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Theft of charity bags

police carPolice are alerting the public following a series of thefts of charity collection bags.

Since December 2012, there has been a steady reduction in the number of charity collection bags collected by the mental health charity, Mind, across the Blaby district.

Numerous reports have been made to the charity by the public informing them that a van without a Mind logo has taken their bag on the arranged collection day. There also seems to be an increased interest in bags taken containing clothes.

On a particular day last month in Braunstone Town, Mind were expecting to collect in the region of 40 bags, but only came across 22 on their arranged collection day.

PC Stu Cross said:

“This charity heavily relies on the kindness of the public donating the items in these bags. The estimated cost of each bag to the charity is around £10 and they have seen a drop in around 25 to 30 bags a week so you can imagine a loss of around £300 each week is very significant to them.

“We would like to firstly make the public aware of this particular issue and secondly ask people to report any suspicious vans they see collecting these bags. Mind only use vans displaying their logo so if you witness a van without a logo collecting a bag, we would please ask that you take down what details you can of the vehicle and its occupants and contact police or the charity.”

Mick Lyon, assistant manager at Mind Midlands warehouse says:

“We are really concerned about the amount of Mind donation bags disappearing in the Blaby area. Stealing from a charity is deplorable and we urge residents to be vigilant and alert police if they see anybody in unmarked vans collecting our bags.

“We are grateful to everyone who donates stock to our shops as these unwanted items provide a vital source of income to Mind. We rely on the generosity of donors to continue our important work such as providing services to people affected by mental health problems, and Mind’s two confidential mental health information services, Mind Infoline and Legal Advice Service.”

A BIG Tea Party for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity

South Leicestershire Fundraising Support Group Claire Maxim, Gill McQueen, Joan Rampton, Margaret Brookes, Marea Roberts, Diane May, Joan Milne, Brenda Farnham, Linda Biggs, Cara Ackerman
South Leicestershire Fundraising Support Group:
Claire Maxim, Gill McQueen, Joan Rampton, Margaret Brookes, Marea Roberts, Diane May, Joan Milne, Brenda Farnham, Linda Biggs, Cara Ackerman

Joan Rampton, member of the South Leicestershire Marie Curie Cancer Care Support Group, from Enderby is holding a Blooming Great Tea Party to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and everyone is invited.

The tea party, which is taking place at 52 Abbey Road, Enderby LE19 2DA on 19th June at 2.30pm, will include tea and home made cakes, plant sale, Tombola, Phoenix cards, a raffle and much, much more! Admission is £2.50 on the door to include tea and cake.

Tickets available on the day and in advance from Gill McQueen on 01162 865524.

All the money raised from the tea party will help more Marie Curie Nurses to provide free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in the comfort of their own homes or one of the charity’s hospices.

Joan said:

“We’d like to invite everyone to our Blooming Great Tea Party to help raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. It’s going to be a fantastic event and a great way to get together with friends old and new. The more money we raise, the more free care Marie Curie Nurses can provide to people with a terminal illness.”

Marie Curie BGTP

Joan’s tea party is part of many others that are taking place across the country this June and July as part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Blooming Great Tea Party campaign.

blooming great tparty

The group are also calling upon anyone who might be interested about joining, to come along to the tea party to find out more contact Gill McQueen on 01162 865524 for more information on joining and supporting the group.

To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information, please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it expects to provide care to around 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses

The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end-of-life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.

It provides core funding for three palliative care research facilities; the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London, the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and the Marie Curie Palliative Care Centre at the Wales Cancer Trials Unit (Cardiff University).

The charity also supports palliative and end of life care research through its project grant funding streams, the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme (administered by Cancer Research UK) and the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund.

Research shows around 65 per cent of people would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness, with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care.

However, more than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be.

Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die at home.

Enderby & District Social Club to hold Bank Holiday Charity Event

social club 2Among its forthcoming events, Enderby and District Social Club will be holding a Bank Holiday charity event.

May 25th, 26th and 27th will see a number of activities with the weekend’s proceeds going to help two charities – the’Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance’ and ‘Help for Heroes’.

Activities include the return of the football tournament, a tug of war, pram race, bouncy castle, BBQ, outside bar, sporting events and stalls.

