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2015 Carnival Queen Selection


It hardly seems a year ago since we were asking for entries for the 2014-15 competition, but it is, and now is your chance to become one of the members of Bloxwich’s Royal Family for 2015-16.

The 2015 Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will be selected at Bloxwich Library Theatre on Thursday 16th April at 6pm.

Contestants MUST live in the Walsall/Bloxwich area and their Parents/Guardians pay their Council Tax to Walsall Council. Contestants must be within the stated age limit for the competition they are entering for by the qualifying date; Queen (16-24), Princess (11-15) or Rosebud (7-10).

The Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will be required to attend the Carnival Day, Saturday 1 August 2014, and winners, in particular, the Carnival Queen will be expected to attend community events during their year including Carnival Royalty Selection 2014 and Senior Citizens’ Party. The Carnival Queen automatically becomes a member of the committee and will be expected to attend regular meetings.

It’s a big responsibility, but also a great opportunity to take an active part in the local community, so why not download an application form and enter now?

Entry forms are available in three formats:

This year entries can be e-mailed, posted, or handed into Jeneve Bridal Wear, or Bloxwich Library.

Donations to Acorns & St Giles Hospice

During our regular annual Santa Sleigh collections we noted that our Pelsall route covered some of the same ground as the subsequent Pelsall Carnival Santa Sleigh. We decided, as a gesture of goodwill, and to avoid any confusion with the public, to donate an amount equal to that we had raised to local charities in line with the Pelsall Carnival.

We approached the Pelsall Carnival committee and asked them to nominate charities to receive this money, and they duly nominated two local causes to which we are very happy to send donations, St. Giles Hospice, and Acorns Hospice. We collected £172.71 on our Pelsall Santa route, so we have split that and made an equivalent donation to each of these excellent causes of £86.50. The original collection amount has still gone to the Rotary Foundation charity as noted in our pre-event publicity.

AcornsEstablished in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England. These children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported over 700 children and more than 1,050 families, including those who are bereaved.

St Giles HospiceSt. Giles Hospice is a registered charity providing high-quality medical and nursing care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as offering support for their families and helpers. The dedicated team provides individually-tailored care either at the hospice or in patients’ own homes across the region. The range of specialist services is provided free of charge to all who need it. Although St Giles receives some funding from the Government, the charity relies heavily on donations and fundraising.

Pelsall Town Carnival takes place in July, and is a great event. To keep up to date with the carnival and its related events we’d highly recommend liking their Facebook page.

12 Days of Christmas: Samantha Hartland

AcornsFor our final donation for this season’s 12 Days of Christmas we’ve selected a memorial page raising funds for Acorns Hospice.

Samantha Hartland has set up the page in memory of the far too short life of Georgia-May. Acorns provided excellent care to both her and her family, and once again proved what a fantastic and necessary service they provide.

In the last year Acorns Children’s Hospice has provided care and support for over 700 children and more than 1,050 families, including those who are bereaved. It costs £750 per day for each child’s care and Acorns relies on the community to fund over 70% of it’s activities.

We’ve supported Acorns on previous occasions, and will do so again, but for now we’re bowing out for this season’s 12 days with our final £12 donation to them. If you would like to support them you can do so through Samantha’s Just Giving page.

12 Days of Christmas: David Stephenson

UWCBDuring our search for this year’s 12 days of Christmas recipients, we came across a lot of people who were taking up the offer of a free 8 week boxing course in exchange for fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

One of these was David Stephenson, who took part in an event at Telford early in December last year, and has so far raised just over £1,250 for the charity. His reason for taking part is particularly poignant: “I am raising money for cancer research as my partner Was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  She was diagnosed just over two years ago and only five weeks after giving birth to my son.  Sadly there is no more treatment available for her and now only has months left with me and the children.”

Many people support charities through events like these, and we’re pleased to be able to highlight one of them. The organisation behind the event, Ultra White Collar Boxing, arrange events at many venues, including Walsall – there’s one in March for anyone interested – either as a participant, or as a spectator.

David is our penultimate choice in this season’s 12 Days of Christmas campaign, 12 days, 12 people, £12 each.

12 Days of Christmas: Simone Coleman

Sadly, not all fundraising pages are the result of a sponsored activity, something fun. A number, like the one we have selected for today, day 10 of the 12 days of Christmas campaign, are to mark the passing of special people.

Jay-CSimone Coleman set up this JustGiving page to take donations to Headway, the brain injury association. The page commemorates her brother Jamey (Jay-C to those who knew him), who died as a result of a hit and run accident in March 2014.

As Simone says of that sad time: “Had Jamey survived his injuries, he would have needed the help from the Headway Charity, as he would have been severely disabled.”

“Our family lives have been devastated by the loss of Jamey not realising that this could happen to us and not knowing the impact that this has had on my parents so I have set this JustGiving page up so that head trauma survivors can continue to get the help and support needed for themselves and their families at such a traumatic time in their lives.”

She says of her brother: “Jamey nicknamed Jay-c was a 24 year old lad who lived for his mates, there was never a dull moment when Jamey was around. He was a kind hearted young man, always up for a laugh, always had a cheeky smile on his face. He would have done anything for anyone. He was a big fan of his music especially hardcore music and attended many raves with his friends.”

