Local group fundraising for Marie Curie

The new Balsall Common and Berkswell Marie Curie Fundraising Group has now raised over £1400 with more donations still to come.

The group had a really successful day at the Balsall Common Festival, running activities on a stall, selling copies of Getting Personal by Bill Fine, and meeting the Mayor of Solihull.

mayor marie curie

Chair of the group John Thomas said: “We were delighted to see so many friends and supporters at the festival, and are grateful for all the donations, offers of time and support for our group. All the money raised will be spent locally helping Marie Curie to care for terminally ill people. They do a great job and we’re proud to support them.”

By coincidence on the next festival stall was Rachel Lilley, a member of the Balsall Common Running Club, who is aiming to raise £1000 for Marie Curie this year.

Along with her partner, Paul Yeoman, she ran her first marathon in Paris earlier this year, and is about to take part in the New York marathon too. A nurse, working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, she has worked hard to fit in her training around night shifts. She supports Marie Curie after they cared for her nan in their hospice in Solihull, and because of her admiration for the work of Marie Curie nurses. It also ties in with Paul’s fundraising efforts for Cancer Research in honour of his late mum.

Rachel Lilley

Rachel is well on her way to reaching her target, if you’d like to help her she has a Just Giving page, she and the local Marie Curie group would be very grateful.

If you’d like to join the group or offer your time – it could be as little as two hours collecting donations in the village a couple of times a year, or more if you’d like it to be – please contact Guy Hawes. You can also find the group on Facebook.