On a lively Saturday in Oldswinford, a local charity raised thousands of pounds at it’s annual family fun day.
Each year, the Mary Stevens Hospice hosts a community event in its grounds on Hagley Road, which this year raised almost £10,000.
Attendees were treated to a staggering number of attractions and performances from the likes of Donchez Dacres, who opened the event, Bhangra Smash Up, Mary Stevens Hospice Choir, Dynamix, Ray & Beth, Mommy’s Mascots dance-a-long and games, Mick Brigdale, The Fitness Factory, Funtime Theatre, a bouncy castle, Trot-A-Lot pony rides and an all-day BBQ.
The annual MSH Dog Show ensured even our four legged friends were involved in the big day. Alongside all of this were a whole host of stalls to ensure the local community enjoyed a day packed full of activities raising money for the Hospice.
The day started with a huge parade on Worcester Lane, led by a group of Peaky Blinders. Following closely behind were a selection of princes and princesses including Aladdin and Jasmine who sat on an Aladdin themed float, complete with music from the movie. Alongside them were other characters such as Tinkerbell, Cinderella and Belle who later joined children for a magical afternoon tea that was enjoyed by all.
Fittingly for a Saturday, the event also included an under 7’s and under 8’s football tournament, in which local clubs competed for the MSH invitational trophy. Despite a spot of rain, the football tournament was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone involved. FC Crystal Hurricanes and Phoenix United were the winners of this year’s tournament after an excellent effort from all teams involved. They were invited up on stage to receive their trophy at the end of the day.
Amanda Bowen, Deputy Head of Fundraising & Lottery, Mary Stevens Hospice Group said: “Everyone is overwhelmed by the response we have had to the day, and we are so, so grateful for the supporters coming in such numbers.
We can’t say how grateful we are to all the volunteers, organisations, stall-holders and everyone else who made the day possible.
The money raised will make just the most enormous difference to the families here, and without our community our work simply wouldn’t be possible.”
Some supporters took to social media to express how much they enjoyed the day:
“I really hope that, despite the rain, you raised as much as you were hoping. It was a fabulously organized day and we were very proud to be part of it.” – Kerry Morgan, Slimming World.
To find out more about the work of the Hospice, please visit: www.marystevenshospice.co.uk.