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EH Smith inspires building trade to make dreams come true for Leicestershire’s sick children

Presentation of cheque.
Pictured is Darren Moore, EH Smith General Sales Supervisor; Janine Bates, Wishes 4 Kids and EH Smith Trade Counter Negotiator Lea Bodycot.

Builders’ merchant EH Smith held a fundraising day at its Enderby, Leicester branch recently encouraging local builders, plumbers, decorators and other trades to raise money to help make the dreams of some of Leicestershire’s most poorly children come true.

The event, in aid of Regent Road, Leicester-based charity Wishes 4 Kids, raised more than £700 in just one day.

During the day, customers at EH Smith competed for a golf day at Forest of Arden club, a range of tech gadgets and games such as an iPad and Football Table, and Amazon Kindle Fire, shopping vouchers, steel-capped safety boots, Porotherm Tool Kit and even a silent auction for £1,000.00 patio kit.

Wishes 4 Kids was created to grant a wish for children and youngsters in Leicestershire who are life limited, terminally ill, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional traumas, have suffered major abuse or are diagnosed as HIV positive.

EH Smith’s Darren Moore, who organised the day along with colleague Lea Bodycott, said:

“The day was fantastic. We had a lot of support from some of our key suppliers providing us with an array of brilliant raffle prizes. All members of staff got involved too and worked together to make the day a huge success and lots of fun.

 “I know how hard Wishes4Kids work to support families with sick children and I was overwhelmed by the generosity and support of our suppliers and our customers from the Leicestershire building community. All in all, it was a great day and with a fantastic amount raised for a very worthwhile cause!”

 Charity founder Russell Brickett added:

“On the half of the charity I would like to thank EH Smith, its suppliers and customers, for supporting Wishes 4 Kids with their fundraising event.

We rely solely on the public for donations to grant wishes for poorly Leicestershire children and we are grateful to EH Smith and thank them in advance, on behalf of the children whose wishes we will be able to grant as a result of their kindness.”

Local Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie

mariecurielogoA Blooming Great Tea Party on Wednesday 15th June 2016 will help raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the charity which provides care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Tea parties in aid of Marie Curie, held the length and breadth of the UK between 20th and 29th June, have raised over £4.5 million since the campaign started in 2008.

Our local event, starting at 2.30pm, is being held in St Pius X church grounds, Leicester Road, Narborough LE19 5DF.

Parking has been organised at the Heritage Hotel – 50 yards along the road – and the event is open to anyone who would like to catch up with friends old and new and enjoy tea and cake for a good cause.


The tea party tickets are £2.50 (children FREE) and will include home-made cakes, plant sale, tombola, Phoenix Cards, a raffle, and much, much more!

There is also a fun quiz to answer and be in with the chance to win a prize.

Every donation made from a Blooming Great Tea Party will help Marie Curie Nurses care for more people living with a terminal illness across the UK.

For more information or to get involved contact Joan Rampton on 07891 889202 or e-mail

Marie Curie helpers and supporters
Marie Curie South Leicestershire Fundraising Support Group and helpers

Cara Ackerman, a Marie Curie Fund Raising Volunteer said:

“Sadly, it is a question that none of us would like to face, but research has shown that 65% of people who have a terminal illness would prefer to die at home surrounded by their family, friends and in familiar surroundings.

“Marie Curie nurses enable this to happen by offering nursing care to patients but also essential support to the family. Whilst a Marie Curie nurse is present family members are able to rest.

“It is wonderful to be hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party for the local South Leicestershire community and lovely to welcome friends who have been supporting our group over the past few years as well as new faces who are coming along for the first time.

“Great fun is had by all over a cuppa and a slice or two of scrumptious cake!”

People can follow updates on social media and share photos using the hashtag #BloomingGreat.”

For more information visit
Like‘ Marie Curie’s Facebook page at
Follow Marie Curie on Twitter
Telephone Marie Curie Support Line 0800 090 2309*

Anyone with any questions about terminal illness and who is looking for support, Marie Curie is here to help them and their family.

Call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)* or visit

Visit to share experiences and find support anytime of the day or night.

*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Steady flow of interested residents attend first of two Enderby Community Library ‘Drop-In’ events

Enderby Community LibraryOn Tuesday 12th January, a steady flow of interested residents attended at the first of two ‘drop-in’ events arranged by the Enderby Community Library Management Committee.

