Lichfield Ladies Circle still has a few months available in their Community Challenge and would love to partner with local businesses.

Lichfield Ladies Circle has been raising money and giving time to local good causes for over 60 years, ranging from CRUSE Bereavement counselling, Stephen Sutton's campaign, Lichfield scout groups, Open Door of Hope mental health charity, Lichfield Aspergers Parents Support Group, Rocklands Special Needs School, St Giles Hospice and many more.

The community Challenge promotes a local business and their local charity of choice every month. To help build on the success of last year’s Lichfield Ladies Circle Community Challenge which raised £4323, they are still looking for local business partners to help raise funds for our community this year.

Lichfield Ladies Circle are looking to partner with a select group of local and reputable businesses to promote special offers that benefit local good causes. Each offer will last one calendar month in 2016, with each business enjoying one month in the limelight. Lichfield Ladies Circle will promote the 'offer of the month' heavily for each business in the local press and social media for you.

In return, they ask that each chosen business donates a fixed cash amount of their choosing from the sale of the special offer into our pooled charity account for the year. The money generated from each of the 12 businesses will be totalled up at the end of 2016 and the money raised will be donated equally to 12 local good causes. Each selected business can also nominate a local good cause of its choosing as one of the 12.

What a great way to promote your business and support local good causes at the same time!!

If you’re interested, do get in touch – info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk




Community Challenge - July 2016

For the Community Challenge this month, Lichfield Ladies Circle has teamed up with Francesco Group Lichfield to support Young Minds, the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Pop along to the Salon in Gresley Row, Lichfield to help make a difference.



The Community Challenge involves Lichfield Ladies Circle partnering up with 12 local businesses to promote special offers throughout 2016 that benefit local good causes. Each offer is available for one calendar month with each business enjoying that time in the limelight. Lichfield Ladies Circle promotes the offer of the month heavily to drum up local support.
In 2015 the Community Challenge raised £4323 for good causes.





Community Challenge Cheque Presentation - 3rd Jan. 2016
















Lichfield Ladies Circle hosted a Murder Mystery night at St Johns House, Lichfield in aid of the Stan Bowley Trust on Saturday 7th November 2015.

The 1920's themed evening was attended by 58 guests all of whom were dressed in period clothing. The gathering were treated to a superb three course meal whilst Fradley Players put on a creative performance of a 1920's who dunnit. The cast of seven played out an intriguing scenario, and then placed themselves at the mercy of the super sleuth guests who were able to question them individually, and try and identify the culprit.

Denise Softley, Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair, who organised the event said "We chose the 'Stan Bowley Trust' as a local Charity who work hard at trying to get recognition for CyberKnifeRobotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, a non-invasive alternative to open surgery for the treatment of tumours, a very worthy cause"

The Stan Bowley Trust was presented with a cheque for £280, which was then matched by the gentlemen of Lichfield Round Table.

Founder Trustee Ian Bowley commented, "It has been a pleasure and a honour to be the chosen Charity for the evening. It was an excellent night all round and has helped us spread the CyberKnife message a little further."

More information about the Trust can be found on thestanbowleytrust.org





Lichfield's Friendly Faces group
is supported by the fundraising efforts
of Lichfield Ladies Circle

Lichfield Ladies Circle were delighted to present a cheque to Lichfield's Friendly Faces last month. Friendly Faces group extends its arms to a mixture of people who have either moved to the area, a partner has passed away or for people who simply wish to make new friends. The group meets at Lichfield Library and offers free refreshments whilst encouraging the meeting of new people through chatting and socialising.

Lichfield Ladies Vice Chair, Denise Softley presented the cheque of £500 to the Friendly Faces group. Denise added, "It is a fabulous group that has been set up to encourage people to meet weekly and offer them a friendly face to chat with over a cup of tea and cake. Many members of the group rely on this activity, as it gets them out of the house regularly to socialise with others".

Michelle Crabb, who volunteers her time to run the group added "Thank you so much for the generous donation, this will help to add happiness to the people that join us on a Monday, we play games, chat and laugh a lot over tea, cakes and biscuits. This money will enable us to enjoy at least one activity/outing a month. The group will have something else to look forward to during the month as well as our regular Monday meetings. Without this generous and kind donation we wouldn't have been able to do any of the activities on our list. We have just booked to go and see a production at the theatre with some of the money and a day trip to Trentham Gardens when the weather gets a little warmer, so thank you to Lichfield Ladies Circle for supporting us".

Lichfield Ladies Circle meets once a fortnight on a Tuesday, if you'd like to find out more about joining in the fun, email: info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk, call 08001488595 or visit our website at www.lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk

There is a 'Friendly Face' to greet you at Lichfield Library from 1pm until 4pm every Monday.



