Our soar­away char­ity suc­cess

Midweek Visiter - - Queenscourt Hospice Column -

IF YOU were look­ing to the skies on Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 7, you may have seen a flurry of bal­loons fly­ing through the air.

This spec­ta­cle was the be­gin­ning of the Big Char­ity Bal­loon Race kindly or­gan­ised by Tesco and Mc­Don­ald’s, in Kew.

The mu­sic rooms at Kew Woods Pri­mary School be­came bal­loon head­quar­ters and the flurry of ac­tiv­ity started early.

A lovely team of staff from both com­pa­nies worked hard to get the bal­loons blown-up, tagged and ready … all 1,000 of them!

Luck­ily, it was dry and blus­tery, per­fect lift-off weather, as the chil­dren cir­cled around the launch pad. We all joined in with the count­down and the bal­loons were re­leased to lots of cheer­ing and laugh­ter!

A huge thank you to every­one who got in­volved and helped to raise a won­der­ful £1,032 for Queen­scourt Hos­pice and North West Spinal Unit. This fan­tas­tic amount will make such a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to both lo­cal causes.

As small lo­cal char­i­ties, it’s in­cred­i­ble to have the sup­port of two na­tional com­pa­nies.

Both Les­ley Kirk­bride, Tesco’s com­mu­nity cham­pion, and Alex Chat­t­away, Mc­Don­ald’s store man­ager, were de­lighted with how well the event went.

Alex ex­plained: “Here at Mc­Don­ald’s, Kew, we reg­u­larly raise money for the Alder Hey Ron­ald Mc­Don­ald Chil­dren Home. How­ever, we have on this oc­ca­sion de­cided to choose a lo­cal com­mu­nity project to help. We have about 150 staff mem­bers and the busi­ness is open 24 hours a day.

“We of­ten serve lots of peo­ple vis­it­ing Queen­scourt and the lo­cal spinal unit, so we are re­ally ex­cited about mak­ing these new links with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Les­ley added: “It was a great at­mos­phere and won­der­ful to see all the kids, and grown-ups, too, so ex­cited to be in­volved. big

“We’re now all look­ing for­ward to see­ing how far they go and an­nounc­ing our win­ner!”

The win­ner will be an­nounced in Jan­uary 2018, so watch this space.

To find out more about ways you can sup­port your lo­cal hos­pice and other up-com­ing events, please visit www.queen­scourt.org.uk Cof­fee morn­ing with stalls and raf­fle on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 (1012noon) at Vic­to­ria Methodist Church Hall, Sus­sex Road, £1.50 en­try (in­cludes re­fresh­ments).

Bingo Evening on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20 (7.3010pm) at Fleet­wood Hes­keth So­cial Club, Fylde Road, £1 en­try (in­cludes first book, ad­di­tional books 50p each).

Full de­tails at www. queen­scourt.org.uk

The Big Char­ity Bal­loon Race or­gan­ised by Tesco and Mc­Don­ald’s, in Kew; and, left, Alex Chat­t­away, Mc­Don­ald’s store man­ager and Les­ley Kirk­bride, Tesco South­port Com­mu­nity Cham­pion

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