The programme of events is as below:

Saturday 25th May
Outside bar and BBQ,
free bouncy castle,
football tournament (KO 11am)

Sunday 26th May
Outside bar and BBQ,
free bouncy castle,
Face painting,
kid’s games,
sack races,
penalty shoot-outs.
Skittles knock-out (cash prizes)
Pool knock-out (cash prizes)
Darts knock-out (cash prizes)

Monday 27th May
Outside bar and BBQ,
free bouncy castle,
Noon onwards
free stalls,
home made produce,
plants, etc.
pram race begins
tug of war competition
presentation of winner’s awards.

Competitors ready?
The club is looking for entrants for the pram race, sporting events and the tug of war. Anyone interested should ring 0777 273 7368 for details or turn up on the day. Also if anyone would like a stall free of charge just ask!

Keith Glover Memorial Darts

The club is hosting a memorial tournament on Sunday May 26th, registration at 3.30pm (4pm start).

£50 prize fund. £3 entry. All entry fees will be donmated to charity as chosen by Keith’s family.

Previous holiday events have proved to be a hit with families…

Bag yourself a bargain at Council Chairman’s fashion show

fashion show1Those wanting the latest in high street fashion, but for a fraction of the price will have the chance to pick up a bargain whilst raising money for charity this February.

Jill Blackwell, the Chairman at Blaby District Council, is hosting the charity fashion show on Tuesday February 26, at the Council offices in Narborough.

Clothes will be from a variety of well known high street stores including Next, Marks and Spencer, RiverIsland, Gap, Monsoon, Pilot, New Look, Oasis and Gap, with sizes ranging from 8 – 26.

Tickets are £5.00 with all proceeds going to the Chairman’s charities The Cinnamon Trust and Leicester Animal Aid.

Councillor Jill Blackwell said:

“This is set to be a great event, not only do people get the chance to buy clothes for a fraction of the normal price, they can feel guilt free with the knowledge all money raised is going to charity.”

The fashion show starts at 7.30pm and is run by SOS Fashions from Nottingham.

For further information and to buy tickets call Jo Robinson on 0116 272 7512.

‘Give A Gift’ campaign brings Christmas cheer to charities

More than 250 toys have been donated by generous shoppers to Highcross’ ‘Give a Child a Gift’ Christmas charity campaign, which has been collecting new and unused toys for Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People, Barnado’s and NSPCC Leicestershire.


Standing with the Gift Box (l-r) Jennifer Leach – Rainbows. ,Tracey Carton – NSPCC, Highcross general manager Jo Tallack, Julia hicks – NSPCC and Nikki Thompson – Barnado’s

Gifts of all shapes and sizes were donated to the gift box by generous shoppers and retailers in the run up to Christmas and included a range of favourite toys such as dolls, games and puzzles.

The Give a Child a Gift box encouraged those visiting the centre to buy an extra gift for life-limited and vulnerable children over the festive period and drop it into the charity gift box, which was located next to the customer service desk since November.

Gurvinder Rupra, marketing manager at Highcross, said:

“The gifts donated will make a difference to life-limited and vulnerable children across Leicestershire this Christmas. We’re so grateful to all of our generous shoppers, retailers and businesses, whose donations will help to make Christmas a brighter time for youngsters of all backgrounds and circumstances.

“We host our Give a Child a Gift campaign each year and we’re thrilled to be able to continue our commitment to local charities, especially at such an important time of year.”

Nikki Thompson, Children’s Services Manager at the Barnardo’s CareFree Young Carers’ Services said:

“We can’t encourage initiatives like this enough and are extremely grateful for every single donation received from the Leicestershire public.

A simple gift helps to show the vulnerable young children we support that they are cared for, loved and wanted over Christmas. Without donations like this many children, often living in great poverty, would have to go without over the festive period.”

For further information on Highcross’ Christmas toy appeal, its Grotto and what else is happening at Highcross this festive season, visit www.highcrossleicester.com.

Pictured together outside Highcross are (left to right) Jennifer Leach. Rainbows, Julia hicks nspcc , Highcross general manager Jo Tallack, Tracey carton NSPCC and Nikki Thompson Barnado’s
Pictured together outside Highcross are (left to right) Jennifer Leach. Rainbows, Julia Hicks NSPCC,
Highcross general manager Jo Tallack,
Tracey carton NSPCC and Nikki Thompson Barnado’s