CORONAVIRUS: Warwick charity needs you now more than ever

CORONAVIRUS: Warwick charity needs you now more than ever

THE founder of a Warwick charity for children with terminal and life-threatening illnesses is appealing for donations following the cancellation of planned fundraising events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is estimated more than £50,000 in proceeds will be lost to the charity which has still vowed to continue its work behind the scenes granting wishes for when lockdown is over.

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Molly Ollerenshaw just a few weeks before she passed away, aged eight.

Events wiped off on the charity’s calendar for the next three months include the Kenilworth Rugby Club Charity Lunch and Molly Olly Raceday at Warwick Race Races in March; an Easter egg collection for hospitalised children in April; a fundraising ball in Worcester in May, and a charity golf day in Wythall in June as well as lost proceeds from London Marathon runners on April 26th and Velo cyclists on June 21st.

Molly Olly’s Wishes was established in 2011 following the death of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw’s eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

The charity works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional wellbeing as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

Having gained its charity status in 2012, the charity has so far helped more than 2,000 children from newborn to age 18 by granting individual wishes. They may take the form of equipment to help a child live day to day with their condition; an alternative therapy treatment to complement traditional medicine, or even a special occasion or day out.

Mascot of the charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.

Rachel Ollerenshaw and Olly The Brave and one of the Olly the Brave series of books.

There are now three books in the series, all written and illustrated by local author Diane Maybey. The first two were Highly Commended by the British Medical Association at the 2017 Patient Information Awards, and the third instalment, published last year, helps children who struggle after treatment to return to a ‘normal’ life.

Part of more than £2m raised by the charity to date, has also been used to fund the first Molly Olly consultant in paediatric medicine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Some 30 children a week in the UK are given a cancer diagnosis, and more are told that they have a life-threatening or terminal illness in one form or another. Many of these, especially those diagnosed with leukaemia will be under five years old.

Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw.

Rachel Ollerenshaw said: “Like everyone, Molly Olly’s Wishes is feeling the effects of the isolation due to the Coronavirus. For us the key thing is being able to support children and their families who faced challenging circumstances before the outbreak due to a serious illness and are now extremely vulnerable.

“Many fundraising events have been cancelled that provide the Charity with much-needed funds at a time when additional help for these individuals would be welcomed and help to alleviate some of the emotional and financial stress.

“We continue to grant wishes although supply of some items has been more difficult and our usual Easter Egg donations to children across the region that has been supported by local companies has been unable to go ahead. They may seem small things but these gestures mean a lot, particularly at a time of great uncertainty.

“We are looking at increased ways to help. These are worrying times, we need to pull together, support the most vulnerable. If everyone reading this made a small donation if could make a big difference.”

Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk or contact Rachel on 07747 854914.

Read Molly’s story here

CORONAVIRUS: Restaurateur launches emergency Care Packages in response to virus

CORONAVIRUS: Restaurateur launches emergency Care Packages in response to virus

AS WELL as pledging to continue serving his customers during the Coronavirus lockdown, an award-winning restaurateur has gone one step further to help.

Alex Clayton, who owns Spanish restaurants Flamenco and Tasca Dali in Warwick, is launching Care Packages, including cleaning and food shopping services.

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Alex Clayton outside Flamenco in West Street.

While available to everyone, the new pick and mix-style packages have been designed to particularly support the elderly and vulnerable who are being asked by the government to self-isolate for three months.

From Monday, food can be ordered by all customers direct from the restaurant as well as through Uber Eats – with free delivery in Warwick.

But vulnerable members of society can also take advantage of weekly cleans being organised by Alex, as well as a free grocery shopping delivery.

An additional 10% discount is being offered on any orders for the Over 70s and for NHS staff (with ID).

Alex said: “As a local business that provides amazing food and service to those who live nearby, we want to give back as much as we can to people in these trying times and for that reason we are now offering a full delivery service so people can still enjoy our food from home.

“We are trying to adapt in a complex environment and help those loyal customers who have supported us over the years.”

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Alex Clayton at Tasca Dali in High Street.

