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April 2017

Kyle Birkin runs London Marathon in support of JOCA

Kyle Birkin runs London Marathon in support of JOCA

JOCA is a charity I have strong bonds with and wanted to raise both awareness and funds for the amazing work they do. JOCA is there to help our members through the tough times, as well as be a part of the good. Being a new dad I want to try to show my son you are never alone.

Training for the marathon was intense yet enjoyable, I was running up to 52 miles a week. Friends and team mates kept me motivated with constant text messages and phone calls. My family was the key driver for me and kept me going on the long runs on a Sundays, it was like Peter Pan with a happy thought.

The day of the race was amazing, London was like a small chocolate box village. One of the highlights, apart from the finish line, was running over London bridge — the views were spectacular. I finished the Marathon in 3hrs 52 minutes (22 minutes over my target, but that won’t keep me up at night).

I would like to take this time to thank the JOCA team for all the support and my sponsors for all the donations. My family and friends for all the love and support they gave me to get me to the finish line, with out you guys all the challenges in my life would seem bigger and my problems would be heavier.

Kyle Birkin

 

Mazars make a donation to JOCA

Through the kind offices of Phil Grehan he has managed to secure a rather generous donation from his employers Mazars LLP. Each year the partners of Mazars LLP donate a set percentage into office pots so that its staff can apply for a sum of money to be applies to local or small charities that they care about.

Phil believes that his bid for the funding was successful as the money will be used directly and efficiently for the benefit of those who contact JOCA. Our sincere thanks and gratitude to Phil and Mazars LLP.

 

March 2017

Marks and Spencer, London Conley supports JOCA

JOCA are thrilled to have been chosen as the charity of choice for Marks and Spencer, London Conley. This is a significant event for us in that it will enable us to launch some really bold initiatives to support our club members.

Thank you to all involved!

 

Taff Llewellyn runs a half-marathon in aid of JOCA

Taff Llewellyn should be the proudest person on earth today (19 March, 2017) after doing his first ever half-marathon in two hours 3 minutes. Absolutely brilliant, well done Taff and thank you for doing it for JOCA, we are extremely hounoured.

 

JOCA at the biz4Biz Awards

JOCA - Sue Topham at the biz4Biz Awards 2017
Michael Portillo, Sue Topham and Justin Burgess at the biz4Biz Awards 2017
Justin Burgess and Sue Topham at the biz4Biz Awards
Sue Topham of JOCA at biz4Biz Awards 2017

On Friday 3 March JOCA attended the biz4Biz Awards along with 250 local business people at the Tewin Bury Farm Hotel as the official sponsored chairty. The biz4Biz Awards recognises the achivement of businesses of all sizes across Hertfordshire. The event was hosted by the Rt Hon Michael Portillo seen here with Sue Topham, holding a JOCA rugby ball, and Justin Burgess. It was the first public airing of the JOCA video which was followed by a moving presentation from Sue Topham, and a cash collection for JOCA to help with our ongoing work. A notable mention for Adam Norsworthy, the MD of Performance Telecom, who pledged £1,000 to help fund our work. More pictures and updates to follow.

 

February 2017

JOCA video shoot at Welwyn RFC

On Staurday 26 February we shot a promotion video for JOCA at the club. Thanks to all those who took part and to the team from DMLK video. The premiere will be at the biz4Biz Awards on Friday 3 March at Tewinbury Farm after which it will be on our website. Stay tuned for further updates and clips.

 

JOCA chosen as the sponsored charity at the biz4Biz Awards

JOCA has been chosen as the sponsored charity at the biz4Biz Awards which take place on Friday 3 March 2017 at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel - the event will be hosted by the Rt Hon Michael Portillo. This is a great opportunity to raise some funds and promote JOCA and our work. A full report with pictures and videos will be posted after the event.

 

JOCA becomes a registered charity

Thanks to the hard work of Sue Topham and Justin Burgess JUST ONE CLICK AWAY is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1171634. This is great news and will enable JOCA to engage in some serious fund raising activities so we can provide help and counselling to those who need it.

 

December 2016

JOCA charity rugby event

JOCA charity rugby event

JOCA held a charity game on 3 December 2016 at Welwyn rugby club with a range of events. Thanks to all those who helped organise the event and took part in the games. The support was amazing and early indications show we managed to raise £2,300 to help fund our work. We will publish more photos and videos in due course.

Fiana Thomson presenting Wellbeing Grant to JOCA

Local Welwyn Hatfield Councillor Fiona Thomson presents JOCA with a Welwyn Hatfield Council Health and Wellbeing Grant at JOCA's super charity rugby event which was held on Saturday 3 December 2016 at Welwyn rugby club.

 

October 2016

Welwyn RFC former players lunch

Welwyn RFC former players lunch

Former players in the Welwyn RFC bar

JOCA has been donated £435 raised at the Welwyn RFC Former Players Lunch. Thank you to all who were involved and a big thank you to Mark Elliott (aka Shabby) for putting JOCA forward to be the recipient of the funds. The JOCA welfare committee is humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and support from everyone who attended the lunch. With help and support JOCA will make a difference.

 

Celebrity watch - look who is wearing a JOCA wristband

A JOCA challenge people - we want photos of famous people wearing the JOCA wrist band. Let's spread the word, let's see who we can get talking about JOCA. Wristbands are available from the club.

Mako Vunipola of England and Saracens

Billy Vunipola of England and Saracens

Jonny Wilkinson with a JOCA wristband

England legend Jonny Wilkinson CBE

Dame Trelise Pamela Cooper with a JOCA wristband

Renowned fashion designer Dame Trelise Pamela Cooper DNZM

Kim Wilde with a JOCA wristband

Kim Wilde

Ian Peel and Alex Sanderson of Saracens with their JOCA wristbands

Ian Peel and Alex Sanderson of Saracens

Charlie Hodgson with his JOCA wristband

England and Saracens legend Charlie Hodgson

Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer with his JOCA wristband

Mike Brewer from the Wheeler Dealers TV show

JOCA wristband

JOCA wristbands are available at the club

 

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Whatever your problems, issues or concerns we are here to listen and help. The JOCA Welfare team can be contacted 24/7 via our email address joca@welwynrfc.co.uk or via the form below - we'll get straight back to you. We will respect your privacy at all times. One of the committee will offer a friendly ear and where necessary signpost you to other organisations for support and assistance.

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