Time for Tea for Places for People Leisure | Action Medical Research

Time for Tea for Places for People Leisure

4 July 2014

Employees at Alfreton Leisure Centre in Derbyshire, raised their tea cups for a brand new charity initiative on Thursday 19 June - joined by 244 other workplaces throughout the UK.

The UK children’s charity Action Medical Research called on the UK workforce to take a break and Places for People Leisure responded! They took delivery of their delicious traditional cream teas - in a box - to bond with colleagues over a brew whilst doing their bit for charity.

Finance and Performance Manager, Joanne Rainsford, has a personal connection to the work of the charity as her child was born premature. Action Medical Research funds vital research and is currently funding work around prematurity, stillbirth, meningitis and cerebral palsy, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Phoebe Rainsford’s due date was 31 October 1997, but she was born at 1.08am on Wednesday 27 August 1997. Just 30 weeks pregnant, Joanne was advised by her midwife to get checked out at hospital as she was feeling tired and slightly unwell. After a short period of time she went into labour and was raced down to the delivery suite at Derby Royal Hospital.

Joanne says: “I had an emergency caesarean section. Phoebe was tiny, only 3 pounds and 2 oz - I remember she could fit in the palm of my hand. She was in an incubator with tubes up her nose and wires all over her body hooked up to beeping machines. She also had jaundice and it was discovered she had a heart murmur. We were so relieved to see her gain ounces every week and grow stronger.”

“After five weeks she finally came home! She was still under five pounds and tiny. Luckily, Phoebe did not have any long term complications from her premature birth, but she still has a heart murmur. We are lucky that, thanks to the advances of medical research, she has grown up to be a lovely 16 year old who enjoys life and is currently studying for her A levels.”

Jackie Goacher from Places for People says: “We are delighted to have been part of this fabulous charity initiative – what a great idea! It was a great afternoon for our employees, to enjoy a cream tea, whilst raising valuable funds for this amazing charity.”

The 2015 Action Cream Tea workplace delivery day will be announced soon. Each box this year contained: two freshly baked scones, Rodda’s Cornish clotted cream, fresh strawberries, two small jars of strawberry jam Tiptree, wrapped Yorkshire teabag, knife and serviette.

Alfreton Leisure Centre is managed by Places for People Leisure on behalf of Amber Valley Borough Council.


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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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‘Places for People Leisure’ currently partners 30 local authorities, managing over 100 leisure centres across England. Its sites attract 25 million visits each year and over the past seven years the award winning organisation has built 12 new leisure facilities. Its core mission is to continue to create active places and healthy people. For more information please visit www.placesforpeopleleisure.org

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