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Appeal to help little Alana – A FUNDRAISING event to buy an adapted car seat

December 10, 2015 Leave a comment

A FUNDRAISING event to buy an adapted car seat and pushchair for a sick youngster will be held this weekend (Sunday, December 13).

Alana Beth Dixon, who celebrates her first birthday tomorrow (Thursday, December 10), has a string of medical problems, which means her development has been delayed and she must be fed through a syringe.

Her mother, Claire Dixon, of Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, had a normal pregnancy but at birth it was noticed Alana Beth had a protruding tongue.

The new-born became severely jaundiced and medics finally diagnosed a hole in her heart.

Source: Appeal to help little Alana

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Broompark Play area Officialy Opened (From Durham Times)

A CHILDREN’S play area in north Durham has been officially opened following a lengthy campaign by residents.

Brandon and Byshottles Parish Council recently completed the refurbishment of the £45,000 Broompark Play Area, on Broom Lane, near Durham City.

Parish council clerk Susan Carmedy said: “The same play site came up as a community concern and request for refurbishment in 2011 when several young people and residents sent a petition to the local MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

“This was then looked at by Durham County Council’s outdoor sport and leisure department alongside the area action partnership, however further community consultation led to the play site next to Deerness Gymnastics Academy being refurbished.

“A lack of toddler play was again brought to the attention of the parish councillors and the county councillors for the area during the elections in 2013 and as the county council would not take this forward the parish council decided to take the lead.”

The proposed project went on to win £5,000 at the subsequent Village Vote event in November 2013.

Further funding was found from Durham County Councillors David Bell, Jean Chaplow and Anne Bonner, Mid Durham Area Action partnership and from Section 106 money secured from Gleeson Homes as part of their Ushaw Moor housing development at the former infant school site.

The play area is owned by Durham County Council, but the parish council has secured a 25 year lease.

It will be jointly managed by both authorities with the county cutting the grass and the parish maintaining the equipment.

Children from the St Joseph’s and Silver Trees Primary Schools were consulted on the choice of the final design.

Equipment caters for toddlers up to 11 years old and there are also four pieces of adult outdoor fitness equipment on the site.

Andy Coulthard, coordinator for Mid-Durham Area Action Partnership, said: “This project is real example what people power can achieve.

“Local children and their families have campaigned over many years for new play facilities in this part of the village.

“The refurbishment of the play area has been jointly funded and includes contributions from local county councillors and the AAP.

“We’re delighted to be able to support this project, in partnership with the local parish council.

“The new play area, which features new play and fitness equipment, is already proving popular with families.”

via Play area opened following public campaign (From Durham Times).

Community club celebrates 18th anniversary – 2-4 Club (From The Northern Echo)

A PARTY has been held to mark the 18th anniversary of a community club in north Durham.

A special tea and entertainment was laid on at St Joseph’s Catholic Club in Ushaw Moor this afternoon. (Tuesday, May 12)

It was held to mark the anniversary of the Tuesday 2-4 Club, which was launched in 1997.

At its height the club had around 90 regular attendees and still has around 60 members.

The event gave old friends the chance to have a reunion and catch up.

Lilian Sowerby, a member of the team, which organises the club, said: “It went absolutely brilliantly. We had a good turnout and it was absolutely marvellous.

“The lady who cut the cake, Monica Smith, is our oldest member and is 93 years old.”

Mrs Sowerby said new members are always welcome at the group, which runs every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, and costs £1 a week to cover tea, cakes and biscuits.

She added: “People get friendship out of the group and it gives them a social life. We play darts and dominoes and do a quiz and play bingo.

“We welcome new members of all denominations and people come from the surrounding areas to attend.”

via Community club celebrates 18th anniversary (From The Northern Echo).

ill girl holds charity ball to help other children – Sunderland Echo

Child of Courage winner Grace Kemp, of Bay Court, Ushaw Moor, Durham, who is hosting a ball for a children’s charity at the Stadium of Light.

COME rain or shine, Grace Kemp shall go to the ball.

Despite battling her own health problems, the 10-year-old has poured her spare time into organising a fund-raising ball for other poorly children.

SAFC fan Grace, from County Durham, has chosen the Stadium of Light as the venue for her event on Saturday to raise money for the The Indee Rose Trust, which helps children diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

Grace herself has been plagued by tumours.

At just 18 months, her family were devastated to learn that she had a condition called neurofibrematosis, and is susceptible to growing tumours on nerve endings on any part of her body.

Grace was dealt a further blow at the age of two when it was discovered a piece of bone was missing from her left arm, which meant she had to undergo a nine-hour operation to transplant bone from her leg to replace it.

As if that wasn’t enough, a routine eye test at the age of four revealed she had a tumour on both optic nerves.

The youngster embarked on an intense course of chemotherapy, but her vision has been left impaired. Her courage in the face of adversity has earned her a Child of Courage Award in the Echo’s Pride of Wearside Awards in 2011.

Now Grace wants to say thank you to the charity that has helped her.

Grace’s mum Judith, 37, said: “Over the years, The Indee Rose Trust has done so much to help Grace. It even paid for One Direction tickets for her at the Stadium of Light, which she absolutely loved ever second of.

“They help so many other children too.

“We’ve done other fund-raising for the charity in the past, such as a psychic night, a charity night and a leg wax, but this is the first time we have done anything this big. The Stadium of Light has been fantastic.”

Speaking about Grace’s health, the mum-of-two said: “Grace has a benign brain tumour, which is stable and doesn’t require treatment. Mainly, it’s her vision and balance which is affected from past treatment, but she doesn’t let it stop her. She still does judo at school.”

via Ill girl holds charity ball to help other children – Sunderland Echo.

NEW – Vitality-Pilates , The Hut, Ushaw Moor

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Pilates classes and services in the west Durham area. Including group classes, private classes, postural analysis and one-to-one sessions.

Spaces filling up quickly for new Ushaw Moor… – Vitality-Pilates.

Party to celebrate Ammia’s first birthday (From The Northern Echo)

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment

A PARTY has been held to celebrate the first birthday the parents of a baby girl were warned she might not reach.

Little Ammia Storey was born last March suffering from a rare abdominal wall defect, meaning her vital organs are outside her stomach.

At three months, her parents, Melanie Belcher and Johnathan Storey, from Ushaw Moor, County Durham, were told she may not survive.

But she has defied the medics and today (Sunday, March 23) has celebrated with family and friends at Ushaw Moor Catholic Club.

via Party to celebrate Ammia’s first birthday (From The Northern Echo).

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DEERNESS WALK: Crook and Weardale Ramblers

DEERNESS WALK: Crook and Weardale Ramblers has organised a six-and-a-half mile easy/moderate grade walk on Sunday, March 9, in the Deerness Valley. The group will leave Crook Market Place at 10am or walkers can meet the leader at Esh Winning in small car park at the bottom of lane next to Lloyds Bank at 10.15 am. For details call Gwen Raine on 01388-664093.