The inaugural Tour De Worcestershire Challenge takes place on Sunday 6th September to raise much needed funds to support the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity.
A team made up from local Worcestershire businesses will attempt to complete a mammoth 100-mile mini-sportive with an aim to raise over £2,500. Organised by Rebecca Widdowson from Hallmark Hulme Solicitors, alongside Willcox Matthews Recruitment, the companies were inspired by the incredible work of the staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital through the recent pandemic, and the care and compassion provided by the team at Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven.
Rebecca said ‘After being in lockdown for what seems so long and seeing and experiencing the work of these amazing charities, we couldn’t wait to get started and raise as much money as we can. We know 100 miles is a big challenge, but that it makes the fundraising special’.
The route will be carefully planned out, starting at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital in the morning and will aim to finish back at the Breast Unit in the hospital grounds late afternoon.
Rebecca, who is also taking part in the ride, added: “All the participants involved are aware or have experienced the work of these local charities. Training will be ramped up in the next few weeks, and as a keen cyclist I am confident we will all be ready for the challenge".
Jason Levy from WAH Charity said ‘We are incredibly grateful for the support from these very special Worcestershire businesses and everyone who is supporting them on this gruelling cycling challenge. It’s thanks to inspirational fundraisers like these that we can continue to put patients first, funding additional services to support the staff and the Trust. We’d like to wish them the best of luck”.
Alexandra Craigie from Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven said: “We’re really excited and proud to be part of this new event. Every penny really does help us continue to fund the vital work of the unit supporting the people of Worcestershire effected by Breast Cancer’.
If you would like to support the cyclists, you can donate here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TourDeWorcestershire100mcyclechallenge
Worcestershire small business owner Jenny Bird has used her collection of fire glazed butterflies to raise much needed funds in support of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity COVID 19 Emergency Appeal.
Paint that Pot normally specialises in capturing baby and toddler foot and handprints onto pottery items and personalises them for people to give as gifts or keep as keepsakes.
But the former Physiotherapist at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, wanted to find a way to show her support for her friends and colleagues and used her designs from a previous project to raise funds.
Jenny said “I happened to have 100 butterflies in stock left over from a previous project so I thought they would look bright and cheerful in gardens painted in rainbow colours. Many friends were supportive of my business and wanted to show their appreciation to the NHS and so purchased the butterflies really quickly!
We raised £1200 and I hope my donation will help in supporting the staff of the hospital and bring some colour and joy to the gardens of Worcestershire’.
Jason Levy from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity said: “Jenny’s Beautiful butterflies capture the essence of our appeal and further demonstrates the passion and commitment of the people of Worcestershire in supporting our patients and staff through this pandemic.’
Just three weeks ago when 7-year-old Maisie Gibson decided to raise £50 to show her support for her NHS Heroes, she never would have thought that she would have sold 800 badges and raised £2800.
Inspired by seeing Captain Tom on the TV and her grandmother, an NHS nurse at Malvern Community Hospital, survive her own battle with COVID 19, Maisie from Malvern, wanted to do something to support the staff and patients of Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust.
Supported by her mum Charlotte and her two sisters Heidi and Felicity, and with a few metres of rainbow ribbon and some safety pins, Maisie started decorating the ribbons, and through social media starting selling them to neighbours and local businesses, as well as sending hundreds to NHS staff.
Mum Charlotte said: “As soon as we set up Maisie’s Mission, it all went a bit crazy. Maisie has had ribbons, envelopes, pins, and even stamps donated. Waitrose even sent some sweets as a well done. We are now up to 800 badges and 120 meters of ribbon. We are all so proud of her and amazed by the generosity of the Worcestershire community.”
Maisie is so grateful for all the support she has now set herself a new target for her mission to reach £3000 before she hands over her donation to the hospital charity.
She said: “We have a few more badges left and if anyone would like to support my mission, it would really amazing to get to £3000.”
Jason Levy from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity said: “The charity has been overwhelmed by the incredible support from the local community. Maisie and her family are truly inspiring and their passion and generosity has had a tremendous positive impact on the morale of our staff and patients across all the Trust hospitals.”
If you would like to donate to the charity’s emergency Covid-19 Appeal please click here or to support Maisie's Mission click below.
A Worcestershire artist has generously donated one of her original paintings for a charity raffle in aid of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity’s Covid-19 Appeal. Talented local artist Hayley Reynolds of Baby Marble Designs, has donated a stunning copper and acrylic painting titled ‘Rainbow Falls’ for the charity raffle.
The Covid-19 Appeal was launched by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity in March to support staff and patients to ensure Worcestershire’s hospitals can continue to offer the best possible support during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Thanks to huge local support the appeal has already raised over £100,000.
Hayley sells her work both nationally and internationally and currently exhibits several works in Pershore, Worcester and London; also taking on a wide range of commissions.