The session took place between 12 noon and 3pm. The second session, scheduled for Tuesday 19th January, will take place between 4pm and 7pm.

At the drop-in sessions, members of the public can learn about progress made to date with the transfer of the Library provision in Enderby from the County Council to the local community.

The sessions are also an opportunity for those who have already volunteered to help run the Library affirm their interests, as well as welcome anyone who has not yet offered their services.

A large number of residents attended an initial meeting in the Civic Centre after it was announced that Leicestershire County Council were withdrawing Library services from a number of areas, including Enderby. At a subsequent public meeting, Enderby Parish Council agreed to lead on a rescue plan.

The County Council did offer support for any of the affected areas to avoid the closures by the communities themselves taking over the running of their libraries, (subject to a successful ‘business plan’ being put forward and approved).

In January 2014 Leicestershire County Council announced it intended to “protect” its 16 bigger libraries but wanted to save up to £1.4 million a year by transferring 37 of its smaller branches (including Enderby) to their respective communities. If no community expressed interest, the Library would almost certainly close.

Under the auspices of Enderby Parish Council, a comprehensive business plan was drawn up in September 2015 and subsequently accepted by the County Council.

A Management Committee comprising enthusiastic volunteers and parish councillors was established in August 2015 to oversee the transition process.

Arrangements are on track to officially transfer the Library to its community run status towards the middle of 2016.

On its Facebook page, the Library Management Committee posted:

Thank you to everyone who signed up to Volunteer at Enderby Community Library at the Drop-in event today. It was great to meet everyone!

If you know of anyone interested in becoming a volunteer please spread the word.

The second of the two drop-in events is due to be held on
Tuesday 19th January 2016 between 4pm and 7pm.

Enderby estate agent launches ‘Shoebox Appeal’ for Rainbows

ShoeBoxAppealHarrison Murray Estate Agents of King Street, Enderby, are taking part in a ‘shoebox collection’ for the Rainbows Children’s Charity.

Branch Manager Teana Hampson says the staff at the Enderby office are looking to collect a number of ‘shoe boxes’  by 10th December.

Teana says the sort of things Rainbows have asked for are:

  • Toiletries – toothpaste, shower gel, flannel, deodrant
  • Socks (size children to adult) etc…
  • Food – non perishable with a long shelf life,
    biscuits, crisps, tins, pies etc..

How to pack a shoe box

Get an empty medium sized shoebox, wrapping the lid and box separately in colourful wrapping paper.

htpab_step_1Attach a label indicating if your shoebox contains gifts appropriate for a boy, girl or adult.

Select an age range appropriate to your gifts and write that on the label.

Attach the label to the top of the shoebox.

Anyone wishing to create and donate a shoebox for the appeal may drop it into the Enderby Branch office on King Street during opening hours:
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Enderby branch



Volunteers step forward to secure the future of Enderby Library

Enderby Library Needs YouAs an austerity measure, Enderby’s Library was threatened with closure by the Leicestershire County Council but Enderby Parish Council and a host of volunteers have stepped forward to keep Enderby’s Library open.

The Parish Council website reports that the Parish Council registered its interest in keeping the library open and this was accepted by the County Council.

After a great deal of discussion with the County Council and much negotiation and training of Council staff and volunteers, Enderby Parish Council, at its meeting on 12th August 2015, set up the Enderby Library Management Committee.

Five council members were appointed to serve on it, plus the chairman and vice-chairman, in an ex-offico capacity and volunteers were invited to join the Committee.

Of the members of the public who were present, five joined immediately, a sixth was volunteered by her husband and two others who had expressed a desire to serve on a Management Committee will be contacted with the details of what has happened thus far.

The Management Committee will meet at Enderby Civic Centre, at 6.30pm on Thursday, 27th August to consider a draft business plan.

Any alterations to the draft plan will be taken to the next meeting of the Committee on 3rd September, just ahead of the deadline for the submission of the business plan to County Hall which is Friday, 4th September, 2015.

The business plan is an intricate document but training in drawing one up was given by the County Council and the Council’s Clerk has spent many hours – and probably sleepless nights – working on it.

The plan, it is hoped, will include the library being open for 24 hours per week, more than it is at present.

Committee meetings will be open to members of the public and will be advertised in the same manner as any other Council and/or committee meetings; on parish notice-boards and on the Council’s website. The Parish Council’s Facebook page and Twitter feed will also carry news of what is happening.

View Enderby Parish Council’s website