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keyfuels_xmas_2013With the generous help of Key Fuels based in Walsall, young patients at Birmingham City Hospital Children's Ward and A&E department all received Christmas presents. Rosie's charity also donated lots of art and craft material to the Children's Ward to help the Play Specialists organise supervised art and craft activities for young patients during their stay. and
Babies and children on the Heart Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital received presents at Christmas through support we gave to a local charity Young At Heart. Young at Heart is a registered charity offering help and support to families of babies and children diagnosed with heart defects. All these children and their families have spent many weeks/months in hospital undergoing major heart surgery. Some children have had numerous operations throughout their short lives. Sadly, some do not survive and for others their only hope is a heart transplant.
Rosie's Helping Hands has pledged support to Sandwell Hospital children's ward who are planning to create an outdoor space adjacent to the ward, suitable for young patients to use. The space will be transformed to provide a fun and relaxing environment to help make the children's stay in hospital more pleasant, as well as providing families visiting children with a safe and comfortable environment to relax in. Rosie’s Helping Hands will provide the new area with large toys such as slides and a playhouse, along with outdoor bean bags, mirrors and water table. The new area is planned to open in Spring/Summer 2014.
Kidz Club run by French Squared provide a short break for Walsall parents with a disabled child and support children and young people with a programme of tailored fun activities centred around each child's individual needs whilst working towards goals set by the child and their family. The sessions require 20 volunteers who are students on education or therapy related degree courses. Rosie’s Helping Hands has helped towards the next short break being held in February 2014 at the Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton.
Smaller donations include; Midland Freewheelers for a coolbox to transport breast milk to premature babies in local hospitals, Thomas Project in supporting a young person in education and an electronic learning device for a small child with special needs. Donation of games consoles and games to Clayhanger Youth and Children's Clubs.
Kids in Community Radio Station –
A donation to KicFM has enabled them to purchase equipment for students at the new KIC Academy at Walsall Studio School. Young trainee DJ’s from KicFm have joined us a few times at Rosie’s Walk & Festival, so it’s a real pleasure to be able to help them in return.

KicFm is a charity which has been broadcasting to a worldwide audience and training the youth of the Black Country in radio production for the past fifteen years.

Over the past 15 years of broadcasting and training KIC fm is proud to have trained over 6,000 volunteers, of which 300 have progressed on to broadcast media positions, including Phil McGarvey who produces Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2, Steve Hermon Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBC West Midlands, David Sault Producer at Free Radio, Jamie Powis Head of Digital Engagement at Free Radio and Kenneth Mach Head of Digital Engagement at Capital and Heart.

The first students aged 16 to 19 years old have joined the KIC Academy in September 2013. The curriculum focuses on qualifications in business and social enterprise as well as digital technologies, broadcast media and live events.

Backed by a range of local and regional businesses and media professionals alike, students of the new academy will benefit from mentoring and coaching from a diverse range of professionals from many different sectors.

For more info – Call the Vine Trust/Studio School – 01922 621951 or email Rob at
Creating outdoor space for Sandwell Hospital Children’s Ward
Sandwell Hospital Children’s Ward are
Sandwell Hospital Chidren's Ward photoplanning to create an outdoor space
adjacent to the ward, suitable for young
patients to use. The space will be
transformed to provide a fun and relaxing
environment to help make the children’s
stay in hospital more pleasant, as well as
providing families visiting children with a
safe and comfortable environment to
relax in. Rosie’s Helping Hands will
provide the new area with large toys such
as slidesand a playhouse, along with
outdoor bean bags, mirrors and water table.
The new areais planned to open in Spring 2014.

The Swing logoThe Swing – Children’s Bereavement Support Service
Based in Walsall Town Centre The Swing works with
bereaved children and young people from the age of 3
years upwards and also offers support to their families.
Rosie’s Helping Hands has supported The Swing for a
number of years and shall continue to do so in order that as
many children and young people benefit from the wonderful support The Swing offers them at a real time of real need.

