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THE local Macmillan Tamworth and Lichfield Fundraisers will hold a ‘Recruitment Day’ in order to encourage more people to volunteer for the charity and contribute to your community.

The event will take place at Roasters Restaurant, Ventura Park, Tamworth on Wednesday 16th August from 230pm to 4pm.

Volunteers from the local Macmillan fund raising team will be on hand to chat about how they fundraise in the Tamworth and Lichfield area.

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 to local people affected by cancer. 

Money raised by the group is used exclusively to support people in the local area.

In 2015 Macmillan supported Tamworth people with the following:

  • 85 unique Macmillan Support Line callers 56 Macmillan Grants awarded totalling £9,873.
  • 29 unique customers support for benefits total unlocked £105,052.
  • 25 people helped via Mobile Information Unit.
  • 6 hours spent in the area.

Claire Morden, Treasurer of the local 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. Pop in to Roasters (Ventura) for a coffee and a chat. The time is on you, the coffee is on us.”

Reftech van with donations for the food bank

REFTECH, a Tamworth business that provides a cloud based event management system for events worldwide, has collected over 350 items of food to donate to the Tamworth Food Bank for local families.

The Amington based software business has had a long relationship with Tamworth Foodbank which collects and distributes goods to local people in crisis with the 30 staff at RefTech bringing in a variety of non-perishable foods during the past few weeks, which the company then matched like for like to reach the substantial total.

Margaret Reeves, managing director at RefTech said: “We have supported our local food bank for a number of years now, donating on a regular basis.  Our employees are very generous and are whole heartedly behind the support we offer.  We really want to ensure that families in Tamworth are able to get help when it is needed especially at this time of year when foodbanks are visited more frequently.”

RefTech will continue to support the great work that the Tamworth Foodbank offer to local families and would like to encourage other local businesses to do the same.

Staff at RefTech supporting the Foodbank

Staff at RefTech supporting the Foodbank


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FamilyFest

THE countdown is on to this summer’s fundraising FamilyFest Charity and Community Festival, bringing wall-to-wall music, entertainment and fun for all the family to Sutton Coldfield.

The hugely popular event is back for 2017 and following two successful years at Buzzards Valley Vineyard, it has this year moved to a bigger venue at Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club.

FamilyFest will span two days packed full of live music, activities, games, shows, food and entertainment on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 – with two nights of camping available for those who want to make a weekend of it.

The fun gets underway at 7pm on Friday (gates open at 5pm) with the ‘after work’ get together beer festival and prosecco tent, featuring live music from local bands, including former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Andy Bennett.

This will be a nice warm up to Saturday’s FamilyFest bonanza which includes a fun fair, inflatables, zorb balls, a climbing wall, face painting, Chase from Paw Patrol, dog show, dad dancing competition, donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Park, Sutton Street Food Festival and Sutton Beer Festival and Prosecco Tent.

Coaches from Aston Villa FC will also be on hand to deliver fun activities and challenging competitions throughout the day, together with a Belfry Golf School, Sutton Netball, a touch rugby competition with Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club and much more.

For something slightly different, youngsters will also be able to take part in special Jedi Training sessions. There will be two sessions (3pm and 4.30pm), which are limited to 30 spaces each and must be booked in advance via the FamilyFest Facebook page, after purchasing FamilyFest tickets.

Gates open at 12pm on the Saturday with lots of activities for younger children, before developing a more adult theme into the evening with the Sutton Coldfield Beer Festival and Prosecco tent and live music from three local bands, finishing at 10.30pm.

FamilyFest is completely not for profit with all proceeds being donated to charity. The event has raised a total of £17,500 for local good causes over the last two years and this year all proceeds will be donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance.

FamilyFest came to life in 2015 when a group of business networkers from Sutton Coldfield decided to organise a family picnic – which quickly snowballed into a major fundraising event.

Event organiser and keen networker, Anthony Levelle, owner of property and garden maintenance company, Curb Appeal, said: “We’ve been amazed by the success of FamilyFest to date. We really just wanted to create a fun day out for the whole family, with high quality entertainment and reasonably priced activities.

“It is very well supported by the business community and we’ve been amazed by how much money we have raised for charity.

“We’re at our new, bigger venue this year with weekend camping and so much to do for everyone, so it should be another great event. We’d love to see lots of people coming along to join the fun.”

Tickets are priced at £5 for Friday’s after work music and beer festival, which takes place between 7pm and 10.30pm, and £10 for Saturday’s 12pm to 10.30pm extravaganza. Weekend camping is available for just £10. Under 14s are free of charge all weekend but still need to book a ticket. To secure your place please visit https://www.fatsoma.com/familyfest.

 

cathedral to castle runners

THE hugely popular Lichfield Cathedral to Tamworth Castle 10-mile charity run will be back for 2018 with more than double the amount of spaces.

After an incredibly successful first year, which saw the event sell out in just six days, the four Rotary clubs of Tamworth and Lichfield have joined forces again to organise an even bigger event for 2018.

This time the number of available places has been extended from 500 to 1,200 to give more people the chance to run the iconic course, linking the two historical monuments.

Other new features for 2018 will include children’s and juniors fun runs in Tamworth Castle Grounds and an even bigger family fun day at the finish line in the Tamworth park.

Next year’s route has also been amended slightly to take in Cathedral Close in Lichfield after starting in Beacon Park, so runners are able to get even closer to Lichfield Cathedral.