Lichfield Ladies Hollywood Ball - 18th Oct 2014

Lichfield Ladies Circle organised a lavish 'dress-to-impress' Hollywood Ball to raise crucial funds for Birmingham Women's Hospital and Violets in Bloom charity. The event, held at Hawkesyard Estate Golf club, Rugeley, on Saturday the 18th October raised a staggering £1350.00.

On arrival the guests were met on the red carpet by paparazzi photographer Mark Zaccaria and the venue was decorated with life-size gold oscars. Monies were raised through a charity raffle, champagne toss and an auction for a giant sized teddy bear.

Live Band "The Supersets" provided an evening of entertainment with an extremely versatile performance of well-known floor fillers from all eras, followed by a funky Disco set that left guest dancing the night away.

Lichfield Ladies Chair, Sue Kershaw, commented: "It was an honour to attend the Hollywood Ball and witness the fantastic generosity and spirit on the night. It was fantastic to see so many people having a fabulous night whilst contributing to a wonderful charity, it really added to the outstanding atmosphere on the night. The success of this event truly amazed me. The generosity of the local community and the loyalty of the Lichfield Ladies Circle helps to drive fundraising forward each year".



Race for Life: Sunday 8th June 2014
Lichfield Ladies help to raise awareness of Cancer

Lichfield Ladies Circle took part in the Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.
Eight ladies with some of their families have been training and fundraising to help raise money and give this noble charity as much money as they can!

Sue Kershaw, Chair of the Lichfield Ladies Circle, "This is a devastating subject that most people/families can relate to; the world is moved with stories of brave people who have overcome cancer and have their own reasons for participating in such an inspiring race. These stories motivate every single person that takes part, every single step of the way. The Lichfield Ladies Circle goal is to help raise awareness and fundraise for such a worthwhile cause, this will help to save lives; through helping towards research in a bid to finding a cure against this dreadful disease."

The Race for Life is a fun day, it is not meant to be competitive. The ladies took their group's culture to the race through their vows of friendship and fundraising by "running, walking and dancing together" across the finish line.

The Race for Life is symbolic to this group, as it is an army of woman and families that join together and confront the deadly disease.

The ladies are still raising money and Jodie McCabe from the group has set up a group 'just giving' page - they have currently raised over £500 with donations still coming in.


Lichfield Ladies join forces in a hectic but very rewarding week

For many years the Lichfield Ladies Circle has been supporting local charities through fundraising and volunteering their encouragement at events, however this May/June saw a whole new dimension of their support in numbers as the Circle group offered their assistance with a twist! The Lichfield Ladies Circle joined forces working alongside other local groups, to add strength in numbers to support some outstanding and epic community events.

Ladies Lichfield Circle teamed up with local groups, Tangles, Lichfield Round Table and Spires 41 club to enhance the numbers offered to support some very noble events and all within the space of a week.

Monday the 26th May saw the combined effort of the 4 community groups in marshalling at the Lichfield Bower Parade, this was a great achievement and Lichfield Ladies were rewarded with being part of a very successful day!

On Thursday the 5th June the community groups worked with local police and the community during the Vigil of Stephen Sutton's funeral through stewarding in the chosen colour yellow, this was whilst celebrating the life of a gentleman that touched and won the hearts of many of the local groups and nation, many of whom had worked with him in his plight.

On Sunday the 1st June, the Lichfield Ladies Circle helped to support the Lichfield Round Table event at the summer gathering of the 3 Spires Scooterist group, this event was held through a BBQ, Disco, raffle and stall sales in a fundraising pledge to raise money for the Lichfield Round Table group.

These Side by Side projects symbolise the foundations and beliefs on which the four groups co-exist, providing fun and friendship whilst fundraising and supporting the local community.

Sue Kershaw, Chair of Lichfield Ladies Circle commented on the busy week saying "Lichfield Ladies Circle have had a great week working side by side with the Lichfield Round Table, Ladies Tangles and Spires 41. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to put something back into our great community. So a huge well done to all involved in this busy week, your hard work and dedication helped towards three great but very different local events."


Lichfield 7th Scout group benefits - thanks to fundraising efforts by Lichfield Ladies Circle

The group held its cheque presentation with the Beaver Pageant colony on Tuesday the 10th June 2014; the donated funds have gone towards buying a cooker to help allow the Beavers experience their first overnight camp from the age of seven.

The group held its cheque presentation evening after a year of fundraising and social events which all help contributed to the raised funds.

Local Chair Sue Kershaw presented the cheque of £280 to the Lichfield 7th Scout Group (who made their pledge for support to the Ladies Group) commented that "with the money to buy the stove we hope that it helps the pledge of the beavers group so it enables them to now sleep in a hut that provides cooking facilities on overnight stays."

In the past the lack of cooking facilities has limited the overnight camps available to the Beavers as with no cooking facilities available at the hut, other than camping stoves, food provision for both for Beavers and leaders has been restricted and limited.



