TWO young brothers are taking fundraising the extra mile as they cycle 75 miles to raise awareness of motor neurone disease.
Jimmy and Eddie Beardmore may only be five years old, but they are hoping to cycle 75 miles before the end of May to help raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The twins, who live on Kingfisher Drive, Wombwell, are described as ‘very active’ by their mum, Tracy, who created the challenge to help to keep them active during the lockdown.
“We have a couple of friends and family who have the disease,” said Tracy, 50. “I wanted to help them to stay active while we are in lockdown and I thought that cycling 75 miles would help.
“I decided on 75 miles because it was the 75th anniversary of VE Day earlier this month and I thought that would give them a good challenge to complete.”
So far the boys have cycled more than 50 miles, and are on track to complete the 75 miles next week. However Tracy said they will carry on cycling even after they have met their target.
“I think it’d be interesting to see how many miles we can rack up,” added Tracy. “The furthest we have gone in one day is 12 miles but we usually average about six or seven miles.
“They have taken to the challenge really well. There’s only been one day where they have moaned, but it was because we got caught in the rain on the way home. Each day they ask when it’s time to go on their bikes.
“We try and stick to the Trans Pennine Trail because it is quite flat and they only have little bikes but they absolutely love it.”
So far the brothers have raised almost £500 which has been donated to a Just Giving page.
“I’m proud of how much they have raised,” added Tracy. “They have done so well and not complained once, I think this will be the start of their fundraising adventures.”
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Ellie's Eurovision is a wunderbar success
A STUDENT from Tankersley has taken her Barnsley-inspired designs across Europe – and has proved to be a hit in Germany.
Ellie Fisher, from Silkstone Close, has found success overseas with her original designs inspired by her Barnsley roots that have been commissioned by a German design company.
The 21-year-old has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to her designs, that range from the classic Barnsley pork pie to Henderson’s Relish.
“I had my work sent off to Paris through my university course for a trade show, and I didn’t think anything of it as I’ve got nothing to lose,” she said.
“Amazingly it got scouted by a company in Germany who specialise in English countryside designs and aesthetics.
“They placed an order straight away and I was completely overwhelmed. It was absolutely incredible.”
Ellie wanted to showcase the rich heritage of South Yorkshire which she believes is lacking in the media.
“I think Barnsley and South Yorkshire are misrepresented in the media and are often patronised in art quite a bit.
“I’m influenced by Barnsley values, and the positives about our area that often go unheard.
“So for the designs to be appreciated in Germany is really incredible.”
Ellie now hopes to start her own textiles business and continue to establish her designs around the world.
“I’ve applied for teacher training to become an art teacher, but I still want to pursue textiles on the side.
“Ideally, I’d love to start my own business and establish my own brand with unique styles.”
To see more of Ellie’s designs, visit ellie_maedesigns on Instagram.
Appeal for information after Dodworth sexual assault
POLICE officers are appealing for information to help trace a man following a sexual assault on a teenage girl last month.
On May 18, a 14-year-old girl was walking her dog behind Strafford Walk, Dodworth, when she was approached by an unknown man.
The man is alleged to have grabbed ahold of the girl before sexually assaulting her.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The suspect is described as white, in his 20s, 5ft 10ins tall and of a slim build. He is reported to have long, straight, blond hair, with a quiff at the front.
“He reportedly had a local accent and was wearing a plain, black hooded top with dark grey jogging bottoms.
“Officers investigating this incident are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have witnessed the incident or has any information about the man.”
If you have any information contact 101 quoting incident number 14/78936/20.
Body of missing Phillip has been found
THE BODY of a missing man was discovered by officers on Sunday morning.
Phillip Campbell, 34, was last seen leaving his home in Hemmingfield at around 12.40am on Saturday morning.
His body was discovered close to Burying Lane in Elsecar at around 9.20am the next day.
A spokesperson from South Yorkshire Police said: “While formal identification is yet to take place, the body is believed to be that of Phillip.
“His family are being supported by specially trained officers.”
Bert proves to be quite the card
A BARNSLEY man received more than 700 cards in celebration of his 100th birthday last weekend – with well-wishes even coming from the Queen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Bert Vincent, who lives at Eboracum House on Park Grove, turned 100 on May 24, and was overwhelmed with the number of cards he was given following an appeal by the care home.
The manager at the home, Louise Nelson, 46, said: “It was great that we managed to collect the number of cards that we did and they came from all across the globe – from Germany to Australia, and even one from Hong Kong.
“Bert only expected to get ten to 20 cards from his family and friends so he was shocked to see the number of cards that he did get.
“He said that he absolutely loved the whole day and described it as the best day of his life.”
Due to lockdown restrictions it was originally thought that Bert wouldn’t receive a card from the Queen, but he was shocked to find that it did arrive, along with a personal letter from Boris Johnson expressing his gratitude.
As a part of the appeal, the home set up a GoFundMe page, which subsequently raised a total of £1,000.
“The amount of money that was raised was so helpful, we managed to hire a singer for the Christmas party, as well as purchasing a Facebook portal so families are able to regularly chat with their loved ones,” she added.
“On Bert’s birthday his family came to the window in the morning, and his son arrived later in the day which was great because he wasn’t actually expecting to see them – it was a great surprise.
“The morale here is very good at the minute, we’re all doing everything that we possibly can and it’s nice that we’re able to get the residents seeing their families, whether it be through social distancing or online, as much as we do.”
Police appeal for missing man
POLICE in Barnsley have launched an appeal to help find a man after growing ‘increasingly concerned for his welfare’.