Demand for the inaugural event was unexpectedly high, with the 500 available spaces filling up within six days and a list of a further 1,500 people hoping for cancellations.

All proceeds were donated to charity, resulting in thousands being shared between the local charities chosen by the Rotary clubs of Tamworth, Tamworth Anker, Lichfield and Lichfield St Chad.

The 2018 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run will take place on Sunday, April 8 and will again start in Beacon Park in Lichfield and finish in the grounds of Tamworth Castle.

The 10-mile route has been carefully mapped out and crosses a variety of terrain including Lichfield City Centre, Ministry of Defence land at Whittington Barracks and Hopwas Woods.

c2c route

The 2017 c2c route.

Entry opens on August 3 at www.c2crun.co.uk and this year’s £25 entry price includes a finisher’s T-shirt, a goodie bag and new for 2018, a medal. All proceeds will again be donated to four charities to be chosen by the Rotary clubs and runners are welcome to raise additional sponsorship money for charities of their choosing.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedKyle Raffo, Tamworth Rotary Club member and run director for the Cathedral to Castle Run, said: “The inaugural Cathedral to Castle Run exceeded all our expectations in terms of how popular it was. The whole day was incredibly successful, with thousands being raised for local charities. Now we’re back for 2018 with an even bigger and better event.

“We were quite conservative with numbers for the first year as we wanted to test the logistics of putting it all together. Now that this is all in place we can more than double the number of runners to give more people the chance to take part and hopefully raise even more money for charity.

“Registration opens on August 3 and we would encourage anyone who wants to take part to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.”

Last year the event was widely supported by Tamworth and Lichfield businesses who helped cover the costs through corporate sponsorship. A variety of sponsorship packages are again available for 2018, starting from as little as £100. Any businesses interested are asked to email sponsorship@c2crun.co.uk.

Visit www.c2crun.co.uk to register for the 2018 Rotary Cathedral to Castle Run. Runners must be aged 16 or over.

cash sterling notes and coins

VOLUNTARY groups and organisations across Tamworth have received a cash boost of more than £3,800 from Tamworth Borough Council.

Eight groups have each been awarded grants of between £345 and £500 from the Voluntary and Community Grants scheme and the Arts Grant awards.

The grants are given to help organisations develop and provide services for the residents of Tamworth.

The latest grants are:

  • £500 for the Aztec Network, which is part of the scouting group and is working with the trustees of Middleton Hall on a joint project with girl guiding Tamworth to develop an area of waste land into a campsite, including a cooking area and a camp fire. The plan is to have a useable campsite by November 2017.
  • £500 for Girl Guiding Tamworth towards their joint project with Aztec Network for the development of the waste land into a useable campsite.
  • £461.52 for Belgrave Community Allotment and Garden, to buy and install a storage shed. This project started in 2015 and has transformed a previously unused piece of land into a community growing space for the benefit of local residents and community groups.
  • £500 for Coton Green Church for their mentoring project which provides activities in Tamworth primary schools, for young people who face issues which affect their emotional wellbeing and impact on their education.
  • £345.60 for Lichfield and District Live at Home Scheme towards the travel expenses and costs of Tamworth volunteers
  • £500 for Milk Fairies, who are a breast feeding volunteer and support group. The grant will enable the group to purchase training packs, first aid sessions and some baby equipment.
  • £500 for MD Creative towards equipment and production costs in support of the SPLAT festival organised by Dig-It.
  • £500 for Philip England to help fund a one-off live acoustic, blues folk and roots music festival in Tamworth.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedCllr Stephen Doyle, chair of the Cabinet Grants Sub-Committee, said: “We are delighted to offer these small grants to continue helping and supporting these groups.

“Tamworth Borough Council really values the effort that all our local voluntary groups put in to make a difference in the community. If you have a community or arts project that will help make Tamworth a better place, please get in touch.”

Grants are available to community groups and voluntary organisations which run in the borough to enable them to develop and continue to provide their vital services.

To find out more about the grants, please contact Karen Clancy at Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709.

WILLIAM MacGregor Primary School in Glascote is warming up for the first ever Tamworth Schools 5K dash, with support from local estate agency Green and Company.

Pupils, staff, parents and even grandparents will be walking or running the 5km distance at Tamworth Castle Grounds this Sunday July 16th, raising funds for Mind, the mental health charity.

More than 100 people in total will be taking part in the inaugural event, which William MacGregor Primary School hopes will become a regular fixture in the calendar for other schools across Tamworth.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedSuzie Norton, headteacher at William MacGregor Primary School, said: “This is the first time we have organised an event of this kind but we truly believe it has the potential to become a big success for schools across Tamworth and we are hoping that others will get involved next year.

“I’m a firm believer in promoting fitness and wellbeing to all ages and what better way to do that than with a fun, engaging event which involves the whole family and will help raise funds for Mind, the mental health charity, too. We are extremely grateful to Green & Company for their support in making this initiative happen.”

T-shirts for all participants have been donated by Green & Company, which has a sales office in Tamworth town centre and has recently launched a new property lettings division for the town.

Speech Bubble, Tamworth InformedChris Green, director at Green & Company, said: “We are delighted to be able to support a fantastic initiative, which is not only promoting fitness and wellbeing at a young age, but also raising funds for a fantastic cause too.

“As a local, independent estate agency with property sales and lettings divisions serving the Tamworth borough, we are always keen to play an active part in the local communities in which we operate. I wish the staff and pupils at William MacGregor all the best for what we hope will be a very successful event for many years to come.”

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. 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.

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