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Here are a few people who have raised money for us in other ways:-

10 year olds Lacey Smith and Natasha Blundell have raised £275 between them.

Natasha very kindly donated her prize of £100 from a singing contest to Rosie’s charity. Natasha won the competition, held in Brocton near Stafford, by singing
Leona Lewis’s A Moment Like This.

Lacey Smith collected sponsorship of £175 for remaining silent for 2 hours whilst in school, Lacey said she found the break time the most difficult to stay silent! Both girls are pupils at Jerome Primary School in Norton Canes.

Fantastic acts of kindness – thank you both.

St Thomas’s Church in Aldridge kindly donated £220 from their 40th anniversary celebrations at the end of September 2009 to Rosie’s charity.

Teenager Jessica Smith for her Duke of Edinburgh Award organised a Cream Tea Afternoon at her home near Stafford in June 2009 for the local community. Jessica raised a very impressive £477 from the afternoon. Thank you to Jessica and all her volunteers who helped to make the afternoon so successful.

Aldridge School raised £928 during 2008/9 school year through various fundraising events; non uniform day, car wash, dance festival and teacher Mrs Hodgkins running the London Marathon. It’s very touching to have the continued support of Rosie’s school.

July 2009 Midshires Building Society staff raised £704 through their dress down day. Huge thanks to all who contributed and to Mark Rix for nominating Rosie’s charity.

Thank you to the people involved with the following fundraising events in support of Rosie’s Charity:-

Walsall Pensions Office
Orbik Electronics in Aldridge
Aldridge Masonic Hall
Jerome School, Norton Canes
Sue, Dave, Rob & Sharon for their Quiz Night
Aldridge School
Greenacres Model Flying Club
Lynne Lewis for taking part in Birmingham 1st half marathon
Moore Than Nails, Aldridge
Walsall College
Horse & Jockey Public House Walsall Wood

Chris Hartley has raised £371 by taking part in the Bath Half Marathon and Cannon Hill Park 5k fun run both held in 2008. Well done Chris and thank you to your generous sponsors.

Bobbies on Bikes (June 2008)
Police Officers along with friends from
Aldridge, used their pedal power to raise
money for Rosie’s charity. Cycling from
Whitehaven on the west coast to Sunderland
on the east coast a total of 135 demanding miles over the weekend of 14th & 15th June. They all completed the challenge over the weekend and returned nursing sore bottoms and legs but very pleased with themselves!
To see the photos please click here

Canon Hill Park Fun Run Thank you to the 5 runners who took part in the 5km Fun Run at Cannon Hill Park your participation was very much appreciated.

2005/6 - Aldridge & Brownhills Housing Group so far they have raised £940.00 plus £1615.00 which
Jim Morris raised whilst up in the crane for 72 hours, with other events planned throughout the year.

2004/5 The Red Lion Public House, Station Road, Aldridge. They have so far raised £762.00 with help from the Bowman Public House, Aldridge.

2004 - The Police Federation of England and Wales Sports and Social Club. They raised £1211.00 for the charity through various fundraising events.

Laboni Restaurant in Aldridge who specializes in contemporary Eastern Cuisine held a charity night to celebrate their first year of opening. They very kindly chose Rosie's Helping Hands to benefit. The evening raised £2,291.35 a fantastic amount, we would like to thank everyone who attended the fully booked evening and to the staff of Laboni who worked extremely hard to ensure the evening was so successful and enjoyable. (August 2003)

Aldridge Running Club held a marathon raffle for Rosie's Walk they raised £500.00. Our thanks go everyone at the running club for their kindness, generosity and support and especially to Jan Griffiths the promoter for all her hard work in obtaining fabulous raffle prizes from local shops and businesses. (May 2003)

Aldridge School, where Rosie was a student, raise lots of money for us through various activities, one of the things they have done is collect loose change throughout the year they have set a target of £1,000 they reached in 2005. Well done and a big thank you to all the students, staff and parents for their kind generosity.

