Weekly Community Roundup – 7th May 2021

Sponsors local football team

The team at Houston and Williamson Funeral Directors proudly sponsor the training bibs and water bottles at Ballysillan Swifts FC.

The club started out as a youth academy and has grown with 14 members, with some of the kids have been there from day one.

Houston and Williamson are passionate about creating a positive impact in the community and clubs such as this give young people an outlet which has never been more important since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coach Eddie Carlisle said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of kids and it’s been a pleasure to take that journey with them. Your donation has helped us improve not only their mind set but fitness also. With the world filled with computer games and kids spending most of their time in their rooms on them it gives them a focus and improves their interactions and mindset with the world around them.”

Burnham-On-Sea beach walk for hospital

Office Manager Michelle Burge and her trusty canine companion Gale joined around 120 others in a Sponsored Walk on Saturday April 24th April to support the Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Memorial hospital.

Some participants walked the full distance to Brean and back while others walked to Berrow. By popular demand, the organisers arranged a third shorter walk to the lighthouse on the beach for those with young children or anyone who didn’t want to walk a longer distance.

All walkers started and finished at the check-in gazebo outside Burnham’s Ritz Social Club where free refreshments were available with the compliments of The Ritz and Michelle and Gale received their certificates of achievement on their return.

The event organisers ensured all relevant Covid safety measures were in place, which included staggering the start times throughout the morning to avoid large groups gathering and volunteer marshals were in place at the turn around points to check people in.

The Friends of Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital is a charitable foundation and with the dedication of volunteers, staff members, and partners, they strive to improve the lives of everyone who needs medical help.

As with many if not all charitable organisations, this has been a challenging time for the team at the hospital and the Friends group usual fundraising has been halted by the Covid crisis.

Michelle and Gale have so far raised over £300 which is a fantastic achievement and money which will help those in need and improve the lives of people in the community.

Easter Competition

Every year Elizabeth Way & Company Funeral Directors invites local children to take part in an Easter colouring competition.

The local vicar from St Georges church in Mossley judged the best three pictures and the winners were each given a chocolate Easter egg.

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

Flores de Mayo

Flores de Mayo (Spanish for “flowers of May”) is a Catholic Tradition that was inherited from the Spanish colonial era in The Philippines.  It is a religious custom of dedicating the whole month of May to the Virgin Mary.

Lorna from Woking Funeral Service in Knaphill made posies for the local church in honour of the celebration.


Walk all Over Cancer

Funeral Administrator Lorraine Gordon took part in Walk all Over Cancer in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Walk All Over Cancer is a fundraising and activity challenge that occurs annually every March. Participants are challenged to a sponsored walk of 10,000 steps every day during the month, and all proceeds from the fundraising are donated to the charity.

Lorraine’s father-in-law unfortunately died of cancer, so she felt compelled to raise funds in his memory and at a time when charitable fundraising has been so hard hit by the pandemic.

After seeing the fundraiser advertised on Facebook Lorraine immediately set up a fundraising page which was quickly supported by friends and colleagues.

In order to get the steps in Lorraine would walk 5k with her dog before and after work every day and walk every weekend.

Lorraine said:” The challenge was to do 300,000 steps in March, but I decided to try and get to 500,000, which I did and more. I ended up doing 536,330 steps in March and raised £405.00 for Cancer Research.”

Congratulations to Lorraine, a fantastic effort and amount raised to support vital research.

Supporting Community Mental Health Project

Here is Funeral Arranger Kathryn Wagg from Thomas Bragg & Sons in Knowle visiting a horticultural project run by Solihull Mind.

The three-and-a-half-acre field in Knowle is an ideal spot for people to roll up their sleeves and get involved in gardening or outdoor work, art and craft work, or carpentry and general handiwork, or for those who have an interest in wildlife and conservation.

Gardening and being outdoors has a proven positive effect on people’s mental health and wellbeing and Thomas Bragg & Sons were delighted to support such a fundamental community project with a donation gardening tools.

The project is open on Monday, Tuesday (women only), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10-30am – 3-30pm. To get involved, to make a donation or if you would like more information, please contact Solihull Mind by emailing contact@solihullmind.org.uk , call 0121 742 4941/743 4237.

Hampers for Heroes

Funeral Director Sarah Graham delivered three hampers to local care homes.

The hampers were packed full of pampering items such as Face masks, foot masks, hand creams, lip balms, nail files, sugar free mints and chocolates.

Sarah said: “We made sure there was enough for each member of staff. One care home had 60 staff so we made sure that everyone would get one item of each plus the chocolates!

They all said that they were very grateful, and I included a card so everyone knew this was a treat for the staff.”