Registration is now open for KEMP Hospice’s annual Midnight Walk through the Wyre Forest. Joann Baylis and her daughter, Kayleigh Hardiman, were amongst the first to sign up to this very special moonlit event, which will take place on Saturday 20th June 2015.

Joann commented: “As soon as I mentioned the walk to my daughter she was so excited she started telling all her friends and colleagues about it!

“Taking part in the walk is our way of saying thank you and ‘putting back’ into the Hospice after all the help and support our family has received over the years from KEMP Hospice. We feel it’s going to be a nice way to remember and celebrate the life of Jacqui and Sue who were supported by the Hospice.”

Joann’s mother in law, Jacqui was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2008, her health deteriorated rapidly and she lost her ability to manage everyday tasks. Within a short time Jacqui was no longer able to walk and could only communicate through an electric communication aid. This was a very difficult time for Jacqui but also extremely painful for her husband and main carer, Roy and for all her family.

Joann commented: “The hospice was able to help Jacqui in many ways. She looked forward to the change of scene and the company of others. It also gave Jacqui an opportunity to share her thoughts and anxieties which was so important but she didn’t want to burden the family. I think coming to KEMP made her feel she wasn’t on her journey alone. It also gave her husband, Roy a much needed rest and he knew it was a safe place for her to be.”

More recently Joann’s family have been supported by the Hospice, once again. Sadly another close family member, Sue was diagnosed with cancer in June 2010. Sue also attended the Day Hospice and benefitted from the chance to talk and be understood.

Joann said: “Talking to the Chaplain gave Sue great comfort and being able to write her will and talk about death gave her great peace of mind. Even though it has been a tough time, thanks to the Hospice we can look back and see so many positives.”

KEMP Hospice fundraiser, Shelley commented: “The Midnight Walk this year promises to be a fun filled night to remember! We’d love you to join Joann and Kayleigh as it’s a great way to get together with friends, family or work colleagues.

“Last year’s walk raised an incredible £30,000 which went directly towards supporting patients and families in the Wyre Forest. This year if you register before Friday 1st May registration is only £7.50 and this includes a t-shirt, an enchanting woodland walk, live entertainment on the night, a Zumba dance workout, a bottle of water – plus a glass of bucks fizz and a tasty snack to celebrate!”

To sign up to this year’s Midnight Walk and to help transform lives in the Wyre Forest please ring 01562 756077 or email events@kemphospice.org.uk or visit the website, www.kemphospice.org.uk

Joann with mw poster

Students, staff and open morning visitors at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity International School (HTIS) enjoyed homemade cakes and a hot drink or two, helping raise £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of this year’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

Taking inspiration from sister IES schools from across the world, each of the four houses dressed in the typical dress of the country and decorated cakes in the national colours of Hungary, South Africa, South America and Britain.

Head student Chelsea Savoy said: “We really enjoyed taking part and helping support such a wonderful charity. Students, parents and staff sampled our many homemade cakes and sweets on sale in the senior school; raising an amazing £600 in just over two hours.

“We would like to thank everyone for attending our coffee morning and at the same time helping support Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Visiting families attending the school’s weekly Open Fridays, held between 8:45am to 11:30am, joined in buying and sampling the many cakes and sweets on offer.

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Image L to R: Head Student and Deputy Head Student, Chelsea Savoy and Alice Cox.

School details:
Holy Trinity International School t: +44 (0)1562 822929 www.holytrinity.co.uk

For all Holy Trinity International press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts t: 07970 547469

Cure Leukaemia, BBC WM’s Red Alert Appeal, following a sale of fried dumplings and Island Delight patties at the Church of God of Prophecy in Birmingham, has raised over £300 for the charity.

With approximately 110 dumplings and patties sold, Bishop Aldred was overjoyed: “The response to my specially made dumplings and an Island Delight pattie for a donation was overwhelming.”

In addition to those from the local Church of God of Prophecy congregation, Bishop Aldred was delighted to welcome friends from all over Birmingham who responded following announcements on both the radio and social media.

“We completely sold out with many waiting in line!” added Bishop Aldred, who has already been requested to make more fried dumplings, but isn’t promising anything at this point as he said, “It was hard work!”

Bishop Joe, presenter of BBC WM’s Chatback programme, and his team were tasked with doing something a little zany to raise £100 for Cure Leukaemia, so he decided to sell fried dumplings made to his own secret recipe for a minimum price of £1, with Cleone Foods matching the offer with 100 donated patties from their Island Delight branded range.

Said Bishop ALdred: “Special thanks to Wade and Wilma for their superb help with frying the dumplings on the Saturday evening, and for allowing me to fry them at Cleone Foods, not to mention the accessories, bags and serviettes. Also a big thank you to Andy Bailey from Enterprise Data Systems (UK) Ltd for donating £100!”

Island Delight patties:  Cleone Foods’ Island Delight short crust and new flaky pastry patties are available in all major retailers including ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons, CO-OP and Sainsbury’s, as well as foodservice and independent retailers and distributors, with a series of store sampling sessions planned around the country to introduce consumers to the rich, warm and exotic flavours of the Caribbean.

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Image: Cleone Foods MD, Wade Lyn surrounded by Island Delight patties.

A small family business employing 50 staff, authentic Jamaican pattie producer, Cleone Foods Ltd, manufactures “Island Delight” branded Jamaican patties. They continue to promote the Caribbean ethos of friendliness, co-operation and community self-support, via its modern approach to responsible business practice.

Cleone Foods MD, Wade Lyn, is an active and well-known LEP Board Member and Business Director working within the Birmingham community.

Company details:  Cleone Foods Limited UK: +44 (0) 121 551 2772 e: sales@cleone.co.uk  www.island-delight.co.uk

For all Cleone Foods and Island Delight press and media enquiries, in the first instance please contact: Kathryn Watts m: 07970 547469 e: k.watts@evopr.com