Hosted by Thurrock Disability Network and staffed by pupils from Beacon Hill School, the exhibition was an opportunity for disabled people to talk face to face both to council officers and local taxi and bus providers about their concerns. Trans-Vol, Thurrock’s community transport project, was well represented and Dave Meheghan, the manager, proudly displayed the latest addition to their fleet of vehicles. Wheelchair users also tried out a rear loading private hire car which took them for a spin.
Oliver Holmes is seven years old and has cerebral palsy. He is a bright, determined little boy but he physically struggles to keep up with his peers because of the stiffness in his right side caused by the illness. Oliver has been accepted to have a life changing operation called “Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy” which would remove the stiffness and allow him to participate fully in activities.
Even after the laps of the centre (which were surprisingly speedy in their heels!) participants could relax with pizza from Pizza Express and more live music from Michael Buble Tribute Act – Kriz K, and foot massages courtesy of The Holistic Treatment & The Little Retreat, with the ladies finally comfortable that they had raised lots of money to support all the hard work undertaken by the hospice.
Two projects in the south west Esesx area will receive funding: Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC and St Luke’s Hospice, Basildon. A spokesperson for Thurrock Lifestyles said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to support local carers of disabled children in planning the tricky future path between leaving special school and entering the adult world”
Students and staff at Hassenbrook School in Stanford-le-Hope will be supporting Mr Anthony Hattam, Leader of Learning in Humanities at the school, raise funds for the ‘Phab kids’ charity. Mr Hattam has signed up for the Virgin London Marathon in a bid to raise a figure of at least £1500.
STAFF at Open Door, a Thurrock-based charity that has helped the vulnerable in the borough for nearly forty years, were made redundant this week as the reality of the savage cuts starts to hit home. Sources close to the charity believe that the “tipping-point” for the charity was the loss of the contracts to provide floating support for both under-18’s and over-18’s.
A FORTY STRONG choir will be performing at the Stifford Clays social club in Crammavill Street, Stifford Clays next week. Mosaic will be painting pictures with their words on behalf of St Luke’s Hospice.
IT IS the last four days to sign up for the St Luke’s Hospice Stiletto & Slipper Walk at Lakeside this Saturday night. The walk begins at 10.30pm and finishes at 2am.
AN interview with David Lawrence of Thurrock Re-Users project reflecting on their five years and his hopes for the next year and beyond.
Hairdresser down under in Australia buys South Ockendon hairdressers “Calendar Girls” calendar after discovering film on yourthurrock. Truly local but global!
The Open Arms Spiritual Haven in Grays had a record charity donation night on Tuesday the 14th of December, when they handed over a cheque for £1800 to Thurrock charity, the Sunshine Centre in Tilbury.
DECEMBER is a key time for charities. The season of goodwill means that many people think of those less fortunate than them and are willing to dig deep to help. The winter whiteouts has wiped out many key collection and campaigning days for charities such as St Luke’s.
Mark Vinall, Principal, said, “This was a fantastic event to be a part of, and I’m really pleased that the students and staff got behind us and donated so much money. I’d like to thank the Student Executive for their extra donation – I hope the money we raised at Palmer’s will make a difference.”
Head of Music at Hassenbrook School Miss Furniss said: ‘We have continued to support the MS charity over the years since an ex-pupil’s family were affected by the condition. It is the most common disabling neurological disease affecting young adults and we feel it is a worthwhile charity for a secondary school to support.
HEART AND SOUL hairdressers in Garron Lane, South Ockendon have been the heart and soul of the community for many years. You just have to see the awards on boss’ Andrea Hunt’s wall to appreciate all that they do.
On the 30th November, rotarians ,rotaractors and many guests joined together to celebrate the clubs’ successes over the past year and to be recognised officially. President Claire Pavitt said: “It was a very proud evening for me to be presented with my jewel of office as president and to be able to talk about our success.
IF Stacey Solomon can do it, then so can Headroom hairdresser Laura Thompson as she chomped her way through a “fascinating” variety of edibles and not so edibles at a bushtucker challenge at The Oaks pub in Lodge Lane recently.
THE MOTHER of Louise Cooper, 23 who was killed by a lorry driver on the A13 has given all the compensation money to a wounded solidier reports claimsnational.co.uk Miss Cooper, from Chafford Hundred, was killed in February 2008 after a lorry ploughed into her as she exchanged details with another driver on the hard shoulder.
Cllr Anne Cheale held a charity dinner at the Riverview Restaurant in the South Essex College’s Woodview, Grays, campus in support of the NSPCC Tilbury branch. The meal was attended by 46 guests and over £850 was raised.
A new report highlights that despite a death every minute in England, we still are not dying where we want. So the Macmillan team at Basildon University Hospital has teamed up with St Luke’s Hospice to educate local people about the choices they have. In partnership with other professionals, community groups and individuals, they have […]
Purfleet Heritage Centre is holding a Christmas Fish ‘n’ Chip Party on the 4th December at Cowdry Hall in London Road, West Thurrock. All proceeds to go to the Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre incorporating the Hornchurch Wing.
Impulse Leisure went dotty for Pudsey last week while raising over £1,000 for Children in Need.
Dave runs the Stanford Weightlifting Club at Cawder Hill farm . The event will take place at the Crooked Billet in Stanford .starting at 6pm. The evening includes disco ,karaoke and a auction.
It is very refreshing in this day and age to meet anyone who is ready to help others less fortunate than ourselves without reward or thanks. Today Yourthurrock were warmly welcomed to the