Members of a top national women's organisation will be taking part in a challenging cycle ride from Southport to Skegness over the Easter weekend. Ladies Circle's 'Pedal for Pounds' bid is in aid of the mobility charity Whizz-Kidz giving disabled children and young people the freedom and independence to live their lives to the full by providing customised mobility equipment.

Whizz-Kidz is Ladies Circle National President, Ruth Curry's nominated charity, her aim at the beginning of the year was to raise enough cash to provide at least one wheelchair for Whizz-Kidz and to create lots more awareness about the volunteering opportunities associated with the group. All across the country local Circles have been busy fundraising - with monies raised being used to benefit children and young adults in their local area.

For those taking part in this epic coast to coast ride of 220 miles it has meant a punishing training schedule over the last few months. Local Ladies Circle Chairman Sue Kershaw from Lichfield said, " Ladies Circle is all about having fun and giving something back to the community. What better way to combine these two elements than to rise to this challenge. This event has enabled everyone to get involved, by either cycling part or all of the distance or by helping everything to run smoothly across the four days."

National President Ruth said, " I have been overwhelmed by the response to support Whizz-Kidz. And it's not just money that Whizz-Kidz needs help with. They also need volunteers, they're very reliant on people being willing to offer their time as a volunteer to support their work with disabled children across the UK. Whether you can give an hour here or there or a longer commitment your contribution will be valued and you can make a difference as a volunteer."

A special Just Giving page has been set up to aid the receipt of donations at www.justgiving.com/LadiesCircle and well-wishers can also donate by text, simply message NALC99 and the amount you wish to give to 70070.

The Whizz-Kidz Volunteer Network helps to support and deliver the services to disabled children and young people, and helps to raise awareness of mobility issues, as well as funds, across the UK. Further information about the network can be found on their website at: www.whizz-kidz.org.uk.

To find out more details about how you can support Whizz-Kidz and get involved please email: info@whizz-kidz.org.uk or call 02072336600. Lichfield Ladies Circle meets once a fortnight on a Tuesday, if you'd like to find out more about joining in the fun, email: info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk call 08001488595 or visit our website at www.lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk


LICHFIELD LADIES raise pounds for

Over the last 12 months, Lichfield Ladies Circle have been undertaking their President's Pound Project to raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Each of the 33 ladies were given £1 and asked to return it with investment at their AGM on 2nd April 2014 through any imaginative fundraising ideas.

A grand total of £1118.74 was raised for the project through ideas such as cake sales, car boots, guess the number of sweets in the jar and the sales of a red balloon cocktail at Parnells in Birmingham.

Jodie Raphael, who works at Hellmann Logistics raised the largest amount (£200) through sponsoring her boss £1 to dress down for the day and her colleagues to pay £1 to support him.

Sue Jay, Lichfield Ladies Circle President and Chairman of the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities was overwhelmed by the efforts the ladies went to and said " the ladies are all truly amazing and I am still in shock at how much you raised. I cannot begin to thank you enough and the difference this amount of money can make for such a worthy cause".



Lichfield Ladies Circle hosted a pamper and shopping night in Apres, Lichfield last week to raise £900 for the Cancer Support Centre, Sutton Coldfield.

The event sponsored by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and fund matched by Vodafone, allowed ladies to pamper themselves with body and scalp massages, facials, spray tans, manicures and pedicures.

Meanwhile stalls selling handbags, jewellery, cards, candles and skin care products gave the ladies the complete luxury shopping experience. Helen McDonald, Ladies Circle Chair commented, " the pamper and shopping night was a fantastic event and I would like to thank the organisers, stall holders and hair and beauty technicians for giving up their time to raise so much money for a fantastic cause. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which was well supported by the community ".



Members of Lichfield Ladies Circle have enjoyed a party atmosphere this month as they joined Circles across the country in wearing saris and hosting a "Curry Night" in aid of the charity Whizz-Kidz.

Ladies Circle National President and member of Lichfield Ladies Circle, Ruth Curry has nominated the charity this year, and aims to raise enough cash to provide at least one wheelchair for Whizz-Kidz and to create lots more awareness about the volunteering opportunities associated with the group. All across the country local Circles have hosted their own curry party - a play on Ruth's name - with all funds raised being used to benefit local children in their area.

Lichfield Ladies Circle Chairman Helen MacDonald said "Ladies Circle is all about having fun and giving something back to the community. What better way to combine these two elements than to host a curry night. Everybody loves a curry and with all the ladies getting involved we have raised £206 for Ruth's charity!"

20th Feb. 2014 -- For more information on Whizz-Kidz please visit their website at www.whizz-kidz.org.uk


continue to support local charities!