Headway is a charity which should perhaps be more widely known than it is. Each year, approximately one million people visit A&E departments following a head injury, with 135,000 people admitted to hospital due to the severity of their injuries. Head injury is the foremost cause of death and disability in young people today.

Headway’s mission is to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers. In addition, Headway campaigns to reduce incidence of brain injury.

Our small donation today takes the page to just over £4,380 – if you can, why not help reach the £10,000 target with a small donation of your own?

12 Days of Christmas: Amanda Milling

In November last year one of our neighbouring Rotary Clubs (Cannock) held their annual 10k road race. Amanda Milling entered this and chose to be sponsored for local charity the Hibbs Lupus Trust.

2014 Cannock Rotary 10k

The symptoms of Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) can vary from person to person, and can be mild or severe. They can include fatigue, joint pain and skin rashes, and can sometimes cause other conditions. Whilst, if controlled, the symptoms may cause little or no day to day distress, they can, if they are not treated correctly, lead to more serious conditions such as kidney damage, blood and heard conditions, and problems with the auto-immune system.

Since the Hibbs Lupus was established in 2011 it has celebrated many successes.  The Trust aims to raise awareness of lupus, to reach and support more people with lupus.

Amanda’s sterling effort raised £70 so far, which we will increase with our £12 donation. If you’d like to add to that you can do so via her JustGiving page.


12 Days of Christmas: Co-Op Travel Team

Co-Op Travel teamFor day 8 of our 12 days of Christmas we decided to start 2015 with a team of people from Co-Op Travel in Walsall who climbed Scafell Pike to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Most people have probably heard of the Teenage Cancer Trust following the amazing efforts of one very special young man last year, Stephen Sutton, who raised millions for the charity before sadly dying of cancer himself.

The charity are dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24, and help to fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals and provide dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts.

The Co-Op team have so far raised just over £200 of a £250 target, and you can add to that by donating directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust, as we have in this case, as the team’s page no longer accepts donations.

Our twelve days of Christmas campaign picks 12 fundraisers on JustGiving, one for each day, and we donate £12 to each. 12 days, 12 people, £12 each. Random acts of kindness, if you like, and a great way to start a new year, which we hope brings good things to all of you.

12 Days of Christmas: Nicola Barker

As we come to the end of 2014, we reach day 7 of our 12 days of Christmas campaign. Today, on the last day of the year, we’ve selected Nicky Barker who had her head shaved to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.

Nicola - before and after

Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and expert information for anyone affected by breast cancer, and it runs a national helpline number which you can find out more about via their website.

What sets Nicky’s effort apart from many others is that as well as raising funds for this charity, her long locks of hair were donated to The Little Princess Trust.

The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment. If you’d like to donate money to them, you can do that via JustGiving too.

Nicky’s efforts have raised over £1,600 for Breast Cancer Care, and we’re glad to add our small donation to that fantastic total.

12 Days of Christmas: Lee Allen

Memory WalkFor day six of our 12 days of Christmas campaign we have selected Lee Allen, who will be doing a sponsored walk in 2015 to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers.

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

Lee explains his involvement on his Just Giving page: “I have worked within mental health services within the Black Country since March 1996. Working within an Older Adult Inpatient Hospital increased my awareness of mental health, however it wasn’t until 2 close family members were diagnosed that I fully understood Dementia/Alzheimer’s.”

“I have also cared for mother in law for 7 years at home following her diagnosis of mixed type dementia.”

“I have decided to increase my own knowledge and want to help spread awareness and raise funds for the Alzheimers’s Society. A charity close to my heart .”

We’re pleased to be able to add an early donation to his page, and wish him well for his walk and his support of the Alzheimer’s Society.

12 Days of Christmas: Andy & Dodge

ARDBDuring our search for people to support we came across these guys, Andy & Dodge, who have a whole host of charity events planned throughout 2015. We’re supporting them today in their efforts to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charities.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital started life in the heart of Birmingham, opening in January 1862 in the former Eye Infirmary on Steelhouse Lane.

Thomas Heslop, 19th century physician and reformer, founded the Birmingham and Midland Free Hospital for Sick Children because he was convinced that children could not be treated adequately in adult general hospitals.

In 1869, financed by charitable donations, Birmingham Children’s Hospital transferred to a former maternity hospital in Broad Street. Nearly 50 years later, in 1913, the foundation stone of a purpose-built hospital in Ladywood was laid, funded by a Public Appeal. The Children’s Hospital Brick League was inaugurated. The new hospital opened in 1917.

In 1998, more than 130 years after it began, the children’s hospital returned to Steelhouse Lane, moving into the century-old former Birmingham General Hospital. Less than one hour after opening, the first emergency patient was admitted. Birmingham Children’s Hospital was awarded Foundation Trust status in 2007 and plans are currently underway for a new hospital by 2022.

The fundraising team of Andy & Dodge has raised just over £6,400 for the hospital charities. You can add to that via their Just Giving page if you’d like to. You’ll also be able to see a list of events throughout 2015 which you may enjoy and be able to support, in and around the Willenhall area. We wish them luck, and congratulate them on their efforts.

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