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Vi­vian Goldring, 59, lives in Hen­don and is head of se­cu­rity at North West Jewish Day School. She has vol­un­teered for Best Be­gin­nings, a char­ity ded­i­cated to end­ing child health in­equal­i­ties, since its launch in 2006

Why Best Be­gin­nings? I was in­spired by Best Be­gin­nings’ founder Ali­son Baum, who con­vinced me that there was plenty that could be done to im­prove health out­comes for new­borns. I wanted to help es­pe­cially as I have no chil­dren my­self. It is great to give back to the com­mu­nity, and a plea­sure as an Is­raeli who has been em­braced over here, to work in sup­port of a na­tional char­ity.

What does your vol­un­teer­ing in­volve? I gather spon­sor­ship for the Asics London 10K run which I do ev­ery year for Best Be­gin­nings. I train for the run all the time, and


it has be­come a way of life. I also go into the char­ity’s of­fice ev­ery so of­ten to keep up with what it is do­ing.

What do you most en­joy about be­ing a vol­un­teer? The fact that friends and fam­ily and many par­ents from NWJDS back me to help the char­ity to thrive.

What is your most mem­o­rable vol­un­teer­ing mo­ment? The ac­tual run I do ev­ery year. It is tremen­dous to hear the many sup­port­ers lin­ing the route shout­ing cheers of en­cour­age­ment. When I reach the fin­ish it is to help some­one else have the best be­gin­ning.

Nom­i­nate a vol­un­teer to hon­our:


at­tracted three dozen peo­ple to the home of Bev­er­ley and Roger Colton for Brian Nathan’s talk on “A Short His­tory of Jewish Food”, which in­cluded the fact that fish and chips were orig­i­nally of Jewish ori­gin. A do­na­tion was made to the Melissa Nathan Foun­da­tion. Formed over 30 years ago, the group meets in mem­bers’ homes.


THE NEW Som­er­set Jewish So­cial and Cul­tural group goes from strength to strength un­der the lead­er­ship of founder Leonard Daniels and co-or­di­na­tor Jane Warner, both of Taun­ton. Meet­ings are held in mem­bers’ homes, at­tract­ing up­wards of 30 peo­ple from across the county. Mrs Warner said get­to­geth­ers “in­volve nosh, talks on Jewish top­ics and so­cial­is­ing. A fair num­ber thought they were the county’s only Jews and so have been sur­prised at how many come along to the


COS­GROVE CARE has halved the price of its two-hour work­shops to £10. Adult out­reach ser­vices man­ager Gil­lian Green­law said: “While £20 is an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of what it costs to pro­vide the work­shops, we de­cided to re­duce their cost so as to open them up to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.” Work­shop sub­jects in­clude drama, mu­sic, yoga, com­puter train­ing, art and creative writ­ing.


THE FED has won a bid from Bury Coun­cil to hold weekly three­hour art classes with their in-house art ther­a­pist, Alex Mazurek. The classes, named the Re­mem­ber Me Project, be­gin on April 30 and are de­signed for peo­ple with de­men­tia and the over 65s, and will fo­cus on en­cour­ag­ing at­ten­dees to in­ter­pret their life story through artis­tic ex­pres­sion and cre­ate a life-his­tory book­let.

MANCH­ESTER Fed chief ex­ec­u­tive Karen Phillips ( cen­tre) was pre­sented with a cheque for £2,000 by Heather Baron and Heather Patoff. The two Heathers raised the funds for the Fed’s Project Smile at a bridge and brunch at Dun­ham For­est golf club for 70 peo­ple


MANCH­ESTER Lionel Levine ( left) com­pleted the cap­tain’s drive-in when he be­came White­field Golf Club’s new cap­tain. He is pic­tured with out­go­ing cap­tain David Bal­lan. The club cel­e­brates its 80th an­niver­sary this year

BRIGHTON Adam and Joshua Fir­sht ran in the Mini Mile of the Brighton Marathon on Sun­day rais­ing £45 for Nor­wood

RED­BRIDGE Pupils at Il­ford Jewish Pri­mary School were vis­ited by a lo­cal vet who spoke to the chil­dren about ba­sic an­i­mal care

LEEDS Val Mo­gen­dorff, Andy In­gleby and Dolf Mo­gen­dorff with do­nated win­ter cloth­ing for com­mu­ni­ties in East­ern Europe as part of World Jewish Re­lief’s Op­er­a­tion Win­ter Sur­vival

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