Lichfield Ladies Circle have been delighted to support 2 more local charities through their recent fundraising activities. In November they had the pleasure of donating £250 to the Lichfield based self help group, Open Door of Hope. Since October 2011, the group has been catering for Mental Health Service Users, their carers and their families through providing a relaxed environment in which people can share their experiences and problems through a range of activities such as exercise, afternoon tea, arts and crafts and local excursions. Mike Wetson, co-founder of the group said, "This kind donation will firstly help to cover our weekly rent, secondly help towards getting a website up and running but most importantly at this time of year, it will allow us to provide a buffet at our Christmas party for our members".

In December, the Lichfield Ladies embraced the Christmas spirit and made their handmade Christmas wreaths which were then sold at the Lichfield Christmas market. The money raised will be donated to the Lichfield and District Live at Home Scheme. The scheme encourages older people to live independently so as to avoid social isolation, maintain their independence and control over their life choices and maintain contacts within the community. The aim is to improve the quality of life and overall health and well being through social interaction and support whilst maintaining the security of independent living.

Currently the scheme offers numerous services, such as befriending home visits and telephone calls, weekly escorted shopping trips to Lichfield City Centre, extended exercise sessions which promote vitality and a sense of general wellbeing, a free handyman service, information regarding falls prevention, keeping warm in winter etc, day trips and the popular lunch club with entertainment and speakers. Caroline Bruno, Live at Home Scheme Manager said, "We are delighted with this generous donation and look forward to investing it in our current services that are run by the scheme".



Lichfield Ladies Circle recently made a donation of £500 towards the Lichfield Aspergers Parents Support Group.

Asperger Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and non-verbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests.

Tracey Guest, a member of Lichfield Ladies Circle said, "I am delighted that Lichfield Ladies Circle is able to donate and support the work that this group offers. Aspergers can have such a huge impact on both the child and their families that their support, networking and information is invaluable."

Lichfield Aspergers Parents Support Group is a small voluntary organisation for parents/guardians of children or young adults who have, or maybe diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Condition in Lichfield and the surrounding areas of South East Staffordshire. The group runs monthly sessions where parents can share their experiences of dealing with the various issues and services that impact on their children at different stages in their lives, listen to informal presentations from invited ASC professional services and organisations, and receive regular information from an emailing service.

Helen Hartsorn for LAPS said, "This donation means so much to us as a group. We plan to use the money to help design and build our new website so we can continue to support current parents and inform prospective families.
Thank you very much - Lichfield Ladies Circle."




Lichfield Ladies Circle recently made a donation of £500 towards the
Tamworth and Lichfield Branch of the MS Society.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. There is currently no cure for the disease. The debilitating condition can cause a number of symptoms of varying severity, including fatigue, blurred or loss of vision, weakness and spasms in the limbs and balance problems.

Jodie McCabe, a member of Lichfield Ladies Circle said, "with both of my parents living with the condition, and my late mother-in-law also having had MS, I am only too aware of the impact the condition can have on individuals and their families. So I am thrilled that Lichfield Ladies Circle is able to donate to this worthy cause and help contribute, albeit in a small way, to the great work that the MS Society does."

The Tamworth and Lichfield Branch of the MS Society provides invaluable support to anyone in the local area living with or affected by the disease. The group runs weekly sessions where people can get advice about equipment and living aids or just have a cup of tea and a chat with others who understand. The group also arranges weekly yoga / exercise classes.

The donation will be used to help local MS sufferers, including financial help towards transport costs to enable an MS sufferer to have a respite holiday in Portsmouth, and also financial support for a lady who has an urgent need for a wet room as her MS has deteriorated very quickly. Margaret White, Lead Support Officer for the Tamworth and Lichfield Branch said, "the donation will mean so much to these people, thank you very much Lichfield Ladies Circle."



St Giles Hospice record breaking Solstice Walk

Lichfield Ladies Circle had great fun donning their wings and tutus whilst participating in the St Giles Hospice solstice walk. 871 walkers set off at 10pm to complete the 9 mile, 2 lap route of Lichfield with the aim of breaking the world record and simultaneously raising money for the worthy cause. Although the result of the record attempt hasn't been officially verified yet, Lichfield Ladies Circle were delighted to contribute £1,300 towards the expected total of £90,000 which is enough to pay for a whole week of care at the Hospice.



Ruth comes full circle on her journey of friendship

Written by NIGEL POWLSON for The Burton Mail

CYCLING more than 200 miles for her chosen charity and representing the UK at conferences in Zambia and Estonia are just part of a busy year for Ruth Curry, the new national president of the Ladies Circle. Ruth, who lives in Yoxall, arrived in the UK from Zimbabwe and says the Ladies Circle was a massive help in making her feel welcome in this country. She has now taken the international fund-raising and community-focused organisation to her heart, rising through branch and area posts to become the organisation's elected president. She took up office in May and is now on a mission to bring in more members and to raise funds for her chosen president's charity, Whizz Kidz - which helps the estimated 70,000 disabled children in the UK who are waiting for the right wheelchair.

