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THE local fundraising arm of the charity Macmillan are in urgent need of volunteers to help assist with future fundraising events and planning.

Currently a small team, new members will play a role in helping raise money and awareness for a charity close to many people’s hearts.

With volunteers currently at a minimum, the small but active group see having new members as being the difference between being able to attend and raise money at a fundraising opportunity, or be forced to turn it down. Simply seeking like-minded volunteers to give up even just a few hours a month, being a part of the group provides the chance to make a vital difference.

Claire Morden, Treasurer of the group said:

“Our current volunteers all have different reasons to be a part of the group, but come with the same aim. To raise money for the charity that deals with an illness that affects so many lives.

The work of the Macmillan nurses and therapists doesn’t receive enough credit, and Macmillan in Staffordshire need all the funds they can get, to continue doing what they do so well.

“So sparing a few hours or days a month, meeting new people, raising money and having fun while we’re at it is the perfect way to support the charity in the local area. We just hope there’s some more willing volunteers in Tamworth that can help to keep this fundraising moving forward”.

If you feel can help and would like to volunteer, please contact: Claire Morden. Tel: 07511 010101 or e-mail: claire@mordenhouse.co.uk

All funds raised are used exclusively for cancer support in the local Staffordshire area.

Canine Partners

ANKERSIDE shoppers have proven just how generous they are by digging deep and donating more than £600 to charity Canine Partners in just a single day.

The charity, that aims to transform the lives of those living with physical disabilities by pairing them with assistance dogs, visited the centre to raise awareness about the vital work they do. During that time, Ankerside shoppers donated a staggering £641.

“This is a remarkable total to raise in just one day,” said Ankerside Centre Manager Jeff Wigley (or should that he Wagley!?). “As a key part of the Tamworth community we support a whole host of different charities and good causes and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help Canine Partners with their fundraising. 

“The work that Canine Partners does is vital to those that have a variety of physical disabilities and conditions that means they need help from their four-legged friends. The money donated by our fantastic shoppers will go towards helping train the next generation of assistance dogs for the charity and I’m thrilled that we’re able to play a part in that.”

Canine Partners’ fundraising assistant Charlotte Jopling said: “We are incredibly grateful to Ankerside Shopping Centre to giving us such a fantastic fundraising opportunity and all of the generous shoppers who helped us raise a whopping £642 in just one day at the centre.

“Our volunteers also enjoyed the opportunity to raise awareness of volunteering opportunities and shoppers had the chance to meet three puppies that are training to become assistance dogs. This is the third year we have visited the shopping centre and during that time we have raised more than £2,493.

“Canine Partners receives no government funding so we rely on the generosity of organisations and members of the public to help us pay to train our amazing assistance dogs that transform the lives of disabled people by supporting them with everyday tasks.”

Macmillan Cancer Support

AS Spring fast approaches and the weather gets ever warmer, shoppers from across Tamworth are being encouraged to donate any unwanted clothing to a good cause.

The team from Macmillan Tamworth will be in Ankerside Shopping Centre from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 25 March and members of the public can bring along any clothes and teddies they no longer want or need.

Ankerside Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley, said he was looking forward to welcoming the charity to the centre. “We’ve got a great relationship with Macmillan Tamworth and we’re looking forward to continuing that this month,” said Jeff. “We know that they’re an extremely popular charity with visitors to the centre, as through our annual coffee morning more than £8,000 has been raised since 2012.”

“As a key part of the Tamworth community it’s vitally important that we get behind charities and I’m delighted to once again be helping Macmillan with their fundraising efforts. They provide care and support for those with cancer, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. A number of people in our region use and are supported by Macmillan and I’m thrilled that we can help.”

Pauline Lewis, Staffordshire fundraising manager for Macmillan, said the team were looking forward to collecting clothing from Tamworth shoppers. “Unlike other national charities we don’t have a physical presence in towns and cities, so a clothing collection like this is something quite different for us,” said Pauline.

“We’ll be taking donations throughout the day and all good quality clothing and cuddly toys are welcome. Dedicated members of the team will then be having an early start and taking items to be sold at a local car boot sale and for things we can’t sell we’ll be taking them to a clothing bank.

“All of the money raised from the activity will go directly to ensuring we can provide support and information for people affected by cancer and those closest to them, living in Tamworth and the surrounding area. If anyone has anything they’re not wearing or that they don’t want any more I’d encourage them to bring it to Ankerside on 25 March.”

The Macmillan Tamworth clothing collection will be taking place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 25 March. All items are welcome.

