Have a heart

Did you hear Phil talking to Lucy Millard a couple of weeks ago about a major new fundraising campaign that’s just been launched by one of the best known – and best loved – charities based here in Newark?

If you missed it, don’t worry – her colleague Katherine Wright will be on the phone next weekend, this time to June on Girls Around Town, explaining just how you can keep Beaumond House in your heart…

As part of the campaign, Kat and the team will be working hard over the coming months to fill the hospice garden with little blue hearts.

Made by potter Karen Chesney of Norwell, they’ll be mounted on steel stems and put on display in the garden. Each heart will carry the name of the loved one being remembered, just like the one in the picture of four-year old Evie above, dedicated to the hospice’s former director John Oldham.

Their aim is to have 1,000 hearts in the garden by the autumn, after which they can be collected by the donors to keep, and the first orders have already started to arrive.

Make sure you’re tuned to 107.8FM or listening online from just after 11.10am next Sunday to find out how the campaign will help Beaumond House continue to care for more than 550 patients and their families every year…

And how you can support them in their work if you have a heart dedicated to the memory of someone special in your life.

Photograph by Claire Andrews, Little Posy Photography

One donation, twice the impact!

If you were listening to last Sunday’s show, you’ll have heard Christine Daniels talking about REACH Learning Disability‘s new project, Flower Pod Newark

Something else she mentioned during her phone call to June was The Big Give Christmas Challenge, an annual fundraiser which this year runs from midday on Tuesday 1 December to midday on Tuesday 8 December.

Make a donation between these two dates and and whatever you give will be doubled – what a great way to help a local charity, don’t you think?

The team at REACH is hoping to raise £20,000 during the seven day appeal, which will then be doubled to £40,000 and go towards its My Place Online project, providing online learning and social activities to people with learning disabilities and their family carers in Nottinghamshire.

Your donation, however small, will help them reach that goal and get them on the way to supplying this valuable support to their clients.

Find out how to do it through The Big Give Christmas Challenge here

But don’t forget – you need to do it between those two dates in order for your donation to be doubled!

Pick of the pets

Do you have a dog that bears an uncanny resemblance to you? A cute cat maybe or a pet with a penchant for fancy dress?

Then Reach Learning Disability wants to hear from you and, more importantly, wants to see your photographs of them…

The Nottinghamshire charity is hosting its first ever Virtual Pet and Wildlife Show and inviting entries in seven different categories

  • Pet that looks most like its owner
  • Best action shot (pet or wildlife)
  • Best fancy dress
  • Funny photo (pet or wildlife)
  • Cutest animal (pet or wildlife)
  • Best wildlife shot
  • In loving memory (a non-competitive category)

All photos must be your own, created by you and not by a professional – no Photoshopping please! – and must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 5 June.

They’ll be uploaded to the charity’s Facebook page on Monday 8 June, when voting will begin. The winner in each category will be the one with the most ‘likes’ and the results will be announced on Tuesday 16 June.

You’ll pay just £2 per entry into each class and all funds raised will go towards helping Reach support people with disabilities across the county.

For full details of the competition and information on how to pay for your entries, click here – then start digging into your photo archives or get out your camera to capture what could be a winning shot!