Village Christmas Card Shop to raise funds for charity

Someone contain that crazy lady it's not Take That it's a card shop. Malcolm Stent does the tricky bit with the scissors

Lucie Ray reports:
Popular local comedian Malcolm Stent visited Balsall Common Library earlier this week to officially open this year’s Charity Christmas card shop.

The festive greetings cards, which are sold in aid of 16 charities including Birmingham Childrens Hospital and Cancer Research UK as well as some smaller local organisations, are available at the library on the Kenilworth Road priced from just £2.95 for a pack of 20.

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Kylie’s home help homecoming

22 year old therapist Kylie Holdback is returning to her native Balsall Common to provide vital outreach support for families of children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome. The move will see Kylie running the newly formed West Midlands outreach service of Somerset based charity Bibic as part of a lottery funded bid to reduce their existing six month waiting lists.
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Rugby Club Turns Pink to raise £1400 for Cancer Charity

Berkswell Rugby Club's Pink Cancer Charity Day

A good news story from a few weeks ago …

Steve Wake reports:

The clubhouse and bar were a vision in pink, and alive with feminine chatter … hardly an an admission Berkswell and Balsall Rugby Club (BBRFC) would normally be happy to make … as the players carried out their normal Saturday afternoon masculine mayhem on the nearby pitch.

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Community First Responders saving lives in the community

First Responder Jeffrey Way

Surprisingly for what is a predominantly affluent area, Balsall Common is an unusually vulnerable to place to live on those rare occasions when serious health incidents occur, such as road accidents or cardiac arrest.  There is 150,000 deaths in the UK from cardiac arrest annually in the UK and survival can be heavily dictated by the speed at which initial treatment is provided. As Balsall Common’s Jeffrey Way explains it’s the village location on the outer reaches of the emergency services orbit which places residents and visitors at greater risk.
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