Great Barr club forms charity partnership

Members of a Birmingham club have pledged to support local families by choosing John Taylor Hospice as their Charity of the Year.

Great Barr Conservative Club, based in Newton Road, has pulled out all the stops to fundraise for the hospice by hosting family discos, music and film nights, raffles and contributing to charity collection tins.

The club’s Entertainment Secretary Paul Jennings said: “Every year we choose a charity to support and John Taylor Hospice was put forward during our committee meeting.

“We quickly started to realise how many people had personal connections with the hospice – whether through colleagues, friends or members of their own family. The hospice really has made a difference to so many people in the local area that we all decided to name John Taylor as our Charity of the Year and set about doing as much as we could to help.

Members hosted a Big Brummie Bake in April 2019.

“We’re delighted to have raised a substantial amount of money to help support the fantastic work of hospice teams and we look forward to raising more as the year continues. We know the money goes straight to the hospice and is put to great use. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed by coming to events, taking part in raffles and putting loose change in the collection tins. It really does add up and helps the hospice to continue with its vital work.” ​

Dad-of-five Paul, 60, plans to top up the total amount raised by taking on a charity challenge of his own this year! He will saddle up and join an anticipated 17,000 riders at the 2019 Velo Birmingham and Midlands – an epic 100-mile closed road cycling event starting and finishing in Birmingham city centre. Best of luck Paul!

You can sponsor Paul by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page at

To see how you can support John Taylor Hospice please visit the Get Involved section of our website.

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

Don Bell

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