Macmillan

THE local fundraising arm of the charity Macmillan are in urgent need of volunteers to help assist with future fundraising events and planning.

Currently a small team, new members will play a role in helping raise money and awareness for a charity close to many people’s hearts.

With volunteers currently at a minimum, the small but active group see having new members as being the difference between being able to attend and raise money at a fundraising opportunity, or be forced to turn it down. Simply seeking like-minded volunteers to give up even just a few hours a month, being a part of the group provides the chance to make a vital difference.

Claire Morden, Treasurer of the group said: “Our current volunteers all have different reasons to be a part of the group, but come with the same aim. To raise money for the charity that deals with an illness that affects so many lives.

The work of the Macmillan nurses and therapists doesn’t receive enough credit, and Macmillan in Staffordshire need all the funds they can get, to continue doing what they do so well. So sparing a few hours or days a month, meeting new people, raising money and having fun while we’re at it is the perfect way to support the charity in the local area. We just hope there’s some more willing volunteers in Tamworth that can help to keep this fundraising moving forward”.

If you feel can help and would like to volunteer, please contact Claire Morden on 07511010101 or e-mail claire@mordenhouse.co.uk

All funds raised are used exclusively for cancer support in the local Staffordshire area.

Stephanie and Paige from Hampton Knight, Jeff Wigley from Ankerside, Santa and his helper, Lucy Harvey from Ankerside with Dawn Edge and Heather Foley.

TWO local charities are set to enjoy a great Christmas after a bumper haul of presents was donated to Operation Christmas at Ankerside making the annual gift giving appeal a huge success.

Acorns Children’s Hospice and Pathways Project are set to benefit from the kindness and generosity of shoppers after hundreds of presents were popped in the collection box, ensuring both charities enjoy a fantastic festive season.

Ankerside Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley, said he was overawed by the response to Operation Christmas. “The number of donations this year has been astonishing,” said Jeff. “It’s the thirteenth year that we’ve hosted the collection and the generosity of our great customers has been outstanding, this year they’ve gone above and beyond.”

As well as donations from shoppers, local business Hampton Knight donated more than 50 gifts to the appeal and Jeff said he was delighted that the entire community had got involved in the appeal.

“The festive period is a time of giving and the people of Tamworth have really demonstrated that,” said Jeff. “It’s wonderful to see shoppers and businesses alike donating and I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who got involved, the gifts really will make a difference to those that need them and appreciate them most in the area.”

Abi Floyd, Community Fundraising Manager at Acorns, said: “We’re so grateful to Ankerside for their ongoing support and the generosity of local people who have once again got behind this fantastic appeal. Children who use Acorns are often only able to use specialist sensory toys, so the presents will be given out to their siblings and sold in our shops to help raise vital funds for our care.”

Stephanie (beige jacket) and Paige (leather jacket) from Hampton Knight with Jeff, Lucy and Santa.

Stephanie (beige jacket) and Paige (leather jacket) from Hampton Knight with Jeff, Lucy and Santa.

Dawn Edge Children’s worked at Pathway Project added: “Once again, at the Pathway Project, we are completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Tamworth and all those who donated to the appeal.  We are extremely grateful to all the individuals and businesses who gave a thought to those less fortunate and donated gifts.

“The families that we accommodate will receive these presents and we can assure you that your generosity means that the children will have presents to open on Christmas day and a smile on their faces.  Thank you all so much.”

Dawn Edge and Heather Foley from Pathway with Centre Manager Jeff Wigley, Abi Floyd from Acorns and Lucy Harvey

Dawn Edge and Heather Foley from Pathway with Centre Manager Jeff Wigley, Abi Floyd from Acorns and Lucy Harvey

Stephanie McConville PR and Communications Officer from Hampton Knight said: “As a family owned and operated company we strive to uphold traditional family values in all that we do. We are incredibly happy to be able to get involved with two very deserving charities and give back to the local community this Christmas.”

freemasons donation to mayors charity

THE Mayor of Tamworth’s charity has received a welcome pre-Christmas boost, thanks to a £200 donation from the Marmion Lodge of Freemasons.

Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Ken Norchi and Mayoress Jean Norchi were invited to the Lodge in Lichfield Street, where a cheque for £200 was presented by Almoner of the Lodge, Iain Semple, and Junior Warden Philip Hope.

Cllr Norchi has chosen to raise money during his year in office for Spoken, a Tamworth-based support group which helps the parents and carers of children with special needs, including autism and ADHD.

He has held a number of highly-successful fundraising events, including two discos, a skittles night and a curry night. He is hoping to raise around £5,000 for his charity during his year in office.