Alex is also quick to reassure people that strict hygiene measures have been implemented at both Flamenco in West Street and Tasca Dali in High Street.

“In this time when there is much worry about the effects of COVID19, I would just like to reassure everyone that at Flame’nCo and Tasca Dali, we follow a strict cleaning regime disinfecting all tables before and after use as well as all cutlery, glassware and plates. We go above and beyond current WHO guidelines.”

He added: “In addition, many of our tables in Tasca have copper tops which have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The air in our restaurants is filtered via a UV recirculation filter which is the same technology as that used in hospitals. We also have reduced the maximum capacity of the restaurant by 50% so that there is plenty of space between diners.

“I am personally here to look after you. We have been here now seven years, were awarded Best Spanish Restaurant of The Year and I do hope, with your support, we shall be here another seven years at least!”

Flamenco, Tasca Dali, Alex Clayton, Warwick, Coronavirus
Paella is among the favourite dishes included on the new fast track takeaway menu.

In a further measure to try and sustain business, customers are being encouraged to support the restaurants by buying gift vouchers. As an incentive, a 10% discount is also being offered on all vouchers purchased until April 30th.

Visit: https://flamencowarwick.com and www.tascadali.com for further information. Visit https://flamencowarwick.com/uber-eats-menu for the takeaway menu. Visit: https://www.tascadali.com/takeaway-homecare for the Care Package and visit: https://flamencowarwick.com/covid19 for full Covid-19 for full hygiene statement.

Official WHO (World Health Organisation) guidance on Coronavirus is available at: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Spring into action to support Sport Relief 2020

Spring into action to support Sport Relief 2020

WHEN it comes to a fundraising opportunity, staff at a trampoline park in Warwick are always keen to spring into action – but this time they need your help!

Visitors to Jump In, in Hermes Close, will need to have a real spring in their step when they link up with fundraisers at the company’s nine trampoline parks across the country to take part in a sponsored national 24-hour Jumpathon relay.

 

Jumpers of all ages are invited to join in the jump session in aid of Sports Relief, between 9am-12pm on Saturday, March 14th.

The full relay will kick off at 9am on Friday, 13th March at Jump In Elstree and continue through the sites at Enfield, Tonbridge, Camberley, Slough, then, on Saturday, 14th, at Warwick, Edinburgh, Shrewsbury and concluding at Aberdeen at 6-8pm.

Fun-filled attractions on the day will include face painting and a host of other surprises.

Schools and groups are being particularly encouraged to get behind the fundraising initiative.

Sammy Burgess, Regional Manager for Jump In Warwick, said: “Is your school all ready for Sport Relief? If not we have a great offer for you. With Sport Relief only two weeks away we wanted to help get as many children active as we can. We know here at Jump In an active mind is a learning mind. That’s why we have a very special slots, from Monday 9th March to Thursday 12th March between 1.30pm-3.30pm, that we are giving to schools for only £3 per pupil across all of our sites.

“Join us for an hour of school challenges, from a dodgeball tournament, to a superhero battle beam, and much more.”

Email: hello@gojumpin.com to register an interest. Further details are available at: https://www.gojumpin.com/news/sport-relief-jumaptahon-2020

Each site will also be hosting a group sleepover event on both nights with some proceeds going straight to Sport Relief.

Jump In, Sport Relief, Warwick

Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Further information is available at: www.sportrelief.com

Jump to it for Sports Relief

Jump to it for Sports Relief

WHEN it comes to a fundraising opportunity, staff at a trampoline park in Warwick are always keen to jump into action – but this time they need your help!

Visitors to Jump In, in Hermes Close, will need to have a real spring in their step when they link up with fundraisers at the company’s nine trampoline parks across the country to take part in a sponsored national 24-hour Jumpathon relay.

Jump In Warwick, Summer Pass

Jumpers of all ages are invited to join in the jump session in aid of Sports Relief, between 9am-12pm on Saturday, March 14th.

