Are you ready?! The recent Macmillan Coffee morning held in Balsall Common raised a staggering ……
??? £3,217.90 ???
Organiser Amy Fox said: “To all the businesses and people that donated prizes and essentials, baked cakes, sold raffle tickets, attended the event and helped advertise the event I cannot thank you enough. A simple coffee morning has raised so much money and awareness for a charity very close to me.
“There are some amazing businesses that have helped with this total. Prova PR, epyx Ltd and Accenture New Zealand all kindly held coffee mornings to help with my total. Ian Coles has spent all summer fundraising and presented me with £500 towards the total!
“As you all know my coffee morning was in memory of a close family friend, Geoff Wain. I hope we’ve made him proud ?
Balsall Common resident Richard Murray is riding from London to Amsterdam in support of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.
He’s part of a team from business coaching company Elephants Child. Their Managing Director Martin Brown, lost his father-in-law to the disease.
In total the team has raised £7000 with four weeks to go. The 145-mile trip is backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association with high-profile former players and managers such as Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson taking part.
Balsall Common Lions Club are just one of many local organisations, residents and businesses to support the team. They have a long history of supporting prostate cancer awareness events. They are organising a prostate cancer screening session in Balsall Common this weekend, their 3rd such event. The screening takes place at St Peters Church Hall from 10am to 1pm.
Richard Murray explained: “This is a cause dear to my heart as my grandfather and uncle both lost their own battles with cancer. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from this condition. I’m looking forward to getting into the saddle and raising money in support of this tremendous charity. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.
“I’m also desperate to raise awareness and encourage men to get themselves checked. We’re notoriously bad at visiting doctors and looking after our health. Anyone that has concerns and can’t make Saturday’s screening should book an appointment with their GP,” he added.
The trip begins on 9 June and will see around 500 riders making the two-day journey aiming to raise a total of £500,000 for the charity.
The Balsall Common and Berkswell Marie Curie Fundraising Group are holding a charity walk this Friday 12 May. The walk begins and ends at the Bear in Berskwell with a choice of start times between 6pm and 7pm. Their volunteers will guide you along the course.
The event will take you through the Berkswell countryside giving you an opportunity to relax ready for the weekend, enjoy the beautiful scenery and good company. The approximately 2.5mile walk is suitable for all the family with no difficult inclines. Sturdy footwear is recommended with all welcome, even bring the dog along!
The aim is to provide a relaxing way to raise money and awareness for Marie Curie with any donations funding the West Midlands hospice and West Midlands nursing services.
Why not wear something yellow and turn the Berkswell countryside yellow for Marie Curie?
For more information about the walk please contact John Thomas on 07703 394521 or email the organisers.