To give you some idea of numbers of children and young
people in need of this service in the Walsall area, over the
past 12 months 534 children/young people took part in one to one counselling sessions, 93 received Family Therapy Support and 81 took part in workshops and other activities.

For more information visit their website here

Young at Heart
Young at Heart is a charitable support group helping families with children who have heart defects. Working closely with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Heart Unit, the group help parents as their babies and children undergo major heart surgery. Rosie’s Helping Hands has provided funds to Young At Heart to ensure young patients at the Birmingham Heart Unit receive a gift this Christmas.
Midland Free Wheelers are a group of motorcycling enthusiasts and volunteers who provide a free Emergency out-of-hours courier service for NHS Hospitals and Trusts in the West Midlands. As part of their service they deliver breast milk for premature babies in local hospitals. Rosie’s Helping Hands has bought a cool box that controls the temperature of the breast milk whilst being transported.
Kids Adventure - We are delighted to once again support Kids Adventure a project run by students at the University of Birmingham. The grant will help fund a two week long, non-residential respite break for 16 severely vulnerable young people aged 7 to 11 years old. Volunteers from the University of Birmingham will devote their time to one to one volunteering with a child to raise aspirations, self-esteem and provide positive role models for the young people. The activities will include rock climbing, swimming, clay modelling, games and trips to local attractions such as the Think Tank Science Museum and Drayton Manor theme park.
Langley Special SchoolLangley Special School in Sutton
Coldfield received a donation for new
sensory toys for their sensory room
along with a new cupboard for the children
to store the toys in. The Sensory room is
used each day by the children attending
Langley School and is frequently used by
outside community groups for children with
special needs. Karen and Sean visited the
school where delighted children thanked
them for the toys.
Under 5’s from Home- Start will be enjoying a rare trip out with their families to a working farm during the summer holidays thanks to a donation from Rosie’s Helping Hands for transport and entrance fees. The children will also get to enjoy a picnic and art activities. Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of Home-Start support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.
Smaller donations have recently been given to Sea Cadets Training Band, Aldridge Scouts, and Clayhanger Youth and Children’s clubs.
Clayhanger Community Centre. We are delighted to report that residents in Clayhanger have now got their own community centre. This is entirely due to the tireless work by a team of local residents. The youth and children’s club have now moved to the new premises and Rosie’s Helping Hands will continue to support the work of these groups, providing a safe and structured environment for the young people of Clayhanger to meet.
Trainees at Forward 4 Work - We are delighted to once again provide a donation to the Trainees at Forward 4 Work based in Birmingham. The donation enables young trainees with disabilities to buy travel passes, pay course fees and buy special equipment they may need to secure employment or training.

The Swing - We are proud to continue to offer financial assistance to the wonderful work of Walsall Charity the Swing. The Swing offers free counselling and support to children and young people following the death of a close relative or friend. The donation from Rosie’s Helping Hands helps with providing free workshops, resources and services to help youngsters through the most difficult and saddest of times.
Click here for the WBSS web site

St Thomas’ Playgroup Garden Project in Aldridge received a donation to provide a canopy structure along with white and mirror boards. The garden is being used daily by many children at the Playgroup and other groups that use the church facilities. By adding these items, together with general maintenance work, the garden will provide a safe, exciting and interesting space for sometime to come.

Walsall Police Amateur Boxing ClubWalsall Police Amateur Boxing Club recently opened on
the Maybrook Industrial Estate, in Walsall Wood. A dedicated
team of volunteers have worked hard to raise the funds to
provide young people with a Boxing Club and sports facility,
not only to encourage them to participate in a range of sport, including dance classes, Boxercise, and circuit training, but
also provide the opportunity for young people to gain further education qualifications related to health and fitness.

The aim of the new club is to keep young people off the street
and channel their energy in a positive way within a structured
and disciplined environment. Police Officer, Alan Poole, is one
of the founders of the new club and says

‘Speaking with youth clubs, schools, youth offender teams and charities have shown a demand for this facility, especially as the site of the club has been an anti-social behavior hot spot. The club will encourage its users to support and help each other to achieve their goals and dreams, as well as promote and develop an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.’

