A Woodbourne Year Thank you so much for all you have done to help us support local Charities and Organisations in 2017
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January The Wrap Up Brum campaign began in 2016 after I noticed the terrible plight that our City’s homeless face as the winter draws in. I decided, “I must do something!”. After much thought, the campaign was created. We set up the office as a collection point and asked individuals, schools and businesses to donate coats, scarves, hats and any other winter clothes. My original aim was to collect 200 items of clothing. The local community really pulled together and we received exceptional support. With help from Blue Coat School, we received items suitable for children, and we even received toys and games. We would also like to thank St Martin’s Church, St George’s Church, Frametec customers and the Edgbaston and Harborne community for all of their generous donations. The response we received was truly heartwarming. Over 800 items were collected and donated to Sifa Fireside, The Salvation Army and St Chad’s Sanctuary. We plan to continue with Wrap Up Brum for years to come and we are happy to receive or collect items.
Blue Coat School Collection
Saturday 4th February was World Cancer Day, where the nation united in the fight against cancer. Millions of people joined in the #ActOfUnity by donating and wearing unity bands. We celebrated the occasion at the first ever Birmingham Beats Cancer Dinner. The night was organised by The Birmingham Business Committee to highlight, celebrate and raise funds for the brilliant work Cancer Research UK (CRUK) carries out right here in Birmingham; last year over £8 million was spent on research carried out in the city, being described as “some of the UK’s best scientific and clinical research”. With guest speakers and raffle prizes - including a wheelbarrow of booze donated by Tyndallwoods - the evening generated over £13,000, adding to the £102,000 already raised by the Committee. This incredible total has helped support the cost of research, allowing survival rates to double in the past 40 years. CRUK aims for that to increase to 3 in 4 survivors within the next 20 years. “I am proud to be Birmingham’s Ambassador for Cancer Research. Let’s help CRUK Beat Cancer Sooner and continue fundraising and donating for such an important cause.”
March Annual Snowdrop Memorial Service Every year we hold a service in which we plant snowdrops in memory of those we have lost. Our Snowdrop Memorial Garden provides a lasting memory for those dear to us. After the depths of winter- when Snowdrops first appear it reminds us that the hope and warmth of spring is not far away. Despite the rainy weather the snowdrops were planted and readings read aloud, with a kite being planted in memory of the babies and children of Edwardâ€™s Trust.
In the UK alone, Red Nose Day funds more than 2,000 projects, addressing issues from homelessness and mental health, to dementia and vulnerable young people. Over the globe their services stretch and since last Red Nose Day money raised has helped 11.7 million people across Africa. Fundraising for Red Nose Day is a fun and easy way to support a range of life-changing projects and it is something that we have been getting involved in for several years. On Friday 24th March the nation got involved in a variety of activities to help raise money and here at Tyndallwoods we held a bake sale and tried our luck at the Red Nose Day sweepstake posters- we raised money all while having fun! A total of over ÂŁ73,000,000 was raised this year and Red Nose Day have decided to focus on five issuesimmunisation, mental health, education, domestic violence and fighting malaria. The money raised by the public will make a huge difference to so many lives across the UK and Africa.
April Pat Barker retired from the Tyndallwoods team after 43 years of dedicated service. Pat has been a stalwart member of the team and has seen countless changes. Pat started her career with Tyndallwoods on 11 April 1973 where she joined the firm as a receptionist and telephonist. Pat since worked her way through a number of roles including looking after deeds, credit control, assisting both Ken Dyer and later on Judy in the Private Client team. During her time, Pat arranged numerous office moves including Nettleton House, West Bromwich, Saltley, China Town, Corporation Street, Calthorpe Road and finally to Woodbourne. Pat, you are much missed. Thank you for your hard work over so many years.
May Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is an independent adult hospice providing care to people across Birmingham and Sandwell. Caring for around 1,200 people a year, the Hospice helps and supports families and loved ones, no matter how young or old, throughout the patient’s illness and after bereavement, for as long as necessary. People may be admitted to Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice’s inpatient unit for respite, symptom management or end of life care. Hospice care is free of charge to all patients and relatives. This spring, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice created a beautiful installation of forget-me-not flowers in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. Individual wrought iron forget me nots made by the British Ironwork Centre were planted in a stunning floral display at Brindleyplace, with each flower being a symbol of someone’s special person who is no longer with us. I bought flowers in memory of my Mum and Dad. Due to the huge demand of people looking to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost, all of the forget me not flowers in the display were dedicated. Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign. Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice currently needs to raise £8 million annually to fund this vital care and every penny donated really will make a difference to the lives of local families living with terminal illness.
June Judy was delighted to be chosen as one of eleven solicitors whose image was used in the Law Societyâ€™s summer brand campaign taking her photograph across the UK. â€œIt was a pleasure to receive tweets, emails and phone calls from friends and contacts who had seen her image on buses and at railway stations throughout the country.â€? The Law Society is the independent professional body for solicitors in England & Wales. The Society exists to represent, promote and support all solicitors, so they in turn can help their clients. The aim of the campaign is to encourage people to use a solicitor for their legal problems such as buying a home, getting divorced or making a Will. Judy has often said that, if she had a problem with her tooth, she would go to a dentist; if she had a problem with her electricity, she would call an electrician. Therefore, for legal problems, use a solicitor. Judy is very proud of the work undertaken by Tyndallwoods to support clients.
