone with Cerebral Palsy and go green! 💚
Don't forget to #MoveAsOne at 1pm!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at 5pm tonight for our Virtual World CP Day Social!
Save the date!
September 20, 2020
SAVE THE DATE!
It's World Cerebral Palsy Day on Tuesday 6th October 2020.
We will be holding an online virtual social 5-6pm GMT in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sport!
Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon! 👀
Extraordinary people recognised!
July 31, 2020
This evening some exceptional youngsters and people were recognised at the CP Teens UK Virtual Award Ceremony.
Due to COVID-19, the inaugural award ceremony was held online on an invitation only platform. The evening was hosted by Ellie Simpson, Founder of CP Teens UK, and Chloe Tear, award winning disability blogger and figure.
The general public were invited to nominate throughout June and July. All winners were chosen by the CP Teens UK Board of Trustees via an independent voting process.
The winners were:
GEORGIA VINE - Upcoming Disability Blogger of the Year
MADDY HOPSON - Outstanding Achievement Award
CHLOE ROLLIT - 'Making A Difference' Award (25-years & under)
SOPHIA WARNER - 'Making A Difference' Award (26-years & over)
STEPHANIE T-S - The CP Teens UK Role Model Award
LENNIE STREET - The 'Little Hero' Award
LISA MAHONEY - Professional of the Year
JASMINE BENNETT - Triumph Against Adversity Award
EMILY D - Sibling of the Year
TOBIAS WELLER - Special Recognition Award
RAFI SOLAIMAN - CP Personality of the Year
BOB PURCELL - The Andrew Longden 'Hero of Disability Sport' Award
A massive congratulations to all nominees and winners at this evening's CP Teens UK Virtual Award Ceremony!
What incredible, humbling & extraordinary people! All of the individual winner's stories will be shared on the CP Teens UK Facebook page over the next 2 weeks and˙you can also now view the full ceremony on the Facebook page - www.facebook.com/CPTeensUK
'Meaningful Occupation' during lockdown
June 30, 2020
CP Teens UK Ambassador, Georgia Vine, talks about 'meaningful occupation' during lockdown at 8pm GMT tonight at www.facebook.com/CPTeensUK
'Paint Your Own...' Day
June 29, 2020
Today was 'Paint Your Own...' - a CP Teens UK virtual event!
Youngsters across the UK were sent ceramics that they chose along with paint kits, and today they painted!
Look at all the wonderful creations in our Lockdown Gallery! 😍
CP Teens UK Party - COVID-19 permitting
June 24, 2020
We've been getting a lot of questions over the past couple of weeks about when our 'in-person' events will return...
COVID-19 PERMITTING, on Saturday 24th October CP Teens UK hopes to throw a party - 70's, 80's & 90's! 🎉🍾🎤🎧
Chesterfield Rugby Club - accessible venue with accessible toilet.
This was the original date for the CP Teens UK 2020 Ball (now postponed until March 2021) - if we can, we are hoping to hold a smaller event on a smaller scale on the same night.
We are unsure of exactly how the party will look like at this current time and it will only go ahead if it is safe and we are permitted to do so.
Please let us know if you're potentially interested by completing the form here to help with planning as far as possible: https://forms.gle/5DafpcejisUi64Pu6
CP Teens UK Virtual Award Ceremony
June 20, 2020
Introducing the CP Teens UK Virtual Award Ceremony 2020! 🎉🏆
CP Teens UK will be recognising some exceptional youngsters & people at an online awards ceremony taking place on Saturday 1st August 2020 from 7pm.
- UPCOMING DISABILITY BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
- OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
- THE 'MAKING A DIFFERENCE' AWARD
- THE CP TEENS UK ROLE MODEL AWARD
- THE 'LITTLE HERO' AWARD
- PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
- TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY AWARD
- SIBLING OF THE YEAR
- CP PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
- THE ANDREW LONGDEN 'HERO OF DISABILITY SPORT' AWARD
Full information/criteria for categories & nomination form: https://forms.gle/nqNDN19EMDsfP4sC8
The award ceremony will be available for everyone to watch live, but all nominators and nominees will receive a special invite with a link. All nominees/winners will also receive a copy of the ceremony afterwards. All nominees receive a certificate and all winners receive an engraved trophy.
