Category Archives: Charity

Concert to Help Prevent Blindness

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Charity Concert to raise funds for fighting blindness research.

A charity concert is to be held at Kidsgrove Victoria Hall to raise money for research into an inherited disease of the eye, that can cause progressive blindness. Dimitri, the 1 year old son of operatic singer Denise (Leigh) and accordionist Stefan Andrusyschyn, both blind,has inherited the gene that can cause this disease and if there is no cure by the time Dimitri is in his teens, he may start to lose his sight.

The concert will feature:

  • Denise (Leigh) and husband Stefan Andrusyschyn. In 2001 Denise was winner of the TV reality show, ‘Operatunity’, and since then has become an internationally renowned singer having sung at the Beijing Paralympics, the London Paralympics closing ceremony and for royalty at St James’s Palace. Stefan is a popular musician who plays piano and accordion, both solo and as accompanist to Denise and others.
  • The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir. Based in Cheadle, this choir has a reputation for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and for providing a varied and regularly updated repertoire. The Choir is as likely to re-create the music of Matt Munro, The Hollies, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Westlife and Les Miserables as it is to sing opera, spirituals or a love song in Maori or Welsh.
  • The North Staffs Accordion Band. The band is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and it plays throughout North Staffordshire and East Cheshire. Their new musical director has introduced several newpieces and the band was delighted with a high placing at the 2014 Newcastle Festival for Music, Speech and Drama.
  • Phil Eardley will be “master of ceremonies”. Phil is a graduate of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters and is a member of the Magic Circle.

Kidsgrove Town Hall is situated on the main A50, just above the central Kidsgrove traffic lights, and the parking area is behind the building. The bar will be open from 7 p.m. on the night.

Tickets, at £5, are available from Steve Hughes 01782 787935 (or text 07939362294)

 RP stands for Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease of the retina that results in the progressive loss of sight and blindness and in the UK it is estimated that some 25,000 families are affected. Currently there is no available cure or treatment.

 All the money that we generate from the concert will be donated to ‘RP Fighting Blindness’ – registered charity number 271729 – who fund research into a cure for this disease.

 The charitywas founded in 1975 by Lynda Cantor MBE, following her own diagnosis of RP. She was concerned with the lack of knowledge about the disease in the medical profession as well as the limited support for patients. This charity is entirely funded by voluntary donations and it supports seven research projects.

Kidsgrove Cycling for Sands


Kidsgrove Mayor Councillor Kyle Robinson cycles for charity.

Over the weekend Kidsgrove Town Mayor Kyle Robinson, Councillors and fundraisers cycled for Staffordshire SANDS at Biddulph High School.  Everyone taking part cycled hundreds of miles in an hour.  Biddulph Town Mayor Mrs Deaville also took to the cycling machines to raise money for her own charity.  It’s good to see Bidduplh Rotary Club supporting Kidsgrove and its people with joint events like this. 

Staffordshire Sands are a local support group who can offer emotional support and practical help if your baby has died during pregnancy, at birth or shortly afterwards.Sands three main aims are: 1.Support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.
2.Improving Care: Information for professionals caring for bereaved families.
3.Prevention and Research: Working to reduce stillbirths and neonatal deaths.

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A weekend of Kidsgrove Christmas


Cllr Kyle Robinson with the winners of the evening. The young people of Kidsgrove had so much talent and performed like real stars.

This weekend has been a magical one with lots going on in the world of Kidsgrove.  Friday night I was invited to present awards to The Performance Studio Dance Group.  Children from Kidsgrove and Stoke performed at Goldenhill Working Men’s Club.  A lot of the dancing including hip hop was truly magnificent and the talent that shone from the dance floor took my breath away.  Many parents came and spoke to me about how impressed they were with the dance group and how they felt groups like this had given their children more confidence to be who they are.  I even got the chance to do Gangham Style with the kids showing me the moves!

Caroline Sherratt, the group organiser said: “Tonight has gone really well and as you can see the babies and young people are so happy to be taking part.  I am really proud of what they have all achieved and we hope to continue for years to come”.


Deputy Mayor Kyle Robinson picks out lucky winner Wayne Buttery.

Saturday Morning was another busy start with Wakefield and Giles Raffle draw.  The estate agents based in Kidsgrove Town Centre were offering customers a chance to win £2000 in legal fees cover.  I was asked to draw the name from the tombola and the winner was Mr Wayne Buttery of Newchapel Road.  Mr Buttery was so pleased that he and his family would get this early Christmas present.  I applaud Wakefield and Giles for putting on this fantastic competition for local people to take part in.  This is local business working with the community and it would be good to see more Kidsgrove businesses offering similar incentives.


Santa aka John Light raising money in Kidsgrove Town Centre for the Rotary Club charities.

On my weekend travels around Kidsgrove it was good to see Santa Clause aka John Light in Kidsgrove Town Centre raising money for the Rotary club.  Every year the Rotary club send Santa and volunteers around our local streets to collect money for worthy causes and charities.  Kidsgrove residents are always very generous and give huge sums each year.

And finally on Saturday afternoon I attended a service of remembrance at St Mark’s Church as part of Staffordshire Sands Charity.  I was really touched by the service and it was moving to see parents who have lost their babies to have the chance to remember them and light a candle.

‘An Angel Opened The Book Of Life To Record A Baby’s Birth And Whispered As She Closed The Book, Too Beautiful For Earth’

Christmas is always special in Kidsgrove no matter how unfortunate our circumstances.