Aldridge School created a small garden in memory of Rosie which is located near the entrance to the school by the head teacher's office.
The school raised money by having a non-uniform day and other fundraising events. The garden is a place for quiet time, which is well used by students and staff. Two Rosemary shrubs are planted either side of the stone which is inscribed 'Rosie enriched our school. Loved and missed.' (April 2002)

Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks, Students in Year 7 held a competition to see who could raise the most money by filling Smartie tubes with 20p pieces in return for doing errands at home. The students raised an amazing amount of over £800.00 Congratulations and thank you!!! (2004)

Sponsored Crawl. Our thanks go to a group of Rosie's friends who decided to set themselves a challenge; who would reach a location in Walsall Town Centre first: A group hitch-hiking from Oxford (approx 70 miles away) or someone crawling on all fours from Aldridge (approx 3 miles away). Between them they raised over £200.00. The group from Oxford won by about an hour, but the hero of the challenge was James Treadwell who crawled the whole 3 miles with blisters the size of his shredded knee pads! We DO NOT recommend you try this yourself. (May 2004)

Staff at City Hospital in Birmingham held a fundraising 'Rosie Day' on Friday 8th April 2005; this would have been Rosie's 20th birthday. Staff and visitors were invited to make donations in return for Rosie logo stickers over £1,000 was raised from the day. Thank you to everyone who gave a donation this money will go towards buying Walsall Manor Hospital a portable Ultrasound Scanner for the A&E department. Special thanks go to Paul Scott for all his help in organising the day and to Karen Mitchell for the continuous sale of charity wristbands

in the Attic - Frank Byrne found some material in his attic and came up with the idea of making some cuddly toys with the help of his wife Chris who made all the toys, to raffle off for Rosie's Charity. The Cedar Tree Public house got behind the fundraising and held a charity Darts Match and Football Match, together they raised over £1,000. Thank you Frank, Chris and all the Regulars at the Cedar Tree Pub. (Jan 2005) Frank - For Rosie's Walk 2005 Frank walked from Aldridge to Lichfield and returning from Lichfield to Aldridge Airfield to join in the entertainment on site. A total of 16 miles raising £500.00 for the charity. (May 2005)

Leapfrog Challenge - Jon Bignell and James Treadwell completed the Leap frogathon
successfully. They leapfrogged constantly from Aldridge Town Centre to Walsall Arboretum a distance of 3 miles in three and a half hours.
All the official paperwork has been sent to the Guinness Book of Records for verification that a record has been achieved. They hope to raise
around £500.00 for the charity. (May 2005)

(photo courtesy of Express & Star)

For Charity or Sanity?
- Jim Morris decided to raise money for Rosie's Charity by spending 72 hours 80 foot up in the air in a cherry picker at the Poachers Pocket
Pub in Walsall Wood. Jim also wanted to do something in memory of his Uncle who raised over £250,000 during his lifetime doing various stunts for charity and thought this would be similar to the stunt his Uncle did a few years ago when he spent several weeks in a barrel high above the ground. Jim's stunt began on Friday 27th May until Monday 30th May, he had lots of company over the weekend with live bands performing at the Walsall Woodstock which is held at the Poachers Pocket each year over the Bank Holiday weekend. Jim has so far raised £1600 for the charity. (May 2005)

Santa Appeal: Bill Wakefield raised nearly £3,000 by asking schools and libraries in the borough of Walsall to donate to his Santa Appeal. During December Bill became Father Christmas whilst carrying out his duties also collected donations. Our thanks to Bill for all his hard work and for his help with Rosie’s Walk 2006. A huge thanks to all the schools and libraries which gave so generously to the Santa Appeal.
Chris Hartley recently took part in the Tamworth 10K Run 2007. This was Chris’s first attempt at a fun run he raised £460.00 for Rosie’s charity and completed the course in good time. Well Done Chris – London Marathon next?

St Mary’s Football Club in Aldridge played a sponsored Dawn til Dusk match. They were raising money for Rosie’s charity and also to sponsor one of their team members on an overseas volunteering opportunity to help build a village. They raised a terrific £2146.25 – thank you to everyone who took part and generously supported the Match, including Barclays Bank who match funded £750 raised by one of their members of staff.

Seven members of Staff from Aldridge & Brownhills Housing Trust took part in the Three Peaks Challenge in August 2006. The challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales all within in 24 hours. The Team from WHG managed to achieve this in 21 hours and 56 minutes rising just over £1,000. The money was spread across local charities, we were delighted to be one of them and received £365.00.


Rosie's Helping Hands, 3 Tenbury Close, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8LH
Registered Charity Number: 1097278
Website designed by Dean Staples and authored by Karen and Sean Ross (Rosie’s parents)