LAST year the members of the Shirley Ladies’ Circle decided to make local charity St Basil’s their charity of the year and set about an ambitious campaign of fundraising.
Their endeavours saw them take part in Solihull Carnival with a float, a tea tent and a book stall, despite pouring rain. At Christmas they organised a carol singing tour of the streets of Solihull, despite freezing conditions, and a hardy group of them also participated in the St Basil’s Big SleepOut.
Out-going chairperson Sharon Pick recently handed over a cheque for £5,555 as a result of their endeavours. It was presented to the new head of fundraising at St Basil’s, Lucy Hackett.
Sharon also provides a homeopath service at the St Basil’s mother and baby project in Acocks Green.
She said: “I’ve worked with the young people of St Basil’s for some years now and I’m extremely impressed by the way this charity goes about its business so for me, as chairperson of the SLC, it was an easy choice when asked to nominate a charity of the year.
“And I have been delighted by the support every member of the group has given this year to raise such a large sum of money.”
Some of the members expressed an interest in carrying on their support for St Basil’s and signed up for the St Basil’s Walk 2010 on June 5.
St Basil’s works at preventing homelessless among young people in Solihull and Birmingham.
To find out more about Shirley Ladies’ Circle visit www.shirleyladiescirle.co.uk.