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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.”

Pavilion Family Fun Day

69659-blab-charity-fun-day-ad-artworkThis weekend sees the Pavilion Leisure Centre throw open its doors for a fantastic Family Fun Day.

Taking place at the centre on Sports Field Lane, Huncote, LE9 3BN, the FREE event gives families a chance to enjoy the last few days of the warm weather at Blaby District Council’s leisure centre.

Starting at 10am, the day will feature activities both inside and out. Activities including Stalls, inflatables, bubble football and the skate park will be available outside. Inside the whole leisure centre will be open, including drop-in squash and badminton, gym sessions and toddler town.

The hugely anticipated Manchester Derby will also be available to watch in the licensed bar from 12:30pm.

All proceeds raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

For more information about the open day, call 0116 275 0246 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.


Activities on Offer:

Huncote Hornets – BMX Club Promotion (With Show)
Burger Vans
Huncote Harriers Running Club
Lemon Jelly Performing Arts Group
Slimming World
Pet Food Stall
Craft Stall
Cake Stall
Sure Start Centre
Popcorn / Candy Floss
Ice Cream Van
Fire Service
Police Car
Bubble Football
Wheels Skate Park
Drop in 3G Football

Inside the Pavilion Leisure Centre

Drop in Squash
Drop in Badminton
Toddler town
Winstanley Wizards – Table Tennis Robot
Gym Sessions
Fast Classes
Gym Tasters
Personal Trainer Sessions
Staff Bake Off
Teas and Coffees Available
Bar Licence Extended
Manchester Derby – Sky Sports 1

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Enderby College Fun Run raises over £6,000

fun run smallBrockington College in Enderby has announced raising over £6000 for charity.

The College posted on Twitter: Before Easter we raised over £6000 for charity with our Fun Run!

The ‘Fun Run’ is an annual event and has previously raised an amount of money for charitable projects.

In the March 2016 Bulletin, Principle Chris Southall wrote:

Our fun run on the last day of term is organised by Jo Wyeth and funds raised support the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and Kash4Kenya/South Africa.

“These two charities do amazing work. The NSIF fundraising has led to pioneering work resulting in hope for those suffering life-changing paralysis.

“The Brockington College Kash4Kenya/South Africa Charity developed by Sarah Heggs is literally helping to keep people alive in the Kenyan villages that we support and to provide vital aid to people in both Kenya and South Africa.

“Our support over time together for those two charities has already raised nearly £100,000.”

Photos from the event can be viewed on the College’s Flikr account

Enderby Band help to raise £9k for charity

ESO at Curve smallEnderby Band was delighted to hear that a show in which the band appeared has raised almost £9000 for charity.

Enderby Bands’ website reports that the show, entitled ‘We’ll Meet Again’, was held in November last year at Leicester’s Curve Theatre and was staged to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Second World War.

The promoter of the event, Leicester’s Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton recently presented a cheque to the county president of the Royal British Legion, Colonel Robert Martin.

The show, which was created by local arts charity Applause, told the story of the conflict through the eyes of the people of Leicestershire using images and popular music of the time.

The band were part of a line up of artists performing on the night which also included Elaine Pantling, David Morris and Jenny Saunders, Curve Young Theatre Company and vocal group The Simpletones.

Speaking about the event, Lady Gretton said:

‘We enjoyed a wonderful mix of music and drama with light-hearted moments and tear-jerking moments. All of this was for such a good cause.’

Col. Martin commented:

The Royal British Legion is the custodian of remembrance and the Poppy Appeal is at the heart of our fund-raising. The fantastic amount will go towards supporting our vital work.’

The Band on stage at Curve [Photo: Enderby Band]
The Band on stage at Curve [Photo: Enderby Band]
It is the second year the band has appeared at Curve – in 2014 the band performed at a similar event to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

This event also raised a similar amount for the Poppy Appeal.

Keep up to date with the Band’s activities at http://www.enderbybands.co.uk/

Enderby teenager sets sights on volunteer role in Ghana

amy bowlerIn September, Enderby resident Amy Bowley plans to volunteer for 12 weeks on a development programme in Ghana as part of International Citizen Service (ICS).

ICS brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed most. The UK Government backed organisation provides volunteering opportunities to 18-25 year olds.

Amy has chosen to work alongside volunteers from Ghana and other partners on a project designed to increase peoples understanding of their rights to empower and foster growth and change.

ICS works with communities that have specifically requested their help. It also aims to inspire young people in the UK and overseas to become active citizens who are passionate about long term community development.

Speaking to Enderby EYE Amy said:

“I first thought about doing this trip after I’d been doing other types of volunteering with friends and saw the videos of the work people do overseas. My aunty said she knew someone who worked with the charity ICS and so I applied to them and I got on”

In order to fulfil her voluntary ambition, Amy needs to raise £800 for International Service who are one of the respected development charities that deliver ICS. This will allow them to continue to bring about positive change in the developing communities where they work.

Amy recently undertook a two day training session as one of a group of thirty volunteers. The training covered detailing the background of the [ICS] charity and the organising of projects to give the volunteers a taster of the work.

How is the fundraising going? Amy says she is reasonably confident.

Amy completed the ‘Living Below The Line’ challenge (chosing to eat and drink on £1 a day for 5 days), baking and selling cakes, bag packing and contacting local businesses for support.

“I bake cakes”, she said “…and I thought about setting up a website from which to sell cakes – rather than organising cake stalls on different days”.

With just over 6 weeks to go Amy also has plans to raise funds by further bag-packing at a supermarket.

Amy’s progress can be followed on her JustGiving page.

Details of the International Service charity’s work and its volunteer programme can be found here at http://www.internationalservice.org.uk.