Coping with COVID-19 at Branching Out!

Coping with COVID-19 at Branching Out!

At the end of March when, like everyone else, we were faced with managing a pandemic with implications for our charity shop, eBay Office and very importantly our social care Day Services. The inability to get replacement cleaning products and PPE, plus all the new guidelines being updated daily hit us like a steam train. No sooner had we updated the previous days guidelines and new guidelines were being issued in the evening for us…

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Littleport Fundraiser for East Anglian Air Ambulance Takes Off!

Littleport Fundraiser for East Anglian Air Ambulance Takes Off!

Joolz Gordon tells us about her efforts to raise money for the EAAA in her own words: “A few years ago I decided to start making greetings cards to sell, to raise funds for charity. I wanted to support a charity that not only helped people but had to be something to do with Aviation! This was because my late dad was a pilot for over 40 years and I felt he would have liked…

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Successful Black Horse Drove Fundraiser

Successful Black Horse Drove Fundraiser

After six months closure due to the pandemic, the doors of the Community Centre were briefly opened again on 22nd September when Cathy Doswell organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning. Friends had donated a delicious range of home baking including not just cake, but sausage rolls and biscuits too. For a small community such as ours, an incredible sum of £606 was raised and heartfelt appreciation goes to all neighbours, friends and JR Cars who generously…

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The Mothers’ Union at St George’s Littleport

The Mothers’ Union at St George’s Littleport

We have been unable to meet since lockdown began in March. We have been keeping in touch by phone and on the internet. This does not mean that we have been idle. A few willing and capable members have sewn scrubs for hospitals, made many, many masks and sewn ‘Bereavement Bags ‘ for the return of the belongings of those who have died in hospital, separated from their loved ones. Others have continued to knit…

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Lianne Stephenson is one of Littleport’s Extra-Busy Mums

Lianne Stephenson is one of Littleport’s Extra-Busy Mums

Lianne Stephenson is not only a busy full time Mum, but she also runs her own handmade craft business, and is an independent Usborne Books at Home Organiser for children and young people’s publisher Usborne Books. And two days of the week she is in Ely helping at her mum’s very popular Lemon Tree Deli Cafe. And when the lockdown began Lianne also started fundraising for the NHS from sales of crocheted rainbows and hand…

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Rotary Club of Littleport

Rotary Club of Littleport

As I’m sure readers are well aware we have been living under the threat of Covid-19, which has also impacted on the life of Rotary. We have been in lockdown and our meetings have been Virtual, using Zoom. Our incoming President Ian Burrows — “We are supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) during this time of crisis.” Four members of our club will carry out a sponsored — 48 mile Fen Rivers Walk from Cambridge…

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The MS Society and Littleport Leisure

The MS Society and Littleport Leisure

Since starting the MS Society exercise class at Littleport Leisure 12 months ago, the number of people registered to join us has grown to 16. The session starts with chair-based exercises and progresses to using equipment such as motomed machines, balance bars, boxing gloves and with the help of volunteers Mike and Pauline together with our instructor Adam, we assist people that use wheelchairs and walking aids on to spin bikes, something that they would…

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Running For Diabetes UK

Running For Diabetes UK

On Saturday the 28th of April Paul Sycamore will be participating in his 2nd London Marathon. Juggling his own business, a family of 3 young children and a grueling, marathon – training regime can be challenging enough but Paul is also Type 1 Diabetic and therefore this can present an additional set of obstacles for the runner. I spoke to Paul about his training and reasons he is running 26.2 miles of London track in…

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363 MCC Motorcycle Club

363 MCC Motorcycle Club

On the 14th January officers from the motorcycle club went along to East Anglia Children’s Hospice to donate some wonderful art eggs for the children. The club would like to thank all for their donations! May the 4th will see the clubs annual show day at the Crown Inn in Littleport. Expect some awesome action packed shows, along with music and entertainments. Confirmed acts for the day are Phil Crawford, Graham Buxton, Rock Out and…

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Marathon Special – Each step for E.A.C.H

Marathon Special – Each step for E.A.C.H

“Each step for E.A.C.H” has been Amy Bailey’s mantra since she began training for the London Marathon in aid of East Anglia Children’s Hospice. The mum of 3 has juggled her usual daily routines alongside a training schedule she can incorporate with her family also. After a late placement from the marathon Amy began her training in January, attending the regular Littleport Park Run each Saturday morning with her 8 year old daughter and signing…

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