Neighbours rally round for fun and charity in Worcester

Bal Phagura, of Nexus Housing, with Angie Smith and Angie’s 8-year-old grandson, Oliver Smith



Tuesday, ?23 September 2014 

Residents of a Worcester community have come together for a sponsored walk and to stage a special fundraising day to raise more than £2,800 for charity.

Locals from the Blackpole area were inspired to raise money for Cancer Research UK after losing four of their neighbours to cancer in recent times. Following the success of their charity walk from Worcester to Malvern and back, in July, which raised £1,500, the community put on a fun day and evening earlier this month at the nearby Archdales 73 Club, on Windermere Drive.

The super Saturday saw food stalls, face painting and lots of games, including a raffle and tombola, followed by an evening charity auction, complete with karaoke and disco. Further fundraisers are already being lined up, including a children’s Christmas party and a coffee & cake morning.

Local resident Angie Smith, who lost her husband Baz to cancer last year, has been a major force in the Blackpole fundraising drive: She said: “It was great to have such strong support from the local community; everyone has really got behind the fundraising efforts.

"Lots of residents came down to join in the fun; even the local fire and police services paid us a visit as well as Mayor Alan Amos. It was a great day in aid of a great cause.”

Angie and her friends and family, including daughters Naomi and Leah and three grandsons, were supported in organising the charity walk and fundraising day by Bal Phagura, Housing Officer with Nexus Housing, which manages properties in the Blackpole area. Bal also completed the sponsored walk, along with his Nexus colleague Steve Richardson, caretaker at nearby Chalverton Court, who raised £500 (a third of the total and the highest individual contribution).

“There was a real buzz around the community both for the fundraising day and on the walk, which was great because you could see everyone coming together, looking out for their neighbours and really wanting to do something to raise funds, having some fun along the way,” said Bal.

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