A grant from Rosie’s Helping Hands has helped to buy sports equipment. Whilst backing from various organizations and businesses, including West Midlands Police and the Co-operative Society, has ensured the Club is now fully open and functional. For further details or if you’d like to join please contact head coach Shaun Hargreaves on 07846 288393 or Alan Poole on 07757 359339.

A donation has been pledged to West Bromwich Air Cadet Squadron to help with the cost of replacing their much used minibus. The cadets need to raise £10k to buy the new bus which enables them to take part in activities such as flying, camping and volunteering at community events, such as Rosie’s Walk! The Squadron would appreciate any fundraising, sponsorship or donations to help them reach their target. Please contact the Squadron here for more details.
Children Hospital Wards Christmas Toy
Children Hospital Wards Christmas Toy CollectionCollection.
With the help of staff at Barhale
Construction in Walsall and Ernst & Young
Birmingham Office, a good collection of toys were collected and handed over to children at
Sandwell and City hospitals at the beginning
of December. Play Specialists at the hospitals
provided us with a list of toys they needed for
young patients on their wards and admitted to
A&E over Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who donated a gift,
they were all very much appreciated by the
young patients.
Several smaller grants have been made so far during 2012 including a laptop for Rage Arts based in Wolverhampton, equipment for a disabled child to enable him to make full use of his new buggy and a donation to Aldridge Scout Group for their wonderful help with Rosie’s Walk.
Sandwell Hospital receive Xbox from Rosie's Helping HandsTeenage patients at Sandwell Hospital Adolescent Ward received an Xbox Kinect and some games following their request. The ward is in the process of updating to make the environment more in keeping for teenagers rather than a ward for children or adults.  The ward were delighted with the new Xbox and looking forward to trying out the sports games with the Kinect. Pictured are Karen & Sean with a young patient and John Morris the Play Specialist at Sandwell Hospital.

Kids Adventure have received help for the 2nd year of for their fantastic project run during school holidays.  In the words of their fundraiser ‘ We are a student-led project run through the Guild of Students at the University of Birmingham and provide relief weeks to disadvantaged 7-11 year old children across the Birmingham area. We have been running since 1994 and work closely with social services to offer support to the children who need it the most. Essentially, we run activity weeks based around fun and educational experiences - including a campus day at the University of Birmingham - giving the children a break from their difficult circumstances, a chance to develop the social and interactional skills that many of them sadly lack, and hopefully build some level of educational aspiration.’

Sutton Local received a donation to purchase editing equipment that will be used for their Young Peoples Community Film Making Projects which are being carried out at various primary schools in the Sutton Coldfield area. The Project involves the children expressing their views through interviewing and filming local people, organisations, and  councillors. The Project also promotes aspects of the Curriculum such as English, Maths, Art and Citizenship.
A children's group in Stonnall received funding for art and craft materials which will be used to make creative decorations for the community celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
A selection of Sensory toys has been donated for use at a Walsall respite home for children and young people with disabilities. The toys are all very tactile and chosen by members of staff specifically for the needs of the children that enjoy short stays at the home.
Molly at SandwellComputer for Children’s  Ward
We were delighted to hand over the Dell
Streak computer to Play Specialist John
Morris at Sandwell Hospital Children’s
Ward. The hand held computer will be
programmed to help young patients
overcome anxieties whilst waiting surgery
as well as being used as a ‘distraction
whilst undergoing treatment. The computer
will also provide information about recovery
and healthy lifestyle tips.

Charity of the Year:  Birmingham Children’s Hospital Heart Appeal.
Heart Appeal DonationWe choose this charity to give a
donation to from some of the proceeds
from Rosie’s 10th Charity Walk & Festival
as well as continuing our support  for the vital work undertaken by  local charities
and voluntary groups working with children and young people.  Through the support of
Rosie’s Walk we are pleased to have given
£2000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Heart Appeal to help towards equipping
the new cardiac theatre.


Rosie's Helping Hands, 3 Tenbury Close, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8LH
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