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  • Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley In Arden to host baby and toddler event at the Royal Star and Garter Homes, Solihull Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden is bringing childlike joy to the residents of The Royal Star and Garter Homes Solihull on Tuesday 14th November, as part of an ongoing programme to bring together the older and younger generations in the West Midlands. Inspired by the hit Channel 4 Documentary ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, the Home will play host to a class of 15 children between the ages of 1 and 4 years. The Homes’ 60 disabled residents of ex-service men and women, are encouraged to engage in the session, sing along to the music, and play with the children. A truly heart-warming event, this is the second event of its kind with the first seeing a resident living with dementia begin to interact in a way that the homes’ staff hadn’t seen for a number of years. The joy of the children and the homes’ residents was enough for Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden and The Royal Star and Garter Homes Solihull to making this a regular event. All proceeds from the event will go towards Children in Need and The Children’s Air Ambulance, which is a partner of Hartbeeps UK. Nicola Wicks, owner of Hartbeeps West Midlands – Solihull & Henley in Arden said: “Ensuring that we engage the elderly residents in society is everyone’s responsibility. Over one million older people say they are always or often feel lonely, and nearly half of older people say that either pets or television are their main form of company*. This absolutely shouldn’t be the case – human interaction should always be experienced, so I ...
  • Hospice to light up Brindleyplace this Christmas to remember loved ones lost Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is remembering loved ones lost this Christmas with a touching, alternative light switch on.  For the first time ever, the local Hospice will be hosting its seasonal ‘Light up a Life’ ceremony at Brindleyplace – creating an evening of music, celebration and remembrance. Taking place on Thursday 30 November from 6pm, Light up a Life will see the charity switch on Christmas tree lights in Oozells Square, with the lights symbolising the lives of those no longer with us. Alongside the switch on, there will be live musical performances from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Town Hall Gospel Choir and The Uptone Girls – a student choir from the University of Birmingham that recently competed in BBC One’s ‘Pitch Battle’. Before the event, there will also be an opportunity to honour loved ones in the Hospice’s ‘Book of Remembrance’, which will be displayed at the Brindleyplace ceremony. Birmingham St Mary’s is an independent hospice which provides vital care to individuals and families living with terminal illness. Its Light up a Life event is an opportunity to bring local people together to celebrate their loved ones, whether or not they were supported by the Hospice. Tina Swani, chief executive at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “Christmas is a time to be with family and friends, and to remember those loved ones who are sadly no longer with us. The festive season can be a difficult time for anyone who has experienced loss and so our Light up a Life event is an opportunity to come together to remember and honour the life of someone special. “We are very grateful to Brindleyplace for allowing us to ...
  • Dash into the festive spirit with charity’s Jingle Bell Jog Ho-ho-hoards of Santas will be taking over Moseley this Christmas to help raise vital funds for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. The charity’s festive fun run – the ‘Jingle Bell Jog’ – is returning for its fourth year with a new venue and bigger route. Taking place at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club on Sunday 3 December, the seasonal sprint will see hundreds of runners dressed in Mr and Mrs Claus suits – which will be provided free of charge by the Hospice. Merry participants can choose to run, jog or walk the 2.5k and 5k routes, and will be rewarded with a medal and tasty mince pie once they cross the finish line. There will also be a festive market for runners and spectators – perfect for picking up last minute gifts. Organised by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, the Jingle Bell Jog will help raise crucial funds for the local charity which provides expert care to individuals and families living with terminal illness. Lucy Watkins, events manager at the Hospice, said: “Our Jingle Bell Jog is a lively event which really kickstarts the festive season. Seeing hundreds of Santas dashing about really is a sight to behold and everyone always has lots of fun on the day. “Whilst Christmas is definitely a time to celebrate, it can also be a time to help others. It will cost £22,000 to run our Hospice on Christmas day and so we really value the generous support of the local community. All sponsorship money raised from this event will allow us to continue to provide the free care and support we offer to individuals and families living in Birmingham and ...
  • The Bear Grylls adventure to land at NEC The NEC is preparing to host yet another global first as Merlin Entertainments announced the next chapter in its growing portfolio of exciting attractions – THE BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURE – which will open at the Birmingham based venue in 2018. The 8000-square metre action packed experience has been created in partnership with everyone’s favourite adventurer, Bear Grylls, at a total cost of £20 million, and will open as a permanent attraction feature at the NEC. Kathryn James, Managing Director for the NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions, said: “To say we are excited about the ‘The Bear Grylls Adventure’ opening at the NEC next year is an understatement, and we are particularly looking forward to working with Merlin on making the attraction a success. “We are committed to connecting audiences with great content, and this attraction will be an important addition to the leisure and entertainment facilities already on the NEC campus. By partnering with fantastic organisations – such as Merlin – to bring experiences that have enormous appeal for the mass market to our site, we will be offering even more experiences to our visitors and adding value to the tourism and leisure offer in the area.” Kathryn added: “The addition of The Bear Grylls Adventure to our campus really cements our position as a year-round destination. We are hoping to lead the way with organisers by adding extra content to help extend their shows whilst at our venue – workshops and live experiences, multi-day events for example – building not only their audiences but also increasing footfall around the site.” Nick Varney, CEO Merlin Entertainments, said: “The Bear Grylls Adventure is a one of ...
  • 100km walkers raise close to £6,000 for Cure Leukaemia Three leading Midlands businessmen who took on the 100km Dixons Carphone Race To The Stones in July, have raised nearly £6,000 towards Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Appeal to expand the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s QE Hospital. Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards Clive Read, solicitor at Shakespeare Martineau Josh Hartle, Deputy Chief Executive at Coventry City Council Martin Yardley and his teenage son Tom walked the 100km route in under 19 hours. The event took place along Britain’s oldest road ‘The Ridgeway’ and had ultra marathon runners, experienced walkers and beginners all taking part and Cure Leukaemia will again be an official charity partner of the growing fundraising event in 2018. The team were inspired to take on this gruelling challenge for Cure Leukaemia after they met 49-year-old Deborah Harkins from Belbroughton in Worcestershire. Deborah, who is Director of Public Health in Dudley, had acute myeloid leukaemia and is treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by Cure Leukaemia co-founder Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and Dr. Sandeep Nagra, whose position is funded by the charity. Deborah, who has been given access to a groundbreaking treatment for her condition in the ‘FIGARO’ clinical trial thanks to Cure Leukaemia’s funding, said: “A few days after Clive and the team completed their challenge I celebrated my 1 year anniversary since my transplant to combat AML. This world leading treatment I have had access to was made possible thanks to Cure Leukaemia and without it, I would probably not be here now. “Much like the team I love my walking too and I am currently 900 miles into my target to walk 1000 miles in 2017 but ...