Latest News from Wellingborough Hatton:
Members of the Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Lincoln branches of the British Polio Fellowship formed a team to take part in the Rotary District 1070 Disability Games held in Lincoln on Sunday 24th April 2022. The team was sponsored and supported by Wellingborough Hatton.
Over 100 competitors, divided into adult and junior classes, took part in a variety of sports including wheelchair slaloms, boccia, kurling, darts, archery, table tennis, swimming and basketball hoops. Whilst the competition was taken seriously there was a very strong element of fun throughout the day and the smiles spoke volumes.
President John joined the team and helpers to mark the final sessions. There were no individual award winners but at least one runner up and medals were awarded to every competitor.
On Saturday the Spire Group with a team of 6 were at Isebrook hospital. We planted 26 Trees and shrubs in front of the building to mark the Queens Platinum celebrations and to offset the carbon from the Scotland Banger Rally last year.
Our next visit will once again focus on creating the sensory planting for the Magnolia Courtyard Garden which is already taking shape. Watch this space for more information
Thanks go to Dave the Tree Nigel Cheetham Jim Mandeville Paul Hudson Alan Waller Tony Frankland
Our first visit this spring to Isebrook Hospital yesterday saw a great turn out from both the Spire Group and Hatton Club plus volunteers. We had a very productive morning planting, digging over the gardens for future planting, grass cutting plus assembling and positioning a new bird table. The 2 benches, refurbished during the winter by David Birkett looked like new making it pleasant for the staff and patients to use.
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The Santa Sleigh Appeal started with the Wellingborough Christmas Lights Switch on where our Santa Paul James represented the club and fellow members Nigel Cheetham John Rogers, and David Burkett helped with the set up and collecting for the appeal. The town Mayor flight tested at the start of the event whilst a firefighter kept an eye on the proceedings.
We had another visit to Isebrook Hospital to continue to clear the area for new planting Alan cut in the edges Tony tidied the whole area up Paul jet washed all the paths Duncan and Paul dug out all the old rose bushes from the circular garden Gail and Carolyn cleared all the old bushes from the square garden.
Thanks to all with a special thanks to our volunteers Carolyn Paul and Gail
Paul and Mary James Bill and Jane
Nigel and Tim Duncan and Richard
Minus day 1 One of the cars was in bits with some significant repairs needed before we set off the next day. So, some worrying moments for Paul as team member Bill (a mechanic) worked late in the night to fix his Citroen. Further problems when Nigel discovered he could not open the boot of his Vauxhall Tigra (a 2-seater) so ended up cramming bags in behind the seats.
Day 1 saw us complete 500 miles to Inverness having left at 6.00 am and arriving at around 5.30 without a hitch.
Day 2 we started the 500 miles comprising the NC500, the first leg being 300 miles to Ullapool. We set off at around 8.00 am without time for breakfast. On the way we stopped at John O Groats where unfortunately, one of the cars failed to start. Bill once again came to the rescue and manged to solve the problem. On the way Nigel in their open topped car lost Tim’s hat and Paul has a wheel trim come off which Bill recovered. We continued our journey but only to find the road closed halfway to our destination. We had to regroup and figure out an alternative route to our destination and arrived there at around 5.30pm.
Day 3 was the second leg of the NC500 travelling from Ullapool to Inverness including the renowned Applecross Pass. On the way we encountered the inevitable highland cattle who seemed to have a mind of their own! plus the dreaded camper vans. We stopped at the Apple Cross Inn for a drink and some tasty fish and chips before tackling the Apple cross pass in misty wet conditions ending the day with celebratory dinner back at Inverness having completed the NC500 in just 2 days.
Day 4 saw us complete the arduous 500-mile journey back home taking over 9 hours.
The total distance we travelled over the 4 days was1500 miles and so far, we estimate we have raised £3,000 including an assessment for Gift Aid.
This all about raising money for Cransley Hospice our target is £5,000 so please continue to donate using this link.
The whole team met over the weekend to finalise plans for the rally. We will be leaving at around 6 am on Tuesday heading for Inverness a 500-mile journey for the first day. unfortunately Nigel and Tim could not be there but are still taking part.
We are doing this for CRANSLEY HOSPICE who do great work caring for people at their most difficult time in their lives . So please donate by clicking on the Just Giving link below https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sbr21
The Isebrook Hospital Sensory Garden and Rest Area took a big step forward as the Spire Group helped by the club members and 4 volunteers worked tirelessly on Saturday to transform them into areas of tranquillity. Whilst there is much more to do, they can now be brought into use by the patients and staff. A big thank you to all who helped especially the volunteers who gave up their time for us.
We are doing this by completing a rally challenge of 1500 miles including the Scottish North Coast 500 in cars valued at £500 or less within 4 days.
Plus, we will be offsetting our carbon footprint through a local community project to plant trees.
Please help us to achieve our target by donating but as importantly share the poster emailed to you with the Just Giving Link
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sbr21 to all your network of friends and encourage them to support this worthy cause.
Another day at ISEBROOK HOSPITAL and the Spire Group team have progressed the project the court yard is now really starting to look good and we have had some great reactions from the staff which make it all worth while. There is much more to do to turn this into a sensory relaxing space which we will continue to do over the next few week.