Ruth joined Ladies Circle 21 years ago. "My folks were Round Table and Circle members, so I grew up with it," she says. "I originally joined in Zimbabwe. We focus on helping our communities, doing voluntary and service work, raising money for lots of local projects. But it's also about fun and friendship. I have made lots of new friends. It's like being part of a big family. Locally, we have raised a lot of money to keep the talking newspaper going. We have helped YMCA projects, raising awareness and funds."

To become president for a year, Circlers have to have held positions at local, regional and national level. Ruth has moved from secretary of her local branch to becoming executive administrator on the national board three years ago. "I took that step out of my comfort zone and I'm now quite happy to stand in front of people and speak, which I would never have dreamed about doing in the past," she says. "I put my hat in the ring for national president, I had to make a speech and had to be voted in, which was quite scary but has really helped me professionally as well."

Ruth, who is 42, works in the off-trade team at Molson Coors. "In the past, I couldn't have done things like deal with the big buyers but, now that I have done Circle, it has given me that confidence. I have done so many things through Circle, from cocktail making to sky-diving, which we did for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We have just done the Solstice Walk for St Giles Hospice - we walked nine miles, 863 ladies dressed up as fairies, which set a world record and raised around £90,000.

When we arrived from Zimbabwe, I had no social connections here, no family. I joined Ladies Circle as soon as I got here and suddenly from having no friends I had lots of really good friends, who helped me with schools and getting into doctors. I settled in so quickly and didn't feel alone, despite not having my mum there any more or the friends I had left behind. We do lots of fun things as well, like going out for meals - you always have friends to celebrate with. It is like-minded girls helping the community."

Because Ladies Circle is international, wherever Ruth travels, she is likely to find members. She says: "I recently travelled to Sweden and Norway and I contacted the local Circle and I was picked up from the airport and home-hosted. They look after you like one of their own. It makes you realise just how big the family is." Ruth's aim is to raise enough cash to provide at least one wheelchair for Whizz Kids and the charity has agreed that a child in the area will benefit. To that end, she will be cycling from Southport to Skegness, a distance of 222 miles, next April. "I'm just a casual cyclist, so it will be a challenge," says Ruth. "It does scare me a little, climbing 1,400ft in 20 miles, as I don't do hills. But I want to make my ability to do that help someone with a disability. I have a whole group of girls joining me, either cycling with me or shouting us on from the roadside. We have also organised a curry night, a play on my name, encouraging all Circlers to hold an event in February next year."

Additionally, Ruth has to attend all national Ladies Circle meetings, the next is in Drayton Manor in September, and will lead the national conference in Nottingham next May. She will attend the international conference in Lusaka in August and in February will fly to Estonia. "Because they are Circle events, as soon as you arrive you have a whole lot of new friends," she says.

Ruth's husband, Wayne, is a former Round Table member, so is very supportive of her efforts. "He holds the house together for me when I'm on the road, as I'm trying to visit as many Circles as possible in my year," says Ruth. The couple have three children, Michael who is 19, 16-year-old Shanna-Leigh ("who steps into my role as mum while I'm away," says Ruth) and Danny, 14. "They come along to many of the events, so they are seasoned helpers," says Ruth.

Now getting to grips with her presidency, Ruth wants to use her term to encourage members to spread the word. "I want them to go out there and tell people about Ladies Circle. If girls don't tell people it becomes a secret and it's not a secret organisation in any form," she says. "It's open to anyone and the girls should be proud of what they do, making a difference in the community."



Lichfield Ladies Awarded National Fundraising Award

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Pictured left to right:- Ruth Curry (National Ladies Circle President),
Sue Kershaw, (Fundraising Officer), & Susan Davies, Chair, receiving the award.

Lichfield Ladies Circle were delighted to be awarded a trophy for 'Most amount of money raised for charity' at their national conference in Harrogate last weekend.
In total, over £15000 was raised through events such as a Masquerade Ball, making and selling Christmas wreaths, organising a gruelling charity challenge day and completing an exhilarating skydive.
Donations have been made to the ERB's Palsy Society, CRUSE, the Alzheimer Society, The Stroke Club, Saxon Hill School, as well as The Teenage Cancer Trust (in response to Stephen's Story), Ward 15 at Birmingham Children's Hospital and Cancer Research UK.
Susan Davies, Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair said that she was delighted with the award and recognition at a national level. "The last 12 months have been fantastic, all the ladies have put a huge amount of effort into their fundraising activities and are delighted to be supporting such wonderful causes".
Lichfield Ladies Circle are now focused on coming up with more ideas with which to raise money for further local charities whilst having fun at the same time.



Lichfield Ladies Circle raise £500 for South Staffordshire CRUSE Bereavement Care

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Pictured left to right:-
Helen McDonald, Pauline Hinsley, Shelley Harrington, Fiona Gillespie.

