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Bucket Collection at Walsall FC vs Coventry City FC

A big Thank You to all those at Walsall FC Official for enabling us to hold a recent Bucket Collection at The Banks’s Stadium.
The Collection raised a fantastic £407.59 in support of our work with parents and families, living locally, who have lost a baby to Stillbirth, Neonatal Death or to a Medical Termination.
Thank you to all those Saddlers and Coventry City fans who very kindly and generously donated in support of our work.

Guy Salmon Jaguar Land Rover give up time for #localcharitiesday

Staff from Guy Salmon Jaguar Land Rover gave up their time for #localcharitiesday on Friday 14 December 2018 to help us make Memory Boxes for bereaved parents and their families.  General Sales Manager, Matt Welch and his team have been fantastic supporters of The Lily Mae Foundation for the last 3 years.  They have provided main sponsorship for our Golf Day and Dinner Dance as well as providing the lead car for The Balsall Common Fun Run 2017.

A huge thank you to the following staff members.

Richard Curtis
Karen Renstead
Liam Hayward
Daniel Turner
Chan Singh
Seannie Bromell
Harry Nottage
Adam James
Matthew Welch

B & M Waste Services truck pull 2018

Family-run waste management business, B&M Waste Services continue to demonstrate their commitment to the communities they service with their latest initiative; the Annual Charity Truck Pull. The first winners of this innovative new challenge was Team ‘Wirral 2’ who have won a donation to their depot’s charity, The Hive On-Side Youth Zone.

With teams of 8 made up of B&M staff from each depot, the challenge was to pull a famous B&M Waste REL truck – weighing a whopping 14.7 tonnes – 20m in distance. The team to do it the fastest time secured a £500 donation for their depot’s charity, £400 for second place, £300 for third place and £250 to each of the other teams’ charities for their efforts. On behalf of The Hive, Team Wirral 2 managed to complete the feat in just 15.73 seconds.

With B&M Waste depots across the country, the charities were varied but all focused on supporting children and young adults in some way:

Team Wirral 1 supported Claire House Children’s Hospice and secured second place with a time of 17.37 seconds. Jessica Campbell, Partnerships Manager for the hospice, said: “B&M Waste’s charity truck pull was an amazing idea; we loved cheering on our Claire House team and we think they did an incredible job! We absolutely love our partnership with B&M Waste, and we are so grateful for their ongoing support. The number of children coming to Claire House has risen by 84% in the past 6 years and we are getting to the point where we risk having to turn families away. Funds raised from truck pull will help Claire House reach every child and their family who needs hospice care and support”.

Team Leeds took on the challenge for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and came third with a time of 17.62 seconds. Ellie Brown, Fundraising Manager for the Leeds-based charity commented; “It was such a pleasure to be included in the B&M Waste Truck Pull event. Such a fun and different event – what a great idea! It was great to see the team get stuck in and I was impressed by how quickly the Leeds team managed to pull such a massive truck!! Thank you so much for your continued support of Children’s Heart Surgery Fund – your support enables us to continue supporting hearts for life”

Team Birmingham took part on behalf of The Lily Mae Foundation, pulling the truck in 19.66 seconds. Founder and Managing Director for the charity, Ryan Jackson, said; “It was a privilege to be able to attend the truck pull in Birmingham. The team were brilliant and are really helping to raise awareness of The Lily Mae Foundation and the work we do with Bereaved Parents and Families following a Stillbirth, Neonatal Death or Termination for medical reasons.”

Team Manchester was lucky with two teams backing Childhood Tumour Trust, the first time was 21.14 seconds and the second coming in at 21.81 . 8 year old Jacob, the charity’s mascot and sufferer of NF1 – the condition the charity aims to provide support for to children and families – was given a special medal for supporting his team. He said “It was ace! I loved sitting in the truck and cheering for my team. I love my medal – it’s the first one that I have ever got”.

