Thanks for Fun Run support

Balsall Common Fun Run is co-ordinated by the Lily Mae Foundation
Balsall Common Fun Run is co-ordinated by the Lily Mae Foundation


Dear Residents


On behalf of The Lily Mae Foundation, I just wanted to say a massive “Thank You” for your tremendous support for the first ever Balsall Common Fun Run on Saturday 20th September as part of the Festival of Fun organised for that day. The Charity was asked by the Balsall Common Festival Committee to organise the Run for the benefit of all those living and working in Balsall Common.


And they’re off! [Image courtesy of Geraint Hewett]
The runners and marshals commented on the superb atmosphere that you created along the route and at the start and finish line at the Heart of England School. Thank you for the many donations that you gave to the runners to be passed on to our Charity. Thank you too for the drinks, sweets and chocolate that you handed to the runners as they passed your homes.


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Fun Run road closure and bus service information

Balsall Common’s first ever Fun Run takes place this Saturday. Coordinated by the Lily Mae Foundation, it will be a fantastic day for the village. 500 runners, aged 11 to 82 will be taking part, the majority of them are Balsall Common residents. 45 marshals (mostly local people) are supporting the event too.


Inevitably with an event like this there will be some disruption. Road closures are necessary to keep runners safe. Details of the road closures are on the map below, in the latest issue of the Bugle, in the Festival programme and have been delivered to all affected households.


If there is an emergency on the day or you need advice before hand please contact Geoff Heaps of the Lily Mae Foundation on 07960 199184 or


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Local charity celebrates new home to offer extra support

Local charity, The Lily Mae Foundation, are celebrating new office space which will allow them to offer even more support to parents and families affected by stillbirth and neonatal death.


Having carried out amazing work from their own home for the last four and a half years, founders  of the charity, Amy and Ryan Jackson felt it was time to reclaim their dining room and bedrooms and expand into a bigger space. Now they can continue to provide memory boxes to four local hospitals and have a venue for meetings and support sessions with bereaved parents and relatives.

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Sprout-tastic achievement reaches much further than Brussels!

Balsall Common fund raiser Stuart Kettell made headlines locally and nationally with his latest fundraising challenge for Macmillan Cancer Support. But his successful attempt to push a Brussels sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose has achieved worldwide fame!

His efforts reached Australia’s Melbourne Age newspaper!


Melbourne Age Oddspot
Melbourne Age Oddspot



To support Stuart’s fundraising efforts visit:

Thanks to Dave from Balsall Common Lions Club for sending this in!