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Enderby Leisure Centre kick-starts fundraising for a national charity

Fight Klub members in action....On Saturday 4th November more than 50 people from across the district joined a Enderby Leisure Centre operator, Everyone Active, in ‘kick-starting’ their fundraising efforts for mental health charity, Mind.

In June this year, Everyone Active (who operate Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre on behalf of Blaby District Council) pledged to raise £100,000 for Mind, to help ensure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre has pledged to raise £1,000 before June next year to help them achieve this goal.

To help reach their fundraising target, colleagues and members at Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre took part in an hour long Fight Master Class.

‘Fight Klub’ offers a high intensity work out by combining a range of moves from boxing, kick boxing and Thai boxing to upbeat music.

By donating the cost of class to charity, Everyone Active raised £200 for Mind.

James Naylor, Everyone Active’s contract manager said:

“We are proud to be working with Mind as our chosen charity partner. The team at Mind carry out lots of great work and are passionate about raising awareness of mental health.

“I am delighted that our members and colleagues have raised such a fantastic amount for Mind while staying active.”

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Fight Klub participants in action
Participants taking part in the hour long Fight Master Class at Enderby Leisure Centre

Physical activity is proven to benefit mental wellbeing in a number of ways, including easing feelings of stress and reducing the risk of depression.

The partnership between Everyone Active and Mind will encourage more people to engage with physical activity and feel these benefits.

For more information about Enderby Leisure and Golf Centre please call colleagues on: 0116 275 0234 or visit the Everyone Active website.

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[Source/photos: Everyone Active]

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.”

Electrical waste recycling scheme to start in January

Irons, kettles and toasters are just some of the items people in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby district will be able to recycle on their doorstep through the Council’s new electrical waste collection starting in January.

The service – being launched in partnership with mental health charity Mind – will allow households to recycle a wide range of electrical appliances with their fortnightly recycling collections.

Vacuum cleaners, laptops, printers, radios and lots more can be put in the Mind textile collection bags which will be picked up every two weeks from January. The items will be taken and tested and any that work will be sold through Mind’s shops raising vital funds for the charity. Any waste goods will be broken down and recycled.

» See a list of items that can or cannot be acepted on the scheme

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said:

Cllr Guy Jackson
"Huge potential" to recycle older items rather than throw away... says Cllr Guy Jackson

“People in Blaby are already fantastic at recycling and we want to make it as easy as possible for them by continuing to expand the range of items they can recycle on their doorstep.”

Residents are asked not to put any electrical goods in their recycling boxes. Any larger items or appliances that might damage textiles can be left out to be collected with the Mind bag tied around them.

Large household appliances such as washing machines, cookers and fridges cannot be recycled through the scheme.

In April 2011 the Council expanded its plastic and can recycling scheme introducing a wide range of new items that could be recycled and more than 2,500 households ordered extra bins as a result.

Last year 47 tonnes of textiles were collected in partnership with Mind and increased demand has meant the Council is now able to offer a fortnightly service.

Ruth Boullin, regional manager for Mind in the East Midlands said:

“We have a successful history of working with the Council to offer services people value and need and that also benefit the environment and we want to continue that by developing new schemes like this.”


 

Electrical Items that can be collected through the new scheme:

  • Irons
  • Toasters
  • Kettles
  • Sandwich makers
  • Deep fat fryers
  • Electric knives
  • Hair dryers
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Shavers
  • Radios
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Sewing machines
  • Hi-fi’s
  • Personal computers/laptops/notebooks
  • Printers
  • Typewriters
  • Calculators
  • Telephones/answering machines
  • Video cameras
  • Video recorders
  • Portable televisions
  • Small electric power tools
  • Electric toys, eg x-box, ps3, hand held games
  • Small microwaves
  • Electric fans

 

Items that cannot be collected:

 

  • Washing machines
  • Cookers
  • Fridges
  • Tumble dryers
  • Dishwashers

 

 

For more information on refuse and recycling in Blaby district visit www.blaby.gov.uk email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7555.