And finally, Adam Mellor, CEO of The Hive said: “The Hive are absolutely delighted to be crowned the winners of the inaugural B&M Waste Truck Pull Challenge. The backing that we have received from B&M Waste since the Hive opened last year has been nothing short of phenomenal, the company have believed in us from the start and without them we wouldn’t have been able to support so many vulnerable young people in our communities. Their initial generous funding has been extended to allow us to open an incredible sensory room, and we are so grateful for this vital resource, which allows us to integrate users with additional needs into life at The Hive. The way that every single member of the B&M Waste team has got behind The Hive has been truly humbling, and this win really is the icing on the cake. Thank you so much to everybody involved in this fantastic event!”

Managing Director for B&M Waste, Neil Curtis, said; “The Charity Truck Pull is a fun and innovative way to raise money for all of the charities that B&M Waste supports. I’m really proud of all the teams for getting involved – it’s no easy feat! And congratulations to Team Wirral 2 on their victory for The Hive!”

Take a look at a video of the winning team hitting the 20m mark here!

7 year old Zak completes Triathlon in Memory of his sister, Annabelle

What an amazing lad!!  We would like to say a huge well done to 7 year old Zak Spittle who has raised a massive £2,087.50 in memory of his baby sister, Annabelle.

Here is Zak’s story!!

Hi, I’m Zak and I am 7 years old. In September 2017, my little sister Annabelle was born asleep. Since then, we have had a lot of support from the Lily Mae Foundation. This year, to mark Annabelle’s first birthday, I am attempting my own personal triathlon to raise money for this amazing charity. I will be swimming 5 lengths of my local pool (125 metres), then cycling to our local National Trust house and back (just over 7 miles), and then running 3 laps of the local park, which Daddy says is about 1.3 miles. If you would like to sponsor me, I would be extremely grateful. Thank you. Love from Zak.

Update from Daddy: “Zak did it! He even found the energy for a lap of honour of the park. We are all so proud of him and grateful to everyone who supported and sponsored him. Thank you!”

Rick’s “20 in 20”

During April, Rick Turner will be climbing Wainwright’s 20 favourite lakeland mountains in 20 consecutive days (or less).

The total height of these mountains is nearly twice the height of Everest!

Rick has been inspired to do so by his Great Nephew, Ben Linney, who lived his life in a day and Ben’s wonderful parents Chris and Katherine!

Follow the link to the JustGiving page to read Rick’s story, thank you in advance for your donations.

Golf Day and Dinner Dance

9th Golf Day and Dinner Dance is a RECORD BREAKER – £20K!!

On Friday 13 April 2018, The Lily Mae Foundation hosted their ninth Annual Charity Golf Day and Evening Dinner Dance in association with Guy Salmon Land Rover, Coventry and FBM Metals at the Belfry Hotel and Resort.  This prestigious fundraising event has grown in size and popularity since its inception in 2010

This years event was a record breaking year with 35 Golf Teams (140 golfers) taking part in the golf competition and a further 130 evening guests helping to make the event our best yet!!

Following weeks of inclement weather in the lead up to the event the golf competition was played in very difficult conditions.  All golfers attended and played in great spirits and we would like to say a huge thank you to all golfers who made the competition the closest contest we have ever had.

Following the golf competition all golfers and evening guests enjoyed a record breaking evening, helping to raise a staggering £20,000!!  This huge sum of money will help us to continue with our provision of Memory Boxes (approx. 250) to hospital within the Midlands to support Parents and their Families following the loss of a baby.

A huge thank you to all of our guests, sponsors, photographer, auction, raffle and prize donators for making the event one to remember!! We are looking forward to our 10th Golf Day and Dinner Dance in 2019!!

To view images from the event please click here

Mayor of Alcester Civic Dinner

On Friday 23 March 2018, Ryan and Amy attended the Mayor of Alcester Civic Dinner to talk about The Lily Mae Foundation and the work undertaken in the local area. Yvette Morrison; Mayor of Alcester kindly chose The Lily Mae Foundation as one of her two charity’s for her term in office.

The evening offered a chance to speak to other Mayors in the local area and their dignitaries, further spreading awareness of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.

