Disability transport conference at the Beehive

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.

Special show as part of campaign for brave Oliver

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.

St Luke’s Midnight Walk raises thousands

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 Thurrock projects benefit from carers fund

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”

Marathon fundraiser will be Phab for kids!

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.

Jobs losses at homeless charity as they lose contract to Family Mosaic

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.

Close shave for Palmer’s principal

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.”

Hassenbrook carol singers at Lakeside

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.

Rotaract club go from strength to strength

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.

Laura’s bushtucker challenge!

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.

Dying matters………..

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 Xmas party

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.

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