The workings of the charity “When You Wish Upon a Star” were explained to members of Leenside (Hucknall) Women’s Institute at their recent meeting at Hucknall Central Methodist Church.
The regional fundraiser with the charity, Maggie Falconer, said whilst the charity was formed locally 22 years ago by a staff member of the Queen’s Medical Centre and has its headquarters on Valley Road, Basford, it covers the whole of the UK and Ireland.
It is run purely on donations with no Government aid.
Its main aim is to grant wishes to sick children, some with life threatening illnesses, between two and 16 years old.
They also fundraise all year round to take 100 sick children to Lapland to meet the “real Santa”.
It is very often cancer care wards who recommend patients to try to get their wishes granted which are very often to go to Disneyland or to meet celebrities.
Recently, Richard Whitehead OBE the paralympic medal winner from Burton Joyce has become an ambassador for the charity.
Maggie was thanked by Margaret White.
The President, Alison Inglis, told members the committee were looking into the possibility of changing the institute’s name from Leenside (Hucknall) to Hucknall (Leenside). The former name has been used since 1967 when it was founded.
The secretary, Carol Curtis, gave details of many WI County events coming up this summer including visits to a Recycling Centre at Forest Town and to the Staythorpe Power Station along with Heritage Walks around Newark, Bowls, Patchwork and a Literary Lunch.
On the “Show and Tell “ table this month were home-made soup and cakes with recipes to try.
The monthly competition was for a favourite family photograph and was won by Barbara Durdy. Tea hostesses for the evening were Maureen Adams, Eva Orgill, Vera Preston, and Maralyn Prudensce.
The meeting closed with a reading about a Yorkshire Cinderella by Jenny Holmes.
The next meeting will be held at the Central Methodist Church, Hucknall on 15th April when the speaker will be Linda Davey with a talk entitled “Bags of Biodiversity” and the “Show and Tell” table will hold members hand-made items.