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Charity challengers

Posted on July 31 2017 at 2:36:42


Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Oakalls residents Kerry and David Walker have helped to raise more than £8,000 for charities by completing the National Three Peaks challenge. 

The couple were part of an 11-strong team (above left), including nine of Kerry’s work colleagues from Quattro Pensions in Redditch, who climbed Snowdon in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1345m) during a 28-hour period.

Kerry and Dave, of Royal Worcester Crescent, had never taken part in anything like this before, but wanted to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Breast Cancer Now, Macular Society and Parkinson’s UK – four long-term degenerative disorders which have affected members of their family and work colleagues.

They received incredible support from their employers: Quattro Pensions covered the cost of a mini van, food supplies and all fuel; while Bondeye Optical in Warwick (where Dave works) helped with accommodation costs and donated £2,000 to the fund.

This meant the team only had to fund equipment themselves so most of the money raised could be donated directly to the charities. At the time of going to press they had a raised £8,500.

You can still make a donation at or

Meanwhile, a resident of Mountserrat Road is getting ready to take part in a charity trek to Everest Base Camp this September, to raise money for The Children’s Society.

Amy Barlow (above right), a former South Bromsgrove High School student, has just completed her third year at Plymouth University, studying English Literature.

As a member of the University’s Raise and Give Society, 23-year-old Amy was given the opportunity to sign up for the 11-day trek, along with seven other students.

She previously completed a Kilimanjaro trek in her first year, raising £3,010 for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Amy’s passion for fundraising led her to take on the role of a student leader for the Everest trek and she has been responsible for motivating and advising the other team members towards their fundraising goals.

Her own efforts have included various bucket collections as well as a “Mega-Raid” organised by The Children’s Society across tube stations in London.

She took part in Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon in April this year, which not only helped her raise further funds but provided excellent physical training in preparation for the trek.

If you would like to support Amy you can make a donation by visiting:

The Children’s Society helps young people aged 10-18 years who are disadvantaged by poverty and neglect. They provide direct support work and campaign for change for those in need and at risk. To find out more, visit



Year 2 children at Finstall First School enjoyed a special dressing-up day as part of their topic about medieval life. They learned about castles and knights, medieval food, clothes, jobs and dances.

The highlight of the topic was a Medieval Banquet day, when the youngsters enjoyed a medieval feast, sampling foods typical of the time such as vegetable stew.

There was a tournament on the school field which involved jousting practice (running a foam “lance” through a row of hoops), juggling, hoopla and hobby-horse racing. Children also had a chance to design their own shields. 

Seven-year old Theo said: “I loved playing the medieval games on the field. It was a really fun day at school.”

Esme, also aged seven, said: “I thought it was fun and I liked dressing up.  I liked learning about castles and knights.”

Pictured: Theo, Phoebe, Adam, Euwan, Alfie, Zach, Fraser, Lucy, Erin and Esme.

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