VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK
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.
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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
HARPENDEN Jewish Group