Ryan and Amy were honoured to be invited to the civic dinner to talk about The Lily Mae Foundation and would like to thank Yvette Morrison for choosing The Lily Mae Foundation as one of her charities.  The conversations they held with a number of guests on the evening were very positive and heart warming.

Aston Villa FC Foundation Community Award

Ryan & Amy Scoop Aston Villa FC Foundation’s Community Most Valuable Player Award

The inaugural recipients of the Aston Villa Foundation’s Community Most Valuable Player award were recognised at the weekend game against Burton Albion.

Our ten selected Community MVPs, who raise funds for charity, give up their time to help disadvantaged groups and put the needs of others before their own, enjoyed a special day at Villa Park.

The group were presented with trophies pitchside before watching Villa’s 3-2 victory from a hospitality box donated by club partner Hisense.

A number of our worthy winners, who were selected as part of the club’s Supporting Our Own initiative, also met fan favourite Jack Grealish and manager Steve Bruce after the game.

Nominations came flooding in from around the Midlands after the club invited fans to put forward their community champions – the unsung heroes who positively impact the lives of others.

Meet our Community MVPs

1] Moin Younis is a familiar face to Villa fans after his charitable exploits led to him winning Teenager of Courage at last year’s Pride of Britain Awards.

An ambassador for Acorns Children’s Hospice, the 18-year-old continues to work closely with the Foundation and within the local community to positively impact lives despite suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic skin disorder.

2] Birmingham’s homeless community has received invaluable support from Kerry Lenihan and the social action project which she founded in 2016.

‘Operation Drawstring’ and its team of volunteers put together bags of essential and luxury items before distributing them across the city.

3] Mohammed Farid was nominated by those who have benefitted from his mixed martial arts classes and community outreach programmes at Impact Fitness Academy in Moseley.

Labelled as a ‘pillar’ of his local community, Mohammed aims to build discipline and self-confidence within every one of his students.

4] After losing her 21-year-old daughter in a road traffic accident in January 2017, Novlet Nicholson founded The Demi Trust.

Fulfilling her child’s charitable wishes, the Trust offers emotional, financial and legal support to university-bound students from low income families.

5] Imran Younas earned himself a nomination for Community MVP via his work with young people in schools and colleges across Birmingham.

A Lead Mentor with social enterprise Volunteer It Yourself, Imran has helped hundreds of people achieve qualifications and develop new skills.

6] For the last three years, Adam Lewis has devoted his spare time to Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak, providing care and support to young people.

Adam has also hosted football tournaments, a film show, and a Local Legends Night to raise vital funds for the hospice.

7] Despite suffering from her own health problems, Sally Gutteridge teamed up with Your Trust Charity to raise funds for patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham hospitals.

The mum-of-two raised over £2,500 last year and currently provides wellbeing packs to cancer patients.

8] Samantha Vaughn has championed the needs of fellow disabled tenants through her role on the Perry Barr Housing Liaison Board.

Samantha, who suffers from viral meningitis, has battled to improve the living conditions for disabled people in her local area.

9 + 10] Amy and Ryan Jackson vowed to help families in the West Midlands who have lost a child due to stillbirth after their own tragic experience in 2010. 

Named after their daughter, The Lily Mae Foundation provides support to bereaved parents while assisting with research to reduce the incidences of stillbirth. 

B&M Waste no time in Supporting The Lily Mae Foundation

The Lily Mae Foundation are thrilled to be associated with B&M Waste Services, who have generously chosen us to be their Charity of the Year for 2018. B&M have initially donated £3000 which is to be used towards our new Baby Loss Support Service, Memory Boxes and our Charity Golf Day 2018.   B&M will be actively helping the Foundation throughout the year with multiple charity events.

Neil Curtis, Managing Director, B&M Waste Services said “The work undertaken by the Lily Mae Foundation is of vital importance and we’re hugely proud to support them. As our nominated charity in Birmingham, we’re excited to work closely together and raise critical funds for such a worthwhile cause.”

We look forward to working with B&M on fundraising opportunities throughout 2018.