The full relay will kick off at 9am on Friday, 13th March at Jump In Elstree and continue through the sites at Enfield, Tonbridge, Camberley, Slough, then, on Saturday, 14th, at Warwick, Edinburgh, Shrewsbury and concluding at Aberdeen at 6-8pm.

Fun-filled attractions on the day will include face painting and a host of other surprises.

Schools and groups are being particularly encouraged to get behind the fundraising initiative.

Sammy Burgess, Regional Manager for Jump In Tonbridge, said: “Is your school all ready for Sport Relief? If not we have a great offer for you. With Sport Relief only two weeks away we wanted to help get as many children active as we can. We know here at Jump In an active mind is a learning mind. That’s why we have a very special slots, from Monday 9th March to Thursday 12th March between 1.30pm-3.30pm, that we are giving to schools for only £3 per pupil across all of our sites.

“Join us for an hour of school challenges, from a dodgeball tournament, to a superhero battle beam, and much more.”

Jump In Trampoline Park, Warwick, Summer Pass

Email: hello@gojumpin.com to register an interest. Further details are available at: https://www.gojumpin.com/news/sport-relief-jumaptahon-2020

Each site will also be hosting a group sleepover event on both nights with some proceeds going straight to Sport Relief.

Sports Relief 2020, Jump In, trampoline park, Warwick

Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Further information is available at: www.sportrelief.com

Hatton Arms reopens following refurbishment

Hatton Arms reopens following refurbishment

THE Hatton Arms pub in Warwick reopened its doors this week with a fresh look and menu to greet visitors old and new.

The popular country pub, which enjoys sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, is back in business after closing on January 20th for refurbishment.

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

It hopes to further build on its established reputation locally for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

Diners will be able to enjoy an enhanced modern look inside and out, including a new porch creating a more welcoming entrance area and rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace during the warmer months.

A new lighter, brighter and contemporary interior also awaits, including new booth seating, while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

A team of 35 full and part-time staff are headed up by general manager Stephanie Ward and deputy manager deputy manager Shaney Ayre.

Stephanie said: “It’s an exciting time for the pub, which has been a favourite with locals for many years.

“We never rest on our laurels and the improvements to the aesthetics, atmosphere and menu will enhance the guests’ experience even more and we look forward to welcoming familiar – and new – faces to the new-look Hatton Arms. Come and see what we’ve done to the place and let us know what you think.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

The Hatton Arms’ new day and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients, serving the best of Britain’s seasonal treats from the farms, shores and artisan producers, including award-winning Oxfordshire beef from Rowleys Butchers in Warwick; venison from Wellesbourne Estates; free range eggs from Chadwick End and breads from Le Petit Croissant in Stratford-upon-Avon.

There is a good selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes plus daily Specials and new bar snacks menu are being introduced.

It’s all prepared under the expert eye of head chef Jakub Fijak, who returns to the Hatton Arms after five years.

He said: “We hope to excite you with the new delicious food amongst the reliable pub classics, showcasing amazing ingredients and, wherever possible, local produce.

“These winter into spring months see the end of the venison season, with vegetables, cauliflower, leeks, sweet potatoes and parsnips being at their peak. Our seasonal menu also brings the best of British crab and sea trout to your plate.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

An extensive Drinks Menu celebrates local brewers with Alcester’s UBU, Harry’s Heifer from Church Farm Brewery and Hooky ales available, as well as The Philosopher’s Daughter, from Warwickshire Gin Company and Hatton Country World’s Moore’s of Warwick.

The former 18th-century coaching inn is part of the 900-acre Hatton Estate owned by Johnnie and Arabella Arkwright.

Johnnie said: “The Hatton Arms has been a part of our family for about 180 years and is already a popular destination for so many of us who live nearby .

“We want to thank everyone for their patience while these exciting new changes have been taking place behind the scenes – and are proud to show it all off to customers both old and new – marking the latest chapter in its rich history.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

New extended dining times are Monday-Thursday 12-9pm; Friday and Saturday 12-9.30pm and Sunday 12-8pm. And bar hours are now extended until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit: www.hattonarms.com