Karen Ross has been in touch with details of this Sunday’s sponsored walk and festival in aid of the wonderful Rosie’s Helping Hands Charity. I’m sure readers know the story of how the charity started, and now in the twelfth year, this event raises a whole lot of cash for local good causes and proves that good things really can come from tragedy.
As well as the walks, there are events for all from 12:30pm this Sunday at the old Aldridge Airfield site off Bosty Lane. There will be loads of stuff to do and live music right up until 4pm.
Please pop along and help this great local cause. I love the idea of a Bike Creche for cyclists – nice to see so many local events now so welcoming to cyclists.
Best wishes to Karen and Sean, and best foot forward to all walking. Looks like being a cracking day.
A couple of weeks ago you kindly asked if I would send you details of the helicopter on Aldridge Airfield as part of Rosie’s Walk on 21st July.
I have now jumped through all the hoops required to get council approval that indeed a helicopter can land on the airfield and be a static display!
So please find attached the details of the event to use as you wish.
There will also be a bike crèche for people arriving on 2 wheels. This is being supplied by Owen Howard of Keep On Riding who will also do free cycle safety checks on the day.
Many thanks for your help.
Rosie’s Helping Hands
Reg Charity No 1097278
Tel: 01922 456398
Walking for Rosie
Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the 12th annual Rosie’s Charity walk and Festival being held on Sunday 21st July at Aldridge Old Airport off Bosty Lane from Noon.
The day starts at 10.45am with Aldridge churches open air worship, followed by the walks opening at Noon and entertainment from 12.30pm.
Walkers have a choice of either a 3 mile route which includes countryside and the towpath along the Rushall canal. Walkers can take an well-earned rest at the Longhorn Pub with a Barbeque on the patio. A shorter one mile walk around Hay Head Wood is suitable for pushchairs. Last entries for the walks is 1.30pm on the day. All walkers receive a medal, certificate and free hot or cold drink.
Non walkers are encouraged to attend the festivities on site including circus skills, pony rides, traditional games, craft activities, fun fair, stalls, light refreshments, and West Midlands Police Cyber Bus kitted out with computer games.
Live music will take place throughout the afternoon till 4pm, which will include local bands Enticement, Vintage cabaret act The Pin ups and Indie band Modern Minds. A talent show featuring young acts from Aldridge Youth Theatre – Aldridge Has Talent, will also be performing. Special guest Cliff As If, Will Chandler will make an appearance around 1.30pm as Cliff Richard.
Karen Ross said ‘ This event is not only for people who remember Rosie and wish to celebrate her life, but for anyone who would like to support the work we do. We make it a very happy and enjoyable event for everyone, just as Rosie would have wished. Money raised enables Rosie’s charity to help various local children and young people’s causes with equipment and items they need in order to provide important services and activities for the youngsters.’
‘The theme for this year is Summer Holiday so we have organised activities to reflect this. We are very excited to have a static display of a helicopter which we hope will be popular with children and adults alike, as they will be able to climb aboard for photos and meet the Pilot Kevin Horobin.’
‘A children’s Mystery Tour will take place on site which involves special Passports for children to collect stickers from various attractions in order to receive a stick of rock. We have received great support from local businesses with people having stalls at the event, giving generous donations to the raffle and tombola, as well as sponsoring the event. We are very fortunate to have volunteers from local Air Cadets, Scouts and Army Cadets to marshal the walks and car park as they have done in previous years. It’s all shaping up to be a great day and we hope lots of people will come along. We just need the weather to be kind to complete the summer holiday theme.’
The event is the largest fundraiser organised by the charity Rosie’s Helping Hands, which was set up by parents of 16 year old Rosie Ross who was fatally stabbed in an random attack in Birmingham in 2001.
Entry to event is by sponsorship or donation. Sponsor Forms and information about the charity walk can be found on the website at www.rosieshelpinghands.org or telephone 01922 456398.