The Midland Charities Association Christmas card shop has returned to Balsall Common library for another year. Their annual 7 week run is already well underway and will remain ope until Saturday 12th December 2015.
The shop operates during library opening hours as follows:
National Charity The Cinnamon Trust is currently seeking volunteer dog walkers to help an elderly Balsall Common resident hang onto their beloved dog. The charity helps care for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets. Their aims include keeping owners and pets together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers.
If you know any budding volunteer dog walkers that can ease the burden and help keep owner and pet together, please make contact with Sally Collins direct at the Cinnamon Trust on 01736 758707 or email email@example.com .
To find out more about wider volunteering opportunities visit the Charity’s website at www.cinnamon.org.uk or drop them an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 .