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Local businesses bring joy to disabled adults

Cheque presentation

There were smiles and tears at St Catherine’s Day Service when Father Hudson’s Annual Ball Committee presented managers with a generous cheque.

The 112th Annual Fundraising Ball took place in February, drawing people from across the local area to gather and raise funds for charity. This year’s ball was an unprecedented success, setting a new fundraising record and seeing an increase in the number of attendees and supporters.

Now all the donations have come in, the Ball Committee were pleased to present Helen Anson, Manager of St Catherine’s Bungalows, and Karen McPherson, Day Service Manager, with a cheque for £10,600 towards vital refurbishments.

St Catherine’s Day Service has served disabled people from Coleshill, Birmingham, Warwickshire and further afield since the 1980s. The staff at the centre do a wonderful job, offering a wide variety of activities and opportunities to service users. However the building, a converted school, is in need of renovations to bring it up to a standard that matches the quality of the service provided.

/media/news/library/dscn1395.jpgWork has now begun on the first of the renovations – upgrading and expanding the sensory garden. When it is finished, the garden will offer a stimulating environment for adults with complex care needs to explore their senses through touch, sound, sight and smell, while benefiting from fresh air. Next in line will be the development of an indoor sensory area, renovating the specialist hydrotherapy pool and upgrading the personal care facilities.

Greater support from local businesses was invaluable in making the night a success and was made possible by the dedicated committee of volunteers and Ginny Cullen, Father Hudson’s Fundraising Officer, who reached out to old and new supporters to make them aware of the cause.

Local supporters from the Coleshill business community were: Auto Q Motors, Browne’s Hair Design, Crucial Trading, Em’s Custom Cakes, Frederic Cox Hairdressers, Gascoignes of Coleshill, Hawthornes Hardware, HG Jerromes & Sons Decorators, Penny Johnson Flowers, The Lodge Veterinary Centre, The Upper Crust and Sole 2 Sole Yoga.

Businesses from Birmingham that supported the event were AM Cooper & Sons, Quorum Print and Design, UC4, Walk on Flooring and WB the Creative Jewellery Group.

Coventry, Leamington Spa and even Kidderminster among other areas were represented by supporters including Fairway Training, Greener Options, PJM Group Ltd, Regent Document Solutions, Savona Provisions and Wright Hassall Solicitors.

The cheque was presented by Chris Loughran and Jimmy Spencer after a tour of the facilities so volunteers could see first-hand how the money they raised will make a difference to the lives of local disabled people. 

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