24th Jan, 2019

Year review 2018: Redditch shows its charitable side

Harry Leach 28th Dec, 2018

THIS year has seen the charitable side of Redditch really shine through – from random acts of kindness to challenging and daring fundraisers.

Here are just a few from 2018:

IN APRIL three big-hearted fundraisers cycled from Land’s End to John o’Groats in just ten days, raising more than £12,000 for Motor Neurone Disease Association in the process.

Rob Oliver, Matt Wheeler and Jonathon Dicks decided to take on the 100-mile-a-day challenge in aid of their close friend Alan Carter who was diagnosed with the disease.

At the time they said their aches and pains were nothing compared to what Alan lives with everyday.

IN MAY a Redditch mum had her lovely, long locks chopped off to raise more than £3,000 for her friend with Stage 4 cancer.

Julia Wilson had more than 14inches of hair shaven at Paul’s Barbers on Prospect Hill.

Money raised from the event was given to her friend, Amanda, to go towards giving her the chance to fund and research alternative treatment to chemotherapy outside of the UK.

IN AUGUST 16-year-old Bailey Pearce did a sponsored parachute jump as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the hospital which saved his life.

Bailey had lifesaving surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital when he was just two weeks old.

He has also been back there for four more major operations and is likely to face even more in the future.

At time he said: “If it wasn’t for the brilliant doctors, nurses and staff at the Children’s Birmingham Hospital I would not be here now.”

ALSO in August, the Redditch community rallied together to help rebuild Sandycroft Centre after it was turned up side down by vandals.

They’d wrecked the babies room, tore down double french doors, taking half the wall with them, smashed cookers, sprayed obscene graffiti on the walls, let off fire extinguishers, left taps and heaters on, slashed walls and left them gouged with stab marks.

But locals tradespeople who were reluctant to let the vandals win, offered there services free of charge.

A Go Fund Me page was also set up and managed to raise more than £750 for the cause.

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