Friday, 28 March 2014

Banham Primary School's Science Week

A big thank you to Banham Community Primary School for holding a non-uniform day recently in aid of Star Throwers.

Pupils are the school dressed up in science themed clothes on Friday 21st March to celebrate National Science Week, which ran from March 17th to 21st. 

So far this academic year, the school has raised more than £200 for our charity. Previous fund raising events include a star theme cake sale, an art competition, and a dress-up day held in the autumn term.

Thanks you so much guys - and you all look very cool

Pictured above, with a number of children from different classes, is head teacher Paul Seeman, Dr Ken, and teacher Mrs Claire Stanley.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Thank you Norwich Sunblinds!

Norwich Sunblinds donated a generous £613 to Star Throwers this month, raised through pledging to donate £1 for every blind and curtain sold in the month of February.

We were grateful to meet Fiona and Lesley and Norwich Sunblinds and to explain more about what we do at Star Throwers.

Thank you Norwich Sunblinds!

Lesley and Fiona from Norwich Sunblinds (second and third from left) with Dr Henry Mannings, Tina Martins and Maureen Walters from Star Throwers

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A tribute to Wendy Winterbottom

Wendy, 2nd from right, at the opening of
the Star Throwers Charity Shop which she was
instrumental in establishing
Wendy Winterbottom was the fundraising coordinator and a volunteer at Star Throwers. She sadly passed away earlier this year on January 25th 2014 from cancer.

Many people who visited Star Throwers will have met Wendy. She was a wonderful person with a kind and infectious smile that could not easily be forgotten and was caring beyond measure. Wendy helped Star Throwers from the very beginning through organising many fundraising events in the community, which has been written about on this blog. But as well as raising money to support our work she also provided warmth and positivity to so many of our visitors and was an inspiration to so many others. 

Although she is no longer with us, her impact will continue indefinitely in all of the people affected by cancer that walk through our doors in the future. Thank you Wendy. We miss you dearly but will never forget you.

A month on from her celebration of life, we'd like to share a brief tribute from a dear friend of Wendy's and fellow volunteer at Star Throwers, Nicki Daws:

My friend, our friend, will be deeply missed at Star Throwers. Everybody knew her and when somebody new came through the door they invariable recognised Wendy from somewhere in their past.

As Events Organiser for Star Throwers she was a whizz: organised, creative, extremely hard working and a poster/flyer making genius!

Wendy was a lady of many talents.  Her jams and chutneys were delicious and always disappeared very quickly.  She would often show us the wonderfully decorated birthday cakes she had made for family, of which the Dr Who themed ones were my favourite.   
One of these people who was always doing something, Wendy was never still for very long.  She was a keen gardener, grew veggies, swam, played tennis, watched tennis, and knew a lot about tennis (always helpful when trying to follow Wimbledon!). I still remember every Wednesday we also used to discuss which book she was reading for her book club, of which she was an active member.  Wendy was just so interesting and a great pleasure to spend time with.

My friend was kind, funny, clever, thoughtful, helpful, always upbeat, generous and of course brave.  Although she is no longer with us she continues to inspire me.

I will miss her dearly.  May she rest in peace but still keep an eye on us.