Lichfield Ladies Circle had the pleasure of donating £500 to Fiona Gillespie and Pauline Hinsley on behalf of the South Staffordshire branch of CRUSE Bereavement Care. The charity offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, through face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. Alongside the local services, there is a a national helpline, a website and a freephone helpline specifically for children and young people. The confidential and free service provided by the South Staffordshire branch is due to 49 trained volunteers who in 2012 supported 125 clients. "This generous donation will allow our branch to purchase books and train more of our volunteers in the support of children who have sadly been bereaved", commented Fiona, Chair of Fundraising. The ladies have worked hard to raise this money and we are extremely pleased that they have chosen to support our charity.



Lichfield Ladies present cheque to the ERB's Palsy Group

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Pictured left to right:- Jess Clark, Sarah Clark, Helen McDonald (Lichfield Ladies Circle chair),
Susan Davies (LLC past chair), Sarah Hughes, Lewis Hughes.

Lichfield Ladies Circle had the pleasure of presenting Sarah Hughes and her son Lewis, with a cheque for £500 for their local branch of the ERB's Palsy Group.
ERB's palsy is a condition which mainly occurs due to trauma during childbirth. It can affect 1 or all of the 5 primary nerves that supply movement and feeling to the arm causing partial or complete paralysis of the limb and although in some cases the babies recover on their own, some may require specialist intervention.
The ERB's palsy group was established by Debbie Clark in 1991 and has grown steadily to support over 1600 families throughout the UK.
"Best practice guidelines for NHS professionals involved with the care of these babies have been developed but this money will go a long way towards raising awareness of this condition that is rarely in the public eye", commented Sarah.

Sarah Clark, a member of Lichfield Ladies Circle attended the cheque presentaiton with her daughter Jess, who also suffers from ERB's Palsy, and proposed that the charity be considered for a donation. Jess and Lewis took the opportunity to discuss how they are coping with the condition day to day and it is clear that neither of them have let it stop them from achieving anything. Lewis is studying engineering and plays both the drums and guitar whilst Jess is heading towards her Duke of Edinburgh Silver award - both fantastic achievements!







Charity Fundraising in 2012



Lichfield Ladies Circle recently donated just under £430 to the Lichfield branch of the Alzheimer's Association. The funds were raised at the Lichfield Christmas market back in December through the sale of handmade Christmas wreaths, mince pies and homemade cakes and biscuits.

The money will go to support the activities of the local branch of the Alzheimer's Association which provides support to those living with Alzheimer's and their carers, a luncheon club and various events and activities throughout the year. Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair Susan Davies said, "We are really proud to support such a worthy cause and would like to thank those who came along to see us at the Christmas market and purchased one of our wreaths."



Lichfield Ladies Donate to
Childrens Hospital Cancer Appeal

Friday, 16 November 2012

Following a successful fundraising event earlier in the year, members of Lichfield Ladies Circle recently visited Birmingham Children's Hospital to donate nearly £1,500 to the hospital's Children's Cancer Centre Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise the £4 million which is required to improve the facilities for children under 13 suffering from cancer and their families. The current facilities are over 30 years old and are too small to cater for the number of young cancer patients needing treatment.

Five members of Lichfield Ladies Circle were given a tour of the existing facilities to see first-hand just what a difference the improvements will make to patients and their families. Sue Jay, Birmingham Children's Hospital Trustee and honorary member of Lichfield Ladies Circle said: "I just want to say a huge "thank you" to the members of Lichfield Ladies Circle who raised such a fabulous amount of money for Birmingham Children's Hospital. As Chairman of the Charity, I know how much difference that money can make to so many. It will be added to the Cancer Unit Appeal, taking us nearer to the £4 million target - thanks again girls."

The money was raised through a Charity Challenge Day, held in September at Whitemoor Lakes near Alrewas. The event saw 18 teams from local firms and organisations compete in a number of physical challenges such as archery, zip wire, abseiling, rock climbing and a grand raft race finale.

Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair, Susan Davies said: "I am immensely proud of the ladies from Lichfield Ladies Circle who pulled together to create a really wonderful day and also to the local firms and organisations who entered teams. Special thanks must go to our Fundraising Officer Sue Kershaw who arranged the Charity Challenge Day. It's a fantastic amount raised on the day and it couldn't go to a more worthy cause."


Children's Hospital Presentation



All Masked Up For Charity

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Members of Lichfield Ladies Circle, along with friends and members of brother organisation Lichfield Round Table gathered at a charity Masquerade Ball at the Old School House in Weeford on 13th October.

Nearly 90 masked guests attended the Ball, where over £800 was raised on the night, all of which will be donated to local charities. Guests generously bidded on items in a luxury auction, which included items such as luxury hampers, a professional photograph by Lichfield photographer Nick Brickett, a meal for two at the Old School House and an Arthur Price cutlery set.

Those in attendance were treated to a three course meal and then enjoyed live music from Staffordshire band Solid Soul.