Cllr Norchi said: “I am very grateful to the members of the Marmion Lodge of Freemasons for their generous donation and would like to thank them very much for inviting us to the Lodge as their guests.”

Marmion Lodge is the oldest Freemasons Lodge in Tamworth and has recently celebrated its 150th anniversary.                                            

Tamworth remembrance

TEARS were shed and flags waved as hundreds of people enjoyed an evening of remembrance which saw Tamworth’s choirs coming together to perform under one magnificent roof in the first instalment of a new two-year arts project.

Organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team, We Will Remember saw 200 choir members performing in St Editha’s Church alongside talented young singer Matilda Pratt and Staffordshire’s first ever Poet Laureate Mal Dewhirst.

As well as commemorating the centenary of the First World War, the concert also raised £1,000 towards the repair of the clock on St Editha’s Church tower. It featured the premier of a brand new piece of music called ‘War Child’, which was composed especially for the event by Sophy Smith and conducted by Dan Watson.

War Child was performed by Tamworth Voices, Tamworth Male Voice Choir, Tamworth Ladies Choir, Tamworth Arts Club and Flax Hill Junior School, who each also performed separate pieces throughout the concert, together with members of the William MacGregor Primary School Choir.

The musical line up featured a variety of songs from the past, including an excerpt from ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, Keep the Home Fires Burning, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack up Your Troubles and Over the Rainbow.

Tears were shed during the original piece of music, which tells the struggles of evacuees, and flags were waved during the encore of Do You Hear the People Sing? from Les Miserables, which was performed to rapturous applause and a standing ovation.

The concert has been hailed a resounding success, with great feedback from audience members and performers alike.

 

A video of the War Child performance posted on the Tamworth Arts and Events Facebook page has been viewed thousands of times. The video can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/TArtsandEvents/.

Vicki Walker said: “Brilliant. Gave me goosebumps.” Rebecca Owen said: “Beautiful! My daughter took part in this lovely performance. Well done everyone who took part and made this happen.”

Charlotte Walters added: “I’m incredibly proud of the children from Flax Hill; so different from anything they have ever sung before and they really did themselves and our school proud.

Their opinions were echoed by Norman Prior who said: “Enjoyed the event. Great job.” Penny Skipp added: “A lovely thing to watch on Remembrance Sunday.”

We Will Remember is the first instalment in the new Arts in Unusual Spaces programme, which has been made possible by a £68,000 grant from Arts Council England, and will see art in all its forms popping up in unusual spaces across the town.

As well as creating new audiences, the project aims to provide Tamworth’s performers with opportunities to take to the stage while Tamworth Assembly Rooms is closed for refurbishment.

Feedback from We Will Remember participants has also been fantastic. Comments were summed up by Linda Padgett from Tamworth Voices who said: “It was a tremendous privilege to be able to take part with Tamworth Voices and the rest of the ensemble. It was a great night and I hope all attending enjoyed it. I hope we did Tamworth proud, it made me feel proud to be a part of it. It was wonderful.”

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said:

“I’d like to congratulate the Arts and Events team on creating a successful production on such a huge scale in St Editha’s Church. Feedback has been fantastic, War Child was amazing and the concert also raised £1,000 towards the repair of the clock, which is a key feature of the town centre.

“This has been a great start to Arts in Unusual Spaces and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.”

Leonie Colbourne (daughter of Deputy Mayor), John Chesworth Deputy Mayor of Tamwoth, Sue Arnold Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, John Arnold, Paula Senior Fundraising Officer for YMCA and Paul Laffey Chief Executive for Burton YMCA

DEPUTY Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Arnold from Harlaston near Tamworth has recently spent the night in a cardboard box to help raise money for charity.

Mrs Arnold and her husband John took part in the Burton YMCA’s Sleep Out 2016 in order to help them raise vital funds. They spent the night sleeping out at Tamworth castle Grounds last Friday so that someone else won’t have to.

Through her fundraising efforts, Mrs Arnold has managed to raise over £1,000 so far for the YMCA. She is encouraging members of the public to sponsor her and support the work done by the YMCA to help the homeless in Staffordshire.

Mrs Arnold said: “It was a humbling experience to be able to take part in this year’s sleep out and get a taste of what those less fortunate who live on the streets must go through every night. What was most poignant to me was the sense of vulnerability that I may become a victim of assault at any time.

“I am incredibly grateful to everyone who sponsored me for this event and I am pleased that the money raised is going to such a worthwhile cause.”