DEADLINE TO NOMINATE: Monday 13th July 2020, 11:59 GMT
Paul Hollywood, Star Bakes & CP Teens UK Bake Off Champion 2020!
June 18, 2020
Wow! What a few days we have had for the CP Teens UK Bake Off 2020 - topped off by Paul Hollywood liking one of our star bake entries!
We have had some fantastic entries over the past three days - from rainbow cake to Victoria sponge, we've seen a vast range of wonderful cakes and bakes!
Unfortunately only three people could go through the public vote. Our judge who used to manage her own cake shop chose the following people to go through to public vote (full evaluation and comments were done as a Facebook live) :
- MADDY H
- CHARLIE P
- DEVINA B
The public had 24 hours to vote for their winner. On 19th of June 2020, the CP Teens UK Bake Off Champion was crowned on a Facebook live.
The CP Teens UK Bake Off Champion 2020 is...
All entries can be viewed in the GALLERY
Captain Tobias picks up a RaceRunner
June 13, 2020
You may have heard of 'Captain Tobias' during lockdown!
Tobias has Cerebral Palsy and Autism. He saw Captain Tom Moore walking lengths of his garden with his walker to raise money for the NHS and Tobias was inspired to challenge himself to a marathon using his walker!
Tobias’s Marathon Challenge went viral and he completed his marathon raising over £100,000 for charity!
CP Teens UK is very proud to assist Tobias's next mammoth challenge! We have provided Tobias with a RaceRunner so he can complete his 'TOBIATHLON'! He is now attempting to RaceRun the distance of a marathon!
Tobias, with his mum Ruth, picked up a CP Teens UK RaceRunner last week from Founder, Ellie.
Go Tobias, go!
'Paint Your Own...'
June 11, 2020
Another lockdown virtual event! 🎨😍
Sign up to take part in the FREE virtual 'Paint Your Own...' event on Tuesday 30th of June 2020!
Design and paint your very own tile, beach hut or heart!
Sign up by filling out the form here: https://forms.gle/24N2AWKLVBWXsdoF6
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 21st June 2020
CP Teens UK Bake Off 2020
June 02, 2020
Introducing the CP Teens UK Bake Off - Lockdown 2020!
Between the 15th-17th of June, bake your best masterpiece for the CP Teens UK judges!
Find out more & how to participate on the EVENTS page.
PRIZE - Personalised Bake Off Champion apron and wooden spoon!
Ready, set, bake!
CP Teens UK Shop
May 28, 2020
Introducing the CP Teens UK shop!
From t-shirts, to hoodies, to bags, view the collection here: SHOP
CP Teens UK holds virtual 'coffee & chat' mornings with CP Sport
May 20, 2020
This morning we held the first virtual 'Coffee & Chat' morning alongside CP Sport.
It was great to 'see' you all and to come together for a social. Both old faces & new faces joined in!
Join us next Thursday from 11:00am!
Pop the kettle on, bring your snack and join us on Thursdays between 11.00-12.30pm for a friendly chat. No set agenda, just to say 'Hi' to each other and share some of the things you have been doing to keep busy and entertained in the past few weeks.
Everyone is welcome from our community (CP Teens or CP Sport members or participants) but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian please.
Register here: https://forms.gle/xoR37yAnPNXJNWMH6 (you don't need to fill the form out again if you joined us today)
Virtual Wobble - Updated total
May 16, 2020
The Virtual Wobble has now raised an incredible:
A massive thank you to everyone involved and for people's extreme generosity!
Virtual Wobble - Success!
May 08, 2020
Today should have seen the annual Sponsored Wobble in Chatsworth Park. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the Sponsored Wobble could not take place today. However, the alternative 'Virtual Wobble' has took place today instead and it has been a huge success!
Special mention & thanks to those raising £200 or more:
💚 Georgia V
💚 Jake J
💚 Charlie P
💚 Ella F
💚 Eve O - 6.87 miles/11km
Most Inspirational Effort:
💚 Elizabeth H - 1 mile with her Kaye walker
Little Heroes Award:
💚 Emily & James D
Total distance 'wobbled':
⭐️ 56.57 miles
TOTAL AMOUNT RAISED (as of 6:40pm GMT 09/05/2020):
❤️ Paul Hubbard - Land's End to John O'Groats on an exercise bike in aid of CP Teens started today. Just incredible!
