Wirral Group

Wirral Group Committee
Chairman: Sharon Mellor
Vice Chairman: Jenny Ryland
Secretary: Rachael Critchley
Treasurer: Kirsty Wilson
High School Co-ordinator: Gill Jones
High School Co-ordinator: Wendy Daniel
Wirral  CHICS office: 0151 327 4070

The meetings will be the second Tuesday each month, The next meeting will be on the 11th July, 8pm-10pm, venue to be confirmed (please contact a committee member for confirmation).

High School Group:
Our High School Group is run by Gill and Wendy, who both have children who have had a diagnosis of cancer and have been actively involved in CHICS for many years. Our High School Group is open to all High Schoolers, their siblings and their friends. Our goal is to provide a place where our High Schoolers can interact, make friends, have peer support and generally just enjoy themselves to the max!

We are a friendly, inclusive group and a great place for High Schoolers to get together!

We have our regular evenings on the last Friday of every month from 7 to 9pm at the Brightside Centre, Molyneux Drive, New Brighton, CH45 1JT. The Brightside Centre is a great space with fantastic facilities including a recording studio, a main room with table tennis, TV’s, and craft area etc. We also have a kitchen and chill out area. Our next meeting will be on the 28th April.

We run lots of activities every month, from football to baking and everything in between. We also have a number of outside events and trips, from Chester Rocks music festival to canal boating, and anything else our High Schoolers fancy (within reason).

Bereavement Book:
CHICS have a bereavement book which is kept in the Alder Centre. If anyone requires a form to place an entry in the book, please contact the office on 0151 523 8886.

Wirral Bereavement Group:
Our Chairperson, Sharon, is starting up a Wirral Bereavement Group, if you would like to join her and a few of our families can you ring Sharon on 0151 327 4070, or contact her by e-mail.

From now on we will be sending the newsletter out every other month to keep costs down. We would welcome email addresses in order to save on postage costs. Please email Rachael if you are happy to receive the newsletters via email only.

Items for Sale:
Sharon has various CHICS items for sale, if anyone would like to purchase any, or can sell them within their work place please contact Sharon or Amanda: - mini chicks at 1.00 each, CHICS beakers/mugs at 1.50 each.

Collection Boxes:
CHICS now have a supply of collection boxes. We are requesting member's to go in to their local shops and ask if they can leave a box to be filled. If you can place a box please contact Kirsty.

Standing Order:
We have had a couple of requests recently asking if it is possible for our families to set up a Standing Order direct into our CHICS account. The benefit of this means that you can pay as little or as much as you want a month into this account, and then if there is a particular trip that you are interested in going on, some or all of the cost will have already been paid. If you would be interested in setting up such an account with us or would like any further details please ring our treasurer Kirsty on 07855488092.

Alternatively, if you have any family members or friends who would like to sponsor us on a gift basis, they too can set up a Standing Order and contribute as much or as little as they wanted and this would help us to continue to subsidise future trips in the future.

Just Giving:
People can pay monthly for trips or money as and when you have it. Please let Kirsty know if you make a payment. The website address is www.justgiving.com/wirral-chics. This can also be used for those organising or attending an event when donating and will make it easier for everyone.

We now have a Facebook page – if you search “Wirral CHICS” you will find us.

We have some wool but are looking for people to knit for us! If you or someone you know would be able to knit for us, please contact Sharon.

Fund Raising:
I would like to try and ask for your help in raising funds for CHICS, a few companies these days do have money set aside to give to charities, and we would be very grateful if you/your friends could possibly ask your workplaces if they could bear CHICS in mind if/when they do fundraising/donating in the future, as this would be a massive help to us.

We do have a few fundraising ideas planned for the year ahead and have been informed that if any of our families work for Barclays Bank, then Barclays will match any funds we manage to raise, if you do work for Barclays or any of your family members, and don’t mind helping with some fundraising then please get in touch, you can ring the Wirral CHICS office on 0151 327 4070.




Dates for your diary:
29th October - 2-5pm - CHICS Halloween Party, Bromborough Social Club, 1 Legion Lane,CH62 7JQ: Get dressed up in your spookiest gear!! There will be an entertainer, face painting, competitions, disco and food. All CHICS families will be free of charge. If you would like to bring along friends or family then they will be charged 2.00 per adult and 3.00 per child. Please confirm attendance with Sharon.

18th-19th November - Harry Potter World and Black Country Living Museum: The trip includes bed breakfast and evening meal on the Saturday. Places for this trip will be limited – the cost will be 60 per person. A non-refundable deposit of 30 per person is required to secure your place. Please let Kirsty know if you would like to join us on this trip.

3rd December - 2-5pm - CHICS Christmas Party, Bromborough Social Club, 1 Legion Lane,CH62 7JQ: There will be an entertainer, face painting, competitions, disco and food. All CHICS families will be free of charge. If you would like to bring along friends or family then they will be charged 2.00 per adult and 3.00 per child. In order that Father Christmas can get the presents ready can you please confirm your attendance with Sharon.

10th December - Gullivers World Christmas Cracker: There will be rides, the chance to meet Father Christmas, watch a Christmas show and have a festive dinner. The cost of this trip is 10 per person. Own transport will be needed. Please let Kirsty know if you would like to come along.

Holiday On Offer via Northern Lights:
Do you have a child who will be between 6 and 1/2 to 10 and 1/4 years old and will have completed all treatment by December 2017? Northern Lights Charity are going to Lapland for 5 days. Your child will stay at a Manchester hotel on 14th Dec, then fly to Lapland on 15th to 19th Dec. Patient only, no parents. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience. If interested please call the Wirral CHICS office on 0151 327 4070. Please do not tell your child that they are definitely going as this is a nomination only at this point.

Future Trips:
We really do need your help in putting are funds to good use. We do have a few suggestions for forthcoming trips but would also appreciate it if you could let us know of any ideas you might have - 0151 327 4070.

We are looking to organise an outing in May for those aged "under 11". If you would be interested please contact Sharon.

Harry Potter World – It was recently mentioned about a trip to Blackpool, this has changed slightly - we are now looking at a trip to Harry Potter World. As well as having a fab time with Harry Potter and friends it’s a chance to get together and have fun!! Please contact Kirsty if you would be interested in coming.

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