Wirral Group Committee
Chairperson: Sharon Mellor
Vice Chair: 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 9th November, 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 have our regular evenings on the last Friday of every month from 7pm 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 24th November.

We also 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 CHICS office.

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 e-mail addresses in order to save on postage costs. Please e-mail Rachael if you are happy to receive the newsletters via e-mail 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: - 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 contact our treasurer Kirsty.

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.

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 and we 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:
We 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 or your friends could possibly ask your workplaces if they could bear CHICS in mind when they do fundraising and donating in the future, as this would be a massive help to us.

If you know of any fetes or events where we can run a CHICS stall to raise money please let Sharon or Kirsty know. We also need tombola and raffle prizers for future events. Please contact Sharon if you have anything suitable.

Dates for your diary:
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.

28th December - 12.00-3.00pm - Christmas Festive Fun Fundraising Party - Village Hotel Bromborough: This includes hot buffet, children’s entertainer and lots of fun. There are limited amount of tickets for this event. Tickets are 7.50 each. Please contact Sharon if you would like to attend.

7th January 2018 - 2pm - Peter Pan Pantomime at the Floral Pavilion: Tickets for this are 10 for adults and 5 for children. Please contact Kirsty as soon as possible if you are interested.

11th February 2018 - 2-4pm - Izzy's Beauty and the Beast Tea Party, Bromborough Social Club, 1 Legion Lane,CH62 7JQ: This is a fundraiser, held in memory of Izzy Mellor. The cost will be 5 per adult and 3.50 for children under 8. As well as afternoon tea, there will be dancers, singers and a raffle. For those so inclined you will be able to purchase a glass of Prosecco or two! (2 per glass). Come and join us for some fun to remember Izzy. Tickets are available from Sharon.

28th February 2018 - X Factor Tour: We have a limited number of tickets for the X Factor Tour. These are 20 each. If you wish to go please contact Kirsty. Please note, all money must be given to Kirsty in advance as no tickets can be reserved until full payment has been received due to limited numbers.

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.

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