July Each year we host a Summer Garden Party. This year, we held our Garden Party in support of Edward’s Trust Bereavement Charity, celebrating the launch of the book ‘Benny’s Hat’. It was a happy occasion and we were pleased to host 30 children from Edward’s Trust who participated in an illustrator’s workshop and a crafts workshop. We enjoyed local produce - a barbecue from Roger Brown, cheese from Vee’s Delicatessen, samosas from Desi Sweet Centre, cakes by Diana’s Bakes and drinks from Majestic.
Following the positive response of Wrap Up Brum we are supporting the work of Suited for Success. Research has suggested it takes just 9 seconds for a potential employer to make up their mind about a job applicant- first impressions are vital. Therefore, how a person presents themselves can have a huge effect on their success in a job interview and applicants are expected to dress suitably when attending an interview. This can be difficult for people who have been out of work for some time and unable to afford such attire. Suited for Success was created by a group of young professionals who were united by their desire to make a positive impact in the city. They receive donations of new or gently worn suits and pass them onto those who are ready to face an interview with confidence and make that great first impression. We were pleased to collect suits, items of clothing, scarves and jewellery for that all important interview. They were delivered to the Suited for Success office in Hockley and gratefully received. The work of this charity has helped so many individuals to regain self confidence and help them back into employment. To find out more information on how to donate please visit www.suitedforsuccess.co.uk
On Friday 29 of September, twins Sarah and Vicki brought together Tyndallwoods biggest Macmillan coffee morning ever, with many donations of cupcakes galore. Star bakers included Sarah for her Cherry Bakewell and Pam for her chocolate corn flake cakes. We were delighted that together we raised over ÂŁ310 to support the work of Macmillan Cancer Care. Macmillan aims to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same. They wish to ensure support can be provided to the 2.5 million people living with cancer and those effected by cancer.
October 1 in 1000 children in the UK are affected by arthritis. The disease can be very mild, but on occasions it can affect every aspect of a childâ€™s life and health. While some children will grow out of the disease this is not the case for everyone and there is currently no cure. Kids Like Us is a local charity supporting children and families affected by juvenile arthritis in the West Midlands. The charity started in 1992 when a group of staff from the Birmingham Childrenâ€™s Hospital wanted to raise money to take some of their patients away for a weekend of independence. In 1998 they became a registered charity with an aim to raise funds to help sufferers and increase awareness so that children are diagnosed quickly and families can find help and support. Arthritis is one of the most common physically disabling diseases in children and adolescents and yet many of us think it only affects older adults. Kids Like Us want to raise awareness so that no one feels like they are on their own. Judy was pleased to meet with the trustees of the charity, to support their fundraising and promote their work in the local press.
Children in Need is one of the biggest yearly fundraising events organised by the BBC and the money donated is used to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. They currently support around 2,400 projects working with children who face a range of disadvantages including poverty and deprivation; disabled youth and children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. Tyndallwoods has taken part in Children in Need every year since it began in 1980. To this date we have raised over ÂŁ36,000. This year we raised money for Children in Need with our Spotacular Quiz, Colouring in Competition and cake sale.
December Although Judy left the University of Birmingham many years ago she is proud to maintain a strong connection with the amazing work undertaken on campus. She believes it is important that we ensure that young people are given the opportunity to grow, allowing them to utilise their knowledge to enhance our community. The University’s ‘Change 10,000 Lives’ appeal is the first university appeal in the UK to count the number of lives changed rather than the amount of money raised. Launched at the end of 2017, the appeal is about extending opportunities to thousands of young people, to raise aspirations in 11– 25 year olds, develop confident and employable students and support young alumni as they start life after university. Judy was pleased to attend the campus launch of ‘Give. Volunteer. Change 10,000 Lives’ in the Elgar Concert Hall and was then able to speak to Donovan, a present day medical student, who benefits from a scholarship and mentoring support. Judy met her first mentee in November 2017 and it has been a joy to see him grow in confidence and take up the introductions that she have been able to arrange for him. She looks forward to seeing the scheme develop and benefit many young people.
The HeadsTogether campaign was set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to raise awareness on mental heath. The campaign wanted to make sure that stigma no longer prevented people from getting the help they need. Judy was very moved by the commitment of the young Royals to their campaign. One aspect of this which clearly affected the Princes was the tragic and untimely death of their mother, Princess Diana, and Prince Harry has spoken about how he has had counselling to help him deal with the death.
Counselling is vital for people suffering the loss of a loved one and in 1993 Princess Diana honoured Edward’s Trust by opening Sunrise- a counselling and support service for all those affected by the death of a child. Edward’s Trust is a Birmingham charity that aims to offer holistic bereavement care to both children and adults who are suffering grief. Judy has been honoured to have worked with the charity for over 30 years and to be a Patron. In December we raised money for Edward’s Trust by inviting clients to celebrate the life of a loved one by dedicating a Light on our Tree of Light. The names of everyone for whom a light is dedicated is recorded in a “Book of Lights” to be kept at the office during the month of December.
We are so fortunate to work at Tyndallwoods. The years of study are undoubtedly worth it. We have careers that interest us and that we enjoy. We try very hard to give a high quality service and to make a difference to our clients. We are also privileged to be able to give our support to local charities and organisations and are eternally grateful to clients and friends who in turn support us. What about 2018? Edwardâ€™s Trust Birmingham St Maryâ€™s Hospice Wrap Up Brum continues Children in Need December Tree of Light Apart from that, time will tell ...
As another year comes to an end, we reflect on the events of 2017.