Fundraisers, volunteers and the people of Kidsgrove have been busy raising lots of money for charity today. The Macmillan Cancer support event is held in the UK each year raising thousands of pounds for the charity to support people in need.
Firstly I visited Linda Blunt at her home. She baked hundreds of cakes and treats for friends, family and passersby and opened her home for the day. Linda who works at the local Tesco is well known for her charity work and always makes a real difference to people’s lives. Keep those cakes baking Linda and we will keep coming back! I am hoping to have Linda officially recognised in the near future for her dedication to charity work.
After my first visit feeling rather full, my next stop was the Parson’s family home. I was faced with even more glorious baking and cakes were bursting out of the room. After having a good catch up with John and Janet I had ago of guess the amount of coffee beans in the jar. One thing I would like to say is how proud I am of Ruth. Ruth Parsons was diagnosed with Leukaemia this year but instead of sitting at home feeling sorry for herself she’s taken the bull by its horns and raised hundreds of pounds for charity. What an inspiration she really is doing so much for a good cause. Best wishes, Kyle Robinson.
On Thursday 16th May I was elected Mayor of Kidsgrove for 2013/2014 at Kidsgrove Town Councils Mayor making ceremony. I am hugely honoured to accept the position and will do my very best.
My incoming Mayor’s address:
I am hugely honoured in accepting the position of Kidsgrove Town Mayor for a second term. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received from the people of Kidsgrove over the last few years. A great deal of what I do wouldn’t have been possible without them. We have a very special Town and when our community joins together as one, we become a force to be reckoned with.
I would like to thank Gill Burnett for her valuable contribution to the Town in her year as Mayor. Gill did a great job in ensuring that Kidsgrove’s Jubilee celebrations, organised for the benefit and enjoyment of people from many different backgrounds, ran smoothly and without complication. Her fundraising endeavours for the Alzheimer’s disease charity have inspired those more fortunate to do a little bit more for those who are in need. Thank you Gill.
Things have changed significantly over the past twelve months at the Town Council. Together we have pushed forward our modernisation programme. This has made us more accessible to the public. We have integrated into the Kidsgrove Customer Service Centre making services more easily accessible. Our new state of the art office offers a wide range of customer service facilities that we could have only dreamt of in the past. We are putting Kidsgrove first!
Kidsgrove’s Youth Parliament has gone from strength to strength. The parliament was officially opened by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow back in 2012. The young people have now put together a project to fund new flower beds at the junction of Liverpool road and Gloucester Road for the enjoyment of everyone in the town. We have so many passionate young people in our community and we should be really proud of them. I’m looking forward to co-ordinating and working with the youth parliament with the aim of maintaining its continued success.
I will now discuss what I would like achieve in the year ahead, for both the town and the people of Kidsgrove. I have put together some pledges that I believe are achievable for Kidsgrove over the next 12 months.
Firstly, I pledge to obtain a defibrillator, through sponsorship, for every primary and secondary school in Kidsgrove. I recently unveiled a Defibrillator at a Kidsgrove Lads and Dads event with Julie Bostock. Julie’s son Liam Wood died on the football pitch after celebrating a goal and suffering from a severe seizure. His memory lives on through all of the fundraising we will do over this year. These life saving pieces of equipment should be in every School building to avoid unnecessary fatalities of both children and adults. Now that I have been appointed Mayor, I intend to meet with representatives of national campaign groups to lobby the government to introduce and implement legislation to make it mandatory for all schools to have a defibrillator on site. We must never allow finance to take priority over someone’s life.
Secondly I am launching a Town Council campaign to crack down on dog fouling in all our wards. Working collaboratively with officers of Newcastle Borough Council, together we are creating a project that will encourage dog owners to take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets. We will be going door to door to ask dog owners to sign up to the project and promise to work with us to make our streets cleaner. More will be revealed in the coming months but we are positive the Town Council can make a difference on important issues that matter to local people.
Finally I turn to my charity of the year. As Deputy Mayor, earlier this year, I was invited to attend a moving memorial service where I was given the opportunity to speak with parents who had lost their children in child birth. How these people cope in these difficult circumstances is beyond comprehension. However, there are dedicated charities and caring, peer support networks out there that can help. Therefore my charity for the year will be Staffordshire Sands. Working with the charity, members of the Town Council and the wider community we are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for this worthy and woefully underfunded cause, to make counselling and support easier to access for bereaved parents. I would like to read a short quote from the charity: “An angel in the book of life wrote down a baby’s birth. She then whispered as she closed the book “too beautiful for the earth”.
To finish I want you to know that I firmly believe Kidsgrove is the Jewel in the crown of the Borough.
That includes Newchapel, Ravenscliffe, Butt Lane, Talke and Talke Pits.
Let’s make our town more inclusive for the young and old. Let’s bang the drums and shout out loud we are here and we have so much to offer.
The Potteries Guinea Pig Rescue is a small, caring rescue based in Kidsgrove. The rescue is run by Helen Chadwick & Claire Love with the help of a team of volunteers and foster carers.
Rescue leader Helen Chadwick said:
“Our aim is to take in neglected and mistreated Guinea Pigs and find them loving forever homes through our caring adoption process.
We offer free advice to owners and often have lovely Guinea Pigs available for adoption. We rely on public donations to fund our work and have always been very grateful for the support and promotion we have received from Kyle and local councillors. Over the course of a year we attend various events to fundraise and promote our rescue, our favourite event each year is the Kidsgrove Victorian Fair in December, this year was our most successful and we rose over £250. This was to help pay vet bills and run the rescue during the winter period.
If you are interested in adoption or just finding out more about our rescue then please visit our brilliant web site www.thepotteriesguineapigrescue.co.uk. We are also looking for fundraising events to attend this year, so if you know of one who would welcome our stall and Guinea Pig road show then please get in touch.”
You can also contact Helen on 07510492009