In October 2016 a survey carried out by homelessness charity St Mungo’s found that of over 200 people sleeping rough in Westminster, London more than a third of respondents, rising to 44 per cent of female respondents, stated they had been attacked since they became homeless. Of the respondents 18 per cent said they had threatened or tried to harm themselves, or someone else, in the last year. In London an average of one homeless person has died every fortnight since 2010.

Leonie Colbourne (daughter of Deputy Mayor), John Chesworth Deputy Mayor of Tamwoth, Sue Arnold Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, John Arnold, Paula Senior Fundraising Officer for YMCA and Paul Laffey Chief Executive for Burton YMCA

Leonie Colbourne (daughter of Deputy Mayor), John Chesworth Deputy Mayor of Tamwoth, Sue Arnold Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, John Arnold, Paula Senior Fundraising Officer for YMCA and Paul Laffey Chief Executive for Burton YMCA

Paul Laffey Chief Executive of Burton YMCA said: “We are very grateful for the support of everyone who has registered, supported, volunteered, sponsored or shared our story, about this sleepout event.

“Every single person is helping us to make a difference, building positive futures for the people we support and helping with the vital support services that are accessed by 1000’s of people in need every year.

“As the weather turns colder homeless people are faced with the shocking reality of a life lived on the streets. Those participating slept out for one or two nights and were then able to return to their warm homes. For a homeless person sleeping out can mean weeks or even months on the streets. That’s the harsh reality of what the YMCA is witnessing on a daily basis.”

The Burton YMCA Sleep Out has now been running for eight years and this year over 50 people took part in the Tamworth Sleep Out event.

Anyone who wants to help support the Burton YMCA and sponsor the Deputy PCC should visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/suearnold

Tamworth Municipal charities

A TAMWORTH charity fund which has been running since 1868 is reminding people that there is still time to apply for a slice of the £2,000 cash – with applications set to close in just over two weeks.

The Tamworth Municipal Charities, which has been run by the Borough Council since 1868, exists to improve the lives of Tamworth residents.

The charity normally awards grants between £100 and £500. The charity was originally founded by philanthropists to relieve financial hardship for local people at a time when state assistance was non-existent.

Over the years it has provided financial assistance to those in need. Originally this took the form of cash handouts, but has also included the provision of washing machines, cookers, disabled aids, help towards the cost of visiting relatives in hospital or respite care.

The funds are created from returns on investments and the trustees consider requests for help for people in need who live in Tamworth, or from organisations which offer help and support to those in need.

In 1909, the fund gave away £5.50 to Tamworth Hospital and in 1949, 289 people were each given four shillings at the Assembly Rooms. In later years, organisations including Dosthill Boys Club and Home Start received grants.

Tony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council’s Chief Executive and Secretary of Tamworth Municipal Charities, said: “For 147 years, this charity fund has helped hundreds of people and organisations needing some assistance. While only relatively small, this fund can make a huge difference to those in need and consequently, I would urge people to apply.”

The closing date for applications to the fund is Friday November 11. The Charity Trustees will then meet on November 16 to consider allocation of the funds.

All applications should be made in writing to Secretary to the Trustees Anthony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ.

Applications from organisations should include a copy of the latest statement of accounts.

money sterling notes

A TAMWORTH charity fund which has been running since 1868 is now asking people and organisations to come forward and apply for a slice of the £2,000 cash.

The Tamworth Municipal Charities, which has been run by the Borough Council since 1868, exists to improve the lives of Tamworth residents.

The charity normally awards grants between the sum of £100 and £500. The charity was originally founded by philanthropists to relieve financial hardship for local people at a time when state assistance was non-existent.

Over the years it has provided financial assistance to those in need. Originally this took the form of cash handouts, but has also included the provision of washing machines, cookers, disabled aids, help towards the cost of visiting relatives in hospital or respite care.

The funds are created from returns on investments and the trustees consider requests for help for people in need who live in Tamworth, or from organisations which offer help and support to those in need.

In 1909, the fund gave away £5.50 to Tamworth Hospital and in 1949, 289 people were each given four shillings at the Assembly Rooms. In later years, organisations including Dosthill Boys Club and Home Start received grants.

Tony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council’s Chief Executive and Secretary of Tamworth Municipal Charities, said: “For more than 140 years, this charity fund has helped hundreds of people and organisations needing some assistance. While only relatively small, this fund can make a huge difference to those in need and consequently, I would urge people to apply.”

The closing date for applications to the fund is Friday November 11. The Charity Trustees will then meet on November 16 to consider allocation of the funds.

All applications should be made in writing to Secretary to the Trustees, Anthony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ.

Applications from organisations should include a copy of the latest statement of accounts.

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