Wow, what a day! And what amazing people raising incredible amounts! We are blown away
and can't thank you all enough! Wonderful examples of grit, determination and a whole lot of 'umph' every single one of you!
(All prizes, t-shirts & certificates will be organised early next week. ALL participants to receive a certificate)
April 28, 2020
Every year CP Teens UK holds the 'Sponsored Wobble' - an accessible and inclusive 5k challenge. Whether you walk, 'wobble' or wheel, everyone is welcome and finishes together.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the South Sponsored Wobble (2nd May - Windsor) has had to be cancelled, and the North Sponsored Wobble (9th May - Chatsworth) has had to be postponed (new date TBC).
However! To make up for this and as a warm up to the postponed North Sponsored Wobble, CP Teens UK brings you the Virtual Wobble!
Whether it's 10 steps in your back garden, 100 meters down your road, or even a 5k cycle in your local park (if it's safe for you to do so and it meets government regulations!), you are invited to take part at 11am on Saturday 9th May!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
1. Choose your distance and where. ALL mobility aids welcome and ALL gym equipment welcome, e.g. treadmill, rower. ALL distances welcome from steps, to metres, to kilometres! Whatever your choice of challenge, it MUST meet government regulations - i.e. if not in your home or garden, please DO NOT drive somewhere to participate or go over an hour!
2. On Saturday 9th May at 11am, do your challenge and post a photo or video of you doing it on social media (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram) along with:
I am doing *your personal distance/challenge* as part of the CP Teens UK Virtual Sponsored Wobble! #CPTeensUK #VirtualWobble "
As part of your post, give people the option to sponsor by adding "You can sponsor me, and lots of other young disabled people, doing the challenge here:" You can either:
a) Ask people to donate on the main page - https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/VirtualWobble
b) Setup your own JustGiving page by going to www.justgiving.com/cpteensuk and click "Fundraise For Us" > Organised Event > Virtual Wobble
3. We will add together the steps, meters and kilometres on the evening of Saturday 9th May. To be included, please ensure before 6pm that a) you tag CP Teens UK in your posts (@CPTeensUK on all platforms) and b) your posts are set to public otherwise we can't see it. If you wish for your post to remain for your friends and family but you wish to be included in the total, please email your completed distance to firstname.lastname@example.org before 6pm.
4. There will be 2 prizes:
a) Longest distance
b) Most inspirational effort
Let's get wobbling!
CP Teens UK releases "You've Got A Friend" for the NHS, Carers and for anyone needing a friend
April 25, 2020
Today, some of the children & young people of CP Teens UK have released a heartwarming version of "You've Got A Friend" for the NHS, Carers and for anyone in need of a friend.
WATCH IT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/CPTeensUK/videos/522064915345938/
The Sponsored Wobble North - POSTPONED
April 18, 2020
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the North Sponsored Wobble is postponed. New date TBC.
But! An exciting virtual event to be announced soon to keep you going!
Keep your eyes peeled! 👀💚
Ball 2020 - COVID-19
March 24, 2020
It is with a very heavy heart that we have took the decision to cancel this year's CP Teens UK's Annual Ball. This was a very tough decision and one that was not took lightly but the health, safety and wellbeing of our service users and guests is of the highest priority.
The Ball is at the heart of CP Teens UK and is everything that the charity is about - 'help, hope, inspiration & friendship'.
However! Those hearts don't need to remain very heavy for very long...
The 2021 Ball has been confirmed and we will be bringing the party forward next year and will be dancing the night away on:
Saturday 27th March 2021!
Something to look forward to following these difficult times!
We can't wait to see you all when we can come together properly and safely, party and dance the night away!
Thank you for everyone's continued support ❤️
Additional Cancellation: The Sponsored Wobble - South
March 18, 2020
Additionally, we have unfortunately took the decision to cancel The Sponsored Wobble - South, which was due to take place on Saturday 2nd May.
As a result of COVID-19, we will be unable to get down south to plan the route for our service users and their families in the next few weeks meaning that even if it is feasible to go ahead in May, we will have no set or risk assessed route.
We apologise for any inconvenience, as well as any disappointment, caused but the health, safety and wellbeing of our service users and families is immensely important - both in terms of COVID-19 and having a well planned, safe and accessible route.
The Sponsored Wobble - North (due to take place on Saturday 9th May) is still on AS IT STANDS. We will keep you updated with any further cancellations as the situation develops.