Susan Davies, current Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair said: "I am very proud of the ladies who worked hard to make sure the night was a success and it is great to see that we raised so much for local charities".


Masquerade Ball



Deputy Bower Queen Joins Lichfield Ladies Circle

Monday, 22 October 2012

Lichfield Ladies Circle chair, Sue Davies, was delighted to welcome Emily Rich, Lichfield's deputy Bower Queen 2012 as its newest and youngest member at its meeting this week.

Emily who has attended the various social events over the summer decided to officially join the group increasing its membership to 24 full members. Emily commented "Lichfield Ladies Circle is a great group of ladies who constantly have lots of fun whilst raising money for local charities at the same time. They have made me feel very welcome and it is a fantastic opportunity to join this group. I'm sure I will have lots of fun experiencing many activities in the coming years".

Lichfield Ladies Circle celebrated their 60th birthday earlier this year which brought together both past and present members and highlighted how much activities and fund raising has changed over the years.

The current social calendar will see Emily joining in with fencing, belly dancing, meals out, roller blading and life drawing as well as the annual, traditional wreath making! to raise money for local charities.


Deputy Bower Queen



Circle Brains are Put to the Test in Lichfield

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Treasure Hunt


On 7th August, Lichfield Circle members joined forces with Lichfield Round Table for an Olympics-themed treasure hunt and pub crawl around the centre of Lichfield. Those taking part had their brains fully taxed by the questions relating to sites in the City and their nerves were tested by bonus tasks including, for those who were brave enough to try it, the dreaded hot chilli sauce cheese biscuit challenge!

When both feet and brains had been exhausted, all those taking part gathered at the Kings Head pub for a well deserved sit down and meal, after which the medals were handed out to the winners.

One Circler said "Whilst ultimately the fundraising side of Circle is a vital part of what we are all about, social events such as this enable us to also have a little extra fun along the way!".





Charity Fundraising in 2011

During 2011 Lichfield Ladies Circle have been very busy dedicating its activities to raising a huge amount of money for local, national and international charities. In total they have managed to raise the huge amount of £7115.84


Bhangra Night

In October the ladies held a colourful Bhangra Ball, with authentic Bhangra dancers entertaining the guests after their curry dinner and then dancing by all into the small hours. There was a spectacularly successful Auction on the night, which on its own raised £950, so when this is added to the £610.44 profit on the tickets for the night, the event contributed a very healthy £1,560.44 to the overall figure for the year.

Bhangra Night
Rudolf & Santa on Tour

A combined effort with Lichfield Round Table raised £530 from entering the 'Santa on holiday' float into the Lichfield Bower parade and securing 2nd place for the best float. Alongside this they ran a successful tombola in the park with prizes donated from all members. Joining the lads for the annual Christmas Santa tableau raised £300.

London 10k

Wreaths for sale

There has also been a lot of fundraising by individual members of Lichfield Ladies Circle 106. In July 2011, 4 ladies (Gaynor Webb (Chair), Tracey Guest, Paula Parker and Denise Softley ran the London 10k, raising £450 plus Gaynor's £100 for Round Table Children's Wish. The charity grants children with terminal illness the chance to have a once in a lifetime experience.

In December 2011 the girls made their own wreaths which were successfully sold at the town Christmas market raising a further £200.


Ruth Curry (IPC) raised £1053 for 'Homes in Zimbabwe' at a New Year's Eve event where the money has gone towards buying new mattresses, curtains and waterproof sheets.
With the current harsh economic restraints prevailing, the elderly in Zimbabwe have very little, and in many cases, nothing in which to survive on each month. We want to help ease their hardships in a fun and social way.
We have distributed aid over the past six years to recipients in Victoria Falls, Borrowdale Trust, Marondera and Waterfalls Trust in Harare. The aid is generally in the form of small hampers made up for each person, consisting of personal essentials and the odd little luxury like a bar of chocolate or a face-cloth. A daily soup kitchen is run through the volunteers of Homes in Zimbabwe with all funding coming from the fundraising done in the UK. It costs £8.00 per month to feed one pensioner a hot meal each day. We have had an incredible amount of thank-you letters pouring back from the pensioners. It is great to see we are making a difference in their lives, and this spurs us on to continue with our charity work.

Homes in Zimbabwe

Homes in Zimbabwe


Sue Kershaw raised a staggering £3200 for a charity called 'Women V Cancer' when she did a 400km cycle ride in Kenya in November 2011. This charity consists of 3 main charities within it, all fighting cancers that affect women.

Breast Cancer Care provides information and support for everyone affected by breast cancer - www.breastcancercare.org.uk

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust provides support & up-to-date, easy to read and accurate information about cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities - www.jostrust.org.uk    Claire from Jo's Trust said; "I've meet 71 inspirational women who have shown that women do know how to take on an extreme challenge and win. More than that they have fundraised a staggering £1.5 million for charity. The work involved in that cannot be underestimated."

