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  • Runners complete race in searing temperatures for Heart Research UK Three runners from one of the largest independent agencies in Birmingham kept a cool head in searing temperatures to complete a Midlands 5K and 10K race for a national heart charity. James Suntharalingham, Simon Richardson and Claudio Starri from Birmingham-based BMG Research joined hundreds of dedicated runners to complete the Wythall and Hollywood fun runs for Heart Research UK in temperatures close to 30 degrees Celsius. The trio have raised over £500 so far after BMG Research agreed to match fund their total. James said: “It was hard work in the heat but a lot of fun and very rewarding. We can’t wait to do it again! “A big thank you to those who dipped into their pockets to raise money for Heart Research UK. You can still donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bmgresearch.” Heart Research UK, based in Leeds, opened an office in Birmingham in 2007 to support heart patients and local research projects across the Midlands. Unique for a charity, the money raised locally stays locally to boost the people and projects in the region. If you would like to donate, visit James’, Simon’s and Claudio’s fundraising page online at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bmgresearch. If you’re interested in raising money for Heart Research UK in the Midlands, contact John or Joanne on 0121 454 1799 or email: midlands@heartresearch.org.uk.
  • Birmingham Hippodrome joins forces with the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the arrival of Taj Express Birmingham Hippodrome has announced it has now joined the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce (ABCC). Building on the existing relationship with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, the theatre will work with the ABCC on a range of projects kicking off with the Taj Express Gala Evening with Mahirs Experience on Tuesday 11th September, with 150 confirmed guests.   In this all-singing all-dancing hit show, acclaimed choreographers and sisters, Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant present the spectacular new musical featuring the songs of Oscar® winner A.R. Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire. The Bollywood musical opens on Tues 11 September, transporting the kaleidoscopic colours of India onto the Hippodrome’s stage direct from a sell-out London season. Judith Greenburgh, Head of Business Development at the Hippodrome, said: “As a vibrant world-class theatre in Birmingham we want to bring more people and communities together through unforgettable performances and events. With diverse shows on our stages and partnerships, like this one, with local businesses we want to ensure we are reaching the audiences that make up this great city. “We’re delighted to now be a member of the ABCC and to be working with them and Mahirs Experience to present our most colourful and vibrant large-scale hospitality event to date. We look forward to welcoming members from ABCC to this fantastic extravaganza.” For more information about Birmingham Hippodrome’s corporate partnerships: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/giveandjoin/corporate-giving/  
  • Businesses go into bat for local charities Businesses went into bat for charity at the annual Stoneleigh Park rounders tournament. The tournament was organised by farm shop and restaurant Farmers Fayre, based at Stoneleigh Park, and this year was the largest tournament to date with 16 teams and nearly 200 players competing to be crowned Stoneleigh Park champions. The £2,000 raised will be split between local charities Warwickshire Lowland Rescue which is based at Stoneleigh Park and helps police with searches for missing persons, and local enterprise project Gatehouse Homeless Project, which provides food and provisions to homeless people in Coventry. The teams that competed on the day include the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Farmers Fayre, the NFU, British Eventing, FEC Energy, Focus Foster Care, and LANTRA, whilst Faber Fitness and IPS Kitchens provided umpires for the tournament. Atmosphere Ltd, a new company at Stoneleigh Park, were crowned the winners of the day, receiving a trophy and a free month’s gym membership for the team, with Hatton Country World coming in a close second. The event also featured live music by local musician Jake Melles, a bouncy castle, face painting and a hog roast and bar provided by Farmers Fayre. Nicola Reece, director of Farmers Fayre, said: “We’re delighted that this year’s event was able to raise money for two very important charities, particularly with Warwickshire Lowland Rescue being based at Stoneleigh Park as well. “It’s always a popular event for us as it brings so many different businesses together and is a lot of fun for those competing. “A massive congratulations to this year’s winners Atmosphere Ltd, we hope to see them next year to defend their title as our winners!”
  • Cyclists raise a massive £66,000 for children and young adults Super supporters from TIP Trailers have raised a massive £66,812 for the families who use The Donna Louise by completing another gruelling cycle challenge. On 16th May, a team of 50 dedicated cyclists, a mix of TIP Trailer employees, their customers and suppliers  set off from Barcelona and began a three day, 400km cycle to Valencia. And, thanks to their fundraising and sheer determination, they raised an incredible amount for The Donna Louise. Nicky Birks, Corporate Relationship Manager, at The Donna Louise, said, “This was a huge challenge for all the cyclists, in really hot conditions, and we’re so grateful to them for all their efforts and for the fantastic amount they’ve raised. “The team from TIP Trailers have been amazing supporters of The Donna Louise for the last five years. They’ve raised an incredible amount of money for local charities, of which more than £146,000 has been donated to The Donna Louise. This is a phenomenal amount which has made such a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of families who come to The Donna Louise. So, on their behalf, I’d like to say a massive thank you!” Janice Marshall from TIP Trailers, said, “We are absolutely amazed and delighted to have exceeded our target of £50,000 to help fund the young adults service at The Donna Louise, so they can continue to support young adults and their families. We could not have done this without the help and support of our own families, customers and suppliers in the transport industry and a huge THANK YOU to all who supported our event.” To donate please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TIPFBBTheItalianJob.
  • Crowds flock to first ever GlastonBeoley! Music Festival ‘GlastonBeoley’ the first ever music festival of its kind to be held in the Midlands attracted around 12,000 people and raised a staggering £10,000 for charity. Event Organiser Debbie Joynes said: “Our GlastonBeoley committee have been overwhelmed with the love support and generosity shown to our event – so much so that we have decided to do it all again next year! “The charities are overjoyed with the money raised and are already planning on spending the cash on vital resources for those who benefit from their services. Thank you to all who came, sang, danced, sunbathed, played, ate and drank, you all did a great job in helping raise an amazing amount of money.” Festival goers were joined by famous faces from the world of TV, radio and sport as twenty-eight local musicians and singer songwriters from across the Midlands took turns to entertain the crowd, including artists such as Imaner, English Jones, The Hatstand Band, hannah ‘h’, Carrick, Chris Bicknell Music and The Red Tailsto. Hayley Smith from Oakland International, a local business who helped support the event, commented: “GlastonBeoley was amazing and a fantastic community music event which brought so many people from the area together and will help to support two incredible charities. We’re now looking forward GlastonBeoley 2019!” The £10,000 raised from the event will now be split between two national charities working within local communities across the country; Deafblind UK, which assists people with combined sight and hearing loss offering help, advice, guidance and practical support, and the Mental Health Foundation, which is the UK’s charity for mental health and campaigns for good mental health for all. Added Debbie: “The ...