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: http://www.willthemadfoolmakeit.co.uk/

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

Sweet Memories open for business

 

Sweets from Sweet Memories
Sweets from Sweet Memories

We may be a bit behind the times but we’ve only just realised Sweet Memories is re-open for business behind Westwood Hair and Beauty.

As before, it sells all your traditional sweet shop favourites from chocolate limes and liquorice toffees, to ABC letters and strawberry sherbets. They also sell a wide range of ice creams and coffees and slushies. There is a small seating area outside. So if you are looking for a treat for yourself or the kids, are out and about in the village in need of caffeine or sugar, why not head in and see what they have to offer.

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Keep on Running – Balsall Common style

Running is THE thing to do in Balsall Common this summer! Day and night there are always runners out and about in the village. Interest has been heightened by Balsall Common’s first ever Fun Run on 20 September. Coupled with a newly formed running club for the village, it’s a great time to pull on your trainers and get running.

 

Balsall Common Fun Run Saturday 20 September
Balsall Common Fun Run

 

Entering an event or joining a club are great ways to get started and stay motivated. Or if you are feeling really keen why not do both!

 

It’s not too late to enter the Lily Mae Foundation Fun Run, part of the Balsall Common Festival. Entries are just £13 for the 5k or 10k race. Kids aged 5-10 can enter mini Fun Runs that take place at the Lant on the Saturday afternoon. There will be no entries on the day so do sign up in advance. www.lilymaefoundation.org/funrun

 

 

If you want to train with others, the Balsall Common Running Club meets on Thursdays at 6.30pm and at 9am on Saturday mornings at The Lant (between tennis courts and cricket pitch), Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common. For all the latest information like their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/balsallcommonrunclub

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So what are you waiting for? All you need is a decent pair of trainers and off you go! Let us know how you get on via social media www.twitter.com/bcfest or www.facebook.com/bcfestival