Ovarian Cancer Action is committed to improving survival for women with ovarian cancer through research, awareness, and giving a voice - www.ovarian.org.uk

In Kenya cancer statistics are very depressing with an estimated annual incidence of 28,000 cases and an annual mortality rate of over 22,000. 'Women V Cancer' wanted to give something back to the country that hosted their bike rides therefore they donated £50,000 to the local cancer support centre

Faraja Cancer Support - At Faraja they want to provide an holistic approach to the treatment of cancer by providing complementary therapies for cancer patients and carers, particularly extending to an outreach programme. They want to be a knowledge and information hub on cancer in Kenya where cancer patients and their carers will be able to access a wide range of books on cancer at the Faraja library - www.farajacancersupport.org

Happy Sue


Other than those specified, the funds raised during the year have been generously donated to the following worthy causes: Lichfield Stroke Club, Saxon Hill Community School, Talking Newspapers of Lichfield, Lichfield Explorer Scouts, Reconnect (a hostel for young women in Burton upon Trent) & Saxon Hill School community cafe fund.


Lichfield Ladies Circle boost the coffers for Saxon Hill School

Members of Lichfield Ladies Circle have provided a much needed boost to the fund-raising efforts of Saxon Hill School Community Cafe Fund. The project will be run entirely by pupils on a non profit making basis, and will offer locally sourced Fair Trade refreshments and meals, with pupils even growing their own vegetables. It will be run as a charity and will also help to support their own chosen charities which have close links to Saxon Hill. The facility will include a breakfast club, a Senior Citizens Lunch Club, and hopefully a wireless internet facility. The school has received some initial funding from Lichfield District Council, and it is hoped that the build will commence during 2012.

Mr Jon Thickett, headteacher is "delighted" with the £700 donation, and added: "We are appealing to organisations such as Lichfield Ladies Circle to help us to reach our £600,000 target. If anyone can help our fund-raising efforts, please contact the school. Alternatively you can donate online at: www.justgiving.com/saxonhillschool."

Lichfield Ladies Circle has supported many local charities during the year. Gaynor Webb, Chairman of the club, said: "We are so pleased to support Saxon Hill School's Community Cafe Fund. It was lovely to meet the children and to hear of all the wonderful plans for its future."

Saxon Hill cheque Saxon Hill presentation
Lichfield Talking Newspaper Cheque out Lichfield Ladies Circle!

Lichfield Ladies Circle have given a cash boost to yet another local charity.

The Lichfield Stroke Club who meet every Wednesday have had their much needed funds boosted by the local ladies group. Christine Heaton was delighted to receive the cheque on behalf of the Lichfield Stroke Club.

The Lichfield Stroke Club who are affiliated to the Stroke Association provide a meeting place and social activities for stroke victims. The activities they provide include bingo, in-house parties and outings for stroke victims and carers. Meetings take place at Martin Heath Hall, each Wednesday from 1-4pm.

The Lichfield Circle ladies went along to a recent meeting and shared cakes and a game of bingo with the very friendly and thriving stroke club. Gaynor Webb (chair of LLC) said "We are delighted to have got involved with such a friendly group and hope to be able to support them again in the future as they offer such a valuable service to stroke victims and their carers"


Thumbs up from Lichfield Talking NewspaperLichfield Stroke Club

Lichfield Ladies Circle got the thumbs up from Lichfield Talking newspaper recently when they presented the organisation with a much needed fundraising cheque. John May, founder member of Lichfield Talking newspapers over 30 years ago said "the funds have come at a critical time for us as we were down to our last £33"

Talking newspaper aims to provide the best possible news and entertainment service to the blind and visually impaired in and around Lichfield and South Staffordshire.

Talking newspapers provide the service, totally free of any charge, to anyone registered blind or visually impaired, regardless of where they live. They will also provide this service to anyone who has difficulty reading for whatever reason.

Another exciting phase of their development is to provide a service for blind children. They aim to put the school curriculum on to memory sticks for all blind children in the area to be able to access. The cost would be around £50 per child and what an investment that would be.

As many blind children also have other more crippling disabilities they would be unable to control the 'boombox' equipment to access the information. With this in mind work has been done to create a new set of controls. A box with very large buttons is strapped to the arm of a wheelchair which the child can then control with just a nudge. The first working model is now being test driven at Saxon Hill School, before the service is rolled out to many children across the area.

If you know someone who would enjoy receiving the Talking News Or if you are interested in what they do, or even want to get involved please get in touch with (soon to be MBE) John May at info@lichfieldtalkingnews.co.uk Phone 01543 417724 or 07948 794982

Lichfield Ladies Circle were proud to support the invaluable work being done by the team at Lichfield Talking Newspaper. If anyone is interested in joining Lichfield Ladies Circle in order to fundraise and put something back into our community please visit www.lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk.