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by | Dec 1, 2016 | Nettleham LIVES | 0 comments

Fund­raising: Nettleham Cares 2016

This year’s Nettleham Cares event took place at the Village Hall on Saturday 15 October.

As regular readers of Nettleham News will remember, Nettleham LIVES decided to become more heavily involved in organising this year’s event, shouldering much of the responsibility previously undertaken by Joyce and Colin Lewis.

One of the areas that we were very conscious of was the need to publicise the event to residents. LIVES volunteers designed and sponsored a banner, displayed at the Village Hall in the weeks leading up to the event. We also designed and printed a number of posters for display by local businesses and then posted leaflets to many village residents.

We believe this generated a much greater ‘footfall’, with St Barnabas confirming a significant increase in takings over last year and at Nettleham LIVES we also saw a substantial rise. In addition, the Age UK team, who provided the refreshments, reported an increase of over 50% over their 2015 figures.

We’ll be taking the opportunity to analyse what went well and not so well and sharing this information with the other charities, in order to make 2017 an even more successful year. There was a lot of effort put in by a wide group of supporters and our thanks go to Maurice and Pauline, Shelagh, Diane, Marcus, Sue, June and David.

The Plough Charity Football Match

A charity football match was arranged by Christos and Joanne from the Plough, Nettleham, earlier this year.

The teams representing Greece and England were brought together in a ‘friendly’ rival. England were victorious managing a 4­1 win and pleasingly, for Nettleham LIVES, Christos and Joanne donated the money raised (totaling over £220) to us and we would like to pass on our sincere thanks for their generosity.

They have promised a re­match next year!

Meet the Team: LIVES Champions (the new name for our fund­raisers and helpers)

Mavis Kirton was one of the original founding members of LIVES, having moved to the village almost 16 years ago with husband Alan. She joined the early pioneers, including Kay Horner, Janette Southall, Brian Wallis, Steve Scoffins, Dominique Howlonia and Edward Rouse.

She admits that she became involved in LIVES for rather selfish reasons initially, as Alan suffered from heart problems. She learned bystander training skills and CPR, so that she would have some knowledge should Alan be taken ill. She has been very heavily involved in fund raising for the group ever since.

Although Nettleham LIVES formed in 2000, it did not become operational until nearly two years later, after raising sufficient funds to buy the necessary equipment and to have the Responders trained in basic life saving techniques. Mavis remembers they held coffee mornings, leaflet drops and approached local businesses and the wider community in their fund­raising efforts. In those early days, Mavis says that fund­raising was difficult until the team became widely known and respected for their skills. Of her many fund­raising talents, Mavis has devoted many hours to making jams, chutneys and baking to raise money for the group.

After nearly 16 years of active service with Nettleham LIVES, Mavis has decided to retire. Having always enjoyed being part of such a worthwhile cause and the social interaction this brings, she says she is leaving the group with a fine team of fund­raisers who have lots of new ideas.

Mavis won’t exactly be putting her feet up though ­she is still actively involved in the WI, the Luncheon Club and a craft group from the Methodist Church. We would like to pass on our sincerest thanks to Mavis for her fabulous work with Nettleham LIVES – ­we will miss you!

LIVES AGM Meeting | Thursday 6 October 2016

Here are some statistics for our financial year ending 30 September 2016:

Number of Call­-outs Number of Responders
2013 = 87 2013 = 17
2014 = 74 2014 = 10
2015 = 101 2015 = 9
2016 = 188 2016 = 6


Despite the falling number of Responders, the team still try to provide as much cover as possible on a 24/7 basis.

Recruiting New Members

As you can see from the above figures, the number of call­-outs has again increased, but our number of Responders has fallen. This means it is key that we attract more volunteers for the group.

It’s an extremely worthwhile role ­very rewarding and you become part of a great community of like­-minded individuals.

Please do think about joining us. If you’d like to know more about what’s involved, please contact:

Edward Rouse [Co­ordinator] on 01522 753033.