There is plenty happening this month in Wrexham’s community corner!
Aria v DIPG
In May 2021, Aria Hodgkiss’ third birthday, her family had the heart-breaking news that a brain tumour discovered the week before was Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). A terminal (inoperable and untreatable) brain tumour.
The latest news on Aria is that she will be starting a programme of 10 radiotherapy sessions this month. Please help by donating at gofundme.com/f/aria-vs-dipg.
Also, don’t forget there is a Bank Holiday Queen’s Jubilee Tea Party to support Aria at the Hafod Club Rhos on 2nd June!
New Portuguese Slot On Calon FM
Calon FM have introduced a new Portuguese radio programme starting on 18th June. CFM broadcaster Allan Longshadow said, “As part of our commitment to diversifying our station, we wanted to offer the Portuguese-speaking community an opportunity to get involved in an area they might not have had access to otherwise”.
The presenter is Jorge Carlos Moreno from São Tomé and Príncipe, an island nation lying just south of Nigeria. Carlos, who works at Fibrax in Caia Park, has a background in broadcasting in his native country.
Iolanda Banu Viegas, a leading figure with the Portuguese Language Speaking Community in Wrexham, knew about Carlos’ experience in radio broadcasting. She instantly thought of him when Allan told her they were looking to add a Portuguese-themed programme to their portfolio.
The programme will air on a Saturday from 11am to noon. It will contain music, interviews and news from the Portuguese Speaking Community in and around Wrexham.
Swansway Sponsorship Tops £90,000
This year, Swansway Motor Group, owner of Wrexham Volkswagen and Volkswagen Van Centre Wrexham, enters its sixth year of support for Circus Starr. Circus Starr helps spread the magic of the circus to disadvantaged children and families.
The Group has announced their latest donation of £1,780 after selling 89 Motability vehicles from January to March. This also brings the six-year total to over £90,000.
For every vehicle sold on the Motability Scheme, Swansway Group donates £20 to enable a child and their carer to attend a Circus Starr show.
Waterworld Raises Over £700 For Ukraine
Members, colleagues and the general public visited Waterworld Wrexham and cycled non-stop for 15 hours to raise over £700 for the British Red Cross Appeal for Ukraine.
Waterworld in Wrexham, operated by Freedom Leisure in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council, placed two spin bikes in the reception area. They invited people to participate in 15- or 30-minute blocks.
Felicity Griffiths, Centre Manager, said: “We are very proud of all the fundraising efforts by our customers and colleagues”.
Swop Not Shop
Wrexham Clothing Exchange’s next “Swop Not Shop” event is on 18th June at Heart Rock, Eagles Meadow, 11am-3pm.
Lead Organiser Sharon Rogers explained what the Exchange does. “We host events where the public can donate their old clothes in exchange for ‘new to you’ and possibly vintage items. We’re a not-for-profit and 100% non-paid volunteer-run organisation aiming to reduce landfill, fast fashion, and carbon emissions.
“We also provide free sewing machine classes on making, revamping or altering clothing and a monthly book exchange. It’s a small £3 fee for entry. If you’d like to find out more search ‘Wrexham Clothing Exchange’ on social media.”
Go Cake Crazy For Hope House
Schools, cafes, restaurants, clubs and also cake lovers from across the region have signed up to help raise money as part of the Hope House Children’s Hospice’s Eat Cake Week. There will be cake-crazy events from 13th June to 20th June.
Every slice will ensure the hospices continue to provide vital respite and end-of-life care to children.
One of the charity’s ambassadors is 14-year-old kart racer, Charlie Pritchard. Charlie is holding an Eat Cake event on Monday, 13th June, from 5pm at Northop Hall Cricket Club, Mold.
Fundraiser Cat Dowdeswell said: “This is a really fun way of being able to get together and share some amazing cake creations while at the same time making a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill local children.”
You can also sign up for your starter pack at hopehouse.org.uk/cake or call 01691 671 671.
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