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Our first Charity as the newly formed MAD Friends was Acorns Children’s Hospice, a cause that really tugged on all our heart strings following our first visit to the Walsall hospice at the beginning of our fundraising year. The care offered to life limited and life threatened children, young people and their families was precious and relies so much on the generosity of the public. The children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our campaign was overwhelmingly supported by friends, associates and local businesses in the area with our sell out event of 150 guests generating £14,000 for the hospice. There were few dry eyes in the house when hospice spokesperson, Dan, described to the audience just how much our efforts meant to the children and families that Acorns support.

Deciding which charities to nominate next was not obvious as we felt extremely attached to Acorns. This decision was sadly made for us when Amanda’s mother was given the very sad news that the cancer that she had been battling with for years had got the better of her. Although not a local charity, we felt in the light of the sad situation we must choose Macmillan Cancer Support in appreciation of the care given to Amanda’s mother. This awful condition seems to affect almost everyone in one way or another so it was no surprise that once again the generosity was vast. This campaign generated £10,900.

A conscious decision was made to ensure that the next campaign put us back on track to become involved with a charity on a very local level. Sutton Coldfield Special Olympics approached Julia and after considering a number of causes we decided that their work with youths and young adults with disabilities really needed our support. The £9,800 raised went towards buying new kit for the members, days out and to enable some members to compete in the National Special Olympics in 2010. Our commitment was acknowledged by Kevin Stableford of SCSO with the following quote, “We have greatly enjoyed working with MAD Friends and truly amazed with the amount raised. Their tireless energy and enthusiasm together with a professional approach and attention to detail was very impressive. The money raised will make a tremendous difference.”

For our 2010/2011 campaign we were drawn towards Midlands Air Ambulance who touched the hearts of our supporters, old and new. This was due to the magnitude of the assistance provided within the local area during that period, in addition to it being such a significant life saving service. Our total of £19,000 far exceeded our expectations for this campaign.

A new challenge arose for the 2011/2012 campaign with our decision to raise funds for a mix of two well deserving charities, both supporting our overseas and homecoming injured troops. The combination of our beneficiaries Troop Aid and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Military Patients Fund evoked magnificent conviction from our supporters raising £13,100 in total.

For 2013 we focused our energies on the extremely worthwhile cause “Teenage Cancer Trust” who have specialised units for young people with cancer. The three sites in Birmingham situated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Royal Orthopaedic Hospital benefited from the best ever fundraising campaign which raised a staggering £21,160 in total.

2014 brought a new challenge with the decision to ‘do something for our men’ whilst also once again concentrating our campaign on a very local level. The Cancer Support Centre based in Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield was our chosen beneficiary with the £5,716 raised being utilised to support male cancer sufferers.

For 2015 the group have chosen to support another local charity – the Norman Laud Association. This charity provides short break services for children and young adults with special needs and support services for their families. A variety of events from a Ball to a disco and cricket match a huge total  of £15,105 was raised.  During this year, 2 of our supporters Ian and Neil cycled from London to Paris and raised an amazing £3621 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Well Done!!

In 2016 we were drawn again to Sutton Cancer Support Centre at the request of  one of our supporters.  We held a variety of smaller events from cake bakes to cricket matches and three of our younger supporters Craig, Alex and Jess braved the Birmingham half marathon and raised £740.01 – Well Done!! A total of £2280.01 was raised.

At the beginning of our fundraising year in 2017 we held a cricket match for Parkinson’s raising £810.  We are now focusing our fund raising efforts on supporting our MAD friend Sharon for Queen Elizabeth hospital who need a portable CT scanner.

A very successful quiz was held in 2018 raising £1010 for the portable CT scanner at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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