Phillip Campbell, 34, was last seen leaving his home in Hemmingfield at around 12.40am on Saturday morning.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “His car has been located on Burying Lane, Elsecar, at 4am Saturday morning.
“Police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.
“Phillip is described as being a white male, six feet three inches tall with dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing black jeans and colourful trainers.
“If you think you may have seen him or know where he might be, please call 101 quoting incident number 197 of May 30."
Festival of Kindness at Highgate
KIDS at a Barnsley school have been taking part in a ‘Festival of Kindness’ – a series of virtual events and activities focusing on mental health and wellbeing.
The festival, inspired by mental health awareness week, was held at Highgate Primary Academy in Goldthorpe and saw pupils make bracelets, bake cakes and create cards for their friends who they couldn’t see in person.
Others who have been at home have sent in pictures of themselves helping out with chores like washing up after dinner, cleaning and doing the washing.
Jo Temperton, principal at Highgate, run by the Astrea Academy Trust, said: “Astrea's Festival of Kindness has encouraged and enabled our whole school community to pause, reflect and share our appreciation for others. No matter how small an act of kindness is, the impact can be positively overwhelming.”
Benedick Ashmore-Short, interim chief executive of Astrea Academy Trust, added: “In these unprecedented times adjusting to a different way of living and working can be challenging and frustrating, everyone is trying balance to their own unique and very personal circumstances.
“This can be overwhelming, lonely, and isolating, especially when we can’t see our friends, family, teachers and colleagues.
“That’s why it’s vital that we continue to support Highgate Academy and its community in a mindful and sensitive way.
“The Astrea Festival of Kindness will bring this support to the fore, in a fantastic week of raising awareness for such an important matter.”
Volunteer Judy refuses to stop putting her stall out in bid to help charity
A WOMAN who was one half of a fundraising duo alongside her late partner has continued to raise cash for Barnsley Hospice in his memory.
Judy Holling has worked as a volunteer for the hospice for more than two years, and would give her time to running stalls with partner Steve Riley – a much-loved local entertainer who died last month after a heart attack.
The couple raised more than £5,000 going ‘wherever they’d let us have a stall’, said Judy.
And the 74-year-old has continued to raise money for the hospice from her home on Baslow Crescent, Dodworth, setting up a stall selling all manner of goods – and making more than £2,000 in the process.
“Anything the hospice did, we were always there together,” she told the Chronicle.
“We never recorded how much we made until now, but we kept the receipts and it comes to £5,233 – all from little local stalls.
“I’ve always been active with charity work, as I used to work with the homeless.
“It was a good way to meet new people which we enjoyed.
“Steve was a big man with a big heart.
“We made a good team, we bounced off each other.
“It’s hard to carry on when you’ve loved somebody and done all these things together.
“But even when he was ill, Steve made the effort. He always used to say ‘God’s good’.
“It’s still not just me, it’s a team effort. Nobody can do it on their own.”
Steve died in Judy’s arms at home.
After his funeral, she said she started raising money ‘as something to do’ during the lockdown.
She sold spare plant pots from her garden, leaving a donation tin outside her home, and made £30.
“They came in fantastic for people who couldn’t get to the shops,” said Judy.
“I carried it on for a second day, and only made £3, but I kept going.
“Every day I wrote down how much I made. On VE Day, I managed to make £405, and we had a street party with bingo and singing that made the total £722.
“The stall’s still growing now thanks to neighbours and the good-hearted people of Dodworth.
“If Steve would’ve been here, he’d have lapped it up.”
Donations continue to mount, and Judy’s total currently stands at £2,100.
Sam hopes to raise dough for hospice
A LOCAL TV presenter is backing Barnsley Hospice by hosting his own virtual bake-off competition.
Sam Nixon is appealing to potential star bakers to get involved in the contest to help raise some ‘dough’ for Barnsley Hospice during the coronavirus pandemic.
Barnsley Hospice is losing around £2,300 a day due to the crisis, and in March it launched an urgent appeal for funds.
He recorded a special message to his social media followers to encourage them to take part.
He said: “Please get involved if you can and raise some much-needed funds for Barnsley Hospice.”
Sam Silverwood, fundraising manager at the hospice, added: “We are thrilled to have Sam’s support again this year, albeit in very different circumstances.
“We know that during the lockdown many people have been practising their baking skills, so it’s a chance for them to show off their best bakes while raising some vital funds for the hospice.
“To enter the virtual bake-off, bake something delicious, post it to the Barnsley Hospice Facebook page, donate £5 and nominate five people to take part.”
The hospice will choose a winner on their Facebook page each week.
Council leader looks ahead to schools reopening
THE LEADER of the council has said that pupil safety is paramount following the news that students can return to schools next week.
Coun Sir Steve Houghton spoke about minimising the risk of the spread of COVID-19 after it was announced by the government that pupils could return to classrooms as early as June 1.
Children of key workers have been eligible to stay in school throughout the duration of lockdown but under the new proposals nurseries, select primary school classes, and secondary schools and colleges can begin teaching pupils face-to-face.
Coun Houghton said: "Understandably, a key concern for many is how having more children in settings will impact on the transmission of coronavirus. Our priority is to make sure that children and staff are always as safe as possible, and our public health team and schools’ service will support schools and early years settings.
“Our approach in Barnsley is to base our decisions on the best evidence available at the time and to follow national guidance.
“Most schools have been open through the pandemic for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
“Most schools are seeking to gradually extend this offer on June 1 for the stipulated age groups and vulnerable children and those of key workers. A small number of schools will take a two-week break at half term and in these cases, they will welcome pupils at the earliest opportunity on June 8.
“Based on risk assessments, we're supporting schools and early years settings to welcome children back, should their parents or carers wish to do so.”