Baldly going where no team has gone before

Local woman, Marie Jenks, joins bald team to take on the BBC ‘Eggheads’

On Thursday 17th March 2016 at 6pm, the BBC will air a unique episode of its hit TV series ‘Eggheads’ on BBC2. Aside from the usual nail-biting challenge of an amateur team taking on ‘possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain’, this very special episode will see a team of five completely bald women taking on the challengers in a bid to win the current cash prize.

The team, which includes local woman and former Heart of England pupil Marie Jenks, all suffer from Alopecia, an auto-immune condition which causes partial or total hair loss. They are taking to our screens to raise awareness of the condition, making a huge visual impact along the way. Even better, they have pledged to donate any winnings to National Charity Alopecia UK. Tune in to see if this unique team can beat the Eggheads!

Marie has been bald since 1999 and initially focussed on getting treatments and hiding her condition. With the help of Alopecia UK, she slowly grew in confidence, culminating in her appointment as lead of the Birmingham Support Group early last year. The only thing holding her back was her wig and so she made a decision to ditch it, ‘coming out’ on her 40th birthday. She is now proud to be bald and promoting awareness. She says “Now I feel good about it, but it has taken me a long time to get to a good place”.

Charity Festive Walk

Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club’s 23rd annual Festive Walk takes place on Monday 28 December and will benefit charities including Balsall Common based Lily Mae Foundation.

The walks start and finish at the Baddesley Clinton National Trust site, which has free car parking. Walkers can start from 10am and finish by 4pm. There’s a choice of three, five, and nine mile circular routes, a great way to get some fresh air and exercise after Christmas meals!

The walk is free to enter but all donations will go to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, the Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service, and the Lily Mae Foundation with 30% retained for other local good causes.

Further details and registration forms are available on the Knowle and Dorridge Lions website

Knowle and Dorridge lions festive walk

Charity cyclist reaches for the sky

Local resident and keen cyclist Stefan Bird had a very busy summer. Having organised a very successful 1940s themed afternoon and evening in the village in June, he then took part in the Ride London 100 bike ride. All his activities have been in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, and he’s raised around £1500. Having served in the RAF for six years, it was an easy choice for him to choose which charity to support.

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He really enjoyed doing the ride and completed it in just over six hours, despite having slowed down over the last few miles to support another rider who was struggling with the distance. “The best part was coming round the corner at Trafalgar Square and seeing my family there supporting me” he said.

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His fundraising won’t stop though, he’s already applied to do next year’s Ride London 100 bike ride, and another social event with music next Spring, again in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

If you’d like to keep in touch with Stefan and find out about next year’s events you can email him on stefanbird.uk@gmail.com

Balsall Common Primary ‘Slips into Slippers’ for Older People’s Day

Balsall Common Primary School recently took part in Slip into Slippers for the second year running. Age UK Solihull is one of their favourite charities, not least because the children love to hear from one of their teachers, Miss Hughes, about her weekly visits to Stan aged 93, as she volunteers as a befriender for Age UK Solihull. Miss Hughes also took part in the Great Birmingham Run in support of the charity on 18 October.

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Lorraine Hart, Fundraising Manager at Age UK Solihull, says, “It was great to see so many schools, staff and local business people take part this year. It’s an easy and fun way to raise money for the charity, but at the same time there’s a serious message about the value of older people in society, both at work and in the home, and a way to recognise all that our parents and grandparents do for us”.

Howard Rose, Funding & Publicity Manager at Balsall Common Primary School said “this is the second year we have supported Age UK Solihull through ‘Slip into Slippers’ and I am pleased to say we have been able to raise even more money this year. The children really enjoy the day and it is a great way to support such a fantastic charity.”

Age UK’s Big Knit campaign is now well underway. If you can knit why not join in, all the information and patterns you need are online at www.thebigknit.co.uk .

If you are interested in fundraising or volunteering for Age UK Solihull, contact 0121 704 3361, email events@ageuksolihull or visit www.ageuksolihull.org.uk .

Community Bonfire tickets now on sale

This year’s Lions Club and Sports Association Grand Charity Bonfire will take place on Saturday 7 November.  It will be held in the same place as last year, the Lant Sports Ground, Meeting House Lane.

Advance tickets are on sale now at Angela Jayne’s Florist, the A1 Motorist Shop, and Oakes Farm Shop. 

Year 12 pupils at the Heart of England School have been busy working on a magnificent five panel mural based on the film Inside Out. Please do arrive before the bonfire is lit for your chance to see the artwork before it goes up in flames! 

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Organisers would love to see as many guys in the competition as possible so get busy making them! Please bring your entries along between 12noon and 2pm or after 5pm on the 7th November.

Timetable
6:00pm – Gates open
6:30pm – Guy Competition – Judges verdict
7:00pm – Bonfire lit
7:30pm – Fireworks
8:00pm – Raffle Draw
 
All times are approximate

Ticketing

Advance family tickets*: £15 (includes 2 adults and up to 3 children)
Advance individual tickets: £6 adult; £3 child
 
Gate fees: Adult £7; Accompanied child £3
 
Note: There will be no family tickets available for sale at the gates.
 

Official Ticket Outlets
 
Angela Jaynes Florist
Oakes Farm Shop
A1 Motorist Shop
 
 
 
Public Health Notice: No sparklers or private fireworks to be brought on site.
Public information: Limited parking.
Local residents are invited to keep this Lions event’s tradition and walk.

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