Hayley who is based in Cropthorne in Worcestershire, said: “This is an extremely difficult time and I think it’s incredibly important that we come together to support each other in times like these. The intention was to capture the continuous flow of energy and life. I hope my donation will help in supporting the staff of the hospital and bring some love and joy to the lucky winner”.
Kathryn Hankins, the nurse at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust who organised the raffle, said: “I know how many people will benefit from the raffle and the money raised will have an immediate impact on our patients and staff”.
Jason Levy from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, said: “Hayley’s generous and unique donation further demonstrates the passion and commitment of the people of Worcestershire in supporting our patients and staff through this pandemic.’
To buy your ticket for the raffle at just £1 each, use the link below. All proceeds of the raffle will support Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity’s Covid-19 Appeal. If you would like to donate to the charity’s emergency Covid-19 Appeal please go to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpworcsacute Or if you would like to know more about Hayley’s work go to: www.artisthayleyreynolds.co.uk/
Bromsgrove Tennis Club is organising a raffle in aid of a local NHS trust with the chance to win lots of health and fitness-themed prizes.
Coaches at the club and their friends have got together to offer a range of prizes that focus on mental and physical wellbeing to give winners something to look forward to once lockdown is over.
Prizes include one-to-one and group tennis coaching, individual personal training sessions, yoga and bespoke nutritional advice. There is also a one-to-one glass-blowing session on offer.
All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal run by Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust (Charity No: 1054612) to support patients and staff across Alexandra Hospital Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Head coach at the club, James Griffiths, says: “We’re not sure how long lockdown will last, so we felt that it’s important to focus on mental and physical wellbeing and give people something to look forward to once things return to normal and raise funds for such a worthwhile cause at the same time”.
Nicky Langford, Community Fundraising Officer at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity said “The charity has been overwhelmed by the incredible support from the community.
The impact of proceeds from the raffle will allow us to fund those simple things that are making a huge difference to staff morale and wellbeing, as well as towards supporting our COVID patients with their recovery’.
James invites any other local business who would like to get involved by contributing prizes to contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org
A full list of prizes and raffle tickets are available now and cost £5 each. The draw will take place on Monday 1st June and prizes can be redeemed as soon as government restrictions allow.
West Midlands based IT Managed Services provider EBC Group has supported the provision of IT equipment to Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust in order to help COVID-19 patients that are in isolation keep in contact with their loved ones.
The donation of 40 iPad's was in response to the emergency appeal set up by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, which will be fully configured and supported by EBC Group’s technical team to give patients secure access to Virtual Visiting video software so they can easily keep in touch with family and friends.
Natalie Hart, Ward Manager Avon 3 in Worcestershire Royal Hospital said “I can’t thank you all enough for arranging this, the iPad's have made a massive difference to the mood of the patients that are currently suffering from COVID-19 on Avon 3. One patient in particular, a gentleman who in the start of the week was very unwell and very confused, simply through suffering from the complications of COVID. We decided to see if he would like to speak to his wife, who was sending in letters and pictures, so for us to show him, the change in him was incredible. It was obviously an emotional reunion, but this morning the patient was in a good mood, had a good sleep and is now talking to his wife on Skype through the donated iPad's again, it’s nice to hear them talking and laughing”.
Richard Lane, Group Managing Director of EBC Group said "This is an extremely difficult time and we think it’s incredibly important that we come together to support each other in times like these, both industry and individuals alike. We hope this donation will bring some comfort to patients in hospital who are missing their loved ones.”
Jason Levy from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity said: “The charity has been overwhelmed by the incredible support from the business community. We are working really hard to ensure those offers are redirected to where the need is greatest for patients and staff. The impact of the donation of I pads is making a huge difference to wellbeing and recovery of our patients on our COVID wards through helping to keep families together”.
LIVE lock down sessions by a Droitwich DJ have raised £5,385 for the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Charity.
Mark Jarman started off doing some of his sets on Facebook Live and then noticed other DJs were using theirs to fund-raise so thought he too would give it a go.
He set up a JustGiving page and added weekly Saturday evening shows to his schedule. He was soon attracting viewers from all over the world, including Marbella, America, New Zealand and Australia and it was not just the volume that was being pumped up – the fund-raising total was also rising.
Mark has got a lot to be thankful to the NHS for – in 2016 he suffered multiple heart attacks and then sustained a ruptured spine in a work accident. “They have literally been keeping me alive – and what front line NHS staff and key workers have been doing for everyone is phenomenal. “We’ve got a family member who is a trainee doctor and she’s been fast-tracked through the system and is doing some really long grueling shifts. “You just can’t put into words how thankful people are for everything being done.
“Now is not the time for discussing what the NHS gets and what it doesn’t – that’s a conversation to be had in 12 months time – right now we all need to pull together and help those on the front-line as much as we can. “The fund-raising on my page has been amazing – everyone has been giving what they can and one Worcester businessman Jeff Dovey donated £600.”
WAH Charity has thanked Mark for his efforts and the cash will now be put towards packages for staff and i Pads so people in the county’s hospitals can have contact with friends and family via video because they cannot have any visitors.
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